Shining Ascension Update: Issue 2, Page 12

What’s lurking in the shadows? Dinosaurs? Bears?! Monsters?!?!

EVEN WORSE!

CHILDREN.

New page at http://shiningascension.com/comic/issue-2-page-12/

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The Shining Ascension webcomic is coming: Little Badger learns website design!

Hi there! This September, I’ve been toiling over the Shining Ascension website. What do you think of its appearance so far? This is my first attempt at web design since a basic html class in elementary school. I’ve been winging it solo, but if complications arise (and let’s be honest – they probably will, once we begin posting pages), I’m not afraid to bother T Hueston’s talented friends and other internets-savvy people. Heheh.

The first comic page will be posted on October 4th, followed by weekly Sunday updates. Just think: Shining Ascension Sundays! It’s catchy 😀 By the way, in case anyone is curious, I’m using wordpress.org + the ComicPress theme for the webpage.

The fruits of my labor!

Shining Ascension Update – Comic Launches in October!

Hi everybody! I have an exciting update about the Shining Ascension comic book project. Nick Robles, our artist extraordinaire, has finished line art for SA Issue #2. He’s working on colors now. Nick provided me with a sneak peek at Issue 2, page #1 (below, without dialogue). Bregga and Faatin are lookin’ snazzy! But why is Faatin floating and glowing like a firefly?! You’ll need to read the comic to find out. >.>

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A typical conversation between Bregga and Faatin.


This October, we’ll begin posting the first two issues online. The SA official website is currently under construction – expect a bunch of cool links, faqs, and secrets once it goes live. Hope to see you there!

A relaxing moment with Bregga, Faatin, and friends (and a wicked necromancer). Issue 2 draft is finished!

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Behold! A big battle from the Shining Ascension comic book series, to celebrate the completion of the second issue’s draft script. After some edits, the inking/coloring process will begin. I wish I had a time machine to see the final comic book immediately.

In the meantime, here’s a pivotal battle scene, lovingly created by the Spectacular Nick Robles! Don’t worry – that isn’t a real dragon. We’d never hurt a real dragon in this comic. Never!!!

Faatin, Bregga, and Vars appear in this battle, as well as some unknown friends. Can you find them all?

The Girl Turns West – a few notes about my coming-of-age Apache fantasy in Mirror Dance (Summer 2015)

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This lovely piece, made by The Exceptional Nick Robles, is a fusion of my mother as a teen and the protagonist in “The Girl Turns West.” Hence the 70s-stylin bell bottoms XD


“The Girl Turns West,” my short fantasy story inspired by precolonial Mescalero/Lipan/Jicarilla societies, appears in Mirror Dance this summer. Read it here! In this post, I will say a few words about the society and magic of Many Question’s world. If you don’t know who Many Questions is, ahem … click this link and put on your reading glasses (if you need em) 😉

  1. Names have power: Because they reflect a person’s soul, names possess great spiritual power and can be weapons in the wrong hands. Therefore, Many Questions refers to people by their familial/professional titles, even in her thoughts. I don’t know about you, but I tend to do the same. To me, my father is “Dad,” not “Patrick.”
  2. In Many Question’s matrilocal society, family groups are rooted around the grandmother’s line: Many Questions lives in a family group loosely connected to eight other families. The groups travel together and help each other during crises. When a couple is married, the husband joins the wife’s family group; if the marriage splits, the husband leaves.
  3. Question everything: As she becomes an adult, Many Questions realizes that dogmas about evil, spirituality, and what it means to be a woman do not always reflect the truth …

I’m working on a sequel to this story that involves an older Many Questions, her brother, her auntie, and The Storyteller. Here’s its tagline: the old monsters have returned. Muahaha. Seriously, there are lots of wonderfully creepy monsters in Southern Athabaskan lore – I’m itching to have some fun with them.

Thanks for reading! Oh, here’s a pic of my mom as a kiddo – can you see the resemblance with the art above? 😀

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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.

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.