Whenever I write music or poetry, I always leave my works untitled. I hate titles, but when it comes to books, between the cover and the title, people may never even open your book to read those beautiful words if it sucks. So, even though I hate titles, they are very necessary in the world of writing. Damn and double damn.
I'm still going to hate them.
This year is already flying by and time is winding down on the release of my second novel, Killer Rayne. This book will be filled with a lot more action and character development. I'm proud to say that I really like the direction that I've taken and I think, no I'm confident that you will too. Rayne and her allies are nothing to play with.
Killer Rayne will be released in April if I have my way, and I will, so please be ready to purchase it and pick up a copy of The Unmaking if you have not done so. I know that it's been nearly a year since my first release ( I had choose quality over speed even though I wished for a November/December release) but it will be worth the wait.
So, tell a friend to tell a friend because I need love and support. The RWS can be everything that I know it is if you guys choose to read and recommend it to your friends and family. I'm going to keep writing regardless, but I really want to continue to have an audience.
Also, it seems that I've been working up a fan base for my fanfics with Legend of Korra, so if you are a fan check me out at archiveofourown.org A_Fazey or at fanfiction.net AFazey. I'd love for you to read my work.
Until next time!
Yesterday, I made a post talking about Legend of Korra and how much I love it. Well, I've been working on some fanfic for it. I don't think I'm going to post it on here, but maybe I'll add links when I do.
What I'm reallllllly looking forward to is the fanfic that gets written about The Rayne Whitmore Series. I really want people to love my book so much that they add their own spin to it, they put characters together that they want to see, and they interpret the story line in a way that gives me a view into my fan's minds.
Fanfic is awesome. I used to read Buffy fanfic all the time when I was younger. It's a fun a way to pass the time and to fill in details that you think the creator missed.
With that said, hurry and write some Rayne Whitmore fanfic will ya???
Sooooo, happy new year folks. It's been months and months since I've updated. I think about it, and then I just go, eh, well it's not like my readership is that high at this point anyway. It's like that sometimes. Still, I wanted to say this because I had been meaning to write about this topic for a couple weeks, since the finale, and I keep putting it off.
KorraSami is canon.
Now, if you are not a fan of The Last Airbender Series, then, you probably won't get why it is so important for me to write about, or even why I'd care about a cartoon, but I got plenty of inspiration from this show and Korra took my love for the show to an entirely new level.
I'm not just talking about Korra and Asami, which I was definitely a shipper for. I saw the hints and I hoped and hoped that I was really seeing what I thought I was seeing. And yes, how awesome is it that two incredibly powerful individuals ended up falling in love and starting on a new journey together. It makes it even more awesome that they were women.
Now, there are plenty of things that I loved about LoK and I'm going to name a few. I'm really sad to see the show go away, but it left a legacy that I hope many cartoons begin to follow.
Korra is a person of color- as the main character of a show, visibility is extremely important. Korra's darker skin and those deep blue eyes added to her character in such an amazing way.
Korra's body type was that of an athlete- Her arms! That may say it all, but too often female characters are overly curvy and sexualized, but not Korra. She looked like a person that was a master of all the elements, someone that trained on a daily basis. I loved it.
Asami is a genius- Not only is Asami rich, beautiful, and friendly, she's an engineer. As a woman, this is awesome. Society tells us time and again that as women get older, they steer away from the math, science, and engineering. There is a trend that is bringing some of them back, but you don't see women too often running companies, building vehicles, and being proficient at martial arts. Asami is everything!
The show hit on many themes that cartoons shy away from- betrayal of a parent, cheating and more cheating, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. These were children going through this. Team Avatar was young adults dealing with young adult problems. They didn't shy away from them either.
Mako didn't get the girl- I liked Mako. He had plenty of faults, but redeemed himself at the end. I'm just glad that they didn't decide to put him with Korra or Asami just because he was the most handsome character in the show. He realized that his duty was to protect those that he cared about and he didn't need to be in a relationship to do that.
The brother bond was beautiful- Bolin is probably the most lovable character ever. He's just genuine in a way that is still believable because he too makes mistakes. What has always shined through was the bond he had with Mako. They love each other unconditionally, aren't afraid to say it, and will forever have each other's backs. Bolin believed in family. Even those he had just met.
The creators didn't take the old team avatar bait- This show could have turned out so much differently if they had decided to show more scenes with Toph and Katara. They could have done background on Sokka. They didn't take the bait. We all wanted to know what really happened in those years, but it would have been a different story and would have done a disservice to Korra and her journey.
The fight scenes- Suyin vs. Kuvira was probably my favorite just because Su bended amour onto herself during the fight. It was short, but it showed the depth of skill between the two fighters. Each battle was amazing and beautifully drawn. Much kudos to those that researched fighting styles and techniques and created it for us to see!
Like I said, LoK is amazing. KorraSami is canon and I'm a happy camper.
Although the month is pretty much over, June is still Pride Month and since this weekend is my city's gay pride celebration, I'd like to hit on something that I recently read in an article. The article basically stated that gay pride celebrations for white people, not minorities. As I read the opinions, I have to say that I agreed with a lot of it based on my own experiences. So, this commentary will not only be about the struggle of being an lgbt minority, but being a racial minorty in general.
First, let me be clear, I have never personally felt unwelcome at a gay pride event, however, I have not felt represented completely either. In my community, most of the black lgb (I'm leaving out trans simply because I don't know too many of them in my own community and their under representation is a whole nother topic) people know each other. Omaha is small, gay community smaller, black gay community, ok, you get the point. Anyway, once I came out and began to meet these people, I thought there were a whole lot of us, until I went to a pride event. That's when I realized that it wasn't want I thought It'd be.
There were plenty of things going on that I was not culturally familiar with too. The music, the terms, the type of entertainment was all different from what I was used to. That day, I think I saw two performances by black people. I don't even remember seeing any other races perform. Now, I grew up in a unique position where most of the schools that I went to had higher rates of minority students, but in my classes, I was still underrepresented. So, I made plenty of white friends in my honor classes and had plenty of black friends around my neighborhood.
This is where it comes together. Growing up, I didn't see the issue, I didn't know that pretty much all my black friends grew up in poverty and that poverty, health, education, and crime were all linked. I didn't understand that their parents weren't reading to them because they were never home because they had to make enough money to eat, couldn't afford daycare so my friends were running the streets unsupervised. All I knew was that I was different from both groups, more educated than some of my black counterparts but still not quite fitting in with my white friends.
Then, I began to understand the struggle. I opened my eyes to what was changing in the world and what was staying the same. Gay rights movement was gaining, but there still seemed to be a group that was left behind. Us. I know how uncomfortable it is to talk about race and I think that sometimes white gay people can forget that there is another struggle that minorities are still having to endure. People see these white gay people as being well off and moving up in the world, living in expensive neighborhoods and pushing forward with the movement. Still, minorities, especially blacks tend to have significantly less income and lgbt blacks even less so. Healthcare is a problem and so is crime. To many in the black gay community, it often feels that the same white people that fight for our rights are ignoring other's needs.
But is there really blame here?
I don't know. Generally we tend to only focus on issues within our own racial identities. We often turn a blind eye to what is going on and many don't even want to acknowledge that racism can still exist let alone that there can be these giant gaps of achievement and prosperity between the races. There are some that won't accept that sometimes ones circumstances can be enough to keep you at a level that will never get you anywhere. Why would that be any different between white lgbts and black lgbts. After all, isn't it just a smaller community represented in America?
Blacks often feel that the system does not work for them and whatever your opinion on that is, understand that history has proven that to be a valid opinion on many things. Not that it should always be used as an excuse.
Still, when I looked around from walking the streets of West Hollywood this year, I can't say that I felt at home, I can't say that I necessarily felt that these were my people. I felt worlds apart even after traveling to be a part. I didn't see as many women as I expected either, so it wasn't all about race, but it just shows, this is something that should be addressed.
I've have been on 100 nonstop since May. Tired doesn't even describe how I've been feeling. Still having a full time job and trying to maintain with social media and writing has proven to be a huge challenge. However, I have no choice but to be up for the task because no one is waving their hands volunteering to do it for me. That's life though, so I can't complain too much. I just have to keep doing my best, stay positive, and keep pushing until I see the results that I want. That I deserve.
My wife and I did manage to take a short vacation to L.A. a couple weeks ago, but some of the trip only created more stress. Still, we managed to have fun and meet a new friend so that's always a plus. Our two year anniversary is coming up soon, so I need to start thinking about what I'm going to do for her. I don't need much in the way of gifts because (yes we've heard it all before) I have pretty much everything I need. My life is full of love and happiness and that's a gift that I receive every day. Along with our two dogs, I love my family and I'm incredibly blessed to have them.
My book signing went well and I got a lot of valuable feedback that I will take and run with. I also have a few topics to discuss on my video blog now. Which btw, wifey still thinks I need to add more to. So, more work, but it'll all be worth it in the end. I do not have another signing date in the works yet. I need to start to explore more independent bookstores and get with writers groups or something. I'm a bit of a loner when it comes to that, but I know that my writing could use a bit of improvement. Always.
In the next month or so, I'm going to post an excerpt of the second book, "Killer Rayne." It will be a draft so changes are more than likely to occur. I am also writing a Disney femslash story with many of the princesses. I'm going to post it once I finish. It'll be fun. Also, since apparently Selene is the most liked character so far, I'm going to have to do some background story on her in the future. Since I keep getting asked about her, I will do hers first.
That's it for now, enjoy a few pics from my L.A. trip and the book signing!
My book signing venue has been booked and I am extremely excited! I will need all the support I can get, so if you are in the Omaha area, please be sure to stop by and buy a copy of the book or get your already purchased one signed. This is my very first signing and this is my debut novel, so, I'm hoping that all goes according to plan and that my work is well received. We shall see, right... Also, I plan on giving away one or two books in a raffle as well as a few collectors items that I've created. I want this to be a memorable night and a testament to my future success. Love.
Okay, so all of this extra work that I'm putting in has made me very sleep deprived. I still have a full time job like most people, but adding on the duties of marketing and keeping my site and blog updated has been much much more work than I had thought. It's okay though, I'm still an unknown (sigh) and I don't have a staff to do this for me. So, this is what I have to do. My awesome wife however, told me that my video blog on youtube isn't fancy enough, so, she will be helping me to edit those. Yay! Teamwork. So, make sure that you ask me questions so that I can answer them on there and also don't be afraid to comment on the home page or email me (top left corner) I am young and humble so I will do my best to respond. Last, I am closer to finding a place to have my first signing here in Omaha, so if you are in the area, check back soon. Hopefully by the end of the week, it will be settled. I will start to get better at this when I settle down. The thoughts will be more cohesive and the blogs will become more interesting.
Sooooo, I am about 60 pages into the second book, Killer Rayne. Man, if only this thing would write itself. Lola, my husky, keeps scratching me out of boredom and her nails are making her hard to ignore. ugh. Some of the kids at my job that have read the book keep yelling about things they do not appreciate about the book. They've been wanting me to discuss why I chose to treat their already favorite characters in certain ways and it's really cute and humbling. While I'm sitting there, I can hear them saying things like, "I know right, and did you read that one part where blah blah blah?" It's all like a movie. Then, they keep making guesses as to what I'm going to do in the second book and that I better not be killing off anyone or else. So bossy that group is. Well, this book won't write itself so I gotta keep on pushing, right? I think I'm going to do a poll next.
The Unmaking: The Rayne Whitmore Series Book I is now available on paperback and on Kindle. This is a dream come true and my vision is expanding every second. But, I have to get the word out and actually get people to want to read. To do that, I need your help too! Please please please if you enjoy the book, let people know. Also, if you really have questions about something in the book, use the contact link on the home page.