Politics and Reading

I haven’t written too much about politics on this site yet.  Anyone that follows my Facebook page would be surprised because the majority of the posts are political.  It wasn’t always like that, but since Trump was elected I’ve devoted a lot more space and time on Facebook to politics.  And for anyone that hasn’t read my Facebook page, just to let you know, I’m not a Trump fan.  I think he’s a terrible person and only out for one person, himself.  The country could fall apart but if he makes some money off it, he’s happy.

Which brings us to this post.  I just had Katy Tur’s new book delivered to my Kindle today.  One day soon I’m going to have to write about how much I love my Kindle.  Yes, I love books and will always love the feel and smell and touch of a book in my hands, but I also love my Kindle.  I had forgotten I had ordered this book ahead of time, so that when it came out it was just sent straight to my Kindle.

Katy Tur is the journalist that Trump called out (more than once) at one of his rallies and basically incited the crowd against her.  Two secret service agents escorted her to her car afterwards.  She was one of the first, if not first, serious journalists that covered Trump from the beginning of his campaign to the end.  This is her story of that campaign.  “My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History” is the byline of the book.  And so true.

I’m about half way through the book now and enjoying every page of it.

I’m just going to recite one event she mentions to show how dishonest Trump is.  At one point in the campaign, Mitt Romney gives a speech in which he destroys Trump.  He doesn’t just shred him as a politician, he shreds him as a business man.  He cites Trump Steaks, Trump water, Trump magazine as all ventures that Trump attempted and failed at.  So what does Trump do?  At his next press conference, he has a pallet of steaks, water, and magazines sitting by the stage.  The problem is that he didn’t rope it off or try to keep the press away from said pallet.  They wandered up to it before Trump took the stage and looked at the what was sitting there.  The steaks had stickers that said Trump Steaks on them, but you could see the markings from the company they really came from.  The same with the water and the magazines weren’t his either.  So when he came up on stage he mentions how Romney said he failed and Trump smiles and waves at the pallet to prove that the companies Romney said Trump had failed at was a lie, see there’s Trump Steaks.  There’s Trump water.  Suck a liar.

That is just an indication of the type of things Trump was capable of.  I think he believes if he says it enough then it must be true.

I definitely give this book a good review and you should check it out.  (I really need to get Amazon links up so you can just click and buy from my site.)



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Memphis Comic Expo.

Sept 15 and 16 I will be in Memphis for their Comic Expo.  You can check their site at here and get a look at their guest list.  This is the second year for this con and I went last year.  I like this con because their focus is on comic book creators.  It’s kind of like the old conventions I used to go to, where the guests were all creators of comic books: writers, artists, editors, etc. Today most cons treat the comic book creators like the proverbial red headed stepchild.  The main focus for cons now are the media guests.  The movie stars, the tv stars.  I don’t completely blame them, they are what pull in the people.  But it’s nice to have a con that’s geared toward the comic book people.  If you’re in Memphis this weekend you should come check it out.

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Len Wein RIP

I’m not quite old enough to have grown up reading the original Marvel Comics.  They say your Golden Age of comics is when you first start reading them and discovering the thrill of following the monthly adventures.  For me my Golden Age was the 70’s.  For me the writers whose words amazed me and thrilled me and made me come back month after month were Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, Steve Englehart and Len Wein.  The 70’s gets knocked by a lot of fans for their comics.  I think it’s because it’s coming off the Lee/Kirby and Lee/Dikto years and people figure they can’t be that good.  But I thought they were awesome.  I loved the stories they were telling.

Today I just read the Len Wein died.  I never met the man but he gave me many hours of reading enjoyment.  Even if you’ve never read a comic but like the movies made of them, you owe Mr. Wein a thank you.  He created Wolverine and the co created the New X-men with Dave Cockrum.  He co created the Swamp Thing.  He had a hand in a lot of characters that we take for granted nowadays.

Rest in peace Mr. Wein and thank you.

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Future Tense

For some reason I just noticed the time and date for the posts I’ve been putting up have been a day ahead.  So the post on Len Wein reads as if it was written tomorrow on 9/11 when I wrote it and posted it on 9/10.  Not a big thing, but I think I’ve got it fixed now and the correct time and day should reflect on each post.

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Weather Post

Watching what’s unfolding in Florida now and what happened in Texas the last week has been hard.  For all those that lived through Katrina the current weather brings back bad memories.  My heart goes out to all those affected and all those about to be.  If any good could come out of these disasters you would hope it would encourage real talk about climate change and science and not whatever passes for science in the minds of the naysayers.  As I type these words Florida is already experiencing the first effects of Hurricane Irma and it still has hours before it makes landfall.  Starting with a proposed landfall on the east coast, the hurricane continues to move farther westward until now it’s supposed to come ashore on the west coast.  If memory serves me Katrina was originally thought to land somewhere in Florida and we all know how that turned out.  For Florida the hurricane coming up the west coast is pretty much the worse scenario imaginable, it puts pretty much the entire state on the east side of the eye, which is the most destructive side.

Sending thoughts and prayers has become a pretty much-cliched sentiment that truthfully does nothing for the intended, but at this point there really isn’t much more that can be done. I’ve spent a good chunk of my childhood in Florida and a few years later as an adult and the state is one of my favorite places.  For what it’s worth my thoughts are with everyone that will be affected and I truly wish the best.

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Monster Book

The hardback book Monsters and other Scary Shit from Wannabe Press are out and copies are being shipped to me even as I type these words.  Only four of the 224 pages in this amazing book is written by me, but the rest of the pages are still so wonderful, so great that everyone should want a copy of this book.  Russell Nohelty has done such a fantastic job in putting this book together, that I can’t even begin to thank him enough for letting me a part of it.  I’ve ordered 28 copies of the book to have to sell at upcoming conventions.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get any copies in time for Memphis Comic Expo, but I should have the book with me in time for Creative Con in October.  Each book will cost $40 and are worth twice that price.  I can’t wait to get my copy in.  Trust me this book is great.

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Love Stinks

In keeping with the theme of yesterday’s post here’s a video from one of my favorite bands and pretty much summarizing what I think of love right now, lol.

And no, I’m doing this partly in jest, so no I’m not in some deep depression right now about it all, so please no one needs to worry about me.

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no promises

I have to admit this last year has pretty much sucked.  Mainly because I’ve let it.  The first half of the year I let someone back into my life, briefly, but someone that had already done much damage to my heart and my self-esteem.   I thought things would be different this time.  I should have known better.  Within a month I was worse off than I had been the first time.  Love sucks.


I’ve let this work its way into my mind and slowly just eat away at me, day after day.  Last year I had made so much progress with my writing and publishing.  This year the plan had been to continue that.  Ayla should have had the first four issues finished by now and be in trade paperback.  Boxie should be in a trade.  Other books should have been finished.  But none of this has happened.  Yes, I have finished a few things.  Mainly Trump related since my hate for him can over ride any feelings of depression, lol.


I’ve never really used the word depression to describe what I’ve gone through this last year, but if I want to be honest with myself, I have to.  I’ve suffered from depression.


It’s made it hard to find the energy to write.  It’s made it hard to find the energy or the motivation to do so many things this past year.   Even though I manage to make myself get some things done and move forward it has been like a weight around my neck, just dragging me down.  At first, I wouldn’t want to get out of bed, if I didn’t have work, I might have stayed there for days.  Even now there are times I just want to pull the covers up over my head and just lay there without getting up.


It is getting better.   I’ve actually been dating, though that hasn’t worked out so well, not bad enough to make me even more depressed.  More like it’s bad enough to make me laugh about it.  I don’t think about what might have been, how it went wrong, what I did wrong as much as I did.  And when I do think about it I don’t get upset about it, before it would send me in a downward spiral.   Now it still will jump attack in my mind when I least expect it or want it, but it’s more and more like it’s past history, something that I’m moving on from.


So what is the purpose of this post?  To bore you all with my whining.  If any of you were my Facebook friends when all this was going down I think you got enough of my whining to last you for an eternity.  No, this is my moving on and putting all this behind me post.  This is my post where I’m pointing towards the future and putting the past where it belongs, behind me.


I’ve made some changes that I don’t want to go into that have been more than self-destructive for me.   Done and over with.


I’ve let my health slide.  I’m not in the shape I was in when I first was diagnosed with Diabetes, but I’ve added weight and let myself slide some.  My sugar levels are going in the wrong direction.  I’m going to try to start eating better again.  I know I’m not going to be perfect, far from it.  But I need to put the junk food that I had thrown out and stopped eating when I was first diagnosed back behind me again.  I’m at 194 pounds now.  I want to lose at least twenty pounds.  I’m going to post my weight on here as I move forward, hopefully the idea of looking like a complete fool and adding weight instead of subtracting it will be enough to motivate me to lose it.


And more importantly, I’m going to focus on my writing again.  I’ve got some great things going forward and I want to continue that.  I’m made some progress this year, just not as much as I had originally had hoped.  But that’s ok, there’s a new year coming and I can just do better this year.


Finally my goal for this site was to post a lot more often.  I want this site to reflect my writing, but also my personal life too.  This is where I want to post my thoughts about whatever catches my mind at that moment, where I complain about what happened today, what’s going on in my writing, etc.  I want this to be like my old blog, as I mentioned in my last post on here too many weeks ago.  I’d like to make this a daily thing, so some posts may be long and informative, while others may be short and leave you wondering why I even bothered, lol.  But at this moment I’m not going to promise daily posts.  I’ll settle for weekly and hope we can move into something closer to daily.


So let’s see how well I do this time.


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After self-publishing two issues of Ayla Speaker for the Dead, I am pleased to announce that the series will now be published by Insane Comics.  I’ve mentioned this on Facebook but let’s make this my official announcement.  I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve very happy to be part of the family at Insane Comics.  They publish some great comics, so you should go over there and check out their site.  My artist buddy, Tyler Carpenter writes one of their titles, DEMONS, and it’s worth checking out.  I have a lot of confidence that they will be able to do things for Ayla that I was not able to.  They’ll start with the first issue and it will be out in Jan of 2018.

And in that regards, one of the things they’ve already managed to do is get Ayla an exclusive for Cedar Rapids Comic Con in Feb of next year.  Javi Laparra has did another outstanding job with the cover.  This will be the first issue and the only place you’ll be able to get it with this cover will be at Cedar Rapids Comic Con.

I’m really excited for the future of Ayla and being part of the Insane Comics group.

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Blogging Ain’t What It Used to Be

Back in the day I used to have a blog, altijiranga mitjina, that I was almost obsessed with posting in.  I tried to make it a habit of posting at least once a day on it.  It’s been five years since I last posted on it, but when I was in the midst of it, I was faithful about posting.  I posted during Katrina.  I would work all day and come home exhausted but somehow find the time to sit down and write a post.  I posted about everything and anything.

I was hoping to take some of that dedication and bring it to this site.  While my other sites are geared towards certain comic titles, this site is supposed to be more open.   While it’s main focus is going to be on my comic writing career, I want to share other aspects of my life on this site.  Here I’ll talk about pretty much anything.   From posts like the one about Best Buy to perhaps one about the perils of Long Distance Relationships or how it feels to have your heart ripped out of your chest and stomped on and keep going back for more.

Ok, that got dark all of a sudden.  But as you can see, the purpose of this site is to keep you updated with me.  So I’m not promising anything, because whenever I do, things seem to not work out, but the plan is to try to post on here at least every other day or so, if I can’t maintain a daily presence.  And we’ll see where we go from there.

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