Why UNMASKING isn’t a comic…


Let’s do this backwards!  A countdown.  But not the final countdown.

Reason #3 – Industry Truths
If I took the time to write this all out the chances of it actually getting drawn and made into a comic are super slim (publishing with Penguin would be more realistic of a chance).  As it is, lots of places expect the team (writer, artist, and letterer) assembled before hand.  Very few places take just scripts these days.  There are more comic writers than there are comic artists.  I’m not an artist.*

all_bets_are_off_by_gweberart-d4vjfllReason #2 – I don’t draw fast
*-I’m not an artist.  However, I do draw for fun.  Meaning, I’ve been too busy and I’m super rusty.**

Even at the height of my drawing times, like when I drew that raccoon lady, I was slow.  She took me five days!  So, imagine me trying to draw a page of comics.  A beautiful, what UNMASKING deserves page would probably be seven to ten days each.  I’d be done years from now!


**-I’m rusty.  Even my chibi drawing has suffered.  Le sigh…

I could cut corners (the above).  Now, that took me two writing sessions.  I’d say  for the amount of text that picture covers we’re talking double the production time.  Even when you count edits, revisions, re-reads, and not just pounding on the keys, my story gets done faster being a book and not a comic.

So, why isn’t UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS a comic?
Short answer: Because I wanted to make sure it got in people’s hands, being the best it could be, as fast as can be.

UNMASKING #2 will be out Fall/Winter of 2016
Get #1 today!

Before I go, I want to share some good news and some bad news.  I know you’re supposed to end with the good news, but I’m starting with that.

Good News: On March 2nd I did a Guest Post over on the awesome blog of Caren Rich.   I break down some of my character choices when it came to creating Lemon “Em” Law.

Bad News: On February 28, 2016, my dwarf hamster, Gotham, passed away.  He live for almost two months, spoiled as I could manage.  I hope he was happy, because he made me very happy.

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Inspiration: ARROW’s Lance and ALICIA’s Dorndorf

In my short story, ALICIA, there’s a somewhat unlikable homicide detective named Dorndorf. I felt by making him such a jerk, it would make Leon that much more likeable.

To make Dorndorf unlikable, I decided to pull from my least favorite (television) cop. More specifically, Quentin Lance from ARROW. But, not season 2 of ARROW. He was cool during that season. I’m talking Seasons 1 (Detective) and 3 (Captain) Lance.

So, I had to dig down and figure out why Lance made me so annoyed. Then, I had to use these reason to make my Dorndorf just as irritating. In the end, I came up with two reasons.

Reason One: Pigeon Holing
No matter what Oliver Queen does, as far as Lance as concerned, Oliver is up to no good. Lance has a long list of reasons, mostly involving his daughters, for thinking this of Oliver, but even when doing good/the right thing he will say Oliver is up to no good.

Reason Two: Stubborn Beyond Reason
Once Lance decides something, like being mad at his daughter, Laurel, for keeping a secret, he sticks to it. Even when everyone else says he should give it up, he hangs on tooth and nail, until he really has no other option. I could see this leading to some very bad men being put away, but usually Lance uses it to terrorize our masked hero and alienate his family members.

However, Lance does have good qualities. His best quality tends to feed his faults, though. He loves his daughters a lot. This was not something I could show in a short story, so I went with his second good quality, which is he does his job to the best of his abilities.

But, for Dorndorf, I tried to take it further because I lacked the ability to show something else. I tried to show, that despite his narrow mind, he wasn’t some jaded detective. He cared about those affected by the crimes and criminals he investigates. Dorndorf hates seeing people, especially good people, hurt because crime.

If you’re curious as how stubborn beyond reason Detective Dorndorf pigeon holes Leon, pick up ALICIA. Share your thoughts on Lance or any other TV cop you love to hate in the comments!

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Inspiration For ALICIA: Leon’s Scar


 Like a bad habit, I rubbed my left forearm and the scar there. A scar I’d put there when hopelessness had swallowed me whole.

When I wrote this short story, I wanted to connect with the narrator, Leon.  So, I decided to give him a piece of my past.

I don’t like to touch it, or even look at it most days, but on my left arm there’s a scar I had put there when fear and hopelessness had swallowed me whole.

For Leon, it was when he was still in high school, but for me I was days (if not a couple of weeks) from turning nineteen.  In the story, Leon never says why he did it.  In this post, I won’t get into the events that led up to my suicide attempt.

Even now it is hard to talk about.

The scar we share.

The scar we share.

For Leon, it has been only a few years.   It’s been fifteen years for me.  And we’re both still fighting the darkness.  But, my darkness is further away and its ugliest depth have a harder time reaching me.  The good news is I’m a lot better than I used to be.

And even though I changed details, it was scary to write this bit about him.  During draft two I almost cut it.  I panicked someone would claim it was too unrealistic.  I worried people would judge me.  I got scared that people would not talk to me anymore once they knew how dark my dark got.

But, I realized it was all fear.  I decided to see how I felt when I went onto draft three.  It survived draft three and all other edits.

More fear came when I went to submit it.  I hesitated.  I considered deleting those bits yet again.  Would I be rejected because I spoke of suicide?  How would I feel if they rejected this story with this sensitive part of me?  Were my previous fears going to come true?  It took half an hour to hit send.

I cried when I got the contract for ALICIA.  The scar is just a small part of the story, but it is the biggest part of me in it.  I hope you’ll buy it, read it, and enjoy it.

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Halloween Fiction Style

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This weekend, my town ruins celebrates Halloween.  And, even though I was tempted to celebrate Halloween all month long… I couldn’t come up with good ideas.  Next year, I hope can do it.

Highlights From Last Year
 Halloween Music 
 The Raven Read by V Price
And a slightly late(r) post:
My Review of The Halloween Tree by Bradbury

Best thing I could come up with is where books and Halloween meet.  But, as I started looking through my favorite Halloween store’s site… It turned out these are where movies and Halloween and books meet.

Thing 1 from Cat In the Hat.  Hedwig from Harry Potter. (Why my kids so big?)  Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz. Curious George had an awful movie, so does he count less?  And the closest to not movie tie in is Sherlock Holmes, but he’s “always” been a classic.

So, instead I’m going to list three book characters I’d love to see walk down my street this year.

1- Rob Anybody or any other Nac Mac Feegle (Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett)
2- Amelia Bedelia (originally by Peggy Parish)
3- Captain Nemo (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne)

What book characters do you want to hear say “Trick or Treat?”
Have you ever dressed up as a book character?  Which one?

Expect an extra post Halloween day,
with my Halloweenie Celebrations!

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PMGCB Racc Nails


Inspired by the character
Uncle Racc from

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