Sunday, March 1, 2009

Not Dead, Just Thinking

So, first off, a quick but sincere apology to you, all my long-suffering followers. After my tech disaster, I had a pretty life-changing week that really made me stop and think about my priorities. I saw Obama live in person and it was pretty damn amazing. Made me stop and reconsider what I wanted to do with my life. I'm probably going to start blogging less and writing more, if that makes sense.

. . . none of which excuses the fact that I've been a terrible host and haven't written what I said I would write days/months ago. So, please forgive me and bear with me as I get that finally taken care of for you all this week.

In the meantime, there's quite a few good links for you to check out.

The Nerdy Bird needs your help
to fly high and raise money to fight Muscular Dystrophy. Go forth and donate what you can.

4thLetter! has put up a heartbreaking post connected to Empowered, showing yet again that the series has more heart and more brains than half the damn mainstream stuff getting put out on the stands. My thanks to Kalinara for pointing the way.

Speaking of awesome links, My Bottomless Cup was kind enough to expound on this excellent post on Secret Six, which discusses some of the many reasons why I love this series so damn much. If you aren't reading Secret Six, you are currently suffering from an awesome deficiency.

There's quite a bit else going on in the comics blogosphere right now, not least of which is a huge kerfuffle over the implosion of Scans Daily. I could discuss my interactions with the community at length but I try to save the drama for my mama, as a general rule. On the other hand, Kevin Church - that cool blogger with a heart of brass - has had the huevos to kick the hornet's nest on his blog. Peter David, the author who was rather rudely told to "die in a fire" on Scans Daily, is also predictably not shedding any tears about this turn of events. Favorite writer of mine Gail Simone has a radically different and more positive view, while mad genius Warren Ellis predictably uses his fine, analytical mind to apply stark realism and basic facts to the situation. Absolutely none of which changes the fact, love them or hate them, they're just going to get the community up and running again in five minutes somewhere else (psst, it's already happened).

ETA: The inimitable MightyGodKing is also doling out the harshness to all involved on his blog, if you're in the mood to read some serious snark.

And what do I think about all of this? I'd like to live by the immortal words of Mr. T - "I don't start no trouble. I mind my own business." I've got enough on my mind as it is. Still, I'll just say that, while my heart is certainly in one camp more than the other, there are a lot of valid points on the table from people I respect on both sides of the issue. So there you go.


Drama aside, how are all of you doing today?


wiec? said...

cool post. thanks for all the links. the Six is probably the best thing to come out of all this Crisis stuff DC has been up to lately.

and it's good to know the Mad Thinker isn't a total bastard.

D0nnaTr0y said...

So glad to hear you are around and OK- I was actually starting to worry!

Be sure to let us know what "real" writing you're up to!

K. D. Bryan said...

wiec? - You're quite welcome, glad you enjoyed them. S6 is just about my favorite book on the stands.

The Mad Thinker's actually had a surprisingly varied history, if memory serves. Back in the '90's, he was the behind-the-scenes architect of the New Warriors, revealing that his motivation was less "Hurr Hurr, I am Teh Evil Genius" and more of a "I must help the Heroes improve so they may face greater challenges.". Don't even get me started on what they did to the New Warriors, mind you. Sadly, this nuanced and interesting take on the character vanished shortly thereafter, even if I hear he had a good appearance in FF a while back. In any case, without him we wouldn't have Awesome Andy, so there's always that.

D0nnaTr0y - Aw, thanks! I didn't mean to worry anyone. It's just been a heavy few weeks.

Since you were kind enough to ask, I've been doing more short story work in preparation for getting a novel or a fully fleshed-out comic book pitch worked out. Sprinting to prepare for a marathon, if that makes sense. One of my short stories has actually been published online, believe it or not, in a pretty nifty artistic journal named MungBeing. Fingers crossed that my muse keeps being generous! :)

The Red Monk said...

wha? But i was at your service. I saw your grave. Then who is in your grave?

K. D. Bryan said...

RedMonk - Grant. He left his tomb to inhabit mine. The real questions have only begun! Mwoo-ha-ha!