indie review – Everafter Acres, by Carolyn Kephart

Set in medieval times, the short story Everafter Acres is about a discontented princess. Her knight/husband has rescued her umteen thousand times (rescues symbolize sex in this particular story, I think), and she’s bored with that whole dynamic.

Likewise, she’s tired of the castle neighborhood (which is essentially a subdivision), and her social obligations seem tedious. She leaves home to seek help from the local wise woman.

The story was well written and edited, with the exception of a slight overuse of the word ‘vernacular’. The author does an excellent job of keeping the speech and details consistent with the time period.

The only major issue I had with this story was that there was a lack of resolution. There was action; there was conflict. Resolution? Not so much. The conclusion was more of a temporary alleviation of the boredom than an actual conclusion.

If you would like to read the story yourself, it can be found at the link below. The story was free when I downloaded it, but now costs $1.

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interview day!

I have an interview on the Simply Wonderful Books blog! The link is below. This is the last stop on the blog tour. Better late than never, I always say.

Date Night

Date Night is a movie that stars Steve Carrell and Tina Fey as a married couple: Phil and Claire Foster. They are a little over domesticated and a lot bored. They have relationship issues that many people probably encounter at some point, like not enough time to devote to their relationship. The characters are easy to relate to for most of middle America.

As a change of pace, they decide to go to a fancy restaurant and take someone else’s reservation to get a table. Due to a case of mistaken identity, the Fosters find themselves mixed up in a blackmail scheme. People try to kill them. Phil and Claire have to solve the mystery before they get their butts shot off.

The movie was really funny. How could it not be with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey in the leads? There was also a lot of action with car chase scenes and running.

Stars are all over this movie, including: William Fitchner (Drowning Mona) as creepy district attorney, Kristen Wiig (SNL), James Franco, Mila Kunis, and most importantly – deliciously shirtless Mark Wahlberg.

I usually like a little more grit in my movies, but this one was alright. I give it an A with some extra credit for a half-naked Mark Wahlberg.

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random monday updates

This weekend was pretty cool. Let’s review.

I got to hang out with my babies, my husband and my cat, all of whom I love so very much. The dog and the other cat are alright too.

I helped with deck building activities and used a drill. I was going to use the circular saw too but when I pushed the button, it wouldn’t go. I then developed a fear of what other unpredictable behavior the saw was capable of. Therefore, I did not saw.

Novella writing status as of friday – 7000+ words of probably around 15000. Still planned as ebook freebie and not free (but cheap) print edition.

Writing count for the weekend – zero words. That is a very good thing because that means that my brain had some time to recover from the writing workaholic schedule I put upon it. Brain is ready to go for the week.

Music awesomeness. I set up the ps3 to play my pandora radio stations through the surround sound. That’s right. I am a genius!

Also scored two new-to-me electronica CDs, one by the crystal method and the other by daft punk.

Set up the digital gallery. For some insane reason, my life feels incomplete without a gallery. I guess I just draw things, and then I feel compelled to do something with them. I didn’t add any photographs this time.

There isn’t much there yet, but here is the link.

Most of it is older stuff, but new illustrations and so forth are also in the works. I have this really cool elk skull graphic that I can’t wait to slap up on there.

I think that’s all I have for this short round of updates.

This week – date night (movie), urban hermit (book), september indie review (more book) and maybe an illustration (not book).

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gun on the mantle

Ok, so there is this thing in writing called the gun on the mantle concept, aka Chekhov’s Gun.

The idea is that if you mention something in a story and the mention is significant (described in detail), then that object or whatever should be integral to the story at some later point.

It makes sense, right?

Well, to what extent can you mention/describe an object that you don’t have to include it as a major part of the plot?

I see the settings in my stories pretty clearly in my mind, and there are sometimes objects of interest in those rooms that I feel add character to the story or the people in it. Of course I want to leave them there.

But what if those objects don’t come up again in the story? Can’t they just be there for the sake of being there and noticed because they’re interesting?

Can the characters have a brief conversation about, say, a painting and move on with life? That’s how real life works most of the time. We take notice; we move on. Unless that object impacts us emotionally or some other truly significant way, we probably don’t think twice about it. That doesn’t mean it never existed.

What’s the limit on the gun on the mantle thing? A sentence? A paragraph? A page?

I’m putting too much thought into this.

End writing tweak-out.

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goth girl paper dolls

This is the second post for today. The first one was more substantial, so I probably should have posted this one further down. Ah well. scroll down if you want more stuff to read after this.

Anyway, I call this illustration ‘goth girl paper dolls’. I’m trying to get some stuff together to reopen my online gallery. I don’t know how long that might take. Well, I guess technically it never closed. I just sort of abandoned it to concentrate on writing. I think I’ve reached a point in which I can balance the two activities pretty well now.
I really like the way this looks blown up. This is as big as the thing goes here.

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