Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Me

I've been having a lot of fun playing the part of my superhero character, Damson Dragon on Twitter, but I realize that hiding behind my character isn't really the best way to go about things.

I'm trying to enhance my on line presence a bit in the new year. I'll be putting up a new web page and such soon.

In the meantime, one of the things I haven't been able to share has been the stories behind the stories. I'll put those here, in Paige's Pages from now on.

You may not know this, but The Damson Dragon Diary is a fun mix of reality and fantasy. Many of the events in the diary are inspired by real events in my life in Austin. There really was a grass fire, an 18 wheeler wreck, a bank that keeps their doors locked during the day because they were robbed, a 16 mile wide wildfire in Bastrop, a cat like Cam, a dog like Peanut, and more.

Many of the people in the diary are also real people that I know, included with their permission, or characters that others have created. There really is a Lord Vile, and a Madspark, actual fun friends of mine who live in Austin.

My friend Jarrett Crippen has inspired no less than three characters, Det Long, Officer Flynn, and TakeDown, who is his own superhero invention. You may know him as The Defuser from Stan Lee's Who Wants to Be a Superhero.

Lord Vile, or Alex Gray in his non super-villain personna, wrote a story for the Protectors anthology, and has a world wide following. Madspark, my favorite real life mad scientist, although he prefers the PC term, rogue technologist, might show up in the next Protectors anthology.

Austin is the only place I know where that many fascinating personalities mix. How many towns can boast their own real life superhero, supervillain and mad scientist?

Add to that the talents of many of my fantasy and sci fi writer friends from the Slug tribe and the Austin Comic Creators group, and I had an amazing talent pool to pull from for the Protectors anthology. A few semi-famous visitors to Austin for the Armadillocon writer convention also pitched in. The anthology is nearing completion. I'll keep you guys posted on it's status as it goes along.

In the meantime, pay no attention to me. I'm just the woman behind the curtain.

Keep enjoying the Damson Dragon Diary, and I'll keep writing it.

Paige E. Ewing

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ilona Andrews Silver Shark Review

Happy New Year!

I've got a little something up on line as of today on sfrevu.com. Ilona Andrews is a marvelous fantasy writer. She's started a new series of e-book science fiction romance novellas called the Kinsmen series. Since most of the folks who review her stuff are fantasy fans, she was having difficulty finding someone to review the second book in the series, Silver Shark.

I volunteered, did the review, and the folks at sfrevu.com where I used to do reviews put it up today in their January issue. sfrevu.com is a great place to find reviews on the best new sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal romance books. If you're wondering where to find something good to read, that's the place to check.

Check out the review here:
Review of Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews on sfrevu.com

There's a link right on the page to download the book.