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WHAT MY WEEK LOOKS LIKE (still updating):

MONDAY = WRITER


I've been writing my 'stories' since elementary school. My grandmother would give me $5.00 each shopping trip for my next Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy installment...fix, if I knew the word back then. Of course, those first original writings of mine were teen mysteries. Heck, even my Barbie play were based on watching the TV shows Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, and yes, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. My other loves involved old Hollywood monsters, any monster movie, anything scary.


Today my writings are still mysterious. And the dark side. Surprisingly, for me, even humorous romance.


Come on by.


Oh...and my WIPs are here

Publishing Homes

Short Story, sweet romance published by MuseItUp Publishing click the pic for details 



Flash Fiction under 100: Mysterical-E


Story: Imagination

TUESDAY = POET/ARTIST

WEDNESDAY = EDITOR

Editing Homes

THURSDAY = READER

FRIDAY = REVIEWER

Outside review homes


SATURDAY = CHRISCHAT INDULGES

I decided on this site during a moment of Mannix watching bliss. By now you have probably guessed that I'm a TV junkie let alone a book addict.

Getting back to Mannix, I was so thrilled to have bought the Season One DVDs I wanted to shout it out to everyone...hence, a blog where I can indulge in whatever topic strikes my fancy. Whether it's TV, movies, random silliness, or emotions I just have to get off my chest.

ChrisChat Indulges is where you'll really find my rambling thoughts.

Indulges Logos - reflections, you'll never know, spotlight, fave

SUNDAY = CHRISCHAT TALKS CREATIVITY

Just like the name reads, here I...and guests...talk everything creative. From writing to crafts to art to whatever outlet feeds your creative self.  Short and sweet.

WHY I REVIEW WHAT I DO (still updating):

WHY I REVIEW DARK FICTION/HORROR


My dad used to say, and I remember him saying his mom used to say this, that there is a heaven...must be a heaven...because where we are is hell.

Some didn't...won't...understand what the statement means, but I do. Yes, life is wonderful and there is so much to enjoy and think of as heavenly. However, there is also much darkness, cruelty, and hatred.

What interests me is the delving into that darkness...and it's not always cruel or hate-filled. The human mind is a living computer that needs no input to create and run its own programs. It just is. Each individual mind is uniquely wired. Take the same stimuli and present it to any number of people and see what you get. Sure, some may have similar reactions...even same reactions. Watch those who don't. Watch the ones who react in fear and the ones who react to that fear. Some of those will literally feed from it and others will absorb the experience and wait to expand on it.

Dark fiction allows us to safely play within the depths of humanity without hurting anybody. It allows us to explore the questions which society doesn't want us to ask...won't allow us to experiment and find our own answers.

Dark fiction also knows something made the bump in the night sound. Those shadows we see fleeing from the corner of our eye...something made them. Within every legend...historical or urban...there is something true.

I find dark fiction is the genre to think and know the what ifs.

WHY I REVIEW FANTASY


There's a genre for thinking and knowing the what ifs. Well, fantasy is the genre to dream and believe in the what ifs.

Yes, knowing and believing are two different things.

Fantasy is the mind's freedom. When writing we don't need to explain why something happens...why a full grown human adult can fly with butterfly wings no bigger than the human torso. Just believe the wings will hold and carry us across the distance. Yes, ladybugs sing opera while the wee folk dance a jig to the leprechauns fiddling. And dogs meow while cats drink gin.

Fantasy will bring you to other worlds of magic and even guardian werewolves and loving vampires. You may even find a cankerous old whale to sail you through the universes in search of snoring dragons and bagpipe playing gargoyles.

Or maybe you'll find yourself on a quest through Daymares of hunting horsemen and power-tripping mega-egos of world dominating shadow-fairies. Or the devil himself...herself...itself?

Then there's always the chance you're on an alternate reality meeting yourself.

If you can dream it, fantasy can write it.
WHY I REVIEW ROMANCE

The lack of romance reviews could have you thinking I don't read romance. I have...do. 

I'm a blood and guts gal. I'm not a "chick flick," and I know how some hate that phrasing, gal. I get frustrated with the general romance story arc/formula.

However, I don't mind romance as the secondary genre in a story. I'm not totally cold-hearted that I don't ever want to see any emotional attraction between leading characters...all stories need some emotional connection. And I'm certainly not dead when it comes to a solid steam scene.

Honestly, I'm thrilled when a romance story grabs me and I can't stop reading. I've even been surprised at my reactions to a love story. Yes, I've cheered the characters on and have shed a tear or more.

Plus not all romance stories read as romance stories. They're just that...stories. An escape into a made up world visiting non-real people whose lives are just a little more exciting than mine. The best ones make you want them to be real.

I'll gladly state that I believe Romance is the genre of hope. Perhaps even trust. That here in this genre we find a place to trust and hope that all the what ifs will work out. If not happily ever after, at least they way that's best for all.