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Cat-Tales Celebrates Anniversary with Book 6 Collection and

March 8, 2017

It’s Cat-Tales anniversary once again.  16 years since the first chapter dropped on A Girl’s Gotta Protect Her Reputation—and around 5-1/2 years since I stated openly that if I’d had any inkling what that would be the start of, it would have had a less unwieldy title.  Also one that omitted the 1970s pop music colloquialism ‘gotta.’  *shrug*

The first anniversary extra will not be a great surprise to those paying attention on social media.  I have retroactively cut off Book 6 at Wayne Rises and will be releasing the seven tales beginning with Don’t Fear the Joker starting… right now.  The ebook collection is on the website now, ready for download.

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From Don’t Fear the Joker (“A terrifyingly Brilliant Idea”) to Wayne Rises (“We were faced with a Batman in love. And wow, all that sizzling sexual tension you could cut with a knife!”) the Complete Book 6 Collection is now available for download.

Like all Cat-Tales ebooks, it is packaged for kindle/mobi and the universal epub format.  Files are downloaded in a zip folder, and we recommend the free e-library management program Calibre to pipe it into your devices, convert to other formats, and organize your collection.

The print-quality pdf will be along in a few days.

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Also in the next few days, a new artist coming to the Cat-Tales Gallery.  Look for a beautiful one-shot of the Gotham Heroes from Erwan Le Goupil.

 

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And finally—“Because YOU asked for it” as the comics used to say—Cat-Tales will be rolling out a Google-powered onsite search for beta testing in the next week.  Readers who want to participate and have not yet signed up, follow and tweet to Cat-Tales to receive a link.

 

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Character Portrait: Joker

September 14, 2012
Character Portrait: Joker

Joker at the Ha-Hacienda

Anyone else, you look at this and say “bad photo,” assume the hyena choosing that particular moment to visit his water dish was an unlucky happenstance, and considering the subject, the photographer is probably dead now.

But this is Joker, and I think he picked this shot on purpose.

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Character Portrait: Bruce Wayne

September 6, 2012
Bruce Wayne in the Wayne Enterprises Lobby

Bruce Wayne in the Wayne Enterprises Lobby

Bruce Wayne in the Wayne Enterprises lobby.  It’s today’s Gallery spotlight because it’s Bruce and not Batman–and the intrigue around Wayne Enterprises and the Foundation which is at the focus of the current tale Wayne Rises.

And, oh yes, teasers for the upcoming chapter are coming up next.  *naughty grin*

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Please Drink Responsibly

November 29, 2010

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

There is something profoundly wrong with people who don’t like Dickens, but even they allow that A Tale of Two Cities has one of the greatest openings in the English language. The Great Gatsby opens well too, and is also one of the rarest of rarities: a spot on perfect movie. AMC has a collection of films called “Essentials,” films from Casablanca to Close Encounters of the Third Kind that everyone should know. They are part of the collective vocabulary. They are required for cultural literacy. In literature there’s the Five Foot Shelf. In music, it’s Synchronicity and The White Album, South Pacific and Into the Woods. If you seek out what’s good in many fields, you feed your imagination and will be a better artist for it.

That’s the positive side. The flip side is also true. Imagine a professional athlete that ate nothing but Big Macs and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. Would any of us be surprised if this guy failed to win the New York marathon? For that matter, would any of us be surprised if he failed to finish and fell down dead at Mile 18? No, of course not. Because this guy who uses his body to do what he does has been pouring poison into it.

If you’re a writer, an artist, a musician, a composer, a creative in any field, then your imagination is the bread and butter machine. Since you’re also a human being, it is the most magical and sacred part of you. That alone is a good enough reason not to flood it with poisons, but I’m talking about something beyond just being human. I am talking about being a creative. The imagination is what stretches beyond the literal and mundane and the goings on in your digestive tract. It is what connects with something higher and better, and channels a little piece of the infinite when you make something that wasn’t there before. If you pollute it with garbage, the result will be the artistic version of that wheezing pathetic “athlete” gasping his way through the race.

No, I do not read comics anymore. It’s more than not giving DC even $2.95 worth of encouragement for something that is truly bad, it is declining to live on a toxic waste dump. It is refusing to take poison into my imagination. Not only is it bad for me, it’s going to be bad for anything I write.

You are what you eat. And drink. We’ve all seen the creative output of the drunk drivers out there, professional and amateur. It’s time for those of us who are not three sheets to the wind to start staging some interventions.

But let’s return to the Best of Times, because there is a new artist to welcome to the Fan Art Gallery, and she’s certainly kept her imagination fueled with the best of raw materials. Check out the beautiful work of Anya Uribe, an absolute master of feminine curves, color and form.

The Virtual Visitor Center is decked out for the holidays. In Second Life, as in Cattitude, as in Real Life, Cartier wraps itself up in a bow for Christmas. More information on the Cat-Tales website, or residents may teleport directly to the Visitor Center.

Random Equinox even has an update for his spinoff fic: Don’t Fear the Z.  And as if that wasn’t enough, we had two lovely developments over the Thanksgiving break: The Macy’s parade was good enough to open with Aviator Snoopy, providing yet another opportunity for the slow-witted to realize that the inspiration for the Catwoman abomination–the virtual SIGNATURE of the new direction that failed to grasp anything that defined Catwoman and got absolutely everything wrong–was, in fact, based on a cartoon dog. How symbolic do you want it? They didn’t understand anything at all about Selina, right down to the CAT in Catwoman. A symmetry such as makes the angels weep, if it wasn’t so effing sad. And, finally, the forum’s running gag of Batman’s Black Friday Protocol finally has some artwork:

Chris Dee
www.catwoman-cattales.com
cattales.wikispaces.com

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