Saturday, October 29, 2016

Experiences That Changed Me: My Work For Fanbase Press

Celebrating fandoms . . . and creating new ones.

As a writer, I've had many moments where I've been overcome with happiness, stress, and an overwhelming wonder of if I will be successful at my craft.

I guess sometimes I question the things I once viewed as successful, such as self-publishing my first book, and then wonder if I'm advancing enough to that goal of becoming a full-time writer. Because that's the dream. Well, I've been given an amazingly wonderful opportunity recently, and it has been absolutely one of the best experiences I have ever enjoyed professionally.

I was accepted as a Guest Contributor for Fanbase Press. If you don't know who they are, then think of Nerdist or Geek & Sundry, and you'll get the picture. They are all about sharing the "geek world" with everyone, and they're also helping promote creators and their work. It has been an amazing ride, despite it only being a month and a half, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.

If you're interested in seeing what I've done for them so far, please check out my Guest Contributor tab on this page, or go to my page listed on Fanbase Press. They are currently doing the whole comic-con thing this weekend, so you can catch them at Stan Lee's LA Comic Con if you're in the area.

Here are a few of the many things they have going on:

Quince - article via Legion of Leia
The Fanbase Weekly
Hero Hotel
Advance Hardcover Book Review: Rejected Princesses

Fanbase Press not only rocks awesome geeky goodness, they promote a widespread message of acceptance for any and all about anything. That's a very good thing and one of the reasons I love being a part of it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spooky Stories for Halloween, Part 3

Hi everyone! Welcome to the final part in my blog mini-series involving spooky stories I have reviewed for Fanbase Press. All of the stories I've listed so far, in part 1 and part 2, have some kind of creepy element to them.

Please comment on what you would want to read for Halloween. Did the cover page or review pull you in? Maybe it was both? How do these stack up against the ones mentioned in the first two parts (links above)?

Now to the final three!

‘Weavers #5:’ Advance Comic Book Review
Weavers #5 by BOOM! Studios

‘Rivers of London: Black Mould #1’ - Comic Book Review
Rivers of London: Black Mould #1 by Titan Comics

‘Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 - The Black Sun #1 by Dark Horse Comics

What is your top pick? What elements made you choose it? Please share in the comments below.

Do you need more stories to choose from? Look out for more story lists in the future. Please make sure to follow my blog and you'll stay on top of all that spooky/geeky goodness.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spooky Stories for Halloween, Part 2

Hi everyone! Here is the second installment of Spooky Stories for Halloween. Please feel free to go back to part 1 to share your thoughts on those stories.

I'm listing three more stories I've had the pleasure to review for Fanbase Press, which all have some kind of spooky element, and I want to hear what you would pick to read for Halloween. Did the cover page pull you in? Was it the review? Or was it both?

‘Mycroft #2:’ Comic Book Review
Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #2 by Titan Comics

‘Black Monday Murders #3:’ Comic Book Review
Black Monday Murders #3 by Image Comics

‘From Hell:’ Hardcover Review
From Hell (HC) by IDW Publishing

How would you rank these mystery-based stories? Do you have a favorite you would want to read? Please share in the comments below.

If you're looking for more spooky/geeky goodness, stay tuned for part 3 in this blog mini-series. Follow my blog to make sure you don't miss out!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Spooky Stories for Halloween, Part 1

Hi everyone! I recently became a Guest Contributor for Fanbase Press and it has been absolutely amazing. I've had the opportunity to be involved in the comic book world, with stories ranging from fun-loving, adaptations from video games, or even dark tales. Halloween is right around the corner, so I thought it's a great opportunity to see what everyone else would pick to read for this spooky season.

I will showcase three comic books, with links to my review and to the publisher, and I hope you will share in the comments below what you would pick to read for Halloween. You can pick based purely on the cover or the description of the story or both; please feel free to let me know. You can even rank them if you want. Here we go, let's check out some spooky tales.

‘Dark Souls: Legend of the Flame #2’ - Comic Book Review
Dark Souls: Legends of the Flames #2 by Titan Comics
‘Tales from the Darkside #4:’ Comic Book Review
Tales from the Darkside #4 by IDW Publishing

‘The Strain: Mister Quinlan--Vampire Hunter #2’ - Advance Comic Book Review
The Strain: Mister Quinlan -- Vampire Hunter #2 by Dark Horse Comics

What would you pick to read from this list of spooky stories? Have you already read them and have an opinion on how much they did or didn't scare you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

And stay tuned for part 2 in this blog mini-series of Halloween posts. Follow my blog to make sure you don't miss out.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Halloween Costumes

So our daughter recently turned four years old, and probably since summer she's known what she wanted to be for Halloween - a princess. Big girl has her dress and she is ready to go. Now little guy decided on a different path, sort of. First he wanted to be a princess too. We were totally up for it until he got distracted by something else and "roared!" That being said, he's going to be a green dinosaur.

He turned two over the summer, so both kids are quite agile and I imagine keeping up with them will be a treat. Let's just say I need the exercise. We're in a new neighborhood (since July) and I cannot wait to have them to go trick-or-treating here. Apparently our neighborhood is a high traffic area for kids, so it'll be fun to see them interacting with the other kids. Hopefully we won't run out of candy once we get back to the house.

I don't have a costume for giving out candy, but I've had people suggest I dress to match. Is it possible to be half princess and dragon? I would totally do it! My favorite costume as a kid - I'd probably have to say ninja.

What were your favorite costumes as a kid? What do your kids want to be for Halloween?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016