Today is the launch of Comixology’s “Submit” program. ASTRONAUT DAD was included in the beta. For anyone reading this from a computer, tablet, or smart phone (I don’t know how else you would see these words), congratulations! You can click here, and be among the first to purchase ASTRONAUT DAD via Comixology.
Only $5.99 to download our 160 page graphic novel. It’s a story about suburban life for three NASA families during the Cold War–art by Brent Schoonover (also artist for MR. MURDER IS DEAD, HORRORWOOD, and Surly Brewing Company’s Darkness beer) and written by me (also writer for KARMA INCORPORATED, EMILY EDISON, and this blog post).
Why are you still here? Go here! And thank you for your support of independent and local (if you live near the Dallas and/or Saint Paul greater metropolitan region of this country) comics.
What are you doing on Tuesday, November 6th? Voting, yes, yes, of course. But after you vote, are you just going to sit in front of your TV and watch the networks try to predict an outcome for four hours? You deserve better than that. You should go to the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and watch me talk candidly about my divorce, This American Life style. It’s the Oral Fixation Show. I’m really excited to be included and to work with director Nicole Stewart.
This live storytelling series features different takes on a theme. November is “Baby Steps.”
My story is titled: “One Request Before You Leave: How a road trip, the Beatles, and a motel in Missouri made me a better ex-husband.” I promise no ex-wives were harmed in the making of this show. I talked with Melissa about it yesterday and received her full support.
It will be more fun than politics.
Tickets are $15 if you pre-order. Go here. $20 at the door.
I’m part of D Academy. We’re collaborating with the Friends of the Dallas Public Library to host BIG READ DALLAS.
What is the Big Read?
“…a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.
The Big Read answers a big need. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 report by the National Endowment for the Arts, found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young. The concerned citizen in search of good news about American literary culture would study the pages of this report in vain.
The Big Read aims to address this crisis squarely and effectively. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. It includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, and an extensive website providing comprehensive information on authors and their works.
Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally, ideally attended by the mayor and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author reading, and the like); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, and so forth); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences.”
The Big Read begins April 2013. In anticipation of this event, we have a blog, a blog destined for greatness. Krista Nightengale and Michael Mooney already posted to it (both amazingly talented writers and both involved in planning Big Read Dallas).
I offer my first contribution today. Check it out:
Bradbury Knew that Being a Nerd Takes Courage
Add the Big Read Dallas blog to your RSS feed, and we’ll try to keep it interesting.
Every night, when my family eats dinner, we play “news and goods.” We go around the table to share what happened that day and what we’re happy about. Here’s my news and goods for Friday:
* I just submitted a feature story to Arlington Magazine about homebrewing. I also wrote a profile on J.R. Bentley’s for the fledgling publication. The two pieces will appear in the September/October issue.
* Tomorrow, I will have a booth at Strip: The Dallas Webcomics Expo. It takes place at the Southfork Hotel in Plano. I’ll be selling copies of ASTRONAUT DAD: THE COMPLETE EDITION and taking subscriptions for the SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH CLUB. (I think) I’m participating in a panel on “Print Media With the Pros” at 1:30 PM. Read more →
A month ago, I had a few beers with Matt Cobb, neighbor and renown writing champ. He suggested that I print some postcards to promote my freelance work.
And whenever I want good ideas to look good, I call Paul Milligan. He designed the postcard. (Thanks Paul! Great work as always.) And I liked the illustration so much that I decided to use it for the site.
In other news: I’m working on two stories for Arlington Magazine. Look for them in September/October issue.
It looks like I’m not the only person with a story-of-the-month club. My friend Jason Rodriguez announced the release of his short story “The Girl Who Could Live In Yesterday” for free on Amazon.com. I just read the story, and it’s great. Here’s all the information:
A couple of months ago I started writing sci-fi and fantasy shorts aimed at 2-4 year-old kids. I was jokingly calling them “Stories I’ll Tell My Future Children.” I recently decided to start distributing them via Amazon on a monthly basis – some illustrated, some not illustrated. Each story will be free for the first week and then go up to ninety-nine cents. I opted out of Digital Rights Management so that they can be passed around and shared by whoever might want to read them. And they will always be free in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
The first story, The Girl Who Could Live In Yesterday, is now live and free on Amazon.com at the link: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Could-Live-Yesterday-ebook/dp/B008I3I576. Read more →
From the wonderful people at Smart Pop:
We’re excited to share that Smart Pop is exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con again this year—we’ll be front and audience-left-of-center in the exhibit hall at booth #4300 (we’re also listed as either #J5 or #J7 in the guide, but the table there will just direct you to #4300). If you’ll be at the con yourself, please come by, say hello, and get a free Smart Pop pin!
We also wanted to fill you in on everything we have going on. You can check out the more extensive rundown over on our blog (http://www.smartpopbooks.com/san-diego-comic-con-2012/), but here are a few highlights:
• Free copies of our preview volume, featuring essays and excerpts from our 2012 titles (and info on backlist titles)
• 2012 title giveaways, including Ender’s World and Shadowhunters and Downworlders galleys
• Signings with Claudia Christian (Babylon Confidential); Harrison Cheung and Nicola Pittam (Christian Bale); and James Lowder, Myke Cole, and Caroline Spector (Beyond the Wall)
If you’re at San Diego Comic Con, you should visit the Smart Pop booth. Say hi for me. They publish great books for all varieties of geeks.
The past few weeks, I’ve been busy finishing out the school year and getting my classroom cleared. We also had a family road trip. In all the rush, I haven’t had a chance to make an important announcement. Brent beat me to it.
ASTRONAUT DAD: THE COLLECTED EDITION is now available on Amazon. See for yourself.
This paperback graphic novel includes volume 1 and (previously unreleased) volume 2. All 162 pages. If you’ve read my blog, you have followed the ups and downs of getting this story published. Brent and I decided to publish it ourselves through a print-on-demand company and sell it online. We’re very proud of what we created.
If you live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I’m planning a store signing at Zeus within the next few weeks. I’ll have copies of ASTRONAUT DAD available. More information coming soon.
Today was my last day teaching at Martin. It was also the last day of the pledge drive for SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH CLUB–and officially my first day as a full-time freelancer. I’m happy to say that the Kickstarter project was successfully funded. It also means I made $5,545 (minus Kickstarter fees, minus Amazon fees, minus taxes, minus expenses for printing and shipping the books) on my first day as a full-timer. Not bad, right?
I want to thank all 120 of you who pledged. You literally gave 110%. I also want to thank everyone who spread the word about it. Over this busy month of fundraising, the project accumulated 236 “likes” on Facebook. That’s a lot of buzz! And I want to thank everyone who didn’t pledge who patiently waited through all the Kickstarter-related postings on Twitter and Facebook… thank you for remaining my friend, even if I came across as a huckster. Read more →
Originally posted here.
My husband of just one year has decided to take a leap into the unknown. Having taught high school English and Creative Writing for 12 years, he has decided to leave the classroom and become a full-time writer. I am fully supportive of this decision, one that we made together, as I recognize his amazing talent and discipline as a writer and creative person. This decision is not a complete blind leap, as he has been working towards this goal for a few years now. He has had a successful run with D Magazine, winner of this year’s “Best in Nation” award from City Magazine Awards. (You can read one my favorite pieces by David here: Six Flags Mall Is Still Open)
To “kickstart” his work, so to speak, he is devising a SHORT STORY OF THE MONTH CLUB to give him a creative boost during this first year. If you subscribe, you will receive one short story a month (hence the project name). The stories will be coupled with an illustration by me, the supportive and equally project-hungry wife. I’m very excited to see his stories come to life, but also I am excited to embark on my own creative opportunity as his illustrator side-kick. Read more →