Planting When there is No Ground

Planting When there is No Ground

Living in the city, I have very little outdoor space. What I do have is normally used as a parking lot. I do, however, have a wide and long deck in the back and a strip of land in the front.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a garden for over 5 years and I’m embarrassed to say it took that long for me to finally get my hands dirty. The good news is, as soon as I started digging up the ground,…

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You can now pre-order the Limited Edition of THE BODY ELECTRIC! 

There are thirty extra pages of content in this book, including:

  • a map
  • author interview
  • short story
  • a history of the future world
  • and more!

Additionally, every copy will be shipped with a packet of art cards featuring brand new, exclusive art from three different artists depicting the characters and scenes from both this book and the Across the Universe books. And every copy will include a coupon code for a free electronic version of the book available on nearly any e-reader, via Smashwords.

The special edition will be signed and numbered, and only 300 will ever be on sale. So get one while you can for only $14.99, shipping internationally! Meanwhile, you can also enter this giveaway for one free copy.

Okay. I’m sorry, but this has a little over 150 notes? THIS? That’s ridiculous.

It should a have like 1 bajillion. Seriously, guys.

Let’s think about this for a second. Let’s talk about what Beth is doing here.

Beth is an author who is choosing to self-pub her next book. That means she’s covering the cost of everything. She obviously didn’t skimp on finding an amazing cover artist/designer (done by @IceyBooks). She’s worked some magic with her local. indie. bookstore. to provide ultra-limited signed editions.  Not magic. SORCERY. Beth is a damn sorcerer.

Book store doesn’t deliver to your area? Fear not!

Beth is ON IT, you guys.

But let’s talk about what you get with this limited edition. You get:
A Map - Alright, cool, cool. Pretty standard fare in the SFF literature world.

Author Interview - Nice, nice. Obviously if you care enough to pre-order her book, you’d probably be intersted in reading an interview. (And looking at the effort she’s put into this, I’m guessing they aren’t just Q&A’s you can find on her website.)

A Short Story - So, basically TWO stories for the price of one. (More on the price to come.) A full length novel (which she’s stated is a little longer than Across the Universe) AND a short story. Who cares if it’s in the ATU plot line or Body Electric or somewhere totally different? IT’S FREE. IT’S FREE STORY.

A History of the Future World- A lot of work goes into world-building guys. A. LOT. And I’d wager 60% of the work an author does, we don’t get to see. Not in the first book, maybe not even in the second. It’s all backstory and history and things that shaped the story you’re reading now.  So, for a big SFF fan, it’s often really freaking cool to get a glimpse at all that work. Without having to wait for a companion book that may never come.

And more- More? I don’t know what more Beth can possibly squeeze in here. Things are already topping out on the cray-cray meter.

But wait, there’s an additionally.

"Additionally, every copy will be shipped with a packet of art cards featuring brand new, exclusive art from three different artists depicting the characters and scenes from both this book and the Across the Universe books. "

Are. You. Shitting me?

This is where I lost my mind. This is what made me want to create this long post.

I love art.  I love collecting art of my characters.
Art ain’t cheap folks. Not even a little bit.  I used to save a bit here and there and officially commission something. Do you have any idea how much a fullbody color piece of ANYTHING can cost? Depends on the artist, depends on the style. But I’ve seen them upwards of a few hundred. Do you have any idea how much a commercial piece of art costs? Art you plan to use in advertising, to sell?  Unless an artist chooses to get a commission of sales, which most don’t cause that’s more hassle than it can sometimes be worth, you’re looking at a flat rate to cover time, effort, skill and the fact that you’re going to flit off with it and make money.

These things cost money, kids.

Speaking of costs, Beth is giving this to you guys, GIVING IT, for … 14.99.
I just. I don’t even.

All of that, for less than 20 bucks.

I don’t care if you don’t like Sci-fi. I don’t care if you don’t like dream stories. I don’t care if you haven’t read her AtU series. I don’t care if you did read it and didn’t like it (to which I will say, this is a different book, therefore it stands to reason you could have a different opinion than you did of her others). I don’t care if you don’t like FREE art or FREE stories or FREE articles or FREE maps or FREE complimentary story content. Don’t care if you have zero interest in buying this book.

You should still share the link.

Because I haven’t seen such a display of love for fans, love for a story and love for the craft as this one in, ever.

This is amazing and Beth is amazing and that is all.


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“If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.”

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One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

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In honor of Batman Day, here are a few silly Dark Knight comics I drew in 2012.

Happy Batman day, ya’ll. Here’s my RDHW Dark Knight Rises comic strip trilogy from 2012.

His boots! Adorable!

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Please reblog if you enjoy Marvel and you’re a woman








I have been having an argument with a friend and he says that Marvel is for guys, please help me prove to him that there are lots of women who like Marvel!



80615 strong so far!



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