Archive for May, 2013

Comic Book Craze

In honor of Denver’s upcoming Comic Con, I think it would be appropriate for me to do a post about my love of comic books/graphic novels and how it’s influenced my writing and my life.

I don’t recall exactly when it was that I first got into comic books, but I do know that it’s been for quite a long time. I do remember really falling in love with the series “Slingers,” which was about four teenaged superheroes who assume Spider-Man’s alternate identities he had during a time where he wasn’t able to be Spider-Man. One of the members die in the first few issues, but is still a member of the team while another member has a palsied arm that he’s only able to use when he puts on special armor and another member named Prodigy is really only a part-time member of the team. My favorite character was Johnny, who had perfect aim, had Spider-Man’s spider sense and enhanced agility. I think what I really liked about the comic book was that the characters were such misfits and didn’t really fit your idea of what a team of superheroes should be. But like most things fantastic, it was cancelled.

At first I was more of a Marvel fan and really connected with the outcast heroes known as the X-Men. This is also where Susan Storm, aka the Invisible Woman,  became one of my favorite comic book characters. Growing up I was shy and didn’t talk much, so I always felt invisible. There were also a lot of things that I wish I could’ve kept away from myself mentally, physically and emotionally. I just wanted to put up a barrier, put up a force field like the ones Susan Storm can manifest. I also liked that she was considered to be the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four, that she was a woman and that she was intelligent as well. To this day Susan Storm is still one of my favorite comic book characters.

Now I would consider myself to be more of a DC fan. I guess I can relate to the characters more and feel that the storylines have more meat to them. Not to say that I’ve shunned all things Marvel, just that I’ve been in a DC phase for the past few years.

It really wasn’t until I started writing my first novel that I truly allowed myself the freedom of writing my own comic book in prose form. It’s a novel about superheroes, or at least people with superpowers, so I thought it appropriate that I take some cues from my beloved comic books. While lately I’ve started to realize that my first novel needs to be more of a novel  and less of a comic book, the experience helped me realize that I still would like to write comic books one day and work with artists, letterers, colorists and the like. I have no idea how to get started in the biz, but I am sure that it’s something that I’d like to try.

I’m proud to call myself a comic book nerd and I’m proud to admit to anyone that I’m going to Comic Con…dressed up as Superboy from Young Justice. Comic books helped me open myself up to being passionate about something and not being ashamed of being passionate. I remember after last year’s Comic Con that I went back to “the real world” feeling slightly…not necessarily depressed, but definitely disappointed. It’s like going to the Promised Land but only being able to stay for a few days before going back to life as usual.

So hopefully this weekend’s Comic Con will be even more spectacular. And who knows, maybe I’ll be able to make some professional connections as well like I did last year.

Take care out there


The Writing Dead

I know it’s been months since I’ve updated this blog, and I honestly don’t have any reason other than I haven’t really been writing anything new lately. I wanted this blog to be about my personal perspective on writing, so I didn’t want to bore you with details about my life that are unrelated to writing. But I will say that I’ve been doing more freelance writing to keep up with my lavish lifestyle, a.k.a. pay my taxes and try to handle my finances like the adult that I’m reluctantly becoming.

That’s it, now back to writing.

Since I posted last, I’ve been doing a final revision of Fury Us: Thus Spoke which is coming along quite well. I’ve also recently joined Critique Circle so that I can get some actual feedback on my novel and strengthen my revisions and overall writing. It’s also nice to critique the writing of others because it will help me to read my writing with a more focused eye.

I’ve also made the decision to start off as a self-published writer. While I haven’t been posting on my own blog, I have been reading the blogs of other writers. Mainly Joe Konrath (who often includes insights from bestselling author Barry Eisler), Rachelle Gardner and Anne R. Allen. It’s mainly my man Joe who has opened my eyes to the reality of traditional publishing and how much power authors give up for so little in return. While I’m not saying that I never want to be traditionally published, I am saying that I’d like to have more control over the first few years of my writing career and learn what works for me personally. I want to do a lot with my career, and I might not have the freedom to do everything that I want to do if I’m tied up through a contract.

You can now find me here on Tumblr. I’ll mainly be using it as a place to share some of the creative things I’m into, such as singing, music and of course writing. This blog is more of the professional (at least I hope it’s professional) side of me while Tumblr is more for the creative  side of me. If you use Tumblr I’d love to hear your input about how to get more use out of it as a writer. I don’t know if I’m going overboard with social media, but I figure there’s no harm in testing everything out to see how it fits.

Next up on the writing agenda is to enter more contests and try to get published in magazines and e-zines more in an effort to continue building an audience and my personal brand while also polishing my professional chops. I heard about a website called Readwave where authors share short stories. I figure this is a good place to get feedback while getting a feel for what it will be like for me as a self-published author. I’m actually quite excited about it!

So that’s where I’ve been and where I’m heading. I’ll honestly try to do better about posting more, I think right now I’m just figuring things out about the future of my career, myself and trying to find the balance between it all. Hope you all have been doing well!

Take care out there