Book Review a la Monique: All the Pretty Bones by Camela Thompson

All the Pretty Bones by Camela Thompson takes place in Seattle, Washington and though I’ve never been there, I felt the raw reality of this city due to Thompson’s vivid writing style, from the impoverished drug ridden areas to the gorgeous mini-castles of urban royalty. All the Pretty Bones spotlights Olivia Kardos, a young woman … Continue reading Book Review a la Monique: All the Pretty Bones by Camela Thompson

Behind The Name

adaratrosclair  - What the heck is that? Huh? I don’t know where to even begin in pronouncing that! Is it two words? One? So, a fellow writer and close friend of mine recommended that I change the name of my blog. I was a little sad and mildly offended because I had thought it was … Continue reading Behind The Name

The Year of Rococoa is coming!

I have to think of something in order to be a part of this greatness! Eeeeek! XD

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Rococoa2016 will be the year of Rococoa with the release of the first anthology from ROARING LIONS PRODUCTIONS!

Where Sword and Soul ends and before Steamfunk begins, there is the Age of Spring Technology and Clockwork.

RococoaThink Three Finger’d Jack; the pirate, Black Caesar; and the Haitian Revolution. Think the Black Count, Nat Turner, and the Stono Rebellion…that is Rococoa!

Time for those stories to be told, y’all! What say you authors? Are you in?

If so, Roaring Lions Productions is seeking completed stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words.

Writers will be paid $25.00 upon release of the anthology.

Each story will have an attached illustration, in addition to the stunning cover!

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.

Release will be in e-book and paperback formats.

Here are the Submission Guidelines:

GUIDELINES

  1. Submissions must be set between the latter part of the Renaissance Period (1600s)…

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THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY BLACK PEOPLE II: The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth!

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What exactly is a “nerd”?

A nerd is defined as a person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.

Nerdiness exists on a continuum. Some people are a little nerdy, while others are very nerdy. The more nerdy you are, the more oblivious of yourself as a social object you tend to be, which leads you to behave in socially awkward ways, such as dressing badly, or failing to take subtle hints.

The onset of nerdiness tends to come early in life and people often grow out of being nerds; rarely, if ever, does someone become a nerd later in life.

Because nerds are awkward and un-smooth, they tend to be rejected and isolated by peers; because it is emotionally painful to experience such marginalization, nerds tend to push themselves to be excellent in aspects of life that do…

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Violence, Sex, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Oh My!

Violence, Sex, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Oh My! The fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is one of my favorite fairy tales. I even enjoy modern day re-tellings of fairy tales and I can’t continue typing another word without sharing the Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life … Continue reading Violence, Sex, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Oh My!

Library Book Pass and the Desired Best Blurb Ever!

The movie Kingsman: The Secret Service movie trailer promises a lot of what I look for in a movie and motivates me to find a babysitter, maybe purchase high-priced popcorn, and sit in the dark with strangers for a couple of hours. It has action, adventure, comedy, and British accents. It has beautifully choreographed fight … Continue reading Library Book Pass and the Desired Best Blurb Ever!

How Flawed is Too Flawed?

Well written article that presents a question regarding characters I’ve often wondered. 🙂

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(This post is partially inspired by this post at i09 “10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George RR Martin”)

The dark, dangerous, and flawed characters of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series haven’t always been the yardstick by which characters have been measured. Fantasy and Sci-Fi characters have not always had such a “realistic” feel to them. In fact, some of the first and most recognizable SFF characters started out barely flawed if at all (see: Superman).

But as society has developed, so too has our understanding of the Human condition and our desire to have our fictional characters mirror, in some way, our own reality.

On the one side of the matter is the “Flawed Hero”. This character is defined by their positive traits, but it is their character flaws that make them interesting and give them depth. The good-hearted scientist who has an…

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