One Sick Puppy

September 26, 2009

I caught a bad cold the last part of this week so I’m one sick puppy. *cough* *sneeze* *sniffie*

Had planned to write a post today about writing endings for stories but I’m going to rest for the next few days. Will still work on my stories but want to expend what remaining energy I have for those.

Ciao*cough* for *sneeze* now *sniffle*.


Vampires Redux

September 22, 2009

Just dropping in to say I’m back hanging with vampires again. I’ve been asked to expand my vampire story into a novella so currently working on that. Also doing some reading on vampire lore as I’m looking for some ideas for my vampire mythos.

Vampires Suck! But in a good way. Well, not good if you’re the suckee but good if you’re writing about them.

No, wait, that’s not entirely true. A vampire feeding on you can be a good thing. For example, in the Anita Blake novels, the vampire Asher’s bite causes orgasms.

Okay, maybe still problematic but you know what I mean. 🙂


P.S. Oh, and just a reminder that I try and add new stuff to my Research Page when I come across it.

I just added a link to a website called Ephemeral New York. I came across it while doing some research on New York, which is where my vampire novella is set. It’s a pretty cool site. There are lots of articles and some amazing photos.


September 18, 2009

2001, 2002 and 2003. Those were the three years that the Lord of the Ring trilogy came out at the theaters. So every December we LOTR fans were treated to a new installment of LOTR and we got to visit Middle Earth for a time.

I read LOTR back in high school, absolutely loved the book, and recall being very skeptical about a movie version. I’d actually gone to the theater to see that Ralph Bashki version and the less said about my experience the better.

Plus, except for a very few exceptions, Hollyweird has never been very good at making fantasy movies. Even the handful of fantasy movies that came out after LOTR did not live up to expectations.

But I was pleasantly surprised when I saw The Fellowship of the Ring. Sure, there’s a lot to quibble about regarding the differences between the book and the movies. I spent enough time on enough LOTR fan forums to be able to quote them from memory.

But that’s all water under the bridge. It’s been eight years since The Fellowship of the Ring came out. Just this past Sunday TNT showed the entire trilogy in one day. They do that now and then. It’s still a great achievement in filmmaking.

And I have to admit I do miss the anticipation I felt back in the fall of 01, 02 and, especially, 03. In 2003, I went with a friend to see the midnight showing of The Return of the King but that included seeing the extended versions of Fellowship and Two Towers right before it so, yeah, we were at the theater from about 10:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the morning of the following day. It was something (meaning I was pretty darn tired afterwards) but also a lot of fun.

The following year I went to Atlanta for a conference on mythology and the modern world and Howard Shore, the composer of the beautifully haunting music for all three films, conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of music from the trilogy. That was a rare treat.

So, here it is the fall of 2009 and I’m not really anticipating any new movies. Looking forward to some DVD releases, notably Star Trek and Harry Potter, but there’s no new movie coming out that’s got me all aflutter with anticipation. I suppose for the Twilight fans the release of New Moon is probably something they’re looking forward to.

Oh, well, I can always watch my DVDs of LOTR this December. 🙂

Time Flies and Breaks Record

September 15, 2009

Wow, time sure is flying! It’s almost supersonic the way it’s flying!

We’re already halfway through September although you couldn’t tell it in these parts. It’s been sunny and warm for nearly two weeks. The forecasts have been like the ones I remember when I lived for a bit in Southern California. Warm and sunny. Warm and sunny. Warm and sunny.

July felt more like fall and September has been feeling more like summer.

Anyway, I’m busy with my writing and that’s probably why time seems to feel like it’s flying. Got revisions, drafting and prepping to do on three projects. Yes, I’m one of those people who can’t just seem to focus on one thing at a time. I have to juggle at least three or four things. I’m also preparing for a workshop on tarot and fiction writing that I’m doing in October, so can add that to the spinning dishes I’m attempting to keep in the air. And I’m always thinking about future projects and resisting the urge to work on them. I just write down (or I try to remember and write down) notes about them.

So, just dropping in to say I had no idea it had been five days since my last post. Hope everyone is doing well and hanging in there during these rough times. Because that’s what we all gotta do. Hang in there and hang in there tight!

Ciao for now!


September 10, 2009

Digital Dame noted that I have a 2009 NaNoWriMo sticker on my blog.

Yeah, I plan to do it this year. I’ve done it on and off since 2003. I primarily use NaNo as a way to get a draft down but prior to that I’ve already done a lot of the prepping and preparation for it.

So it’s less like I’m just writing 50,000 words in a month to see if I can write 50,000 words in a month and more like I use the event as a way to get a 50,000 word draft down.

If I weren’t already planning to write a draft in November I probably wouldn’t be doing it but I do plan to start a new project, so I went ahead and signed up for it. There’s a local group that gets into it but it’s centered mainly around the university and I usually can’t make their meetings.

But the write-ins can be fun. That’s where you get together with other NaNo participants—meeting at a café, coffee shop, bookstore, student union, wherever, and you write as a group. The energy coming from the other writers can be inspiring although it is easy to also wind up just chatting instead of writing. But when I did attend the write-in’s I’d set myself a goal (usually a certain number of words written by the end of the write-in) and I always made that goal.

The only “rule” for NaNoWriMo, if you even want to call it that, is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. But so many people use NaNoWriMo for other purposes. To revise, to draft, to edit, to write short stories, whatever. That’s the way I see it. Some people who are stickler for rules may tell you that you can only do this or that when it comes to NaNo but that’s a lot of hooey. If you’re going to do NaNo use it for whatever purpose that best serves you. The important thing is that you’re writing.

So, yeah, I’m NaNoing this year. 🙂

But now it’s time for me to get to my early morning writing session before heading out to work.


Quacks like a Monday

September 8, 2009

They say that if it looks like a duck, and it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck it is a duck.

Well, this morning quacks like a Monday although I know it’s only Tuesday. But I still got those Monday morning blues.

And thus another, albeit shorter, work week begins. But before I scurry off to my cubicle, I must spend some time this morning with my hero and heroine who are about to have a big fight after a bout of some hot and heavy, but yet to be consummated, lovemaking.

Enjoy your week!

Angels and Demons

September 6, 2009

Nope, not blogging about Dan Brown’s book or the movie that was made from it. Although, yeah, that image is from publicity shots for the movie. I though it was pretty cool. Demon on one side, angel on the other. Yeah, very cool.

I suppose I have angels and demons on the mind because I’ve been watching the TV show Supernatural . The season finale of season 4 was on this past Thursday. And it was a doozy. And I can’t wait for the start of Season 5 on September 10th.

Let’s just say that there’s a war going on in Heaven but it’s angels against angels. Some angels, you see, want to release Lucifer and bring on the Apocalypse so that they can do a final whoop-ass on the unholy one.

When Dean Winchester asks the angel Zachariah—who appears to be the leader of the angels who want to perform “this planetary enema” as Zachariah calls it—how God can go along with a plan that’s slated to kill millions of his creations, Zachariah tells him, with a smug smile, “God has left the building.”


One of the angels who is trying to stop these rather demented angels is Castiel (pictured above), who is played by Misha Collins. Collins is very good in the role and became so popular he’s going to be in the majority of the Season 5 episodes.

I have to admit I sometimes find demons and angels more fascinating than werewolves and vampires. So fascinating, in fact, I’m thinking about writing a story about them at some point.

Speaking of writing, this temp assignment I’m currently toiling at is a doozy. Especially in terms of how it affects my writing. I make less money but I have to work harder than most assignments I’ve had. You see, it’s straight-up, no chaser data-entry.

By the time I get home, I swear my brain has melted into a big gray shuddering blob of goo. As one of the other temps I’m working with commented, it’s one of those assignments where you basically turn off all higher brain functions. She’s got that right!

This is where I imagine I’m at sometimes during the day just to escape.

So I’m getting up at the crack of dawn to do the majority of my writing. I had totally forgot we have Labor Day off (not good for me as I don’t get paid for holidays) so I’ll have an extra day to write but less money at the end of the week. Great. Just great.

Anywho, I am doing my very early morning writing sessions faithfully so I’m still chugging along with my writing but I hope I can find work that’s less zombie-like and pays more. Or that I win the lottery. Or that I make so much from writing I can quit working altogether. Now, wouldn’t that be lov-er-ly. 😉

Until that happens,however, it’s up early to write and then home after the mind-numbing, soul-stealing temp assignment to try and at least read if nothing else. Writing is usually out of the question, especially after looking dead-eyed at a computer monitor all frikkin’ day. 😦

But, I shouldn’t complain. Millions are out of work and I am grateful for the assignment and for the money, little as it is. I am always grateful for the blessings I receive but that doesn’t mean, however, that I’m going to be complacent.

I will always want more and I don’t think that makes me any different from any one else. Ain’t no shame in wanting more, I always say, just in wanting more than you can handle or deserve. 😉