Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What's Happening? or Go Away! (Posting Frequency)

Finding that perfect balance with how often an author should post messages is a tough one. Fans/Friends/Followers/Family (now isn't that weird all the "f"s?!) will either wonder if we crawled into a hole and died if we don't give status updates often - or - the complete opposite and wish we'd just shut up and quit rambling about every little thing.

It's an awkward moment as I sit at my computer and contemplate whether I should mention the antics of the stray cat I adopted (hiding under the bed & me shaking a coffee can of pennies while firmly yelling at it that it should not be under there *shake shake shake can*)  or anything else in my personal life.

Concerning my writing life, I have to be cautious I don't give away spoilers or too much detail about the current work in progress. I'd love to chat about the chapter I'm presently writing, but how much is too much information and ruins the story for future reading? Ah, such a dilemma.

I've researched many authors to see what they do with their social networking and marketing, both in frequency of posting and what type of content they post. Well, nothing is set in stone it seems. Obviously there is a difference between fiction and non-fiction writers, too. The non-fiction authors can dish out their knowledge pertaining to the subject they wrote about...kind of like being an expert with that material/in that field. Some authors rarely post; others post every day and sometimes many times within one day. That goes for both fiction and non-fiction.

I do feel that posting too frequently creates a negative effect on F/F/F/F (remember the 4 "f"'s above), as they will barely skim over or completely skip/delete the posting and/or think Sheesh-does this girl ever shut up? Whereas a posting every few days would hopefully throw a spotlight on me and have them think Hey-There's a post from Gina. Haven't read anything from her lately. Wonder what's up?

So, anything in particular you want me to talk about? Questions, comments, concerns?

Hmm...I'm listening to Pink right now and wondering why my iPod is occasionally making some songs "skip". The new cat hates vacuum cleaners but has done well with litter box training. And I'm working on Chapter 5 in my latest novel - a paranormal thriller, urban fantasy, young-adult story. The word "Bigfoot" is in the title and it has other beings thrown in the mix, too. I'd love to tell you more about it, but every time I start to type something, I hit "delete" as I worry I'm leaking out details that I shouldn't be divulging. How's that for "what's happening?"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Conflicting Mythologies of Supernatural Beings

Paranormal, supernatural, urban fantasy, many young adult storylines...

The various and conflicting mythologies, legends and background "rules" of supernatural characters is exactly what keeps this genre of story so popular. For example, if I'm watching a movie with vampires or reading a book with werewolves, it's so exciting to discover what "type" of creature the writer has created. Do the vampires burst into flame in the sun or merely get a sunburn or chill in a lawnchair with no ill effects? Can the werewolves shape shift whenever they want to or are they limited to a full moon? If demons are involved, what kind are they and what wacky, over-the-top feats can they perform? Any witches on hand? - What powers do they have, how far-reaching can their witchcraft or black magic alter people, places, things?

If all stories (books, TV shows, movies) stayed stuck in a rut using the same abilities, oddities and general mythology (example: vampires are hideous, blood-sucking, fearing the sun creatures) we'd be bored to death! Thank goodness writers are creative and willing to step out of the comfort zone/box to entertain us with a variety of storylines.

Bring on the baddies! The good guys (and gals) who beat the crap out of the baddies, we love you, too!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Acting out scenes in my book

Yes, I do actually get off my chair and act out a few of the physical scenes in my novels. These tend to be fighting segments or figuring out where and how characters need to be standing, who's looking at who, etc. My husband is handy during some of those times when I need to step-by-step play out the motions of the characters. I'll read him the portion of the book that contains the scene HE needs to be able to picture in his mind, which means if he can see it like a movie playing out, then my readers should be able to, too. Then I'll pretend I'm a particular character and how they should be moving through their motions in the portion of the story I just read to my husband. He stands there, hopefully nodding his head "yes" that he can "see" it or adds his suggestions. Especially with the fight sequences. I haven't been widely known for my kick-buttedness, like say Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so there are those times when writing  my stories that "some assembly is required." :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bring on the Creepy!

Just posted this on my "other" blog: http://enterparanormal.blogspot.com
I wanted to post here, too, since I love this genre of entertainment and paranormal goodies in various forms is what I write about:

'American Horror Story' - Anticipating the Creepiness

I am so psyched for this new show - 'American Horror Story' - to premiere! Tune in to FX on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 9:00 CENTRAL (my time).

Here's their official website:
http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/ahs/

Guess what? I just clicked on the link at the official website "About the Show" and I received an error message saying the site was too busy!! To check back later!! Does THAT tell you anything about the audience chomping at the bit to learn more about the show?!

Here's what the synopsis says:
American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The all-star cast features Dylan McDermott as “Ben Harmon,” a psychiatrist; Connie Britton as “Vivien Harmon,” Ben’s wife; Taissa Farmiga as “Violet,” the Harmon’s teenage daughter; Jessica Lange in her first-ever regular series TV role as “Constance,” the Harmon’s neighbor; Evan Peters plays “Tate Langdon,” one of Ben’s patients; and Denis O’Hare as “Larry Harvey.” Guest stars for the series include Frances Conroy as the Harmon’s housekeeper; Alexandra Breckenridge as the Harmon’s housekeeper; and Jamie Brewer as Constance’s daughter.

The television previews first captured my attention a few months ago. At the time I had decided I already had too many other new shows (& returning shows) to watch for the fall/winter season. But seeing those previews/trailers over and over lured me in big time. Then I found myself reading about the show on the internet...then hearing early screening reviews announcing that the show was outstanding and a must-see finally had me hooked!

From what I understand, it is meant to creep you out, to shock you. After all, it IS titled 'American Horror Story'. Obviously this isn't everyone's cup of tea. I think it WILL be something different from other shows offered...kind of like a horror movie made into smaller segments for TV. One of the producers/creators commented how he liked the movies 'Halloween', 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Shining' and those movies have an influence on his style in creating the show. It definitely seems like it will be playing on viewer's emotions and giving them that spooky scary feeling while watching. Cool! Can't wait!