Monday, July 04, 2011

Tough Chicks

Don’t get me wrong—I like a good warm fuzzy as much as the next girl.  But I’ve got a surprising weakness to share with you: stories about chicks who kick major butt.  That’s right.  Don’t even think about painting me with that one-dimensional warm fuzzy brush. Come on, I know that’s what you were thinking…which is why I need to address it sooner rather than later.

Sure, if you follow my blog you’ll be getting a full dose of sentiment.  A heaping helping of nostalgia.  Probably some existential optimism.  And I couldn’t leave out my signature version of spicy spirituality.  But let’s face it—even I become bored of all that mumbo jumbo at times.  So my promise is to show you as many sides of myself as I possibly can (after editing of course). 

This brings me back to the aforementioned female toughie-type I like so much.  The kind of leading lady who possesses two opposing character traits that, when brought together, makes you either wish you were her—or wish you had her.  You know what I’m blogging about…a body with brains.  A pout with a punch.

And I never limit my favorites to the beloved superheroines.  Oh no!  I admire a good villainess just as much (sometimes more).  The mean ones.  The scary ones.  The ones you hate, but kind of love a little bit at the same time.  Hmmm…if only I could learn to channel that kind of bad-assedness in my REAL life.  I’d show that smart kid at the apple store who’s boss!  A girl can dream, right?

Some of my favorites from years gone by (and these are only a few):
Sarah Connor
Charlie’s Angels
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ripley (Alien)
Cat Woman
Lara Croft
Sidney Bristow
Alice (Resident Evil)
Selene (Underworld)
Beatrix, Elle Driver, O-Ren Ishi (and the rest of the Deadly Vipers)

You get the picture.  These are some oldies but goodies.  Some cool kittens have made appearances in a few books I’ve read recently—and obviously a couple of new flicks as well.  I hesitate to add them to the list just yet.   It’s a sacred list. 

My love for these strong female voices resonates in my writing as well, and may or may not happen to influence one or more of the characters in my new novel, MONAD 12:21:12 The Awakening of Stella Steinar.  Guess you’ll just have to read it to find out.  Follow my blog and I may or may not give other subtle hints here and there.  For more information visit and in the meantime, if you care to comment, post some of your favorite tough chicks below.  We’ll compare notes.

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