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May 17, 2012

Whattup, internets! Just checking in for a few minutes. I’m still had at work on the manuscript. I’m at 70,000 words with about two chapters remaining.
Check this out. I spotted this guy (girl?) on the garage floor yesterday morning. It’s a yellow mayfly. I see mayflies around here often, but they’re usually silver and black, very dull. Not this guy. He’s all like heeeeyyyyy…

Actually he wasn’t like heeyyyy…I was concerned for his safety so I nudged his wing to get him to fly away. He did not fly away. I don’t think he was feeling very well. I did not see any brightly-colored insect mush when I returned from work, though, so I guess he went somewhere. I was reading about this sculptor named Maurizio Cattelan. One of his magnificent creations is a giant middle finger in Italy. Where is it located? Why, right in front of their stock exchange, of course! The sculpture is called L.O.V.E. I did a Google image search of his name, and a bunch of amazing sculptures came up. One looks like a horse hanging with its head through a wall. Others use creepy realistic human figures or other animals. His work has a very eerie quality.  I’m not going to violate anyone’s copyright today by posting pictures, mostly because I have a manuscript I should be working on. Check out his stuff, though. Seriously cool.
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Published on May 17, 2012 18:08 • 14 views

May 14, 2012

I don’t really have a movie post today. The husband ordered the wrong movie on Netflix. He intended to add Faster to the queue and instead added a movie called ‘Drive’, which was probably one of the most boring movies I have ever seen in my entire life. We actually only watched it for about 40 minutes. Then we determined there was no actual plot and turned off the DVD player. We will never get those 40 minutes back.

This past weekend was insanely busy. We had little league baseball games Friday night and Saturday, plus other assorted weekend tasks like shopping and cleaning and then there was Mother’s Day fun. I got to see my Mimaw! Yay! I did not do any writing. I did try to draw something, but I think I was just too tired to focus.
I have two things which are making me sad.
1.       Arbys discontinued jalapeno bites. I am crying! I love jalapeno bites! And bronco berry sauce.
2.       Also, Alcatraz was canceled. I liked that show very much.
And now I will stop complaining.
How about some positivity? I’m almost 70,000 words into the Pestilence rough draft. I will finish the draft by the end of the month! The length will probably land between 75 and 80,000 words. I am going to go eat something which has not been discontinued – pretzels! and work on the book some more.
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Published on May 14, 2012 17:26 • 21 views

May 10, 2012

When I see a Smart Car tailgating at 80mph, I wonder if that person really thinks that is the best course of action for them. Clearly the name of the car is not always an indication of the intelligence of its operator. Also, I am amused when I see a Prius stuck next to the highway because it has run out of gas. Silly Prius owner, it’s not a magic car. 
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Published on May 10, 2012 17:32 • 27 views

May 8, 2012

Oy vey. I am so tired, and it’s only Tuesday! What is up with that? I’m going to have some trouble round about Thursday. My ass will be dragging, for real.

Anyway, movie. I know it’s late, but these things happen.
IMDb: “A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.”
This movie should have been called – “look how freakishly skinny Zoe Saldana is” because, wow. She is a slim one, and there seems to be a lot of focus on that with her costuming and her gymnastics. And I hope I don't sound like a hater because I really don't mind her thinness. I guess in this case it's almost like fascination, with the director and apparently me. That girl must only eat every other never.
Aside from that strangeness, the movie was meh. Saldana is a decent actress, but the script was pretty predictable. There were few moments that made this movie stand out from other revenge flicks, but not many. The fight and chase scenes were well-choreographed.
Columbiana gets a C.  
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Published on May 08, 2012 16:53 • 21 views

May 6, 2012

Hello, dear ones. I'm over at the Precious Monsters blog today. Pop by if you're in the neighborhood. There's a post on the white worm. It's a post about the evolution of the monster. Woo! http://www.preciousmonsters.com/2012/...
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Published on May 06, 2012 17:34 • 10 views

May 3, 2012

I was poking around on Amazon and I saw a couple of bad reviews for What the Dead Fear. You know, whatever, everybody is entitled to their opinion. No matter what you write, someone is going to hate it, I promise.

One guy noted that all of the male characters in the novella were monsters. I hadn’t noticed while I was writing it, but he’s kind of right. That thought never even crossed my mind while I was writing it. The characters just are who they are. I wouldn’t call Gareth a monster, really, however. He just is what he is. He was created with a purpose, and he fulfills that purpose the only way he knows how. He’s lonely. He actually likes Juniper. There are times when he isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but hey, if you were stuck in Limbo in a prison full of noisy, lost souls, you would probably be a tad on the crabby side too.

So, no. I do not hate men. They do annoy me from time to time, but I like them just fine. I would like to point out that there are plenty of female monsters in my books as well – Tiamat in Babylon Dragon is pretty darn evil. Isabella in Lair of the White Wyrm eats people, for goodness sakes.  The naughtiest magic folk in Destined for Darkness are women. The cult leader in Pestilence (work in progress) is a woman. If anything, I think I have more monstrous women than men.
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Published on May 03, 2012 18:26 • 10 views

May 2, 2012

Happy Hump Day, interwebs! What's going on? Not a whole lot here. Except this is my 500th post! woo! confetti. music. ok, that's enough.
I’m still hard at work with the rough draft for Pestilence (working title). I am pleased to report that I hit the 50,000 word mark, which means the rest is all downhill. It's the equivalent of Wednesday in rough draft writing.
I've decided on a writing schedule for the rest of the year. I should finish Pestilence by the end of this month. Then I have the last edit or two for Devil (AnnaBeth 2). After that, I'm going to try to crank out a sequel to What the Dead Fear.
I have plans for both books I'm writing this year. One will go to the Amazon Breakthrough novel contest that they have every January, assuming they have it next year. If they don't, I'll send it off to another one, probably.
The other novel will go out in query version to some smaller, independent presses. I've started a list of the publishers I like. I'm looking for very specific traits.
Which will go where? I haven't decided for sure yet, but I'm thinking the novella sequel will go to publishers. The original was downloaded tens of thousands of times, so that has some appeal. Plus last time I checked Amazon the first book was still a freebie. Now that I've said that, they'll probably remove the freebie status before the other one comes out. lol, that's my luck. 
Oh, also, Destined for Darkness has temporarily disappeared from the Barnes and Noble Nook store. I'm in the process of switching that distribution from Smashwords to go directly through Barnes and Noble. The book is still on Smashwords too, of course.
I switched because there's a delay between when the book is available through Smashwords and when it goes up on Barnes and Noble. I have to learn a new system, but I will have more control over release dates that way. 
So it is said, so it shall be done.
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Published on May 02, 2012 17:01 • 9 views

May 1, 2012

I've seen some discussion about books as apps lately, whether they can or should be converted into a more interactive experience.

While I appreciate the value of just reading books, there are some really cool things that can be done with apps. They could offer a reader even deeper immersion in the story if done correctly.
The book app I read about today is a new version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. You can actually change parts of the story by making choices for Victor. They added some meat to the book, of course. The original is only 70,000 words, which isn't really all that long for a book.
Some people would care that they messed with a classic. I don't mind all that much (obviously, I monkeyed around with Stoker's work) because you aren't removing the original from existence. It's still there in all its glory in print and as an ebook.
I know this is probably, technically a mashup, which I have likely expressed distaste for in the past. However, this isn't just slapping new words on top of old words. It's an entirely new art form that isn't going to stop at being pretty and semi-functional. They're going to offer a new level of immersion in the story that books usually can't offer.
So what could a book app potentially offer aside from user influenced story lines? Artwork, of course, maybe a soundtrack, videos, author readings, footnotes, maybe a link into a message board where people discuss the book, share buttons for social networks like facebook, pretty much anything that can be displayed on a screen or played as audio.
The only potential downfall of the book as app is the expense of creating one. In order to justify the expense, whoever is sponsoring the endeavor would probably want to be sure they're going to recover any expenses. Not all books turn a profit.

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Published on May 01, 2012 17:57 • 13 views

April 30, 2012

This is going to be quick because I have not enough stuff to do and too much time. Wait. Strike that. Reverse it.

First, I read today that Fringe is coming back for a 5thand final season! I am super excited. I’ve been a fan all along, and I’ve had this fear that they would cancel it without a conclusion. That would royally suck. It really is a very good story. It deserves an ending. Thank you, Fox!Ok, so today I have three movies. I’m doing this superfast style because I have some print book formatting to work on.
HugoDescription from IMDB: “Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.”Hugo is a children’s movie directed by Martin Scorcese.  The movie is very beautiful with a significant French influence (takes place in France), but the language is English, so subtitles are not present. It’s very emotional and heartwarming with a heavy emphasis on the first movies ever made.  Hugo gets an A.
Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandYup, another kids’ movie. We actually saw this in the movie theater. They have free showings of older movies on some weekends. Woo! Free!Description from IMDB: “Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.”Journey 2 is very exciting. It has great special effects, literary references all over the place, and Dwayne the Rock Johnson popping berries off his pecks. What’s not to like? B+----
TakersNot a kids’ movie. Description from IMDB: “A group of bank robbers find their multi-million dollar plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective.”It was a typical Paul Walker movie. Action, gun shooting, attractive people, some witty banter, it was decent. If you like the Fast and the Furious movies, you would probably dig this too. I did like Hayden Christensen as AJ. He really hasn’t been in much since Star Wars, has he? I didn’t recognize him at first. The Takers was entertaining but kind of meh. C+
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Published on April 30, 2012 17:06 • 17 views

April 26, 2012

I took a really long walk today – 3.2 miles! I think with the proper shoes and conditions, I could have walked another mile or two. I really needed some quiet today. It seems like my life has this constant noise no matter where I am – home, work, noise. I didn’t even listen to music during my drive home or the walk. Quiet time is my friend.
Ok, I know this news is so February, but I just read about it today. Jackie Collins is self-publishing! Crazy! Actually, not crazy. I think when you hit a certain level of fame, do you really need a publisher? Like James Patterson. What does he need a publisher for, really? His books pretty much sell themselves these days. He has the financial resources to pay for things like professional editing and advertising and whatnot. But me? I think I would like a publisher. I have one I’m sort of looking at. They’re new, but they seem to have their shiz together. I have a fear that they’re going to have too much on their plate by the time I have a project ready to submit. I plan to explore my options, though. Moving forward is a good thing.
Here is the link in case you want to read about Jackie Collins.
And now for a thing that has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of this post. I must share this commercial because I find it hilarious.
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Published on April 26, 2012 18:33 • 13 views