Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is an author, engineer, Navy (Seabee) wife and mother of three wonderful sons. She is a Rhysling-nominated poet and a member of the SFWA, IAMTW, and SFPA. She also serves as an editor for Mindflights. Her latest novel is SKEIN OF SHADOWS (2012), a sequel to 2011's THE SHARD AXE, published by Wizards of the Coast. Wizards also published her first novel, LEGACY OF WOLVES, in 2007.
So, the comic book novel has gotten final editorial approval and is being adorned with cover art even as I type. I should be able to tell you all about it very soon. (And, yes, I know I've said that about 6,783 times already, but blame my NDA. I'd have told you about it five seconds after I signed the contract if I'd had my way.)
Hopefully, I'll be able to talk about it at DarkCon 2014, where I will be a guest this year, along with my BFF, Gini Koch, who is one of their Guests of Honor. I'll be there Fri-Sun (Jan. 10-12, 2014), but only during the day - have to hurry home to my little ones at night. Ah, the joys of made-single-by-deployment parenthood, heh.
Yesterday saw the death of Tom Laughlin (also Peter O'Toole, but he didn't have nearly the same impact on my life, so I'll let other people reminisce about him). Billy Jack was one of my favorite characters growing up. This bit remians one of my favorite scenes from any movie, ever:
[Billy Jack is surrounded by Posner's thugs]
Mr. Posner: You really think those Green Beret Karate tricks are gonna help you against all these boys?
Billy Jack: Well, it doesn't look to me like I really have any choice now, does it?
Mr. Posner: [laughing] That's right, you don't.
Billy Jack: You know what I think I'm gonna do then? Just for the hell of it?
Mr. Posner: Tell me.
Billy Jack: I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face...
[points to Posner's right cheek]
Billy Jack: ...and you wanna know something? There's not a damn thing you're gonna be able to do about it.
Mr. Posner: Really?
Billy Jack: Really.
[kicks Posner's right cheek, sending him to the ground]
Longtime readers may see shades of Billy in Sabira, or Shaala, or even my heroine from the comic book novel(s). Someone who isn't afraid to follow his (or her) beliefs, to stand up for the little guy, to fight for what's right, even if it means doing something wrong. He was something of a role model for me, and frankly, I think I could have done a lot worse.
(photo from billyjack.com
RIP, Billy. We'll miss you.
Happy Cyber Monday! To celebrate, why not pick up some of my ebooks for 50% off? A steal at twice the price! Heh.
In other writing news, I've turned in the (one hopes) final draft of the comic book novel, and I think I may be able to tell you what it is very soon! FX!
My husband shipped out a few days before Thanksgiving, and it will be 2015 before we see him again (with the possible exception of a 2-week R&R period somewhere in the middle). It's going to be a challenging year, but I know with your continued love, support, and prayers, we will make it though. Thank you all. *muah*
Spent this past weekend at NCComicon with my writing partner, Jeff Mariotte.
(Me and Jeff at our table, photo courtesy Walter Wu)
It's a mid-sized con (I heard an unofficial attendance number for Saturday of 4,000) made of pure win, with great staff, a great location, awesome guests and attendees, and some really cool panel offerings. I got to meet some wonderful comic book people, including Tommy Lee Edwards, Sanford Greene, Jamal Igle, and Ron Marz, and I also got my picture taken with the incomparable Gail Simone:
(Me and Gail at her table, photo courtesy Jeff Mariotte)
And I got pictures with some other local dignitaries, as well:
(Me and Wonder Woman, photo courtesy Jeff Mariotte)
(Me and the Bull City bull, photo courtesy Jeff Mariotte)
(Me and Vandroid, photo courtesy Jeff Mariotte)
Vandroid is the main character from a comic book series Jeff is editing that's going to be a lot of fun. Here's the whole crew looking cool in front of Vandroid's namesake van:
(Tommy, Vandroid, Bob Keen of Hellraiser fame, and Jeff)
And my Wonder Woman haul from the con:
That Jamal's beautiful artwork. You should totally go buy his stuff.
The only downside to the weekend is that I did not get to announce the comic book-related novel I've been working on at my and Jeff's panel (which was sadly opposite the Costume Showcase), but hopefully that will happen very soon. All in all, it was a great con and I loved NC and I'd be happy to go back.
A Belated Happy Veterans Day to all who have served. This is for you:
A quick note to remind you East Coasters that I'll be in NC this weekend at the 2013 North Carolina Comicon with my writing partner Jeff Mariotte. Not too much on the schedule:
Sunday, Nov 10, 2:45pm – Comics & Novels, Panel Room A
"Between them, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and Jeff Mariotte have written more than fifty novels. Mariotte has also held several positions in comic book publishing, and has written well over 100 comic books and graphic novels, and Rockwell is an accomplished, multiple-award-nominated poet and editor. Some of Mariotte’s novels have been based on Superman and other DC Comics characters, Spider-Man, Gen13, and 30 Days of Night (and properties that have appeared in comics, including Conan, Star Trek, Buffy and Angel, and more, some of which he’s also written and/or edited in comic book form), and Rockwell has just turned in a novel that launches a trilogy based on a well-known comic created by one of the most prominent writers in comic book history. They’ll discuss the novel-writing process, the comics-writing process, how they’re alike and how they’re different, and the specific demands, expectations, and rewards of writing novels based on comic book properties."
Jeff also has a Vandroid panel earlier in the day (1:15, Panel Room B), but for the rest of the time, you'll likely find us hawking our wares at Table A58 (I believe). So come by and say hi! We'd love to see you!
Less than a month until D(eployment) Day. Blogging should resume at a little more regular pace after that point. Thanks for your patience.
So, I finally got the book turned in on October 1st, and my beta readers loved it, so I'm hoping my editor will feel the same. I'm also hoping I can tell you about it very, very soon. Actually, I'm hoping I might get to announce it at North Carolina Comicon, where I will be a guest on November 9th & 10th, along with my writing partner, Jeff Mariotte. Fingers crossed!
Speaking of Jeff, you may recall that he and I wrote a short story (that turned into a novella) for the Neverland's Library anthology. You may also recall that the Indiegogo campaign to fund the anthology only reached about 60% of its goal. So the editors have launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise the last 40% needed to make sure this awesome anthology gets into your hot little hands. Jeff and I are pretty pleased with our contribution, A Soul in the Hand, and we'd really like for you to be able to read it. So if you missed out the first time around, you have another chance to help us make that happen. Give it a look, won't you?
Finally, I know I've mentioned Delia's Shadow, the debut novel by my friend, fellow Muser, author, and poet, Jaime Lee Moyer. I got to beta read this book way back when, and told Jaime then she'd get a three-book deal out of it, because it was that good. Well, the book finally hit stores in September, and I am so excited for you to read it, I'm going to post a little interview with Jaime in a few days, and maybe see if we can't do something about getting someone, somewhere, a signed copy. So, check back - you don't want to miss out on this one, I promise!
So, I don't usually listen to music when I write, but I found myself listening to it a lot during the few times I wasn't writing, and one of the songs I listened to most was Linkin Park's "In the End:"
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away
(It's so unreal)
Which is becoming more true with every passing day, as the time until my husband is deployed can be easily measured now in weeks instead of months. So, even though my book is done, I probably won't resume my normal frequency of posting here until after he's shipped out. I know it breaks your heart, but there's always FB and Twitter if you're really missing my witty banter. Hope to see some of you there!
Back from KillerCon; had a great time. Got to meet some awesome people, like my fellow panelists Nikki Hopeman, Michael McCarty, and Thor (not that one - this one is a homicide detective with the Burbank PD) and fellow SFPA member Michael Arnzen (for whom I did some magnetic Fridge of the Damned poetry), as well as hanging out with my writing partner, Jeff Mariotte, whom I see far too infrequently for someone who lives in the same state as me (though, in fairness, it's a big state). Also got to do a lot of other fun things in Vegas, including the CSI Experience at the MGM Grand.
(photo courtesy Jeff Mariotte)
I also got to meet a few folks whose names I didn't catch, like this guy. We had a brief but pleasant encounter, which is kind of what Vegas is for, right? Heh.
(photo courtesy Jeff Mariotte)
All in all, a fun con, and one I hope I get to go to again.
And now it's time to dive back into the book. See you back here in October, when I hope to have a little something different for you all. Stay tuned!
Came home to news that my mom is in the hospital, and probably will be for the next month. It's pretty serious (a blood infection), but fortunately it was caught before any major damage was done, for which I am extremely grateful. Still, if you have any prayers or good thoughts you'd like to send her way, I'd appreciate it. I just lost one parent - I really couldn't handle losing the other right now.
Still plugging away at The Book That Will Not Die, but I sent the first 2/3 to my editor while I tweak the last 1/3, so that is progress of a sort. I'll take it, anyway. I do also have a release date, but I don't know if I can share that yet. NDAs and all that. Sorry!
Taking a little break to attend KillerCon in Vegas this weekend, though. As a reminder, here's my short & sweet schedule:
Saturday, 9/21, 8 PM
"Scene of the Crime" - Crime Writing for Non-Crime Writers
w/Jeff Mariotte (moderator), Nikki Hopeman, et moi. (And maybe some other people, too. Who knows?)
If you'll be in town, come say hi. I'd love to see you.
I posted this rant on FB already, but some folks have said it could use a wider audience, so I'll post it here, too (with minor corrections):
Okay, I haven't talked about the Navy Yard shooting, because we're a Navy family, and it strikes close to home. But I'm really getting pissed off by statements like this about the shooter: "Despite the trouble, he was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal" or by the media acting like the fact that he had those medals somehow makes him "highly decorated."
Listen, all you have to do to get the NDSM is be in the military during the War on Terror. That's it. IT'S AUTOMATIC. EVERYONE GETS IT. All you have to do the be awarded the GWOTSM is...gasp...be in the military during the War on Terror. (Okay - you have to have served 30 days on active duty, or 90 days on reserve. Big whoop.)
This guy was as highly decorated as Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, okay?
To act as if this guy was some sort of war hero because he got two medals anyone who was in uniform and breathing has gotten since 9/11 is not only factually incorrect, it's demeaning to the real heroes in our armed forces.
So STOP SAYING IT. Because you're starting to make me angry. And you wouldn't like me when I'm angry. /rant
Still plugging away at the book, plagued this time by a stubborn allergic reaction (and hives!) which I've whined about plenty on FB and Twitter, so won't bore you with here. I did want to take a few minutes, though, to mention my very limited KillerCon schedule:
Saturday, 9/21, 8 PM
"Scene of the Crime" - Crime Writing for Non-Crime Writers
w/Jeff Mariotte (moderator), Nikki Hopeman, Marsheila Rockwell (that's me!), TBA
This is my first year at KillerCon, and I don't generally write straight horror, so I'm just glad for the chance to get my feet a little wet and meet some new folks. Come say hi if you're in town!
This day never gets any easier.
It never should.
Today is September 1st. My latest book was due today, but because I have an awesome agent and a great editor, I have a little more breathing room. Still won't see much of me here until I'm done (though if you want a CopperCon recap, I did post a brief one on FB), but wanted to check in to let you know I'm still around, just supercrazybusy writing. I will be at KillerCon in Vegas this month, so I'll be talking about that in a week or so - check back!
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This is why (click on the image to see the whole thing):
So, a last-minute addition of my BFF Gini Koch as Local Guest of Honor at this year's CopperCon (Aug 8-11, though I won't be there on the 8th) has necessitated some changes in my schedule. Here it is in all its new, even crazier, busier glory!
Fri, Aug 9, 1-2 PM
with Gini Koch, T.L. Smith, and Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Fri, Aug 9, 6-7 PM
Horror - Suspense vs. Blood and Gore
with T.M. Williams and Veronica Baxter
Sat, Aug 10, 11 AM-12 PM
How Editors Do What They Do
with my writing partner, Jeff Mariotte
Sat, Aug 10, 12-1 PM
Writing Prose Novels about Comic Book Characters
with Jeff Mariotte
Sat, Aug 10, 4-5 PM
with T.L. Smith, Jeff Mariotte, Michelle Welch, Patti Hultstrand, and T.M. Williams
Sat, Aug 10, 6-7 PM
The Craft of Collaboration
with Jeff Mariotte and Sharon Skinner
Sun, Aug 11, 10-11 AM
Inserting Crime Elements in Other Genres
with Jeff Mariotte
Sun, Aug 11, 11 AM-12 PM
Zombies - Fast vs. Slow
with Gini Koch and Gary Swaty
Sun, Aug 11, 2-3 PM
Crossing the Streams: How to Weave in Multiple Genres
with L.E. Modesitt, Jr. and Gini Koch
Sun, Aug 11, 4-5 PM
Who Am I? Branding, Pen Names, and Other Identity Issues
with Gini Koch and T.L. Smith
Yes, folks, that's 9 panels plus a signing. You pretty much can't attend CopperCon this year without tripping over me, so make sure you say high as you're falling, heh.
I attended my dad's memorial service Monday. I've posted the speech I gave on FB, and will post it here as a separate entry, for those of you who have asked to see it, but aren't on FB. In the meantime, here is a picture form the service:
Dad planned his memorial in advance, and wanted a chair set up, with his hat and Bible on it and his coat hung on the back, like he'd just stepped away for a few minutes and would be back soon. He meant it as a reminder for us, that while we have to be apart for a time, we will see each other again. Until then, Dad. I love you.