Wednesday, March 28, 2012

7 Lines from the 7th Page Meme

Thanks for the tag from Lauralynn Elliott on the 7/7/7 author game.

Here are the rules:
1. Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next seven lines as they are – no cheating
4. Tag 7 other authors

This is my excerpt from Vampire Music:

As he stared at me, his pupils widened into big cave-like circles, ringed with a sparkle of red and bronze. I wanted to crawl in them and find out what secrets he had hidden inside. Somehow, I knew there were many.

I thought I should turn the conversation back to him, so I wouldn’t dwell on the possibility that his question meant that I looked fat and needed to be on a diet. Before I could think of a subject to talk about, he stole one of my carrots and replaced it with a cookie and asked, “Why are you being so nice to me?”

I'm tagging Rachel Fisher next.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fab Episodes of Walking Dead and Being Human.

Oy. It's 2 a.m. and the sleep just isn't happening. What better time to blog about a light (Blood Lite. LOL.) subject like my favorite TV shows?
The Walking Dead (AMC) season finale on Sunday was intense! My first thought was why the group didn't think to fortify the house. Did they really think they were in some sort of magical safe zone? One of Hershel's lines struck me enough to write it down. "Christ promised a resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something a little different in mind." Food for thought. There are probably some preppers that are really preparing for a zombie apocalypse/Judgement Day (instead of a pole shift, solar storm, or economic collapse). The CDC has warned us, haven't they? I haven't read the Walking Dead comic book series, so I'm on pins and needles to find out what surprises are in store next season with the new character Mishon and the prison setting. After watching the show Sunday night, I dreamt about zombies chasing me. (That hasn't happened since a year and a half ago when I had the nightmare that led to me writing Eaters!)
Being Human on the Syfy channel also had an interesting episode. I was entranced by the black/white cinematography with the purple wardrobe accents during Sally's dream sequence. The hot pink gerber daisies also made it quite special (insert girly sigh). Conversely, who wasn't grossed out by Aidan's reaction to drinking werewolf blood? His appearance afterwards with the blood streaks running down from his eyes was extra nifty.
I am alternately entertained and horrified by the trend in the media with increased violence, gore, and profanity. It makes me wonder how far the envelope can be pushed. Will we eventually return to Nero's days and be watching live shows with lions tearing apart slaves and gladiators? I'm sure I would be too aghast to tune in for that. Maybe. (We're being conditioned to accept higher levels of titillation every season.)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Undead Situation by Eloise J. Knapp

I just finished reading The Undead Situation from Permuted Press. It's a great character-centered zombie tale that is full of action and doesn't shy away from the violence that zombie genre fans crave. At first, the main characther, Cyrus V. Sinclair, seems like a shallow, unlikeable bastard, but he grows on you and eventually finds his human side (a surprise even to himself.) My only disappointment was when it ended. I definitely look forward to the sequel, because I know Eloise has some more great adventures in store for this unusual character. Crack open a can of sweetened condensed milk, put your favorite warm fuzzy pet on your lap, kick back and enjoy!

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