Sci-Fi Pinups: Mr. & Miss October 2017

Welcome back to the Sci-Fi Pinups! After a long hiatus, I’m back in action — so get your engines ready for this month’s hotties. If you’re new to the pinups, welcome! This is the monthly segment where we feature our favorite characters from all corners of science fiction and fantasy, whether they’re a triple-breasted Martian babe, the Hoff in a Speedo (you’re welcome), or a dude who summons a demon apocalypse because he can’t remember the words.

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Mr. October is a vehicle enthusiast who dabbles in extreme ride-pimping. (Xzibit ain’t got nothin’ on this pinup!) Mr. October spends his time going back to the past and then backtracking to the future. He’s also an avid inventor, hoping to one day create a “golden ticket” invention to bring fame and fortune. In his free time, he likes to play pranks on the Libyans.

When you’re out with Mr. October you’ll think you’re on the road to adventure! But remember: wherever Mr. October goes, you won’t need roads.  He is…

Doc Emmett Brown from Back to the Future!

Mr. October enjoys walks by the clock tower, flux capacitors, and going precisely 88 miles per hour. His turn-offs include short extension cords and people who meddle with the future. Mr. October was named one of The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, coming in at #20, but this month he’s #1 in our book.

And now for Miss October!

Since we celebrate Halloween this month, I had to cast this Scream Queen as our leading lady. She’s a shy, All-American, midwestern girl who prefers books to chasing boys. She also has a teeny-weeny sibling rivalry problem. But don’t let that scare you off! Sure, she may have poked her brother’s eye out with a coat hanger, shot him, stabbed him a few million times, and also decapitated him, but Miss October is lovely.

Initially she’ll seem like the quiet type, but once her lungs get warmed up, you’ll change your mind about that. In fact, after a night out with Miss October, you should call your physician to get your eardrums checked out. She is…

Laurie Strode from the Halloween franchise!

Miss October’s turn-offs include psychopathic brothers, stalkers, and getting stabbed all the time. (So annoying, am I right?) If you score a date with Miss October, remember that you won’t be alone, so wear a comfortable pair of shoes. As the old saying goes: as long as you can outrun your date, you’ll be fine!

If you want a little more of Miss October, you’re in luck — she’s coming back for another Halloween movie in 2018!

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For those long-time readers who may be wondering: the answer is YES, I’m back. I’ve recently made some big changes that allow me to focus on my writing, and I have some news to share. (Yes, Kari Hunter is coming!)

I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Stay tuned and Happy October, everyone!

Three Reasons Creatives Should Embrace Minimalism

Over the last six weeks, I’ve made astounding progress on my next book, the sequel to The Fourth Channel. I’ve completely rewritten the second half of the book, made a “punch list” of minor items to fix in the first half, and, at the time of this writing, I have only three chapters left to write.

It’s an incredible feeling.

If you’ve been to this site at all in the last three years, you know that writing has been a struggle for me. Between a demanding day job, my home life, and other commitments, it’s a lot to juggle. If you’re also a creative type and you’re struggling to squeeze it all into a 24-hour day, you know what I’m talking about.

For me, the road to “figuring it all out” has been slow but fulfilling. I’m still working at it, but I want to share what I’ve discovered so far—especially since this latest lesson has been such a game-changer.

I learned about minimalism.

Now you’re imagining that I’m living out of a backpack on a beach somewhere with questionable hygiene, right? That couldn’t be further from the truth! I just mean that I looked at every area of my life and trimmed the fat. I reassessed what was truly important to me and everything else had to be reduced or eliminated. If you’re struggling with juggling, allow me to introduce the idea of minimalism and give you three reasons you should consider minimalism, too. Continue reading “Three Reasons Creatives Should Embrace Minimalism”

Your Last-Minute Guide to Surviving the Holidays… Now with More Star Wars

The holidays are less than a week away, and if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to see your family. You can now crush this holiday discomfort with one swift stroke. Over the last five years I’ve perfected a holiday regimen that saves everyone from the awkwardness of holidays with family. If you have any sway over the structure of your gathering, I have three tips that will save you from an evening of emotional scarring and a trip to the therapist. Continue reading “Your Last-Minute Guide to Surviving the Holidays… Now with More Star Wars”

Don’t Call It a Comeback

It’s been brought to my attention that I haven’t blogged in a year.


I’ve actually had a few people inform me that they’ve read THE FOURTH CHANNEL more than once, and a surprising number say they read it on a regular basis. They’re blowing my mind a little bit. To all of you who have stuck with me, checking back periodically to see what the status is on the next Kari Hunter book, thank you. I’m stunned. Flabbergasted. Flummoxed. I honestly thought you would have forgotten about me by now. But you’re still here. Emailing me. Messaging me on Twitter. Facebook. Asking me when I show up at the beauty salon. Even the Real Kari Hunter is standing by, patiently waiting for an update on her fictional doppelgänger. Continue reading “Don’t Call It a Comeback”

I Quit

i_quit_by_lovehurt123-d5go0i8I quit.

I mean that in the past tense, of course. I had quit writing the Kari Hunter book for a few months. I thought about my next steps for a long while, and then told my writing group that the Kari Hunter series was dead. That book and I had tortured each other long enough. The story was wrong in many ways. I felt like every time I tried to fix it I somehow made it worse.

Continue reading “I Quit”