Jesus Answers a Question

I’m doing something different this week. I’ve been so busy I couldn’t think what to write, so God intervened. I was reading The Bible and ran across Luke 5:33-39 a few days ago:

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”

So . . . yeah . . . Jesus includes wine in his parable . . . so what’s your point?

We all get too comfortable and set in our ways and beliefs whether we apply this passage to our faith or everyday life. I’m giving us all something to think about while we enjoy a glass of white or red this Wine Wednesday. Look inside yourself for your own comfort zone and seek ways to venture outside of it. Drop back tomorrow and share on what you find out about yourself.

Story a Day in May

I just joined Story a Day in May today. I had found this event last year and put it on the Visionary Press calendar, but forgot about it until I checked email this morning and found the reminder. At first I posted I wished I had time to do this event. Then I realized that was an excuse and decided to make time. This is the perfect challenge for me right now. I even dragged Blaze McRob and Lisa McCourt Hollar into this challenge. We’ll see if any of the other Visionary Press authors bite. Drop by hear daily to read a story. I’ll also post it on the Friday Frights website.

I personally plan to use this challenge to teach myself not to over edit my work. I’m only allotting 2 hours at most to write and edit each story. No limits on word count. Now I’m off to edit the first story. Wrote it in 30 minutes this morning.

* Re-published

1-A Flash of Green to Black

2-Big Betty*

3-Nightly Drawing

4-Missing Time

5-Millions Served

6-Had a Great Fall

7-Nearly Complete*

8-Fine Chopper Art

9-Ain’t No Guarantees*

10-Things from Planet X

11-The Price of Ugly*

12-Happy Mother’s Dead Day

13-Alive and Kicking

14-Eternally We Connect

15-Damn Postman

16-Merry Dead Soul*

17-The Hiding Place



20-Photo Enforced

21-The Fairy God Mother’s Fix

22-Make Him Take This Pill and I’ll Call You in the Morning

23-Lessons for Kittens

24-Brain Portal*

25-Tinkering Around*

26-Modern Day Convenience

27-Momma’s Boy*

28-Out of the Ordinary

29-Mrs. Sprat*



Week 3 Bad Zombie Movie Marathon Reviews

It’s week 3 of my zombie movie a day marathon with Gaynor Stenson on the Vamplit Blog and I haven’t gone crazy yet. Jake and I are still watching our way through some pretty poorly rated movies, and this week we found a few gems and a few stinkers.

These reviews are also posted with Gaynor’s over on Vamplit Blog.

Beast Within was one of my favorites this week. I watched it alone after seeing that it was a German film, expecting subtitles which my son hates. Turned out it had been dubbed in English, although I would have preferred it in German. I’ve watched so many badly dubbed horror movies, what’s another one, right? Unfortunately not everyone shares my opinion, because the dubbing is what brought the rating down on this movie. This was a pretty good zombie flick about a new strain of avian flu turning people into zombies. Even better, the birds are infected and just as nuts. This film had a dark and dreary atmosphere, mainly taking place at a rundown old house. Right up my alley. Some of the characters were just as dark as the zombies, adding to decent storyline the tension in the film. I give it 4 out 5 bloody brains and say at least give it a try.

I hated Edges of Darkness through the first fifteen minutes because I hadn’t read the movie description. It’s a weird one and you need to go into this film knowing it’s three different tales of survivors after a ‘global apocalypse.’ The tales just didn’t mesh and left me thinking, huh? In addition, there is only one part of the film that touchds on zombies which was during a vampire tale. Still, the stories got better as the film progressed, and in the end I can say it wasn’t horrible. But if you’re looking for a zombie film, skip this one. Overall I’m generous, giving it 3 out of 5 stars because you don’t get much in the way of bloody brains in this one. Jake was in agreement.

Awaken the Dead is the worst zombie movie Jake and I have watched by far. It tried to be artsy and fell on it’s face. And I can’t comment any better than another reviewer who said, “Beware of movies that have scenes with alarm clocks going off throughout. It seems the filmmakers were proactive about keeping viewers from sleeping through this stinker. I know I would have otherwise slept through it.” Jake was nicer with his review. He said the music was kind of cool and would give the movie 1 out of 5 bloody brains solely based on the music. I can barely give it 1/2 a bloody brain.

Dead and Deader was a surprise because Dean Cain was in it, and while I didn’t recognize his name at first, I did recognize his face. He played a half zombie soldier who combats fellow soldiers who turned full zombies after they return to the states. Who better to foil the zombies and their makers, right? The movie would have made a fun television series on the comedy network, with Dean Cain playing the hero lead. It would also make a fun book series. Jake and I both enjoyed this one and the way it spoofed zombies. We gave it 4 out of 5 bloody brains.

Okay, maybe The Zombie Apocalypse was the worst zombie movie we’ve watched so far. We both lost interest in this one shortly into the movie. I think it’s because this movie doesn’t really have anything unique or interesting to offer. I found myself checking email half way in and Jake left the room. I let it run, but couldn’t tell you how it ended because I may have been washing dishes by then. 1/2 a bloody brain out of 5 from both of us.

Zombie Town is my favorite zombie movie so far this month. This movie was laughable right off the bat when a zombie showed up and managed to overpower three hillbillies with a rake stuck in his head. This movie reminded me a little of Shawn of the Dead. It had likeable characters and funny moments. No, hilarious moments! There was a decent storyline and source for the zombies, which I don’t want to spoil, so you’ll have to watch the movie. Jake mentioned that this was the first zombie movie we’ve watched this month where they shot a sighted riffle properly. I had to laugh because that’s certainly not something I would have noticed. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!! One of the best zombie comedy movie made in my opinion. 5 out of 5 bloody brains for both Jake and me.

I expected Severed: Forest of the Dead to be horrible. After all, sap from genetically engineered trees turns people into zombies. Well after watching it I still don’t know whether or not I liked it. The storyline bothered me. It seemed to be all over the place and missing side story with the lab and logging company outside of the loggers camp. Plus, this story contains a character I would have killed fifteen minutes after the loggers started turning into zombies. **SPOILER** I can tolerate a character like him maybe half way through the movie, but the entire movie? And the ending was disappointing. Where they filmed the movie, in the forest in a logging camp was cool though. Jake gave up on this one, so not teen friendly. In the end, I was generous with this one too and gave it 3 out of 5 bloody brains.

Next week’s movies: Johnny Sunshine, Return in Red, Nightmare Alley, Wicked Little Things, Shaolin vs. Evil Dead, Zombie Farm, Zombies, Zombies, Zombies

When The Sun Doesn’t Shine

Title’s a little misleading because I couldn’t think of one this morning. Basically I looked out the patio door, could barely see the foothills and the deck is wet. We’re expecting rain all day, I think. Haven’t checked the weather report. Anyways, when the sun doesn’t shine on a Monday morning I find my week starting a little slow and cloudy.

My true reason for this post is to report on 3-Day Novel Contest stuff. I was supposed to start a weekly post on the challenge, but obviously haven’t until now. It occurred to me this morning that since I started #fridayflash, I’ve gotten a little consumed with writing short stories. Certainly not a bad thing considering it’s one of my goals this year. Still, I need to get back on track, planning the somnambulist story.

This morning I noticed that the challenge is only 75 days from the start date, which doesn’t make me nervous because writing up the detailed outline last year took less than a week. However, it occurred to me while writing in my journal that I’m no where near as connected to the characters in this story as I am to Barry and all his friends in The Courier series. I also had a high-level outline written along with a lot of other artifacts. So I figured the best way to start this week is by taking inventory:

What do I have so far?

  • The high-level idea for the story plot is set in stone
  • There’s a clear protagonist and antagonist
  • The first chapter has been written
  • The Scrivener file is set up and ready to go

What do I need this week?

  • Short 1-2 sentence synopsis
  • Set up a page for additional ideas
  • Character sketches for the protagonist and antagonist

I’ll leave my goals at that for this week and will let you know how it goes next week.

Back to Blogging with a Goals Check-In

It’s time. My plan was to start blogging again June 1st and here I am. Considering we’re closing in on the 2011 halfway point, I thought I’d start with a goals check-in.

What have I been up to? Lots and lots of writing and editing, and I’m too excited to report that I’m over my target word count for both so far this year.

Rather than write another novel or two this year, I decided instead to focus on short stories. So far I’ve written 15+ new rough rough rough shorts, most still in my journal. Some of the stories are part of a whole vampire fairy tale series, just like I’d hoped to write this year. None of the stories will sit in my journal for too long. I’ve joined #fridayflash, a weekly Twitter group at This friday is week 4 for me, and I’m hooked. I might even write two a week, considering all the material I already have. I’ve been releasing the stories here and on the Vamplit Blog. Even submitted one of my stories to their second print volume. I also have plans to submit some of the others to online and print magazines and anthologies.

I’ve been pulling my hair out, trying to think of regular things to write here, but haven’t come up with much. Yesterday they opened registration for the 3-Day Novel Contest, which is another goal for this year. So I’ve added a once a week post about preparing for the challenge to the agenda and will blog through the contest like I did last year. I also enjoy writing wine reviews, so I’m kicking around the ideas of sharing our favorite varietals once a week. All my other blogging will be posted on the Vamplit Blog. In fact, I’ve already started over there with #fridayflash, and Vamplit’s #humpday #horrorchat, a weekly chat about all things horror we do every Wednesday on Twitter. All the directions you’ll need to join us available from the link. We’ve got a whole bunch of other stuff planned over there and will let you know as we implement it.

Oh, and I’m still ripping through The Courier. It’s gotten tricky because I’ve moved it to Scrivener to track the entire series. Much better than my old system, but *heavy sigh* the series is getting more and more complicated, so maintaining all the background information is pretty time consuming. The entire plot for the 5th book is figured out and I’ve even found a way to entwine it with another novel series I created years ago. Oh, and I got tons of editing done during NaNoEdMo, although I fell off the blogging during the challenge and never mentioned the final result. It’s only getting better and is still on target to complete editing before the start of the 3-Day. That and I’ve done a ton of work on a couple versions of the synopsis, which you may have seen me complaining about.

We haven’t done much work on Bloodlegger’s 🙁 R. J. and I have been off doing our own thing but we’re writing book 1 together for NaNoWriMo this year, so we’ll get back on the outline wagon soon.

Now that I’ve sufficiently bored you about novel progress, I’m off to make some meatballs for dinner.

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