Had a GREAT open mic last night!

I was at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View for the Monday open mic, and I read part of my current story starring Kittygirl (Katsuko Kimura, who has super kittycat powers, and who loves Super Holly Hansson, and Super Holly loves Katsuko every bit as much). In this story, an EEEEEVIL villain, whose voice I based on Simon Bar Sinister (I love doing his evil laugh!), hit Super Holly with a time gun and turned her into an eight year old girl. Holly did not have superpowers at that age, but she was still a spitfire and proved it by breaking the villain’s nose with one punch.

Anyway. The crowd really loved the reading, I got laughs (like when Little Holly did a taunting Cyrano-type speech to distract a big-nosed, gun-toting henchwoman), and appreciative cheers (like “Ooo!” when Kittygirl knocked out said henchwoman).

When the open mic ended, I thanked a few guys at a nearby table for being a great audience. One guy said he would by recording of my stories, so I guess I should put some on sale someday. They asked me about the sound effects in my reading, like echoing. Turns out the sound guy added sound effects to my reading: echoing voice and the like. I thanked him too. And a lady gave me a quick drawing she did of Kittygirl. Actually, I do not envision Kittygirl with a tail or kitty ears, but it was nice of her to draw Kittygirl. (I have thought about giving Kittygirl slightly pointy, elf-like ears.)

I am a writer, and I am a performer. Expect more audio files. I love open mics!

P.S. At a writer gathering this evening, one of the writers read a pirate character, and did a great job. He said I had inspired him with my readings. I think I want a pirate-type character in a Super Holly story. Not sure about hero or villain, or even male or female. But I love reading pirate characters, like I did for Sulu’s Gay Trek.

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Me and Keith Knight in San Francisco!

It has been a while since I had said hi to Keef (check out his K-Chronicles website here). He was in San Francisco doing his presentation on police brutality. (I wonder how Keef stays so positive and nice with such a depressing subject.) I should have done a Spider-Man web-shooting hand gesture so Fox News could say I was doing a gang sign. Go to www.kchronicles.com and see Keef’s work and buy his books!

I have been a fan of Keef for what, 20 years or so? 30? It has been a while. Way back when WonderCon was in San Francisco, Keef was manning his booth and selling books, and he asked me to man it while he visited the restroom. So I stood in his booth. An older white guy came up and asked me if I was Keef. I told him I wasn’t, but I thought about it. Keef told me I should have said yes. (In this photo, I am the white guy with the glasses and the slightly droopy left eyelid.) I gave him a copy of Super Bad Hair Day and Boss by Mike Royko. I think of Keef as a writer as well as a cartoonist. He writes great little stories in his work.

I still have not put Keef into a Super Holly story, but I intend to. It would be a police brutality thing, but with Super Holly and Harry Headbutt to add slapstick comedy. I would move Keef’s home town to Chicago because I know nothing about Boston. I have decided that Keef and his wifey Kerstin (or rather, the characters I create based on them) will be the parents of Tucker and Wrigley, The Puppy Brothers (hear their Malevolent Mystery Meat audio story here), BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK!!!! I can’t wait to write Kerstin’s German accent: Ack, little Schnitzels, stoppen der barking! What would be Keef’s superpower? I had thought about super-speed because Keef is the hardest-working guy I have seen in this business, and had stuck i tout for all these decades. (I have seen a lot of comic book / cartoonists come, and I have seen them go. And mostly go.) Keef once said his superpower would be the power to make people vomit (read that story here).

Great seeing you again, Keef. And great hanging out afterwards at Southern Pacific Brewing and having a ginger beer and a root beer (I always stop after two drinks).

P.S. Kerstin is a sweet lady. I wish I could have said hi to her also.

Time change for my reading at the Palo Alto Local Authors Event!

At the Friends of the Palo Alto Library Local Authors Event, I will be reading one of my audio stories (like at my open mics) at 4pm; I lean toward “The Intellecta-Rhapsody!” I will also sell my book and give away my little 8-page book (The Little Green Man!). The event is tomorrow, April 21, from 1-5pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center on 3700 Middlefield Road.

My audio stories are on SoundCloud

I uploaded my audio stories for people who buy my Kindle or CreateSpace book. Hear me PERFORM them with some cool royalty-free background music!

I started a free SoundCloud account. Free means that you can listen to my audio stories, but you cannot download them. For now.

Play them on my WordPress audio stories page where I embedded the stories. You can download a couple of PDFs to read with them.

Or go to my SoundCloud and play them there.

 

Bay Area Authors will perform on April 21.

On April 21 from 1-5pm, at the Palo Alto library on 3700 Middlefield Road, Friends of the Palo Alto Library has a local authors event. We “award winning” local authors will be selling our books. And performing them! Thank you, Tina Gibson, for organizing this and inviting me. (And for helping me design The Karate Queen in my book.) I know a few of these authors, and they are worth your time. Maybe even a little of your money.

Here’s the schedule for the author readings. As an audio prize winner, I shall PERFORM at 3:40. And check out Tina at 1:10 for (I believe) some epic poetry.

  • 1:00-1:10: Intro by FOPAL President, Nigel Jones
  • 1:10-1:30: Tina Gibson
  • 1:30-1:50: Doug Sovern
  • 1:50-2:10: Suga-T
  • 2:10-2:30: Emmy Z. Madrigal
  • 2:30-2:50: Minu Dave
  • 2:50-3:10: Patty Somlo
  • 3:10-3:40: Intermission: Q&A, Meet & greet, Networking, Book sales,
    Spotlight on kids – Young Adult Library contest winner to read
  • 3:40-4:00: Dave M. Strom
  • 4:00-4:20: Lisa Meltzer Penn
  • 4:20-4:40: Kalamu Chache
  • 4:40-5:00: Venus Jones
  • 5:00: Closing questions and wrap-up

First Stumpfinger story is published!

“The Dimensional Dollar,” the first short story I wrote with my Donald-Trumpy money-gulping supervillain Stumpfinger, is now published. Series 1963 A: An Anthology of California Writers is a series of stories from the California South Bay Writers Club about the journey of a single dollar bill, which side-slips into Super Holly’s universe for my story. I helped select and edit a few of these stories. I know these writers. They’re good. Spend $1.29 and have a good time.

P.S. In this first story, I spelled Stumpfinger’s first name as Billutons (goofy and greedy) instead of Billington (real and snooty). I’ll likely change it to Billington later, unless people like Billutons better. Comments and votes are welcome.