I remember my very first SDCC: I was overwhelmed, nervous, and just loved all the nerdery of it all. I walked the floors, went to panels, and waited for hours and hours in line to get a chance to see some of the creators who inspired me so much. This year I was invited as a guest to SDCC and it was such an amazing experience!
SIDEKICK SQUAD, BOOK TWO — Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most wanted villain.
SIDEKICK SQUAD, BOOK ONE — Jess Tran is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, whom Jess thinks may have a secret of her own…
You know the feeling, you’re staring at your draft, stuck on a scene, not knowing how to move forward, or even if there is a way. This section of your outline says “stuff?? things/!?!” in lieu of actual plotty bits, and you’re just like, “Thanks, past me.” Your characters linger on the page, unsure of where to go to next but your brain is fried and you’re just… stuck.
Here are five writing exercises to help get those creative juices flowing again.
So you’ve gotten to that sweet spot where you’re inspired, the creative juices are flowing, and you’re writing, writing, writing.. whether you’re in the middle of a writing sprint or doing NanoWriMo or just trying to finish this draft, one of the key things about writing is not to edit when you’re in the middle of getting your first thoughts down. So how do you focus your creative energy? A few ideas to keep from getting distracted by editing, research, and more.
This was my first ever YALLWEST, and it was one jam-packed day full of amazing authors, readers and just so much fun. It was incredible getting to be invited as a guest on a few panels and getting to talk to so many amazing people. This was also the cover reveal of Not Your Villain and we had a little cover reveal boba party with Duet Books!
I’ve always loved the LA Times Festival of Books! The first time I went I was …nine years old. It was so cool, getting to see how many other people just loved books and I was so amazed at how many authors were there! I was pretty much this wide-eyed kid then and this year I got to live out my dream and be there as an author, just as wide-eyed.
Holoprojectors in the Sidekick Squad universe can do a lot of things, including display full color books and other interactive content. Bells Broussard is an active member of the Andover Heights High School yearbook. His primary job is doing layout and occasionally some art, but sometimes (and you 21st century yearbook folks would definitely know this) he has to juggle a few different hats and write some articles. So of course Bells would write about his two best friends…