Writer and educator Art Holcomb has said you should read ten times as much as you write. While I understand that from an educational perspective, I just don’t have the time. I’ve been reading “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew” since the beginning of the year – and that’s research for my steampunk trilogy.
I get home at 6:00, eat, spend some time with my wife, then have time to write about 750 words before going to bead and repeating. My goal is 3,000 words a week: 750 words x 4 nights a week. I have managed to stay pretty consistent with that.
After eight days of the Writer’s Conference, I did have to give my brain a break. So I read the graphic novel, “DC Superhero Girls at Metropolis High”, based on the Cartoon Network series. It follows the six superhero girls as they fight supervillains before school and get in trouble for always arriving late to school because of it. Meanwhile, Lena Luthor, Lex’s little sister, is trying to join the supervillain girls.
It was a fun read and very true to the G2 (Generation 2) series. I like this generation of the show better than the first one because it gives some of the characters a different spin and makes them more diverse. For example, I’ve never seen Kara Danvers (Supergirl) portrayed as a heavy metal head banger or Karen Beecher (Bumblebee) as shy and insecure.
My favorite is Barbara Gordon (Batgirl). I have a soft spot for nerd girls – like Twilight Sparkle from “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and Twilight Sparkle (Sci Twi) from “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls”. If you’re familiar with MLP, Batgirl is like a cross between Twilight Sparkle and Pinky Pie, whereas Bumblebee is like a cross between Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy. Which, by the way, makes Bumblebee my second favorite nerd girl.
I find it interesting that while everyone has their favorite characters, it seems from what I’ve seen in comments on Facebook, Zee Zatara is gathering a strong following of her own, much like Rarity had in MLP. Both are kickbutt characters when they have to be, but they are also the most feminine and stylish ladies of their respective groups.
The book is written by Amy Wolfram, who I’m familiar with from her work on “Teen Titans Go” and the original “Teen Titans” Cartoon Network series. It is illustrated by Yancey Labat, who has worked on the previous DC Superhero Girls series novels.
Dennis Amador Cherry
23rd article completed.
First Steampunk novel: 53,939 words.
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