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
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.
I’ve been remiss in posting here because I like to wait for the right spark to strike before I start slamming away at the keys. In general, I like to have something to say before I blog, and current events have trumped overall sci-fi discussions. I’m keeping busy; still tinkering away at the Battle of Victoria Crater, turning a stale story concept into something fresh for myself and for you, the reader.
Other than what I read in the papers, I paid no attention to the Oscars. La La Land won Best Picture, right? Yes it did … for one brief moment. Then life went on and the Oscars was exposed for being yet another institution full of imperfect humans and all the frailty that this implies. If something like this ever happens to me, I hope I can be as classy as Ryan Gosling:
— AP Images (@AP_Images) February 27, 2017
Gosling’s reaction got me to thinking. Not about movies, but about the journey each creator or creative person faces. If we’re really honest with ourselves, we recognize that we’re all innovators and entrepreneurs in our own right. Ignoring the people who innovate by declaration (‘I posted an article about Richard Branson on Linkedin, I’m an entrepreneur!’), we know the nuts and bolts of really going out there and doing it. It’s not fun, it’s not comfortable; true innovation means facing risk and defeat on a daily basis.
It’s important to say this, not just for myself but for anyone else considering the journey. Everyone is going to have their Gosling moment. Everyone is going to reach that mountain top only to find out that the victory wasn’t theirs to have. Who are we going to be when that happens? Are we going to accept our fortunes with quiet dignity or are we going to melt down, scream and demand to see the manager? No one really knows the answer until they’re at that moment.
Ryan Gosling got it right. May we be as tough, classy and professional to do the same when it’s our turn.