Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chameleon Release Week!

Hello, everyone!

Instant update!

Today is my day on the CHAMELEON RELEASE DAY!

Just kidding. It's the release week, though. So we have some blog tours, and you can finally buy the book. And you can hear about the author too!

Let us begin!

Chameleon Releases Today!

CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2
"Wow! A fast-paced, science fiction delight with fabulous action, a seamless world, and the most unique characters I've read in a long time." Elana Johnson, Author of the Possession Series.
An Interview with K.T. Hanna
How old were you when you first started writing stories? I used to scribble stories all the time, but the one I remember best was when I was about 8. And it was 12 a4 pages long, and I loved it! Ghosts and twins and falls and attics and death. Yep. Death, even then.
Do you write in other genres or age groups too? I do! I write high fantasy, some horror. I occasionally pump out a thriller to. While my protagonists tend to veer into the YA category despite my intentions, I’ve also written MG and Adult before.
When are the next books coming out? Are you working on them already? Hybrid comes out in November 2015. Parasite comes out in February 2016. Hybrid is going through intensive edits now, while Parasite is in first draft form. Stressing? Me? Never…
Are you obsessive about backing your work up? Any horror stories? I am now. It goes to my harddrive, to my cloud, and to a backup drive and to my timemachine. Not a horror story of my own, but I’ve heard plenty by others.
Vegetables or meat? Hmmm Veggies more often, but meat sometimes.
Caffeine or… that’s stupid, obviously it’s caffeine! Yes.
Red wine or white wine? Baileys
Astrology or Astronomy? Hmmm can I have both? If I have to choose, maybe astrology then…
The Blurb:
When Sai's newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die.  
Surviving means proving her continued existence isn't a mistake--a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid.  
After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers nothing is what it seems. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.
Available at:

Amazon |  KoboiBooks | IndieBound

If you'd like a signed physical copy, Watermark Books has them in stock.

We're having a blog hop, and an e-card & mega swag Rafflecopter giveaway!
The blog hop stops are noted below. Each day has a different theme and you can find out about the process, the idea, and the evolution of Chameleon, and even a bit about K.T. by visiting each blog, when their posts go live.
4-Aug 5-Aug 6-Aug 7-Aug 10-Aug
Fun facts about the book What I learned writing Chameleon Author Interviews The world of Chameleon The Evolution of Chameleon
Manuel Soto Marlo Berliner Leatrice McKinney Rebecca Enzor Patricia Lynne
J Elizabeth Hill Stacey Trombley Dawn Allen Sharon Johnston Bex Montgomery
E.L. Wicker JC Davis Suzanne van Rooyen Mandy Baxter Madelyn Dyer
Jessie Mullins Andrew Patterson Heather Rebel Jessica Therrien Carissa Taylor
Emma Adams Lady Jai Elyana Noreme Kendra Young
I’m giving away e-cards of your choice from B&N, iTunes, & Amazon – one to the value of $25, and three to the value of $10! Each prize includes a swag pack of a magnet, sticker, bookmark, postcard, and mousepad!
Just follow the options listed on the giveaway and you'll be entered!full swag pack

About the Author

Me Squared
KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.
When she's not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, and cat. No, she doesn't sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.
Note: Still searching for her Tardis

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Special Post! Chameleon by K.T. Hanna Cover Reveal!

My dearest friend, K.T. Hanna's Chameleon will be coming out soon and to celebrate, I'm hosting the cover reveal here. I am so excited and so happy for my buddy. We go way back so her success is definitely something I am proud of. Please give a warm welcome to K.T.!


Chameleon (The Domino Project #1) is a YA futuristic science fiction story. It's set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower devastates landmasses, makes seas rise, introduces the psionic gene into the human race, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world.

The goodreads blurb is as follows:

After Sai's newly awoken psionic power accidentally destroys her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. The only grades are pass or die.

Surviving means proving her continued existence isn't a mistake--a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, which partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite and psionic hybrid. When her assassination duties are revealed, Sai understands the real reason for her training.

  On a mission to dispatch a dangerous Exiled scientist, she uncovers truths she never thought possible. Sai is unsure who to trust as her next mission might be her last, and a double agent seems to be manipulating both sides.

Without further ado - here is the cover, by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.


It's finally here

CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2

Isn't it GORGEOUS!?!?!

Sit back and bask in this for a moment.

It's available for preorder for a special price of $2.99
Amazon Link

About the Author


KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.

Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she's not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn't sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.

Note: Still searching for her Tardis


To celebrate, we're giving away 2 x $10 Amazon e-gift cards (open to anyone who can receive and use an Amazon e-card) Just click on as many options as you like and enter!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Changes are coming!

Hi, all!

So I am constantly making changes here. That's not about to change.

  • One of the things I've always wanted to do was feature book deals. Books that are having a promotional, like the first in a series, or that are just having a good old fashion sale on any site. Because of the way my blog is built, that might not crowd together so well. But I am trying.
  • And Movie Night is coming back! If I can just get enough authors, we will once again have book premiere guest posts and interviews.
  • A special section for reviews. Books and movies and other things!
  • I'd really like to have a different layout.
I think what I'm saying is that we're moving to a new address. I have left this address before. I have a lot of memories here. But it hasn't changed with what I've done.

I'm both excited and terrified of making the wrong move. But there's no use in not trying.

So excited! Hope we have better communication in the next site!

Update: Coming soon!
Update #2: Hey! Change is definitely underway. If you've visited the link at all in the last few moments, you'll see I've done a bit. I'd totally forgotten how much work it is to build a site! But I'm excited by how much space there is now and what I can accomplish! It's going to be hard work but it will be worth it! :D Thanks again for your crazy support. You all know I don't deserve it. :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

50 Things About Me

Fun post!*
*for people too lazy to actually fix things they'd already written.

1. I was not born with a tail but I'd always secretly hoped.

2. As a senior in high school, I took the maiden course of AP Art at my school. Did an entire freaking portfolio of me. Because that was all I knew how to do even vaguely right.

Warning: Clicking this link will make you cringe.

3. Because of that aforementioned AP course, I shrugged my way into a few art college meet and greets. Even though I never wanted to go for visual arts or even wanted to go to school anymore. And still kinda don't.

4. Don't ask me for sincere opinions. We won't be friends for very long. :/

5. Despite being very loud, I am equally bashful. And cannot control the spectrum. Changing from extrovert to introvert in the span of an hour is my one and coolest trick. *weeps*

6. I had/have more adopted siblings than I had friends. But it's always fun having them all over.

7. After drawing/painting etc, I thought photography! Nope. Not any better.

8. I am a natural promoter of things I like. (Have you heard of our lord and savior, PicsArt?)

9. I will never shut up about the things I don't like.

10. When reviewing, and it's not a very good review, I use different names and sites. People donate books/movies/etc for honest opinions. I give them.

11. I've been writing all my life. A lot of the times, I don't even want to/don't find the point in publishing.

12. The anime Sailor Moon, a cartoon my mother flicked on when she was trying to bewitch me into stillness so she could change me, was the reason I ever wanted to do storytelling of any kind.

13. I am both too lazy and too overwhelmed to write what I want to write for: movies. Way too chatty to write a screenplay. Forget about it!

14. I watch the Long Island Medium and thanks to the show, I've become more spiritual. Whether it's a hoax or not.

15. All of my childhood houses have been certified, priest-blessing haunted.

16. I love ghost stories.

17. My sister and I, when sleeping in the same room, will sleep-argue in gibberish.

18. I thought my sister was my twin up until kindergarten.

19. I have a Whisper! And I rarely use it.

20. Syntheseia. I have it. Which makes listening to music and eating a real weird, impossible thing. Having shapes in my mouth because of lyrics? Yeah, kinda weird.

21. I have a tumblr! It's all Sailor Moon. You've been warned.

22. The web name ebelleful came from Youtube trying to rename me for no reason other than being a douche. Instead of staying mad, I adopted the name so people would stop confusing me with someone famous.

23. All the stories I have written up until now have been about one real person. Some span lots of books and some just one or two stories.

24. I'm a Gemini. Yay!

25. I watch bubzvlogz because her optimism reminds me to smile.

26. Once, my friend and I made dating profiles because we were waiting for Gone Girl to start. We bugged the shit out of the other people in the audience.

27. I am the biggest pervert ever. Knee-jerk reaction.

28. I am way too sentimental sometimes.

29. My hair had red low lights when I was younger. I dyed them right out.

30. I burned my hair with chemicals and had it all chopped off at one point.

31. I didn't learn to do my makeup or dress appropriately until after high school. Thanks, bubzbeauty!

32. Interstellar's First Step reminds me why I love Hans Zimmer so much and why I love to write stories of the tragic variety.

33. I always do things when I'm avoiding other things.

34. I left Twitter the first time because people were harassing me. I don't put as much effort as I used to because of that.

35. Wherever I go, I'm called princess. Because I'm a bossy pants.

36. I worked in tech support. So when I tell you something techy, I am not talking out of my butt.

37. I worked with Australians and New Zealanders so often at one point that sometimes I still use some of their phrases.

38. I'm a bad luck genie. No matter what I want or how I expect things, it comes out different.

39. I have a bizarre, intense love for protector roles. A father watching his daughter? A police officer strolling down the sidewalk? A soldier out to buy an engagement ring? I immediately become protective of those people.

40. I'd rather donate all of my fake-lottery money than spend it on me.

41. I am always surprised whenever someone listens to me online. So thanks for reading this.

42. I want a tattoo on my shoulder. Of a flower.

43. I have too many nicknames because of my friends and family.

44. I hate the sound of my own name when someone other than my family says it.

45. My name is Helen in Portuguese.

46. My middle name doesn't sound good in American English.

47. I go to the movies at least every week.

48. When I don't, it's because I'm renting some to watch at home.

49. I always review movies.

50. I really do love PicsArt.
Phew! I was really looking for things to put on here! I knew there were random things about me but so many I didn't even care about!

I will have time to edit in the next few days. So prepare your throats for the movie cramming I'll be doing.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Out to Eat! Which Wich

So here's a new feature for the blog. I'm always trying new things and figured that this could be a side it to the movie and book reviews.

On to the food.


We had Which Wich for the first time in forever. And there IS a reason for that. Stuff is expensive but sososo good.

I had a vegetarian sandwich and banana and vanilla milkshake. Which is as yummy as it sounds.

Which Wich, if you've never been, is actually justa slightly fancier Subway, but worth a try if you've got the cash.

I recommend hot days when you need a good sandwich, really.


You go in and find a couple of metal turn pockets with long brown bags. Each has themain ingredient for the sandwich.

So chicken, vegetarian, seafood, etc.

Pick your bag and the questionaire begins. They have a similarly colored sheet for milkshakes and cookies.

After you've placed your order, they hang upyour bag on a wire clothesline and send it down a factory line to be built.



For my sandwich, choose the following:


Wheat bread


Large 14" *chose this for leftovers! Don'tbe scared.*

Double cheese
   Swiss & Pepper Jack

Hot Pepper Mix


Caramelized (onions)

Banana peppers
Bell peppers


I'd just finished the leftovers when I wrote this down. Whether or not you get that size is wholly up to you.

But you have try this!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Movie Hangover: Ouija

Hi, everyone!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here's my once-again very-freaking-late-to-the-party review of a stunning display of plagiarism that we have to take as cliche the movie OUIJA!

Most of the time when we (TC and I) watch movies, we're caught in the new setting, the lighting of the piece and sometimes the characters. For me, at the beginning of OUIJA, I couldn't help but wonder starting with the dark lighting? Okay. Original.

As the movie progressed, there was promise. Because the house this story centered on was gorgeous, with what the producers must have thought was the average teenager's room--please see Paranormal Activity: The Chosen Ones for a good teen room portrayal.

But still. A gorgeous setting? Who doesn't see the promise in that?
Then I knew this was probably not what I paid for when the inevitably MIA parents were cut out around The Darkening. Um, what? Why?
The lack of adults, though, is the king of teen tropes. Please see the first two seasons of Awkward. to see how parents can still be part of a teen's life.
I'm not sure why this was so telling but it was. I just knew that this was not the last "standard" this movie would follow. But it's not in my nature to walk out. Something I wish I'd take up already!

The next scenes took the suspense right out. Escalating, cutting out violent deaths, the works. A few cheap scares and very cliche plot twists later--actually, so many that I wondered when I'd ever get out of the damn movie theater--the film ended the way it began. With nothing making sense. And nothing resolved.
"Get me out of this fucking movie!!!1!"
So yeah. Standard bad is good, good is downright fucking evil, and the works.

I miss the good old movies that left no glimmer of hope or sanity. Sigh.
Whatever happened to Ouija, I hope it never comes back again. Because that's true horror right there. ba-da-ding!

NOTE! I am super excited for Insidious 3! Who's with me? :D

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Movie Hangover! Ju-on: The Curse


So yes, I watched the original with English subs! Here's the link for Youtube.

Tamed poster.
So the movie was just so much more intense the remake. Naturally. But as a fearer of The Grudge anyway, this was an unpleasant, even-in-daylight rewatch.


One of the things that really stood was the audio. (The movie was made in the early 2000, looked like it still didn't know it's importance in the world so it was not that great quality/acting at points.)

The audio really was key. The story--the freaking movie starts with the most disturbing ten minutes of horror I've seen in awhile.

No comment.
Rage, horror, and mystery knot into a tight little fuck-you. The story is split into sections but the disturbing is continuous. So if you're into foreign horrors, you have to put this on queue.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Movie Hangover: The Maze Runner

Hi, everyone!

Sorry this is a) the first post in a long time and b) so long overdue.

So back when it came out, I got to see The Maze Runner. Busy with life and work and blah, I committed book lover sin and bought the book but didn't read it before watching the movie.

I am not sure if it would have made a big difference. I hated the movie.

"Get ready to run"=They warned me.

It was vague. It went back on its word and worse. The worst thing in any story is wasting the audience's time by being a long, uninteresting set up for Movie/Book/Story Number Two.

Will there even be a number two? Fuck. There is.
Because I really don't see anything new about this story or why it should keep going. Without reading the book, I have no idea what the story is really about.

I got back pain from watching this. I wish I was lying but I slumped and fidgeted enough to make my back sore.

When my movie-soul-mate sister and I saw the trailer some time ago, we were excited. We thought there was going to be a live action Attack on Titan (!!!) but it was an equally thrilling trailer, about a creepy stone maze, trapped teen boys (for those of you who haven't watched/read, it's really not what you're thinking) and walls so high, they nearly blot out the sun.

Even remembering it that way is helping the healing. But it wasn't.

I won't list all the things that I found cringeworthy, but one of the things that really made me go wtf was naming a group W.C.K.D. As if anyone in their right mind would trust someone named that way/obviously.

I hope that Number Two is a lot better than Number One.

Update: Cinema Sins pretty much said everything I or anyone else could have said about the film. Enjoy. He's funny as f*ck.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Serenity Project!

Just a little "sorry for not blogging" post. Sorry! I haven't had enough time to sit down and edit work but I am still alive.

Here is something I've been working on.

ebelleful property, Serenity Project

Hope to talk to you soon!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Why You Should Watch Madoka Magica


So not too long ago, I started watching Madoka Magica on my magical girl withdrawal. (Hulu really has been too good to me.)

And it is the most confusing, darkest, incredibly sinister anime I've ever experienced. Admittedly, I don't devour anime as easily as other things.

But when the genre of magical girl popped up, I thought I'd be watching an adorable anime about middle school girls dealing with love, their changing selves, and their duties to fight evil.

Madoka Magica is so far from the safety of adorable bunnies and hearts. In fact, SPOILER, in the first episode the mentor, or gatherer of magical girls, is nearly murdered by a magical girl.

The whole series, lasting only 12 episodes, is wrapped around the horrors of the contracts they made to get a powerful wish and become magical girls instead. Fighting things known as witches, inevitability that the protagonist is constantly fighting, and really just a very dark play on self love and selflessness.

The entire series is one emotional conflict after the other. Every episode balances on knife edge. If you love suspense, love darkness, love devil like contract making ferret mentors, this anime was made for you. JOIN ME.

Madoka Magica on Hulu.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Update Post! And the Bad Things I've Done

I've been mini-posting, just little things so the blog doesn't go flat dead again, but today I have a better, longer post!

First of all, did you notice how pink it is? I'm sorry about your eyes but at least I couldn't get it to spew glitter.

For those of you wondering, yep, I did the background on my own. I cannot recommend the app PicsArt enough for those of you artistically inclined and on the go. Works better on tablets but I've seen magic happen on the phone as well.

Anywho, besides pink and Sailor Moon, which I just colored the other day and still need to give a black outline to, I've done something naughty.

I've had this thought rolling in my head. You know, after kind of picking through the blog, looking to update posts so that they look a little healthier (and avoid sitting down to write something original)

I ran into the eleven-book story that I wrote as an angsty, unhappy teenager. Back then, I kinda used it more like therapy because I really was good at hiding my feelings even for myself. So I kinda wrote myself in circles until I realized something about myself.

Well, I thought it was pubbing material, let it alone to cook, came back, didn't know how to fix. Over and over again until I moved on. And now, a few years later, I realize I no longer want to fix it. Or change it or anything.

I'm not going to bash it, because I think that's horrible, but the way it's written is the only way it ever will be. But, guys, I've totally just put up on Wattpad.

I've been debating. No, don't put it up! and Oh, I used to want others to read it. and Dude, the reason no one has is because...look at it.

Gothic, passionate romance, lots of love interests (not all at once, I swear) and plenty of drama and fighting. Because I love physical conflict.

Oh, I am going to get my butt handed to me for pubbing this. Maybe when I want to be published in the future, the industry will be so disgusted with me they will send me a form rejection. Before I sub/query, but when I was a teen and even now, all I wanted was to be able to gab to someone about the things the people in my head were doing.

And counselors and psychologists aren't quite as enthusiastic as readers. So you know, I am sorry to Wattpad. I didn't do it because I thought ill of them or that their stories were cheap and wanted to add mine to the mix. No. I added it there because I am way too lazy to keep another blog with the chapters, and the makeshift cover I made for the story looks so cute sitting there under Works. So I am sorry to the writers and authors on there. Readers too if you find it offensive.

It's not that I think the craft is simple or that I can just drool on a paper (virtually) and publish it. I'm not looking for monetary gain. I'm just putting it out there because once upon a time, I promised it would be pubbed.

So there. That's my big secret.

I do not condone my behavior or appreciate when someone makes me buy something in less than perfect quality but it's there for the world.

Click the picture!

Yet another by PicsArt. Too much time on my hands, people.

Thankies to everyone!
I'll show myself out.
All Usagi gifs came from Tumblr. Thank them! I always do. <3

Monday, March 2, 2015

Look What I Drew!!

Usagi in episode 34, right after she exposes her secret to Mamoru Chiba in order to save him. That episode is my fave!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

My Super Chill Playlist

Since I'm always asking for good music to listen to, I thought I'd share some of my favorite music to write to. This is mostly in-the-background music for those of you, like me, who need some semblance of living things around.

Julian Kruse: Fallen from the Sky

Rameses B: I Need You (ft. Charlotte Haining) (CMA Re-Remix)

Julian Kruse: Breathe

A.N.O. vs Shadowx: Let It Breathe

CMA: Fragments of the Past

Hope you enjoy! <3

Until later!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Drunk Let It Go Link!

So, I wrote a drunk parody of a beloved Disney song. Holla!

And, for those wondering, this is the source of the Elsa picture and the owner.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Why Sailor Moon R is No Better than Crystal

One of my little visitors is a professed Frozen fan. She even has her hair braided like Elsa. You know, as little kids do.

And as I discussed with my mom my dislike of where Frozen went (loved Let It Go, but that's it) my mom said: "When you're little all writing is perfect."

And for the most part it is. As a child, I never noticed how abusive Mamoru is with Usagi in R. But as an adult, I am furious.

You had a dream, dude, and now you're breaking up with me? You're not even going to explain? Just a few days after we get back together?

And the worst part is, even though he regrets hurting her, he never explains so she'll stop blaming herself.

Or do this. Dick move, jackass.

And her friends are assholes rarely give her advice. Like, "Keep waiting for him. He'll come around."

You're a cunt, Ami. You have been all season long.
He just treated her like crap. But this is between them.

It's another thing my kids won't watch. Relationships are about trust. And communication and about dealing with things together.

I mean, seriously. Who would go back to someone who, for no reason, tore their heart out?

I never have felt so disappointed as when, out of nowhere, this happened:

Like, Usa, he was right. Just because you killed yourself in your past life over him, does not mean it's a forever thing when you get a second chance.

Like get yourself another man whoever.

Or be single. You fucking rocked single.

As a bonus, I can't believe she

Didn't tell him

It was a bad and hurtful thing to try to separate them. Not to mention fucking useless. Why would you be together now if you broke up in the past?

Did I not understand the plot?

Goes without saying, pretty useless thing for plot in R.
Up next, how much I hate Chibiusa.

(Just assume that all these segments are about how evil people around Usagi are.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What Makes Me Angry with Sailor Moon Crystal


First off, let me say, I watched the anime before reading the manga. Mostly? Because I couldn't even read when it broadcast where I lived.

Understandably, I'm attached to the anime of the 90s more than the original version, but I was so happy about last year's reboot. Duh! Sailor Moon made me want to tell stories, my now lifelong passion. She's dear to me.

But last year's reboot.

I could list everything that got me--the fast pace, the very scrawny drawings, blah, blah--but, again, I knew this is how the manga rolled. Not a problem.

BUT I liked it. I binge watched it when I was off work. I was so super proud and happy and in love again when this happened:

"I will never be a tragic princess ever again."
If you know the original story, Princess Serenity, Usagi's past life, committed suicide after her forbidden lover, Endymion, the prince of Earth, died protecting her by his brainwashed people.

This was Usagi's perfect vow. Which I thought would be a parallel to the 90s version.


I had never been so disappointed in Sailor Moon in my whole life. I wonder if that's what the manga readers read. I know some people online are glad the 90s version which ended like this

happened. A much stronger, more mature Usagi. The 90s version loved Mamoru just the same as the Crystal one but THIS ONE was a real superhero, not even a little selfish by following her duty to protect Earth from the darkness that destroyed their lives before.

It's weird. I know I should like the original but I don't.

Adaptations are for fans. The original is for the creator. This adaptation makes me a little depressed. Because it tells girls that even though they can be powerful superheroes, when it comes to losing love, you might as well end it in a murder suicide.

Okay, maybe not that far, but I feel like I am a million times a better person for the 90s version and I totally don't plan on showing my daughter/son Crystal until after they've watched the subbed 90s version. :)

Ah. To get that off my chest and drop it into the internet, just another little flame to the big fire.

I still love Naoko Takeuchi. She's wonderful for making a clumsy, silly, selfish, kindhearted girl a warrior and a princess--protected by super wonderful warrior girls!

And now, I'm off to finish season one.

What I Will Be Reading

I'm currently reading Fifty Shades of Grey before the movie premiere so I can go see it with my friends. (Yes, sit in the front row, wear raincoats. We've got it!)

Haha, but enough of that.

I've been planning and life-ing and I'm so happy that I will be able to read some of the YAs I've collected over the last few months.

I wish another Elizabeth Scott book was out but I have faith that there's one out there I haven't read yet.

Anywho, here's my list of gems that I feel I haven't heard mentioned enough:

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness


 The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

I know this will probably take me half a year since I read so slow but am so happy! :D

I am too far behind on my TBR list!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Writing Scary Stories

I love Reddit. A long-time lurker and a part-time commenter, I can say that Reddit has everything under the sun. Even some things you never even thought of being interested in. One of my favorite parts of this site is NoSleep, where all submissions are deemed to be true life horror stories.

I know, it took me by surprise too that I would like scary stuff. Okay, okay. Back to the post.
The most important things I’ve learned from writing actually comes from this subreddit. Readers flutter. Fast and hard.

You have to trap them in sticky paper and let them struggle to get away.

Or something less morbid, like hook them. Like fish.

The second thing I learned was that after you run around in circles, telling me details that don’t really matter to the story, I lose interest and you lose credibility.

Think about it. How often can you give copious details about something happened to you? Let's not even make it a scary event. Just something that happened on your normal routine. I know I can't even remember how I got downstairs a few minutes ago and technology does have a lot to do with it.

I was carrying a Nook down the steps. Fifty Shades of Grey was making me cringe, but I can't even remember what happened and I don't remember why I haven't eaten all day.

Now go back to something traumatic or scary. For me, just a few months ago, someone hit my car while I was in. All I could remember was traffic, car accidents, and the sudden double bang.

Do I remember the license plates or the cars in the parking lot? Do I remember what the paramedics asked me? The police?

It might not be the same for every situation but focus intensifies when you're in danger. And the focus is you. Not the cashier’s name or the color of the sky or what time it was exactly.

Details like this don't stick because they don't matter. For example, I remember a truck in the accident because it nearly crushed me.

Another thing that really stuck out from some of these stories was that the really good ones didn’t bother to tell you what could have happened. It was extraordinary to watch the manipulation of your own imagination. True talent right there.

Which ties better into how to scare people. You will never blanket scare people. It can't happen. Some people are scared of different things for different reasons. Let their imagination fill in the blanks.

Like, there's something beyond this doorway.

Now, I get it. There’s a law out there that says that in order to be universal, we have to be specific. And it’s true. You don’t relate as well with cookie as you do with Little Debbie’s oatmeal cookies. Even if you've never tried them.

But going on about unusual things like a mixture of two different kinds of Kool-aid in his cup while someone is in the middle of an adrenaline rush?

This kind of weirdness only works at the beginning of the story or to slow the narrative down. (That's great at the beginning if you're starting with action.)

Now, just for the fuck of it, the first sentence of an imaginary story:

Mr. Randal stood on his itsy-bitsy porch, glass of berry-grape Kool-Aid in his hand, when Teddy Noel’s car spun in the cul-de-sac and ripped her neighborhood power a new one.

Seriously, though, check out NoSleep. It’s wonderful!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Superhero Story Planning

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Sailor Moon, Spider Man (the first movie,) Iron Man (also the first in the trilogy.)

We all know that on top of my love of horror movies is my love of superhero movies. I don't care where they came from, if they're just made up for the movie, or whatever. Superheroes are my jam.

Moonie for life.

So no surprise when I've pulled some elements from the movies. The most common are as follows. I find it helpful whenever writing some superhero stuff.

Pretty self-explanatory but here are some more points.

Business as Usual
Ignoring the Bad Guy
Normal Setting
Current Situation
Normal is Not Perfect
Monster’s Powers
Life Too Busy/Refusal
Introduction to Love

Reign of Terror
Fight to Survive
Super Powers Start
Getting to Know Love Interest
Supernatural Aide
No One Special (Love Interest)
Crossing the First Threshold

Expanding Services to Public
Civilians in Danger
Separation from Known World/Self
Willingness to Change
Signs of Essence/Didn’t Know Existed
Each of these points should be filled or answered with a scene, a piece of dialogue, something subtle. Easily something that normally happens. (Please, for the love of moviegoers.)

Hard Lessons is harder than the others. Up until now, most of those points are okay in that order. During Hard Lessons, the very meat of the movie/story, there's a lot that can be going on at once. Here's a rough estimate on how the points would be ordered.

Feel free to change the order of them.

Fighting Bad Guys
Finding Unconditional Love
Distance Decrease

ID Blocks Essence/Approach/Black Moment #1
Kidnapped Love
Pummeled/Flaw in the Way/Black Moment #2 (this black moment is completely optional, just another nudge to push the hero over the edge)

Some of these steps will be a little...repetitive, in a way. Still, keep vague line alive.

Monsters Defeated
Fulfillment/Hero Essence
Refusal to Return
Want vs. Need/Outcome

Returning in Superhero Mode

World Hasn’t Changed
Crossing Return Threshold

CONTINUATIONMaster of Two Worlds

Now Forever is for the standalones and end to series. To an extent. Obviously, Happily Ever After is not going to happen if either everyone's dead or the hero hasn't wooed the guy.

FOREVERMission Complete
Loved Ones Close
Living in the Moment
Happily Ever After for Couple
Hero Got What She Needed?
Succumbed to Grief/Built New Life?

But the rest of those points really do help tie everything together. The best example of this forever piece (either than Sailor Moon) is Big Hero 6, which is great, by the way.

If you're planning to write a superhero story or movie, give yourself the benefit of great material. Watch all of the superhero movies under the sun and if you have the time, series as well.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Soap Opera Drama

Hello, everyone!

Today I'm talking about the top cliches/tropes in Mexican soap operas. I am not sure when these things cross the line from one thing to another but I know they're always used.

Mum and I just started watching a new drama. I'm not much of watcher so I was thrilled at the opportunity. (Working kinda steals the ability to watch daily dramas.) It really was nice to sit at a regular hour and follow some very dramatic love story unfold, but that was when I noticed some overused moves/writing.

Super adorable. Amor Real, a period drama.

1. There's always a rich family and a poor family.

2. More than likely, the girl is from the poor family, but sometimes it's the other way around. The woman always has to overcome, as a focus, her economic status.

A woman who works in the fields and her highly rich boss.

3. After being shunned by her true love's family. Naturally.

About a lady boxer and some guy who isn't cool enough for her.
4. This all happens after she goes skinny dipping in a gorgeous pool of water that is prelude to hanky pinky. (Consensual or not.)

I was so young I can't remember this one. But great opening song.
5. Now, depending on how this drama goes, there's premarital sex. Again, consensual or not.

She's evil and doesn't wanna be poor. So she marries blondie even though the other guy was studying to be a doc.
6. From this, if it's the love interest, it's usually resulting in pregnancy.

La Gata. You got me. I've never watched this one. But I've seen the commercials!
7. Which then leads the rich family to make the baby disappear after it's born. That and they probably tried to kill it in utero. Either way, baby is gone.

A girl in love with her sister's boy toy. Sister is evil and guy comes back to young sister.
8. Which leaves the man open to suggestion. And it's usually the family's suggestion. Naturally, they call the protagonist a whore, or had a baby. Usually, the story is the protag took money to stay away.

Mother and daughter, rich and kidnappable, hire some sexy bodyguards to protect them.
9. Dude leaves abroad to study and become a doctor. (Almost always.)

(I refused to repeat examples. So, enjoy reading this bit.)

10. This is the part where the girl kind of finds her own way out of poverty. Either she's secretly the daughter of a rich man or suddenly becomes a great entrepreneur. She comes into her own, becomes a woman, a little better dressed, blah, blah, blah.

It's been a long time, but I think she's the daughter of a rich guy.
BONUS: As the years pass, and they usually do, the characters feel the need to tell each other things they would have found out as they went. "As you know father, I was blinded eighteen years ago and I know this house without needing assistance."

Well, hello, debut. Still watching but inspired this post.
11. Two things happen during this time of separation between the protag and true love. They both get new lovers. A sleepy, money-crazed girlfriend for the TL and a pushy, secretly obsessed, dependent guy for the protag.

(Again, the best example for this one would be one I already listed. *La Fuerza del Destino*.)

12. Lovers meet again, sparks fly. More premarital sex.

*Destilando Amor*

13. Fight between them, more rumors. More separation.

*More Destilando Amor* (Seriously. That one made all tropes/cliches work, though. Very good even if the protagonists, as they usually are, are a bunch of idiots.)

14. At this point, more likely, the TL actually marries or is engaged to the shitty woman he was dating before.

*every novela ever*

15. The protag gets close to finding out where her child is.

(Am giving up on pictures.)

16. Protag usually is engaged as well to the person she was with. And depending on what kind of person she is, she'll either dislike him, hate him, or fear him. Sometimes pity too.

17. Generally, this poor sucker the protagonist is with, without fail, tends to be a boyhood or current brother-like-friend to the lover. With no end to the drama, legit. Confrontations spark because of this as if these two dudes weren't bffs before this.

18. Because he's obsessed, he either tries to rape her or someone already has, as her back story. Which is the shittiest trope/cliche/writing I've ever seen on screen. Highly uncomfortable.

19. Now the middle stuff, on how the lovers get back together ranges. The baby is found and they're racing to find him/her with his/her new family. The two don't want the other to marry--it doesn't matter because now they have lovers to dump and families to face.

20. Explosions. Car chases through rural roads--that end in flips.

One of my favorite things are the endings:

21. Bad guys are severely hurt or killed. But not before a lot of the main evils turn good with the arrival of their own children. Usually.

22. The lovers are reunited with their child who seems to seamlessly integrate in their lives, just as pure as they once were.

23. Wedding! White wedding with all their friends who survived all the attempts.

24. This one is not as common as I like but still pretty common. They go forward in time for all characters, to show us how they got along after the wedding. Everyone is happy, their families expanding and finally Fin which is the same as Happily Ever After.

Because I didn't add a million pictures, here's a fun fact.

She is now the First Lady of Mexico.

She's so adorable.