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Happy Halloween! (Other Writer Wednesday Open Thread)

Happy costumes and free candy day, folks! In lieu of candy*, I’m still giving away free e-copies of my paranormal fantasy novel, Restless Spirits. This Halloween promotion ends at 11:59 PM PST tonight, so get it while it’s still free.

*Only on the Internet, not at my door, because I do not want my house to get TP’d.

This is also the last Wednesday of the month, and hence, OPEN PIMP THREAD. Have something to promote? Tell my readers about it in the  comments.

And to help celebrate the holiday, here are some relevant links.

The Anything Ghost Halloween Special

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

The Halloween Blog Hop

Marble Hornets (It’s scary watch it!)

Story Time Tuesday: Eucha Falls, Part Three

Eucha Falls

Part Three

Part OnePart Two

 

It was like watching a home movie in slow motion. Everything was colored in the golden, hazy light of nostalgia. Watching the sky and the trees go by out the car window, her parents in the front seat, Scottie with her in the back. It was one of the rare times when they didn’t fight or jostle each other for elbow room. They were too happy, too excited.

 

And then the bridge, and excitement and anticipation about what lay on the other side. They could already see it on the other side, the big red sign, all lit up, shining bright even in the day.
Then they were walking up the path, her and Scottie, hand in hand. She didn’t see her parents, but they had to be there, probably lagging behind. Fern greeted them at the ticket booth, the kindly, chubby old lady with the yellow, thinning curls and the smile ringed in bright red lipstick. “There’s my red-headed girl!” she said by way of greeting. “It’s about time you two were back with us!” She handed Melanie a balloon, which she passed along to Scottie, and waved them both through the gate.

News and Progress for Halloween Week, 2012

  • First of all, if you’re visiting from the Halloween Blog Hop, hi! Please enjoy my little blog, and click here to read about my top 5 scariest film monsters, and tell us who your scariest monster is in the comments.
  • Speaking of Halloween, if you’re looking for a fun and spooky read to get you into the holiday mood, my paranormal fantasy novel, Restless Spirits, is FREE for the Kindle from now until midnight on Halloween. Get it here.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve made a progress report for Dominion of the Damned. I edited Chapter 38 this morning, and I’ve got about a dozen chapters left to go. I have now shorn up all of the plot holes and character inconsistencies, and there’s only one major thing left to fix that caused all of my beta readers to raise their eyebrows. So the rest of the edits should go pretty quickly. I’m hoping to be done with it by the end of this week.

    After that, I still want to set it aside for a week or so and then give it one more read-through to make sure I caught all of the errors and typos, and that I didn’t create any new ones during my revisions. Once that’s done, I’m thinking of offering free ARCs to a handful of volunteers who are willing to give it an honest review in a public place (as opposed to just telling me what they think) and to tell me if they catch any errors that I missed. So I think we’re looking at an early-to-mid December release (I don’t want to release it in the middle of NaNoWriMo, anyway).

    And in the mean time, I think I’m going to experiment with pre-selling it on Kickstarter. Mostly, I want to have experience with Kickstarter so I can teach others how to use it, but if I can pre-sell enough copies to raise the funds I need to finalize the cover, that would be awesome.

  • In other news, I thought I knew what my next book was going to be, but my actual next book came and whapped me upside the head the other day and told me to write it instead. I’ll tell you more about it when I’m closer to actually starting it, but for now I’ll tell you this–it’s a real departure from anything I’ve written before, and my most ambitious story yet in terms of world-building and the prep-work and research that I’ll have to do. That’s why I usually write contemporary and urban fantasy and horror–I tend to be really lazy in the research and world-building areas, and it’s so much easier to write in an era and setting that I’m already familiar with, and just make up the fantastical parts.

    But this… it’s steampunk, for one thing, and historical (well, alternate history, but you have to know something about history in the first place in order to alter it convincingly), and it’s going to be a lot of work. But I’m really excited about it, and I can’t wait to get started, and I really can’t wait to tell you what it’s all about.

  • Friday Five: Five Scariest Film Monsters (Blog Hop)

    I’m combining the introduction of a new regular feature with the advent of Halloween and the upcoming Blog Hop I’ll be joining in next week.  Introducing my Friday Five — which I know is not a new concept, but instead of five random things from the week, I’ll be posting my top (or, occasionally, bottom) five list for a given category.

    This week’s category? In the spirit of Halloween, I give you my Top Five Scariest Film* Monsters:

    *I’m using the term “film” loosely to include both movies and television, and even YouTube. Why? Because Marble Hornets.

    Five: The Gentlemen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Hush”) – They have faces like grinning skulls, they float along with their creepy, straight-jacketed henchmen who look like something out of Silent Hill, they steal everyone’s voices, and oh, did I mention that they come into your room and hold you down and cut out your heart and you can’t scream because of the whole stolen voices thing? Easily the scariest demons from all seven seasons of Buffy.

    The Next Big Thing

    Suspense author Jeremy Bates was kind enough to tag me for participation in this freeze-tag style blog hop that’s going around Authorville, which works like this: if you get tagged (see who I’ve tagged at the bottom of this post), just copy the following ten questions about your current work in progress and answer them over on your own blog, and then pay it forward by tagging five more authors by linking their blogs or websites at the bottom of your post and e-mailing them to let them know they’re it.

    My own WIP is, as you most likely know already if you’ve been here any amount of time, Dominion of the Damned, of which I’ve got about fifteen chapters left to put a final polish on before releasing it into the wild. Without further ado…

    THE TEN QUESTIONS:

    Other Writer Wednesday: Call For Submissions

    I’d like to start a new feature on my blog, designating Wednesdays for promoting other indie authors and their work. I’ll accept guest posts and book spotlights, and they’ll be scheduled in the order that I receive them. Guidelines are listed below.

    The last Wednesday of each month, instead of posting a submission, I’ll simply host an open pimping thread where anyone with something to promote can leave a link to it in the comments.

    Reviews & interviews–at least, those conducted by me–aren’t part of this. I simply don’t have the time to do them on anything resembling a regular basis.

    Guidelines

    Guest Posts

    Maximum word count: 1,000 words. I try to run a family-friendly blog, so keep it clean. This isn’t the place to promote erotica or anything x-rated, and I reserve the right to use my best judgement as to whether something is appropriate for my audience. This blog is pretty eclectic and runs a gamut of topics, but try to tie it into any of the following topics: self-publishing advice & experiences, writing advice, the craft of writing, inspiration for your story, pop culture & fandom. Avoid political screeds, and be respectful of beliefs that differ from your own. This isn’t that kind of blog.

    Include your byline, author bio, author photo, a link back to your blog, and purchasing links to the book that you’re currently promoting, along with a cover graphic.

    Book Spotlight

    Include your author photo and bio, your book’s description and cover (if you have a series, you can describe the whole series, but please choose only one cover image to represent it), links to purchase, and links to your blog and social networks.

    Again, I reserve the right to use my best judgment as to whether your book is appropriate for my audience.

    ***

    You can comment here, e-mail me, or PM me on Facebook with any questions. E-mail your submission to jmbauhaus @ gmail.com.

    Story Time Tuesday: Eucha Falls (formerly Blackwood Park) Part Two

    With Blackwood Park being only a working title, I’ve settled on the actual title of my abandoned amusement park story: Eucha Falls. I’ve racked my brain trying to remember what the park in my recurring dream was actually called, but it’s just not coming to me. At any rate, this new title feels more fitting, and definitely less like a rip-off of Rosswood Park (and you get a cookie if you know that reference).

    So here’s the next scene.

    Blackwood Park

    Eucha Falls

    Part Two

    Click here for Part One.

    “You sure you want to watch this?” asked Shane.

    Back in the safety of Melanie’s room in the small house she shared with two other renters, she had already booted up her laptop and plugged in the camera. “I’m sure.” As the video player opened to the beginning of the footage, she reached to click the start button, but Shane grabbed her hand.

    “Mel, you don’t know what we’re going to see on here. Maybe I should watch it alone first. Then I can prepare you for… for whatever.”

    “You mean for watching my brother’s murder. You think I haven’t thought of that? That I haven’t been thinking about anything else since we found this thing?”

    “I know. I just meant—”

    “I know what you meant.” She took hold of his hand with her free on and gently pried it away. She didn’t let go, but squeezed it as she said, “If that’s what’s on this tape, then I need to see it. I need to know.”

    He didn’t look convinced, but he nodded. Melanie took a deep breath, and clicked Play.

    ‘WriMo Out; Blog Hop In

    I’ve been dithering back and forth on this decision, but I think it’s time to pick one, stick with it, and make it official: for the first time since 2006, I’ll be bowing out of NaNoWriMo this year.

    It’s a tough decision, because I always look forward to ‘WriMo. It’s my second favorite thing about November (the first being my mom’s pumpkin roll). I’ve already got an outline ready, and up until recently I had been planning to spend November turning it into a rough draft.

    But then all of that job business happened, and I’m still scrambling to catch up from the six weeks of having no time to edit Dominion. I actually think I’m on track to finish this round of edits by the end of October, but I’m going to want to let it sit for a week or two and then give it one more read-through before unleashing it on the public. And there is also a lot of promotional work to be done between now and when I finally release it in December.

    Also, I know from plenty of past experience that no matter how good my intentions of picking back up and working on other projects after I’m finished with NaNoWriMo, it won’t happen. Come December I’d be too worn out from chasing that 50,000 word count, and it would be closer to February before I found the energy to start writing and editing again. I think it’s best this time around if I just stick with the momentum I’ve currently got going and keep moving forward at a pace that will get writing done consistently without wearing me out and requiring long breaks.

    What’s also helping my decision is the fact that my local ‘WriMo group’s weekend write-ins are getting moved this year from my neighborhood library to one clear across town–actually, in a neighboring town–which is farther than I want to have to drive. There’ll be some weeknight write-ins a bit closer to home, but week nights aren’t very convenient for me, either. So I’m taking the new write-in schedule as confirmation that I’m not meant to do ‘WriMo this year. Which, I’m a little sad about, because I love our local ‘WriMo group, and I’ll miss hanging out with them this year. But I’m well past the point where I need ‘WriMo to help me get books written. At any rate, I’ll be cheering from the sidelines, and good luck and many happy returns to all of this years’ brave word warriors.

    I will, however, be participating in Jeremy Bates’ Halloween Blog Hop in the run up to Halloween this year. This is my first blog hop, so that’s a little exciting. If you’d like to join me, head over to Jeremy’s blog for details and to sign up, and then come back here during the final days of October to tell us all about your favorite scary or paranormal book.

    Halloween Blog Hop

    Some Things To Note

    Firstly: I redid my main website, and my blog is now my homepage–you can go right to it at jeanmariebauhaus.com and BAM! Blog. If you’re on Livejournal, hopefully you’re actually able to read this and I set all of that up correctly.

    Secondly: I started that podcast. The first episode is over here. It’s not too long, so you should listen to it and give me feedback. Or ask me some self-publishing or writing questions that I can answer in a future episode.

    Thirdly: I had my first Book Wrangler consultation client today, and I think it went well, and will lead to more work, so YAY!

    Fourthly: Peanut butter sure is delicious.

    Fifthly: Seriously, you guys, every time I consider doing Paleo and I almost manage to convince myself that I could live without cheese, I remember that peanut butter’s not allowed and I’m like, “NOPE!”

    Sixthly: I’m going to start a new Tumblr for random stuff like the above, and for re-blogging all of the geeky fandom stuff I’m always liking over there, and it will be the new Marzipan Pie Plate Bingo. I’ll let y’all know once I get around to that. No, wait–here it is!

    Story Time Tuesday: Blackwood Park

    As I work on getting Dominion and my trunk novel The Hero Factor ready for publication, I’ll be exercising my writing muscles by working on my short story skills.  This story, started a week or so before I started that job that didn’t work out and tentatively titled Blackwood Park, isn’t really that short — I think it’s going to come out to around 15,000 words when all is said and done, so more of a novellette, really. This is why I need to practice the short part of short stories. But it’s appropriate for Halloween season, and hopefully by committing to updating it each week I’ll be motivated to write new scenes on the weekends. And so, I give you Story Time Tuesdays, wherein subsequent parts of this story will appear each Tuesday until it’s done, and hopefully after that, newer, shorter stories will get written and posted.

    Blackwood Park

    Part One

     

    NO NEW LEADS IN MISSING TEENS CASE

    TULSA, Oklahoma – One year after two Tulsa teenagers went missing, state and local investigators say there are no new leads in the case. Scott Fisher, 18, and James Lee, 17, had told friends and family that they were going to spend the weekend of August 20th hiking and camping in the woods near Lake Eucha. They were last seen the morning of the 20th in a convenience store just outside of Locust Grove. Witnesses, including the store clerk, say that nothing appeared odd or unusual about the boys.

    A team of police and rescuers were dispatched to search the lake and surrounding areas after the boys failed to return home or check in on the following Monday. Fisher’s car was found abandoned and burned on the side of a dead-end road just off of Highway 10, near the site of the abandoned Blackwood Park amusement park. Despite the apparent car fire, Police found no evidence of either a car accident or foul play, and the search and rescue team found no trace of either boy. 

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