The “Other” Project

I’m a glutton for punishment. This is not news. It was for this reason that I decided, right in the middle of the writing of Lain Origin, to take a break and write a whole other book. This other book was about superheroes with stupid powers. Now, around the same time I was conceptualizing the whole mess, a cartoonist in the UK named Adam J. Hall got a hold of my book and was inspired to share with me this little masterpiece, which I posted once before:

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Still looks awesome.

Now, I’m a sucker for art. This also is not news. I knew that I wanted more art from this guy, and after a few emails, it was decided that along with a little Book of Deacon project, I’d toss him some character descriptions for the superhero book and see what he could come up with. He came up with this:

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Or should I say, what he came up with so far.

Say hello to the first four members of The Other Eight. (That’s what I’m thinking of calling the book. It makes sense in context.) These folks are introduced in that big long preview chapter I put up on my birthday, but for those who haven’t read it, here’s the quick version.

Non Sequitur is on the left. He’s got the power to take advantage of the effect of an action  up to 30 seconds before the cause. He’s also not that thrilled about the whole idea of Superheroism, but he’s got his own reasons for trying out for the team.

Next is Chloroplast. He has the amazing power of photosynthesis. That’s all. If he gets enough sun he can skip lunch. He’s snarky too, but clearly rather serene when catching a few rays.

The guy in the green shirt* is Gracias. He’s got the ability to give anyone who does him a favor a grass-covered butt simply by thanking them.

* And no, he’s not a Packers fan. He’s a superhero with plant-based powers, thus dressed in green, and his name starts with G, hence the letter. The resemblance to the Green Bay Packers logo is entirely coincidental and has nothing to do with the fact that buying an iron-on Packers logo was cheaper than having a costume made. Honest.

Finally there’s Nonsensica. She can string together a two word phrase so random that the listener will twitch involuntarily. This creates a handy opening in their defenses, which she’s only too happy to fill with her handy Non-Chucks ™.

This first lineup created by Adam is the “Hero” lineup. Also in the works are the “Rival” lineup and “Villain” lineup. Now, in case it hasn’t been made clear, this story is hands down the stupidest thing I’ve ever written. True, it is stupid on purpose, but still stupid. That said, chances are very good I’ll be releasing it anyway. Probably shortly after the Lain Origin story, which is gradually approaching completion. I just wanted to let you folks know what sort of goofy shenanigans I’ve been up to. That’s all.

Oh… Wait… There’s one other thing.

The audio book of Jade is finally ready!

Yep, at long last, you can stop by Audible or Amazon (also iTunes, but I can’t link it) and pick up a copy of Jade as narrated by the incomperable Fiona Dwyer. I may be biased, but I think she did a spectacular job. Hopefully you’ll feel the same. I know you may be thinking, “Jo, why did you tuck this away down here?” Well, maybe it is because I have something planned regarding this little piece of news that will be sufficient to earn its own post. We shall see.

Thanks for reading!


    1. You’re one of the most prolific fan artists I’ve got! Let’s not forget how frequently I bribe people with books in exchange for art goodies (and how often people bribe me FOR books WITH art goodies.)

  1. I think the second looks best. I liked the two middle guys but don’t really like the army dude and I didn’t realize nonsensica was a girl until I read the bio. I also didn’t like the candy cane strips. Wow that’s sounds super negative, sorry about that. Just wanted to be honest. 🙂

    1. Thanks for weighing in! The army guy is fairly bland, I’ll agree. He’s not the most interesting character either. Nonsensica remains my favorite though. She was fun to write, and the character as drawn here nailed the description. (In one of the drafts they tease her by saying she’s “built like a 10-year-old boy”.) Upon seeing her drawn, I realized that her costume’s description does more or less look like a peppermint candy, but I still dig it.

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