New Site!

New Site!

Head on over to http://ellieann.net for all updates and blog posts. It’s my new home.

The Silver Sickle, Hot of tha Press!

Welp, fairy folk…and you humans listening in.

It’s time to move sites.

The amazing wizard of websites, Logan Greer, made me a shiny new site to call my own.

So mosey on over there and check it out. Just DO NOT CLICK on that one tab…

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What Do SuperHeroines Look Like?

I really don’t care what a superheroine looks like. She can be as scantily clothed as Starfire at a nude beach, or as well covered as Persepolis in a snowstorm…

I really don’t care if the superheroine saves the superhero, or visee versee…

I really don’t care if she’s a working girl on the streets, a CEO, a housewife, or a trapeze artist…

I really don’t care if she’s intellectual smart, street smart, people smart, or as dull as a drunk tortoise…

I really don’t care if she’s skinny, fat, buxom, leggy, mouthy, tattooed, gothith, school girlish, nursish, nunnish, or Yiddish civil rights servant working in the Amazons…

Just please, puleeeaze give me a character.

Give her a name, give her a friend or a reason she has none, give her a reason men like being around her besides her boobs, give her a purpose besides decoration, give her something interesting that she does, give her interests, give her a backstory, give her great lines.

Basically, don’t make this:

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Make this:

Not this:

But this:

Not this:

But this:

And certainly, please not this:

or this:

More like:

Or this:

A little character development goes a long way. Trust me. If you want to use a woman for decoration you might as well just stick a lamp shade on her head:

I’m desperately in need of a good super heroine movie. Totally starving for one. I can’t wait until one of the biggies like Wonder Woman or Miss Marvel or Catwoman or Black Widow has a film of her own.

But until then, I’ll just comfort myself with watching Firefly again.

Mr. Beaver’s Great Quote

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I’m reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to my girls right now. Here’s a great quote by Mr. Beaver I came by today:

“But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that’s going to be Human and isn’t yet, or used to be Human once and isn’t now, or ought to be Human and isn’t, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet.” -Mr. Beaver

Odd Men Out

When I met Matt Betts, I knew right away. I wanted to go on a world tour with him. Preferably in airships or Turtles, or perhaps a flying motorcycle. But since I haven’t enough gas money saved up yet for our world tour, the least I can do is announce that HE HAS A NEW BOOK!

And today is its full revealing.

Of the cover, that is.

Ladies and gents may I introduce: ODD MAN OUT by Matt Betts.

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Cover art by Bradley Sharp.

Gosh, yes. It looks rad. 

I’ve already started reading it and the writing is exciting and the characters are interesting and the steampunk world is one you can get fully immersed in. The synopsis:

The Civil War went on far longer than anyone expected, prompting the North and South to call a truce to fight their common enemy: The Chewers – dead men come to life to attack the living. As a result, a peacekeeping force called the Office of Military Operations is created to watch over the tenuous peace.

Cyrus Joseph Spencer didn’t fight in the war and couldn’t care less about the United Nations of America that resulted from it. His main concern is making money and protecting his crew from all manner of danger. To escape a horrible tragedy, Cyrus and one of his wards, Lucinda, board a U.N. dirigible for safety. They quickly discover their situation has not improved as the U.N. team is chasing a group of rogue soldiers in hopes of stopping them from obtaining a terrible weapon.

They also have to contend with a larger threat – Drago del Vapore – a giant lizard attacking the West Coast and wreaking havoc on everything it encounters. As the two sides face off against each other and the huge beast, Cyrus feels more and more like an Odd Man Out and finds it harder and harder to stay out of the fight.

Is that not awesome? This is my kinda book.

The book comes out July 2013 from Dog Star Books. So write it into your calendar to take a sick day because you’re gonna want to pick up this book and not put it back down until it’s finished!

Matt is an awfully great guy, you should definitely go meet him on Facebook and on his blog, The Zombie Wrangler.

 

Christmas

Hello you.

Whether your holidays are happy, merry, merry and happy;

or sad, lonely, lonely and sad;

or stressed, hectic, busy and frenetic;

or passive, meh, apathetic and ordinary;

or simple, sweet, and full of meat;

Just know that I’m really grateful to you.

Thanks for reading my blog. Thanks for being my friend. Thanks for commenting and supporting and liking and buying. I’m really thankful to have you.

Yes, even you in the back … the one with doughnut crumbs on your ugly Christmas sweater.

Now let’s take this New Year by storm!

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Amanda Palmer and Artist Debt and Priorities

imagesAmanda Palmer, musician, party-thrower, tweeter, fiancé to Neil Gaiman, and all around spunky lover of life has cancelled her huge world tour that was paid for by a Kickstarter campaign. It’s pretty big news. She blogged about it here.

I got her album, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s “Theater is Evil” for free on NoiseTrade and I heartily enjoyed it. Oh wait, it’s “Theatre is Evil,” my bad. Who knows how theatre is supposed to be spelled anyways? It’s a sneaky word.

She cancelled because her friend, Anthony, has cancer and she’s staying by his side.

A few things that went through my mind?

 

- How could you ever regret that decision?

- That’s loving and responsible.

- That’s counter-cultural.

- She doesn’t owe anything to her fans besides their refunded tickets.

- I hope her and Anthony’s time is exactly how it should be, whatever that means.

 

Some might say she owes it to her fans and backers to continue the concerts. I say hogwash. It’s art. If she’d started kidney replacement surgery on someone and then said, “I’m sorry I can’t continue because my friend has cancer,” then you’d have every right to say, “you owe it to me to finish.” But come on. She’s playing music. It’s important–but she doesn’t owe it to the world.

I love the priorities in this story. First comes friends. Then comes career. I look up to that, and that’s what I want my world to look like, too.

What she’s done is eternal and important.

 

WanaTribe

If you don’t see me around town, at the grocery store, cleaning the house, doing my hair, putting away laundry, and getting dressed as much lately then you’ve got WanaTribe to blame.

I’ve been a part of the #mywana twitter group since it’s birth. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the MyWana group on Facebook. I’ve read Kristen Lamb’s blog basically since she began, and had much less than the two gazillion followers she has now. I’m involved because when I am, I always see results in my work. Oh, and because it’s a boatload of FUN!

And now the MyWana revolution has evolved. It has an awesome website with forums, member pages, media, and it even has a SCHOOL! This is like  fully functioning cyber village, y’all. And it’s all about Connecting the HeARTS. Whether you’re a writer, journalist, dancer, public speaker, cartoonist, or professional clown artist . . . there’s a place for you at MyWana Tribe.

The practical value is huge. By meeting likeminded other artists, you become invested in their careers and vice versa. And then you have a group that cares about your next release, your next blog post, and even if you finish that MS you started!

Plus, it’s got like the cutest mascot known to man:

Here’s my blurb about it:

When I first heard about writers platforms, I thought it was some kind of special writing shoe. But then when I heard Kristen Lamb speak about it at the DFW Con, I became afraid. Very afraid. So much of my writing career depending on getting a good platform and I had no idea how to even build a step stool, much less a platform! But then after reading MyWana blogs religiously and buying the books, I saw it was actually easy and fun . . . because MyWana is about people!
My favorite thing about MyWana is that it is like attending a big, friendly, intelligent writers conference everyday. I’m constantly meeting like minded artists and am being challenged to be the best writer I can, learn more about the craft, to sit my butt down and write, and also to laugh about all our mistakes.
The second thing I love most about MyWana is how focused it is on the craft. It’s not “10 Easy Steps To Being A Bestselling Author.” It’s “Here’s some advice on how to craft good characters, plot, dialogue, voice, structure, etc . . . because writing books is darn difficult.”
MyWana was revolutionary for my writing. Not in a behead-all-the-Aristocrats French Revolution way, but in a we’re-stronger-together revolution way.
It’s vital. It’s educational. It’s engaging. And most of all, it’s a whole lot of fun!

So whether you’re a baby blogger or an old torch juggler, go check out MyWana tribe. The benefits are overwhelming. Thank you, Kristen Lamb. Thank you.

Colors of My Wind: Lessons I Learned from Pocahontas

I’ve been invited over to guest blog at this lovely lady’s site:

That’s right!

Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson. (the A. stands for AWESOMESOCKS)

Or @RASJacobson

Or if you’re more into Facebook, then her handle is Renee Schuls-Jacobson.

or Renee, as I like to call her.

She’s a beautiful friend.

She’s also an incredibly talented writer and blogger and I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on her book! She’s gonna stun the world with her brilliance.

She’s makes a good day gooder, and a bad day better.

She’ll make you smile whether you want to or not.

I’m thrilled to be at Teachers and Twits. I’m definitely of the twit variety, as my upper arm strength rivals that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex (my biceps are useless, I tell you. Useless!) And I’ve learned so many good lessons here I should be paying her tuition. Renee’s a sage of our time.

Speaking of sages of our time, I wrote about a super serious topic for her, it involves colors of the wind and my favorite Disney princess EVER: Pocahontas. It’s about being an ignoramus and walking two moons.

So go check it out and then go follow her blog, so you’ll have more smiles in your life.

The Importance of Getting Beat Up

The Importance of Getting Beat Up

The quickest way to make an audience love a character is to see them punched in the face. Works every time. Whether it’s a serious smack to the jaw or debilitating torture, it warms the viewer’s heartstrings towards the protagonist. I think connections form for several reasons…

My new post at SlackerHeroes.com

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