It's all about the adventure!
My Romantic Suspense - Seducing the P.I. - placed third in the Heart of the West Contest 2013, Mystery Category
My Contemporary Romance - Cowboy in Her Bed placed first in The Lone Star Writing Competition 2014, Contemporary Romance Category
Find me stirring up trouble as a new contributor to WomenWriteAboutComics.com
The short of it:
Melinda B. Pierce is an author hobbyist, mother of two, and self-proclaimed trophy wife – although her husband defines her as being more high maintenance than anything else. When she has time she writes in almost every sub-genre of romance and refuses to follow the path of most resistance.
The long of it:
I'm originally from small-town, Georgia, and grew up between cotton and peanut fields. My early roads to adventure were paved in black and white pages encased in worn book covers. I owned the complete set of The Babysitters Club, read Edgar Allen Poe even when I didn't understand it, and at my dad's gentle nudging, read books by Louis L'Amour and Laura Ingalls Wilder. (thanks, Daddy!) My love of romance comes from my momma sharing her Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss historicals. (I still love you, Fabio!)
When I graduated high school, I joined the Army and became a Military Police Officer. Following the military, I worked for a social services office, and finally settled into a paralegal position with a top law firm in Tampa, Florida.
My biggest adventures to date come in the form of a 2 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter. And as if the ultra-privilege of being a mother wasn't enough, I also get to be a writer. Life doesn't get much better than this!
Exploring the Geek - FL Style
All things Floridian and Geeky
So we did …
We should be accepting of people becoming part of our community, uniting over a shared love for something awesome, rather than exclusionary.
Short & Sweet: Orphans & Angels
Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Jody Houser (W)
Szymon Kudranski (A), Mat Lopes ©
February 25, 2015
The first issue of IDW’s comic book adapation of sci-fi series Orphan Black has made its way into my greedy little hands and… it’s bad. It’s a bad comic, guys. The issue tries to recap the first arc of the TV show but without narrative structure or logic. The whole of this first issue is a series of disjointed recollections; moments from the Sarah Manning’s life as she comes back to town to collect her daughter, meets a woman who looks just like her, watches as she kills herself, and then takes over the woman’s life, only to find out that, oh shit, clones are a thing, and Sarah is one. In the TV show, the introduction of Sarah, her family, and the clones, takes about half of the first season. In the comic, it’s compressed into one issue, with nothing else added. No story, no point, no revelations, no nothing.
But who can this appeal to? Written by several of the show’s writers, the comic is billed as a deeper look into the Orphan Black mythos and is meant to tie into the show. The comic, then, is supplementary, not a standalone story. This impressionistic intro issue is unnecessary for existing fans, and likely to be off putting to potential new ones: I can’t imagine their being able to navigate it. The next issue will focus on serial-killing clone Helena, and I welcome that narrow focus. Without the burden of (unnecessarily) re-introducing the show’s material, Hauser, Manson, and Fawcett can focus on telling a story, and Kudranskis’s lovely pencils can be put to good use. As a fan of the show I’m invested in the comic — the clone club wants issue 2 to be better, IDW. Please don’t disappoint.
— Megan Purdy
Cook Your Comics: Big Bertha’s Big Molasses Muffins
Not familiar with Bitch Planet? Check out our other coverage of this series and read all about it!
As soon as I read Bitch Planet #3, the origin story of the indomitable Penny Rolle, I wanted the recipe to make the muffins that were such an integral part of the story. I also felt like crying and cheering and getting a “non-compliant” tattoo, but there’s a big part of my brain that fixated on the muffins right away.
That part of my brain is loud and persistent. I love to cook, and I love to eat. I always have. But there’s a lot of cultural baggage associated with those things, particularly for women. Penny Rolle was “born big,” and her society deems that unacceptable. Authority figures press her to conform and comply, to fit an arbitrary beauty standard, and to suppress the parts of yourself that others find less pleasing—Bitch Planet‘s setting might be sci-fi, but its overall society is not.
There’s baggage associated with cooking, too. “A woman’s place is in the kitchen” became shorthand for the whole concept of sexist notions about gender roles. I’ve never been one to reinforce outdated gender politics, but I really do like to cook. It’s my natural inclination. Not because I’m a woman, but because it’s a creative outlet, and after a lot of practice, I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
So have you been reading Bitch Planet? If not go out a buy a copy right now! Then after you’ve finished, come back and get the rest of this recipe inspired by the hit series, make yourself some muffins, and sit back down and reread the series while eating them and feeling awesome.
Sexy Sex Criminals is coming to your living room!
Super fantastic comic book writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction will be adapting the comic series Sex Criminals to TV. They are open about this being a plot to pave the way for more great comics to become TV adaptions, thus spreading even more comic book awesome everywhere. They have a two year deal with Universal TV (who produces TV shows for NBC as well as other networks), and Sex Criminals is merely the first scheduled project of DeConnick and Fraction’s brand new TV production company, Milkfed Criminal Masterminds. They will be working with other creators like: Emma Ríos, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Christian Ward, Howard Chaykin, Steven Sanders, Kieron Dwyer, and Val De Landro.*
As a reader of the comic, my first concern is how they’ll be changing it for TV. Will we lose the glowing junk? (Please don’t lose the glowing junk). Will there still be that amazingly honest, frank depiction of female sexuality? At its heart, Sex Criminals is a mystery about love that just happens to include pretty explicit sex of a variety not often seen in television. I would argue that the sexual content is necessary to the story. Would we care about Suzie and Jon as much if we didn’t get to also the intensely personal, real moments when their sex is awkward?