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My Kindle book now has the expanded content in the CreateSpace book. It contains:

  • Super Bad Hair Day! (first short story I wrote for Holly)
  • The Poet and the Supersplainer! (The Karate Queen, based on a poetess friend)
  • The Fiendish Brain Freezer! (Kittygirl’s first short story)
  • The Dimensional Dollar! (first appearance of Billington Stumpfinger, my Trumpy supervillain)
  • The Intellecta-Rhapsody! (script of my second audio story)
  • Chapter Zero of The Comic Book Code! (yes, I still have to finish writing the novel)
  • Super Holly artwork drawn by various artists at local comic cons.

At WorldCon, I sold 9 books (if I counted correctly). 10 books if you count the Kindle book I sold. Good times! (I should point out that at that time, my CreateSpace book had a few minor typos which I have since fixed.)

I am working on a Kittygirl trilogy, which I want to publish as a middle-grade book. Problem: I do not know any younger girls for a test audience. I will still keep writing, my critique group told me I was good at “kidspeak.”


Self-Promo Stories from local authors!

self-promo-book-valerie-estelleLocal to me, anyway. In Valerie Frankel’s just-published book, “Self Promo Stories: Authors’ Boldest, Cleverest & Wackiest Strategies to Sell their Books,” I wrote a short chapter about meeting artists at comic cons and having them draw Super Holly Hansson art. Pick up the book for free at Smashwords! From the book’s Smashwords page:

Looking for wonderful advice on self-promotion? This book has it all: silly hats, theme candy, sandwich board costumes. There’s also plenty of up-to-date social media advice — Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogging, KDP days, and more.

A brush with Batgirl.

yvonne-craig-coverAt WonderCon many years ago, when it was still in San Francisco (WHERE IT BELONGS!!!), I stopped at a table where Yvonne Craig was selling her memoir. The first question I asked was if she could still kick up that high. She said not in what she was currently wearing (I think it was a modest dress).

We talked a little, me making sure I was not blocking any traffic or potential customers. I do not remember the contents of our talk, but she was sweet, smart, and gracious.

I bought her book. It was a great read. Funny and candid. She was not afraid to tell a few of her shortcomings in her tryouts. Nor some of the trials and tribulations that actresses go through. But she had happiness in her acting career, she rated James Coburn as the best kisser. From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond is a fun insider view of acting. She obviously loved life, she wrote with such joy. I always wanted to meet her again and tell her how much I loved her book. That never happened.

I loved her Batgirl performance, what young red-blooded geek guy wouldn’t? I still remember when Batman asked how she found him and Robin at this week’s fiendish trap. “With something you won’t find in that utility belt, Batman.” (Adam West Batman searched his utility belt for a moment.) And she finished: “A woman’s intuition.”

P.S. I do not know where to buy this book now. Amazon sells it in the $200 range, and her website’s book page is down for maintenance. Another reason why I want my stories in ebooks.

Novel progress: a big milestone knocked over

I have done the final pass on my novel’s outline. Removed a couple more unneeded chapters, smoothed over the plot, have written the outline beats for every chapter, and made sure to show foreshadowing where it is needed.

Sure, I will find more to fix up, but those will be minor details. Now I can get back to my goal for Fanboys Shrugged: have a complete first draft by late October. I’ll still work on my short stories, but it is time to be an aspiring novelist again. So much I can’t wait to write!

P.S. I changed the title from The Comic Book Code to Fanboys Shrugged a few months ago. A better fit for the theme that has entered the book: the Hollywoodization of the San Diego Comic Con. (And yes, I’d still love to go back, crazy as it is. Maybe next year?)

The Girl Who Would Be King by Kelly Thompson

I recently read “The Girl Who Would Be King” by Kelly Thompson. It sucked. In that it sucked me right in and I finished it fast and I enjoyed it a lot.

Kelly does two first person points of view: the psycho supervillainess and the heroic superheroine. And it works. I rode in their heads, even though they were young ladies and I am nearly sixty. And I did not get mixed up as to whose head it was. This is enough to make me think about trying duo first person POV in my novel.

Kelly says Josh Whedon is an influence. If you like Josh, I think you will like this book. And it often was a roller coaster. The character have super healing powers, which they use that a lot, since super strength fights do lots of damage when you are not invulnerable. I cringed nicely at well-described battle damage to hands, torsos, necks, and other neat stuff.

The tone is grim, but a good kind of grim. Not the grim-cuz-gritty-is-cool stuff that infects way too many comics (cough, DC, cough) nowadays, this feels real. Well, as real as superpowers can get.

A slight flaw: there were a few minor editing errors. Not a big deal.

This book is a spicy candy bar. Eat it up.