SOME INFO ABOUT MYSELFBeing the selected wisdom of a certain writer of adventure picto-books, Gail Simone.
halcyonglaze asked: Hi Gail! I picked up your run on Wonder Woman and as someone who never really read her solo book before, I'm loving it! The Rise of the Olympian arc has me on the edge of my seat!
I am so glad.
It’s an odd thing to say, but I think Wonder Woman is generally not really written from a female perspective, so much as a guy’s idea of what a female perspective SHOULD be. She is often not written so much as how guys view females, but how they feel she should behave as a paragon of woman-hood.
Which makes her message somewhat gobbedygook.
Not everyone loves my Diana and that’s fine, but I wanted her to be female, I wanted her to be about sisters and daughters and mothers and kindness and compassion and rage and jealousy and nurturing and all the things that we experience over the course of our lives.
I honestly think there are some who still find that part of my run very off-putting. Which is fine, I am not judging anyone.
But I wanted a Wonder Woman who was equal parts of her name.
So forgive me, I promise there’s a weird point to it.
Many of you may remember my beloved rescued racer greyhound, ‘Scuro, had to be put to sleep a couple weeks ago. I know everyone has been through this, and we have all felt the grief. I know people have serious problems and this may seem trivial to harp on, but I miss that doggie like I can’t even explain.
'Scuro was big for a grey, and the rescue agent said he had a zest for life like no dog she had ever seen. Everything made him happy. Every bowl of food was a feast, every walk was an adventure, every nap was heaven to that dog.
He had been adopted and returned four times before we got him. They agent feared he was becoming unadoptable, and again, it was always because he was just too enthused. A fisherwoman adopted him, and returned him because day one, he jumped off the dock and most greys can’t swim, and he almost drowned.
So we knew getting him was risky. But he was so happy and bonded so quickly. Greys sleep most of the day, and he immediately made himself at home. He adored us and we loved him. Greyhound racers don’t really have a puppyhood, they are raised in crates. So when you get them home, they have to learn how to play and what freedom is about.
I called ‘Scuro my co-writer, because whenever I was stuck on a script, I would take him for a walk and it would ALWAYS solve my problem.
After he passed, I was finding reminders of him everywhere and it never failed to make me sad. So, we decided to add some days at Disneyland to our Wondercon trip to cheer up, and be distracted for a bit.
So we get in line for Haunted Mansion. The park is very busy. And we are having a great time.
We are in the graveyard line and there in the middle, there is a gravestone with a hound on top, and the name BUDDY.
"Buddy" was ‘Scuro’s name when we got him.
And the epitaph said (paraphrasing) “A TRUE FRIEND UNTIL THE VERY END”
At first I was shocked…what an odd coincidence. Then I started to tear up, I couldn’t help thinking this was here for him somehow.
But it’s odd…the words, meant as a little amusement, did make me think. We WERE friends to the end. And he always comforted me when I was sad.
I don’t believe in fate, but it really was the message he would give me, if he could.
"Don’t be sad. We were friends to the very end."
And we were. So, I am thinking about that, instead of feeling sorry for myself.
Life finds weird ways to wake you up, doesn’t it?
ungratefullittleshit asked: This is your daily reminder that: A) You are beautiful. B) you are loved, and C) To have the best day you ever could. :)
I like this message!
akodorokku asked: Gail you've hardly tumbld at all today, are you in need of assistance?
I am at Disneyland resort this week!
I CAN’T WAIT!
Soarin’ Over California and World of Color, here I come!
molliehaswords asked: So, I've never really had any interest in reading Red Sonja (it's just not really my genre), but last night I had a dream that, among other odd things, involved me going to a comics shop and looking with interest at TPBs of Red Sonja, including the special one you and others did, and of Secret Six. I don't remember if I dream-bought them or not but I guess this is a sign that I should get on that and buy them in real life now, huh? :)
I honestly feel like Red Sonja is a sword and sorcery book that you don’t have to like sword and sorcery books to like. We have brought thousands of people to that book who have never read a Conan or Red Sonja story and we’re having a grand time. :)
To me, it honestly feels like when I was first writing Birds of Prey and we were all having too much fun to know that this shouldn’t possibly work.