Archive | August 2008

Upcoming Challenges

Playing in iTunes: I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab for Cutie

So, my friend Dylan (he’s a filmmaker) and I decided to go for this contest that’s happening at the end of the month. It is the 3-Day Novel contest. Yep, exactly what it says there. A novel, written in 3 days, running from August 30th to September 1st. CJ Redwine thinks I’m crazy. I think she may be correct. But hey, it’ll be one helluva challenge. The major challenge is coming up with an idea that will flow like Dusk of Death did for me. We figure we can sleep about 12 hours on the middle day, if needed. Oh, it’ll be needed. I can usually stay up for at least 36 hours straight without a problem, except that I look like hell. The tricky part will be finding a quiet place to write during the day when it’s hot outside. I usually write on my patio, a place I call my Sanctuary, at night in the wee hours (because my schedule allows it) with my misting system and fan going, and the contest falls right in the middle of my vacation, which is perfect timing! Hell, I’m excited about it. Anytime an idea pops into my head lately, I jot it down in my Word file for Story Ideas or in my little notebook that I carry everywhere with me (sorry, Sio, I haven’t gotten as sophisticated as you by using my OneNote, a program I gave you–LOL–but it is a good idea). I have a few so far, as this contest was a recent discovery. So, all I’ll have to do is make sure I get my assignment done for class before the contest begins. Shouldn’t be a problem if I have my book by then. I’m taking Multicultural Literature this term, and something online but I haven’t decided what yet.

Anyhoo, check out the contest. Looks like it’ll be fun! =)

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The Hook

How’s this for a hook? Oh, this is for Dusk of Death:

When Armen Leza fell from Hell, demon hunting was the last thing on her mind, but when all Hell breaks loose, the fallen demon is humankind’s only salvation, as well as its possible end.

Seriously, I want to know what you think. I’m trying to write the synopsis for this one. I’m almost done with it, and then I have to work on the Wolf’s Bane: Moon Cycles‘ synopsis, hook/tagline, etc.

Lazy Blogging…

Thanks to Colleen Lindsay over at The Swivet for pointing this out. Hee-larious!

Here’s mine:

Holy Blog Of Doom, Batman! I just had a terrible scare when I thought I have not updated this since long before Shakespeare wast a boy… You would not believe I spend all my time in front of a computer. Stupid Global Warming!

I am lost in a sea of pseudo-olde-english with finding Jesus (after someone told me he was lost), hoping you haven’t found other blogs, just generally being a biatch to anyone unfortunate to cross my path, my day often feels wasted from midday to way past dusk. I am not complaining though. life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.

I will try to remember I promised you I will update you with my nefarious activities as soon as I get a chance. Honestly! Don’t hold your breath though, you’re likely to turn blue..

Now, THAT was fun!

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet… We’re Hunting Agents

Ok, seriously, I have spent the last few hours compiling a list of agents into my Excel spreadsheet, and then taking those from that list and adding them and all their precious little info to another list I’ve created in Excel to keep track of those I’ve queried and what I’ve queried them about, to include their responses, if any, etc., etc. Make sense? Ok, good. Yes, I know, I’m anal. Now, here’s my issue: MORE AGENTS NEED TO ACCEPT EMAIL QUERIES! Only 25 of the agents I’ve pulled accept email queries! That’s out of 39 for those pulled in the genre I’m looking at (horror), and those that are seeking new clients (according to AgentQuery.com), and a good majority of them prefer SNAIL MAIL. Honestly, did you hear the forest fall? Watch out for that tree! I haven’t even looked at other agent-finding sites yet. Ugh. I dread the thought of stumbling upon misinformation. Nor have I looked at most of their websites yet to be certain that AgentQuery has the info correct. Ugh again. Crap, I just realized that I’ve added their emails but not their websites to the Excel spreadsheet. Back to work.

Ok, I’m done venting… for now.

UPDATE: Ooh, QueryTracker is cool! Why didn’t I notice this before? Sio, you need to check this out! The only downside to this is that you have to be a Premium member in order to list more than one manuscript, which costs $25/year.

Dusk of Death Synopsis

Armen Leza has fallen from Hell, but she’ll be the last to tell anyone that it’s not exactly all fire and sin over there, since no human knows of her prior existence as a demon. Working as a nightshift medical examiner for the city of Phoenix, with the stigma of “the pretty girl who plays with dead people,” Armen finds herself caught up in a series of bizarre and gruesome crime scenes, which make her question her flesh at times. She can hear things unheard by humans, scent out the sordid odor of evil, and see the shades that lurk in the shadows, but if there is one thing she knows for certain, it’s that demons lie.

From ancient tongues and dreams of death to deadly chases by three-headed dogs, Armen’s life is a chain of sweeping events that constantly throw her in handsome Detective Terry Armstrong’s path. She is not altogether thrilled with this due to an experience left in the past, but the man has a way of growing on a person, and her past seems to be rearing its ugly head. They work together to solve the horrific crimes, and inadvertently find their paths to love, and perhaps even redemption, which for Armen has an entirely different significance, being of the demon persuasion at one time.

Fighting a demon is never easy, even for Armen, especially when she’s blocked her Father’s heavenly wisdom from her mind. Armed with a lethal dose of sarcasm, a divine scepter that shouldn’t exist in the human world, and enough stubbornness to drive anyone mad, Armen must find out why all Hell has broken loose, and why in her Father’s name they are after her. Getting the truth out of a demon can be hell, and Armen must do so before they succeed in killing her, which could send all of existence into the Darkness.

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I sent this to the Query Shark, but I have yet to hear a word on it, nor on my Wolf’s Bane: Moon Cycles query. So, how should I take that? Does that mean it’s not bad enough to post? Or is it good enough to send out? I don’t know. You tell me.

Film Catch Up

Ok, I’m a little behind on listing the films I’ve seen lately, so, here ya go… if I can remember them all. Have I told you I have a terrible memory? Well, now you know. =p

In no particular order:

On DVD:

Smoke Signals

A delightful Native American film written by Sherman Alexie (a wonderful author) about a young man, Victor, and his unlikely companion, Thomas, who travel to Arizona to take care of Victor’s father’s “estate” when he dies; a father he hasn’t seen or had contact with since his childhood. The story is a wonderful quest for Victor and Thomas, who each discover who they are along the way and become true friends. Michelle St. John, of the film Where the Spirit Lives, which I highly recommend, has a minor role in the film as well. The film is witty, moving, and may leave you in tears as you travel with Victor and Thomas, but in the end, it will leave a smile on your face.

The kids I work with didn’t think I’d “get” the humor in this film because I’m not Native American. Well, I’ve experienced enough of the “rez” to understand the humor; however, you don’t need to be Native American to “get” it. Although, I must tell you that this film does not accurately represent the rez I have come to know. It’s a bit on the lighter side.

5 out of 5 stars

 

Walk the Line

I had been dying to see this film for the longest damn time and just couldn’t ever fit it into my schedule. I’m glad I finally did because this film is an awesome tale of singer Johnny Cash. Joaquin Phoenix is fantastic! The entire cast is fantastic! I most especially laughed when one of the other band guys offered Johnny some pills for the first time with the line “Elvis is doing it” because my thought on that was “Well, if Elvis is doing it, hell, everybody should do it” in my normal sarcastic twang. And in the back of my mind, the memories of when they found Elvis dead played out on the little B&W television we used to have. But still… Awesome film! A must see.

5 out of 5 stars

In theatre:

 

 

Mamma Mia!

Can you say ABBA? No, it’s not the beginning letters to a magical word. Besides, that would be ABRA… Anyhoo…

Great film. LOVED it! Definitely a chick flick. I would not dare force my husband to sit through this one. I think he’d fall asleep. He was a small child during the time of ABBA anyway and wouldn’t appreciate the music, to which I am embarrassed to admit I know quite well. Late elementary and junior high school for me. The cast did a wonderful job with the songs, it was extremely funny, to the point that I was in tears from laughing so hard, and the story was good as well. I was a little put off by Pierce Brosnan singing, and thought “he really shouldn’t be singing” the first time I heard his singing voice, but all in all, he didn’t do too bad.

One out of three teenagers with me enjoyed the film. It just wasn’t the right cup of tea for the others, but hey, they were given a choice and they said they didn’t care. Bet they learned their lesson there, huh? =p

5 out of 5 stars

 

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Mulder and Scully return to the odd world of the x-files in this dark, strange, weird, but perfectly normal for them film. Duchovney’s humor was spot on normal for Mulder, and Anderson reprised her role as the skeptical Scully. Great film, and with a smaller budget than the last film. I believe only $29 million was spent on this one. There are no displays of grandiose special effects, but they weren’t really needed. The film is dark, reminding me of the TV show, which is good. X-Files fans will appreciate it. Amanda Pete is in the film, and we do get a glimpse of one of the characters from the show, but I won’t tell you who. I’ll just leave it at “YAY!” and no, it’s not CSM (if you don’t know that acronym, you’re not a fan).

5 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

The Dark Knight

In all honesty, there is nothing bad to say about this film. It is darkly rich with action and suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat awaiting the next event. Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker–there aren’t enough words to describe this–was amazing, brilliant, captivating, and even stumbled Michael Caine on his lines (though we don’t see that in the film). His death is a devastating loss to the film industry and fans, and throughout the film, with every Joker scene, I kept dwelling on that because this is quite possibly the best role I have ever seen him play. He was frighteningly realistic with his portrayal of the Joker and it very much so kind of creeped me out. And then we move on to Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart (whose last name amuses me–wasn’t there a character named Eckhart in the first Batman film with Jack Nicholson?) whose line “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” was a wonderful precursor for fans who know the Batman storyline. I had to explain it to my husband because he didn’t understand why I was so excited about hearing that when viewing the trailer. And WOW, the make-up on that one! Rachel Dawes… ok, I wasn’t so thrilled with Katie Holmes playing this character in the first film, mostly because I’m just not a fan of hers, and with Maggie Gyllenhaal taking over the role, at first I wasn’t thrilled, but she did very well. In some scenes, she looks much older than I think she actually is, but then I noticed that she has this 30s or 40s-ish air about her, something along the lines of Betty Davis or the like. It gave the film a darker edge, I think.

So, I wonder who the next villain will be…

5 out of 5 stars (but personally, I’d give it a 10)

Journey to the Center of the Earth, in 3-D

It was cute, it was funny, it has Brenden Fraser in it, so who cares if it’s bad, right? It’s a good flick for kids, but it definitely must be seen in 3-D because I don’t think it would be as good without it. Not one of the better picks I’ve seen lately, but the kids enjoyed it and so did I on some level.

3 out of 5 stars

 

 

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Ok, now we have Brenden Fraser and Jet Li, two actors I love to watch. And it’s a Mummy film. Who could ask for more, right? It’s good, not great. The film is definitely filled with action (of course) and humor (of course) and a love story of sorts (of course). The CGI is a little better than the first film. There’s a good storyline to it, and it’s nice to see Evie (now played by someone who is NOT Rachel Weiss) and O’Donnell at it again. And of course, the character of Jonathan always cracks me the hell up. Great sidekick. We all need a good sidekick, right?

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

And by now, you can probably tell I’m tired and this is one long damn post.

And no, I have not seen Hellboy 2 yet, dammit! Don’t tell me anything about it! I’m going to make the effort to see it this week if it kills me. That’s all I’ve got for now. Back to work on notes and my paper.

Update: I STILL haven’t seen Hellboy 2! GRRRRRR!

Second Update: I have now seen Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and it was AWESOME! Loved it! So glad the director of Pan’s Labyrinth did this one. The costumes and effects were wonderful. You must see it if you’re into comic book flicks.


5 out of 5 stars