Monday, February 27, 2012

Different Identities for Different Writing Projects?

Different Identities for Different Writing Projects? That is the question. At least one of hundreds of questions crashing through my brain lately.

I write. I'm an author. But I write about several "things", also known as topics or subjects or material. Some of these writing endeavors and projects do not exactly mesh with one another. For example: I've written two paranormal thriller/urban fantasy books (and have more planned) and I maintain a blog about Paranormal Entertainment pertaining to movies/TV shows and I'm about to launch a new niche website I created about cats (just wait a wee bit longer cat fans!) AND I am preparing to expand my writing and marketing abilities by offering online copywriting services. Can you say busy?!

The conundrum: should I create separate accounts, say on Facebook and Twitter, for the different types of writing I do? And even different identities?

I believe my novel writing and the Paranormal Entertainment blog can remain together under the same name, identity and accounts since both involve the same sort of topic.

But I'm getting itchy when it comes to the other two newer projects I mentioned above...The cat website is not at all related to any of the other writing projects/areas of writing that I do. And I do feel that for the copywriter services, my identity and social networking accounts should probably be separate from the other areas of writing, too. Keep that professional and focused on the services I offer, the features and benefits to interested parties. I can have listed in my portfolio (experience) my published books, article writing, cat website creation, marketing skills, etc. though.

So, have I answered my own question on what to do here?! Am I looking at perhaps three different accounts? 1) The novels plus entertainment blog, 2) The cat website, 3) Copywriter ...? It could get very, very interesting creating even MORE accounts for the different aspects of my writing and maintaining all of them.

I'd still like to clone myself, please. Or not have so many enticing projects I want to work on and heart-thumping ideas flooding my brain!

What do you think about this? When I launch my cat website (days), I want to broadcast to all my social networks everywhere but want to do so carefully and not come across too "in your face" with the announcement. Maybe I'm worrying about nothing. People broadcast everything under the sun to their peeps - from eating a pizza to getting their nails done to suggesting a place to party at! Anyone dealing with a similar situation?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Vampires - Tolerate Sun or Burst into Flame?

Vampires - Tolerate Sun or Burst into Flame? Looking back at years and years of vampire movies, books and TV shows, fans of the fanged beings have been entertained with every conceivable option as to how the blaring, bright sun affects vampires.

If memory serves me right, the ability to walk in the sun is a newer twist to the vampire mythology. I just checked the Wikipedia site about vampires, then clicked on the Movies/TV link and nearly fell off my chair with the amount of entries in that category! I didn't go to the Vampires in Literature, as I figured the list would be endless!! (Here is the Vampires in Movies/TV link if you're interested. Be sure to scroll down to see the TV Shows - they are listed even though the page starts with 'Vampire Films'.)

Back to vampires as Daywalkers or turning into an inferno from the sun...I'm sure with so many (MANY) stories, writers felt the need to come up with new material and to sway away from the standards of vampire myth. Otherwise, viewers and readers would be yawning and thinking, "It's the same storyline every time!" And another twist was the vampire/werewolf hybrid - a little bit of both DNA's tossed into the mix - creating even more possibilities for stories!

Let me run through my memory banks of some of my favorites...Vampires on:

"Buffy-The Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" definitely would ignite. I remember Angel and Spike needing blankets thrown over them if they attempted moving about in the daylight. They started to smoke (as in next comes the flames) if the sun touched them.

Cast of Angel

"True Blood" - nope, they can't take the sun either. Almost like a melting, burning of the skin and flames, I do believe.

"The Vampire Diaries" - now here is a twist. Stefan and Damon (and other vamps can work it this way, too) have these rings that have are made by witches (Bonnie made one for Caroline) that enable vampires to walk in the sun. But no ring, then they go "poof".

"The Twilight Saga" - the vampires are able to be in sunlight, but their skin sparkles and obviously makes them look non-human. They try to avoid sunny days and when they want to go outside, choose gray, dreay days so they don't draw attention to themselves.

"Being Human" - the vampires on both the BBC and SyFy shows appear to withstand sunlight as we see them going about regular day jobs, blending in with society.

Cast of Being Human on SyFy

Isn't it fun and interesting to think about the different ways we've seen vampires portrayed? I'm glad that writers and movie producer-types choose to step outside the box of what used to be considered the norm for vampire storytelling! I will admit, with so many versions and "rules" about vampires in everything, I sometimes get mixed up on what rules apply to which show, etc.! The other night we watched "The Vampire Diaries" and I had to stop and think about HOW a person can BECOME a vampire on that show! Eeeek! Another topic for another time!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Werewolf Rules on The Vampire Diaries

After posting my last blog, I realized an entry I posted over at my "other" blog -- Enter Paranormal --would fit perfectly with my genre of writing here and that I should at least give you a heads up what it's about...here's the opening:

'The Vampire Diaries' manages to do a nice job of sucking you into their supernatural world filled with very specific, deep mythology on the vampires, werewolves and witches. Sometimes I feel like I need a refresher course on what different characters/beings are capable of doing or how someone is connected to another or how they "came to be". Recently, I questioned my memory on the werewolf storyline and started scratching my head...so...
(rest of blog post here:)
http://enterparanormal.blogspot.com/2012/02/vampire-diaries-werewolf-refresher.html

'Paranormal Activity 3' - Could've Had More Activity

I just watched 'Paranormal Activity 3' with my husband. He fell asleep midway through it and I kept waking him up like ten times. Once we got beyond the middle of the movie, the action picked up some. I rarely ever give negative feedback, but I guess I expected way more screeches (from me) and scenes that would make me jump off the couch. The scare factor level was low and the frequency of really spooky stuff happening wasn't very often. I remember watching the first two PA and clinging to the ceiling and afraid to walk down my dark hallway!

Still I'm glad I watched it, as it did explain about the early years for the young sisters -- they were adults in PA1 and PA2. Paramount announced there will be a fourth film in the franchise, to be released on October 19, 2012. Not sure at what point in the timeline the story will take place...Does anyone out there know? Too many sequels (or prequels) that keep pumping out in some movie franchises can just end up being a bad thing.

I tend to blog about supernatural/paranormal movies and TV shows at my other blog: http://enterparanormal.blogspot.com but felt like sharing my thoughts about this particular movie and its info here, at my Author's site, instead.

'Paranormal Activity 3' (2011), Rated R, 83 min - Horror - October 21, 2011 in USA-Theaters, January thru February 2012 on DVD (dates vary for different packages). Internet Movie Database - Ratings: 6.2 out of 10 from 22,145 voters.
 
'Paranormal Activity 3' DVD movie promo
 
Set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films - In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Stars: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown and Christopher Nicholas Smith

Official Movie Trailer


Monday, February 6, 2012

'Underworld' series - Great storyline

Another 'Underworld' movie was recently released...to be precise: Underworld: Awakening (also known as Underworld 4), 2012, 3D action horror film, 4th installment in the Underworld film series, with Kate Beckinsale (Selene), Sandrine Holt, Michael Ealy, and India Eisley, filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, released in theaters on January 20, 2012.


Underworld: Awakening movie poster

*sigh...of approval, smile*

From my viewpoint as an author, this series of movies is pure genius. I am biased, I realize, because I drink up anything with vampires and werewolves (and the like!). But every so often, a particular movie or a movie series (franchise) comes along that captures my attention, draws me into the storyline, keeps me completely captivated, on the edge of my seat (couch), and makes me drool wondering what in the world will happen next?!

I rarely go to the theater to watch a movie, though. Surprised? I prefer to indulge in my movie/TV entertainment passion while in the comfort and quiet of my own home. No screaming or crying kids, no popcorn crunching all around, no 147 times the people in the "other seats" need to get up & down & squeeze past me, no missing any of the movie if I have to go potty or get a snack, way cheaper at home to watch a $2 DVD and it allows us to "pause" the DVD to discuss a plot point or replay an awesome scene or something we didn't quite understand the first time around. So, I haven't seen this movie YET...not until it's released on DVD.

Back to 'Underworld'...the storyline is deep (after 4 movies it should be!). The earlier movies delved into the mythology of the vampires and werewolves. I love that stuff! I think the first 3 movies are available in a trilogy pack and I should buy them. Movies, TV shows and books help authors stretch their own imaginations, come up with new ideas, perhaps finally figure out how to proceed with their novel if they had been "stuck" before or had writer's block.

Below I'm posting the 'Underworld: Awakening' plot synopsis that I found on Wikipedia. I had been searching for info on exactly what this 4th installment of 'Underworld' entailed and when I discovered this very thorough synopsis, I jumped up and down. I'd recommend DON'T READ it if you don't want to be hit over the head with SPOILERS. My husband HATES learning too much about something before he watches/reads it. I'm different. I love sucking this crap up. Here you go:

'Underworld: Awakening' PLOT:
Six months after the events of Underworld: Evolution, vampire Selene is captured by humans during "The Purge," a massive crusade of war to exterminate vampires and lycans after mankind learns of their existence. Humans call them "Non-Humans" and "The infected."

Twelve years later, human governments had committed genocides to vampires and lycans, killing everything, surviving populations were reduced to being scavengers and guerrillas, 90% of the vampire race was annihilated, and lycans are believed to be extinct. Selene is freed from cryogenic suspension and escapes the medical corporation Antigen. The corporation is trying to make an antidote for the virus that creates vampires and lycans. Selene starts to have strange visions after her escape, which she follows, believing them to be linked to her lover, the vampire-lycan hybrid Michael Corvin. The visions lead her into a building where she runs into David, a fellow vampire.

While talking to David, Selene has another vision. Following the vision, she discovers not Michael, but a young girl called only "Subject 2," also known as Eve. Later revealed to be a hybrid and Selene and Michael's daughter. David, noting that Eve (Subject 2) has been injured by the lycans and is somehow not healing, takes them to his coven. David's father, Thomas, does not welcome Selene and Eve, stunning Selene with the news that Michael died twelve years ago and that Selene was the cause for the destruction of the vampire race. Upon being given some vampire blood, Eve heals extremely quickly.

Dr. Jacob Lane, director of Antigen, is revealed to be a lycan alongside his son, Quint. The "antidote" the corporation has been working on for many years is actually to make lycans immune to the deadly effects of silver and to enhance their physical abilities. Eve's hybrid genetic code is required to achieve this, so Lane sends Quint with other lycans to the vampire coven to recapture her.

Meanwhile, expecting a human attack at any moment, David tries to rally the vampires resistances to fight back, while his father orders everyone to evacuate and hide. Most of the vampires stay, and arm themselves heavily. Unexpectedly, lycans arrived in large numbers instead, and numerous vampires are slaughtered, a huge blow to the coven. Selene encounters a gigantic "super lycan", who is later revealed to be Quint, his body changed by injections using Eve's blood. Selene is knocked unconscious under a pile of rubble, Eve is turned over to the lycans by Thomas in exchange for their departure, and David is mortally wounded during the battle. Selene decides to save Eve but first revives David using her immortal blood, given to her by Alexander Corvinus in Evolution.

Able to survive in sunlight, Selene enlists the help of Detective Sebastian, a human who tried to investigate Antigen earlier in the film. Sebastian agrees to help save Eve, admitting he was married to a nurse who was bitten at work and became a vampire. When authorities were doing door to door searches for Vampires and Lycans, instead of becoming another victim of The Purge, his wife decided to give herself to the daylight rather than suffer at the hands of humans.

Selene destroys part of Antigen's headquarters using explosives and silver gas, forcing Dr. Lane to move Eve out of the building to perform an operation to create more of the antidote. Selene escapes from the lycans in the building. (Antigen is nearly entirely staffed by lycans) In the process, she finds Michael cryogenically frozen in a laboratory. She shoots his cell to let him out. Escaping in a van, Dr. Lane is intercepted by Sebastian and then by Selene, who causes the van to crash. Quint arrives, transforms into his super lycan form, and fights Selene.

Eve awakens on her stretcher, frees herself from the van, and engages Dr. Lane in a fight, who has injected himself with the super lycan formula used on Quint. Sebastian and the revived David aid Eve in her fight until she kills Dr. Lane by ripping his throat out.

Meanwhile, Quint corners Selene in a small cement guardroom but is forced to revert to his human form to get to her, only for Selene to shove an activated silver-based grenade into Quint's body. He heals instantly, trapping the grenade inside. Panicking, he half-changes back to lycan form, but it is too late, and he explodes.

Selene goes to find Michael but finds an empty cryogenic cell with Eve sharing his vision and learns he is on the roof. Selene, Eve, and David run to the roof only to find Michael has gone. Selene narrates, concluding that she will find Michael and take back the world from the humans and lycans, so the vampires can rebuild themselves as the humans declared war.

*heart races...sitting up straight chair*
To those who go to the theaters and watch (or have already seen it), feel free to post your comments! And Selene (Kate Beckinsale) kicks ass, doesn't she?! And looks awesome doing it!