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Gilgamesh [Reading Challenge 2017]

Gilgamesh Adapted by Stephen Mitchell Freepress, 2004 [Challenge # 11: A book written before 1700] Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of fiction in human history. I chose it to read for the “Ye Olde Book Shoppe” — a book written before 1700, which Gilgamesh certainly qualifies for — segment of my reading challenge. …

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The Eyes Have It

I’m not much of a costumer, mainly due to time constraints. But golly I do I appreciate them… and appreciating vintage SF and horror movies, I like eyes… preferably floating or ambulatory. These eye candy pics (hee hee, did I make a pun?)  bring out both of my passions.   German costumes. “We come in …

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Medusa Revealed

I have a long-running fascination with Medusa the Gorgon. I’ve often wondered about this and was glad someone had the balls to draw it.

Immigration and Easter Animals

bunnies for immigration

As a writer of the profane and fantastic (erotica, horror, fantasy, science fiction) I often take inspiration from the world around me and from the amazing city I live in. But there is no way I can turn the following news into a story, because it’s just so indicative of the current regime’s vile policies. …

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Junction True [Review]

Junction True by Ray Fawkes (Writer) and  Vince Locke (Illustrator) Top Shelf Productions, 2015 Junction Total is a technosex horror thriller set in a near future world, or perhaps a sideways-in-time version of this one, where hipsters and goths maintain constant connection to their blogs and blog audiences. The latest pursuit among the cream of …

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Photo Inspiration

Sometimes the stories write themselves…

Tiger Lung [Reading Challenge 2017]

Tiger Lung by Simon Roy and Jason Wordie Dark Horse Originals, 2014 (Note that I am not doing this challenge in numerical order!) The Seattle Public Library is among the finest for a metropolitan area in the US. Each branch specializes in a different genre, and for my branch, it’s graphic novels. By browsing in …

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Cobalt Jade’s Tax Tips: Lifetime Learning Credit

I am starting a series today dealing with federal tax tips for freelance writers and artists. Many times those working independently aren’t aware of the deductions and tax breaks they may be able to receive in a complicated and overwhelming, but surprisingly fair, system. In this post I will look at the Lifetime Learning Credit, …

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Stardust [Reading Challenge 2017]

Stardust by Neil Gaiman HarperCollins; Reprint edition [Challenge # 1: Coming to theater near you] I had never read Neil Gaiman before, so I was pleasantly surprised by his “Fairy tale for Grown-ups” Stardust. (A movie was made of it in 2007 starring Clare Danes and Charlie Cox, but I haven’t seen it, so can’t …

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Reading Challenge 2017

Inspired by the fine folks at the Writers Water Cooler forums, I have taken on a reading challenge for this year, my first ever. As a writer, I tend to not read a lot of fiction when I’m working, but of course as writers we must read, just to see how other writers do things, …

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