Archive for September 23rd, 2013

Today I finally saw The Conjuring, and I had to see it on my own because a couple of my friends were too spooked to go with me.


Of course now that I’ve seen it I’ve gotta say that is one *||@# SCARY movie!

You know why?  Because most of the time you don’t SEE ANYTHING.  It’s the same principle that worked so effectively in Jaws.  Remember how for most of the movie all you see is that nasty fin sticking up out of the water and then you hear John Williams’ brilliant da-DUM…. da DUM…. music?  Spielberg and his team had planned to show a lot more of the shark, but most of the time the mechanical creature wouldn’t cooperate.  So he went with the what-you-can’t-see-can-kill-you angle, and you wait and wait for something horrible to happen because you know it’s coming.  From a literary standpoint, it’s brilliant storytelling.

The Conjuring works the same way.  You know that whatever is in that haunted house is way ahead of the humans and just playing with them.  Sure, you all may not believe in ghosts or anything paranormal, but when I see movies I like to suspend belief and just enjoy them.  So in a twisted way, I enjoyed getting the crap scared out of me today.

And now for something literary and not scary at all, which is…


Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle.


When indie author Jessica Bell thought about why she was writing and publishing, she also wondered about other indie writers’ stories.  The result?

The anthology Indiestructible was born.

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Buy Indiestructible—support the indie author and an amazing charity—TODAY!


eBook: $0.99 USD
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
ISBN 10: 0987593102
ISBN 13: 9780987593108
Language: English, Edited & Compiled: by Jessica Bell

Contributing authors:  Alex J. Cavanaugh <> Angela Brown <> Anne R. Allen <> Briane Pagel <> C.S. Lakin <> Ciara Knight <> Cindy M. Hogan <> D. Robert Pease <> Dawn Ius <> Emily White <> Greg Metcalf <> Jadie Jones <> Jessica Bell <> Karen Bass <> Karen Walker <> Kristie Cook <> Laura Diamond <> Laura Pauling <> Laurel Garver <> Leigh Talbert Moore <> Lori Robinson <> Melissa Foster <> Michael Offutt <> Michelle Davidson Argyle <> Rick Daley <> Roz Morris <> S.R. Johannes <> Stephen Tremp <> Susan Kaye Quinn