Saturday, December 30, 2017
Doctor Who review - "Twice Upon a Time"
Two Doctors! You know things are going to go strange when two Doctors are in the same time line. "Twice Upon a Time" is 2017's Christmas Episode for Doctor Who and I was lucky enough to see it in a movie theater a few days after it's BBC broadcast on Christmas day.
This episode was a little bittersweet due to the fact it is the last time we'll see Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The same can be said for Bill and Nardole (two of my most favorite companions and helpers!), but, boy, they came at the right time. I was beginning to miss them!
The show was funny and heartfelt - perfect for this trying year. We meet The Captain (a World War One officer) moments before his death. It was exciting to see Mark Gatiss (Mycroft from Sherlock), especially when you see in the behind-the-scene moments how excited he was to be involved in Doctor Who. I want to give a big shout-out to all the moments when Bill gets to give "the look" (or sometimes more) when the Captain and the first Doctor speak about women and their place.
David Bradley portrayed the first Doctor and did a wonderful job. We meet a Dalek named Rusty who has a hate for other Daleks - courtesy of the Doctor. Clara Oswald makes a quick appearance and -finally!- the Doctor remembers her, which is great closure.
This episode is about time, its perception, and memories.
The regeneration of the 12th Doctor
The ending is when we say goodbye to the twelfth Doctor and welcome in the newest regeneration. And we are left with a literal cliff hanger! I can't wait to see Jodie Whittaker at work!
Christmas break is over! News from the Publisher!
So, with all my fears sitting in my throat, I clicked open on the email attachment and held my breath. Much to my delight, my manuscript overall didn't suck, according to my publisher. I have quite a bit of work on phrasing and pacing. I will admit, I'm not sure about pacing so I will need to look into that in order to ensure my rewriting is on the right path. I have been known to rush certain scenes (especially ending conflicts) for some reason, so this request doesn't come as a surprise.
Also, it seems the major remarks on phrasing had to do with paragraphs I knew were trouble. All in all, I am happy and hopefully within the next few weeks I will have finished my reworking of the manuscript and kick it back for a second round.
I am looking forward to the publishing process after all the edits have been completed! The PR world is strange to me, as I usually finish a story, self-publish, and start the next story - with no thought as to the marketing aspect.
Stay tuned for more excitement!
Sunday, October 1, 2017
I must be crazy to get ANOTHER hobby!
So, one of the reasons I haven't been blogging so much this summer is besides trying to complete my fifth fantasy novel, working full-time, getting our kindergartener to the bus and home again, taking care of horses (dogs & cats), I've decided to try my hand at a new hobby.
Model horse showing! What??!! Yes, I have my show string of around twenty horses. I went to my first show with no idea what to expect. I've had Breyer horses for more than 35 years. I picked the models in the best condition and took the opportunity to open the boxes of horses I was given when I got older. I thought for sure I had a good chance. Not quite. As soon as I arrived at River City Model show in Evansville, IN, it became apparent my horses were too retail. All the winners in the Original Finish Breyer were special runs, limited editions. I did manage 6 ribbons with my highest placing being 4th place with my Rural King Brabant draft.
Needless to say my attempt at customizing Breyers didn't do well. I'm not giving up, but will choose a smaller model (Stablemate) for my next victims. I had the hardest time at getting smooth brush strokes.
After the show, I brought 3 new models to update my collection to the 2000's. At the second show (My Ol' Kentucky Live show in Elizabethtown, KY), I tried to think out of the box at breeds and avoid the big classes (mustang). Horrible decision. If I would have kept the horses as mustangs, they might have done better. So now I'm faced with the dilemma heading into show #3 in Nov. The judge from the first show is the judge at this show.
I also grabbed some of my daughter's Stablemates that we got at Breyerfest with the One Day Ticket. One of the horses actually got first place in Collectability and earned a NAN card to get into the Nationals next July!! I was totally shocked! So now, my daughter has a few less toys to play with.
To add to my addiction, I just brought 2 customized Breyers from Ebay. There is a big possibility that I have spent all this money and none of them will place in their classes. Oh, and just a heads up - if you're wondering what you get when you win, not much. I think it's just the bragging rights of having the most awesome horse.
Stay tuned for updates at my next show - Autumn Leaf Model show in Indiana.
Friday, September 29, 2017
LORDS OF ACID: Paying Tribute to my '90s College Self
I went to the Sextreme Fest '17 to see Lords of Acid and Combichrist in Louisville, KY this week. It was my first visit to the Mercury Ballroom. My night started out watching girls in front of me get the "wand" waved over them in a security measure. When it was my turn, the bouncer decided to get more personal and frisk me down. He did such a good job it nearly rolled my socks past my ankles. I would give him an A+ for doing his job, but kind of embarrassing to get into the venue and go in search of a place to right my legwear.
The show started at 8pm, right as billed, by a up-and-coming band, The Wiccid. Two men and two keyboards - after a girl's heart, you know! (I'm the kind of girl that isn't that crazy about guitars, but give me some good keyboarding and you'll have me on the dance floor in no time.) This Los Angeles duo was just signed by the Cleopatra Records. Nice chaps, who afterwards gave me a sticker for whatever purpose I chose.
Then we all waited almost an hour for Christian Death to come to the stage. They never did. We saw their roadies get the place ready for them (including projection screens that illuminated the band name upside down on white sheets), but a bit later same said crew took down the decorations, removed the instruments, and began to ready the stage for Combichrist. No details were given on why a billed act never showed.
But when Combichrist came on, no one even remembered Christian Death. I had never seen Combichrist before, but had albums and danced to a billion songs from them. They rocked. The most amazing thing about the show, other than LaPlegua's enthusiasm that was almost electric, was watching Joe Letz, the drummer, torment his "helper." The poor kid had to chase down so many drums, had to retrieve an untold amount of drumsticks, and had to reposition microphone after microphone - all the while doing so completely straight faced.
Lords of Acid came on and even with the technical difficulties they did a great job. It makes me a little uncomfortable to say I saw them as a fresh-faced college student in the '90s at the Sextacy Ball and enjoyed them still more than twenty years later. Okay, I'm not as dance-y as I used to be - one hip replacement later will do that to you - but it was still a great time.
All in all, I would call the evening a success! Who knows, maybe I'll see them in another twenty years!
Monday, September 25, 2017
Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY
Michael Knost is this year's guest of honor and is joined by a plethora of established authors and film makers. I am excited to have the opportunity to pick the brains of some great authors, and possibly try to work up the courage to talk to some publishers.
Please visit the website for more info:
Come join us at the book fair at Imaginarium! See you in October!!
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Holy smokes! I haven't written in forever and a new Doctor is on the horizon!
Summer also saw the end of our current Doctor in Doctor Who. It is a shame; I was really starting to like him. Glad to hear the next Doctor will be a woman. She'll get into the same great adventures as the previous Doctors, so I'm not worried one bit.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tears for Fears LIVE!!!
The opening act was the back-up singer for TFF. She was a good singer and even a little funny. She had us all laughing, but I was ready for what I came there for! Bring on the band to play my most favorite song of my most favorite movie - "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" from Real Genius. I know, cheesy, but still my favorite (other than Better Off Dead).
Roland and Curt - then
Roland and Curt - now
They opened with "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," closed with "Shout." Roland sang the "Creep" cover from Radiohead. An acoustic version of "Mad World" was great. They sang a total of sixteen songs, but I loved every minute of it.
I really hope one day I will be able to see them again. It ranked up with one of the highest concerts I've seen and was sorry to have to leave the Palace. What an awesome time!
Doctor Who: Extremis
|Nardole, The Doctor, & Bill|
Courtesy of Threeifbyspace.net
Thank you, River Song!
It was good to see Missy again (almost like an evil, troublemaking old friend, but still good!). I was thinking she was the one behind the door. Then you add the Pope, Vatican priests, ancient texts that drives people insane, alternate computer universes, oh, yeah, the Doctor is blind!
And then there were these guys ...
|Courtesy of mirror.co.uk|
Terrifying aliens out to create simulations and make trouble. So, I will have to wait until next week to see what happens.
Well, bring it on! I am looking forward to it!
Monday, May 15, 2017
Doctor Who: Zombies in Space
|Matt Smith, Queen Nefertiti and others find dinosaurs!|
Courtesy of BBC One
Bill and Nardole join the Doctor, and they come to the rescue of soon-to-be oxygen deprived individuals. The numbers aren't in their favor. I loved Bill's reaction to the blue man, and I am really liking her so much! She's still making smart decisions, and her reactions are believable.
|Not exactly walking dead, but still dead|
Courtesy of BBC One
I can see the writers are starting to weave in Capaldi's departure from the show. It figures he is starting to grow on me AFTER he made the decision to leave the show.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thank you, Seabound! The song that inspired the book
Seabound is a German electronic band, and one of my all-time favorite bands to dance to in my youth. Their song "Poisonous Friend" intrigued me, and it seemed the more I listened to it, the more the story of A Bequest of Blood came to light.
Elizabeth Bathory is the poisonous friend, and Ella has no idea the spirit of a serial killer inhabits her body, just waiting for the right moment to strike. The insecurity drew me in. I wanted a killer with "cold eyes and no restraint." That was Elizabeth, reputed killer of possibly 650 victims (mostly young women).
Courtesy of Wikipedia.com
I thought this would be the last I see of Elizabeth after the book completed, but it seems she isn't finished. I began a sequel that will travel with her companions as they try to complete their mission to bring back The Blood Countess. So, I got to bring out Seabound and "Poisonous Friend" for more inspiration! I can't wait to see where this new set of characters will take me.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Chapter 1 sample of time travel novel
Monday, May 8, 2017
Doctor Who: "Knock Knock"
The Landlord was satisfyingly creepy.
|David Suchet as the Landlord|
courtesy of Wikipedia
And I want to know who is behind the door!
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy rocked!
And what a ride it was! The entire gang is back and the jokes seemed to roll off even more in this second installment. They are a family now, and with that, no one gets a break - well, Gamora does because she would kick anyone's ass who dares tease her too much.
Baby Groot made this movie for me. Who would have thought I would say a tiny tree with huge eyes would make me laugh, cry, cringe, and everything in between?
Picture courtesy of Nerdist.com
I wasn't sure about Mantis, but she grew on me quickly. Her sense of innocence carried her through the entire movie. The rapport between her and Drax was classic.
I appreciated the fact that Gamora and Nebula hashed out their deathly issues, but they didn't become best friends. It eased a little bit of the tension, but I still wonder, if given the chance, if Nebula doesn't attempt to kill Gamora again. I must admit I am a huge fan of Karen Gillan from Doctor Who, so I am ecstatic to see someone from the Doctor franchise continue on to be part of a great thing.
The team is such fun, and I didn't want it to end. I look forward to more adventures from the Guardians, and maybe, just maybe! Nathan Fillion will be somewhere in their future. (A girl can hope, you know!_
Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Doctor's New Companion
It's not like Doctor Who is new to television. It can afford to take chances, and I am willing to bet the most avid followers of the show are pleased the writers are taking chances with the new companion. I find Bill bright, full of questions, and excited to be around the Doctor.
|Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts courtesy of Wikipedia|
In the second episode "Smile," Bill brings a sense of humanity to the doctor. She is genuinely concerned about the doctor's lack of feeling for the loss of human life. In his defense, he has been alive for too long to get too worked up over it. It almost harkens back to Mary Poppins, when Mary tells the students that she isn't attached to them. After all, what would happen to her if she loved all the children she took care of.
I am excited to see what other adventures the Doctor and Bill will experience. I am ecstatic to go along for the ride!
Monday, May 1, 2017
Kentucky Derby right around the corner!
My long shot of the Derby: Patch
Hope everyone gets out of the gate safely and across the finish line! Happy Derby week!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
LaGrange Author Fair - April 29th
So I didn't have huge results on sales, but I networked like a champ. This was a major accomplishment for me, since I tend to be quiet and let others talk at social events. Today, I just went up and asked them questions about their publishing/ printing/ marketing experiences, and all were only too happy to tell me everything!
My goal for the next couple of weeks is to get a Facebook Author page and get on Twitter. I know! I am not on Twitter. Shame on me, but I will work on fixing that. I will keep everyone posted on how it goes and if anyone would like to join me in my writing escapades I will let you know the details when I get them.
Also this week, I am going to try really hard to come up with a name for my time travel adventure to ancient Greece. Wish me luck!
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Rough draft finished for book #5!
I still have no idea for a title. Hopefully something will come to me. Heck, I may start asking Facebook for some ideas. I'll be looking at cover designs soon, but that will come later. Kind of need to have the title ready for any cover design, but I can start looking for cover images.
I'm trying to decide if I want to take a chance with the new Amazon publishing option - Scout. I am leery that it is more like a popularity contest. Since I'm antisocial, I don't think it sets me up for success.
April is winding up to be pretty busy. Of course the Easter bunny is coming to visit next Sunday. After that I have the Kentucky Writers Workshop and I will be pitching to an agent. My very first, and I am crazy nervous. The usual thought run through my head: "Why do I possibly think I'm that good to be picked?" I will chalk it up to added experience and the fact that I get to pick the mind of an active agent on what the publishing world is looking for.
My problem is I usually go against what the public wants, which is a little troublesome!
Anyways, happy writing!
Friday, March 24, 2017
7th Annual Authors Fair- LaGrange, KY!!
Schedule of Events
FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 28th
Discussion Panels at Karen's Book Barn
4:00 PM Children's Books "Educational or Entertainment"
5:00 PM Young Adult "What's Hot"
6:00 PM Romance "Naughty, Nice, or Somewhere in Between"
7:00 PM Speculative Fiction
8:00 PM Mysteries
SATURDAY APRIL 29th
10 AM - 5 PM Authors Fair
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Robert Stephen Craig
T Lee Harris
Jeri Fay Maynard
J L McCanS
Angela McPherson - THAT'S ME!!!!
Mary Ellen Quire
A. J. Scudiere
D. B. Sieders
Ronald R Van Stockum, Jr
Sara O. Thompson
Leslie S. Townsend
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Realizing I Am Writing My Quirks into My Characters
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Now I'm wondering if I need to play some different music or dress up or something! to get me in the mood. Writing is like everything in life. Sometimes it comes easy and other times it is a drag. I do have my moments of misgivings. I wonder sometimes if I am devoting too much of my life to writing down stories, but then I imagine not doing this and think, "Nah." I would just be sitting in front of the TV watching more HGTV!
These are the times that divide mice from men. Am I a mouse and do I keep whining about having no vision? Nothing comes easy. I don't like mice, anyways.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Gotta love the holidays!
I have experienced writer's block recently, but wonder if it has something to do with the stress of the holidays. So, I realized it's not the end of the world if I don't write for a few days. The rest of the year I am like a writing machine. If I commit for an hour a night, that's what I do. I pride myself on my work ethic, and, to me, writing is like a job.
I must have a plan, and I must have a schedule. Even if it's not a full hour a day, I usually can get something down. By book 5, I should be used to this schedule-thing.
But what do I do when my mind is completely blank with what is to happen next? Because that is what is happening right now. Usually, I have a nice visual of the characters and the action that is happening, but lately it is a big dark area in my mind where there should be good things happening!
I don't have an answer. All can do is try to write a sentence or two. If I can do that, I will just go back and edit the chapters nearby to try to kick start my imagination. I hope that will work.
Stay tuned and I will let you know how it is working out