Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Links to chill you.

Normally I would’ve been posting these links all week long but you know...didn’t work out the way I had planned. So...for your entertainment tonight:

Supernatural Existence is cool site with forums, pics and you can even hear podcasts. http://www.globide.com/

Phantoms and Monsters blog home for all sorts of stories.
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/

For you ghost hunting entrepreneurs you might find Hallow Hill a great site to check out. http://hollowhill.com/#86643 

For those that like a little adventure read up on the possible cave complex under the Giza Pyramids. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32417238/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Creepy stories about the Black Eyed Children. http://www.unexplainable.net/artman/publish/article_13966.shtml

But maybe you’d all like something more real life...something that hunts great whites perhaps? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2009/10/26/2009-10-26_10foot_great_white_shark_bitten_nearly_in_half_by_20foot_monster_shark_near_aust.html


And here’s one on Asteroid Exploding over Indonesia. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/6444895/Asteroid-explosion-over-Indonesia-raises-fears-about-Earths-defences.html 

Enjoy and have fun.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Snow


We broke a new record for snow this year. For October anyway. They say this is the worst autumn storm in ten years. Looking out the back window, seeing all that white stuff is quite pretty--until you realize it ain't stopping for a few days.


I'm lucky because I don't have to shovel this year. Yes, this is what my kids are for. But the boy kept himself entertained. And in case you all are wondering we have to shovel a path in the backyard for Miss Kitty.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

I’m just saying

Cracked rib with pneumonia...bad combination.


But you all need an update. Daniel’s first three chapters are DONE. I’m suspecting I might need to do another split in chapters but I won’t worry about it until the end. And you all should know, it was great weekend with the kids. Worked on Val’s emergency novel critique and I finished late last night.

Sunday night is when it all fell apart and my chest really started hurting. Now, I’m off to take meds and slip into a deep medicated slumber. You all play nice while I’m gone.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Simple Lessons

Last night the kids and I went to see Paranormal Activity. For me there was one major drawback, the movement of the camera made me nauseas. I had a serious, “oh my gawd, don’t let me throw up here in the movie theatre,” moment.

I did like the movie though. I mean, I wasn’t as swept up in it as some moviegoers. The taste of dinner burning in the back of my throat sort of killed some of the fun.

I won’t spoil the movie for anyone, but it was a simple storyline. Think the original Blair Witch project. No complex reasoning as to why this woman was haunted. And that’s okay. Horror doesn’t need all that closure, and I think that’s what adds to the thrill of watching movies like that. Sometimes you just want to see if they survive, and if not, how they died. I think these characters also struck a nerve with folks. How many of us have woken up in the middle of the night and sat up trying to figure out what pulled us from sleep. Or that creepy feeling you sometimes get when you’re alone in the house.

I’m not so sure if this movie will appeal to adults as much as it does to teens and college age. (I’m a horror/thriller fan. Always have been.) What does amaze me is how this movie blew up, going from a few theatres in college towns to a nationwide opening. They gave a fan base what they wanted. More importantly, we can’t ignore the power of word of mouth that spread like fire with the help of the internet and Twitter. I hope we all have books that get this much coverage.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Two things...

Um, yes, I should be writing but I was so taken with this story about a little movie, called Paranormal Activity, that broke out big just from word of mouth. Folks seem to be forgetting, if it’s good, they will talk about you. Especially on twitter.


And one other thing, for those that are planning to submit to Vision E-zine, Margaret is asking for you all to send the subs to her at:


margaretfisk AT fmwriters DOT com


okay...back to work.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

trying out the software

Since it's turning into a lazy Sunday morning--technically it's still morning by me--I thought I'd try out the newer software for Picasa.
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Nasty, nasty cold

I am feeling better. Finally. It’s not completely gone, the joy of having asthma means sinus colds tend to head to my lungs. Sooooo...I sound like I have TB now. I tell you, this cold is like in-laws coming to visit and not wanting to leave.


Since I had a delay in starting Daniel’s story, I had plenty of time to ponder my first chapter. Between my fits of coughing, sneezing and napping--it hit me to cut the opening to another point in time. Just a little later. But I think it works better. In my cold meds stupor, it sounds like a good idea. Suppose I’ll see when I start writing. And I probably won’t start until Sunday or Monday. I have a certain ritual I have to do before I can start a new story. I know...sounds lame. But it works for me.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I’m sick still...

I hate being sick. I especially hate this cold that won’t quit. Even thinking is hard to do right now. Sorry, I’m ending my rant.


For a more interesting blog post, check out Maggie Stiefvater - Dammit, Skywalker, Look Inside Yourself. Really go read it.