It has been a long-ass time. You’re probably wondering where it is I squirreled myself off to and why I dropped off the grid like that.
Well, apparently, trying to start a blog, YouTube channel, and writing career while at the same time trying to hold down a full-time PCA job immediately after graduating college and moving into your first apartment...that was a bit more than I could chew. So I took a little break from blogging and vlogging to focus on my stories, as well as to try to figure out how to adult. (Still haven’t quite gotten the hang of that, but I’m getting there.)
So, what have I been up to? A lot. Sovadron comes out in November, and is currently in illustrator John Hawkin’s hands. I’ve been plowing through the Throne of Glass series (a review of which will be coming out soon, along with book seven--yay!), and, subject to this week’s blog post, I’ve been self-publishing!
Right now I have two small books available on Amazon. My collection of shorts Gary the Gecko’s Guide to Getting Your Humans to Get Together (and Other Short Stories), and the urban fantasy novella The Minnesotan Witch.
I'll see you guys next week for my review of Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series. :)
The Crowdfund Campaign for the Graphic Novel Sovadron is Up and Running!
Sovadron: Dawn of War, will be published in November of 2018 as a graphic novel. But first, I have to hire an illustrator to actually draw the darn thing. I've chosen the fabulous John Hawkins (who created that BAMF poster with the dragons).
To hire him, I will be running a crowdfund campaign on IndieGoGo, April 30th - May 31st. Our goal? $10,000.
80% - 90% of that will go to John so he can work his magic.
5% of that goes to IndieGoGo (they get a cut of all campaigns).
The rest goes to marketing and any other unexpected expenses that crop up.
Want to donate? Sign up for the mailing list on the pre-launch page here! You'll be the first to know when the campaign goes live.
Can't wait? You can also visit my Patreon webpage here and become a patron.
Either way, you will get access to exclusive content and sneak peaks as the graphic novel develops.
Thank you for your support!
Sovadron is a fantasy graphic novel series that I and illustrator John Hawkins are creating. Publishing date is set for November 2018.
“When a world that shuns you cries for help, do you answer, or let it die?
When the ancient goddess Sovadron begins to stir from her sleep, the gods look to the mortals of the world of Eoroe for help. A small group of fugitives, outcasts, and shamed soldiers with nothing left to lose is formed. But will this be enough to save the world that hates them for the very things that make them great?”
To make this series a reality and raise funds, there will be a crowdfund campaign on IndieGoGo from April 30th through May 31st.
You might recall that we had a small campaign back in January to raise $700 for initial marketing costs. In May, we'll be raising $10,000 to pay for the illustrator and other expenses.
That’s a lot of zeroes.
The pre-launch page is here. Sign up and be the first to know when the campaign starts!
Can’t wait? You can also support me on Patreon here. The Patreon webpage is also where I’ll share character sketches, sneak peaks, and giveaways.
You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more information.
This week I have added two new pages to the website.
The Favorites page is an ongoing list of all of my favorite movies, TV shows, and books that feature marginalized groups, be it women, people of color, the queer community, and/or people with disabilities.
The For Writers page is exactly what it sounds like: a list of resources I think would be helpful for other speculative fiction authors. While this blog and website was not originally geared toward teaching/helping other writers, I've found that a lot of people who love reading like I do also want to try their hand at writing.
So take a look at the new pages and let me know what you think! I'm especially interested in hearing your opinion on the Favorites page. I'm always looking to add to my reading and watching lists!
Reviews for new movies will be posted on Monday, assuming I can catch them on opening weekend.
Minor spoilers for Wonder Woman.
By now you’ve probably already heard the news: Wonder Woman is awesome. Moviegoers can’t stop raving about it. You may have also heard the very few negative reviews that focus more on Gal Gadot’s body, or the fact that the film is too “PC” to be a good superhero movie. Luckily, they’re vastly outnumbered.
My greatest concern for the movie when I stepped into the theater was that there would be a romantic subplot. Remember in Batman v. Superman, near the end, Wonder Woman says that “a hundred years ago I turned my back on mankind,” because of the horrible, bloody things we do to each other. Of course, it could actually mean that she turned away because her poor little heart was broken by a boy she liked. Everyone knew that Chris Pine’s character wasn’t going to make it. Would his BAMF death be the shallow reason Wonder Woman turns away from humanity, rather than the gas, the bombs, the disease, and all the other terrible travesties of war? That was my greatest fear.
Obviously there is chemistry between Wonder Woman and Chris Pine’s character, the only British spy who does not have a British accent. They do have a short (and, to be perfectly honest, adorable) fling. But thankfully it’s an added bonus, rather than the focus of Diana’s character. We see her go from a fearless newbie who knows nothing about the world to a wiser, powerful superhero. The romance is an important factor in that transformation, but it is far from the only reason she changes. 90% of the movie is on-the-nose gender jokes and slow-motion, 300-esque fight scenes. In other words, a standard superhero blockbuster.
It was a great movie, and one that was long overdue. Wonder Woman was created in 1941, and this is her first-ever live-action, big-screen movie. With Captain Marvel scheduled to come out in 2019, it might be enough to convince Hollywood to make a few more woman-centered superhero movies.
What did you think of Wonder Woman?
That's right! The blog of fantasy, science fiction and horror has returned to the internet! This is bigger, bitchier and better than ever!
For those who don't know, I made my debut on the internet by starting the blog Dragons, Zombies and Aliens in the summer of 2015. Unfortunately, in late 2016, I had to put it on hiatus. I was in my last year of college, I'd just started writing for TheThings.com, I was looking for a "real" job and an apartment, and overall just trying to salvage the tattered remains of my sanity. But now that I've graduated, secured a career in advocacy, and have a living space that's not my parents' basement, I have returned!
Not that I ever really left the internet in the first place. It's been a busy month: multiple short stories published, two novellas written and contracted, and dozens of articles making a splash on TheThings.com.
And we're just getting started.
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The first Dragons, Zombies and Aliens blog was started in 2015. Somewhere between college coursework, paying rent with door-to-door sales, and keeping up with my sorority sisters, I wrote reviews, rants and commentaries on books, TV shows, and movies. Now, this blog has moved, improved, and the sky's the limit!