Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NaNo my whatMo? (WIP Wednesday)

As April comes to a close, I am deep into my Camp NaNoWriMo project for the month. I kept it relatively simple this time around, aiming for 15,000 words over two short stories, just a bit higher than my average writing rate for the last few months. So far I've moved things along quite nicely with both tales.

I just wrapped a new Quadrant story. This one will start the second cycle of stories in that corner of the universe, and send the Brothers Morgan on a new set of adventures in more far-flung locales. It really did feel like visiting old friends again to create this one and I cannot wait as I start to cycle again between their tales and those of Lightweight over the next several weeks.

My other project remains un-talk-about-able, but it will hopefully appear in an upcoming Pro Se Productions book. Right now, I'm referring to it by its fancy codename (because who doesn't love fancy codenames?) FOXHUNT.

I have a couple other stories proposals in the works, but it looks like May will be spent with a lot of prep work on other projects.

Today's image, inspired by Quadrant member Kodiak's looking for love, is a classic internet meme very apt for our mutated bear hero! Image copyright, TheMetaPicture.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It's almost time to fight the Good Fight again!

The latest entry from the fine folks at the Pen & Cape Society is now up for preorder! The Good Fight 4: Homefront brings 13 new stories by folks like T. Mike McCurley, Ian Thomas Healy, Jim Zoetewey, Christofer Nigro and a whole heck of a lot of other talented writers!

My personal contribution will be my third tale in the Second Life of D.B. Cooper. (Coop made his first appearance in The Good Fight 2: Villains.) As the focus on this book is on the family and homes of our heroes, this new story skips ahead twenty years from Coop's last appearance. Set in the early 2000s, it introduces his daughter, a young woman that inherited some of his own psychic abilities!

I think this will be a great addition to the Coop's developing life, even if it does skip past some of his other upcoming adventures. And of course, it is only one of thirteen stories. The full line-up also features Stephen T. Brophy, Samantha Bryant, Frank Byrns, Shielding Cournoyer, Adrienne Dellwo, Warren Hately, Palladian and Scott A. Story. For more on the upcoming book, please check out the Facebook event page.

Head over to Amazon and make sure to preorder the book before it launches on May 1st!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Cosplay Friday: Typhoid Mary

I've been very slowly working my way through the Ann Nocenti / John Romita Jr classic A Touch of Typhoid, the original appearances of Nocenti's greatest creation, Typhoid Mary. There's a decent amount of cosplays of the character out there these days, but so few of them focus on the classic Romita-designed costume which I still absolutely love. I don't know the identity of this cosplayer, but she nails the costume perfectly.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on Super Powered Fiction this week!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quadrant Handbook 4: The Claw

Art by Kent Archer.

Real Name: Zhou

Occupation: Dictator

Marital Status: Unknown

Known Relatives: None

Group Affiliation: none

Base of Operations: Riccapoor

History: The man that became known as The Claw was born as Zhou in a small monastery in the hidden city of Shambhala. Banished from the city for his unyielding rage and endless ambition, he was lost in the hills of Tibet when he was trapped in the impact zone of a meteor.

He awoke four years later inside the crater as something no longer human. Yellow-skinned and with large ear ridges and a gaping maw filled with fangs, he found his fingers ended with deadly claws. He would eventually travel back to his homeland, the tiny island nation of Riccapoor, where he carved out a place as the ruler of the southeast Asian city-state. 

In the earliest days of the second World War, his evil came to the attention of several costumed heroes. He would battle the likes of Silver Streak and Daredevil as he set out to conquer the world or just wreak vengeance upon his enemies. At some point during the war, he captured Lady Fairplay and worked out a way to siphon off her powers. He used this means to create the villainous figure he dubbed Lady Foulplay. 

As the war blossomed across the world, he apparently left for space and the origin of his powers. But sometime after the war he returned to Earth and secretly conquered Riccapoor. He allowed the reigning prince to serve as a figurehead, so as not to attract the attention of the heroes he once fought. Daredevil didn't fall for the ruse. Unfortunately, Daredevil surrounded himself with "wives" all with the Lady Foulplay abilities. Together, they were able to capture him. He would stay a prisoner beneath Riccapoor for decades, unaging. The Claw would frequently torture him just for entertainment, but as the years passed and Daredevil gave up hope of freedom, he lost interest.

His rule may have never been challenged if not for the arrival of the time-lost heroes dubbed the Living Legends. London, Atoman and Black Owl all found themselves on Riccapoor at the same time. They teamed with a new female Silver Streak and the freed Daredevil, now calling himself The Coward, in a final battle with the insane dictator. Ultimately Atoman lit himself up and seeming erased the villain in a concentrated atomic blast.

In the aftermath, The Coward swore his arch-enemy still lived and it would just be a matter time until his evil returned.

Height: Variable

Weight: Variable

Eyes: Green

Hair: None. The Claw's entire mutated body is hairless.

Strength level: At human size, The Claw possesses enhanced strength that allows him to lift approximately ten tons. As he grows, his strength levels also rise. The limits of his strength as he grows remains unknown.

Known superhuman abilities: The Claw's greatest ability is his size-changing. He can grow from a normal human size to thousands of feet in height, the upper limit of which is still unknown.

The claws responsible for his namesake are exceedingly sharp. They thicken as he grows and by the time his height reaches 25 feet are as hard as pressed steel.

The Claw possesses an unknown level of training in sorcery. He has used magic to various effect in multiple encounters, but often in combat will revert to his height, strength and claws to battle his enemies.

Other abilities: The Claw was a highly trained martial artist as a human. He still possesses excellent combat prowess, though he rarely uses it, depending on brute force instead.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

My number is up!

I'm still deep into Camp NaNoWriMo right now, but that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about the products I am working on and have already produced. As part of the focus on a more coherent Quadrant Universe, I have officially started the numbering of the novels in the Quadrant Universe series. Now anyone on Amazon will quickly know which novels are full-fledged releases.

Now just because the series is numbered does not mean the novels have to be read in a specific order. In fact, at least one upcoming novel will be set significantly before the other novels so far. But I wanted to make sure everyone could easily see the novels in order and pick them up as they see fit.

Check out the complete list in numerical order below:

  1. A Dangerous Place to Live
  2. Living Legends: Old Soldiers
  3. Lightweight: Senior Year
  4. Epsilon
  5. Walking Shadows Book One
  6. Walking Shadows Book Two
  7. Lightweight: Black Death
  8. Lightweight: Beyond
Eight full length novels, all of which are of course supported by several dozen short stories you can read about more in the annals of this blog. But those eight titles are the core of the Quadrant Universe so far and they are far from everything I have to come! 

Stay tuned for more news in the coming days!