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Thursday, July 29, 2010

OK.. finally something interesting...

Finally something interesting--- my book cover!  Yes, ladies and gents.. I really am an actual writer.  Hard as that may be to believe, given some of the posts on this site, but its true.  There is definitely a writer in here.   October 9th is the release date so get ready for the dance.  I will be posting it here and on YouTube.  I'm also putting the link to Sugar and Spice here so you can go check out my book and all of the other fabulous sexy adventures contained therein.  Hehe.. I used the word "therein."

Oh... and the summary...


Can mercy be a sin?
                Lonely bookstore manager Theo Chandler lost herself in Hurricane Katrina.  Found wandering alone in a swamp with no memory of her life before the storm, she has spent the last few years building a half-life where no one touches her so no one can guess her secret.  Only Father Jerome, a voodoo priest who witnessed her birth, and the minions of Lucifer know her true identity and the monster she could become.
                As the last of the Grigori, Heaven’s guardians of humankind on Earth, the angel Saraquel should destroy beautiful Theo before the forces of Hell use her to destroy him, humanity, or even Heaven itself.  But like Jerome, he sees the humanity in her that far outshines the hidden demon.  He forms a connection to her that he has never known with anyone else through all his immortal life.  Choosing to protect her, he joins Theo and Jerome in a fight to bring down hell’s design and save her human soul.


How's that for romance novel blurby goodness??  Try doing a dramatic reading.  You'll giggle, I promise!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Layout! And a werewolf sex discussion...

OK, so after much screaming and gnashing of teeth, I have a new blog layout.  Its hopefully more readable than the other one and so all the harassing phone calls from my "classic" friends will stop.  I've gone back to the Beastie story for a while.  I think I've fixed my problem and will hopefully have it ready for submission in a month.  Not as quick as I'd like-- the old girl has to go back to work in a few weeks-- but I'm trying to be realistic and put less pressure on myself.

So while I was at lunch with my peeps today, we got to talking about the incredible blech factor involved in the ending of the Twilight series.  Now, if you haven't read Breaking Dawn yet, stop reading here.  There will be spoilers.  Anyway, so we all know that you've got a combination of bestiality and pedophilia going on in that book.  And discussing that fact brought us into a discussion about whether you should have werewolves and people sex scenes going on.  Personally, that weirds me out a little.  In my book, as it stands right now, there are no scenes of a person and a wolf getting it on-- even though my werewolf has a human consciousness-- it just creeps me out.  But does that take away from the nature of the werewolf, therefore figuratively cutting his balls off??  I mean, I complain that the Twilight vampires have no teeth and therefore, no balls.  So should it not be what's good for the goose is good for the gander?  I'm not sure.  But I will say this-- most erotica publishers that I've spoken to say that they don't like that.  Its too close to bestiality for them.  So what do you think?  Would a love scene between a werewolf, in all his wolfy glory, and a human turn you off?  Hmmm.. food for thought...

Friday, July 23, 2010

NEW STORY!!!

OK, folks.  After having a conversation with my most excellent publisher last night, I've decided to do a little experiment.  I've never been able to write short fiction very much, so I've decided to try it.  15K tops with as little plot as possible.  Think I can do it?? Hmmm.. I'm not sure.  Now, don't worry.  I haven't abandoned the Beast.  He's still there lurking, but I had to strike while this iron is hot.  Anyway... I've put the first section below if you'd like to read and give me your opinion.
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Title:  Wreath of Barbs
Author:  Alexandra Christian
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Scarlett clutched the piece of paper tightly in her hand as she walked down the rain-soaked streets.  She wasn’t sure why she was doing this.  Nothing else had helped so what made her think that going to some club was going to work?  The wind blew, sprinkling her face with cold rain and uncertainty as she tried to make out the address from the smeared ink.  This had to be it, but there seemed to be no place to go.  She turned down the alley, her heart beating faster.  This was how people got themselves murdered, she thought.  Maybe that’s what Dr. Reznik had meant for her to do.  After all, she’d said she wanted to die.
The sound of her heavy chunked heel beat like an arrhythmia as she continued down the alley.  A homeless woman looked up at her as she passed, offering up a hat for spare change.  Scarlett kept her eyes forward, praying that nothing would notice her.  Finally the beat of her steps turned into the heavy downbeat of music coming from someplace close by.  A single, small light glimmered in the distance and she realized that she must be going the right direction.  As she got closer, she could make out a couple of people standing outside a small door.  She ducked into the shadows, not sure if she wanted to be seen just yet.  The people going inside, dressed all in shades of black and red, never looked up, seemingly too interested in the haze and smoke coming from inside.  “This is it,” she thought.  “I either have to turn back now or get past the point of no return.”  
No return.  Those were his exact words when she’d told Dr. Reznik her plan weeks ago. 

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wumpscut - Wreath of barbs



OMG... I have a new favorite song that I'm listening to over and over. You have to give this a listen.. its really amazing. And really kind of speaks to me as a writer right now. Definitely one for the Hellsong soundtrack!! Thanks DJ Emm!

... and they say Second Life isn't good for something...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Long Hand vs. Computer Typing

So the Ghost Hunter and I were having a conversation earlier this evening about typing vs. handwritten and transcription.  I kind of straddle the fence on this.  Sometimes I can just sit down in front of the computer and go for days and days.  Something about the sound of my fingers clicking over the keys faster and faster can sometimes urge me to keep going.  Other times its just so damn intimidating.  There are so many pretty distractions, yes, but sometimes just the thought of seeing that big white page is scary.  In those cases, I've found that sitting down with my notebook can be more effective.  Sometimes I can even get more words out there faster that way.  Any thoughts??  What's the best method for you?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Writers' Blog....

Not only can I not write a book this week, apparently I can't write a blog either.  I'm not sure why I've been so distracted.  I really am trying.  I did actually salvage my evening by having dinner with my family.  But as for writing-- the past couple of days have just been awful.  I can't seem to focus.  Others might say its because I'm distracted with facebook or this or SL.. but no.  Those are just symptoms of a bigger problem.  I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm finally up to some really interesting smut.  And its intimidating me!  I'm not sure why, smut has always been my forte, but for some reason its just eluding me this time.  Oh well...

So... how's your life?  Anything going on?  Entertain me.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Diatribes...

OK... The discussion has come up lately about dialogue.  How much is too much?  Can you ever have too much?  Well... everyone knows that I am a dialogue whore.  As a reader, I don't want to read 3 pages of dense description with no breaks.  Others that I've spoken to have mentioned that when they read, they actually skip some of the description to get to the talking.  I can't stand when I read something and the author is afraid to let the characters speak.  Cuz let's face it folks-- we spend most of our lives talking.  Don't believe me?  Look down at your phone with unlimited text, social networks, crackberries, games with chat ability, etc.  HUMANS TALK!!  That's not to say that your book/story/whatever should look like a screenplay. The author, as an artist, has to make choices of where to put that dialogue and how much is necessary.  He or she must also take advantage of that opportunity to give insight into what the character(s) are thinking as they conversation is going on and give adequate description therein.  But the idea that cutting dialogue is creatively sound is ludicrous.  Because the brain is such a wondrous weapon, we have no idea what people are thinking.  We find out through discourse, analysis of body language and tone of voice.  All these things can only be described through using dialogue in our writing.

Anywho, didn't mean to get on my soapbox.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday

Greetings party people!  Its been a couple of days laced with insomnia, micronaps and incessant writing, but I think I'm ready to be among the living again.  This morning I got up after a hearty 6.5 hours of sleep, had breakfast and exercised.  I've also been to the grocery store for supplies to make a lemon pie in reverence of my mother.  My mom died two years ago tomorrow and so instead of being all mopey and sad, we've decided to have a classic "Mom dinner" and be together.  Its definitely something my mother would have wanted, seeing as how she was never happiest as when all her "chicks" were in the same roost.  But you know, I hadn't thought until just this minute-- maybe Mom's death anniversary is what has caused all this insomnia and obsessive writing.  Staying in my own little world to not think about things that might be a little painful still.  Hmm.. how's that for dimestore psychology?

As for the WIP, I've written and deleted lots of things.  I think I just really need to not think so hard about things and let the story fall into place the way it will.  I know where its going, I know what's going to happen-- its just hard to get there.  I feel like I'm running out of words.  The good news is, hopefully on Thursday I'll get to go out with two of my favorite chicas (the other favorite chica is unfortunately trapped 2.5 hours away) and I'm sure they'll help me get going.

So how's everyone else's writing projects?  I like to hear other people's woes.  Come-- we commiserate together.

And just in case you need it---  dance like a fool and get out that stress.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dream Your Way Out of Plotholes

OK, I haven't posted anything of substance in the last few days because, honestly-- I had nothing to report. I was having some serious problems getting the words out.  Its one of those situations where I knew exactly where I was going, but really had no idea how to get there.  The devil's in the details right?  But Thursday I  went out with my BFF and got another 1500 pounded out, but still I was struggling when I got home.  So yesterday I decided to just say "fuck it" and went to a movie.  And yes, you might as well know, I sat down all by my lonesome with a huge bag of popcorn, a drink and every soccer mom in the surrounding area and saw Eclipse.  I just turned my brain off and let the sparkly vampires and teenaged angst rain down on me.  This was good because the werewolf thing kind of got my brain going a little.  Anyhow, I just played the whole rest of the day.  Went and browsed a CD shop, had some Chik-fil-A and played cards with my sibs.  Now here's the weird part-- I was really tired and when I went to bed, I slept like a rock. But I had this strange dream about getting Milk Duds stuck in my teeth and watching a cooking show with Gordon Ramsay.  But when I woke up-- I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen next!!!  Nothing about the dream had anything to do with werewolves, sex or Beauty and the Beast, but for some reason, it opened up my brain.

That being said-- why am I blogging instead of writing?

Friday, July 9, 2010

VNV Nation - Carbon



Just thought I'd post a few of the songs from the Hellsong playlist in case you saw something you wondered about. This is one of the best.

I know....

Bad blogger! Bad, bad blogger!  I was here yesterday and just chose not to blog.  I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  But, ladies and gentlemen-- I've found a new song for your listening pleasure.  See-- hanging out at the Industrial Club on SL is useful for something. Hit Me Hard and Hit Me Fast is a really good song to get out some tension.  Give it a listen.

So I think I'm over my page phobia.  Now its just typing phobia.  I have about 2,000 words written in my notebook, I just have to type them.  And guess what... I DON'T WANNA!!! WAAAAHHH!!!  Ok, I've had my tantrum and now I'm done.  I'll be fine and in typing form.  Maybe I'll even add something new.

OH-- I have to give a shout out to Chelsea M. at Lookville.  Got a nice email from her this morning complimenting my blog.  Thanks girl!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Phobia Continues...

Maybe I've just psyched myself out.  Perhaps I'm just unable to make the words flow out on paper.  Maybe subconsciously I'm waiting until tomorrow... Who knows?  Or perhaps I'll have a burst of inspiration about midnight and be up for the rest of the night.  One can only hope....

Page Phobia

Once more into the breach, dear friends.  I can report from the trenches that author Alex Christian has Page Phobia this morning.  Its not quite writers' block, but something more sinister.  She is actually afraid to look at the blank page after her marathon of just staring at it for 6 hours yesterday.  I added a few hundred words yesterday, but that's not really an accomplishment after staring at the computer for a LONG time.

Some of you may frequent online social communities.  Not blogs, but communities.  My social community of choice is Second Life.  The great and terrible thing about SL is that you can totally escape from your life for a bit.  So when I couldn't sleep and couldn't write last night-- I escaped to a Goth club in SL.  It was fun.  My little avatar shook her groove thing and the industrial rave mix was great.  But this morning I have the same crummy effects as if I had gone to a real one.  I'm sleepy and cringing at the sunlight.  Sad isn't it?  See... that's my SL avatar.  Doesn't she look relaxed? LOL

I was wondering as I write this:  Do you prefer to read blogs that have these huge blocks of text and paragraphs that seem neverending or would you rather read short and sweet blips about someone's day? Me personally, I'd much rather just read some short blip and then comment.  I get overwhelmed when I look at other people's blogs and its this fifty page opus on something useful like how to create tension between characters.  I end up skimming it.  So it really isn't that I have nothing to say, I just really don't want to create that long sigh of boredom.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Morning honey...

Well folks, its a new day and I am excited.  Hopefully I can add to my wordcount today and have time to clean my house.  You know how it is... just after vacation and everything's just kind of sitting on any available surfaces.  Oh well.  It'll get done.

So it was brought to my attention that Beauty and the Beast is NOT a Brothers Grimm fairy tale.  Just thought I'd announce it since it was so important that it had to be looked up and corrected.  However, I believe that the version of Beauty and the Beast that I was reading from was in a large book entitled "Grimm's Fairy Tales."  However, as I always say, "Those people are dead, its public domain-- who gives a happy fat rat's ass?"  

Which brings me to something else that I've been reminded of in the wake of being rejected by a freakin' Livejournal group.  I think there are an awful lot of people out there that take pleasure in simply writing about writing and criticizing others.  I've been through lots of blogs lately and that's what I've found-- especially in Livejournal.  All these people sitting around in groups talking about doing things, but never doing them.  It bothers me a little.  Because I know that many of those folks probably have a lot of potential, they're just scared to go out on a limb and do it.  Probably because they're afraid of being rejected by a Livejournal group or being publicly critiqued.  Simply put-- its easier to pretend to be a writer than actually being one.  There... *stepping down off my soapbox* I've said it.

As I step ever closer to my release date in October, I find myself thinking more and more about promotion.  Any ideas out there?  Cuz I'm drawing a blank.  But in the words of Scarlett O'Hara... I'll just think about that tomorrow.  For now I've got another manuscript to finish.

Monday, July 5, 2010

As promised...

I am so proud of me! A friend of mine said that she was having trouble posting a comment on my blog. So I set out to get it fixed and I think I did!!  I'm so proud. 

Alright, its 12:17 EST... should I attempt to add another 1,000 or so words to my wordcount today?  Eh... not sure my heart is in it.  I finished a chapter earlier that I wasn't really sure about.  It had to happen, if only to establish that our hero isn't a complete asshat.  But I'm doing what I always do-- falling in love with my main character and therefore spending way too much time fantasizing about taking his clothes off.  Therefore, it creates a dissonance in what I should be doing and what I want to do.  But I have it open in case inspiration strikes.

That being said-- who are those special heroes that we fall for? Is it the dark and broody Alphas like Heathcliff or Bruce Wayne?  Or are you more likely to fall for the quiet sensitivity of our own Edward Cullen?  Me-- I'm more of an alpha girl myself.  Give 'em to me mean and bloodthirsty.  What's your flavor?

Kickin' Out the Jams!

OK... I am never one to brag, honest. I try to be a humble and kind person at all times. However, I must say-- I wrote 3,000 words in 3 hours yesterday. I was so proud of me! I've really gotten going on this Beauty and the Beast thing. That being said-- I really wish I could think of a title for this thing. I don't want to call it Beauty and the Beast, the No Holds Barred edition, but its starting to look like my only option. Any suggestions? I'll be glad to entertain them.

In Hellsong news, I was told earlier this past weekend that it is scheduled for release in October. Woohooo! Always a lucky month for me. I met my husband in October and despite all reports-- that was lucky.

Alright, I promise I'll blog more later. Right now I just don't have that much to say. Its early, what can I say. And I have to get to work on the Beast. I left them right in the middle of a tawdry scene. Can't just leave them like that----

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Back to work...


Well greets and mistreats, folks. I know, Padre. Its been a long time since my last confession. But I had a good excuse. I was lying on the beach plotting new deeds. And now I feel pretty energized. That's not to say that I couldn't use another week away from life.

So I've discovered that I'm really enjoying writing a story to which the skeleton has already been filled in by those good ol' Brothers Grimm. Of course the two of them would probably be turning in their graves to see what I'm doing to their sweet little hero and heroine. But its alright because I'm sure a little sexual arousal is just what they need in their crypt. I know I could use a little in mine :-). But yes, I really recommend re-working an old fairy tale if you're in a writing rut. Even if it never sees the light of day, it can get your creative juices flowing. Pick a favorite and do your worst.

While I was at the beach, I read the most INCREDIBLE BOOK!! Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is a fantastic book by Seth Graheme-Smith (of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fame). Not only does it turn an iconic historical figure into a kickass hero-- but it actually made me want to read a serious biography of Abraham Lincoln. And it weaves the vampires into American history so effortlessly that it seems plausible. I would definitely rush out and get a copy if I were you. Of course I had to get a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to read next. Its pretty good so far. I haven't really had time to read a lot of it. But more importantly, I noticed how many knock-offs there were at the bookstore. And it got me thinking---- Wuthering Heights and Vampires! Or some other supernatural thing. Now, if you've never read Wuthering Heights, its kind of a ghost story in its own right. But I contend that Heathcliff (the anti-hero) is by far the sexiest male character in classic literature. He'd make a great vampire. And he sure as shit wouldn't sparkle.

Anyway.... just some thoughts.