Bloodleggers #3 on Blood Reads

I owe everyone an apology for causing the delay of the next part of Bloodleggers.  A couple hours after I woke up on my birthday back on the 17th of the month I realized I’ve been dealing with writer’s block for quite some time.  I wrote about it in my blog in Okay, I’m Blocked…Now What? back on the 19th if you’d like to know more.

Anyways, R.J. had a part ready for editing while I was throwing my 10th draft into the trash can a few days before the part three release date on the 25th.  Hooray for responsible writers!  So we got to work last week on editing his part.  It was supposed to post yesterday, but I set the date to 2011 instead of the current year.  OOPS!

My family decided to spend another day in the mountains yesterday, so I didn’t realize until this morning I’d made a boo-boo.  Luckily, I took another look at the post because I’d also left in a three paragraph discussion between R.J. and I that copied in from the comments on the manuscript.

Okay…all is well now.  To read it, just click here.  Or use the link in the left column.  ENJOY!!

Bloodleggers #2 on Blood Reads

“The humans are ignorant and undisciplined. Transformation to our kind without the proper trials and necessary years of indentured servitude is an error in judgment.”
–Elder Ysabell of Clan de Bohun, Scotland, 
The Congress of Glenluce, 1183 A.D.
November 5th, 2008, Mile High Mortuary, 6th Avenue, Denver Colorado

Regina Todd paced the shiny concrete floor of the crematorium holding a cell phone against her ear with one hand and nervously flicking the black polish off her thumbnail with the other. “C’mon, Piers,” she grumbled, “answer.” READ MORE…

Hell Week

It’s hell week again, or should I say hell half week.  Wednesday is the next release of Bloodleggers and I’m pulling my hair out, still.  So I’ve opened up a bottle of wine and toasted to the hair I have left.  A new wine I haven’t tasted, Raia 2007 Shiraz.  Not bad.

My greatest challenge has been changing from a terse 1st person present tense, as The Courier is written, to 3rd person.  If you don’t read my personal blog, you won’t know that I’ve got a goal to finish releasing The Courier on Twitter by July 31st, which I will do.  Only problem is it takes my brain about an hour to switch completely between the tenses.  So when I go back to edit I’m constantly catching a bizarre mix of tenses.

So what was my other challenge?  Giggle giggle.  A few sips of wine down and I’m already feeling loopy.  I’m a serious lightweight. 

Oh yeah!  It really sucks to try to match another author’s voice.  Grrrrr…  My thought is it will be easy to tell what I’ve written vs. what R.J.’s written for awhile.  Then the parts we write together once Regina and Knox meet will also stand out.  I just have to get over it. 

More sips of wine.  From this point on I take no responsibility for improper grammar or incoherence.  Oh, also watching the last hour of Lord of the Rings in TNT (Sam’s saving Frodo from the orcs), so I’ve got that distraction going too.

Anyways, I might sound like I’m complaining, but taking on the writing of a novel with another writer has been one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made.  I really felt like I’d gotten into a rut with The Courier.  This has forced me to intricately analyze both our writing styles, and I feel I’m becoming a better writer as a result of it.

So come Wednesday, I’m hoping you love and hate Miss Regina Todd.  She’s a little difficult.  And I’m really hoping you’ll like Magnus MacKay, her uncle, who you’ll also meet.  He’s becoming a main character as we continue our planning of Bloodleggers.

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural

R.J. found this film and it looked interesting, so I put it in the Netflix queue. Actually watched it a couple weeks ago and am now getting to finish up a quick review.

First of all, her’s what it’s about per Amazon:

A notorious bank robber kills his wife and flees the police, only to be captured by a mysterious group of figures in an abandoned town. His beautiful daughter, Lila Lee (played by the late Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith), receives a letter stating that Lila’s father is near death and that he needs to see her. Sneaking away at night from her minister guardian (EATING RAOUL co-writer Richard Blackburn, who also writes and directs), Lila embarks on a terrifying journey to find her father that leads her to a mansion run by Lemora, a seemingly loving woman who cares for a group of gypsy children and a witch-like servant. Once the terrifying secret of Lemora is revealed, Lila must uncover what happened to her father and fight for dear life as she tries to escape the clutches of the undead! 

I think we were initially interested in this film because of Lila’s gangster father, not to mention it was banned by the Catholic Film Board for over twenty years.  Afterall, as soon as any media is banned it only makes the public more interested.

Anyways, on to my thoughts about the film…I enjoyed it, quite a bit.  Probably helps that the movie was made in the 1970s and that’s my all time favorite era for vampire movies.  What I enjoyed most about the movie was it’s ‘weird’ ambiguity.   Lemora representing Dracula with lesbian undertones also made for an interesting coming of age story, possibly influenced by Alice in Wonderland or Little Red Riding.  Visually there was a steady pace of the strange and creepy that I found captivating.  And I liked that it left you wondering what happens in the end.   Only thing I’d complain about is that the minor characters got a little too bizarre at times.  All-in-all, his movie is unique and definitely worth viewing.

Since I really should be writing Bloodleggers and editing The Courier, I suggest you read more over at Film Threat about this movie.  They’ve got a pretty good summary and review of it.

My Fangtastic Rating:  4 out of 5

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