So, I did a guest post for a group called The Fictorians, a fantastic writer’s group that sprung up because of Superstars Writing Seminar.  By the by, if you’re unfamiliar with Superstars or have been wondering if you should do it, you really should.  It’s a great time, you meet lots of very cool people, make some new friends, and learn a ginormous amount of information.  More on Superstars found here:

http://superstarswriting.com/

 

Anyways, here’s my post.  Also, hi mom!

http://www.fictorians.com/2014/07/16/when-youve-got-support/

A few things

Firstly, let me apologize to anyone who went looking for Blood and Satin and Bonds of Blood on Amazon.  Because the titles are so similar, Amazon assumed they were the same book and listed them as such.  It should be fixed now.

Secondly, and more exciting, book 3 in the Blood and Satin series, Sacrifices is now available.

 

Blood and Satin 3 6x9 B&N

 

It’s available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords currently for 3.99 a piece and should filter out to the other sites shortly.  Yes, yes, I need to get on the ball with Kobo and work on paperbacks.   I will…eventually.

If you haven’t checked out the other two, click the links at the top of this post for Amazon.  Here is Blood and Satin and Bonds of Blood for B&N.  And Blood and Satin and Bonds of Blood for Smashwords.

 

And, of course, many, many thanks to my cover artist Keith Draws for fantastically gorgeous cover art.

 

 

Finally.  Spammers go away.  Now.  I don’t like you.

New Vampire Novella

First of all, wow, the spam is strong this week.  Holy monkey farts, Batman.  Please understand, if you spam my blog, I will nuke your comment without a second thought.

Now, on to the good stuff.

Book two for Blood and Satin, Bonds of Blood is out!

Blood and Satin Final Artwork2 B&N

It is available at Amazon and Smashwords currently, but expect it to filter out to the other sites shortly.

 

Also, look for book three at the beginning of August.  Sacrifices.

The One Thing I Would Have Done Differently

Study science.

Go ahead, be artsy, do the music and the language and the art, but also STUDY SCIENCE.

Get a minor, do a summer internship, do a double major.  There’s nothing and no one that says you can’t study arts and sciences.  Do it and you’ll thank yourself later.

Why?  Why in the world should I study science?  It’s hard and complicated.

Of COURSE it’s hard.  If it was easy, any idiot with access to household chemicals could do a world of damage.  But that’s not why it’s hard.  It’s not hard to prevent people from doing, it’s hard because it helps us do more.  It’s important and vital to human development.  It gives us medicine, computers, jewelry, central heating and cooling, television, and a better understanding of our world overall.  It warns us of natural disasters, medical issues, and a whole host of other problems.

But it can give you a sense of wonder, open your eyes to the universe and really broaden your horizons.  No one wants to talk to someone who just talks about music or art or 16th century poets.  Conversations are diverse and complex (unless your only source of information is tabloids, then it’s quite simple and dull).  Even a small amount of understanding about the world through science does amazing things for your sense of purpose.

It gives you a base of reference.  If you’re a writer, you have a knowledge base to pull from.  If someone says something scientific on the TV, you know what they’re talking about.  If there’s a warning about something, you can figure out just what that means for you.  Medical diagnoses, books, games, movies.  It goes on and on.

“Learning science removes the mystery!” some might argue.

Well, that’s kind of the point.  Scientists are curious.  They want to know how or why.  They’re not satisfied with “because I said so” or “because it is.”  And neither should you.  Believe me, learning about how and why the world works only makes me more awestruck.  The universe is a big, big place and the qualifications for life are so specific, I am amazed on a daily basis that we’re even here.  It’s very humbling and inspiring.  We’re here, we might as well do something with it.

Finally, if you study a science, it makes you a better job candidate.  You can’t get far with an arts or language degree.  Trust me.  I have first hand experience with this.  Get a minor in science.  Get a double major in science.  Do the internships.  Take the online courses.  Get the certifications.  You’ll thank me later.

So, study science.  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Biology, Astronomy, Ecology, Computer Science.  Something.  Do it for yourself.  Don’t do it because I say you should.  Do it because you’ll enjoy some part of it, either the learning, the knowing, or the doing.  Yeah, it’s hard, but there’s something to be said for getting your hands dirty and using knowledge you didn’t know you had.  It’s worth it.

Iron Man 3 review

Okay, I’m going to try to keep the spoilers to a minimum.  Seriously though, why haven’t you seen this movie yet?

Iron Man is kind of our thing.  We saw the first movie on our first date ever.  I have a soft spot for Tony Stark.

Not like that, weirdo.

Robert Downey Jr. is a good looking guy, no lie.  But that’s not the only reason I watch it.

I grew up watching Fox Saturday morning cartoons of X-men, Spiderman, and Iron Man.  While RDJ’s Tony Stark is completely different from the comic book Stark, I love him.  He’s snarky, a little bit arrogant (okay a lot, shut up), funny, and smart.

The movie is good.  It’s pretty funny, good action, and a compelling story.  There’s a good romance too.  They kept a lot of Whedon’s character developments from Avengers as well.

Ben Kingsley is absolutely brilliant as the Mandarin.  It’s one of my favorite parts.  There’s another part, in the final show down, that just gave me chills.  I’ll give you a hint.  Party Protocol.  Very neat.

I know a lot of comic book fans have a lot of issues with the movie.  And I get it.  I look at movies first to entertain.  Are the characters engaging?  Is the plot (suspending disbelief) believable?  Do they cross any lines I’m uncomfortable with?  Iron Man 3 met my criteria.

However, a die hard X-men fan myself, I get why they’re mad.  We won’t talk about the Fox X-men movies.  It’s too painful.  So I understand their pain, but I just really like the movie.  I guess I’m a little partial.  Feel free to post your feelings in the comments.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please be advised, there may be spoilers in the comments.  I won’t filter that.

If you get hateful, I will nuke your comment.