Alien vs. Predator: The demons within and without

The other day I posted a Facebook update about the different psychologies of fear associated with movie monsters, specifically Alien and Predator. It was just a weird, random thought that happened to pop into my head, but after giving it some more thought, I realized there is more to it. There’s a reason why this was on my mind, and it has to do with identity crisis. Now, bear with me, because this is coming together in my brain as I am typing it.

I was born, and lived the first thirteen years of my life in a small European country, going to school with the same group of twenty kids from the first day of kindergarten to the day my family packed up and moved across the ocean. I was a straight A student, with a steady group of friends, I was on a swim team, and I had a tight-knit family around whom I spent a lot of time. I knew exactly who and what I was.

And then we moved.

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The Triad of Storytelling: A Listener’s Point of View


Ask a hundred different people what makes a great story, and you’ll get a hundred different answers. That’s because no two people read alike. For that matter, no two authors write exactly alike. And many of us don’t exactly see eye to eye. But odds are, if you ask enough of the right “Why?” questions, the answer to what makes a great story boils down to the balance between three things: Plot, Characters, and Delivery. Now, I’m not saying this as a writer. I’m saying it as a reader. And as a reader, I have  a few opinions on this matter.

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You Are Cordially Invited: 4-Years a Novelist Anniversary Chat Party

Has it really been that long? Yes! I know, I can’t believe it either. On September 27, 2010, my very first novel got published on the virtual shelves. It was a dream come true for me, and I am thrilled to still be living it.

To celebrate the occasion, I am going to be hosting a live chat party on that day (a Saturday) from 5 to 7 pm Pacific Time. There will be games, giveaways, swag, and sneak peeks at what I’ve got in the works at the moment, plus an open bar and pizza! You may have already gotten a Facebook invite from me, but in case you didn’t, allow me to personally invite you to join the fun!

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014 5-7pm PDT

WHERE: Facebook Event Page

You will find more information about the event on the Facebook Event page. You’ll also see that the chat link has not been posted yet. That’s because it won’t go public until about an hour or so before the event, at which point I will share the link at the event page, and on Twitter. However, I will be keeping that page active with fun stuff and announcements in the two weeks prior, so if you have a Facebook account, I encourage you to “attend” now so that you get notifications on what’s going on. =)

The more people who join in, the more fun it will be, so please share and invite all your friends. It’s kind of awkward having a conversation with myself on a public chat room. =\

Post-Apocalypse and our Fear of the Unknown

WolfenA brief announcement before I begin this week’s post: Wolfen is well on the way with edits, and doing great! I should have a release date to share in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! =)

Having said that, and on counsel of my editor and betas, I have amended the genre classification for Wolfen from Horror to Post-Apocalypse (which, at least on one storefront is filed under Horror, so I’m not sure how much difference it will make, but there you have it). This is because as shudder-worthy as many scenes in the book are, none of us felt it was frightening enough as a whole to warrant a full horror standing. I blame Aiden’s relentless sense of humor. The guy just can’t take anything seriously for most of the book…

Anyway, this got me thinking, because Post-Apocalypse seems to be all the rage these days, especially in YA fiction, and often combined with dystopian themes, and it kind of begs the question why? Contrary to the bandwagon theory which suggests authors hop on to make a buck, I don’t think that is the case. I think the theme is one that is on everyone’s mind these days, world wide, at least in some subconscious capacity. Again, why? Well, in my humble opinion…

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David vs. Goliath: The Fight Spills Out

Dear readers,

This will be a controversial post. I wasn’t going to get further involved, but I’ve been dragged into the debate willy nilly, so I am speaking out, come what may. You may have already seen some of this on my Facebook Note, but here’s a bit more background on it. This post is the result of a series of saddening events that happened very close together. First, yesterday evening, I read this Yahoo article which waxed lyrical about why Amazon should be allowed to set eBook prices for authors and publishers. Hmm… do they also set prices for other products sold in their marketplace? One wonders…

Then I read one of the comments to this article, a small-minded, vindictive voice on par with an Internet bully the likes of which prowl Goodreads and make authors’ lives hell. I will not name this person, or tell you what they said, but suffice it to say that if they haven’t found/read my books yet, I hope they never do. Such cruelty is not something I want to be associated with.

And the final straw came this morning, in the form of a long-winded letter from Amazon itself. It left me gaping at my computer screen. It spun a long story about World War II, and painted Amazon as a long-suffering martyr, only trying to do what’s best for authors and readers *insert crocodile tear*, and Hachette as the greedy nemesis out to take advantage of both *insert moustache twirl*. And that’s not all! It then asked me to reach out to the CEO of Hachette and tell him to cease and desist this struggle.

Wait, what??

Yes, you read that right. Amazon wants me, and I assume every other author self-published with KDP (since those are the ones whose contact information they have handily on file) to stand with Amazon and support their request to be able to set eBook prices on their platform.

First thought that came to my mind was, “Are you effing kidding me with this?” followed closely by, “Sure, I’ll write to him, and of course I’ll copy you, but I bet it won’t be what you wanted…”

And then it dawned on me.

Amazon must be desperate by now. How long has this fight been dragging on? How many articles have been written about it? How many bloggers and authors, and publishers have chimed in? Public sentiment isn’t unilaterally for Amazon. In fact, I would say that it’s turning very much against them. This letter is such a low blow. It’s underhanded, deceitful, manipulative–to say nothing of insulting. And I have a feeling it won’t have the result Amazon intended.

I will leave it at that, as I don’t want to rant too long. I posted the letter, and my response to it here. Have a read, if you’re interested. And chime in in the comments. I won’t moderate so feel free to be honest. Unlike Amazon, I don’t need others to defend me. I stand by what I believe.

A Labyrinthine Mind

phi·los·o·phy noun \fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fē\

: the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.

: a particular set of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.

: a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live

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