Weekly Inspiration

Still hard at work on both HIDDEN and my superhero novel. Writing was really difficult on the superhero book (which for now I’m calling “Strike Force” but that will probably change) but I had a breakthrough on Wednesday and had a 5,000 word day, and so far the writing has been progressing nicely. I would like to have a first draft finished by the end of next month.

Thanks to all of the adoration over the imps in HIDDEN, I also have a couple of ideas for short stories told from their point of view. If I can get myself together, those may become a regular feature. I wish I could draw. I could totally see doing an imp webcomic.

Speaking of comics, I posted my second quickie, one page script over at ThoughtBalloons this week. Our character was Killeroo, who I knew absolutely nothing about. I couldn’t get my hands on any of his comics, but I was helped out by the official Killeroo Twitter account, who directed me to his FB page, and I picked up enough about the character to get a general feel. Mine is located here, for anyone interested. The rest of this week’s scripts were really good. Several really funny ones. I have another comics-related thing I’m thinking of trying. More about that if I actually come to a decision about it. 🙂

Here are the things that inspired me this week:

Music

Reading

  • Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form by Hannah Miodrag (review copy from NetGalley) — a very dry academic read, but interesting so far.
  • Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • X-23 by Marjorie M. Liu
  • What is a Superhero? — still making my way through this book
  • Creative License by Danny Gregory

Art

Orestes and the Erinyes by Gustave Moreau, 1891.

Orestes and the Erinyes by Gustave Moreau, 1891.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on the Furies for Hidden (if you read yesterday’s episode, you know why!!) and there are little tidbits I’d love to share here, but we’re not far enough in the story quite yet. I based my description of the Fury, Tisiphone, on a combination of descriptions of the Furies I found in mythology books, as well as depictions of the Furies in art. Most art shows them as really fearsome, kind of awful creatures (and I can see why!) (See here and here for scary-ass Furies.) I wanted to keep some of that badassery, of course, but to my mind, the Furies don’t have to be monstrous looking to be terrifying. They are scary enough, simply being what they are. This Moreau painting, above, was the only depiction I found that more closely showed how I picture them — as righteous and beautiful, not monsters. (Though I liked these, too.)

So, that’s that for this week. One more thing I loved this week was this little graphic I found on Tumblr, by sirdef. It’s Spider Woman, but damn, do I think “Molly” when I see it:

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