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A Few Minutes With Alien Skin’s George Pappas

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

There are very few artists whose albums I’ll buy without listening to first. Of those I do, it’s because they’ve been around for a long time and I’ve come to know and respect the quality of their work. This can be said of Australian-based Alien Skin. I first came across creator/singer/songwriter/musician/producer George Pappas during his time with Real Life and continued a correspondence after. He is the quintessential gentleman; warm, knowledgeable, and extremely appreciative of the folks who listen to his music.

He recently released his latest album, Creature With The Human Face, and I thought I’d introduce the folks who read my meanderings to him. Well, and Alien Skin. So, grab your cup of tea or coffee, sit back, and meet my friend George. Trust me. You’ll like him!

Trivia Question #2 of 5 for Butt Ninjas From Hell Giveaway!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Winner: Brandilyn Carpenter!!! Congratulations.

About the Butt Ninjas From Hell signed copies:
All eight authors attended OutlantaCon 2014, so you’ll have my signature as well as those of Shae Connor, Kiernan Kelly, J.P. Barnaby, Eden Winters, T.C. Blue, Jevocas Green and Ally Blue.

A Year+ Without Their Father

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Some of you have had a chance to meet Honorable Husband, especially if you attended OutlantaCon last month. I was gobsmacked when he agreed to attend with me since so many people have started to wonder if he really existed. It was nice to share that experience with him and I loved it even more because he genuinely enjoyed himself. The last year and a half hasn’t been easy for him or Undersexed Brother-in-Law. Losing a parent takes its toll and there’s no easy way to bounce back from a tragedy like that. And it was a tragedy. So, the four of us (UBiL brought Long-Term Unaffectionate Girlfriend) carried on a family tradition this past weekend by spending it up north at the family cottage and I got to see a spark in my husband I haven’t seen in a while.

Butt Ninjas From Hell Backstory 7: Jevocas Green

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

I remember what it was like to be the new kid on the block. It was actually kinda awesome, so I know I can speak for the rest of us in the Butt Pirates in Space anthology when I say how delighted we are that Jevocas Green’s experience during his first time out as a published author was a positive one. It’s also a rare thing when a first time author gets to share what their inspiration was. This is why I wanted to make sure Java got a chance to tell the tale behind the tale of tail. So here he is. He’s all yours. And you are his.

Butt Ninjas From Hell Backstory 6: Eden Winters

Monday, May 26th, 2014

If you ever want to know about southern hospitality and charm, look no further than Eden Winters. Eden has taken it upon herself to selflessly teach me how to avoid the dreaded version of “bless your heart!” It only made sense that she should become part of the second anthology. I don’t think I’ve ever made a joke at Eden’s expense and I see no reason to, so please give her your full attention as she dishes some behind-the-scenes info on her story in Butt Ninjas From Hell.

Butt Ninjas From Hell Backstory 5: Ally Blue

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

I met Ally Blue several years ago at DragonCon. She took me under her wing, bought me drinks, made sure I made it up to my room safely, and ensured nobody (but her) could give me grief. She is a gay man’s best friend and I have nothing bad to say about her. I fear for the person who does say something negative about her in my presence because… Wait, that’s T.C. Blue. Shit. Yeah, go ahead and give this Ally Blue all the grief you want. She called me a baaaaaaad name the first time we met. That’s how evil she is.

And, okay, I may or may not have flushed a toilet just after an online interviewer asked her a question (and before she could answer) the night most of the Butt Ninjas were being asked about the anthology. heh heh heh So without further ado, here’s Ally Blue!


Butt Ninjas From Hell Backstory 4: Moi (Kage Alan)

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I mentioned in the introduction to Kiernan Kelly’s post yesterday that I’d never intended to take part in an anthology. I’d been asked before, but never accepted. Why not take the plunge? It just never seemed fun to me. I want to feel like I’m part of something, not a name on a cover with a story that’ll be easily dismissed. So I never did. Then, at OutlantaCon two years ago, I accepted and took part in Butt Pirates in Space. Why take the plunge then? In all honesty, these are good people. I respect them, I admire them, they’re like family, and they make me laugh while also keeping me grounded. The anthology went over well enough that we decided to continue with Butt Ninjas From Hell. Which brings me to my story.

Butt Ninjas From Hell Backstory 3: Kiernan Kelly

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I remember the first time I met Kiernan Kelly. It was at DragonCon. I sat down, she looked over at me and said “Sit up. Get your elbows off the table. Get your foot off the chair. Do you do that at home.” And I was in Heaven! Kiernan is a mom, an author, a fan of Marvel movies, a wife/tormentor to her husband, and an absolute blast to be around! She also has an incredible imagination and isn’t afraid to use it.

I’ll tell you a little secret while I’m at it; I never had any intention of ever getting involved in an anthology. However, with Kiernan taking charge of Butt Pirates in Space, how could I not. And speaking of Kiernan, here she is with her own backstory tale to tell.

Butt Ninjas From Hell Backstory 2: Shae Connor

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I’ve teased Shae Connor for years about her having picked everybody under the sun up at the airport except me. I can no longer do that. But while it was acceptable to tease Shae for such an indiscretion, I discovered it was absolutely UNACCEPTABLE to offer her dollar bills for carrying my bags to the car, putting them into the car, or otherwise doing things one might tip someone for. Poor J.P. Barnaby sat there in horror watching me do this. This all goes to prove that Shae has an incredible sense of humor, something she showcases in her story ‘Clean Up on Aisle Me’ in the Butt Ninjas From Hell anthology.

Butt Ninjas From Hell Backstory 1: J.P. Barnaby

Monday, May 19th, 2014

I asked my fellow Butt Ninjas From Hell authors if they might like to write a post that gives a little backstory about how they came up with their tale of tail. These are often as entertaining as the stories themselves. So, without further ado, I give you my awesomely gorgeous friend, J.P. Barnaby.