My husband and I are season pass holders to Carowinds. We brought four friends along to Scarowinds yesterday, some of which were unsure about going at all since the attractions were identical to last year's. They came along because of the discounted tickets available through our passes. Only one of the four friends ride coasters - the other three were there only for the haunted attractions. That means the $150 they collectively spent just to get in was just for the mazes. I understand there were issues last week and I appreciate the security in the general areas of the park but enjoyment of the mazes was almost impossible due to extra uncostumed employees in every corner waving us through as frantically as possible. These mazes were clearly designed to be 5-10 minute walks but only took 2-3 minutes. Why even put detail into it if you can't enjoy it as a customer? It was unsettling in the wrong way to have stoic faces glaring at you for daring to stop long enough to point out a particularly interesting detail. The ones who were not giving you the "irritated dead eye" were rushing you through so quickly you couldn't even look at the monsters. The entire experience was alternating between bland and frustrating. The scariest actor was the janitor outside the zombie high school. That's a terrible statement to have to make. The only thing that made the night good was the kaleidoscope operator. He was also a high point last year. A+ to him. Part of our reasoning for purchasing season passes was unlimited trips to Scarowinds. At this point we may or may not go back. The illusion of danger that haunted attractions give was completely gone. I didn't even get the chance to feel nervous walking into mazes. In addition to the mazes being exactly identical to last year, the lack of random costumed actors throughout the park was a sad experience. In the past you could expect to be chased by monsters throughout the entire park, but they seemed to be very sparse except in the designated walkthroughs. The reason I am making this a public post is because the last time I notified Carowinds about a potentially dangerous situation with ride safety I was rewarded with a generic response about how rides sometimes have to be stopped due to weather or other issues. My complaint was that the majority of the people working on a specific ride were more concerned with goofing off and not doing rider checks. They had to be forced to by another employee. Carowinds does not allow for posts on Facebook and this was my only long format option available.
I wanted to lead with the fact that as always I had a wonderful time at ConCarolinas. My husband and I were John and Sherlock one day, you can see a couple pics on my relatively new and definitely under used Instagram account. I plan on using it quite a bit more in the future.
I have officially pushed back the date of my new release "After Dusk" until January 2015. I am planning a large release party in the Charlotte area for it and I hope to have the exact date soon.
I know this is a longer delay than a lot if people were expecting bit I want to do this right. Doing it right means taking my time. I appreciate all of the support I am getting throughout the delay. Putting all of my effort into this release also means I haven't been as active online as I should be and I will be correcting this very soon. Follow me on Twitter for the quickest updates.
I made a recent (ish) announcement that I would be releasing a book on my birthday, Jan 26th, and I want to say that to date it is the most amazing thing i have ever created. It is well written, suspenseful, and I am sure that it will leave anyone who reads it pleasantly uncomfortable. Unfortunately it is not complete and I feel like I would be cheating both myself and you to release it right now.
I have known for a few weeks but I was hoping I could somehow pull a magic trick out of my hat and meet the deadline and I have failed to do so.
I will keep you updated. Thank you so much for your support.
I didn't realize it had been this long since i made a post that consisted of more than 140 characters! As those of you who follow me on Twitter are aware I have had a rough time over the last couple months. Not only did I have $1700 in unexpected hospital bills but my car was hit in a parking lot and I need to raise $500 for body work. (On top of that my window just cracked but that's another story)
$2200 isn't a lot for some people but for a lot of us it's more than a months salary. I am not the type to ask for handouts but I am not above BEGGING for you to purchase any books/ebooks you haven't purchased yet. As a thank you anyone who purchases a book by Friday 1/25 I will send you a coupon for a free download of my next ebook release. Just email your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can purchase my books through many online retailers, links are available under current works or you can purchase on Smashwords here and Amazon here & here (Sunlit Nightmares & other titles are not showing under my profile at the time. I am researching why.) Amazon print copies will bring me the most easily accessible revenue.
I have been asked (after posing a question about next years convention) why I am not doing any conventions this season. The answer is really simple- I am writing. I am doing everything i can to expand my reach, to make myself a better writer and convention guest among other things. So, be paitent with me and I promise I will make all this silence and hiding worth your time. keep on buying my things! Bec
I am still working on getting the new site layout working so please bear with me for a little while longer.
So I do have some news for you. I promised to share it with you today and for once I am going to fulfill a promise!
1) Sunlit Nightmares will be available in print by July 30th, 2012. Hopefully way before then. I made sure I chose the best options to bring you the collection for the best price possible, $5.99.
2) "The Dead Rule The Day" will be in an upcoming anthology, more information when I have a release date.
3) I found a couple small errors in some of the shorts from Sunlit Nightmares so I will be correcting them. By the end of July all eBooks and shorts will be error free. If you purchased through Smashwords you can automatically download any updated versions free. If you purchased through a third party email me and I will send you the corrected file. More info on this will be posted when I am done.
4) All eBooks will be available on Amazon by the end of July.
There are some more things in the works but those announcements will just have to wait.