Bregga by Needlesslycryptic: O, MY HEART! I am slain by its beauty.

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The Watson to my Holmes***, T. Hueston, commissioned a special piece of art from Needlesslycryptic: Sir Bregga Laydon as the Knight of Swords tarot card. Everything about this art – the colors, the texture, beauty of Bregga’s noble expression – is so gorgeous, I may cry. At the very least, I’ll make it my desktop background. Check out Needlesslycryptic’s tumblr: http://needlesslycryptic.tumblr.com/ It’s a treasure!

By the way, Bregga is a protagonist in the Shining Ascension comic book series, an ongoing fantasy project. Read more about it here and here.

***T. Hueston and I decided that I’m Holmes, because I’m morose, solitary, and intelligent, and Hueston is Watson, because they are brave, wise, and good-hearted. Also, Hueston is a doctor. Obvious choice.

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Interview: Darcie Little Badger

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Today we’re joined by Darcie Little Badger.  Darcie is a wonderfully talented Apache writer who writes short fiction in the the horror and dark fantasy genres.  Her work has recently appeared in Strange Horizons, Vignettes from the End of the World, and Dark Eclipse.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I write speculative fiction, stories from my daydreams and nightmares. Favorite genres include horror, dark fantasy, and fantasy. Though my published work is all short-form (< 10,000 words per story), I’ve been planning a humor/mystery/horror novel for several years; that project will begin in earnest after I complete my scientific dissertation. By day, I study phytoplankton genes.

What inspires you?

Besides those pesky daydreams and nightmares, my greatest inspirations are other authors. I read horror fiction nightly – haunting lullabies! When something really…

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New Short Story in Quantum Fairy Tales: “The Sea Under Texas” (I write cheery urban fantasy … sometimes)

Ezzy pushed a roll of twenties across the tabletop. “I’m fed up with the conquistador,” he said.

“Huh? What?” Luciana peeked over the newspaper she’d been skimming. Her eyes widened behind a pair of heavy glasses. “Dude! Who brings that much cash into a Denny’s? Put it away! Madre de dios! What’s wrong with you?” She dropped a sticky napkin over the money. They weren’t in McAllen’s worst neighborhood, but Luci erred on the side of caution ever since a pickpocket stole her wallet. The thief made off with two credit cards and a “Buy Ten, Get One Free” coupon for Café Maria. Luci had been one small black coffee away from a complementary latte. The loss nearly broke her heart.

“What’s wrong with me?” Ezzy asked. “I’m fed up with—”

“The conquistador. Right. So? He’s been a pain since the sixteenth century. And what does that guy have to do with…?” She gestured at the small fortune.

“It’s payment for…” He pantomimed stabbing somebody.


So begins “The Sea Under Texas,” an fantasy adventure in the Rio Grande Valley. Read the whole story in Quantum Fairy Tales Issue #11 (http://quantumfairytales.com/). If you like it, I will love you forever, and if you don’t like it, I will love that you gave it a shot.

READ HERE: The Sea Under Texas

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ABOVE: A pair of bison in McAllen, TX. They aren’t wild … it’s a long story. Fun fact = I took this photo in 2012. Since then, a fuzzy calf has joined the family! There are no bison in “The Sea Under Texas.” I just wanted a cute picture for this post.

Little Badger’s Shining Ascension Comic Project: THE LOWDOWN POST

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Faatin (left) and Bregga (right), two characters from the Shining Ascension comic book project. Art by http://justjingles.deviantart.com/

As I begin to write Shining Ascension Issue #2 (Hueston and I plan to release #1 and #2 together), it occurs to me that I haven’t made an official “project explanation” post. Today, I will address the following tantalizing questions:

1) What is Shining Ascension? (THE ORIGIN STORY)

2) What is the future of Shining Ascension? When will it be available? How many issues will be released?

3) Who is T. Hueston?

4) Who am I?!?

Okay, here we go, here we go, here we go!

1) THE ORIGIN STORY

About 4.5 years ago, I invented a text-based role-playing game. For those who are unfamiliar with text-based role-playing, I essentially used the power of writing and imagination to build a high fantasy playground for my friend T. Hueston. We went on fabulous adventures together. Make-believe: it’s not just for kids anymore!

One fateful day, Hueston met an artist named The Incredible Nick Robles. They became friends, and Hueston commissioned a scene from our game, below (some parts of the scene have been cut, to prevent spoilers hehe). Wow! That’s a lot of awesome! The full work is even better … if you’re curious, visit Nick’s website and poke around: http://www.nickroblesart.com/ As you can see, Nick has a knack for action, character design, and coloring. He’s truly incredible 🙂

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Battle at sea! Art by Nick Robles.

Before long, inspired by Nick’s work, Hueston suggested, “Let’s make a comic book based on our game.” As a pessimist, I was reluctant. I did not know how well the game would translate to a comic book medium. Honestly, I’m still nervous about the project. It’s new territory, and I have an anxious streak. But Hueston convinced me that everything would be ok. Plus, Hueston pointed out that the world needs more diverse, kickass comic book characters. Our cast includes many POC and/or LGBTQA heroes, the kind of characters Hueston and I wish were more abundant in mainstream comic books. By the way, the protagonist Faatin comes from a matrilocal society that is partially inspired by precolonial Apache culture. Hey-o! Represent!

So Hueston, Nick, and I began the Shining Ascension project – the rest is history.

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Faatin, Bregga, and Faatin’s pretty buddy: a page from the comic, by Nick Robles.

2) FUTURE OF THE COMIC

The Shining Ascension Issue 2 script is almost finished. Once Nick inks and colors that comic this year, we’ll release issues 1 and 2 together, freely available online. Hueston and I have planned a 6-issue arc. If we scrape together funding to pay Nick, we’ll release Issues 3-6 within a year. If we have no funding, the project will take longer. Either way, we’re completing this baby, believe you me.

3) WHO IS T. HUESTON

In Hueston’s words: “I am a veterinarian and artist with an interest in European warfare, arms and armor.” Check out Hueston’s art here: http://jarahamee.deviantart.com/

4) WHO AM I?!?!

Check out my little biography!

~Fin~