My son as Nick Fury: I know your secret identity, Dick Grayson.My son’s friend (CJ) as Nightwing: I…I don’t know what you’re talking about.S/Nick: Then I’ll just put it on Facebook and Twitter.  *runs to computer* SENT!CJ/Nightwing: Noooooooo!!!Me as Black Widow: Suck it up, Dick.

My son as Nick Fury: I know your secret identity, Dick Grayson.

My son’s friend (CJ) as Nightwing: I…I don’t know what you’re talking about.

S/Nick: Then I’ll just put it on Facebook and Twitter.  *runs to computer* SENT!

CJ/Nightwing: Noooooooo!!!

Me as Black Widow: Suck it up, Dick.

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Membership Drive for Sparkler Monthly: Year 2 | Sparkler Monthly

I’m running a little giveaway on my Tumblr!

Sparkler Monthly is doing its Year 2 Membership Drive. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should. Trust me, they’re filling a niche and a need that nobody else is in the English-language market, and it’s female gaze oriented/fem-positive! They’ve delivered awesome diversity in stories, characters, and content. And they are the cat’s meow when it comes to supporting and promoting indie creators.

I want to see what else they have in store for us (like a gaming department!), and that means supporting them by subscribing to one of their membership plans (Monthly, Yearly, VIP), and by generating word of mouth buzz about Sparkler Monthly.

So my giveway is this:

Everyone who reblogs this post before 8/30/14 will be entered in a drawing to win one of the following items.

- A Year+ Membership ($50 value) to Sparkler Monthly. This 12 month membership will include a free ebook from the Sparkler shop!

- One month trial membership (Five of these will be given away.)


Winners will be chosen through random.org on September 1st, 2014 and notified that day.


You can use the membership or trial month yourself or gift it to another to share the Sparkler Monthly love!


I can’t say enough good things about the Sparkler team. They’ve been supportive and fun to work with the whole way, and I want to see them stay around for a long time. Thanks for helping spread the word!

P.S. Check out the free Year 1 sampler.

I have the hottest dentist ever. He’s tall, dark, devastatingly handsome (Looks kind of like Chance from Gauntlet.), and he has the sexiest voice in the world. He’s also super nice. At my appointment today, he told me he was on the swim team in high school. I’m, like, thinking, don’t make me think pervy thoughts while you’re putting things into my wide open mouth! XD

I have the hottest dentist ever. He’s tall, dark, devastatingly handsome (Looks kind of like Chance from Gauntlet.), and he has the sexiest voice in the world. He’s also super nice. At my appointment today, he told me he was on the swim team in high school. I’m, like, thinking, don’t make me think pervy thoughts while you’re putting things into my wide open mouth! XD

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I love point and click browser escape games, especially of the surreal and sorta creepy type with cool artwork and music.  Nekra Psaria is right up my alley.  Short and atmospheric and pretty intuitive. It’s an amuse bouche of a game, and I hope the creator gives us more soon.

sparklermonthly:

Sort of belated update? It’s our girliest cover yet, courtesy of the fabulous Jamie Lynn Lano, who I got to meet at San Diego Comicon last week! 
Anyway, Sparkler Year 2, Issue 1 launches August 4th—as of this month, we are switching from weekly Friday updates to one monthly update (just like a real magazine!), on the first Monday of the month—so you’ll get all your regular Sparkler goodness then. Including the first chapter of Jen Quick’s new series!! 
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy (and share!) a special Year 1 sampler issue, compiling the FREE first chapters of all our multi-part series. You can read them all on the site here, or download a PDF of all of them here! 300-plus pages of original, girl-oriented comics and prose, all for you! 
Thanks for an amazing first year!  
<3 The Sparkler Team

What a cool thing!  All the first chapters of every multi-part series that ran in Sparkler the first year!  FREE!  Happy anniversary, Sparkler Monthly!

sparklermonthly:

Sort of belated update? It’s our girliest cover yet, courtesy of the fabulous Jamie Lynn Lano, who I got to meet at San Diego Comicon last week! 

Anyway, Sparkler Year 2, Issue 1 launches August 4th—as of this month, we are switching from weekly Friday updates to one monthly update (just like a real magazine!), on the first Monday of the month—so you’ll get all your regular Sparkler goodness then. Including the first chapter of Jen Quick’s new series!! 

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy (and share!) a special Year 1 sampler issue, compiling the FREE first chapters of all our multi-part series. You can read them all on the site here, or download a PDF of all of them here! 300-plus pages of original, girl-oriented comics and prose, all for you! 

Thanks for an amazing first year!  

<3 The Sparkler Team

What a cool thing!  All the first chapters of every multi-part series that ran in Sparkler the first year!  FREE!  Happy anniversary, Sparkler Monthly!

40 fruits on one tree. I want one!

40 fruits on one tree. I want one!

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thanks for the recs!

sunflower1343 said: Oh where did my first part go? Quick recap: Jim Butcher’s Dresden files. Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate; Lois Bujold’s Shards of Honor/Barrayar.

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Thank you! I added a bunch of your recs to my Kindle. I actually have Ready Player One back in SF.  Steven’s been trying to get me to read it for ages. I definitely remember the 80s. ;)  I love that your recs have protagonists who are spinsters, pregnant, etc. These all sound like fun!

Higher brain functions shutting down…

Got any beach read recs? Fic or traditionally published? :)

The hotel plays all my favorite songs from when I was fifteen, so if I post any fic that sounds rather sophomoric, it’s not my fault! XD

I watched the first two episodes of Love Stage on crunchyroll. Such a silly yet charming manga/anime.

menwithlegs-crossed:

Harrison Ford 

Han Solo was my first crush. I had it majorly bad for him when I was but a wee girl.  And then he gradually morphed into my Dad.  Seriously, my dad is kind of a Harrison Ford/Steven Martin hybrid, in looks and personality.  So these days I see him and just get the creeps. No offense, Dad! XD
Also, I love the menwithlegs-crossed blog.

menwithlegs-crossed:

Harrison Ford 

Han Solo was my first crush. I had it majorly bad for him when I was but a wee girl.  And then he gradually morphed into my Dad.  Seriously, my dad is kind of a Harrison Ford/Steven Martin hybrid, in looks and personality.  So these days I see him and just get the creeps. No offense, Dad! XD

Also, I love the menwithlegs-crossed blog.

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Gauntlet: A survival horror romance novel

sparklermonthly:

We did it! Yaaaay! Thanks for all your help getting us across the finish line, folks! 

Omg, Kickstarter SUCCESSFUL!  So happy!!!

Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging! Thank you for all your help!

Books books books!  *squeals in undignified manner*

Anonymous said: Hi! :) Just dropped by to say that I love your Viewfinder fics! They are a treasure in the fandom; awesome characterization and plots and everything. Hope you continue to write more! Thank you and much love :D :D :D

Thank you so much! It’s such a great feeling to hear that someone is enjoying them. I am still in love with VF and the fandom, so I’m not planning on disappearing anytime soon. I do have a new chaptered fic in the works, though it got derailed this month because…stuff, lol.  But I WILL be posting a followup to that one soon. I’ve been dying to write this cyberpunk-esque take on Viewfinder for a long time. :)  <3

Gauntlet Kickstarter

sunflower1343:

eprime:

Time is running out on the Kickstarter to back my novel, Gauntlet, getting a print run!

The chapters of Gauntlet are free to read, for the month of June only, to coincide with the Kickstarter. In July, Sparkler will release an e-book of Gauntlet. Since they’re still a young company, a print…

Whoa, I almost missed this!  I chipped in for a physical book. I hope you meet the goal!

Thank you so much! <3  I was just thinking about the story you wrote about Asami reading my book. (It wasn’t really the reading my book part I was thinking about XD.)

Gauntlet Kickstarter

Time is running out on the Kickstarter to back my novel, Gauntlet, getting a print run!

The chapters of Gauntlet are free to read, for the month of June only, to coincide with the Kickstarter. In July, Sparkler will release an e-book of Gauntlet. Since they’re still a young company, a print run for their titles is 100% dependent on a successful Kickstarter.

Incentives to pledging (based on the tier pledged) includes artwork, ebooks, subscriptions to the Sparkler Monthly site, other merchandise, an editorial write-up from the Sparkler team for a comics or prose project, a cameo in the novel which would appear in the e-book and the print version, and even me writing a story based on your specifications!

Please take a look, and feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might enjoy this kind of fiction. The novel is illustrated by Teaat2am, so it comes with some lovely art too!

In any case, you should definitely check out the Sparkler Monthly site. They have some new titles starting this month that sound great! (Skyglass: Sex, elves, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, yes yes??)

And here’s just a little bit of info about the publisher:

Chromatic Press is a new independent publisher who went live with Sparkler Monthly last June. It’s a digitally based monthly format publication, similar to the Japanese manga magazines styles. They feature comics, audio dramas, and prose.

Using their words: “Sparkler Monthly is a multimedia, digital shoujo/josei magazine of original English-language fiction. The primary audience for Sparkler Monthly is girls and women aged 15 and up, or anyone interested in the rough ballpark of Female Gaze.”

I appreciate their vision and their dedication to providing diversity to this field. They really do deserve acknowledgement and support.

Thank you for making it through this wall of text! And thank you to those who have already backed! :)



Go Giants!  It was a gorgeous day!

Go Giants! It was a gorgeous day!