#ElysianSprings Press Release

July 10th, 2015 – For Immediate Release
Authors Address Aging with Hilarious & Heartbreaking Superhero Nursing Home Anthology
What happens when superheroes become senior citizens?

In ten stories and one comic, the anthology Elysian Springs: Adventures form the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes explores the twilight years of heroes, villains, and sidekicks. The stories are at-times both hilarious and heartbreaking as the authors make the complex subject of aging accessible through the modern-day mythology of superheroes.

“I wanted stories that were both moving and funny,” said Lauren Harris, project runner and assistant editor at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show magazine “—stories that included themes like loyalty, reconciliation, coping with disability, and the effects of the discrimination 20th Century heroes might have gone through. I know how important representation is, and we’re trying to hit as many levels as we can: race, gender, sexuality, though especially age and ability. My superpower as editor is being able to ensure (forgive the pun) that this kind of representation happens.”

By August 5th, 2015, the project runners hope to raise $9,800 through crowdfunding to pay the authors and artists professional rates for their work.

Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes includes contributions from New York Times bestselling authors Gail Z. Martin and Tee Morris, as well as popular indie favorites Jared Axelrod (Tales from the Flying City), Christopher Morse (Superhero Corner), and Chris Lester (Metamor City).

Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes invites global participation in the ongoing project in any or all of the following ways:
• Support Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/laurenharris/elysian-springs-adventures-from-the-superhero-nurs
• Share on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram (#elysiansprings)

About Lauren Harris
Lauren Harris, Editor of Elysian Springs, is the author of the Millroad Academy Exorcists series and assistant editor at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and the Pendragon Variety Podcast.
Twitter @marksmaster
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Website: www.laurenbharris.com

About Title
Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes is administered and published by Pendragon Press, a part of the Pendragon Variety Network.


If you’d like more information about Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes, or to schedule an interview with Lauren, please email PendragonVariety@gmail.com or send us a Tweet @LadiesPendragon.

Elysian Springs Q&A at 7pm, 7/10/15 on Google Hangouts

Get the scoop on ELYSIAN SPRINGS, Lauren “Scribe” Harris’s exciting new anthology about a nursing home for retired superheroes! Lauren and author Chris Lester will discuss the creation of Elysian Springs, the Kickstarter to fund the anthology, and questions from audience members about the story world.

Tonight at 7pm eastern time. Don’t miss it!


Elysian Springs Audio Promo

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Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Superhero Nursing Home

Announcing our upcoming superhero anthology!

“Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Superhero Nursing Home,” an anthology by Pendragon Press.

WHAM! POW! CREAK! Ever wonder what happens to superheroes when their crime-fighting prime has past? Find out in 10 tales and one comic.

Kickstarter Page

Even heroes age…

Witness the twilight adventures, the heartbreaking reconciliations, and the super-senior hijinks of heroes, villains, and sidekicks long past their world-saving window…or are they?

In ELYSIAN SPRINGS: ADVENTURES FROM THE NURSING HOME FOR AGING SUPERHEROES anthology, you’ll read ten stories and a comic by authors like Gail Z. MartinTee MorrisMisty Massey, and Jared Axelrod, plus a ten-page comic from Jason Strutz.

And just look at the preliminary cover by artist Pieter Wessels. You know you want a poster!

Help make Elysian Springs a reality at our Kickstarter Page!

Pendragon Variety – Season 2, Episode 4 – Using D&D Alignments to Improve Characterization Part I – Chaotic

276615_113364595364379_1042078154_nYou’ve probably heard not to transcribe your D&D campaigns word-for-word into a novel, but that doesn’t mean the much loved tabletop game doesn’t offer some useful resources for character building. Alignments are what helps you identify where your character falls on both the ethical and moral scales. That is, how lawful versus chaotic and how good versus evil. Today, let’s take a look at the “Chaotic” alignments: Chaotic – Good, Chaotic – Neutral, and Chaotic – Evil.



Mad Libs Prompt:

The illiterate but secretly brilliant half orc barbarian with a heart of gold and unrequited love for the lovely elven druid princess must defeat the lead assassin of a necromantic cult bent on assuming control of a city by seducing its leaders into becoming undead.

Make that prompt work in a story and send it to pendragonvariety(at)gmail.com for a chance to get your work recorded and featured on a future podcast. After a short promotional break, we’ll be back to talk about using D&D Alignments to improve characterization.

Promo: HAPAX, by K. T. Bryski at http://ktbryski.com/

Also check out THE LADIES PENDRAGON’S YouTube channel, with our bi-weekly writing club. :)

  • What are some inherent traits of a Chaotic character?
  • What is Chaotic/Good?
  • What is a potential pitfall of writing a Chaotic/Good character?
  • How can those pitfalls be avoided?
  • What kind of conflict would make this character interesting?
  • What are some examples?

Listeners, what other ways can you think of to challenge and improve lawful characters? Leave us a message on our Facebook Fan Page, tweet @LadiesPendragon, or send us an email at PendragonVariety(at)gmail.com.




Pendragon Variety – In Memory of Dragons Ebook is out!

In-Memory-of-Dragons-coverYou can now find our ebook at:





Pendragon Variety presents “In Memory of Dragons,” a themed speculative fiction anthology dedicated to the memory of Anne McCaffrey. Forward by Cat Rambo and stories by David B. Coe, Sam Schreiber, Matthew Healey, Melissa Prange, Cindy Ray, Rachel Bellairs, and Lauren Harris, with a dedication by Rosemary Tizledoun and afterward by Michelle “Mica” Ristuccia. Visit our website at http://www.pendragonvariety.com for more information.


We’ll let you know when the book is available for purchase elsewhere. We are working on meeting Smashwords’ requirements for distribution in their premium catalog, at which point it would be available at most online retailers.

Pendragon Variety – In Memory of Dragons Ebook Announcement

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Announcement of our ebook release date: July 30th!