Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WIP Wednesday: the short story shame edition

As with Cate Gardner and the others before me, I have decided to do a work in progress Wednesday post.

Mainly I think, because I'm hoping that posting about some of my stories, will shame me into finishing them.

Anyway right now I'm working on two stories, "Wolf" (a camping misadventure) stands at 1555 words (probably will need to be about 3000, 3500) and "Medea" (eh, title is a WIP. and the story is about you know. Medea.) is at about 2000 (and I have no clue how long this one will end up, but it's far from done).

On a related note: God maybe I need to hire someone to do titles for me. Mine tend to be short and easy. They lack the mystery I think.

Maybe by next Wednesday, at least one story will be done. Or maybe I'll ignore these stories and post about two new unfinished tales.

Shame shame shame

Monday, August 24, 2009

I'd like to thank the academy, which is comprised of KC Shaw, for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Author of Jack of All Trades, the one KC Shaw awarded me The One Lovely Blog Award.

Which is smashing, since KC has been a-blogging and writing much longer than I, and her blog is always much more awesome (example - right now she is having a contest on her blog. do I have a contest? exactly).

In honor of my award, I'd like to share with you the best sweded version of Jurassic Park ever (a hard thing to find).

Now it's time to pass the award on (no! it's mine!!!! all mine!)

okay now it's time to pass the award on :^)

All the blogs I read are wonderous (that's why I read them after all), but after careful deliberation, I award The One Lovely Blog Award to Danielle Ferries. I always like it when I see there's a new blog from Danielle, for she blogs about everything from what's new in the reading/writing world to how reading Harry Potter while exercising somehow cancels out the pain of the exercise (inconceivable). Plus she calls corndogs dagwood dogs, and her winter is my summer. Ah, cultural differences (or um, places on planet differences. oh yeah i think that's called geography.)

The rules for the award:

1. Accept the award, and don't forget to post a link back to the awarding person.

2. Pass the award on.

3. Notify the award winner(s).

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Favorite Final Girl

While typing up a review for the lovely TMND the other day, I popped in a DVD for inspiration, and this caused me to think - I don't think I've ever shared my views on my final girl fav.

(for those who didn't spend their time in college writing one too many term papers on horror - "final girl" is an idea created by the one Carol Clover)

So here she is my favorite final girl -


The female lead in Clive Barker's Hellraiser, here are my top ten reasons for why Kirsty kicks ass.

Spoilers lurk ahead people.

10. She is quick when it comes to saving her delicate boyfriend.

9. She disobeys doctor's orders.

8. She consults no one. She gets help from no one. (I'm not considering the looming threat of pinhead and his fellows as "help")

7. She enjoys her wine, but not too too much.

6. She's willing to brave hell in order to go back for her father.

5. She acts fast when it comes to throwing evil boxes out windows.

4. She dresses like a person and not like a pin up.

3. She doesn't spend any time complaining how impossible all the supernatural occurrences are around her. ie. she's confident enough in her own mental state to not worry about the surreal quality of her surroundings

2. She not only has a brain, but she uses it.

1. She has. FANTASTIC hair. so curly.

I might have to be her for Halloween. Best Final Girl Ever. Or until the next wonderful movie I rewatch :^)

Any other final girl favs?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Best Book by the Greatest Living Author

It was a Sunday morning and I'd been up since 7 am to get ready for a flight. I was tired from Saturday night, and really, I am not, nor will I probably ever be, a morning person. And I had been coming down for a cold for some time, so every now and then a death rattle would throw itself out of my mouth, trying most likely to escape out of me and into one of the other airway patrons.

I say this so you will understand this: I was not in a happy or pleasant mood. And on a normal day, I am never, never, rude. My mother and father taught me better than that.

So I go to a Border's to get a book and I pass the clerk talking to a customer. The clerk referred to a book (and this is a short paraphrase of his wordy overfilled speech) as the greatest book ever by a living author today. And what did I do as I passed?

I snorted. Very audibly. Glares by clerk followed (also a nice conversation when I bought a book where he slowly read my books back cover before sarcastically commenting on it. ah, i make friends), and I felt a little bad because of the parents and the politeness agenda.

But look - it is ridiculous to say anything about a greatest living author of all times. Reading is subjective (and of course the clerk meant "in his opinion" - this issue is bigger than him), and for anyone to advertise such things as a greatest living author is beyond silly (oh and said author the clerk was advertising wrote a book that sounds like "the toad.").

Besides, everyone knows the greatest living author is Joyce Carol Oates. No question about it. :^)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Sour Aftertaste of Olive Lemon: The Chapbook that swept the internet!

The always sweet and talented Cate Gardner has a chapbook that has just been released.

"The Sour Aftertaste of Olive Lemon" (by the way, quote marks for chapbooks? or italic/underlines? grammar...) is being released by Bucket O'Guts Press and you can order your copy here for a mere six dollars. Very nice.

Congrats Cate :^) My copy will be ordered as soon as I finish this post.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Road Trip To Hell! The Car That Ate My Parents! An Evil Boat! Okay forget that last one.

The Wondrous ezine, The Monsters Next Door, is doing a special road trip themed issue! I love road trip themed horror. Think Hitchhikers, Rest Stops, Trips that go Wrong, Back Roads into Nowhere, and last but not least, Hitchhikers! (What? I love hitchhiking stories)

Details can be found here.

For inspiration, I would suggest reading "Children of the Corn" by King or watching such films as Rest Stop, The Hills Have Eyes (original), Penny Dreadful, and all the dozens of other films I'm not remembering.

What's your favorite road trip movie or book? I love the Penny Dreadful (First year of the Afterdark 8 films to die for). Of course it does have a hitchhiker...