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The End of an Era

I've already crossposted this to Facebook, and am linking here as well to cover all friends and family who may have not seen it on the other two sites.

http://defiledcurator.com/2011/03/28/the-end-of-an-era/

We're fine, still friends and any and all friends we made during the course of our relationship, regardless of which one of us was the initial contact, are still friends to both of us. We're not going anywhere, at least not until we've graduated, and have no plans to drop off anyone's radar. Feel free to contact either of us without any hesitation; we're both okay.

Website

So, after collecting a handful of fiction bylines and a dozen plus reviews/interviews for Dark Markets and Horror News, I finally got around to creating my own site. I figured it was the right time for it.

I've got some tweaking to do (mostly in the thumbnail design department) once I find time to learn a little php, but for now it doesn't look too bad. Now that the site's up, the Blogspots are going dark. Everything's going to show up on the new site instead.

http://www.defiledcurator.com

I'm keeping the LJ, though I've never posted that much on it. I'll probably just post my random odds and ends here like I always have.

Writer's Block: Bitter aftertaste

Do you judge people based on their taste in music? How has musical taste either enhanced or detracted from your relationships (including friends, roommates, and romantic partners)?


Not usually, but I make exceptions for Juggalos and fans of David Allan Coe.

For everyone else, I just tease them (I have a coworker who's nineteen and listens to the worst of 90s music - think Third Eye Blind level crap) and expect them to harass me back. We're all friends and a bit of lighthearted banter is always fun. Plus, every once in a while I find new music I actually like.

Writer's Block: Book based

Is there a book you really loved that was subsequently turned into a movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?


I absolutely adore Kirino Natsuo's novel Out. It became a film a few years back in Japan, but I haven't been able to track a copy down. I don't think it was ever subtitled, not even by unauthorized fansubbers, and the general feedback from Japanese filmgoers was that it was godawful. I'm not even sure I'd WANT to see it.

The film based off Randy Taguchi's novel Outlet wasn't too shabby, though.

Holy Crap

My first novel, In the Teahouse, has been picked up by Library of Horror Press.

I’m freaking out.

The publisher has stated that he’d like to publish it as is (at the 60k word mark, which I still think may be a bit too short), but my compulsive editorial anxiety isn’t allowing me to just hand it over. He’s giving me time to go over the manuscript for factual accuracies, continuity checks and other things before bringing an editor on board, so I’ll be retooling and adding details here and there like crazy in two weeks when my finals have concluded and I have time to actually do things unrelated to academics.

I feel a bit weird right now. Still in shock, most likely.

Looking for a Few Good Peeps

I’ve had the book review blog up for a little over a year now, and I’m thinking about expanding it a bit. I read a lot of translated Japanese crime fiction (Kirino, Miyabe, etc) and horror with a bit of other odds and ends thrown in for good measure, meaning there are a lot of classic older titles and popular new releases I haven’t covered at all.

I’ve been mulling this over for a while now, and I think it would be good for New Reads to bring in guest bloggers and/or regular contributors to cover the titles I wouldn’t come across. I don’t read much (or any, in some cases) of whole genres, so I’d be interested in finding people to review:

Fantasy
Science Fiction
Horror (there’s a lot I haven’t gotten to yet, especially in the zombie subgenre)
Literary
Humor
Pop culture

In addition, I might be interested in reviews for other print media, such as graphic novels and whatnot.

This is, naturally, a nonpaying gig. The blog doesn’t bring in any cash (the ads in the sidebar have not been profitable at all as of yet), but the traffic is slowly starting to pick up. It could turn out to be a decent way for an aspiring writer to network, especially in the case of interviews with novelists, editors and publishers. If anybody is interested in one-shot or regular spots on the blog, hit me up at jessica.r.brown@gmail.com.

Geeks in Love...

You know you're in love with a complete nerd when he uses Jonathan Coulton's "First of May" as some sort of mood music.

Christmas and a Few Other Things

I just want to get this out there as quickly and painlessly as possible.

I’m a bum. I’ve got so little money this year for Christmas gifts that if I don’t keep things to a very, very strict budget I’m going to make myself miserable, stress out and flip my shit a little.

I’m hoping to be able to come up with some awesome but inexpensive gift ideas, so anyone on my list who’s reading this, here’s a heads up. I promise, next year will be better than this year (I’ve already got the gift idea mostly mapped out, but it takes a bit of time, which is why I can’t do it this year), so please don’t feel like I’ve let you down. I’m not being cheap or lazy, just an unemployed student who’s stretched so far her wallet may eventually snap. I will make it up to you at some point, I swear. I’m thrilled to have been laid off and given a chance to finally finish my education, but it’s rendered me penniless (in a completely unglamorous, un-Bohemian sort of way).

As for myself, I’ve got pretty much everything I need. I’ve got games, movies, enough journals to keep my busy hand scribbling for the next ten or so years. I’ve received so many really awesome new journals over the last year (Sarah and Jay alone have given me a ton of really gorgeous ones) that I need to get to that I’m starting to feel a bit guilty. My Moleskine’s halfway filled right now, so I’ll be moving on to another one fairly early into the new year. I kind of slacked off on journaling for a bit, but I’m into the swing of it again and loving it.

If anyone feels the need to give me something, make it really small and cheap so I don’t feel like a douche. In fact, if you have anything you don’t want anymore and want to give me a present that cost you nothing at all, that would make my day like you wouldn’t believe.

Moving on... I haven’t been posting here on LJ for a few reasons. First of all, my name on here is so ungodly stupid (ffgamegirl? Oh, man, if I had a time machine I’d go back and bitchslap myself for that choice) that I cringe every time I see it. It’s outdated, unprofessional and veers off into goober territory if you ask me. The ff is passable, but putting girl in it makes me flinch and wait for “attention whore” or “post ur tits!” every time I post somewhere on the site. Secondly, I migrated over to Blogger for a few things. I’ve got a writing blog, a book review blog and another infrequently updated blog for my internet serial project, Rain.

I’ve been working on Rain for a few months now, and I don’t think I ever mentioned it here on LJ before. It started off as something to pass the time while I was working nights, and late this summer I decided to take it to Facebook and Textnovel to get it out there and see if it was amusing or creeping out anyone that wasn’t me. So far it’s got a very small readership, but I think that’s due mostly to be being the absolute worst promoter in the history of amateur writing.

Here’s the synopsis, if anyone’s still reading this long-ass post. The description on Textnovel falls under the classification of “jacket copy,” which still makes me chuckle every time I see it. As if.
________


Addison has a crippling phobia of thundershowers. When the ghost of her apartment's previous tenant finds her cowering in the basement, waiting out a storm, an unlikely bond is created. Not everything in the city is what it seems, though, and as the pair wander farther from home they encounter a great many things that even a psychic woman and a non-corporeal being aren't prepared for.
________

There’s a bit more to the story than that, but it’s constantly changing shape and direction as it goes along.

Anyway, that’s the gist of the post. I’ve been gone a long time, I’m working on a project (for good or bad, only time will tell, I suppose) and I’m dirt poor. I guess I should be depressed a bit about some of this stuff (well, at least the money), but I’m still so thrilled to finally be finishing my degree and not wasting my nights on a landfill that feeling bad only lasts me a few days at a time at most.

Writer's Block: Home Remedies

If you found a $100 at the library, would you pocket it or turn it in? What about at a diner or pub? Confess!


Soup! Miso and pho both do the trick nicely.

Writer's Block: Interspecies Communication

Have you ever had your feelings hurt by an animal?


Sam routinely ignores me when he's in his standoffish phase. I wouldn't say it hurts, but I wish he'd be consistently friendly.

I'm sure there's at least one point in time when I had my feelings hurt, but I can't remember it now. I was a weird little kid.

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