Bad Moon Rising

August 8, 2010

The title of this blog is a song from Creedence Clearwater Revival, which I just happen to be listening to now.

I had planned to write a regular, ordinary blog post but, once again, I’m rushing about trying to get all I need to get done this weekend before heading back to work tomorrow.

Argh!

I have to add 3,000 words to my manuscript which my and editor and I are working on, and I have to have the edits done by next weekend.

Actually, I’m not doing anything that exciting. Just working, writing, watching movies. I’ve watched some really bad movies lately. Movies I did not go to the theater to see but decided to check out on DVDs from the library. Meaning they were free. And, man, am I glad I did not waste my money on these movies at the theater!

Anyway, I gotta run. I still got some errands to do this Sunday before I hit those edits.

At least I have Mad Men to look forward to this evening! And I think, to wash the bad taste of that bad movie out of my brain, I’ll watch a good movie before Mad Men. I plan on writing all day and I know I’m going to need to cool my overheated synapses by then. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ciao!

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I’m Back!

August 1, 2010

Greetings and Happy 1st Day of August !

Yep, I’m still here. I have been very, very lax about blogging due to Real Life (RL) being very, very stressful. And oh, what a tale of strife and woe I have to share!

But I’ll share that another day. I’d rather blog about something fun and try to forget what’s been going on the last couple of months. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a new book coming out from Ellora’s Cave. It’s called Madison Avenue Vampire and it’s releasing Wednesday, August 4th.

Here’s the blurb: Itโ€™s the swinging 1960s and Richard owns one of Manhattanโ€™s major advertising agencies. Heโ€™s also a vampire. He hungers to make love to Lana Sorensonโ€™s lush, voluptuous body, but he also thirsts to sink his fangs into her lovely neck. Richardโ€™s desire for blood is nearly out of control, and surrendering to both his lusts may deprive Lana of her life.

Lana is the proverbial farmerโ€™s daughter. A small town girl from Wisconsin, Lana regularly sees things she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams. But when she finds out the handsome, sexy man sheโ€™s dating is a vampire, Lana is faced with the terrifying possibility that the first time she and Richard make love could also be the last. Literally.

You can read an excerpt here.

I have no qualms about saying that Madison Avenue Vampire was most definitely inspired by the AMC television series, Mad Men. I was sitting and watching it one evening and thought to myself, what if Don Draper were a vampire? ๐Ÿ˜€

I actually wrote the story back in 2009 as a much shorter story. But when I submitted it my editor at EC she asked me to make it a bit longer.


This is from Wikipedia and pretty much sums up what the show is about.

Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The show centers on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life in and out of the office. It also depicts the changing social mores of 1960s America.

The first season is set historically speaking in 1960. Then Season 2 jumps ahead to 1962. Season 3 in 1963 and Season 4, which started last Sunday, late in 1964.

My novel is set in late October and early November of 1962.

I was initially so not into Mad Men that I didn’t even watch the first season. Then, for some reason, I started watching it and now I’m officially hooked.

I had a lot of fun researching the period (one of the things Mad Men receives acclaim for is its accurate recreation of the early 1960s). However, the folks over at Ellora’s Cave caught a rather major faux pas on my part.

In the very first sentence of the very first scene of the very first chapter, my heroine, Lana Sorenson, is at a swanky Halloween party. I had her drinking champagne out of a fluted glass. Like the one pictured.

Nope. Wrong. Back in the early 60s people drank their champagne out of coupe glasses. Here’s a pic of the guys at Sterling, Cooper doing exactly that.


Fortunately, my editor caught the mistake and I corrected it.

I love research, however. Even when I drop the ball sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love history. Even recent history. It’s fascinating. Speaking of, here are some interesting and, in some cases, tragic events that happened on this date in history.

August 1

30 BC โ€“ Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

1619 โ€“ First African slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia.

1834 โ€“ Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.

1876 โ€“ Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

1914 โ€“ Germany declares war on Russia at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilities because of World War I

1944 โ€“ Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary.

1960 โ€“ Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.

1966 โ€“ Charles Whitman kills 15 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.

1981 โ€“ MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

Well, I have edits I must work on all day as it’s back to work on Monday. Since it’s a brand new spanking month, my goal is to at least blog on the weekends. Now that I’m back to working full-time and also have a number of writing goals I need to accomplish before year’s end, my time is pretty much filled to the brim, but I do like to blog and have missed doing so these past two months.

And I apologize for not visiting blogs in turn. Yes, time has been at a premium but the stress of what I’ve been dealing with the last two months was also a major factor. But I got some news this past Friday which should lessen some of the stress.

Ciao for now!


Cylons and Revisions

January 24, 2010

I’ve been revising a novella that I want to submit on February 1st for a submission call. However, in the middle of revising, I realized that a lot wasn’t working with the story. A lot. So I had to do some major cutting and now I’m trying to fix what’s left. I have eight days in which to do it so I’m not freaking out just yet.

But I did take time out from my revising to check out SyFy’s new series, Caprica. To be honest I did not have high hopes for this series. But I was curious enough to at least check out the premiere episode. And I’m glad I did.


Caprica is a prequel to Battlestar Galactica, taking place some 58 years before the Cylon attack. At this point in time, Caprica is a world flush with success, money and power. As a matter of fact, Cylons are in the process of being constructed in this series. But something unforseen happens in their construction which lays the groundwork for all that’s to come.

Commander Adama is an 11-year old boy in the series, so the storyline centers around his father, Joseph Adama, a lawyer, who is an immigrant from Tauron and came to Caprica to make a better life for himself. Apparently, people from the planet Tauron are looked down upon by others in the Twelve Colonies and are called “dirt-eaters” by the Capricans.

Anyway, the show was a lot better than I thought it would be and I will definitely continue to check it out on Friday nights.

Okay, I gotta get back to my ailing novella. I’ve torn the guts out of the poor thing and I’ve got to get it back on its feet.

Ciao for now!


The Heiress and the Human Target

January 18, 2010

Sunday, while busily working on my novella—I have to finish up one final scene today—I took a short break and started channel surfing.

I stopped at Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and saw that they were about to show William Wyler’s 1949 film, The Heiress, starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson and Miriam Hopkins.

The Heiress is one of those movies that I will literally stop whatever I’m doing (in this case drafting a scene for my novella) and watch it. It’s that good. I first saw it years ago, on TCM, and happen to come into the movie about 1/3 into it. But I was hooked. And I watch it every time it’s on TCM. (I should buy it and intend to one day).

The Heiress is based on a 1947 play, which was based on the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James.

De Havilland plays Catherine Sloper, the only daughter of a wealthy doctor. She is plain, shy and clearly lacking (as her father never fails to remind her) of the grace and beauty her deceased mother and the doctor’s wife lacked.

A very young Montgomery Clift plays Morris Townsened, a handsome, charming but poor man who woos Catherine, much to the annoyance of Catherine’s father, who sees Morris as nothing but a fortune hunter.

What’s great about Montgomery Clift’s performance is, yes, it’s obvious that he’s after Catherine’s money but you sometimes feel that he actually does care for her.

Ralph Richardson is excellent as Catherine’s father, the emotionally distant Dr. Sloper.

It’s one of those movies where there isn’t a misstep, IMHO. Not in the casting, the acting, the directing, the plot, or the writing.

After the movie was over, I went back to writing.

Then, once I had written as much as I could for the day, I decided to watch the premier episode of a new show on Fox called The Human Target. To be honest, I usually avoid shows like this like the plague. Don’t ask me why, I just do. ๐Ÿ™‚

But something intrigued me about this show and I watched it and I have to say I liked it.

Mark Valley plays Christopher Chase, a professional bodyguard and security expert, who insinuates himself into his client’s lives in order to become the human target, that is, he’s the one who sets himself up to take the bullet.

His cronies include Winston (Chi McBride), his business partner, who keeps wondering why Chase continues to endanger himself the way he does, and Guerrero, played by Jackie Earle Haley, of Watchmen and Bad News Bears fame, whose character I’m assuming was once a criminal but works with Chase.

The show is based on a comic book character called The Human Target, which first appeared back in 1972.

Nothing ground-breaking, I have to say, but I thought the episode moved well, Chase has a kind of devil-may-care but hidden dark side to him quirkiness, he looks good in a suit and the character of Guerrero intrigues me. It starts its regular programming on Wednesday so I’ll continue to check it out.

I’ve been watching Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries on the CW and they start their new episodes this week.

As for writing, I finished that short story I was working on last week and submitted it just in time for the submission deadline this past Friday.

Today I have to finish the final scene of my novella so that I can spend the next two weeks revising it as I have to submit it on February 1st in order to make the deadline.

And that’s all for now. ๐Ÿ™‚


Sex and Vampires

October 5, 2009

EDIT: I had been thinking about this commerical while I was writing this post and found it on YouTube. It’s a commercial Frank Langella did for the “I Love New York” ad campaign while he was performing Dracula on Broadway.

My good friend, GB Kensington , is also featured in The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotica, which was released last week. Her short story is titled “Fair Play”. We’re cross-posting to celebrate the release.

Here’s mine on Sex and Vampires

How did the vampire evolve from its depiction as decaying, foul-smelling, diseased corpses into its 21st century depiction as attractive, alluring, sexy vamps?

Vampires of European lore were ugly, foul smelling creatures. Rural Slovakian and Czech vampires include the upir and the nelapsi. Both are the revived and rotting corpses of the recently dead. The upir is believed to have two hearts and two souls. It sucks the blood from its victims and then suffocates them in a deadly embrace. It also spreads disease and is reputed to be able to kill with its evil eye.

Other creatures also include the Bulgarian vampir, the Bosnian lampir, which crawls from its grave as a rotting and disease-carrying corpse, the Russian uppyr, a decaying, reanimated corpse, the Romanian strigoi, the Albanian shtriga, and the Germanic nachtzeheres (nightwasters), who return from the dead after gnawing on their own limbs and clothing,

Nothing romantic or sexy about these creatures! Their only purpose was to spread fear, disease and death.

However, even during those times, the association of eroticism with vampire was not unheard of.

In Vampires and Sex by Leslie Shepard, she states that “โ€ฆ.corpses dug up as suspected vampires occasionally were reported to have an erection. Gypsies thought of the vampire as a sexual entity. The male vampire was believed to have such an intense sexual drive that his sexual need alone was sufficient to bring him back from the grave.”

Once the male vampire came back from the grave, according to Gypsy lore, he sought out his widow and had carnal relations with her. She would then “bear a child by her vampire husband. The resulting child, called a dhampir, was a highly valued personage deemed to have unusual powers to diagnose vampirism and to destroy vampires attacking the community.” (Shepard)

In her article Shepard also makes mention of the langsuyar, a female vampire. “She was often pictured as a desirable young woman who could marry and bear children.” (Shepard).

So even before the rise of vampires as romantic figures in 19th century literature and despite their typical descriptions as creatures too loathsome to even consider having sex with, the association of eroticism with the vampire was not unheard of.

However, it was in the 19th century, with the rise of Romanticism and Gothic literature, that the vampire began his or her transformation into a figure of alluring sexual power.

John Polidori’s The Vampyre

In May 1816, the English poet Lord Byron, his physician John Polidori, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelly and his wife-to-be, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, later Mary Shelley, were en route to Italy. They were stalled by bad weather at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. While there the four made up ghost stories. Byron produced a half-written tale about a vampire. Eighteen year old Mary Shelly went on to write one of the most famous horror stories of all time. Frankenstein.

In 1819, The Vampyre: A Tale, was published by Polidori. The short story focuses on Lord Ruthven, who bears a striking resemblance to Lord Byron. The Vampyre was initially published under Byron’s name, but Polidori fought to get credit for the story.

What’s important, however, for the topic of this post is the character of Lord Ruthven. If Dracula, as conceived by Bram Stoker, could be considered the grandfather of such sexy, alluring vampires as Anne Rice’s Lestat, Edward Cullen of Twilight, Laurell Hamilton’s vampire master, Jean-Claude, Buffy’s Angel, True Blood’s Bill Compton, or the Salvatore brothers from Vampire Diaries, Lord Ruthven could be considered their great-grandfather.

Lord Ruthven is a handsome, poised, evil aristocrat who loves to play mind games as much as he loves to kill. He is both irresistible and ruthless. Ruthven is possessed of those vampiric qualities that will reverberate into the 20th and 21st centuries. His arrogance, bloodlust and inherent eroticism will be duplicated in stories and movies yet to come.

James Malcolm Rymer’s Varney the Vampire

In the 1840’s another influential vampire appears on the literary scene. Sir Francis Varney is featured in the penny dreadful turned novel Varney the Vampire, written by James Malcolm Rymer. Sir Varney is a corpselike creature who stalks young girls. Varney, unlike Polidor’s Lord Ruthven, draws more from the blood-curdling vampire folktales of Eastern Eurpope. But Varney the Vampire still retains some of the characteristics of the drawing room vampire as opposed to the grave-rising, diseased corpse of earlier tales.

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla

In 1872, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu published a novella in his novel. In a Glass Darkly, titled Carmilla. This could be considered the first vampire novel that not only introduced overt eroticism into the vampire mythos, but whose vampiric antagonist is a woman.

Le Fanu was influenced by folklore and tales of vampires from Europe, but his Carmilla has all the trappings of a modern vampire. She is alluring and seductive. Carmilla could be considered the grandmother of all female and lesbian vampires.

Regarding the overt eroticism, Laura Smith in her article Sexuality in Vampire Fiction notes that in Carmilla, “The physical descriptors of fast paced breathing and muffled moaning clearly identify with a human experience similar to an orgasm and enhance the sexual tension between Laura and Carmilla.”

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Now we come to the granddaddy of them all. Dracula.

Much has been written about how Dracula came to influence all the vampires to come and I won’t repeat that here. Google Dracula and his influences and I’m sure you’ll come up with more links than you could possibly want to read.

Needless to say, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, steeped as it is with drama, romance, horror and the supernatural, went on to establish the vampire as both horrific and intensely erotic.

Leslie Shepard, who is the founder of the Bram Stoker Society, spends a great deal of time discussing the erotic nature of Dracula in her article Vampires and Sex. I highly recommend her article as it is certainly far better than my meager post and is well worth the read if you’re interested in the topic.

In her article Lust, Love and the Literary Vampire, Margaret Carter does make a point regarding Dracula that I think is worthy of note. She quotes Carol Senf, author of The Vampire in Nineteenth-Century English Literature.

“Carol Senf has pointed out that the very qualities that make the traditional vampire a threat in nineteenth-century stories such as Carmilla and Dracula — particularly his or her erotic power and unconventional behavior — make the vampire appealing to twentieth-century readers.” (Carter)

And we can add 21st centuries readers to that quote as it really does seem that it was at the turn of the 21st century that vampires really began to explode not only across the literary landscape but in film and television.

Vampires as Sex Symbols in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Vampires made their appearance in movies fairly early. Nosferatu, which was made in Germany, was released in 1922. Some have even credited this movie with having renewed interest in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.

If you’ve seen Nosfertau, you’ve probably noted some not so subtle references to Dracula. Nosferatu was an unauthorized version of Dracula. The setting was changed, as were the names, but it’s still pretty much a filmed version of the novel Dracula.

As a result Stoker’s widow sued for copyright infringement. In 1925 the court ordered that the negatives and all copies of the film were to be destroyed. Obviously some survived or we wouldn’t be able to watch it today. It’s speculated that the court case may have served to renew the public’s interest in the Dracula novel.

However, I think it’s safe to say there’s nothing the least sexy or attractive about Nosferatu’s Count Graf Orlock. He resembles more the monstrous creatures of East European lore. With his bald head, skeletal face, ears like a bat and long, rat-like fingers he’s not the kind of vampire one would have sexual fantasies about.

Although he does, like Dracula, like to make his way into the bedrooms of young women in order to suck their blood, the image is definitely not erotic. That’s not to say there isn’t an underlying sexuality in the movie but it’s a sexuality more rooted in horror and fear than in lust or desire.

Two years later, however, in 1924, a stage version of Dracula was presented in Derby, England. The play starred Edmund Blake as Dracula. This play is important in that it introduced the vampire, through Count Dracula, as a creature who could interact with humans. There’s no way Nosferatu’s Count Graf Orlock could have charmed his way into the drawing rooms of English homes.

With the release of Bella Lugosi’s Dracula in 1931, the thirties and forties saw a plethora of movies about vampires and other monsters such as Frankenstein and the Wolfman. It wasn’t until the 1960s and 70s, however, that the full erotic power of the vampire came to the forefront of cultural consciousness.

The English film company, Hammer Film Productions Limited, began to release a series of movies about vampires that became very popular. In 1958, they released the pivotal film, Horror of Dracula, which starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee as Dracula.

Christopher Lee could be called the All-Father of the tall, dark, dangerous, sexy vampire of today. All who follow afterwards are merely his sons, daughters, nieces or nephews.

Horror of Dracula went on to earn eight times what it cost to make. Another pertinent fact about Horror is that subsequent movies put out by Hammer Studios were, like Horror, released in color, unlike the black and white horror films of the 30s and 40s, which, of course, allowed the viewers to see all that red blood in all its horrid and fascinating vividness.

Following the success of Horror of Dracula, others in like vein (yes, pun intended) were released by Hammer. The Brides of Dracula (1960), Kiss of the Vampire (1964), which is a filmed version of the vampire novella Carmilla and features an alluring, seductive female vampire played by Ingrid Pitt, Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968).

In a reprise of Lugosi’s turn with Dracula, Frank Langella starred on Broadway in a stage play of Dracula before going on in 1979 to star in the movie version. Langella brought demonic charm and domineering seduction to the role.

From then on the list goes on of the actors who have played either Dracula or vampires. Jack Palance, in the 1973 made-for-television production of Dracula. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994’s filmed version of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Stuart Townsend who plays Lestat in the 2002 movie Queen of the Damned, Richard Roxburgh in 2004’s Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing. Wesley Snipes as Blade, Gerald Bulter in Dracula 2000 and William Marshall in 1972 movie, Blacula,

And that’s not counting the television shows, such as Dark Shadows, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Forever Knight, Moonlight, and now, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries.

To be honest, I could write a fair-sized book about sex and vampires but I only have time for this rather meager post, which I hope will encourage those who are interested in the topic to seek out and read the many, many books and articles out there about the subject.

To finish off, here are three pics, respectively, from the Twilight movie, the new CW series The Vampire Diaires, and HBO’s True Blood that bring home the fact that vampires are now not only sexy they’re also very much desired by those from whom they wish to feed.

So, yep, I don’t think there’s any doubt that vampires have definitely made the transition from ugly, disgusting, diseased creatures of the night to sexy, alluring, attractive creatures of the night.

They still suck blood but now the women and men who are the objects of their bloodlust are just as willing to appease their own lust as well as those of the vampires.

List of Articles and Books

Vampires and Sex by Leslie Shepard, founder of the Bram Stoker Society
http://www.answers.com/topic/sexuality-and-the-vampire

The Allure of the Vampire by David Dvorkin
http://www.dvorkin.com/essays/vampallure.htm

Sex and Vampires
http://vampires.monstrous.com/sex_and_vampires.htm

Lust, Love and the Literary Vampire โ€“ Margaret Carter
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2002/20020722/vampire.shtml

Rough Sex With Vampires: What Does “True Blood” Tell Us About Women and Sexuality?
http://www.alternet.org/sex/141317/rough_sex_with_vampires:_what_does_%22true_blood%22_tell_us_about_women_and_sexuality/

Sexuality in Vampire Fiction by Lauren Smith
http://www.vampyres.com/20090617/fear-fascination/sexuality-vampire-fiction

Jones, Ernest. On the Nightmare. New York: Liveright, 1951. Print.

Stevenson, John Allen. “A Vampire in the Mirror: The Sexuality of Dracula.” PMLA 103, 2 (1988): 139-49.

Twitchell, James B. Dreadful Pleasures: An Anatomy of Modern Horror. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.


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.”

Yowza.

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Writing is Hard!

August 23, 2009

UPDATE: Oops. Forgot to mention. Star Trek (The Hunky Generation) will be relesed on DVD (a basic and special edition) and Blu-Ray on November 17th! Mark your calendars!

END OF UPDATE:

Okay, so the title of the post is what the Prophet Chuck said in an episode of Supernatural I watched last Thursday.

The episode was titled “The Monster at the End of the Book”.

Sam and Dean Winchester come across a series of novels called Supernatural that depicts their lives as demon hunters. The brothers meet the author of the books, Chuck, who tellls them he has visions of Sam and Dean then puts their adventures into his novels.

They also find out that Chuck, who is pretty much a loner, befuddled and drunk most of the time in order to deal with the excruciating headaches his visions bring on, is actually a prophet of God and that the books he’s sorta compelled to write will one day be known as the Winchester Gospels.

He even has a great line when he confronts the demon Lilith. He cries out “I am the prophet Chuck!”

Chuck says that line about writing being hard in response to Sam’s question as to whether Chuck is psychic since he’s having visions about the two brothers. Chuck says, what, are you kidding? If he were psychic he wouldn’t be writing. Writing is hard!

I hear ya!

I love the cover of the Supernatural books Chuck is writing. See how Sam and Dean are portrayed as these old-fashioned romance cover types. Doesn’t that one guy look like Fabio?

A really cute moment is when Sam and Dean go online to learn more about these Supernatural books, which they find in a bargain bin at a store as they aren’t really selling that well.

They comes across a Supernatural Fan Forum and Sam tells Dean that fans are writing slash fiction about them.

Sam then has to explain to a perplexed Dean what slash fiction is.

“Don’t they know we’re brothers?” a totally horrified Dean asks.

Yeah, really. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, the show was pretty funny but also quite frightening as at the end—Sam and Dean having gone on their way—Chuck, the writer, wakes up from a dream. An angel is in his house (you see, since Chuck is a prophet of God he’s protected by an archangel and a pretty fierce one at that) but the angel in his house is just one of the foot soldiers.

Chuck tells the angel that the vision he’s just had about Sam and Dean is so horrific he’s going to go and kill himself.

The angel tells him okay, fine, but he’d only be brought back to life.

Anyway, a good show. I enjoyed it.

Since I’m done with my vampire story, I’m working on an erotic fantasy novella I had finished but which needs a bit of tweaking.

Also doing lots of research for two brand new stories I plan to write this fall.

Still can’t believe how fast this summer went! But, to be honest, I’m not much of a summer person anyway. I love Fall. I love Fall colors, the turning of the leaves, I love football, I love thick, warm sweaters and sweet candied apples, big fat pumpkins and Halloween, the smell of new books and crayon boxes (flashing back here to starting school), the cooler, drier weather.

I love Fall! ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t say I’m that much into winter or any of the stuff associated with it. Maybe the first snow fall. That’s pretty.

I guess I wish I could live forever in a land that was autumn all the time.