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Monday, December 16, 2019

Oh, Yeah, And This Happened

So we're in preorder, I guess?  They said a month?  It looks like it actually comes out January 20th.  I guess some of you will want to read, so here's the Amazon link.

Pre-order on Amazon, yay!


SHIPPING.  That bwessed awangement.

I will assume everyone here knows what shipping is.

I am not a big shipper.  I remember doing some shipping when I was a tiny lad, innocent and- okay, slightly more innocent.  Relationships in media are terrible.  Most ships are worse.  Through most of my life big name creators have been dedicated to hooking up the coolest girl in the property with the most godawful loser, whether or not it makes any sense.  From Fifi and Hampton (UGH) to Hermione and Ron (UGH) to...

Actually, I'm delighted to say horrible official ships have been slowly dying off.

I'm particularly happy because I only seem to get into canon ships, and at that the only ones that make me squee are when what looks like an insane, improbable pairing happens, and it works.  It works emotionally.  The characters have a real connection that binds them strongly.

The most recent is Entrapta X Hordak.  I love She Ra.  The show is great.  I could go on about it, and maybe I should.  And then this happened.

AND IT WORKS.  The dynamic fascinates me.  These two are the last you would expect to ship with anyone.  They are asexual in personality, and Hordak probably is physically.  They are 0% romantic.  What they are is amoral reject nerds.  Entrapta does not understand people.  She doesn't understand right and wrong.  She doesn't understand the world.  All she understands is her lab, her love of technology, and how the people immediately around her treat her.  Everyone cares about things she doesn't get, and they use her for her skills and move on.  It doesn't matter that other people really do care about her, they're not showing it in a way she grasps.

When they developed Hordak, it turns out he's only superficially a conquering megalomaniac.  He's insecure, only really understands science, and is trying to impress someone else who doesn't value him.  He doesn't get right and wrong.  He doesn't understand other people.  He doesn't really care about the world except as a bauble to give to his father figure, who used him and moved on.

Pushed together, they got each other.  They made each other happy.  They could share joys and goals in a way they can't with anyone else, because other people care so much more about stuff that makes no sense to either of them.

This.  Stuff.  FASCINATES.  Me.  Is it reflected in my books?  I have no idea.

The other biggest ship I've gotten into?  Padippica.  Gravity Falls was fun.  I was pretty 'eh' on the relationships in the show.  Wendy's boyfriend was vile, Dipper's crush on her was an early teen's lust that feels world-shaking, and Mabel's boys had no real connection beyond Fun.

Then at the very end of the show, Pacifica revealed that she hates the cruel, empty doll she's been raised to be.  I know someone who empathizes strongly with that, and went through similar experiences.  That person was a heavy inspiration for Marcia's flip.  It made utter sense.  This is one of the ways people like Pacifica happen.  Dipper rescues her, and becomes her icon of a life she doesn't have to feel guilty for.  He's shallow and hungry for excitement and mystery.  Pacifica is a force of nature.  It worked... for exactly one episode, then the series ended before Dipper and Pacifica had a chance to interact again significantly.

I'm going to kill Hirsch.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Bookbub And Other News

So, Please Don't Tell My Parents I Have Henchmen should be out any time now.  Like, could be on Amazon any minute, I'm guessing tomorrow 'any time now.'  Nemesis is edited and hopefully we'll get that out fast.  I desperately, desperately want to get the whole series back out.  Among other things, it horrifies me how briefly Believe Her was out.  There must be so many people who couldn't read it and got stuck on the cliffhanger.  Ugh!

Do any of you have Bookbub accounts?  My new publisher Crossroad is way more on top of advertising than Curiosity Quills was, and thank goodness.  I'd like to have my career back and be able to focus solely on writing.  If you do, apparently following my Bookbub page helps me get advertising from them, which is THE big thing.

Finally, reactions to Mirabelle are good.  I will get to work on the outline for that book, and then get properly started.  More Supervillain content, ho!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Can I Get Opinions?

It's time to write a new Supervillain book.  Hooray!  I plan on never making Penny the main character again.  Boo!

This time, I'd like to write Mirabelle.  I have a story in mind, but she's a challenging main character.  So, I have written the first scene of the book, and I could super use feedback on whether it's fun like Penny's books are fun.

The PDF version
The MOBI version
The EPUB version

I can't guarantee the Mobi and Epub work right.  I was getting weird line wrap issues.  But maybe that was my ereader.

Friday, August 9, 2019


You Can Be A Cyborg When You're Older is written and compiled into a manuscript.

It is beta reader time.

Also I think the first two supervillain books are back on Amazon but the editing is slow so the other three may take awhile.

Beta readers, place your requests at rrsupervillain@gmail.com, an address I forgot I even had until now.

Now to watch my brain spiral and crash.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

ORDER UUUUP! Paperbacks first!

Okay, woah.  This publisher releases paperbacks before ebooks!  Isn't that weird?  But it's a thing, which means the paperbacks for A Rag Doll's Guide To Here And There ARE OUT ALREADY.  Order that bad daddy!  Just click on the picture I'll post below!


And I'm begging you, leave a review!

EDIT - Oh, and the final word is 'April 16th' for the ebook release.

Sunday, March 24, 2019


Look what's up for preorder!


It has been a long and painful dry spell for me.  Fighting with Curiosity Quills and then going back to being an unpublished author hurt.  But now I have a book again!

Is it weird?  Yeah, kinda.  But it's fun and dark and adorable and I read Oz and went 'I can make a magical kids' world with WAY more childish wonder than THAT.'

Get your preorders, kids, because the full thing will be up soon.  We're aiming at April 8th.  If that changes, I'll keep you posted.

And Vanity Rose's book is coming along beautifully.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Alita Good, Egil Bad

I haven't seen Captain Marvel yet, and part of me was like 'Maybe I should wait', then I was like 'You dufus, you haven't posted in forever, stop lollygagging.'

So, a couple of quick reviews while I wait for preorders of A Rag Doll's Guide To Here And There to go up on Amazon.

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Huge Question

I got my book rights back!  My plan is to first begin shopping Supervillain to agents in the hopes of getting them into bookstores with a major publisher.

But it raises a major question.  This Vanity Rose book is pretty early on.  I could scrap it and recycle some of Vanity's personality into a new Supervillain world book.  I only started her book because I felt like I needed a replacement property.

Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Still In Limbo

I'm... well, it would be unprofessional to say exactly what's going on, but my publisher hasn't given me my rights back.  I want to try and get the Supervillain books a new publisher as fast as possible, definitely.  I'm not 100% sure who would want to pick up a book series that had a previous publisher, but on the other hand it's a proven seller.

While I fight with that, do you guys want chapter four?  It needs a lot of clean-up, but if I don't post while I'm thinking about it, I never post.