Welcome to my worlds!

I'm James Maxey, the author of the Bitterwood fantasy quartet, Bitterwood, Dragonforge, Dragonseed, and Dawn of Dragons, as well as a pair of superhero novels, Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn. (Click on the titles to be taken to Amazon.) My Dragon Apocalypse series combines both superheroes and epic fantasy, and so far three books have been published, Greatshadow, Hush, and Witchbreaker. The fourth book in the series, Soulless, is still under construction, but, I swear, it will see the light of day! I've also published numerous short stories, the best of which are reprinted in my collection, There is No Wheel.

This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public.

Coming out in 2014 will be my Oz inspired novel Bad Wizard, published by Antimatter Press. I'm currently working hard to finish up another superhero novel, Cut Up Girl. Watch this space for news!


Monday, October 20, 2008

The Never Ending Battle

Robo Bobo clicks and whirrs and ... draws the name Shara Saunsaucie! Congrats! This is my second winner not to have entered a haiku, however. I may have a special drawing to give away the two left over chapbooks that resulted.

In last weeks mini-antho, I left out a haiku I had intended to print! It came from Corey Redekop, author of the novel Shelf Monkey:


Hey, Superman, dude!
How is it your costume there
doesn't get sweaty?


I missed it because Corey had sent in another one focused on the motivation of a hero, and I had put his printed email into that pile, which I'm diving into this week. This week, we take a look at some of the reasons men and women go into fighting crime. And, in a few cases, why the bad guys keep up their end of the never ending battle. Thus, this week's haiku anthology:


The Never Ending Battle


First, we start with the classic noble and tragic reasons to wear a mask and fight for justice:


Gwen Stacy's snapped neck
Great responsibility
Drives Peter Parker
--Bruce Press


Protecting the World
Using their mighty Powers.
They suffer alone.
--Michell Plested


Saving many lives,
A hero can never rest,
If he wants world peace.
--KisS oF PaRaDiSe


And, of course, there may be a hero or two who are in it just for the applause:


Red cape and blue tights
Symbol of might on my chest
The glory of all
--Gina Teh


Villians have their own motivations as well:


Superheroes won't go away
My evil plot guarantees today
I will rule them all.
--Jalen Jade

If I use my ray
And make Superman evil
He still won't like me.
--Jeremy Cavin


We'll give the last word to Corey, who seems to have a special insight into our caped crusaders:


I'm wealthy and bored
with a fetish for latex.
Guess I'll go fight crime.
--Corey Redekop


One week to go! Keep sending in haiku! Next week, it's the Legion of Superpoems! More haiku than even Hulk could smash!

1 comment:

Shara said...

Sorry that I'm not a haiku person, but I'm very excited for a chance to read this book! I've enjoyed your others so far. :)