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Justice League International #16: Bialya, My Bialya (August 1988)

justice_league_international_v-1_16THE PACKAGING: Vol 3 of the JLI trade series

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Al Gordon (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: In the blue corner, zooming through space: J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). In the red corner, undercover in Bialya: Maxwell Lord, Green Flame, Batman Bruce Wayne, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Abducted and unconscious: Mister Miracle. Mysteriously absent: Captain Atom, Ice Maiden, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner). Left behind just as he likes it: Oberon.

GUEST STARS: Lord Manga/Manga Khan, L-Ron, Rumaan Harjavti, Jack O’Lantern, Queen Freaking Bee. Oh and Wandjina, remember him?

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THE STORY: Wow, this one’s a doozy.

In space, Lord Manga of the Cluster has accidentally abducted a superhero, and hasn’t the faintest idea what to do with him.

A bickering crew consisting of J’onn, Barda, G’nort and Rocket Red entirely fail to catch up to the far superior speed of the Cluster, which utilises the physics of Star Trek and/or Star Wars. Going, going, gone.

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Sheep Might Fly: Dance, Princes, Dance Part 9: Calling Mr Foxglove

New episode of our new Castle Charming serial! Part 9: Calling Mr Foxglove

Finally some tragic backstory as the gang gathers around a fallen prince to share their stories and try to figure out what the fairy hell is going on around here.

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes
Part 6 – Let Nothing You Dismay
Part 7 – Old Soldiers
Part 8 – Bluebells & Clover

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Thanks for listening to Sheep Might Fly. You can follow me on Twitter @tansyrr and @sheepmightfly, and Tumblr: tansyrr and sheepmightfly. Like my page on Facebook at TansyRRBooks.

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work consider pledging your support to earn rewards, occasional glitter and my eternal gratitude.

Things I Did/Had Published in 2016

bounty_preview_v2An award eligibility post. Wow, my writing resolution to work more at the novelette length has totally paid off!

Personally I think of anything at 15K or higher as a novella, but most awards definitions do not agree with me, so.

I really like novelettes, OK.

Fiction

Bounty – collection of short stories – Fablecroft

“Did We Break the End of the World?” – novelette – Defying Doomsday/Twelfth Planet Press – 9000 words

“Glass Slipper Scandal” – novelette – Sheep Might Fly/self-published – 15,000 words

“Kid Dark Against the Machine” – novelette – The Book Smugglers – 10,500

“Queen of Courtesans” – novelette – Bounty/Fablecroft – 15,600

“Delta Void’s Day Off” – novelettes – Bounty/Fablecroft – 10,000

“Unmagical Boy Story” – novelette – Sheep Might Fly/self-published – 16,100

“Death at the Dragon Circus” – novelette – And Then: Awesome Adventure Tales Part I/Clan Destine Press – 13,500

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Justice League International #15: G’nort & South (July 1988)

jli1015THE PACKAGING: Vol 3 of the JLI trade series

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Steve Leialoha (Pencils), Al Gordon (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor) featuring the New Gods created by Jack Kirby.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn Jonzz, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle, Rocket Red (Dmitri), Green Flame & Ice Maiden with Oberon and Max as civilian “support.” Still technically Green Lantern (Guy Gardner) but he’s barely in this one.

GUEST STARS: Manga Khan, L-Ron, Big Barda, G’nort & a blink & you’ll miss it cameo from Batman.

THE STORY: Lord Manga and his Cluster are ready to invade the Earth and force everyone to shop or die — until G’nort arrives from the depths of space and attacks. Thanks to the Cluster’s loss of cloaking ability (well done, G’nort!), the JLI see what’s going on and attack the Cluster as well.

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Sheep Might Fly: Dance, Princes, Dance Part 8

New episode of our new Castle Charming serial! Part 8 — Bluebells & Clover.

Finally some tragic backstory as the gang gathers around a fallen prince to share their stories and try to figure out what the fairy hell is going on around here.

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes
Part 6 – Let Nothing You Dismay
Part 7 – Old Soldiers

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Thanks for listening to Sheep Might Fly. You can follow me on Twitter @tansyrr and @sheepmightfly, and Tumblr: tansyrr and sheepmightfly. Like my page on Facebook at TansyRRBooks.

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work consider pledging your support to earn rewards, occasional glitter and my eternal gratitude.

Justice League International #14: Shop or Die (June 1988)

justice_league_international_vol-_3_tpbTHE PACKAGING: Vol 3 of the Justice League International trade series, featuring some lovely new Maguire cover art and three whole female characters. Woot!

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Steve Leialoha (Pencils), Al Gordon (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor) featuring the New Gods created by Jack Kirby.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn Jonzz, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle, Rocket Red (Dmitri), Green Flame & Ice Maiden with Oberon and Max as civilian “support.”

GUEST STARS: Lord Manga/Manga Khan, L-Ron, Big Barda, G’nort

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2017-01-03

Problem Daughters Guest Post: Rivqa Rafael Interviews Nicolette Barischoff

Problem Daughters will amplify the voices of women who are sometimes excluded from mainstream feminism. It will be an anthology of beautiful, thoughtful, unconventional speculative fiction and poetry around the theme of intersectional feminism, with a specific focus on the lives and experiences of marginalised women, such as those who are of colour, QUILTBAG, disabled, sex workers, and all intersections of these.

In the lead-up to publication, Rivqa Rafael talks to her co-editor Nicolette Barischoff about disability, autonomy and community, and how they relate to feminism. Futurefire.net Publishing is fundraising for the project until 14 February.

Rivqa: The intersection you seem to focus on the most is that of disability and sex positivity. How do you think your experiences in that space will inform your editing of Problem Daughters?  

Nicolette: I think I have always gravitated toward stories in which female protagonists have a strong sense of ownership of their bodies and their sexuality. Because sex positivity isn’t just about overturning the old gendered double standards. It’s about true bodily autonomy. It’s about recognizing the personhood of the person who’s having sex.

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Sheep Might Fly: Dance Princes Dance Part 7

New episode of our new Castle Charming serial! Part 7 — Old Soldiers.

It’s double acts all around: Kai and Ziggy finally catch a break in the mystery of the satin dance slippers, Sarge has a friend, and Dennis & Camilla make a terrible discovery. No hot chocolate was drunk in the telling of this story.

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes
Part 6 – Let Nothing You Dismay

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Thanks for listening to Sheep Might Fly. You can follow me on Twitter @tansyrr and @sheepmightfly, and Tumblr: tansyrr and sheepmightfly. Like my page on Facebook at TansyRRBooks.

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work consider pledging your support to earn rewards, occasional glitter and my eternal gratitude.

Sheep Might Fly: Dance Princes, Dance Part 6

New episode of our new Castle Charming serial! Part 6 – Let Nothing You Dismay

Sorry that this slightly festive episode is late, but a combination of illness and a family trip for the holidays meant that uploading went from ‘vaguely feasible’ to ‘completely impossible.’ Hope you all ate, socialised and/or rested well this week, and that you are gearing up for the new year bringing us fewer unpleasant surprises. Now, have some belated tinsel attached to a podcast!

Welcome back to Castle Charming. Winter is upon us, which means the annual tournament of Rookery is underway, a game that pits Royals against Hounds. Meanwhile, fairies steal castle residents away each night, and persons unknown have run up a mysterious bill for far too many dancing shoes. When you live in a fairy tale kingdom, you have to expect to rescue the occasional prince — but for Kai, Dennis and Ziyi, it’s becoming a habit. Can the boys stop pining after each other long enough to step up as heroes?

Previous episodes of Dance, Princes, Dance:
Part 1: Armour Up
Part 2: The ‘Team’ in Steam
Part 3: Look at My Shoes
Part 4: Satin and Roses
Part 5: Front Page Shoes

For more Castle Charming hijinks, check out the previous adventures of the Royals and the Hounds in Glass Slipper Scandal – podcast edition, or Glass Slipper Scandal – the ebook.

Thanks for listening to Sheep Might Fly. You can follow me on Twitter @tansyrr and @sheepmightfly, and Tumblr: tansyrr and sheepmightfly. Like my page on Facebook at TansyRRBooks.

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work consider pledging your support to earn rewards, occasional glitter and my eternal gratitude.

Justice League International #13 & Suicide Squad #13 May 1988

justice_league_international_vol_1_13THE PACKAGING: Still Justice League International Vol 2, which includes the Suicide Squad issue in its collection

JLI CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Al Gordon (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer & Robert Greenberger (Editors)

SUICIDE SQUAD CREATIVE TEAM: John Ostrander (Script), Luke McDonnell (Pencils), Bob Lewis (Inks), Carl Gafford (Colors), Todd Klein (Letters)

CROSSOVER ALERT: This is a clear old school two part crossover, in which the first part is demonstrably JLI featuring Suicide Squad, and the second part is Suicide Squad featuring JLI. It makes for some awkward transitions and a few out of character moments, but gets the job done and is the first of many interactions between these teams.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn J’onnz the Martian Manhunter, Batman, Black Canary, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Captain Atom, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Maxwell Lord & Oberon as civilian support.

SUICIDE SQUAD ROLL CALL: Amanda Waller, Rick Flag Jr, Nightshade, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Nemesis, Lashina, some other peeps.

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