Archive for May, 2009

At the Pandemonium….-A Dream

Posted in Dreams, The Mortal Instruments on May 31, 2009 by teamjalice1863

(First, I have to say, I’ve been trying this experiment for a couple of days now. I’ve been working on getting Alec and Isabelle Lightwood back in my dream. Jace and Clary come way to easily, as do several other unbidden characters. *cough*Cameron*cough*)

Dream Goal: Get to the Institute speak to Alec or Isabelle.

Presleep: Alec Lightwood

Dream: I did it! In my dream Alec and Isabelle both turned up at a club where I was hosting a party. The were tracking a demon. Oddly, Jace was nowhere to be found. Isabelle ended up saving my hide when their target got a little too pissed off.

Meaning: I don’t know if I’m right but maybe this dream means something is going to keep me from soemthing else, and Alec and Isabelle changed the situation to be in my favor.

Waking Feeling: Alert! And oddly wanting spagehtti. Damn you, Isabelle….

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“Idol Crashers” -A dream

Posted in Dreams on May 30, 2009 by teamjalice1863

Pre-Sleep thoughts: Mom’s going to see the Idols in concert! Man, I really want to read more in Bad-Ass Faeries 2!

Dream: I was at the Idol mansion, talking to Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta about Idol. They were performing “Slow Ride” for me when….

Cameron and Monica barge in wodnering if we’ve seen some guy. I want to say it was Cordac (also from Party Crashers) but I don’t it was kinda cool, because Adam and Allison kinda freaked out and ran, and there I was talking to them as if they were mundies. (Yes. I used Mortal Instruments slang. LOL)

Meaning: I don’t really have a meaning yet. May come back and fill that in!

Waking Feeling: Foggy! (Probably cause of the faeries.)

Comment: Guess Party Crashers had a bigger impact on me than I thought…

Short Story Review: Whiskey Sour by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Posted in Books, Story Reviews on May 30, 2009 by teamjalice1863

Felt like reading two stories from BAF 2. “Whiskey Sour” by Skyla Dawn Cameron was very entertaining. Twists and turns. You never quite knew who’s side Juliette was on. But I still think Toby got his! I am loving this book more and more, and you know, I almost don’t want it to end! I’m going to have to get my hands on the other one. That’s all there is to it!

Back to the story though. One of the best parts was “55 if you call me sweetheart again!” That was nice! Good line. I can’t put my finger on who, but Juliette reminds me of someone. Like maybe Lara Croft… but that’s not exactly who I’m thinking of.

I hope to read more from this author in the future.

Short Story Review: Bad Clown by D.C. Wilson

Posted in Books, My Self, Reviews, Story Reviews on May 30, 2009 by teamjalice1863

So after taking about a week or so off from Bad-Ass Faeries 2, I returned to the book in an effort to stop myself from reading more in City of Ashes before I had my hands on City of Glass. The first story I read today was “Bad Clown”.

Let me say this first and foremost. I was feeling a little apperhensive about this story because I already had a slight fear of clowns in lterature/movies. (Thank you, Stephen King.) But this turned out to be okay, actually. *sigh of relief* I mean, he wasn’t really a clown. He was a faerie of the unseelie. ┬áThat, I can deal with.

One of the things I liked is how, if you weren’t reading a book of faerie short stories, you wouldn’t have realized at first this was a faerie story. You could probably say taht about most of these, but this one really would’ve caught me off guard if I hadn’t known, and of course, I did. I was just waiting for the “faerie” connection.

The compassion the others showed for the mundane child Amy was really heartwarming. I love children in stories, and I am always wary about having one involved in darker tales, but this was handled very nicely. Great work.

Now I’m off to read Whiskey Sour.

A Little Bit of Faerie Blurb

Posted in Original Fiction on May 29, 2009 by teamjalice1863

If anyone is keeping score of my busy life as it applies to my writing, I am currently taking a scifi/fantasy writing class. I am just loving this class. It’s been So inspiring, and I am loving every bit of it. This week’s session covers World Building, and since that panel at ConBust had to be cancelled due to scheduling conflict, I was very eager to get into this one. Good choice, as it turns out. I had a wonderful time with my writing assignment, which I am posting here for anyone to critique. I am thinking this world would very easily collide with the one that I wrote for BAF 3. What do you think?

The base was locked down by iron. Most of the employees which had guarded their captives dilligently earlier in the morning, were now sound asleep. Now all there was to do was get someone’s keycard so they could get into the hangar, away from unwanted ears. They couldn’t get part two of his plan until they were safely away from ears that could turn them in. Felix looked down at Gracie, his four-year-old sister, who was sucking her thumb as she clung tightly to his free hand. “You’re the swiftest thief here. You’re going to have to be a brave princess, and get the keycard from Davenport.” He watched as his sister’s beautiful black eyes blinked, and then blinked again, her wings fluttering slightly. “You can do it.”

Gracie let go of Felix’s hand, and carefully lifted herself off the pavement, and into the air. She didn’t like to walk like the mortals that held them captive. They frightened her more than her brother, with their iron clad bars which they took joy in torturing them with. She was fortunate that she had been left out of that so far. Felix had taken double the torment for her. Her brother always took care of her. Now they were almost out of there. She could feel the strain on her wings. The air was too thick for them to work properly. The young faerie landed silently just beside the guard named Davenport. She reached into his pocket gingerly, and fished the heavy keycard out. With a whole lot of effort, she managed to drag the card over to Felix, and the older fae children. When her brother had the card, she resumed her place next to him. “It’s so heavy. We won’t be a ble to use it.”

“We don’t have the iron to block our magic anymore, Gracie. Don’t worry, your brother is going to get us out of here. And then, we are going to make them pay for what they did to our colony!” Saying this, Felix began to work his magic on the card, making it a more suitable size for their use. His eyes were blazing with passion, as he remembered the massacre of his parents, and many others in the underground colony where the faeries had lived before. The humans had taken it all away from them, confusing them with the exiled that probably had caused the problems to begin with.

At length, Marlon, the pixie boy that had helped Felix with the sleep spell (for faeries who are weakened could work magic together to be stronger), spoke up. “Felix. What about the human girl Traci? She didn’t do anything wrong.”

“We’ll have to make a separate mission for that.” Felix replied, rubbing his tired eyes. He glanced down as Gracie slumped to lay down at his feet. I have to get all of us out of here, if not for myself, for the young ones. They won’t last too much longer couped up this way.

What’s Next?

Posted in Books on May 28, 2009 by teamjalice1863

I’m almost done with Mortal Instruments. I have quite a while before I see anything else from Holly Black or Cassandra Clare. What ever will I do?!

Well, I have a few options, all of which sound good. It’s a matter of eeny meanie miny moe, basically.

1)Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman
2)City of Ember
3)Vampire Academy
4)Frostbitten
5)Shadow Kiss
6)Kissed by an Angel
7)The Looking Glass Wars

and there are several books that I got from the book Sale. Most of them, I’ve read, so they won’t count here. But yeah.

Progress at Last!

Posted in My Self, Original Fiction, Short Stories on May 28, 2009 by teamjalice1863

Okay, guess what? I went from 6,699 words last night to 4,886. NOT BAD at all. Still need to get rid of a few more words though. *SIGH* I’m glad what I’m cutting out is making the story better though, more succinct. I put the original version in my binder already.

I can’t wait to see how my baby looks completely edited. I’m SO excited to see what it’s going to become.

Oh crap. What if they want me to cut stuff out of my novel?! (They being future publishers). I don’t think I’m going to be able to do that alone. And I’ll be blasted if I’m going to print out an original version of that. This novel has been everything to me.

and I KNOW it’s likely to happen. So. I’m just preparing myself. I’ll write it, and then let them decide. I’ll do what it takes to get my vampies on the shelves.

It’s WEEK 2 of my Workshop. This week, we’re focusing on World Building. Oh Joy. LOL. No, really, this is the panel I missed at ConBust due to overbooking. But now I have it. So I’ll be taking it slowly, and trying to get it all ingrained into my head. LOL.

I have a 500-word assignment due by next Thursday. Won’t wait that long, since he has all these other assignments.