If She Be Worthy: Marvel’s New Thor


Thor #1 Cover

The Mighty Thor, one of Marvel’s best known characters, is immensely strong, brings an ancient chivalry to the Avengers, and wields a mythical hammer. Based on the Norse God of the same name, Thor is the embodiment of a warrior, a “man’s man” if you will. We all know what he looks like.

old thor

Character sketch by Russell Dauterman

Or do we?

As announced back in July, Marvel has taken the story of Thor and turned it upside down in the new Thor #1. To the surprise of many, Thor is now a woman. The new comic was released on October 1st, and of course I immediately downloaded it on the Marvel App to see what author Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman had done to my favorite Avenger. As a woman invested in equality, I was particularly intrigued to see their treatment of a female superhero who is best known the world over for being a man.

Spoilers ahead!

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Doctor Who: “Flatline”, Flat Episode


S08xE09 “Flatline”

We are only 3 episodes away from the series 8 finale of Doctor Who, so I feel it’s time to admit it. I am completely bored with this season. The only interesting part of the series so far has been Missy and The Promised Land plot line, and we get so little of that in between the grumpy kermuffin Doctor and romantically torn Clara, it is taking all my strength to watch and write each week WITHOUT complaining.

I’m complaining now.

Spoiler-y rant ahead, sweetie!

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The Collective Writes 12k Words For Random Acts Charity

Donate to The Collective’s E4K Crowrise HERE

This weekend, the Collectress, the Spaniard and I participated in our first #E4K endurance challenge, to help raise money for Misha Collin’s charity, Random Acts of Kindness. We pledged to write for 12 hours straight and pen at least 3k words of original fiction. We also promised potential donors that, if they helped us raise money, we would name a character after them.

Although the Collective bloggers are separated by a few thousand miles, that did not stop us from working together to kill poor Mr. Sullivan in the noir style murder mystery we plotted out over Skype last week. With each of us taking a different character’s point of view and writing with only yoga and coffee breaks over a 12 hour period, the end product is cohesive and intricate murder mystery that ended up pushing past 12k words.

If you’d like to read “The Price of a Good Name”, it’s below the break. If you’d like to donate, you have until October 31st. All proceeds go to Random Acts and benefit this great charity. If you DID donate to our CrowdRise, chances are, you’ve got a character written after you.

Did you kill Mr. Sullivan?

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

Just a reminder. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 

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Story under the page break…

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Doctor Who: “Mummy on the Orient Express” and Unanswered Questions


S08xE08 “The Mummy on the Orient Express”

In the eighth episode of series 8, we get a pretty decent monster-of-the-week mystery, fabulous costuming and lovely music that reminded me why this show reaches across generations and captures the hearts and minds of so many different types of people. Reminiscent of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, this story poses more questions than it answers, and we see the Doctor doing what he does best; saving people, hunting things, the Timelord business.

Spoilers ahead, sweetie!

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