That’s all I have to say. Book reviews and comments on Christmas Day will come later in the week. For today, just enjoy Christmas — or if you’re not someone who celebrates it, I hope you enjoy something good just the same.
To mark the day, here’s one of my favorite Christmas covers, by the great Nicholas Cardy.
Here’s one by John Byrne.
I’m not sure who the artist is on this one.
And Pascual Ferry provides the cover for this Howard the Duck special.
And that’s it for me today. See y’all post-Christmas! All rights to the covers remain with the current holders.
Saturday we had the writers’ group Christmas party, and I’m not completely back up to snuff. So here are some covers to make a post. First a weirdly psychedelic one from Kelly Freas. As you can tell from the yellow block, only the seventh novel out from DAW books.
Another Kelly Freas for DAW. #82 this time. Striking, though heavy on the eye-candy aspect (see the pretty girl helpless before the male gaze!).
Artist unknown. I quite like this one, and it captures the odd feel of the book well.
And now a couple of comics covers. First a creepy one by Neal Adams
Then a monster cover by Dick Dillin, who did a lot of DC’s better monster covers in the Silver Age.
All rights to all covers and images reside with current holders. I should be back to posts with more words tomorrow.
Which is to say my brain is still tired from the week’s work, but it’s just normal tired rather than the utter exhaustion I was feeling midweek. So no book reviews today unless I get lively and post later.
Normally I have my blog posts written well in advance but the demands of proofing and indexing made that impossible this month. I’d figured on catching up Saturday, but I caught up on everything else instead:
•Making chocolate chip scones for a party.
•Sending out a couple more invites to our writers’ group Christmas party (I want to make sure everyone at least knows so nobody thinks they’ve been slighted). And posting directions for everyone.
•Buying pet food.
•Shopping for some Christmas gifts for TYG.
•Wrapping gifts and putting them under the tree.
•Watching some Christmassy stuff (of course).
•Playing with dogs.
Plus my brain was still pretty wiped from the week’s work. But like the title says, I feel mo
As compensation, here’s a cover by Patrick Woodruffe to see. He did a lot of work on Michael Moorcock covers during the 1970s—other stuff as well, but Moorcock’s where I know him best from.
Working on the index, most of the time, I felt like this. Spider-Man, not the giant hands about to crush him (art by John Buscema). They’re the index.
But I’d catch my wind and then I’d feel ready for a project to flatten! Art by Chuck Patton.
And now it’s done. Just a little tidying up to do and the whole book’s done. But I’m too fried to detail my struggles now, so I’ll postpone that until another post.
All rights to images reside with current holders.
So I thought I’d just post some Batman covers I’d already put on FB for a friend of mine.
A striking one by Irv Novick.
And another reflective cover by Marshall Rogers
J. Winslow Mortimer isn’t my favorite Bat-artist, but here are a couple of interesting cover hooks. Good stories, too.
Neil Adams is, of course, one of the greats, so here’s a couple of his (including a Christmas story).
And now one from Jim Aparo, one of the definitive Bat-artists.
All rights retained by current holder. My weekly wrap-up post will be later today, of course.
Few things are ever cooler than a Michael Whelan cover, this time for Dragonflight.
This one just looks neat to me. By Hector. And I remember Garve as a good storyteller.
By Frank Frazetta.
Robert LoGrippo penned this one. Way creepier than the novel itself.
Powers of course.
By Robert Shulz. I like it because it’s from 1954, when even something as now unremarkable as Sputnik was pure SF, never mind an actual Mars colony.
I didn’t anticipate finishing the latest draft of Southern Discomforts would leave me so flummoxed?
Since I finished Now and Then We Time Travel, my tale of elves in a small Georgia town has been my primary top-priority project. Combine them and I’ve had a Do This First project dominating my time for around 2.5 years. And before that I had my Demand Media articles, which took up quite a bit of time because they were a steady-paying gig.
Now, though, I’m done with time travel until I get the galleys back from McFarland. And I won’t resume work on Southern Discomforts until after New Year’s (that will give me time to digest the feedback from next month’s critique session). And my mind seems to be fritzing over which project should be top priority next?
(Art by Kirby, inks by Ditko. Not only a good metaphor for finding the path, I think it’s a neat cover. All rights with current holder)
Martinis, Girls and Guns is the one I’ve worked on most this week, but I don’t want to set aside all my fiction until it’s finished. I hate it when I have to set aside fiction, and as MGG is a self-published project, I don’t.
Should I resume work on a different novel? Which one? Or maybe lots of short stories? Should I concentrate on writing some paying articles for a bit?
Fortunately I haven’t let my uncertainty paralyze me. I got in a full week of work (or I will have by end of day) so I can afford some navel-gazing. And perhaps by the time I start next week, my navel will have answered.