My Revolutionary France Vamp

April 30, 2009

My short story “The Temptation of Mlle. Marielle Doucette” (under my short story writer nom de plume Anna Black) will be in the upcoming anthology The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotica edited by D. L. King and published by Cleis Press.

The release date is October 1, 2009

I had a ball writing the story as I got to do research on Revolutionary France, watch some great movies set in Revolutionary France with some gorgeously cool costumes and, of course, write about vampires. 🙂

And most cool of all, my good friend Molly AKA Gutterball is also in the anthology with her story “Fair Play.”

Molly is the kind soul who, when I was feeling down and out sometime back, bought and mailed me the Firefly DVD.

I have yet to repay her for that kindness. Someday, chica, I will. 🙂


Hump Day and Star Trek

April 29, 2009

It’s Hump Day!

Wednesdays are strange. They’re in the middle of the week, thus the Hump Day appellation.

They’re not as horrible as Mondays but not as cool as Fridays. They’re like that moment of suspension at the top of a roller coaster, followed by that dizzying rush down to the weekend.

Above is the revamped Enterprise NCC-1701 for the new Star Trek movie opening next week. I will admit I was really skeptical about this new Trek having been a fan of the old Trek for many, many years.

But I’m willing to be open-minded and give it a chance. First, because I’m hungering for some good old-fashioned “buckle up” space opera. Second because as much as I love Star Trek: The Next Generation and its intrepid crew, the last Star Trek movie, Star Trek:Nemesis featured a decidedly aging cast who looked a bit, well, embarrassing, I have to say, trying to do an action movie.

Now we have some young bloods taking on the franchise and I have to say I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.

Sure, Hollyweird appears to be doing nothing but retreading the same stories over and over. But that was how stories were told down through the centuries. Storytellers would hear a story from someone in another village (this was, of course, long before copyright) change it a bit, add some stuff, remove some stuff and voilà a revamp of the original.

So, yeah, I’m ready to boldly go where we’ve been before. At least ths time. 😉

Deviant Moon and Oddcon

April 26, 2009

A rather short post today because I’m attending Odyssey Con, or Oddcon as it’s somestimes called, a science fiction convention being held this weekend. Then, once I get home, I’ll prepare for work tomorrow and write for a bit.

The photo is of a new tarot deck I picked up that I absolutely love. It’s the Deviant Moon Tarot deck by Patrick Valenza. This deck is definitely not for every tarot enthusiast. Especially if you prefer bright, sunny images.

But if you’re into the Gothic, the macabre, the Shadow side of life and the psyche, you might like this deck. The images are startling, strange, dreamlike and, in some cases, nightmarish. But also vibrantly colorful. It’s one of the few decks I’ve come across that is very unique yet doesn’t stray far from the traditional tarot imagery.

You can see images from the deck here

And here’s the official website for the deck

I’m going to squeeze in a bit of writing this morning before heading down to the con. My short story is drafted but needs to be revised before the May 1st deadline. Once that short story is submitted, back to my novellas and prep for my brand new spanking novel.

It rained all day yesterday and looks like the same is on tap for today. Good weekend to be inside at a sci-fi convention. 🙂

Nose to the Grindstone

April 23, 2009

I’m currently keeping my nose to the grindstone, working full-time (albeit only for about a month or so) and writing.

Having to go back to early morning writing is a success and, with hope, I’ll make my deadlines next week.

Back to Work…for a bit

April 19, 2009

On Monday I’ll be back to work. For a bit. I’ve been unemployed since January and the job I was able to find is only temporary. Which means it could last weeks or months. I have no idea at present.

But what I do know is that working full-time will cut severely into my writing time and online time. I’ll probably only have time to post to my blog on Sundays.

My writing schedule when I’m working full-time is to wake up at 5:00 in the morning and write for a couple of hours. Then I go to work. If I have time to write during lunch I do that. I try to write when I get home but sometimes my poor brain is just fried. But I usually try to get in at least a hour. And there’s the weekend writing of course.

My overall goal, like pretty much everyone who writes, I’m sure, would be to write full-time and make enough from my writing to do that.

But, realistically, I’m shooting more for being able to work part-time and then have the the rest of the time to write. That would be ideal for my particular situation.

So, anyway, I won’t be online as much while I’m working as I put the writing first. Again, have no idea how long this particular assignment will last but I know I was lucky to get it with the current job situation.

Oh, just wanted to mention that yesterday I went to the local RWA meeting and Kathryn Albright, who writes wonderful historical romances, gave a great presentation on the Writer’s Path.

She recommends the book Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path. If you go to the link you can see what those seven steps are and find out more about the book.

I told Kathryn that since I will have to readjust my writing schedule around working full-time again, those seven steps will be of a great help to me.

So, today, Sunday, I’m getting my head wrapped back around the old 8-5 working mode, readjusting my writing schedule as a result and relaxing before hitting the 40 hour a week grind tomorrow.

See you next Sunday!

Brain Storms Ahead!

April 16, 2009

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of ideas for stories. Too many because I just don’t have the time to write them all.

But some of those ideas just grab me, dig into my ankle with their sharp, tiny teeth and want to drag me away from what I’m currently working on.

But I can’t let that happen. I need to finish what I’m working on now and then turn to something new.

I love having brainstorms. They literally feel like lightning flashing and thunder pounding in my head when some image or quote or message from beyond suddenly clicks and I get an idea that I can get really, really excited about.

But I have to resist the urge to drop what I’m currently working on and go chasing after that bright, new, shiny idea. It’s hard to do, but must be done.

So, what do you do when you get an incredible new idea for something but can’t work on it right then?


April 15, 2009

If you haven’t heard of Susan Boyle, you will here. She’s the YouTube Sensation that wowed Simon Cowel and the judge’s of Britain’s Got Talent.

Susan Boyle’s Audition

Everyone, from the judges to the audience, was ready to rip apart the 47 year-old, never-been-married, never-been-kissed woman whose dream was to sing.

And, hold on, she even had the nerve to be sassy. You could just hear everyone thinking, oh, yeah, she’s going down.

And then she opened her mouth and sang.

A song, appropriately enough, titled “I Dreamed a Dream”

Made my morning, I have to say, as I watched the video. Ms. Boyle struck a resounding blow for woman over 40, people who don’t look like super models, and, most of all, for dreamers.

She also struck a blow against this obsession with image, image, image.

Do you know, I sometimes wonder if we’re not turning into a society of clones. There are women now on television and in movies who are starting to look like each other. The same hair, face, eyes, body, etc.

I was watching some television news show the other day and the two female anchors? They looked like clones. I kid you not. Their hair and makeup and faces looked exactly the same! It was quite disturbing.

But back to Susan. I have no doubt she’ll have success after this, and I also have no doubt she’ll be made over: hair, make-up, clothes. That’s the way show biz works. Though I hope they don’t. She’s fine, in my opinion, just the way she is.

But, if she is made over, I hope she doesn’t lose that wonderful spirit, sense of fun and belief in herself that drove her to take a chance on being ridiculed before millions by going on that stage and sharing her gift and talent with the world.

We should all be so brave with our dreams.