So the conversation went a little like this with one of my fellow novelists:
Him: Hey it's National Superhero Day!

Me: (This picture)

Him: You just... had that lying around, didn't you. Didn't even have to go looking for it. Just had it in case you needed to be Spider-Man. In an emergency.

Me: YUP!

The Indestructibles is discounted 70% for the rest of the day (Kindle only). I mean, who doesn't like a story about a solar-powered girl and a werewolf with confidence issues?

"A solar powered girl. A ballerina vigilante. A boy with an alien sharing his brain. A girl with a black hole for her heart. And, a werewolf. This is the next generation of heroes...
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... I start writing the next book project when I get distractingly lonely. I suppose it's an interesting problem to have. Best hope I don't get too happy for fear I'll ruin my career.

But man, I get lonely and start listening to Irish folk songs and the Civil Wars covering You Are My Sunshine and look out, words start flowing.

My publisher just let me know that my first novel, the Indestructibles, is having a huge sale the next two weeks, only $2.99 instead of the usual $9.99 for the e-book. If the idea of a group of teenaged heroes, including a solar-powered girl, a ballerina vigilante, a werewolf with confidence problems, a boy with an alien sharing his brain, and a Whovian...
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With this amazing portrait by photographer Bear Kirkpatrick. Yeah, the clay was real. It was a hell of a shoot.


I still can't get over how good the images were from this modeling gig. My friend Tami says everyone should pose for this photographer in their lifetime. I kind of agree.

When I'm not working on the Indestructibles series, I do a little photography and a little modeling. Not a ton, but enough of the latter to, well, make myself feel good about myself, if that makes any sense. And once in a while I get to work with outstanding photographers--sometimes on a repeating basis--who make me look on camera like something more than I...
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janinekittyb:
wowza! amazing photo!!! 
ashander:
Thanks, @janinekittyb ! 

Doing an experiment after folks complained that the $.99 shorts on Amazon were Kindle-only. To try to take Amazon out of the loop and see if that helps, I've launched a Patreon page where people can buy stories for any amount they choose. Full details on my book's website. If it doesn't work, no harm done... I'll just go back to...
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Without Bowie in it. Dammit.

The remarkable thing is Blackstar was clearly his way of saying goodbye. He had to know. Right? He had to know it was his swan song. Goddammit, every artist should be so lucky, so poetic, and so grand. Everyone should get a chance to say goodbye.

linnova:
Agreed. Most of us have no idea when we will breathe our last breath. I guess Bowie's health was like a ticking timebomb and he knew when the alarm would go off. Luckily he was able to hang on two days after the release of his last album. I hope he passed on knowing he was loved by millions. 
ashander:
I think he did, @linnova. I have to admire his strength of will to keep creating right until his final days. Such a remarkable accomplishment in a lifetime of remarkable accomplishments. 
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I went looking for cute superhero party photos to post to the Indestructibles Facebook pages. Found this one, thought it was a little too much for my youngest readers, but had to share. Love Ollie and Power Girl canoodling in the corner.

user8992:
Love it! Lol.. awesome pic to share. 
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Y'know, it's said that the more a book (or TV show) is pirated, the more likely it is the book will sell more down the road because of word of mouth, but finding two really nicely laid out places where the entire Indestructibles series has been ripped off and posted for free still makes me a little mad. The books have a good...
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btflday777:
I'm sorry to read that your hard work is being stolen! That's very unfair and hope there are means to put an end to it. I just got the first of The Indestructibles books for my Kindle from Amazon and looking forward to read it.
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I swear, I'm too bloody neurotic to do this. Even a five star review can set me all aflutter in a bad way.

"Best in the series" for book 3 and instead of enjoying "best in the series," I'm like, "Why didn't you like the first two?"

When, like, dude... if they read book 3 they must've liked book 1 and...
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