Anya and Stella take Wondercon!
There is that surreal moment when Kelly Sue Deconnick recognizes your daughter from Tumblr and calls her and her sister to the front of the line to take a photo — but I’m ahead of myself.
We decided to take the girls to Wondercon for spring break this year. We haven’t gone since it left San Francisco, but as the girls’ fandom has grown we thought they would enjoy a “real” con.
As they walked the floor, they got a lot of nice complements on their costumes. Carol Corps members in particular sought out Stella and got their pictures taken with her, proving once again that they are the best fans in fandom.
We were in line to get some of our Captain Marvel / Pretty Deadly books signed when Kelly Sue spotted Stella and recognized her from her photos on the Internet. Stella ran over and gave her a high five. Kelly Sue gave both the girls Carol Corps dog tags and came around the table to take a photo with them.
In all she was every bit as cool and nice in person as she had appeared to be in print and on the Internet. The girls were super happy and I was so glad that I was able to share with them some of the best of what the comic book community has to offer.
Thanks to everyone who politely asked to take my girls’ photos and also to those who stopped to allow the girls to take their photo.
They had a wonderful time, and as a result, so did I.
You done good, Mom and Dad! They’re awesome girls and I am SO GLAD they had a positive introduction to the comics community.
lionheart191 asked: When you finish a story, whether it be a novel or a short story, how do you decide what stays in the story and what doesn't? I find it hard when I start the editing process, because there will be times in certain moods where I really like something, and in others where I just want to eradicate it from existence.
I look askance at big blocks of prose. Those are places where attention wanders and the reader’s excitement begins to cool. I don’t care how good a sentence might be… we’ve got to keep moving. Hemingway said kill your darlings, but I try not to have darlings at all, and kill at will.
This is probably not terribly helpful. But I guess try and find one sentence in every paragraph that says the thing the reader needs to know to get to the next paragraph. Then see about deleting everything else. Maybe you can’t delete everything else. But you’d be shocked at how much can go.
There were a lot of sentences in Max Berry’s LEXICON that gave me an electric shock of pleasure. One was just: “A thin dog scratched in the dirt.” That was enough to show me a whole dusty, sandy, barren landscape of trailers, cars on cinder blocks, empty sidewalks, loneliness. One little sentence that carried a whole widescreen picture.
Try and find that thin dog, and skip everything else.
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