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What If…

What If…

My favorite part of writing is world building. Even during the lost years of corporate servitude when I wasn’t writing anything, I was still building worlds—stuck in traffic in a concrete canyon dreaming of a world covered in trees, where the inhabitants never see the ground or wondering what if my son’s ADD were actually a super power that allowed him to notice the remnants of creation and use them. Most of them I have forgotten. So many worlds created and lost. I journal now, so I don’t lose them. I find that many ideas that seem exciting when they first occur to me don’t hold up when the rush has passed. That’s all right though, because I have an endless supply.

Poetry: Brand Name Does Not Inspire Confidence

Poetry: Brand Name Does Not Inspire Confidence

Warning: This poem may be a slightly NSFW as it is about condoms. You have been warned. This poem was previously posted at www.amyleighstrickland.com

Back in my undergrad studies, I had the brilliant (note hyperbole) idea to write a modern Greek comedy. The play itself was full of superficial Greek mythology jokes, but was scrapped because it lacked heart. Some day I might revamp it. Today, after a conversation in my graduate Young Adult Literature class about teen sexuality, I recalled something that I did like about my play. I decided that I needed to share it.

The play, in the true style of an Aristophanic comedy, was a series of episodes strung together by choral interludes. This form of Greek Drama was later mimicked in my Olympia Heights series. The poems, written in Sapphic stanzas of 11, 11, 11, and 5 syllables, are the odes, the interludes. Rhiannon Frater, author of The First Days, said in her Goodreads review of The Pantheon: “In fact, the flashback stories were so beautifully written I would read a whole book just with that writing style.”

The odes I wrote for this play, Oops! I’m Oedipus, were far less classically structured. The one I am about to share, I know by heart. I hope that it gives you a little chuckle.

Bravo 6

Bravo 6

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Dan Strickland’s Bravo 6, a collection of three quirky sci-fi stories, is now available in the Kindle store for 99¢. Purchasing this book through the Kindle store will keep it in the cloud for you to download to any device that runs the Kindle app. Of course, if you won’t miss the wireless Whispernet delivery, the book is also available through our website for free. You can grab Bravo 6 in iBooks, Mobi, ePub, and even PDF format here.

What’s Inside

  • “The Case of the Missing Research Station”
  • “FUBAR”
  • “Bravo 6”

Don’t forget to grab Message in the Dust here through Matter Deep or get it on Amazon here. 

Comic Review: Ms Marvel

Comic Review: Ms Marvel

Let me start by saying I don’t normally buy comics. I have a small collection of graphic novels that is precious to me, that I have purchased over the years. They’re mostly weird little outside the box books that appealed to me for the very reason that they were not Superhero Comics. My opinion on superheroes has pretty much always been thus: “Ehhh.”

Not featured is my beloved copy of The Fountain that has been on loan for an awfully long time. I’m squinting at you suspiciously, Matt.

Not featured is my beloved copy of The Fountain that has been on loan for an awfully long time. I’m squinting at you suspiciously, Matt.

While I’ve always enjoyed the movies, recently the Marvel movies (Iron Man in particular) have really grabbed me and held on. As much as I would have liked to dive head first into their world, the way I have with previous fandoms, I, like many outsiders before me, have found getting into comics confusing, expensive, and it leaves me feeling ostracized (because I’m a woman, and because I’m a noob). Where do I start? What can I read without any previous background information? Why is everyone in this whole comic white? Isn’t she cold? I bet she’d fight better if she was wearing a sports bra.

When I saw that they were starting a new Ms. Marvel series and were looking for some support, I was all over it. I figured, maybe that was my way in.

Book Launch— Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos

Book Launch— Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos

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Five months ago, Zach Jacobs received a postcard from his oldest enemy. Now, Kronos’ arrival in Olympia Heights is having deadly consequences. College plans are derailed as The Pantheon switches into survival mode, and an old ally is pulled back into the fray by tragedy. As Kronos’ return threatens the very heart of humanity, the Olympians are faced with a choice: to surrender to his will or to leave their mortal lives behind. The stakes are high when anyone could be a servant of the enemy.

The final chapter of the Olympia Heights saga promises death, danger, and the answer to the most important questions of all. What caused the Olympians to be locked away all those years ago? And can they be trusted with humanity now?

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