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Indie Comic Publisher Offers Comics for the Visually Impaired

This is amazing, and I desperately want to see it succeed. For years, I’ve been frustrated by the lack of access to comics for those, such as myself, with visual impairments. New Worlds is seeking to change that. They already have a few comics available in audio. I’ve read both issues of Winter, and both the formula and the story itself are fantastic. Even better, they’re charging the typical comic book pricing of $3 per issue, which is, frankly, a steal. Let’s give these guys all the support we can and make it possible to have access to more titles in the future.

From ComicsEmpower.com:

Thousands of people around the world would like to read comic books and can’t! People think comics are a visual medium, so the visually impaired can’t ever enjoy the experience. We’re here to fix that!

The above is true, and it reminds me very much of the feeling toward touch screens when the iPhone first came out. Eight years later and now iOS is among the most useful and accessible computing operating systems in history for the blind and visually impaired.

Let’s make this happen!


A Petition for Hockey Representation in Emoji

Hockey is just about the only popular sport without representation among the Emoji characters. It’s true. I’m not making it up. Go check your Emoji keyboard. I’ll wait.

See? Isn’t that terrible? It’s discrimination against winter sports, ice, long sticks, and basically the entire nation of Canada! Let’s correct this injustice!

And after you sign the petition, tweet about it, won’t you?

Disclaimer — I did not create this petition; I just think hockey Emoji characters would be an excellent idea as both a hockey fan and an Emoji enthusiast.


The Tidy Tweet

To type a truly tidy tweet,

Is something quite divine;

One-hundred forty characters,

Upon a single line.


But though these songs can sound so sweet,

We hear some sour notes;

The call of shady characters,

Awaiting billygoats.


They fled the dead discussion board,

And YouTube comment thread;

To shout with little character,

On Twitter now instead.


Beware their calloused countenance,

And puppets sewn of sock;

Remember that these characters,

Are less annoying if their blocked.


Universal Harmonics

Christie Stratos, my editor for Harmony’s Song, asked me to write a guest post. I’m very happy with the result, and I hope you will enjoy the piece as well. My thanks to Christie for the opportunity to share a piece of my writing process with her readers.

And, incidentally, if you’re looking for a fantastic editor for a writing project, it’d be tough to do better than Proof Positive. I couldn’t be happier with Christie’s work.


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