I’ve finished my Conquest for Phoenix Comicon! I’m impatiently counting down the next six days, along with my husband and all the other Comicon fans in Phoenix.
What a wonderful selection of classes we have to choose from this year! Some of the classes I’m most excited for are:
- Steampunk and the rest of the world
- How Evil Should they Be? Villains and Anti-heroes
- Attacking the 9 Senses
- Airships: Creating Steampunk Technology that Flies
- Technology for Authors
- Dramatic Warfare
And of course, I can’t wait to attend the Steampunk Homecoming Ball benefiting Kids Need to Read, Evening Erotica with Gini Koch, and take a photo with Karl Urban!
To me, Comicon really feels like Christmas for adults. It’s a time to let our inner children come out and play. We can dress up, play with props, take crazy photos, pursue our wacky sci-fi hobbies, and meet other like-minded people who don’t think that questions about efficient steam propulsion are strange.
There are a million ways to enjoy yourself if you are a science fiction fan – and let’s face it, if you are reading this blog, you are a science fiction fan. Whether you attend classes, watch spectator sports like jousting or light saber battles, go to the auditorium to see the spotlights on famous actors or artists, or just come along to be part of the fun, I would encourage you to take at least one day to attend your local Comicon each year.
Just think of it as sanity maintenance! It will prepare you for the other 364 days this year when you have to try to fit in with all the people who think that watching reality TV is a stimulating form of entertainment. 😉
all this time, I’ve just been too blind to understand
what should matter to me
my friend, this life we live it’s not what we have,
it’s what we believe
As I writer, sometimes I tend to see romance where it doesn’t overtly exist. This song is one of those that I will use to put me in the mood to read or write dark romance for many reasons, the lycis, the beauty of the video, and the themes it evokes, to name a few.
The story told in the video brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw it. A beautiful angel, played by Gabriel Nunez, does parkour across Cincinnati to save a young mother and her child from being hit by a truck at a streetlight. The video is wonderfully shot, using buildings, an angelic fountain, and a skywalk as the background for the stunts.
The idea that a guardian angel is watching out for us, that they would go to extraordinary lengths to protect us from harm, is very close to several themes that philosophers have struggled with as long as philosophy has existed. Where do we come from? Are we alone? Is there anyone out there who watches over us?
It isn’t hard for me to bring romance into this scenario. In my mind, the woman is a single mother, and the angel is her protector. He fell in love with her, but was busy being lectured by another angel until the last minute, when he realized she was in danger. Normally, he would have interfered to move the truck out of the way, or urge her into a different route, but because of the lack of time, he was forced to simply run in front of her car, showing himself.
You know where this story is going to go next, don’t you, lover of dark romance?
Yes, this is the beginning of a wonderful story where the angel is going to sacrifice his wings to live a human life, and she has to come to terms with feeling worthy of that sacrifice, just by being herself.
And no, she isn’t going to be hit by a car the next day for all of you naysayers. 😉 They are going to live happily ever after.
Well, whether you agree with my dark romance or not, this video is wonderful and if you haven’t seen it, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfhcljJ9bQ
there might be more than you believe
there might be more than you believe
there might be more than you can see
Written and Performed by 3 Doors Down
On the Album 3 Doors Down
arms wide open, i stand alone
i’m no hero, and i’m not made of stone
Today’s song is not a romance ballad…but I think if you look you will see that it is the inspiration for a lot of writers. This song, Wrong Side of Heaven, by Five Finger Death Punch, is intended to show to the plight of the veterans who have returned home with issues but aren’t receiving help.
Why do writers write? I suspect that it’s probably for the same reason that singers sing, and today I am going to share with you another way that songs can inspire me to write – that is, by bringing up an issue or problem that needs to be solved.
In the same way that they were inspired to sing this song, many romance writers have been inspired to write stories about veterans with issues, trying to give them the fictional ‘happily ever afters’ that so many of them desperately need. Three such stories I can think of immediately are:
- Elizabeth’s Wolf by Lora Leigh
- Flashback by Maria Hammarblad
- Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye
It lightens my heart when artists try, in their own myriad ways, to bring attention to real world issues. If nothing else, it can help us open our hearts and minds to those who are suffering. A few science fiction romance novels I could recommend would be:
- Kieran by Jennifer Ashley (the hero has had parts of his brain removed)
- Calder by Jennifer Ashley (the hero is horribly scarred from a plasma fire)
- Taunting Krell by Laurann Dohner (the hero has been tortured and scarred and is considered ‘undesirable’ by other cyborgs)
If you enjoy historical romance novels, I can recommend:
- The Wild Child by Mary Jo Putnam (the heroine has ptsd)
- Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss (the hero was injured in the Civil War)
right or wrong, I can hardly tell,
i’m on the wrong side of heaven, but the righteous side of hell
Written and Performed by Five Finger Death Punch
on the album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1