Sunday, October 23, 2011

Completed short story

Today I finished the rough draft of the first completely new story I've written since the divorce. It was a writing prompt from the Dead Horse Society. I like the basic idea but realize that this story will need more work. I'm really happy to be writing again.

I had my kids this weekend. I took the youngest two to the library and my eight year old selected two Captain Underpants books to check out. She then spent three hours reading them. I couldn't be prouder.

A facebook acquaintance was recently attacked by a jerk because a glitch in facebook showed her as married to another woman. To my knowledge, neither woman is gay. When will people stop caring what consenting adults do in their bedrooms?

I read Frankenstein issue #2. The story keeps getting better. I like the backstory. Despite it's cartoony art style, I'm really enjoying it.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Monday, October 17, 2011

I started a new short story

The writing group that I participate in, but am not a member of, posts writing prompts each week. Normally, I'm too busy to participate, but this week, the prompt corresponded with my planned writing. I hope to complete a draft before Saturday. When finished, I think I'll post it on Amazon for $.99. Maybe I'll pair it with another story to make it longer. I'll consider it.

These would be my first self-published, but anthologies don't sell. After my last experience, I don't know if I want a publisher. I have high hopes that my third quarter statement will arrive this week, but won't hold my breath.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Everyone knows that I write dystopian fiction, As such I'm interested in a variety fiction of that genre. A friend suggested that I read Orchid #1 from Dark Horse Comics. This issue is only $1.00. Reluctantly, I ordered it from my local comic store.

First thing: This is not for children. It is definitely teen+.

This comic was written by Tom Morello drawn by Scott Hepburn colored by Dan Jackson and lettered by Nate Piekos. The cover was by Massimo Carnevale. I don't know who any of these people are and to my knowledge have never been exposed to them.

The cover captures the essence of Orchid at the beginning of the story. It incorporates several clues that reveal the nature of the world. I think that Massimo would be an excellent choice to due a cover for the second edition of Lucky Streak. ( I love Sean Conn's cover, but don't know if he'll be able to draw a different cover for me,)

Tom Morello's writing is very good. There is a subtlety and complexity that reminds me of some of the best novels. He is not afraid to take chances. He also showed a good skill at misdirection. I found the story to be very well done.

Scott Hepburn's drawing is a very dark realistic style. His faces convey a great deal of emotion and personality. His sense of motion is very good.

Dan Jackson's coloring hits the tone perfectly. The entire book feels dirty and grimy. Red is the only bright color.

I don't know anything about lettering, but Nate Piekos' work did not distract from the story. It was easy to read with appropriate emphasis.

This is a well done book. I give it a definite BUY.

I also really enjoyed the second issue of Demon Knights. It further develops the host of characters.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Non-comic post.

My very long commute provides an excellent opportunity to listen to audiobooks. My favorite source is Librivox. They record books that are in the public domain. They have a great catalog.

On Friday, I finished listening to The Sea Wolf by Jack London. Even though this book is 105 years old, it stands the test of time and is a true masterpiece of psychological deconstruction. I won't give away the plot, but it is completely gripping. I think that it would take a director of the stature of Stanley Kubrick to do this justice. In many ways,  it is more horrific than A Clockwork Orange. Too bad that he died last century.

I hope that my current work in progress begins to approach the subtlety of human change.

Speaking of my WIP, it was my turn to have a selection critted by The Dead Horse Society. The feedback was excellent. They enjoyed the selection and one person asked me how many times I'd edited it. The truth is, only once. I've only changed a few incorrect word choices and a few typos.

The most interesting "observation" by the people is that they reached the conclusion that there is a lesbian affair. I hate to break it to them, but that isn't the case. One person made an interesting suggestion regarding the opening scene. I like the idea, but am concerned that it will read like one of those "lost footage" movies. I wonder if I can use the idea. I'll give part of it a test write.

The news I thought I may have for this entry has not materialized. Perhaps by next time.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Comic Reviews

I read Frankenstein: Agent of shade as on of my selections for the DC 52 relaunch. This is by far the most cartoony of the books I read. I loved the artwork and and the action. The writer did a wonderful job making Frankenstein and the surrounding cast interesting. The artwork added to the surreal feel of the entire book. It is a great combination. I rate this as a buy.

I decided to give Men of War #2 a try. The artwork is still wonderful and the humans are both realistic and interesting. The story does a good job providing a brief backstory on Sgt Rock that enhances his character. Then the story gets bad. Rock is dealing with a godlike being who takes him to the upper-reaches of the atmosphere. She issues a warning. The first issue established that Rock is in the DC Universe and super powered people are around. I hope the involvement would be minimal at best. This is what I didn't want to see. This story is a borrow.

On the other hand, the Navy SEALs story that is also in the book, became considerably more interesting. It continues last issue's story and in well done. The glaring mistakes made before were less noticeable. This story moved from a pants to a borrow.

The other "story" was a bit of batman as an enhanced ad for a batman mini series or book. I'm not a fan.

That's it for this post, I'll be writing another either later today or tomorrow. I promise to talk about writing. I have news.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon