Secret Empire #4

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:14 am
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SECRET EMPIRE 4 may be our best-received issue to date, because a) Leinil Yu is a god, b) Hank Pym is the most interesting Marvel character. -- Nick Spencere

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Silver Surfer #11: "Zero-Sum Game"

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:12 pm
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"When we first conceived the current Silver Surfer series, there were three big stories we wanted to do. Galactus (#8-10) was the first. Shalla Bal (v2 #1-4) was the second. The third starts in Silver Surfer #11..." - Tom Brevoort

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Off-Topic Tuesday!

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:11 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

In the US, the new Healthcare scheme is being co-ordinated and planned in such cloak and dagger stealth and secrecy that the planning of the D-Day landings look like an information free for all by comparison.

The Supreme Court upheld, sort of, Trump's travel ban, until it's review later in the year, so we'll see how that one goes.

The British PM finalised a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (a party more regressive than even her own Tory Party are) to shore up her minority Government for Brexit, and the cost of this compeltely cynical move? A snip at £1 billion pounds. And this from a PM who told a nurse that the Public Sector pay cap of 1% had to stay because "We don't have a magic money tree"... yeah, right.

A new mini-version of the Super Nintendo is being released in September for $80

This weeks Doctor Who, the first of the two part season finale (and last regular story for Peter Capaldi) was pretty damn awesome... especially if (like one lucky friend) you had managed to avoid ALL spoilers, because the reveals were very, VERY impressive. And even if you knew what they were, they were still capable of holding an emotional gut-punch.

Missy was a delight, in her trying to be good, but not really having the right attitude for it. (Oddly, and I only realise this as I typed that last sentence, in some ways reminiscent of Capaldi's early stories, where his social skills were... distinctly lacking and he ponders over whether he's a GOOD man)

The Cybermen should always reflect a degree of body horror of course, but I can't recall anything on this scale before (The proto-Cyberman screaming "Pain!" repeatedly and endlessly through it's voicebox, until a nurse comes along to tend to it... by turning the volume on the voicebox down... That's just HORRIBLE)

My one serious concern is that Bill does not end up being a victim of the reprehensible "dead lesbian" trope in TV drama, but I'm hoping that Moffatt's tendency to NOT kill characters will shine through and it might end up being something to do with why he's seen regenerating at the start of the episode. Am REALLY jazzed for the finale!

And to shift slightly more ON topic (which I really do try NOT to do), it's the last week of Pride Month, and whilst we may not have had a theme devoted to it, since EVERY month is Pride Month on scans_daily (Well, it is if we're doing it right), a big shout out to all members who identify on the delightful rainbow which is the LGBTQIA spectrum! You are all welcome, you are all celebrated and if some of you want to post scans on the topic, then fly my pretties, FLY!

Gah

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:19 pm
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I think I might be coming down with a cold. My nose feels all weird. I'm sneezing all the time. I feel all muzzy-headed, too. And hungry and tired and bleh. I don't want a cold! I'm supposed to go camping next week and camping with a cold would be miserable. :(

Despite the bleh I might be catching, I got 3400 words written on the second of my 3 novels in 3 months challenge. I'm up just shy of 30K which is the minimum for 'novel' for this challenge. I think I've got another 20K or so to go, maybe less. I'm really not sure. Sinead's discovered what the Delbhana were up to but she still has no freaking clue what's up with the blankets or why they were so important. But she's got the two most important people in the mystery cornered and restrained so they're going to get questioned until Sinead's happy with their answers.

Tomorrow.

Got my steps today. The hubby wanted to go walking after work so we did even though I felt mungy. probably will help me fight the cold off but still ugh.

I got this week's short story into basic format, wrote the cover blurb and created the cover. I found exactly the right image for it so it was easy. Still need to put it into ebook and POD format. Tomorrow I hope. And I need to do some pre-work for next week's collection. I want to issue the first Gods Above and Below collection next week so getting started at it would be good. Won't have much time over the 4th for that what with visiting my mom and going camping.

*dies*

Goals for tomorrow include writing, not catching a cold (crosses fingers), exercises, preparing for doing two audits this week on Thursday and Friday (uuuuuuuugh!) and making pot roast for dinner. Though that's easy. Thank goodness for slow cookers!

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!
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Conflict is needed for drama. And in a group, there is that one character who is around just to cause conflict with the other characters. WEST COAT AVENGERS #69 is an example of when there are two characters there just to cause conflict, and what happens when they fight each other.

Story by Roy Thomas, with art by Paul Ryan.

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Grudge Match )

The Hood #3

Jun. 26th, 2017 01:04 pm
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And man, it was the quintessential summer day. I melted during the ceremony and I was wearing a dress. So did everyone else. Blah for summer heat waves!

After that we came back home and started laundry. Got all that done, during which I wrote 4000 words on the second novel of my 3 novels in 3 months challenge. I'm up to 26K and just starting Chapter 12. Sinead's finding more and more layers of Delbhana influence, all of which are hard to deal with given her PTSD.

But Renata, her guide, has her back so Sinead will make it through.

I most certainly did not get my steps today. Too hot for going outside. It's not even supposed to cool until 6am tomorrow morning. *groan*

Goals for tomorrow include survive the heat wave, write (I'd love to finish this novel before the 1st), exercises (if its not too hot), and steak for dinner.

Off to bath to soak my tired arms and bed for me--goodnight everyone!
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Comics don’t rip off pop culture anywhere near enough any more. Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound happened because of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD happened because of James Bond and the Man from UNCLE. Comics used to omnivorously devour whatever was popular and make it part of the mix. Usually two years too late, but they were in there trying. Kung fu popular? Have some kung fu heroes! Blaxploitation? Gotcha covered. But at some point, greedily chasing trends started to be frowned on. And the Big Two comics got to be a lot more about maintaining the old stuff than chasing the new. I think that was a point when comics lost a lot of vitality. If Pokemon had happened in 1965, there’d be a Spider-Man villain today named Monsteroso, who hunted & trapped monsters he used to do crimes. -- Kurt Busiek

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"You don't wear your strongest influences like a shirt, something you take on and off as you like. You wear those influences like your skin. For me, Ray Bradbury is that way. From the time I was twelve to the time I was twenty-two, I read every Bradbury novel and hundreds of Bradbury short stories, many of them two and three times. Teachers came and went; friends ran hot and cold; Bradbury, though, was always there, like Arthur Conan Doyle, like my bedroom, like my parents. When I ruminate about October, or ghosts, or masks, or faithful dogs, or children and their childish frightening games, every thought I have is colored by what I learned about these things from reading Ray Bradbury. One of Bradbury's most famous collections is The Illustrated Man, which features a man tattooed with a countless number of Ray's stories, a man who walks through life carrying all those stories on his back. I relate."
-- Joe Hill

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Ticking right along...

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:45 pm
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...on the novel. I'm up to 21K and I think I've gotten to about the halfway point. Maybe. Not sure yet. Sinead's finally gotten a handle on what the real basis of the crime is and it's her. Well, not her directly but the same old feud between the Delbhana and the Dana has started to play out in Atalya.

Pretty sure Sinead's going to wake up, decide that hell no, this will not fly and then go kick the world until it does what she wants.

Which is both very Delbhana and very Dana of her. Much fun having her have that sort of personality thing going on.

The hubby and I went out today. His office chair (he works from home 90% or more of the time and does far too much overtime) had hit the point of pain while sitting in it. So I decreed that new chair would be found this weekend. Last night we went out to dinner (and then got groceries super-late, thus no post) and tried at Office Depot. No luck there. None of the chairs worked.

So today we went to the mall and got lunch, then walked and bought spices, gummy bears, Lush and Legos. Then we went to Staples and found a chair that he can live with. They didn't have any in stock but there was free shipping and a sale on the chair so we ordered it to be delivered to our home on Tuesday.

Tomorrow's goals are laundry, write at least one chapter, preferably two, clean my bathroom, and avoid the heat as much as possible. We're in the 80s right now and dang, we are not prepared for it. Thankfully, I talked him into whole house AC a couple of years ago so we're not dying. Just every time we step outside it's ugh.

So, off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!
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