We've all been there. You try to explain some writing problem you have to a non-writer and you get this blank look. It's the same look that a six year old child gives you if you ask them to explain the theory of relativity. So, just so you know that you're not alone, here are 13 problems that only writer girls get.
13. You care more about your characters problems than your own.
12. You spend more time talking to the people in your head than real people.
11. You worry that a romantic relationship will impact your characters in some way.
10. You worry that no guy will ever measure up to the ideals set by your characters romantically.
9. You mentally correct everyone's grammar.
8. The agony of writer's block (better described as mental constipation).
7. Clean House = Bad Writing Day, Messy House = Good Writing Day
6. That moment when you're doing the mom/wife/friend thing and realize you'd rather be writing.
5. You collect snippets of conversation for future dialog like squirrel collects nuts.
4. Your To-Do list has items like: Bring back the dead, behead character, figure out how to get 140 year old blood...And it's not wierd at all. (Those are actually items from my to-do lists over the years)
3. Your characters take the story in a whole new (and unexpected) direction.
2. Your internet search history probably has you at the top of every agency list.
1. That moment when you get a new story idea.
So I did it again. Yep, I got caught talking to myself out in public (actually I was arguing with myself over a plot point). You would think that because it happens so often that I would be used to it by now, but no, I still slink off as if I think they are going to call the men in the white coats and nets to come get me.
It did get me to thinking though, a writer engages in all sorts of craziness. It's that insanity that allows us to create stories and characters for others to enjoy, but in non-writers...Well, it would be odd to say the least.
1. Hearing Voices: This is one of my favorites. I don't know about other authors, but my characters 'speak" to me. I'll be doing something completely unrelated to writing and all of a sudden I'm coming up with a conversation between my characters. It doesn't matter if that is not the story I am working on at the time (Yes, Alastor, I'm talking about you), sometimes they just cannot be ignored. Now my daughter reminds me all the time that even in Harry Potter, hearing voices isn't good. See? Non-writers can't go around admitting they hear voices, but we can and people just ignore it or chalk it up to "creativity".
2. Compulsive Lying: This is at the very heart of our profession. We get paid to lie for a living. When you get right down to it, writing is nothing more than making stuff up. Now, how entertaining that stuff is determines how successful you will be. Again, normal people can't do this and not lose a few friends or at least get a few strange looks.
3. Delusional: What writer doesn't LOVE spending time in the world that they created? Sometimes that world is so much better than the world we actually live in. Again , sorry non-writers. You all are stuck here...There is hope though, pick up a book and let a writer take you away into their imaginary world.
4. God-Like Complexes: Okay, we are God in our world. Sometimes are characters stray, but for the most part they obey are every whim. They live because we allow them to live and we can kill them off at anytime (Game of Thrones fans know this too well).
5. Denial: And despite everything to the contrary, we still believe that the desire to write is not some special form of insanity that we have been blessed with.
I don't know about my writer friends, but even though it's crazy, it's too much fun NOT to do it. To me, writers are the best type of crazy because if you are crazy enough, readers will want to be a part of your insanity, they will read the conversations those voices created, they will care about the lies you created, and they will cry out when the story breaks their heart and mends it again. Yeah, writer's are the best type of crazy.
Like most writers, I am an avid reader. As a reader, there are some things that only my fellow book lovers can understand.
The insane pleasure of reading a book outside in the fresh air.
Developing crushes on fictional characters, therefore making real people somewhat unimpressive at times.
The agony of waiting for the next book in a series to come out.
The backaches, arm cramps, leg cramps, and neck pain that come from reading in your favorite position.
The disappointment of having your favorite book of all time turned into a really bad movie.
The book induced insomnia that occurs when we "just have to finish" a chapter.
The way that you can stop to read "just a page or two" and next thing you know it's two or three hours later.
The anger when your favorite character is killed off.
Having that never ending "To Be Read" list.
The frustration when someone says that they don't enjoy reading.
What are some problems you have that only other book people get?
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The stories of these real life exorcisms are stranger than fiction. You may like your horror novels, but this takes scary to a whole new level.
Salvador Dali: In 2005, a sculpture of Christ on the Cross was discovered in the estate of friar Gabriele Maria Berardi. It is believed that Dali created this work as an act of gratitude to the man that was rumored to have performed an exorcist on the artist in France in 1947.
Roland Doe (AKA Robbie Mannheim): The events of this supposed possession and exorcism inspired the novel The Exorcist and later the film by the same name. The case became more serious as vials of holy water placed near the boy would shatter, the words "evil" and "hell" would appear on the boy's body, and a picture of Jesus rattled on the wall. Representatives from several churches conducted an exorcism at Georgetown University Hospital over thirty times in the duration of several weeks.
Michael Taylor: In 1974, accused of infidelity by his wife, Michael Taylor claimed that he felt an evil force within him. His local vicar and other ministers conducted an exorcism until 6am the following morning. Exhausted, the ministers sent him home, but warned that although forty demons were cast out, some remained. Once home, Michale murdered his wife and strangled their poodle. The police found him covered in blood and naked in the street. At trial, he was acquitted by reason of insanity.
Anneliese Michel: The case that inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose. After a diagnosis of temporal lobe epilepsy, she was treated at a psychiatric hospital ofr depression. She became intolorant of religious objects by 1973 and eventually began to hear voices. Her family was convinced she was possessed, but it wasn't until 1975 that permission was given by the local bishop for two priest to perform a secret exorcism. She died, malnurished and dehydrated, as a result of the rites. Her parents and the priests were found guilty of negligence and served six months in jail.
Mother Teresa: Known for her religious work, Mother Teresa gave permission for an exorcism to be performed on her when she was first hospitalized with cardiac problems.
Latoya Ammons Family of Gary Indiana: Even the Gary police walked away believers after Latoya Ammons claimed to be possessed by demons. It all began when the family rented a home on Carolina Street. That December, black flies swarmed the screened porch and footsteps could be heard climbing the basement stairs, but no one was there. The noises continued, but in March 2012, things got scary when Latoya's daughter levitated off the bed while sleeping. All of this could be dismissed as a mother's overactive imagination, until it gets to claims from medical staff seeing her son thrown about even though no one was there and then walking up a wall backwards. When police investigated the house, they too, began experiencing paranormal activity. Hard to ignore that many witnesses, isn't it.
So what do you think...Legitimate possession or is there a touch of fiction to these tales?
Originally posted at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/danamichelleb/6-strange-cases-of-real-life-exocisms-hq4o
It's no secret, I am a huge fan of Anne Rice and especially her Vampire Chronicles! Since she announced her next book Prince Lestat, people are talking about her "Brat "Prince". Here are a few life lessons we can learn from him.
So who is your favorite vampire from The Vampire Chronicles?
I super excited to release the teaser trailer for my upcoming novel The Soul of the Witch! My newsletter subscribers got a sneak peek this morning, but now I'm releasing it to the world!
To be any sort of writer, you have to be a reader. When I'm reading, I get lost in the story and characters. But sometimes it goes deeper than that...
To me, a great story lives on long after I have closed the book, not just because of it's plot or characters, but because of those little moments that come back to you days later. It's those moments that turn random books into cherished favorites.
The Scene with the Jars in The Witching Hour: Now everyone knows that I'm a huge Anne Rice fan, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that one of her books would make my list. In The Witching Hour, Rowan and Michael are exploring the first street house and they come across the jars holding the heads and babies. To me, that scene, describing the contents of the jars and how the seal of some is broken so there are worms inside, sums up the creepy WTF sort of reaction to the whole book. Add to that Michael breaking open the jars to touch the slimy things....Yuck!
The Playground Scene from The Shining: Stephen King is well known for creating books filled with moments that send chills up your spine, but the one that sticks out to me is the playground scene from The Shining. Danny is playing outside and he gets that "you are not alone"-it's too quiet to be safe sort of feeling. As kids, how many of us had felt that?
Scarlet's Homecoming Scene in Gone with the Wind: This is a classic novel, full of amazing action and heartbreak, but the scene I identify with most is when Scarlet goes home to Tara. She traveled all this way, starving and afraid, hoping to just make it home where her mother will take care of everything. She gets home and her mother is dead, her father is mad, her sisters sick, and everyone is starving. They all look to her for guidance and she just wishes they'd all go away. To me that summed up the forced changes that were all through Gone with the Wind.
Perhaps it's the instant connection to a familar feeling that does it. Perhaps it's that feeling of, for just one moment, totally forgetting that it's fiction. Maybe it's something different for everyone.
What is a moment from a book that you will never forget?
I am a huge lover of all things dark and creepy which most of you know, but did you also know I have a romantic side? It's not something that I show often because it's not the traditional flowers and sunset walks type of romantic, but more a love of tragic romances that take my breath away. Yes, I am a lover of gothic romance!
Gothic fiction of any sort is a delicious combination of horror and romanticism. Gothic romances just take it one step further. This type of novel flourished in the late 18th and 19th century, but more recent contributers would be Anne Rice. These dark novels normally involve paranormal elements set against an architectual backdrop that is almost a character in itself. Think of the First Street House from The Witching Hour, or any of the buildings from Jane Austen's novels.
Without realizing it, I made my own contribution to the gothic romance genre with my Spiritus Series. I thought I was just telling the story of a ghost haunting the reincarnation of the wife that killed him, but as the story grew, the gothic elements became harder to ignore or deny. What started out as a love story, became darker and darker. Hence, my own personal genre: Romantic Horror
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A love that refuses to die...
"As I watched him vanish into a soft mist that faded away, I knew that he was no ordinary spirit...I knew that he was a dangerous entity that could be in some corner of another realm planning his revenge, but I also knew that I was hopelessly in love with him."
When Becca moves into her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana, her life takes a puzzling and thrilling turn when she meets the ghost haunting the halls. As the seductive spirit lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last.
Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the "in crowd", Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn't expect things to change.
But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a one hundred and sixty year old ghost, Alastor Sinclair, that haunts the halls of her new home.
To Becca, Alastor is a seductive spirit that seems to see straight into her soul. To Alastor, Becca is what he has waited a century for--A second chance.
But the closer they get, the more Becca realizes that this isn't the first time she and Alastor have known each other. Worse still, is she the one responsible for his death so long ago? And if so, did he come back for love or revenge?
As most people know, I am a sucker for all things British! My childhood (and current) crush was the dashing Michael Praed, one of my favorite current shows is Doctor Who, and I adore Absolutely Fabulous! So it only stands to reason that I would also have a passion for British Horror Novels. This is the list of my top 5 British Horror novels.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Jonathan Harker, incarcerated in a Transylvanian castle, has an alluring but terrifying dream of three women, eager to prey upon him. His host and jailer is none other than Count Dracula, or Nosferatu, the Un-Dead, controller of the wolves.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
The Ghosts by Antonia Barber
When Lucy sat in the attic, she thought she heard the sound of voices calling...
That's when she started to believe the rumors in the village that the old house was haunted. But no ghosts appeared - until the day Lucy and her brother Jamie stood in the garden and watched two pale figures, a girl and a boy, coming toward them.
That was the beginning of a strange and dangerous friendship between Lucy and Jamie and two children who had died a century before.
The ghost children desperately needed their help. But would Lucy and Jamie have the courage to venture into the past - and change the terrible events that had led to murder?
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
One of H.G. Wells’ most visionary tales, The Island of Dr. Moreau relates the disturbing tale of Prendick, a shipwrecked naturalist who unwittingly discovers a horrific scientific and social experiment that is creating a blurred race of hideous creatures, half-human and half-best. Terrifying and spellbinding, Wells’ masterpiece warns of the catastrophe that could result when man recklessly tampers with nature. Eric Vincent’s artwork vividly summons up the nightmarish life in Dr. Moreau’s tortured world.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
This intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities — one essentially good, the other evil — for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man's dual nature reveal Stevenson as a novelist of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.
So those are my favorite British Horror books. Do you have a favorite?