Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Invisible Man Indeed

Ralph Waldo Ellison's most famous novel, INVISIBLE MAN, was banned from school libraries in Randolph County, N.C. due to a parent's misgivings. The local school board is required to vote on any parental complaints and the ban was approved in a vote of 5-2. Gary Mason, one of the board members, stated "I didn’t find any literary value." No. Literary. Value. Found. Within. The. Novel. Invisible. Man?? I can't explain my reaction to this over the Internet without help. So, to further emphasize my disbelief and horror, I leave you to Chris Griffin:

Mr. Ellison's work speaks of his experiences and that of others. He was a very talented man. I could go on and on, but I won't because you can read the novel for yourself and draw your own conclusions, which will reveal the injustice this novel received from that school district. He was brilliant, IMHO.

In 1953, Mr. Ellison won the National Book Award. He also won the Russwurm Award that same year. He was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. He was honored with the National Medal of Arts in 1985. He won other awards as well, but the aforementioned were just a few of them.

Yes, I finally came back to my blog and I won't take such a long hiatus again. :-)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Happy Belated New Year!

It's been a while, folks. I've noticed that lots of folks have been abandoning their blogs for other social networking sites. I plan to join a few later this year, but I need to focus on other things right now. I'm only on Blogger and Goodreads: Me!

Some of those other sites look like they really take large amounts of people's time. They're addictive at first, I guess.

What sites have you joined? Do you still blog? What's your favorite networking site?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I have fallen asleep on the job.

Wow. I haven't posted since September and I think I even lost a few followers. Lol. Sorry. Everything has been hectic, and time gets away from you. Geez. I will be back more often, even when I have nothing interesting to talk about. O.o

So, how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was awesome. The end of the year is just busy for everyone I think.

I'll be back with a longer post soon! Should be next week. :-D

Monday, September 10, 2012

I Love Zombies!

I have loved zombies since I was in middle school! Teehee. Which was around the time I fell in love with horror in general.

There was something about being chased by these nasty, gory looking creatures who wanted to eat or otherwise kill you. And they always outnumbered the living. Scary indeed. Folks were put into survival mode and had to find weapons, and even fend off other survivors who wanted to exploit the situation. Crazy.

It seems like everyone is zombie crazy nowadays, which is funny to me because I have been since I was a kid. So myself and other zombie lovers are like, "A-ha, general public! Now you've figured out the awesomeness that is zombie!" Lol.

The Walking Dead is insanely popular right now. People I know who don't normally like horror love this show!

Scores of zombie movies have been, are, and will be made. You can find them almost everywhere now. Zombies may be a fad for some right now, but they've always been beloved by me.

The better the make-up, the more fright and shrieks a zombie will cause. :-) Look at this zombie woman on the right. Uh, what happened to her mouth? Eww. Lol.

I didn't list any zombie movies because I was saving that for zombie books! Well, and because of laziness. Lol.

Some of these books will eventually become movies as well. Most I have read, but maybe I'll list a few I haven't either, just because they've been recommended to me:

CELL by Stephen King

DEVIL's WAKE by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (husband and wife team)

WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks


ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry

THE RISING by Brian Keene

ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick

THE LIVING DEAD (compilation of short stories from some of horror's best) Edited by John Joseph Adams

FEED by Mira Grant

MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE by Diana Rowland (this has humor, so not typical zombie stuff)

That's only a taste of zombie novels. There are websites that offer lists of them, but they are based on what reviewers deem as zombie-themed works, so they are not always accurate, so I won't link any of them.

Even when zombies are forgotten for the next big thing, I'll still be around admiring them and watching and reading their stories. ;-)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shows We Watch

As I've mentioned before on this blog, Supernatural is my favorite show on television right now. It has faltered a little after Season 5 when the show's creator, Eric Kripke, stepped down after the season ended. He had intended for it to end with season 5. Even still, Sam and Dean are excellent characters and I can't get enough of them. If you haven't seen it, you should. :-D They are demon-hunting brothers who have been through it all. Season 8 premieres on October 3, 2012.

Alphas is about to begin it's 2nd season at the end of this month. It's about a group of people with enhanced abilities due to differences in their brain structure. A group of them got together with the help of a doctor who knows how to manage their abilities. It's a pretty good show. I like it.

True Blood is a series based on the excellent Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire series by author Charlaine Harris. You should read the series and watch the show. The story centers around Sookie Stackhouse; a telepathic waitress who falls for a vampire named Bill Compton. It has mystery, complete supernatural elements, gore, and romance--of the adult variety. Check it out. Season 5 is currently on the air.

The Walking Dead became a phenomenon when it first aired on October 31, 2010. The show is based on the wildly popular comic book series by Robert Kirkman. The show follows a band of survivors in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. I love the show even though there are elements I don't agree with.

Well, what are you guys watching on television? Tell me. Any suggestions? I've heard about Game of Thrones, but I don't want to watch it until I've read the books. ;-)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Note On Editing...

Some writers edit their books too much, while others don't edit enough; but most new writers seem to fall into the latter category for some reason. This post is not to bash new writers in any way because I was a new writer once and made many mistakes. This post is just to serve as a point of reference as to the necessity of editing.

I've talked to some aspiring novelists who wondered why no one wanted to buy the 1st draft of their original, brilliant opus--that hasn't been edited. O_o When I wrote my first novel, I thought it was very good--but it wasn't!

The truth is that it doesn't matter if you've sold millions of books or none at all, we all should edit our work. Anyone can make mistakes. No 1st draft is infallible.

I'm sure you've heard it a thousand times, but after you've written your 1st draft, let it sit for a while. I prefer to allow mine to sit for about a month, but that varies amongst writers and everyone has their own suggestions on that. While it's sitting you should work on something else.

Stephen King mentioned a funny anecdote in his writing/editing advice book, ON WRITING. If you're a writer, you need to read it. The anecdote detailed how his professor proofread something for him and instead of writing about pheasant hunting, he had written peasant hunting. :-) It was funny, but no one wants to make mistakes in their writing.

I didn't detail my editing process because I'm always changing it. When I sell a novel instead of short stories, then I'll be more willing to share a stable process. ;-)

So, if you ever think about not taking the time to edit, just think about what Blanche (Golden Girls) did when she decided to write her "brilliant" novel:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Enter Nowhere

I rarely post about movies I've seen, but I really liked a movie I rented. It's called ENTER NOWHERE.

It's suspenseful and you'll have all types of theories of what is actually happening. I figured it out, but I still liked the film. I would describe it as THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT meets CUBE. Two other good rentals, by the way.

I won't share too many details, but I've included the trailer below. It's worth a rental, IMHO. Enjoy!