Friday, May 28, 2010

Nine Seconds of Superman

Monday, May 17, 2010

Want Me, Book Depository, and a Manga Rec

Mrs. Giggles loves Book Depository. Talks about it all the time on her blog. For some reason I never thought to check it out until recently.

She’s right. It’s pretty freaking awesome. Most of their books have discounts comparable to the other big online book stores, and they have free shipping all over the world, no matter how much or how little you buy. Since I have a lot of days where I only buy one book at a time, this really works for me.

As is my habit when I hit a new book site, I typed my name in the search bar, and it turns out Want Me is listed there as well. So, wherever you are, you can get it shipped to you for free. Very cool.

Click the pic to learn more about Want Me

What I ended up buying on Book Depository was volume one of Kurashina Sensei’s Passion. Was in the mood for a sensei story, and it turned out to be perfect for that. Kurashina himself is one of my favorite types of characters: high strung, high tempered, badass when the chips are down, and his heart’s always in the right place. He wears a suit. He wears glasses. It’s nice.

The story follows Kurashina-sensei as he returns to his alma mater to teach, and how he deals with a wide array of personalities. There’s an interesting dynamic between him and one of the students that starts with Kurashina’s cat puking all over the student.

I’ve only read volume one so far, and it was funny. It was also sweet without getting sugary and I was looking for something lighthearted to read (I’d been feeling the weight of writer’s block and just needed to freaking relax). So if you’re looking for something like that too, I recommend KSP.

Kurashina Sensei's Passion cover

Friday, May 14, 2010

Feed the… Fun?

The day I left for college, my mom was sitting next to me in the airport. My dad would have been there too, but he was still in the military and ended up not being able to come. Mom was all teary eyed because I’m the first born and I’m told the first to go away is usually the most traumatic for the moms while the last to go is the most traumatic for the dads.

So we’re sitting there, and she starts telling me she knows I’m going to have a lot of fun in school. I naturally think this is a trap, so I calmly answer that I don’t intend to have much fun—that I of course intended to be very serious about my studies.

This turned out to be the wrong answer because she said, “It’s only natural for people your age to go to school and have lots of fun.”

“Seriously, you don’t have to worry about me,” I told her, focusing on an empty chair in front of us. “I got this, and I’m gonna get into a good law school.”

“No no. I WANT you to have fun.”

Finally, I turn my head. “Say what?”

“It’s healthy for you.”


“I just want you to… to be safe.”

I blink. “Well, uh. If I get a chance to try this snowboarding thing I promise I’ll wear a helmet, pads, the whole bit.” (At the time I was moving from Hawaii to Iowa.)

“No no no.” Her voice drops. “I want you to make sure you have,” to a whisper, “protection. Always.”

Isn’t that what I’d just assured her? How many times did I have to…

Then it dawns on me, and I bolt upright in my chair and say loud enough to carry through half the airport, “OH. When you say fun you’re talking sex.”

At which point I literally get a fist slammed into the top of my head.

But since then, every time a grownup says “fun” the dirty little voice in my head says “sex,” and that’s why for now we’re renaming the Feed the Fetish feature on this blog to Feed the Fun. It’s still not the greatest title, so the contest is still on. Keep playing, and if I choose your title I’ll send you a prize. :)

With that, in honor of some of the stories I’ve been tinkering around with lately, this week’s Feed the Fun is not quite human (or more than, depending on your perspective) guys:

Bleach - Grimmjow by ~Linnou on deviantART

He's from an anime called Bleach. He's got rage issues. And I'd totally be willing to have fun with him he if were real. Okay, probably not since since I value my life. But you never know.


water spirit - color by =pandabaka on deviantART

There really isn't enough water spirit art out there.


Commission: Deathly Raven by =mazjojo on deviantART

Love the ears, love the scythe, love the fact that he looks like he's about to have some fun kicking ass.


Razvan in the city by *Dark-Razvan on deviantART

This for me captures what draws me to urban fantasy.


Nightcrawler's Sanctuary by ~themovieguru42 on deviantART

He's fun in any incarnation. :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Like P.L. Nunn’s art?

Katrina Strauss was kind enough to drop me a line letting me know that P.L. Nunn is selling prints of many of the book covers she designed for five dollars each. One Shot is on the list, and in case you forgot what that one looked like—because, ya know, I don’t post it nearly enough ;)—here it is below:

One Shot Cover -- Click here to learn more about the story

A lot of other great covers there as well, and the site in general is much fun. You can check it all out at

Nice way to kick off the week, yeah?