Friday, January 05, 2007

Hardboiled Haiku

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Auditioning Serious Illustrator for Manga/Comic (pls read below)

I am currently seeking an illustrator to work on a comic/manga project that my current illustrator has to take leave from. Am not looking for artists to copy the current work, but rather, take the (finished) script, and the current designs/work, and begin fresh, giving the manga a new life. Interested parties should contact me via site mail. I will ask for samples of ORIGINAL artwork (no fan fic work please) and give a contact address. I am open to questions, and I will be fully open about the project. Strong English language skills a must, though applicants need not be native speakers. Thanks so much for your time and interest. Happy holidays to those of you who celebrate them. Made in DNA

Monday, December 25, 2006

Short SF Story -- Critiques Needed Before Dec 30th

If you have the time, I would appreciate an honest critique (however long or short) of this story. Anonymous reviews ok.
Happy holidays,
Made in DNA

Deep Autumn Remembrance (Mature Content)
A Story by Made In Dna
Kiyoka, a Maiko in Kyoto's Gion District, is about to meet the man who holds the key to initiating her into the world of Geisha.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Hara Kiri Manga/Comic

Ladies and Gentlemen, it my proud duty to announce to you that a second manga/comic is going into production next year (early 2007): HARA KIRI (tentative title). Scripted by myself and illustrated by the fantastic "Z Fura" (more on him later).

A manga set in a future, alternate reality Japan (Greater Nippon) where the Shogun and the Emperor rule two separate, yet friendly, states (similar to two Koreas). The heroine is Hara Kiri, a young bounty hunter, whose job it is to track the criminal elements of New Edo.

A combo of samurai chambara (sword play) and high-tech. No release date is set yet.

For those of you wondering what happened to ZIPPER... I wish I could say more. It seems to be in a limbo state. Frankly, I feel I am going to have to make some very hard decisions about it. I AM NOT cancelling this project!!! NO NO NO NO. I will not allow this to happen. Zipper is something I have spent the good part of more than a year on now, including writing the script and coaching the illustrator. So, I *REFUSE* to give up on it.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Published @ Lulu

I have published two works; a comic/script combo about a body-for-hire (ZIPPER: BOUNTY) and a short story collection featuring news stories from the future (NOT NECESSARILY THE FUTURE). Both of them may be purchased at Lulu.com. At $1.00 and $2.00 respectably, they are priced to go! PayPal accepted, immediate download!

http://www.lulu.com/dnafiction

Not Necessarily the Future
Not Necessarily the Future is a collection of five humorous short stories featuring news from the future. Tune into the future of news: from A.I. robots to zombies. Also features 4 superb illustrations from horror comic author/illustrators Jerem Morrow.

Zipper: Bounty
Zipper is an "AnyBody" -- more specifically a body for hire -- who, together with her A.I. dragonfly companion, will take on any job for any one. Set 700 years into the future where humans have excelled at the sciences, taking them to the stars as well as allowing them to manipulate their world in a variety of mediums. This is an original short 6-page comic in rough ink, and the working script from which it was illustrated.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Natsume Soseki's Nose Hair

Apparently, whenever renowned Japanese writer Natsume Soseki (I Am A Cat, Botchan, Kokoro, etc) had writer's block, he would sit at his writing desk and pluck his nose hairs which he would then stick to the drafts he was writing. An apprentice discovered this and wrote it up in his memoirs. However, all evidence was apparently destroyed in the Pacific War (the war with the U.S. as it was called in Japan).


[File under: Extremely Useless Trivia]
[Source: Trivia No Izumi -- Episode Run: July 12, 2006]

Monday, June 05, 2006

Lulu POD Self-Publishing

Over the last year or so, I have been working with a close friend from college, on getting as much detail about the POD business as possible before I launch my own book. In the printing business himeself, he goes to a ton of conferences and late last year he said he met a gentleman who spoke about Lulu. He said that Lulu sounded like a truly great deal for anyone who was looking into POD self-publishing. Not only did they not ask for any money up front, but they allow authors to go the whole nine-yards by customizing their publications (publications that include books, CDs, DVDs, images and calendars).

I have been slowly checking Lulu out (got myself a free account), and what I have seen so far, I really like. Here's Lulu's 'slogan' (right on the front page): "No set-up fees. No minimum order. No catch. We print and ship each product as it's bought, and the purchaser pays for it." Sounds almost too good to be true, because on top of that, there is a wide selection of books styles/sizes and two kinds of sales mediums possible -- traditional print and electronic downloads -- for reaching a wider audience.

So as to get the best feel for it, I decided to hook myself up as a customer first. Logging in to my account, I went hunting for a cyberpunk themed book, something I would personally enjoy reading. (A quick note: for all you cyberpunk writers out there, there are very few CP themed books online at Lulu right now, good chance to break in and get a foothold.) I latched on to a book called SHANGHAI DREAMS by Johnny Sahr, and decided to go for an electronic download.

Dear readers, this is what I call 'the moment of truth': I have no credit card, not one!, never have. I'm damn proud of that. Some would call me foolish, and perhaps they are right, as there certainly have been times when I could have used one... yeah, used one to put myself in so much debt, I could never get out! Instead, I use PayPal -- a great method of payment in my opinion. But sometimes purchasing online with it can be a real hassle, despite the fact that PayPal is quite established. (It boogles the mind really.) To me, the true test of an online store's mettle is whether or not they accept PayPal (or one of the other e-money places). Seriously, how can you call yourself a true online store and NOT accept?

Holding my breath, I clicked the NON-credit card payment section, and LOW AND BEHOLD, PayPal popped up. SWEET! Score. Within the next minute, the book (in PDF format) downloaded, and Lulu had instilled in me great confidence that my future books could easily be purchased by anyone, even people without a credit card. Of course, the real challenge is yet to come (ie putting my own book together), but Lulu has a very self-explanitory site, with tons of FAQ and commonsense topics set right at the fingertips of would-be authors. Granted, with all the information that there is, it can seem a little overwhelming, but with carefully guided mouse, 90% of all information sought, can be figured out easily. And when all else fails, there is live help available.

For now, I'm giving Lulu two-thumbs up, while I continue my publishing journey. In the meantime, I encourage others to comment about their own experiences with Lulu -- good or bad. I want a broad a view as I can get. I'm pumping it now, but there may very well be something I'm missing. I wouldn't like to be blind-sided if I can help it.

Until later,
Made in DNA