Thursday, October 30, 2014

Weekend Follies aka WEP October Challenge

Happy Halloween everyone. Here is my post for the WEP October Challenge, sponsored by Denise Covey at Write ... Edit ... Publish. Okay, here we go. Enjoy! 

Carla and Darla, twin sisters and cheerleaders, dressed as cheerleaders, entered the night club already half drunk. The room vibrated and pulsed from the music the DJ channeled through the speakers. 

Carla scanned the room. “Look. Over there.” 

“Clever Halloween costumes,” Darla said facetiously, smacking her gum. "Why is everyone here dressed like zombies? Like, gross, you know? And like, totally unoriginal.” 

Carla tugged on her sister's arm. “Let’s go to the bar. As always, we’ll find more than enough men to buy us drinks.” 

Halfway to there, the music ceased. Everyone in the club looked at Carla and Darla. They growled and groaned as they left the dance floor and bar seats, circling the twins and closing in. 

“Argghh,” said one zombie. 

“Gghhrrgg,” gurgled another. 

“Ewwww,” Darla said, waving her hand in front of her face and scrunching nose. “They have brain breath.” 

“That’s because they really are zombies,” Carla cried out. “Let’s go.” 

Darla looked around. “We can’t we’re surrounded.” 

“What ... what do you want,” Carla said to the zombies through a face full of terrified tears.” 

“Brains,” the zombie crowd gurgled in unison, their eyes dangling out of their sockets and clawed and bloodied hands stretched out toward the twins. “We want to eat your brains.” 

Carla and Darla hugged each other and closed their eyes. 

“Brains. We want to eat your brains.” 

“Well, sis, I guess this is it," Carla said. "We’re leaving this world by being eaten by zombies.” 

Darla opened one eye and saw the zombie herd inches away. "I just wished they brushed their teeth first."

After a minute, Carla opened her eyes. She saw the zombies shuffle to the dance floor and their seats. The music pumped loud to Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party.

Carla placed her hands on her cheer leader skirt hips and shouted, “Hey. What’s going on? Why aren't you eating us? What's the matter? Aren't we good enough for you?” 

One zombie standing next to then leaned in and said in blood laden breath, “You’re cheerleaders. You don’t have any brains. Um .... can I buy you ladies a drink?” 

 Rim shot please! Now enjoy this classic Oingo Boingo song set to this  The Nightmare Before Christmas clip.  This is classic, folks. You'll want to take a few minutes to appreciate this.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Book Recommendations and November Celestial Calendar

Thanks for participating in the Survive and Thrive Blogfest. This was the second one we did, last year's being the Get Healthy Blogfest. 

There were so many topics covering a wide spectrum of physical and mental ailments. Sharing personal experiences, encouraging early detection, and teaching lifestyle changes will help make a major difference for the better in people's lives. We'll do this again next year and I hope to see you all sign up. I'm shooting for 100 participants in 2015. 

Halloween Reads: Looking for a quick Halloween read or two? Here are two I recommend: 

The Horror 
By Randy Shaffer 
Genre: Horror 
43 pages 

A classic short story that is far better than ninety percent of short stories I’ve recently read. This is a fun short story I recommend to anyone who doesn’t have time to read a full novel but needs a quick rush. I love the idea of a madman serial killer using a Halloween haunted house to do his dirty deeds. 

Charley scans the line of people waiting to go though the house of horrors, looking for the perfect victims. He finds the perfect unsuspecting couple, and once its their turn to enter, he locks the doors and begins his killing spree which also includes hired actors inside the house dressed as monsters and zombies. 

A bit campy, but I highly recommend The Horror. Enjoy! 

Ghost Camera 
By Darcy Coates 
Genre: Young Adult 
118 Pages 

Jenine finds an old Polaroid camera. But this is no ordinary camera. It’s a ghost camera that has the ability to capture ghosts on film. 

Problem is, every picture she takes opens a portal into the dimension ghosts live in, allowing them to see the user. Each successive shot opens more portals and soon the ghosts come looking for Jenine to kill her. 

At first, only a few ghastly ghouls are after Jenine. But as the story unfolds and she snaps more images, hordes of ghosts spill out into our world and are hunting her down. Jenine has to take drastic measures if she is to free herself from the curse of the camera. 

A well written, original, fun read for adults young and old. 

November Celestial Calendar: November 5 - 12 South and North Taurids Meteor Shower: Unfortunately a full moon will obscure all but the brightest meteors. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky. 

November 6 - 30  Leonids Meteor Shower: The Leonids is an average shower, producing an average of up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle. The shower peaks on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The waning crescent moon will not be much of a problem this year. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky. 

Finally: If you haven’t seen out my post last week on Jessica Bell’s latest release White Lady, scroll down to the previous blog and check it out!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Survive and Thrive Blogfest and Jessica Bell's White Lady

Survive and Thrive Blogfest: Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Michael Di Gesu , L. Diane Wolfe, and myself, this blogfest is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. 

Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live. The topics are wide open. You can post about a particular cause you support. Or you can share a personal or family experience that is near to your heart. What’s great about this Blogfest is you can inspire people to take care of themselves and their loved ones early enough to make a difference in their lives. 

My Cause is Colon Cancer: one of the most easily curable cancers. Early detection is the key. I’ve had pre-cancerous polyps removed because I went in for a routine colonoscopy. My job of 10 years was coming to a close and my insurance at the time covered it. Good thing I went in when I did. If I had waited a few years, then who knows how far it could have progressed. So I encourage everyone to talk to their doctor if they have not had a colonoscopy. Sure, it’s not going to be on anyone’s Bucket List. But it just might reveal something that if caught early can be easily treated. 

GUESS THE TRUE STATEMENT & WIN JESSICA BELL’S THRILLER, WHITE LADY! (Statement #86)  To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell’s latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true: 

The genre of the novel Jessica Bell is currently writing is ... 

a. Speculative Fiction 
b. Romance 
c. Horror 

What do you think? Which one is true? 

Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does. 

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting. 

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book. 

Click HERE to see the list of blogs. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: *This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes. Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she’s rehabilitating herself as a “normal” mother and mathematics teacher, it’s time to stop dreaming about slicing people’s throats. 

While being the wife of Melbourne’s leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she’s determined to make it work. 

It does work. Until Mia, her lover’s daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia’s back. It isn’t long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them. 

But is protecting the kids really Sonia’s motive? 

Click HERE to view the book trailer. 
Click HERE for purchase links. 

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vines Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning. Connect with Jessica online: Website | Retreat and Workshop | Blog | Vine Leaves Literary Workshop | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mars and Comets and the Weekend Follies

Hi all, Just a few items of note as I work feverishly on my latest book, Murcat Manor, as it’s currently in the editing stage. 

Comet’s Close Encounter With Mars: A comet will give Mars a close shave on Sunday, Oct. 19, and NASA isn't taking any chances. 

Comet C/2013 A1, or 'Siding Spring,' is expected to come within 87,000 miles of the red planet. To keep debris from the comet's long trail from hitting the three NASA spacecraft now in orbit around Mars, the space agency has adjusted their positions so that they'll be on the planet's far side when the comet approaches. 

The Sliding Spring flyby will also give NASA its first-ever close-up look at a comet from the Oort Cloud, a spherical "cloud" of icy objects in the solar system's outer reaches. The space agency hopes that by studying the comet's trajectory, scientists will gain a better understanding of comets that whiz close to Earth. Huffington Post Reference 

The Survive and Thrive Bloghop: This event is Monday October 20th, and is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. 

Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live. 

The topics are wide open. You can post about a particular cause you support. Or you can share a personal or family experience that is near to your heart. You can still sign up at the Linky List below. 

Weekend Follies: Speaking of Mars and Comet’s, here’s a little Intergalactic Humor for your weekend. And don’t forget to sign up for the Survive and Thrive Blogfest below!

Monday, October 6, 2014

October's Really Cool Nighttime Celestial Events

Hey Folks, lots of really exciting things going on in the skies above us. Check out the following night time celestial events: 

Wednesday October 8th: The Second Blood Red Moon of 2014 will occur. This is worth marking on your calendar and doing whatever you have to in order to see this. According to, This eclipse favors the western half of North America, the Hawaiian Islands, eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and the eastern half of Australia. Across central and eastern North America, the moon will set while still completely immersed in Earth's shadow. 

Bonus Points: Interestingly, during the total phase, binoculars and telescopes will reveal a sixth-magnitude greenish point of light in the vicinity of the darkened moon: the planet Uranus. In fact, from central and northern Alaska and northern Canada, the moon will actually occult (hide) Uranus during totality — a very rare event! 

October 6-10: Draconids Meteor Shower. Thos is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner. Unfortunately the glare from the full moon this year will block out all but the brightest meteors. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Reference  

October 19: Near Collision of Comet and Mars. Comet C/2013 A1(Siding Spring) will pass so close to Mars that it’s coma may obstruct the Red Planet from site. An incredible meteor shower will be seen from the surface of Mars (if there were life there). The coma of a comet is the fuzzy round haze that surrounds the head. The coma is formed when a comet passes too close to the sun on a highly elliptical orbit, warms up, and sublimation occurs. Material from the comet change from a frozen solid to gas, bypassing the intermediate liquid stage. 

October 21 - 23: Orionids Meteor Shower. Expect a maximum of about 10 to 20 meteors per hour from midnight to dawn. Fortunately, the moon will be close to new, providing dark skies for this year’s shower. These fast-moving meteors occasionally leave persistent trains. They sometimes produce bright fireballs, so watch for them to flame in the sky. Reference 

Check out this really cool video regarding the Blood Red Moons!