• Movies,  Novels,  Writing World

    So This One Time, I Watched A Movie Or Whatever…

    So, about a year ago, I watched all 5 Twilight movies in two days. Anyone who knows me can tell you I almost had a nervous breakdown over this series. As a longtime writer of vampire stories, I was…offended. I was angry. I was jealous. It made me feel like I couldn’t write about vampires anymore. Not if I wanted to be published. It forced my hand, if you will, and I was VERY upset. Given this, why, OH, why, did I watch the movies? For one, I was sick that weekend. For second…well…let’s see if I can explain it. First let me start off by saying, I never wanted…

  • Editing,  Movies,  Writing World

    A Stroll Through Editing Park & Gone Girl Thoughts

    A couple of weeks ago I found a screenshot on my computer that I took of an earlier version of DISCORD and found TWO typos right off the bat! They weren’t in the draft I sent out, but really?!! Anyway, folks, there are a LOT of different ways to edit out there. When I was organizing my latest revision notes for DISCORD, I was getting stressed out thinking of all the ways I could go about it. I’ve seen people make these crazy flow charts. I’ve seen people cut out tiny strips of paper and spread them out all over their room! I’ve seen people paste index cards all over their desk.…

  • Books,  Creative Writing 101,  Movies,  Tips

    Beginnings 101

    Beginnings are hard. People sometimes redo their intros 70 times! After all, do we start with the inciting incident? What IS an inciting incident?! Do we start with a funeral opening even though half the writing world would tell us not to? Do we start with something mundane and everyday? Do we start with the character in a big action scene, sword fighting to save the chest of jewels pirates are trying to steal from the sultan? The one and only answer is: You start where the story starts. And where is that? It’s the latest possible point you can start the story without people being lost, before everything starts…

  • Fun,  Lists,  Movies,  Vampires

    Best Movie Vampires

    Happy Halloween! This is a post I’ve wanted to do for some time and what better time than on Halloween? It was this or scare you with how much I love the Chucky movies. I’ve uploaded some vampire pictures for your enjoyment. Now, I only included my favorite vampire movies, but I do want to give a shout out to Fright Night. It’s a fun movie, kind of campy, kind of gross and scary, but I want to talk about the vampires I actually liked and there is nothing about the vampire in Fright Night that I liked. Number 1: Kraven I didn’t even need to see his fangs to…

  • Movies

    Movie Review – Oz: The Great and Powerful

    I’m surprised how much I liked this movie. For starters, the visuals and special effects are FANTASTIC. If you’re a fan of Avatar-like visuals, this alone makes the movie worth seeing. At a little over 2 hours long, make sure you pee before the movie starts. ^_^ The plot follows Oscar aka Oz (played by Mr. James Franco) from his traveling carnival magician days to the land of Oz in this prequel directed by the fabulous Sam Raimi. Michelle Williams plays a slightly one dimensional version of Glinda the Good. It’s a wee flat, but not flat enough to be annoying. Rachel Weisz (I can’t believe she’s over 40!) does…