Saturday, August 27, 2011

Riding out the storm!

It's expected to be a whopper! NYC's first major hurricane since 1985's Gloria. I remember that one! We had just moved into the neighborhood and the storm knocked all the beautiful weeping willows down all over the place. But man did we have fun in the days after! Every neighborhood kid came to our co-op backyards to play hide and seek and to climb through the weeping willow 'monkey bars'. I vaguely remember my mom ranting about watching out for bugs.

Hurricane Irene is set to make landfall here by tomorrow evening and into Sunday. So I will certainly be offline for at least 24 hours. Please be safe and secure all my East Coast Voyagers! Hopefully the storm will weaken enough that it will do minimal damage and flooding. But NYC is wisely taking every major precaution it can, evacuating low-lying areas and hospitals and in an unprecedented move for the history of NYC, shutting down all mass-transit and bridges by 12 noon today. Looks like I'll be trapped at home, but that's probably the safest place I could be. I'm just not gonna stay near any windows. We have trees smashing down around here even in small thunderstorms.

If you see this post and it applies to you, feel free to download these very helpful Safety tips from the Red Cross.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Hey everyone, this is what I felt like battling with my blog post edits for the last 2 days. But I prevailed! If you look to the right along my side-bar you will now see custom Labels for all my posts. I also deleted some posts that were unnecessary.

From now on I will be putting tags to make finding subjects easier in a side drop down menu.

Also, I've been updating my website with lots of different cool stuff!!! Check it all out on the homepage of Voyagers Guidebook to see all the updates. :D

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Fanfic: Voyager Shadows: Poor little rich girl

Hey all my fanfic readers, 

I got right down to business and started writing my second 'Shadows' story this time featuring Phineas Bogg's POV and his mission. It's a little unusual this time around as Phineas could find himself at odds with Headquarters for taking it on. The story picks up from where chapter 4 of 'Jaiden's Tale' left off with Bogg, when Jeffrey leaves to finish his mission. I kinda thought it would be a cool segue and it helps to connect the stories, making this a true series like I desire it to be.

Voyager Shadows: Poor little rich girl

Phineas is assigned to help Natalie Powers, a sixties teen who appears to have it all, but is empty and lost within. Phineas must alter a mysterious and tragic circumstance, but doing so may put his entire career as a Voyager on the line.

As always, I employ visuals of my main characters to help me along with the story. Of course we all know Phineas Bogg, but like I mentioned in my last blog post, this a mature, pushing 40yrs old Bogg, and for that there is no image. :( It's probably not very hard at all to imagine how spectacularly Jon-Erik Hexum would have aged with his good looks. And 14 years from when Phineas was 24 and carousing through time would hardly make a big difference.

But just for some Phineas Bogg visual-A clean cut image that hearkens back to the early sixties-

Natalie Powers

Michelle Nelson-Powers

Kevin Powers

Barbara Walden

And Jeffrey Jones in his 20's!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Superman Photo revealed!

I took the liberty of saturating this picture, it was too cloudy and gray! C'mon, Superman is bright and primary! Stop dulling down the heroes and costumes to suit your emo-anti-heroes today, please.

Now this to me is not exactly what we will be seeing in the film itself. It's obviously a promo picture. Just by the length of that cape alone, Superman is not getting off the ground. I've read horror stories of one actor who donned the costume and had to do take after take after take because the averaged-sized cape kept getting caught on furniture, in the door, etc. etc. So seriously, that's a 'promo cape.'

Remember the Voyagers! promo pics? Did Phineas Bogg wear the vest and a naked chest at all on the series? Nope! That was just to sell it and perhaps the studios were still playing around with the original outfit. Look at the color of his pants and the color and thickness of his stripe. And his sash. ALL different.

 My big gripe with this costume in the promo pic is the rubbery latex texture. What's with the scales? This isn't Aqua Man. And there is no red underwear. But that seems to be catering to the new generation. Because starting this September, DC Comics is revamping 52 of their superheroes, including the biggies. and Guess what? Superman has no undies! And notice from the comic cover how is suit looks like armor? Look closely on Superman's left thigh and you'll see something similar. Now tell me, how is it that someone who is virtually indestructible save for a green rock, needs ARMOR? As far as the suit getting damaged? Well, Superman mythology according to my understanding has it that his suit was made from the fabric that was inside the rocket when he landed on earth. Again, indestructible.

Henry Cavill is a gorgeous man, so there is no problem with his looks and he's about 6'4 in height! Woohoo! Now that's Superman's real height in the comics. His bulk is fine. Men bulk up and down all the time for different roles. His Superman hair? it's perfectly black, but a bit over-styled with a  'Jersey Shore' & 'Gotti boys' ultra sheen. But on closer inspection of the pic, there is a lot of light on his hair, so that is most likely the culprit. Unfortunately a lot of Superman fan boys and girls are complaining about the missing 'S' curl. It could be a flub, it could be like I said, just a certain promo pic. Now if the real Superman's hair is wavy, not curly, where is that curl coming from anyway? As you can see, Cavill has nice curls!

This is in no way to judge the movie itself. All that remains to be seen for next year. And this time I will be going to see it! I can't wait!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What's your muse? (A writing blog post)

 (That's me just about every day. A little less bare shoulder.)

This month the writer's ice finally cracked again and I was able to continue with my latest Voyagers fan-fiction–An ambitious and long-postponed sequel to 2007's Origins of Phineas Bogg. Is it everything I dreamed? No. My original idea for this story was something totally different. I had three chapters sitting in draft mode for the 4 year interim. But through the years it kept getting pushed aside by life and other fandoms. I segued myself into this sequel by writing a filler story, using elements from Origins and saying fugghedaboutit! And re-working those three drafts into the filler. So maybe Memories of Time's Past is actually the end of another trilogy. 

I haven't worked on a trilogy since 'The Voyager's Aide' series. My 'Prisoners of Time' series is going to become a trilogy, I promise that, but story 3 has refused to be written for 2 years now. However, since my latest breakthrough I am in the mood to continue it. It was my most 'original' series for Voyagers to boot. You can't beat Phineas Bogg with a tan leather trench coat and crossbow, now can you? ;D

Still, within less than a week I knocked out three full chapters of Memories, and I am about to embark on writing the final chapter soon. This comes after yet another long hiatus of the dreaded writer's block–around 4 months. I didn't stop writing all together. I've managed to post a few blogs here and there and update my website in dribs and drabs. I was put on the writing staff for the Simply Superman/Batman and Simply DC blog too. Lots of writing there! If you saw my writing folder on my computer there are chapters for stories in different fandoms that I'm currently plugging away at. But all that other fanfic writing felt so forced, so I had to stop writing those for a while. I just couldn't work on them without feeling enormous guilt. I had a good Voyagers story flapping in the wind since April, and left my few avid readers with a cliffhanger.

But after this horrible dry ice spell, I took a long hard look at my writing motivations. What is it that made me wake up and want to finish Memories? Call it what you will–inspiration, muse, force, mood, etc. etc. I thought back to all my biggest and most 'successful' stories and it hit me hard. I'm consistently at my writer's peak when I am under real-life stresses. I calculated the timing with some of my 'epics.' They fit right into my personal life when everything was crashing down around me and I did my best to steer clear of the drama. How did I do it? By delving into my character's drama and immersing myself in a fantasy world and the words and ideas just flowed. I blocked all the nonsense on the outside.

My latest writing frenzy occurred because there was some family issues occurring and beating on my brain and we had both my nephews (Ages 2 and 1) running around and needing to be tended to 24/7. Okay, it wasn't mind-blowing, gut wrenching stress, but waking up at 5:00am to two crying babies? 

To quote Sam Beckett–"Oh Boy!"

 Unfortunately I feel the physical pains of stress very easily these days, but I'm not an emotional weakling. It comes from years of internalizing and fried foods I'm sure. Working on it!!

In the wee moments I had to myself, with my gastric gasses eating away, and babies all over the place, I was able to crank out these 3 super dramatic, action oriented and quite tragic-romantic chapters. I wish my arms were long enough… Why you ask? So I can pat myself on the back! ;)

 I also psyched myself to write by going back to old stories and just editing my little heart out! I'm never satisfied, but for the few that I worked on this week, now I finally am. It gave me a drive to say HEY! It's time to work on the new stuff now! I can't keep beating dead horses. Those stories were written years ago and I'm constantly developing my writing style and bettering my work. I have to be satisfied knowing that I've grown as a writer. Even the greatest artists may have started with a stick figure. 

I know exactly how I want the current Voyagers story to end, I've outlined it, acted it out even in my head. (That is super fun and I recommend it to all my fellow writers!) I think my muse works through my daydreams. It's happened that way before, bouts of inspiration when you're in the middle of something important or just plain too busy to whip out a pen and paper.  Always carry that with you, writers!

But now that life is back to a quasi-normal state, the muse is trying to escape me! I will not let it! I don't personify the muse. It doesn't flutter around with pixie dust or tap me with a wand to make me magically write this stuff in dreams. It's just my own motivations and desire to finish what I started. Another annoying quirk that needs my attention, because I get super excited for projects and then have a tendency to drop them.

So, what's your muse? What does it take to get you to write your masterpieces or even just a draft of a chapter? What kind of environment do you thrive in?