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14Mar/12

Stiltskin at Electric Spec

I probably should have posted this a couple weeks ago, but I have a new short story over at www.electricspec.com. The story, Stiltskin, is my first stab at something in the Dystopian spectrum. It takes place in the United States of The Northeast, where the government must grant you permission before you may have a child, however if a time comes when you can’t afford your children, you must choose which child will be killed, because the government will not offer any other assistance. The story follows one of the men whose job it is to kill the children.

Read and enjoy!

11Feb/12

Music for Writing

Now I know some people might insist on there being complete silence when they write, but that’s never been me. I need music, I need it to write to and I need it to think. Nothing helps me get over writer’s block more than a few good songs and a long walk.

So here are my top five artists that make me want to write my brains out.

Alexz Johnson- Seriously, almost every single song she sings makes me want to write. I can’t think of another artist who is anywhere near as awesome as her.  Her songs feel like they come right from her heart and they always tell a story. I actually wrote a novella based entirely on one of her albums. She’s an artist I listen to when I’m thinking about writing, not so much one I listen to when I actually write.

 

 

Florence + the Machine- I pretty much fell in love with her stuff when I heard Cosmic Love. I love her music because it’s good for both the thinking and the actual writing. Each song is bursting with emotion and epicness that makes the story flow out of me.

 

 

 

 

Skillet- This is my fight scene music. Whether I’m writing the scene or just putting it together in my head, Skillet does it for me. There’s the intense rock music and all kinds of emotion, which is pretty much what goes into every good fight scene in my mind. There’s also plenty of love and longing in their songs, which make them good for break-ups and couple fights as well.

 

 

 

Apocalyptica- This group does rock symphonies and are best known for their Metallica cover album. Them, and other groups like them are my go to when I’m having trouble writing and need something that will push me without distracting me.

 

 

 

Tegan & Sara- Another group I listen to when I’m thinking about writing. Their songs always help me work out relationship issues for my characters. They also help me figure out what sort of issues I want my characters to have. Their music is chock full of emotion and heart ache and I love to put that into my characters.

 

 

So there are the five artists I turn to when I need inspiration, if you’ve never heard them, I suggest checking them out.

10Jan/12

Kindle Thoughts

I’m about 15% into The Skeleton Clock by Justin Richards (Good, Good, Good, So Good!). It’s the first book I’ve read on the Kindle that I got for Christmas, and I find myself analyzing the little beast while I read on it. I thought I would post some of my pros and cons for anyone else still holding out on getting one. First off, I have the $79 one that you can get here: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wi-Fi-Ink-Display-Screensavers/dp/B0051QVESA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326200479&sr=8-1 so these pros and cons all relate to it.

Pros

Price: At $79 this thing is a steal, and free shipping too. I have the version with ads, but they are really not annoying at all, a little one shows up at the bottom of the home screen, and one shows up when you turn the thing half off. They never pop up where you read or play a game.

Games: Yes, I’m a dork and I was psyched to find out there were games. I only have the free ones that are mostly word games and not flashy or anything, but they’re a nice bonus.

Size: This thing’s only 6 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches and super thin. I can slide it right in my hoodie pocket if I want to. Very convenient. Just remember not to bend over and flush the toilet, I lost a phone that way.

Library Books: I was holding out on the Kindle because they couldn’t download library books before, but now they can and I am psyched to have easier access to books from my library.

 

Cons

Size: Okay, the size is a pro and a con. Yeah, it’s super sweet and little, but that also means that you’re only getting a couple paragraphs at a time per ‘page’. To me that made it a bit hard getting into the book. I knew I liked Justin Richards work, so I kept going, but I might have stopped reading a book I was less excited for. Also I’m worried if I leave the Kindle somewhere and my cats walk on it it will snap in two. I have to get a sleeve for it!

Page Buttons: This is a little bit of a nitpick, but both sides of the thing have two buttons to move the pages forward or back. It’s kinda a pain, because I always want the big button on the right to turn the page forward, and the one on the left to go back a page. I get that it’s for left-handed people, but it’s annoying.

That’s really it for cons, overall I love the thing. I get all giggly when I see it sitting somewhere in my house. Like a thirteen-year-old with a crush. It’s just so cute and little! I think I’ll get used to the two things that currently bother me a about it.

I didn’t even touch on the reading screen, but it really is great to read on. My eyes don’t get tired like they do when I read on the computer, it’s kind of amazing. I don’t think that the Kindle is going to replace my need to read books in real physical book form, but it certainly is a nice alternative.

 

06Jan/12

My Kindle Wish List

According to Amazon, I wasn’t going to get my Kindle until next week, but it was here when I got home from work! I am super psyched to play with my Kindle and finally read some ebooks. Some of these are only available in ebook form, others are ones I’ve seen online at the library and have been waiting to have a Kindle so I could read them. Hopefully they will all be awesome.

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer- Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice. Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny. But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

So a retelling of the Persephone myth with a lesbian love story involved? Sounds good to me! I also follow this lovely author on twitter, so I’m dying to try something of hers.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey- Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie’s help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night. Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses Jasper’s horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion. He locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

This is one I’ll be getting from the library. It just sounds interesting. I was so bummed it wasn’t an audiobook and it’s been sitting on my wishlist ever since I first saw it. It reminds me of a Stephen King book. What can I say, I’m a sucker for coming of age books.

The Skeleton Clock by Justin Richards- After the flood…
Creatures stir in the watery depths, and monsters stalk the night. The City was once a thriving capital. Then the water rose and the ground fractured. At the ancient cathedral of Whispers, Jake and his friends Sarah and Geoff witness a murder. But as monstrous creatures rise from the murky depths, will they realise they have found the key to an ancient mystery? Will Jake discover the truth of what they have discovered? Will Sarah escape from the White Tower? And who will unleash the awesome power of the Skeleton Clock? Everything has its Time…

Okay, I guess Justin Richards isn’t so cool in America because otherwise there would certainly be reviews of this ebook. I love his other work and the idea that this well known author’s book is cheaper than ebooks by some less known people is both stunning and great to me. I downloaded this as soon as I got out my Kindle.

Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman- In a small New Jersey town, a lonely teen walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With a cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love.

Another one that has interested me for a while. I love a good ghost story, but they sometimes tend to be just more and more of the same. I’m hoping this one will be interesting.