Alternate Universe Part 3

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Are you following my Patreon, either as a free subscriber or a patron? Either way, you get the next installment of the Alternate Universe story where Katelina has run away with Verchiel! Warning: This week’s  bit gets steamy!

Not a follower or a patron? No worries, you can sign up while you’re there! Following is free, and you can be a patron (and get Jorick’s origin story among other goodies) for as little as 1$ a month. If you haven’t already, check it out!

I also want to give a huge shout out to my patron so far – you guys are amazing! You have seriously made my week!

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Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Ten

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

The rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

And last we have the infinitely weird…

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Yeeeeah. This book… wow. This book is just one big mind melt. It has two, sometimes three overlaying stories that all sort of interconnect and slide over the top of one another until you’re left a bit confused, but in a sort of enlightened way. Not to mention it does this brilliant Blair Witch trick where it pretends that pieces of the story have been on the internet and floating around – but so long ago that we all missed them, or else we just weren’t in the right places- so that it manages a sort of “is this real?” quality. (I mean, I know it isn’t, just like Blair Witch wasn’t, but I bet there were people who thought it was). As to how it influenced me, I have no illusion that Patrick was not at least partially influenced by Johnny, so there’s that.

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Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Nine

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

The rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Today might be a bit of a surprise:

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Didn’t see this one coming, huh? My Father-in-law gave it to me with a pile of other sci-fi books, but this one stood out the most. Why? I can;t put my finger on it, exactly, as the back copy says, there is an undefinable something…maybe it’s the character’s voice, or the crazy world. I don’t know. I just recommend it.

Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Eight

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

The rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Why is every version I had as a kid now for sale on ebay as an Antiquarian version????

If you can’t read the spine, this is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It was the first book to make me bawl (if you’ve read it, you know why), and also my very first unfulfilled ship. To this day I say Jo should have married Lauri, not that old professor. He was too boring for her, and despite Little Men and Jo’s Boys, I’m pretty sure she’d have truthfully gotten bored with him. I won’t get in to much more, because 99% of the population has read this, so you know what I mean, but I will say when I was younger this was my favorite book, and Alcott was my favorite writer (I’ve been through pretty much everything she wrote, including those “lost” books they found later), and she only lost her place when I discovered VC Andrews, ha ha! But since Alcott’s lost books (and even the stories Jo writes in Little Women) are gothic romances, and VC Andrews is gothic romances, I can actually see the connection between the two.

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Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Seven

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

The rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

And today it’s another short story collection!

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A collection of fairy tales, including the title story, it was given to me by my aunt to read while we waited in the hospital for one of my grandpa’s surgeries. I’ve since read it many times. As to how it’s influenced me… I don’t know. I just really like it. I know at one point my brother and I turned my barbies into fauns and centaurs and other magical things (using lots of duct tape) to play a fantasy forest game. I have a ken doll who has duct tape residue on his legs to this day – ha ha!

Patreon Udpates

Last week was crazy, so I didn’t get a chance to work on that Alternate Universe story I’m posting at Patreon. Boo! But, rest assured, I will. In the meantime, there are some cool things to check out.

Deal with the Devil

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For my 1$ or more a month patrons, you can now download Jorick’s origin story in a PDF. That’s 35,000 words of darkness, that tell how Jorick came to be a vampire. You’ll meet his mother, father, sister, and younger brother, and see how he fell in with Malick.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/deal-with-devil-21331068

This, and participation in the Great Typo Hunt, will be the only ways to get this story for now.

For my free followers, I’ve unearthed some ancient fun: The Legacy of Ghosts Lost Chapters. Written in 2010, they were a gimmick I used to build momentum for the upcoming book. I treated them as “deleted scenes”, like you might find on a DVD. A few got edited down and worked into the second edition of the book, but not all of them. To make up for not posting last week, I’m doing all six of them for you; one a day. As of now you can check out:

I’m not going to post anymore alerts for these, so if you want to know when the new ones post on Patreon you need to become a follower or patron over there. It’s super easy, just click the button of your choice:

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If you have questions, drop them below!

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Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Six

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

The rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

If you know me at all, you knew this one was coming.

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Though most people know VC Andrews for her incest laden Flowers in the Attic, I think this is her best work. Period. The beautiful contrast is what influenced me here, her ability to make things creepy that should be fun and innocent, such as the shelf of stuffed animals in the first Audrina’s bedroom, the way the second Audrina has to rock in that rocking chair, singing the child’s song, trying to “fill up” her head with the first Audrina’s memories (an Audrina that is just “bones in her grave”)… Damn. The woman could set a scene, and that juxtaposition of what should be pure and beautiful, but wasn’t, and the way, as Audrina ages, that she begins to see things for what they are – all the splendor it turns out is really faded, shabby, not as sparkling or clean or revered as she thought – holds a sort of symbolism as she also becomes disenchanted with things… I could go on and on, but you get the general gist of it. Technically, I first noticed Andrews ability to do this in Flowers in the Attic, but of the two books I like this one better – it’s got more twists and turns in it, so it gets to be the winner.

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Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Five

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

The rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Apparently I read a lot of books that do not exist on google images, so I am going to have to go take photos. In the meantime I bring you:

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I love this book. I read it multiple times as a teenager and my amazing hubby dropped waaaaay too much to get me a copy so that I could – luckily – find out that I still love this book. I love the way the characters weave through it in the different eras, the creepy factor, and of course the whole gothic novel theme. But then I love a good gothic novel.

 

Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Four

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

Anyway, so the rules are simple:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Day Four is…

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A friend at the time loaned me this book, and it was just as I started NaNoWriMo where I wrote Shades of Gray. It is 100% the reason there’s a “gleaming spinal column” on page one. I will admit, also, that I only read the first few books in the series (as that’s what my friend loaned me) and never went on because I heard it turned very erotic, and while that’s fine sometimes, it wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.

I’m not sure who else to tag, so I am going to leave this one open.

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Ten Day Book Challenge: Day Three

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style!

Anyway, so the rules are simple:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Day three I’m doing a single book!

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I could have done the whole series, though it wasn’t the whole series itself that influenced me, rather the fan community. Thanks to a Harry Potter fan group I joined (on Yahoo groups. Ha ha! Those were the days!) I met tons of amazing people, and started writing again (including my Amaranthine Universe) but, as far as the individual books themselves, the seventh one influenced my writing in so far as showing me what not to do. In an earlier draft I had done the same kind of thing JK did – killed major characters offscreen and just revealed their dead bodies – but after reading it there, and seeing how unhappy that made me and my fellow fans, I realized we need to see the death of major characters, and if we can’t see it, then leave them for later. I also learned that the major characters really need to die for something. I get that senseless death is more realistic (and like JK I had it in an earlier version) but again, after the dissatisfaction I and my friends felt over some of them, I did more editing so that the deaths of major characters served a purpose (those nobodies are the ones you toss in just to up the body count). You also really need to hate the bad guy when they die so that you feel a sense of satisfaction. If they haven’t done anything really bad, you’re not going to care (again, it needs a purpose).

I guess you could say, though, that the overall series did teach me one thing, I learned how much people like a deep, complicated, immersive world. That was what a lot of people admitted to liking – not necessarily the writing style, or even the stories themselves, but the universe and the characters, which really hammered home important it is to craft those well.

And today I am tagging another amazing author, Roger Lawrence.

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