Watch this. (Top 10 Elena + Damon moments.)
Which one is your favorite? Mine's the kitchen.
Watch this. (Top 10 Elena + Damon moments.)
Which one is your favorite? Mine's the kitchen.
So I can't believe I did it, but I did—I watched them all. Well, mostly. I only made it through part of Reign. Not that it's Reign's fault, per say, it's just that my eyes stung and clamped and I was done with the screen.
30-second reviews of the wildly entertaining and slightly overwhelming Thursday lineup.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: So, we all agree that last week's episode was ridiculous, yes? Our usually bright Mystic Falls gang couldn't quite figure out that Kat was impersonating Elena though it seemed entire obvious to me. Like Elena would EVER lure STEFAN into a motel to make out. Damon, maybe, but it was usually him going after her. Elena don't move that way. RED FLAG, STEF. Anyway, they brightened a tad last night; Damon had the best lines, and the best moves (luring Tyler; eyeball! door blocking!) It wasn't shocking that Nadia died (RIP, poor lost motherless child) but I was NOT expecting Kat scratching her claws on the Salvatore's freshly polished floors ALL THE WAY TO HELL. Major props for that. Looking forward to the "Mystic Gang Goes to Hell" season down the road. Cuz we ALL KNOW people/vamps/ghosts etc. don't stay down for long in MF. GRADE: B
GREY'S ANATOMY: This was mostly a relationship/sexy times episode with a sad cancer story worked in. GREY'S is the only show I can think of that effectively writes long-term couples well. Meredith and Derek particularly. I love their house, first of all, and they feel real. Bonus for Yang sneaking into the love trailer. This show has such loose morals, while at the same time being all about humanity, the importance of friendship and its strong belief in love, and that's what makes it fun. GRADE: A-
PARENTHOOD: OMG, Parenthood, I just love. Let me go ahead and admit my friend and I have a bet on the whole "Will Julia sleep with Ed" thing so I REJOICED when he entered the garden. I loved it when he snapped at that bratty kid and chanted, "GO IN GO IN GO IN" when Julia showed up at his doorstep with Tiki Masala (!) I don't necessarily like Ed, but he mellows Julia out, and SHE likes him. And I always root for that. In the end, I'm sure Joel will move back in, but sometimes things run there course, okay. Bonus: Crosby being HILARIOUS about selling the house; Zeek hiding under his pillow; Jasmine the mediator. Subtractions: Why couldn't Sara go to Africa???? It was only for a week??? Why listen to Hank who makes the worse choices ever (remember when he moved to the state that began with an M? I don't know. It was cold).
GRADE: A (because Parenthood rules)
SCANDAL: (Are you dying yet? Can you believe I watched ALL. THIS. TV. I can.)
Oh, Scandal. What can I say about you that hasn't already been said? How about THANK YOU for giving poor Mellie a sorta love story for starters! And I like that guy. Sure, he looks exactly like the doctor trying to whisk Sara off to Africa (is it the same actor? Maybe?) but he LIKES her. And he SAVED her. Can Fritz be a bigger dick??? Why is he always yelling at everyone? I'm kinda hoping Papa Pope kills him to be honest. Love Jake. Loved his rant about how popcorn isn't a food and wine isn't beer. (Did anyone say wine was beer? Wine is never beer.)
What did you think of last night's shows? Comment here or on the Twitter or Facebook. :)
I'm rooting for Leo, of course, as I've cheered him on since his slam-dunk What's Eating Gilbert Grape performance. It's a long time coming. While we're talking Oscar, I'm deeply disappointed Frozen wasn't nominated for Best Picture. Beauty and the Beast was and in my not-so-humble opinion, Frozen is a much better candidate. Who are you rooting for tonight?
I don't usually comment on reviews, but lately I've had a few where the primary complaint is something inherent of, and I feel pretty transparent to, my Spellspinners series: this is a serial. I understand that the format is extremely new in the world of young adult fantasy, which is both the challenge of and the delight of writing it. I love trying new things so I accepted the offer to write for this new brand of fiction. But it's a little hard to explain to readers raised on traditional young adult novels…what exactly it is I'm doing.
I'll do my best now.
Not unlike the Dickens serials that published biweekly in the local newspaper, my romantic adventure saga of feuding witches and warlocks is meant to be read in chunks.
Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered theserial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. The instalment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback.
Like Dickens, I listen to reader feedback. If you love a certain character—bad boy warlock Jude is a fan favorite, for instance—I try to expand their character for you. I've heard television writers do this, too, based on fan "shipping" or "ships" as long as it works within the overall plot arc of the series. In fact, my publisher, Coliloquy, coins these "active fiction" novellas "episodes." Akin to a serial drama like the CW's The Vampire Diaries or Star-Crossed, Witch's Brew is the "pilot" (and is the longest of the first three—the length of an average young adult novel) while subsequent "episodes" or novellas, are shorter, ending on cliffhangers—much like an episode of your favorite (and frustrating!) television drama.
My 9-book series is meant to be stretched out over the course of 9-books, so you will not receive all the answers to the questions right out the gate. I understand your frustration. I'm a fan of TV series and longer book series and it IS frustrating not to end satisfied, but I'm hoping it's also what keeps you enthralled.
If you're new to the series, I recommend reading curling up by the fire with your drink of choice and binging on the 3-book bundle. I promise Devil's Frost ends on a satisfying note in regards to Lily and Logan—this was very important to me— although it does open up a whole new can of magic beans in regards to our Daisy* and Iris. :)
Spellspinners 4 is as absolute delight to write (and I hope to read!) and you don't want to miss this very special "road trip" episode, which doesn't take place on the road at all. Bwahahaha!
I appreciate all your feedback.
(Daisy, Lily's hilarious younger sister, was such a hit with readers, she gets her own spin-off!)
Jill Corcoran smart and hard-to-read article ON THE DEVALUATION OF WRITERS, BY WRITERS is already something I think about, especially in regards to my e-book series, The Spellspinners of Melas County. These books are cheap. Ridiculously so. $3.99 per book, or for the low, low price of $7.99 you can buy a "bundle" of the first three books. I've spent hours and days, weeks and months working on this series, yet a book costs less than my daily latte. In fact, my doctor friend commented he felt like he was "stealing something" after his purchase.
Why is this? Well, Kindle customers are used to shopping cheap because many bestselling indie writers set their price at $0.99. Is ANYTHING ninety-nine cents these days other than e-books? I think a package of M&M's costs more.
Interestingly, over at Kobo, my contemporary novel SEA is selling like hotcakes and has been for a long time at a much higher price point of $14.99. The first novel of my fantasy series, WITCH'S BREW, is also selling really well on Kobo.
Why the discrepancy? First, it's the sliding scale of free to ninety-nine cents thing over at Amazon that makes it hard to sell ebooks at a higher price, but also, if you're used to getting something for free (perhaps your publisher lists your ebook for free quarterly) why bother paying for it?
The problem is, and I agree with Jill here, is that writers need to live. We need to eat, pay our bills, feed our kids, buy our coffee. Like many writers, if I didn't have my spouse's monetary support and supplement my writing career with teaching, I couldn't write at all. At least not the kind of strict, professional, all-consuming writing that publishing a great book requires. We also need to feel like our work has value. This isn't volunteer work, this is a job. We volunteer plenty. Selling our books is how we make our money.
Food for thought as you shop, dear readers. This opens up a lot of questions for me as well. Maybe if we work together, as Jill wisely suggests, we can fix this problem before it's too late.
I know I'm late to the party, but I just saw this. How magical is this? Speaking of all-things-lovely, did you catch CW's new show STAR-CROSSED last night? What did you think? I loved it! It's so refreshing to find a sweet love story on the CW, especially one set in the not-so-distant future with ink-laden leads and Aimee Teegarden (FNL's Julie Taylor) playing a relatable brunette with a sympathetic backstory. Anna, dead vamp/sometimes ghost from Vampire Diaries plays her ill best friend. Smart storytelling included an E.T. esque intro setting up backstory alien bonding with little girl from We Bought a Farm. The male lead alien couldn't be any hotter—then again, all of you who've read Spellspinners, know I have a thing for star-crossed romance and well-placed ink. ;)
She also told the magazine that her greatest regret in life is not going to college. “The biggest struggle I’ve ever had has been about not going to school and working instead,” said Stewart. “I was worried about turning down specific individual experiences.” Though we're sure K-Stew would have made a great English major, making out with R-Patz/Taylor Lautner/Emile Hirsch was probably a far more important life experience than whatever she might have learned in “Intro to Romantic Poetry.”
Way to discredit "K-Stew" while ridiculing girls' decisions to go to college. Making out with boys is never a more "important life experience" than expanding your mind through the literary arts, and obviously the actress agrees or she wouldn't have named skipping college as her "greatest regret". (No wonder celebrities hate doing interviews.)
This is really fascinating.
As an author rather involved in social media (Twitter mostly, tumblr some, Facebook because hey, who doesn't want to connect with middle school buddies and aunties daily?) I sometimes run into trolls, not often--I guess I'm lucky--but I do see it some, the faceless ranters who hide behind anonymous accounts essentially spewing venom into the ether. They seem to be mostly females bashing other females whether they are jealous for their success, looks, confidence. It's disconcerting and ugly and sad, but it's also, dare I say it--- mostly harmless. To me, it's like social media accounts have replaced the journal writing of my youth. I spewed plenty of scandalous crap into loads of notebooks--but the only person who read them was me. I think some people honestly don't realize they are speaking to another person online. It's all so 2D and unreal. And if they do realize it and they are still that mean, it's about THEM not the person they are directing the anger at. It's like hate reading a book so you can throw it or hate watching a TV show so you can laugh at it. It may not be healthy, but people still do it. As artists we are fortunate to have the choice of spinning the world's ugliness into something beautiful, something profound.
(Source Zoe-Ruth Erwin on FB.)
My TV-loving, Damon fangirl heart did a little flutter this morning when I read this magical review from The Silver Petticoat this morning:
"In the style of L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries; The Secret Circle), there is a strong sense of destiny and soul mates in the first three books (the story does not end at book 3 so fair warning). Lily and Logan can’t help but be spellbound by the other as if they are meant to be but are they? There is also a mysterious and handsome warlock named Jude that claims he is the one the witches have been waiting for. Never a dull moment, the romance will enchant you with the story’s magic, leaving you breathless in battle or romantic interludes. While the main focus is on Logan (half the story even from his point of view), something about him compels me and I can’t wait to see what Kling does with him in the next installment. As much as I love Logan, I can’t help but feel I might switch sides if he becomes the Damon Salvatore character of the series. I do have a thing for the bad boy."
How cute are these?? Coliloquy has done such an awesome job with this launch.
I have a limited number of signed bookmarks for DEVIL'S FROST contest winners, but if YOU would like a signed one, please send a message to @coliloquyaimee on twitter, or to me at heidi writes stuff @gmail with your snail address I will sign until supplies run out!
She just posted this to her Facebook:
I’m very pleased to finally be able to make this announcement. I apologize for having kept all of you waiting so long, but getting everything finalized took longer than I initially thought it would. As some of you probably know, Amazon has launched a new area called Kindle Worlds. This is a place where people can write fan fictions based on certain books, movies, shows, games, and music. The Vampire Diaries is one of the series that Amazon has obtained the license to include in their Worlds. This means that I can continue to write my version of The Vampire Diaries. (Remember, these books are written as fan fiction and are not part of the official series.)
The Evensong arc will pick up more or less where Midnight left off and takes place in an alternate world from the official books that follow Midnight. The three books in this arc are Paradise Lost, The War of Roses, and Into the Wood. The first novel, Paradise Lost, and the first part of the second novel, The War of Roses, will be available
January 23, 2014.
See the countdown clock on the home page of my website for how long until the books are launched!
Also available on January 23, 2014 is my new bibliography/booklist, which is much easier to I understand (I think; most of the actual work was done by the invaluable Christina Crowley) than the old versions.
I’m dedicating these new Kindle Worlds books to my readers, worldwide. Thank you, friends, for your many messages of kindness and appreciation. I would also like to thank Amazon for all its enthusiasm and consideration in publicizing this new series. Amazon, you rock!
Before anyone asks the burning question, I’ll answer it: no, this is not the end of The Vampire Diaries series, but if all goes well and my readers wish it, I will continue writing fan fiction books in this series to the endgame. That’s what I have planned.
HINT: I'm the one with AquaNet bangs. ;)