"Quentin did a magic trick. Nobody noticed." -Lev Grossman, The MagiciansWhen I was twenty-four, I wanted to kill myself. Or maybe I was twenty-five. Could have been twenty-six. I'm honestly not sure. I've never been very good at dating things in my memory, especially when it's been shrouded in the haze of clinical depression. It was a rough time and I honestly only got through it because I loved my cat so much. It wasn't that I thought no one would take care of him when I was gone, be
I've been doing a lot of things lately and I've not been very good at talking about them. Also, I'm having a little trouble thinking of something I want to post on this blog because I've suddenly decided that I hate the aesthetic. I just keep thinking about how much I want to tweak it. So, I'm going to play a little catch up.
Collective Snark is a podcast I'm co-hosting with some of the Purple Ink Writers. It releases bi-weekly. Every episode has a guest and we talk about... well, e
Like everyone else born in the 80s, I grew up with the Ghostbusters. Egon was my favorite. I looked up to him, but I never really felt like I could be him.
This was a thing that would happen throughout my life.
Sure, there were some cool female characters, but too often they were the only female character in a cast of men and, therefore, burdened with the task of being a paragon of all womankind. That makes it pretty hard to show a complex character. They're all strong
The Neon Demon is not exactly what I expected. Maybe I should have, but I didn't. I really only saw the trailer and thought all that glitter and blood looked like something made specifically for me. I didn't really do any research before watching it.
There came a point while watching this movie that I felt bad for dragging Xian to the theater with me. I'd thought about going by myself and after a while, I really started to wish I had. I actually leaned o
I like the X-Men. I have for as long as I've known they existed, which was, admittedly, long after they began existing. It was one of my favorite comics when I was really hard into comics and many of the characters and storylines stick with me.
I absolutely saw the movie on opening day. And the same X-2. And X-3. And... that was it.
Because, here's my secret, I don't like the Dark Phoenix storyline. I never have. I don't even like Jean Grey. Or Cyclops. Both of those ch
My daughter has thunder thighs. She has a double chin and a pot-belly. Her cheeks jiggle when she laughs. Her shins are covered in bruises and her knees are a cross-hatch of scratches and scrapes.
She doesn’t know that, someday, she will be told all of those things are bad.
Right now—today— she is two and beautiful. She smiles with complete abandon. When she laughs, she does it with her entire body.
And she laughs a lot. She thinks burps are funny and farts are hi
"A blend of gritty realism and dark supernatural, Psychopomp and Circumstance is Heathers meets It Follows, with a sprinkling of The Twilight Zone, all told with black humor, nihilist teen angst, and a buried need to be loved and accepted."—Richard Thomas, author of TribulationsIt starts on Facebook—an update that Nell doesn’t remember making. It’s bad enough that she’s dying and none of her friends know. Now, she’s pretty sure she’s going crazy. She sees
I originally presented this as a sort of crash course for my writing group over Hangouts. So, a lot of the examples were chosen because I knew members of Nevermore would dig them.
Robert Frost said a poem "begins in delight and ends in wisdom". Now, don't misunderstand and think that means poetry should be, like, delightfully happy. That is definitely not what I'm saying.
But I am saying it should satisfying. That's the delight. I mean, let's look at Poe. He is, IMO, the ma
I was not particularly sheltered as a child. I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time when I was five. Aside from my mom and her friends, I didn't know anyone else who even knew that movie existed.
So, there I was. Fourteen, living in a trailer park, and pretty accustomed to being the strange kid. My cousin was over and we were taking turns playing on the internet at 2am because it was the only time the phone line was free for it. It was her turn, so I was watchin
My first ever interview, and it's with Richard Thomas. Not a bad start, I'd say.
In case you don't know, he's got a Kickstarter going for a new magazine called Gamut. You should definitely click on that link, but in case you need more incentive, how's this: He's being endorsed by folks like Chuck Palahnuik, Irvine Welsh, Rose O'Keefe, K. Allen Wood, and more.
I know you're answering this a lot lately, but let's start with the basics. Who are you and what is Gamut?My nam
You know that moment when you're on a roller coaster, at the top of that first hill and realizing how stupidly long the drop is going to be? And you maybe wish you could reconsider because you're not sure you can deal with what's about to happen, but, damn, it's too late and here we go, you're falling.
That's kinda like this book.
Okay, so, there were some points in this book when I thought, 'Man, this is batshit. This would neve
My now-husband made the questionable decision to get me, a fifteen year old at the time, a cat for the Christmas we were together. I guess he must have asked my mom for permission first because she seemed okay with it.
As far as I know, he picked Cloud out of a list of names and vague descriptions. Virgil. Grey and white. Long hair. Green eyes. Eight weeks old.That was all we knew when he got the call that we should pick a different cat. The foster family that had him didn't think he
When I was an awkward kid with no friends or social life to speak of, I read. I read a lot. I read entire novels in less than twenty-four hours. One of my favorite and most memorable birthday presents was when my uncle drove me out to this big used book store and let me get what I remember as being anything I wanted. I recall coming out of that place with stacks of books.
This is it! The Halloween Special. It features artists and musicians from the local area. This year we feature: DJ Lite Brite, Arean Messmer, Killer Strut and others. You never know what to expect! Stay tuned for some good Halloween fun! Filmed and edited by Will Harrison of The OKC Edge.I got to read Dead Man's Party for the OKC Edge!
Alice in Wonderland is one of the most iconic stories, like, ever. The mention of rabbits, hatters, and roses to conjure up images of Wonderland.
It's such an awesome adventure story. There's no big goal-- just a girl exploring for the joy of curiosity. The characters are so wild and the words so borderline nonsensical that the book can pass for an allegory of almost anything you'd like.
My cat died. My husband gave him to me for our very first Christmas together-- long before we ever engaged or married. I was fifteen. I'm thirty-three now. My cat, Cloud Nein, was with me for more than half my life.
He was with me in that rough period when my friends and I were all trying to figure out who we were so we were awful to each other. He was there when those friendships fell apart and came back together.
He was with me when my husband and I thought it wasn't
Smut is a very accurately titled book. If you don't like meaningless sex, hedonistic drug use, or incredibly hypocritical characters, you should never, ever read this book. However, if you're looking for an interesting character study of a character falling down a self-destructive rabbit hole, this is it.
Smut is, ostensibly, about Sam-- an overly rich and self-absorbed guy who lives with his best friend, John. Their lives consi
I think it was a Chuck Palahniuk essay I read that said you should never leave your character alone. I wanted to link to it, because it was a great essay, but I can't seem to find it now. But I'm getting a little off topic here. Disintegration is a pretty fantastic example of knowingly breaking a rule.
We spend most of our time with... uh, the Narrator. Who I'm just now realizing doesn't have a name I ever remember r
A supernatural thriller that questions the nature of reality and explores the fine line between sanity and insanity. This novel does contain extreme violence, profanity, and steamy sex. Color me excited.
I had planned to do a review, but then I didn't do that. I had the writing conference and my birthday and Mother's Day, and my husband had the week off (which always seems to leave the both of us with less time). So, yeah. I shoul
I want to talk about a couple of things. Girls, actually. I'd like to talk about a couple of girls, of the fictional variety. To start with, let's look at this Black Widow issue, yeah?
I love the Avengers movies. Like, really love. I've always wanted to love comic book movies and always felt a little let down. Until the Avengers and the character specific movies that go along with the franchise. I've specifically always adored Hawkeye and Black Widow for being the sort of.
Our dog died. She was thirteen. There were kidney issues that we couldn't figure out with the money we had. We had to put her down.
She wasn't always a good dog, but she was mine and I loved her. She was a fence jumper. She was nervous around strangers and dogs. She was a protector. She never understood Fetch. For some reason, she believed that she wasn't allowed the furniture, so she'd sneak up on the couch or the bed when we weren't looking. If we caught her, she'd slink away, maintainin
Beautiful Monster: The Exchange
by Jeanne Bannon
There's something you should know about me, if you don't already know it. I'm kind of sucker for angsty pretty boys. Maybe it's all the anime I watched as a kid. Maybe it's all the fanfiction based on that anime that I spent hours reading. For whatever reason, I often find myself seeking it out and gravitating towards stories of troubled, broken-hearted eye candy.
I am very American, and I mean that in the worst sense possible. I know enough about other cultures to realize that I'm pretty dumb. I couldn't tell you where anything is geographically located. If you actually put a map in front me, I'd be able to find North America and Italy. Maybe.
So, when I was asked to review this book, I agreed but I let D'Silva know that the only things I know about Indian culture I learned from
So, back in the days when I went to bookstores to buy books, I was browsing through the sci-fi fantasy section. I was in that section because there was no horror section at this particular bookstore and I didn't feel like mucking through the "literature" section hoping to end up with what I wanted. So, I went to my fall back genre.
You know how they say don't judge a book by it's cover? Yeah, I judge. I judge a lot
Hey, guys. Another book spotlight, but no review this week.Reaper Madnessby Nessie Strange
Book Description:This isn’t the afterlife she expected...
Jen MacLellan can’t get the hang of being a reaper. She’s been separated from Jack, the man she loves, and is stuck with an annoying telepathic link to her illtempered mentor, Sam. Now Death is breathing down her neck, promising to remove that annoying link if she gives him what he wants. But when reapers begin