Codeine and the Avengers vs X-Men Infinite Comic

So I’m still sick. It’s a sinus infection, or so says the nice guy at the Target Clinic. Now I have antibiotics and – since I had very nearly coughed up a lung – cough suppressant with codeine.

Now, I haven’t had antibiotics in years, and it’s been even longer for codeine. Codeine doesn’t mess around. 10 minutes after taking that and it was like being in that really drunk and floaty place, only without the slurring and embarrassing tendency to talk at everyone about everything as if I were the world’s foremost expert. Not that it’s ever happened to me, of course.

All of this means not a lot has happened on the book. *pout*

But in other news, I downloaded the Marvel Comixology app to our tablet and then I bought the new Avengers vs X-Men Infinite comic. I had seen the press and while it sounded interesting I was skeptical because the Marvel comics people tend say every new thing is the best ever and they usually aren’t.

Take for instance the digital comics they’ve done in the past. They (at least the one I saw) were this weird mix of still print and motion which didn’t work as either a comic or a cartoon. Very meh.

But this Infinite Comic? This is the future of comics. I shit you not. Maybe it was the codeine, but this was powerful. Emotional. It drew me into the story in a manner that print rarely does. I think a big reason was the pacing. You see what they want you to see when they want you to see it. There were other things too, things that are hard to explain here but when you see them you’re like, “Yes! This is how comics are supposed to be!

So cool.

Now where’s that cough syrup?


Chapter 29 is EVIL

Yes, you heard it here friends. Chapter 29 is officially demon spawn.

I think Jon put it best when he said in his critique, “Well done. However, it was definitely not as polished…”


So yah, it sucked, and it has been  sucking up my time as well. But it’s done! I have edited out just over 1300 words, knocking it down to by two whole single spaced pages. Good thing too, because I was just about to start looking for a banishment spell.

And in other news, I’ve made two good passes on chapter 34, a brand new chapter that all the other new material made necessary. That leaves me with just one newish chapter to write, along with 5(?) more to edit.

PS my allergies are completely kicking my ass. Sympathy please! 😉

Making Progress

It was a productive weekend. Woot!

My goal was to get through Chapters 26, 27, 30 and 31 and I did that and more. Those 4 chapters didn’t need rewrites like some of the others that have been recently taking so much of my time, but they did need a lot of editing love. I took out over 3000 words, rearranged the order of events, and made a major change to Kaytlyn’s arc – altering some extremely nasty bits that, in retrospect, went further than necessary. Overall I’m pretty happy with the way things shook out.

So what’s left? 8 more chapters that need changes that range from edits to partial rewrites. That puts me more or less on track to finish by the end of April. After that, things should start getting much more exciting around here as my march to self publication will begin in earnest.

I can’t wait!

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

There were a lot of reasons I was looking forward to vacation.

First and foremost was having the opportunity to spend a lot of quality time with the Lovely Leann. Mission accomplished!

Can you guess what the second thing I was most looking forward to was? Two hints: it wasn’t sand or sun. It was playing with my brand spanking new Kindle!

I had six books loaded. I finished four, started and abandoned the fifth, and started the sixth.

Here’s the first:

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K Jemisin

“Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky, seat of the ruling Arameri family. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.”

Overall Impressions

This was the first book I’ve read in like nine months and I devoured it like a starving man tearing into a bologna sandwich. Fortunately, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is much more than a bologna sandwich! I was dying for a good fantasy and this delivered.

What Didn’t Work

I’m really tired of the boy/girl goes from nothing to all powerful premise. In this story, the protagonist was more than nothing, but it still followed that meme.

What Worked

Despite my above criticism, Jemisin made me forget about my objections. For one thing, the protagonist was female and those who’ve read my writing know I’m all about girl power! But here’s what I really liked: GODS! Gods are real characters in this book and that isn’t something I’ve read very often, if at all. You’d think it would be hard to tell a story with gods who can do anything they want, but the thing is, they can’t do anything they want and it makes for a really great read.

The Final Word

Go read this. It’s awesome!


Sorry for the long silence, but I’ve been on vacation!

The Lovely Leann and I took a cruise down in the Caribbean. We flew into Puerto Rico (worst airport in the world!), got on a giant boat, and proceeded to eat, drink, sweat, and get sand between our toes. Sweet, eh?

Here’s a few things I learned:

  • Black sand beaches are a tool of the devil. Black sand + serious son absorption = sweat lodge.
  • It is possible to pour five martinis at once. I’m going to try starting with two.
  • Squab is kind of tasty.
  • I have no concept of what a knot (as a measure of speed) is.
  • While Google docs will allow you to store files off-line, it won’t actually let you edit them. So much for my working vacation.
  • My Kindle is frakking awesome.
  • Hunger Games (the novel) Is better than I thought it would be.

I’ll be posting more over the next several days. I read four books so I have a lot to talk about!

Until then, I’ll leave you with the Lovely LeeAnn and a beautiful sunset. Adios.