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I’m pleased to say that Dr. Christopher is back in a new short story that follows up our favorite superhero mental health professional. I needed a break from polishing Mesh, and decided to knock out this four-thousand-word short that continues the adventures of one very special psychiatrist, and his incredibly damaged patients. This time, Doctor Christopher has a new set of patients and a new set of problems. How will the superhero wars affect our global climate? No one is quite sure, but everyone knows that Dr. Christopher is caught in the middle.
As always, I want to keep you informed as to the journey. Body Issues wasn’t picked up by Asimovs so I just got through submitting it to Analog. I’m pumped to see it come to life, sci-fi has many multiverses to explore. You can keep track of my submission and publication log here.
After some helpful feedback at Imgur, I’m pleased to offer Search and Rescue as a free short story, along with The Superhero Shrink and Overly-Attached AI.
Search and Rescue is a simple story about a kid with a difficult job. He goes out in search of children who have been lost and are beyond the reach of other scouts. It isn’t easy to find kids no one else can find, but every rescue is important. Even this one.
Go visit ‘Free Short Stories’ and grab your copy now.
I don’t smoke pot, but I know 4/20 is a big day for stoners. Here’s a fun way to celebrate with them:
Any time someone says ‘Happy 4/20’ to you, you can say “What? Celebrating Hitler’s birthday?? You monster!”
See? You’ve given them the gift of knowledge and no harm done!
Happy 4/20 everyone!
– With love to Jack Handey
Just finished writing an article for consideration in the upcoming Comic-Con souvenir book. I’m not attending, but I like being a part of it. This year, they’re celebrating one of my favorite cartoon series – Batman: The Animated Series. It took Batman: TAS for pop culture and Hollywood to realize that cartoons were a serious storytelling medium. It wasn’t enough for Scooby and the Gang to rip the mask off the villain by the end of the show. Batman: TAS showed us that when you rip the cover off, there’s still a world of pain and joyful anarchy underneath.
I love that show and it brought back a lot of happy memories to write “Dark Deco and Neo-Noir for Kids – Batman: The Animated Series at Twenty-Five.” I look forward with fingers crossed to see if it shows up in the Comic Con Souvenir Book – I’ll keep you posted! 😀
I’ve been amused to see how sick people are getting of superhero stories:
It reminds me of the call that went out last year for short stories featuring superheroes. I sent in a submission but it didn’t make the cut. Rather than complain, I decided to release it as a free short for new readers and am happy to announce that The Superhero Shrink is now available to the Inkican Crew. Here’s a quick description:
Dr. Christopher has a very difficult, unique job. He’s a psychiatrist who works with superheroes. Some legendary warriors come with baggage and his job is to help ‘keep ’em flying.’ Half-serious, half-dark comedy, ‘The Superhero Shrink’ is “‘The Avengers’ Meets ‘Ordinary People,'” an honest look at the people behind the masks.
I’m also releasing it to Amazon on March 27th if you’ve got a Kindle. If you’re sick of the typical ‘superhero’ story, this might be your jam.