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One Girl Army

Let’s just get this out of the way, One Girl Army is not Frog Fractions 2. Not even a little bit. (Or is it?) (No.) (But…?) (No.)

Anyway. One Girl Army. Charlotte Powers 6 (kind of). It’s not a journal story. But it is about Charlotte.

I feel a bit different towards this one. It’s the first book I’ve written where I feel like the thing I started off wanting to make turned out to be the thing I actually made. Usually it gets changed around a lot, or things don’t work out, or whatever, whatever, whatever. Not so in this case. The book I finished writing is the same one that I started writing. And it is finished. So now it’s time to let go. I’ve worked on it for so long, I’ve spent thousands of hours with it, I’ve read through it a dozen times and I still kind of want to read it again.

I really like this book. I’m very happy with it. I hope others enjoy it too.

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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Of Writing


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Easy Edits & SuperBases

Tearing through the second edit of Power Play, mostly because (dare I say it?) there’s so little to do. I have made a few additions and corrections, but the errors are minor and the additions just for fun–it feels more like a proof than an edit. I’ve also made a superhero database to keep track of all the little mentions–name, promotion, affiliation, ‘killed by’, that sort of thing, so far I’ve got almost a hundred entries, I had no idea my pantheon was so big. All those little throwaway mentions do add up, I suppose. My problem is that a ‘throwaway’ mention often gets me thinking, so I spend way too much time going into the background and history of all these names. Most often these notes don’t make it into the book at all–I don’t want to distract from the story–but sometimes there’s room for a little more detail. I always like it when I’m reading a book and feel like the story it’s telling is just on the surface of something deeper, that there are dozens more stories going on with the supporting characters and those mentioned-but-not-shown. There’s a heck of a lot going on in Power Play, but it’s Charlotte’s story so I don’t break away from that. Going through this edit, though, I feel like I could write three more novels just on background events.

Meanwhile, I’ve stumbled onto a new indie superhero book!

Chasing Power (Hidden Talents Book 1)

So far the powers (and their application) are a little vanilla, but I’m having fun with it and I like the world/story concept. Also there’s not too much descriptive prose which is great. That’s been my biggest problem with most of the books I’ve tried lately, just paragraphs and paragraphs of stuff I just don’t care about. In one book I tried the other day there wasn’t a single character in the entire sample, what am I supposed to do with that?

Anyway, onwards … to adventure!

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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Of Writing


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Just some superhero-related linky-linky-linky-links all of which mysteriously involve Batman in some form or another

Super Heroes As Flags. To be honest, I think I like the concept more than the execution. But that might be because I don’t recognise even half of them.

Seven Insane Alternate Versions Of Superheroes. So difficult to choose between Anti-Soviet Terrorist Batman (imagine the action figure!) and Green Lantern Batman (terrifying). Noir Spiderman also gets a big thumbs up simply for looking totally badass. Biggest ‘no thank you’ goes to the ‘Marvel Mangaverse’. Western comics are great and Japanese comics are great but when they mix the results are rarely pretty … although to be fair the Japanese Batman parody/deconstruction thing was actually pretty interesting. I just wish I could remember what it was called.

Just a sweet Batvestite from Batsylvania? I think my favourite thing about this picture (and there’s just so much to choose from) is that I have never seen Batman look so happy.

To finish, the classic Batman Alignment Chart:

Of course, this chart doesn’t include The Batman’s true alignment: Badass Awesome.

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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Just Other Stuff


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Family, Mystery, Comics (I’m kind of a fake), Infinite Slaps

Today was mostly a family day, helping take the girls to swimming, feeding the ducks with Miya, accompanying her through the combined terrors and delights of The Big Slide, all that sort of fun stuff. Consequently I didn’t get much work done, except to work on something I’m going to be all mysterious about.

Something that I’m not going to be mysterious about at all is this:

A Kindle Can Ruin Your Night – Marion Harmon’s Blog Post About Charlotte Powers: Power Down

I haven’t had much feedback about Power Down–actually, I hadn’t had any. So it’s really nice that someone enjoyed it, especially someone who’s obviously well-versed in superhero lore. I have a terrible secret; I’m NOT well-versed in superhero lore. Oh, I know the big names and I’ve skirted the edges throughout my life, but the only superhero comics I own are the really huge hits like The Dark Knight Returns and The Killing Joke. This comes partly from living in New Zealand, where growing up I was lucky to find the occasional stray copy of 2000AD, which would most likely contain the middle parts of five different stories which I’d never find any other parts of ever. And which I loved to death anyway. In any case, comics have always, to me, seemed to be this distant, wonderful, alien thing. Now that I’ve grown up I’ve explored some of the bigger titles, especially Batman comics, and of course I love superhero movies and cartoons just as much as anyone, and I think that even if I don’t have a background in actual superhero comic reading, that I do have a good understanding of what makes comics special, and what makes them work, and what makes superheroes so much fun and so interesting. In any case, creating the superhero/supervillain pantheon for Charlotte Powers, as well as the backstory and history of her world, is probably the single most fun thing I’ve done as a writer. Creating the different powers and setting out the rules and limitations for them is also almost too much fun, I have to stop myself before I get too carried away–especially with the second book, in which there are presently twenty-three distinct powers. Still, I think it’s important to establish these things early on and stick to the rules you’ve created–as a reader, there’s little that irritates me more than a writer just pulling things out of nowhere to fit the situation at hand. What I like to see is a character using their established abilities in creative and interesting ways.

To finish, something that I’ve been giggling at all day; Tyrion slaps Joffrey FOREVER:

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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Of Writing


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