Thursday, May 21, 2009

She's Baaaack!

Thank you followers who've stuck in here with me during my lapse. I've been traipsing about the country for various personal reasons. Though I bought a laptop with the sole purpose of staying connected, I was surprised to find very little Internet access -my own fault - but there's time for that later.

Have no fear! This blog will be resuming it's vague impression of a regular schedule in the days to come.

In the meantime, it's been confirmed that I'm a 'smaller-town-east-of-the-Mississippi' type of person. Don't get me wrong - I love visiting California and Washington and all the amazing offerings of the West coast. I also commend all those drivers in the LA County and Seattle areas for their dedication to the cause - and their careers. And cheers to all those motorcyclists who successfully navigate the space between lanes of stopped cars - you've apparently found the secret (and mastered spacial concepts!)

So until next time, know that I'm not stuck on the freeway, merely getting settled at my desk, coffee by my side, parakeet at my back, and dogs and cat wandering through for intermittent lovies.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Write Stuff Wednesday

Stan Lee is this Wednesday's author with the Write Stuff! There's a lengthy wiki page full of details of his career, but what sets him apart - and earns my love and affection as writer and reader is that he created superheroes with human flaws and day to day concerns.

Comic books (graphic novels) before Stan Lee were geared toward preteens with bigger than life, perfectly moral archetypes. Readers everywhere should be thankful for Lee's creative genius in this medium. He wrote graphic novels in every genre from western to romance to sci-fi and would eventually co-create the most popular Marvel character, Spiderman.

He changed the industry, no question. Marvel comics under Stan Lee's guidance are visual studies of characterization and vibrant storytelling. And by changing graphic novels, he impacted countless writers and artists in other areas - including me!

Of course, you only have to read my Monday post to know I'm forever grateful for the Marvel - and marvelous - creation of the best tortured hero ever: Wolverine, of Xmen.

Do you have a favorite comic book hero? Or villain? Leave a comment and I'll enter you in a drawing for:

Happy reading of all the Write Stuff!
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(photo courtesy of the Stan Lee page on Wikipedia)

Monday, May 4, 2009

X-Men Origins Movie

Okay, so I'm a bit of an X-men freak. I've been reading the comic books since waiting for my piano lessons when I was only knee high to Professor X and I've followed the various cartoon and live action treatments of Marvel's great characters ever since.

But this latest movie is truly an adventure in both life (thanks Hugh Jackman) and screen writing. Here's a movie trailer to enjoy:

I was equally amazed and pleased that they put such care and cleverness into this prequel, though honestly, I didn't expect anything less than the best from Stan Lee.

As a writer, I know continuity is important, but it's also a challenge. As a fan, Wolverine has always been my favorite in the group for his wit, angst and inherently good instincts. And he's the sexy bad boy, so as a woman, I've always been thankful they cast Hugh Jackman, he's done a great job with the role and - whoa baby - that's some fabulous eye candy.

Happy Monday!

author of Pixie Chicks and the Shadows of Justice series - available from Kindle as well as Echelon Press. Just search Regan Black

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday's Boost

WOW! It means so much to get positive feedback, but a review like THIS from your precise target reader is the BEST!

Thanks so much, Alyssa! I needed that! Not only is Alyssa a talented author, she's a passionate reader who knows her books (and what she likes!) Find Alyssa's books at Fictionwise and Quake.

And make reading a great book a happy part of your weekend!

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