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It sure has been a while

This past summer turned out pretty crappy.  I don’t know why, but every time I make plans for an awesome season they end up in the garbage.  Much to my own disappointment, I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done.  However, I have had a bunch of spiritual awakenings, so I can’t honestly say the summer has been a complete wash.  Getting back into having a relationship with God has been amazing, and I only wished I had done it sooner.  I allowed life to get the better of me, made some bad decisions, and sank into a deep depression, but all that is done now.  New chances and new choices are ahead of me.

With that being said, I feel led to take my writing in a new direction.  I’m still going to write horror, but it will have a godly spin on it.  How am I going to do that?  I really don’t know, but I have some decent ideas.  Many will say that there is no room in Christianity for horror, but I disagree.  The Bible itself is full of stories of horror.  I want my writing to reflect a spirit of redemption, and I’m definitely not going to water down the gore (I promise!).  🙂

Will I get ridiculed for writing such stories?  Sure.  Why not.  But I honestly don’t care.  People write from the heart all the time.  Why should I be any different?

Finally I can breathe

I don’t know what it is this summer, but I feel completely drained.  I put many hours at work yet didn’t accomplish much financially.  However, the past couple of days it seems like a weight has lifted.  Not really sure what the deal was, but right now I’m feeling better and more motivated.  I changed my diet to more vegan fare the past few days.  My body has been appreciating the extra amount of veggies and fiber that I’ve been pumping in, which means much more has been getting done.  Always a plus!

I have quite a few stories on the horizon, and the anthology opportunities are coming in.  The amazing support that I keep getting from my friends is amazing.  Their encouragement keeps me going when the poopiness rears its ugly head.  As an introvert, I find that I feel like that quite a bit.

I hope everyone’s writing/drawing/whatever endeavors are making progress.  I know mine are!

You need to read these books. No, really…like…right now.

Thanks to the lack of a school schedule this summer, I’ve been an avid little reader.  I’ve read some great stories, and I’ve read some stinkers, but there are 2 that stand out among the stack:

The first is Terry M. West’s “Cecil and Bubba Meet The Thang.”  That’s not a typo.  It really is the “thang.”  Cecil and Bubba are true blue corn fed rednecks from Texas, who manage to get into all kinds of paranormal trouble. I’m not going to tell you who or what the “thang” is, but it’s a whole lot of funny and badass.  The characters are colorful, the pacing is just right, and the “thang” is so awesome it needs its own book.  I loved this book so much that I didn’t want it to end!  I can’t wait to read more of Cecil and Bubba’s shenanigans.

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The next is Armand Rosamilia’s “Dying Days.”  This is the first book in a series about zombies, and I was hooked immediately.  There were so many times I felt like I was on the edge of my seat (or bed because I like to read before nighty night time).  Again, the pacing was wonderful.  I didn’t get bored ever.  The characters were kickass, and you genuinely feel sympathy when tragedy strikes.

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I’m probably the worst when it comes to writing book reviews.  I can’t stand it when people reveal too much plot in reviews, so I refrain from doing so.  However, if you like horror comedies with an extraterrestrial twist, get on “Cecil and Bubba Meet The Thang.”  If you like gory, bloody zombie stories, hit up “Dying Days.”  I don’t give stars, but I do give these stories 2 huge thumbs up.  Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

Summer of Zombie 2014 SPOTLIGHT ON: Claire C Riley!

What is your latest zombie release?

Odium II The Dead Saga

 

 

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

Fortune favors…the DEAD!

Some secrets are too horrific to ever be forgiven, and some people should never be trusted.

Tortured, starved, and on the run, Nina thinks she’s faced the worst that mankind has to offer, but she’s wrong. She may have survived this long, but she hasn’t come out of it unscathed, and there’s worse to come.

Nina’s trusty Doc Martens are showing signs of the zombie apocalypse, and she isn’t faring much better. With her snarky attitude guaranteed to get her in trouble, Nina needs to forgive the past, to live once more in the present, and learn that sometimes she needs to place her trust in other people.

Because when people are faced with the end of times, they’ll do anything to survive.

Something unique about it.

Unusual? Hmm, there’s the space monkeys, and the flying rabbits but other than that there’s nothing really unusual about it.

I mean, of course you have Deaders, and bad-guys, a strong snarky female protagonist with no filter for her mouth. There’s more plot twists than you can shake a stick at—not that you try that, cus you know, that would just be weird. There’s of course a really cool and interesting mix of bad-ass characters that have been ‘built’ around some of my readers that filled in a survival questionnaire for me.

Other than that, yeah, just a typical z-poc book really.

Links for people to purchase it.

US link – http://www.amazon.com/Odium-II-Dead-Claire-Riley-ebook/dp/B00K7JDIX0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399640943&sr=1-1&keywords=odium+ii.+the+dead+saga

UK link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Odium-II-Dead-Claire-Riley-ebook/dp/B00K7JDIX0/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399640984&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=odium+ii+the+dead+sga

Your promo links.

www.clairecriley.com

https://www.facebook.com/ClaireCRileyAuthor

http://bit.ly/clairecrileyamazon/

https://twitter.com/ClaireCRiley

https://www.google.com/+ClaireCRiley

http://www.pinterest.com/clairecriley/

https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/ClaireCRiley

Your short Bio.

Claire is the author of “Limerence,” “Odium. The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part One,” “Odium II The Dead Saga” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Two” a contributor to several zombie apocalypse anthologies, including the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.”

Claire lives in the UK with her husband, three daughters and one scruffy dog.

Coming up in 2014 are several projects including, “Odium III The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Three,” “Nina’s Odium,” “Limerence II: Mia,” plus anthology contributions to several exciting projects including “Fading Hope,” “The Murderous Campbell’s,” and “State of Horror: Illinois.”

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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie

https://www.facebook.com/events/286215754875261/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily:

http://armandrosamilia.com/2014/06/01/summer-of-zombie-blog-tour-2014-post-links/

Being a busy bee during the summer

I’m loving the opportunities coming my way!  Not only am I writing for Stench Radio Magazine, I’m going to be writing a story for an anthology hosted by one of my favorite authors!!  Also, I got the green light by editor Hannah Neurotica to submit a story for the magazine Ax Wound, the world’s first feminist horror zine for all horror fans.  On top of all of that, I’m writing my anthology to be finished this fall.  

For the past few weeks, I’ve been able to pick up on some reading.  The first book I read was Hell, Texas, by Tim Miller.  If you like Edward Lee type stories then this is for you!  Enough blood and guts to make any gorehound cringe.  

The other book was Echoes by Michael Bray.  I’m a sucker for ghost stories, and this one did not disappoint.  Echoes is the second out of the Whisper trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the third when it’s published.  

Great job, guys, and I’m excited to read your upcoming books!

15 Things A Writer Should Never Do

I like reading articles regarding writing.  Some things I take to heart, others I dismiss.  However, this is a great one.  The link to the page is: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/15-things-a-writer-should-never-do

Based on interviews with authors over the years, conferences, editing dozens of issues of Writer’s Digest, and my own occasional literary forays and flails, here are some points of consensus and observations: 15 of them, things anyone who lives by the pen (or seeks to) might consider. It is, like most things in the writing world, a list in progress—and if you’ve got your own Dos or Don’ts to add, I’d love to hear them in the Comments.

1. Don’t assume there is any single path or playbook writers need to follow. (Or, for that matter, a definitive superlative list of Dos and Don’ts …) Simply put: You have to do what works best for you. Listen to the voices in your head, and learn to train and trust them. More often than not, they’ll let you know if you’re on the right path. People often bemoan the surplus of contradictory advice in the writing world—but it’s there because there really is no yellow-brick road, and a diversity of perspectives allows you to cherry-pick what uniquely suits you and your abilities.

2. Don’t try to write like your idols. Be yourself. Yeah, it sounds a bit cheesy, but it’s true: The one thing you’ve got that no one else does is your own voice, your own style, your own approach. Use it. (If you try to pretend to write like anyone else, your readers will know.) Perhaps author Allegra Goodman said it best: “Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.”

3. Don’t get too swept up in debates about outlining/not outlining, whether or not you should write what you know, whether or not you should edit as you go along or at the end—again, just experiment and do what works best for you. The freedom that comes with embracing this approach is downright cathartic.

4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to pitching something—always be working on your next book or idea while you’re querying. Keeping your creative side in gear while focusing on the business of selling your work prevents bigger stalls in your writing life down the road.

5. Don’t be unnecessarily dishonest, rude, hostile—people in the publishing industry talk, and word spreads about who’s great to work with, and who’s not. Publishing is a big business, but it’s a pretty incestuous business. Keep those family reunions gossip free.

6. Don’t ever hate someone for the feedback they give you. No piece of writing is universally beloved. Nearly every beta reader, editor or agent will have a different opinion of your work, and there’s value in that. Accept what nuggets you believe are valid, recognize the recurring issues you might want/need to address, and toss the edits your gut tells to toss. (Unless the changes are mandatory for a deal—in which case you’ll need to do some deeper soul searching.) Be open to criticism—it will make you a better writer.

7. … But, don’t be susceptible to the barbs of online trolls—you know, those people who post sociopathic comments for the sake of posting sociopathic comments. That’s what trolls do: they troll (on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, etc.). It’s not personal. Which means the message at the core of their words means as little as the 0s and 1s used to code it. Ignore them heartily.

8. Don’t ever lower you guard when it comes to the basics: Good spelling, healthy mechanics, sound grammar. They are the foundations that keep our writing houses from imploding … and our queries from hitting the recycling bin before our stories can speak for themselves.

9. Don’t ever write something in an attempt to satisfy a market trend and make a quick buck. By the time such a book is ready to go, the trend will likely have passed. The astronomical amount of romantic teenage vampire novels in desk drawers is more than a nuisance—it’s a wildfire hazard. Write the story that gives you insomnia.

10. Don’t be spiteful about another writer’s success. Celebrate it. As author Amy Sue Nathan recalled when detailing her path to publication in the upcoming July/August 2013 issue of WD: “Writers I knew were landing book deals and experiencing other things I was working toward, so I made a decision to learn from them instead of begrudging them. I learned that another author’s success doesn’t infringe on mine.”

11. Don’t ever assume it’s easy. Writers with one book on shelves or one story in print often had to keep stacking up unpublished manuscripts until they could reach the publisher’s doorbell. (The exception being those lucky 19-year-old savants you sometimes hear about, or, say, Snooki. But, hey, success still isn’t guaranteed—after all, Snooki’s Gorilla Beach: A Novel has only sold 3,445 copies.) Success is one of those things that’s often damn near impossible to accurately predict unless you already have it in spades.

12. Don’t forget to get out once in a while. Writing is a reflection of real life. It’s all too easy to sit too long at that desk and forget to live it.

13. Don’t ever discount the sheer teaching power (and therapeutic goodness) of a great read. The makeshift MFA program of countless writers has been a well-stocked bookshelf.

14. Don’t be afraid to give up … on a particular piece. Sometimes, a story just doesn’t work, and you shouldn’t spend years languishing on something you just can’t fix. (After all, you can always come back to it later, right?)

15. But, don’t ever really give up. Writers write. It’s what we do. It’s what we have to do. Sure, we can all say over a half-empty bottle of wine that we’re going to throw the towel in this time, but let’s be honest: Very few of us ever do. And none of us are ever really all that surprised when we find ourselves back at our computers, tapping away, and waiting for that electric, amazing moment when the pebble of a story shakes loose and begins to skitter down that great hill …

7 Reasons Why Most Authors Fail

This is a fabulous article on self publishing that ALL writers need to read.  Here’s the link to the webpage; however, I copied and pasted the article below:  http://selfpublishingpodcast.com/7-reasons-why-most-authors-fail/?utm_content=buffer0cd9e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Now that the Self Publishing Podcast is almost 2 years old (old enough to drink and sell sexual favors, in podcast years), we’re beginning to notice some definite trends. We focused on a lot of the things that work in our self publishing bookWrite. Publish. Repeat, but it’s time to turn things around and bum everybody out.

Knowing what doesn’t work is just as important, because we all have defense mechanisms that let us justify tons of stupid crap.

Time to tip that sanctimonius cow over.

“I’m not doing what the guys suggest in Write. Publish. Repeat because I have my own ways but am obeying the same principles,” you may be saying, “so why am I not getting anywhere?”

Well, are you doing any of what follows in addition to all that “different but still correct” stuff? Because if you are, then Houston, you definitely have a problem.

Here the biggest reasons that self-publishers fail.

1. Not Starting

Let’s start with the most obvious one. It kills me even to include it, but there are actually people out there saying you can be a writer without writing, so I feel the need to step up and lob that idiot ball back into the idiot court.

InertiaIf you do not write, you are not a writer.

That’s all there is to it. I can’t believe there is feel-good bullshit out there claiming that writing can be “within” you and that you can go around, wear a beret, and claim to be a writer even if you’ve written nothing.

Oh, those words are inside you? They’reincubating? Well, whoopity fucking doo for you! Good luck with spreading your ideas. Good luck getting sales. Good luck paying rent. Good luck getting your spouse or significant others to support you in spending time away from grunt work to do it.

Most people don’t put metaphorical pen to paper because they’re afraid. I get it. We’ve all been there. We’re not bashing you for being afraid — afraid of failing, afraid of being judged harshly, afraid that everyone will laugh at you. We understand that fear, but the only way to be a writer — especially a successful one — is to get past the fear and start. Your sweating ridicule, though understandable, is probably exaggerated. In most cases, nobody is paying attention to whether you succeed or fail. 

If you write, you’re a writer. You’ve started. Excellent job. Now do more, and pour in the hours to do it better.

2. Not Finishing

This one should also be obvious, but we see it all the time. In these cases, writers aren’t surprised that they’re not successful, but are incredibly frustrated. We understand. Before joining the podcast, I couldn’t finish a second book. Before meeting Sean, Dave hadn’t finished his first. The phenomenon of the writer with great ideas but no clue where to take her story is all too familiar.

But take heart. The toughest nuts crack if you just keep trying. We also hope our upcoming Kickstarter project Fiction Unboxed will show a few frustrated “can’t finish” writers a few tricks by opening up every detail of exactly how Sean and I make the donuts.

Sometimes, though, it’s not a matter of not knowing how. Most cases of writer’s block, in our opinion, can be easily reduced to simple fear. Again, we understand. Once you finish your book, you must either publish it or confess to your fear. Once published, everyone will be able to read the language of your soul … and, in a few cases, criticize it.

You must push past this. Don’t worry about making your book perfect, because it never can be. Make it professional (see the next section) and get a good edit and generally make it as clean as you possibly can, but don’t sweat the story over and over and over at the expense of shipping. Sean has said on the podcast, “perfect is the enemy of done.” And it’s true. Don’t be perfect. In most cases, it’s best to be finished.

If you must use a pen name because you’re so terrified that what you’ve written is terrible, do that. But you have to ship it. You can’t move on until you do.

Finish, then finish more.

Keep moving, and improving.

3. Treating Publishing Like a Hobby or a Pure Art 

We said in Write. Publish. Repeat. that we believe books and stories should be born as art, then sold as products. Be an artist first, but quickly switch hats and be a businessperson second. Fail to switch that hat and you’ll be too attached or timid about giving the book the exposure and marketing cues it needs to succeed. Do that, you’ll be sunk.

The same goes for treating writing like a hobby. Don’t get us wrong: writing as a hobby is fantastic. If you have no desire to publish or make an income but want to express yourself, go ahead and hobby it up. But if you want to build a career as an author, hobby-thought will kill you.

Set yourself a schedule. Personally, I write for four hours every weekday morning starting at 6am. If you have a day job, you might only be able to manage an hour a day, or four hours on the weekends. But whatever your quota, set it, put it on a calendar, and abide by it. Your writing hours should be unchanging and immutable, because this is a business.

Writing BusinessWould you go into your day job whenever the mood struck?

Would you produce nothing and call yourself a plumber despite not actually doing any plumbing (because the pipes are marinating in your soul)?

Would you spend without thinking, and sell with no plan?

Would you attempt to do your day job while your kids climb all over you, interrupting you every two minutes, instead of having a decidated space that you insist they respect?

Of course not. So if you want to have a chance in self-publishing, treat it like a business. That means schedules, a marketing strategy, deadlines … the works.

Before we leave this section, let’s add that part of treating writing like a business instead of a hobby means presenting yourself professionally. Don’t make shit book covers yourself to save money. If you believe in the book, invest in your work! Don’t half-ass your product descriptions. Don’t have a writer’s website on MySpace filled with animated gifs of cats unless that’s your brand (Sean wants to meet you if you’re making that work).

That said, don’t act like an overly-pro robot. Don’t take “be professional” to an illogical extreme. Be loose but look good. A person with an engaging smile in a suit is still a pro at a business meeting, after all, whereas a stiff is a stiff.

4. Not Having Fun

I only have seven of these (because I’m a pro, and believe in schedules and deadlines … see what I did there?) and I’m devoting one to fun. Strange, right?

Not really, in our humble opinion. The ability to have fun — to enjoy what you’re doing — is instrumental to success. Even Dave, who seems to scrape his fiction from the black places inside his soul with a rusty garden trowel, has “fun” in his own way. He enjoys telling the dark stories he writes. He enjoys crafting tales. He even enjoys going into the shadows that frighten him, because it’s cathartic. Fun doesn’t need to mean balloons and streamers.

Sean and I are probably more obvious examples of having fun while working, though. We have so much fun, we made it part of our brand. What one attribute characterizes every book we release through genre-agnostic Realm & Sands?

Whether we’re writing sci-fi or horror, fantasy westerns or straight (adult) comedy, we had fun writing it and bet you will have fun reading it.

Take your business seriously. But don’t take it so seriously that it gives you an ulcer. Your writing must be fun. It should feel like inspired play. Often, we see people who are trying too hard to shove square pegs into small round holes, writing what they don’t want to write because they’ve heard it will sell better. That’s a recipe for failure. If you are forcing your stories, readers will be able to tell. If your books aren’t fun to write (again, adhering to a definition of “fun” that includes Dave’s darkness), they won’t be fun to read.

There’s a bit of the author’s soul in every book, and nobody wants to hang out with the soul version of a bitchy asshole.

Our business is a good time. Even the stuff we don’t like, we like because it’s part of a whole that we love. Our horror, told with a straight face, is fun to dream up. Our comedy makes us laugh out loud. We honestly can’t spend enough time doing what we’re doing.

And when you want to do more and more of something — strongly enough that you can bulldoze through the rough and uncertain times — guess what tends to happen?

5. Sweating the Small Stuff

Here’s an unpleasant fact: You’ll never get to everything you could be doing to improve your writing, get better at publishing, and win more fans.

Should you write more? Of course! Should you work on your marketing? Naturally! Will social media strengthen your reader bonds and earn you some new eyes? Yep! How about joining Goodreads, creating audiobook and foreign language versions of your books, writing lead-in short stories, perfecting your covers and product descriptions, blogging, podcasting, answering fan email, creating Twitter accounts for your characters, creating paperbacks and hardbacks, doing author signings … whew, are you tired yet?

This problem only gets worse the more dedicated you are, leading to an ironic circle: The harder you work, the more it’ll become obvious that you can’t do it all.

Sean, Dave, and I are full-time authors. We have all day on most days — excepting family and personal time — to build our empires. Chances are, you aren’t quite as lucky. Most of our listeners only have a handful of hours a week to work on their businesses. If that’s you, the extra bad news is that as crunched as we feel, you’ll feel it tenfold.

So what’s the solution?

There isn’t one — not if the question is “How can I do it all?” That’s the question many flailing self-publishers ask, but it’s the wrong query. Asking how you can do it all is a downward spiral. You can’t do it all. You can only do your best.

Stop trying to do everything that may work. We talk to people all the time who are flustered by our refusal to engage in some tactic or another.

Shiny Penny“But it’ll gain you fans!”
“It’ll get people talking!”
“Do you know what you’re missing?”

Not exactly, and the first two are probably true, but it’s equally true that you’re a mortal human with a finite number of hours at your disposal. Stop asking if a tactic will work, and start asking which will work best for the time required. Stop asking what you should do, and start asking what you should do most.

If you haven’t heard of the Pareto Principle — the holy “80/20 rule” — look it up. Study it. Tattoo it on your arm. Then commit to doing the 20 percent of activities that will get you 80 percent of the results relative to the time required to do them … and in most cases, spending hours on Facebook isn’t on the list.

Write more. Market better. Build your machine to be more airtight, and more compelling.

Only mind the smaller (but still somewhat effective) details when you have time left over.

6. Thinking Short-Term 

You’ve been writing for a year. You’ve published a few books. They’re good books, and they have fans. Yet, you’re still only making a few hundred dollars a month, if that. What’s wrong?

In all liklihood, nothing; you just haven’t given things enough time to percolate. Building an army of ravenous fans and strong, viral word-of-mouth for your work is anything but an overnight endeavor. The problem is that our quick-fix, give-me-$97-and-I’ll-show-you-the-magic-button society has conditioned us to believe that everything should be easy.

If something isn’t easy, things aren’t working and we should really quit.

Bullshit.

If you’re writing good books and building a fanbase — even if it’s only growing at a rate of two people per month — you’re doing things right. If you write a sequel and the people who bought the original (all three of them) are dying to read it, you’re doing things right. If you’re well-reviewed, love your fans, and aren’t afraid to tell them about your new stuff, you’re doing things right. But as The Smiths sang, these things take time. You have to wait. Sorry.

Failures are impatient and quit even things that are working simply because they aren’t working fast enough. Those who ultimately succeed understand that they are in their endeavors for the long haul. You may have a book perform terribly. Your website may go down. You may sell well, then find yourself suddenly broke. You may work for months on end with no reward. It may look like you’re going the wrong way, and I won’t lie; it’s possible you are. But that’s how it looks when you’re going the right way for a long time, too.

If you want to make a career as an author, understand that you are playing a very long game. Don’t try to take shortcuts that cut off your nose to spite your face (unless you’re Sean; he has beak to spare). Don’t make choices that work today at the expense of tomorrow.

Before I started working with Sean and Dave, they did something that I admire to no end — something I wonder if I’d have had the fortitude to do myself. They finished the first season of Available Darkness, then moved to the next project without marketing it at all. They did it because they knew that long term, it was smarter to save their marketing push until they had a few projects rather than blowing their wad on only one with no follow-up.

Sean, working with another writer, also completed a full season of a project — over 80,000 words — and then trashed it without a thought. He did it because the project wasn’t good enough in the long term, and he thought he could do better down the road.

Fortunately for me, that project was The Beam. I reimagined The Beam with Sean a year later, and now with the release of The Beam: Season 2, it’s our biggest series.

I’m so glad he was patient enough to wait.

Perisistence7. Failure to Do the Work

This is the big one. Like the bonus round in a game show, I almost feel this item is important enough to render steps 1-6 moot.

Why do most people fail? Because they don’t do the work. They don’t put in the hours. As the expression goes, “Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die.” And similarly, everyone wants success but few are willing to bust nuts (or nut equivalents) hard enough for long enough to make it happen.

And yes, there’s such a thing as working smarter rather than harder, and I definitely don’t want to work hard forever. But in reality, most of the people who say “work smarter, not harder” are waffling. They’re justifying mediocre, half-assed work with an aphorism. You can’t out-smart a lack of hard work. Work hard first; make it smarter later.

Making it as an author — even in the ebook age Nirvana — is hard fucking work. You will write hundreds of thousands of words, then release them and make a few dollars. You will erase huge swatches of text because it sucks, then must summon the fortitude to start again. You will send emails to your list and get no response. You will spend hundreds of dollars on a cover and an edit then fail to recoup it. You will watch people with less than a tenth of your talent lap you. You will see others get lucky, while you get nothing.

If you want to succeed, you must keep working. And working. And working.

You can complain, but you can never stop … not until you have what you want, and that could take decades.

So if you’re doing the above things, knock it off. You’ll feel so much better once you start to have some of the success you deserve.

(Because you do deserve it, don’t you?)

We do this work every day, and in our upcoming project “Fiction Unboxed,” we’re going to let you watch every little detailwhile we do it for 30 days straight.

Happy Resurrection of Christ Day!!!

It’s 10 p.m., and I’m late at getting at this after an event-filled day.  Whether you’re a believer or not, I hope everyone had a blessed day and enjoyed their festivities.  Much love to you all!

Stench Radio Magazine is up and running!

Take a look at the new punk rock magazine directly from Austin, TX!  It features punk rock interviews and reviews, and also has horror stories from me!  In the upcoming months, Will Glover and Tim Miller will also feature their stories.  Thanks for taking a look-see!

http://www.stenchradio.com/mag/index.php

Wrongdoings in the horror community

I really do try my best to stay out of other people’s online battles.  I consider myself a neutral person when it comes to online friendships, and I don’t like rumors being spread.  I’m reblogging my friend Rebekah Herzberg’s post because online bullying needs to stop.  I’m a believer that you should always talk to the people you have disagreements with instead of hiding behind a computer and causing problems.  I’ve also posted the link to her blog page, and I encourage you to check it out.  The links to her true pages are on her blog.

http://yourfriendlyneighborhoodjewishgirl.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-deal-with-online-impersonation.html?zx=be645579028491e6

HOW TO DEAL WITH ONLINE IMPERSONATION AND HARASSMENT

There are times when being a public figure is fun but there are also times when it’s not so fun. For three years I have been harassed and impersonated by Elske McCain. This post isn’t for attention or to bash said person. After researching online impersonations and harassment and reaching out to people who have been in the same boat I have found that writing about the experience and letting everyone know that THIS is the only Rebekah Herzberg Facebook and THIS is the only Rebekah Herzberg fan page helps. Lets not forget that THIS is my one and only personal blog and THIS is my one and only Twitter. Any other pages of me are fakes created by this woman. In the past people have come to me and apologized as they explained they helped her create these pages. Apparently, all of them do this frequently and she has done this to several people. Others have said that this helps their situation tremendously BUT this is also fighting fire with fire and giving the person the attention they thrive off of.

I am embarrassed to admit that this experience has caused me emotional distress because that’s exactly what she wants to hear. She will rejoyce in knowing that she caused me so much misery. In her own little world that may be righteous but for people like me and every other sane person in the world, this is not normal behavior. There’s nothing else I can do but seek legal action. In Texas, this is a 3rd degree felony that could land perpetrators behind bars for nearly ten years. Arizona is almost as severe. Luckily, I have found a district attorney in Houston who has dealt with cases like these and he has been very helpful. If any of you have any tips or sound advice on these situations please feel free to comment but do not simply tell me to ‘ignore’ the problem. I ignore the problem for months and this person continues to attack my family. This goes far beyond ignoring the problem when my family is being harassed and when this person is impersonating me.

Yesterday I took my son to the Texas Children’s Hospital for testing. Our nerves were already rattled. Luckily, the doctor’s said he was fine and did not conduct any further tests so we decided to spend the rest of the day shopping. In the midst of this adventure it had come to my attention that Elske McCain was impersonating me ONCE AGAIN on Facebook and reporting my photos and photos of my own children for copyright infringement. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the motives of this act and how one manages to have this much free time. I mean, reporting photos must have taken her HOURS which just makes me feel bad because she has absolutely nothing going on in her life to pull her away from the computer. FB does have a new form for people like me to fill out in hopes that this will never happen again. I have to refute her report with personal information PROVING that I am who I say I am and they will restore my photos.

First, they will ask Elske in the fake email she provided to provide proof or a court order showing that she is Rebekah Herzberg. This will obviously never happen so my photos will be restored and I will be able to keep my profile. Then I can actually file a report for harassment with her actual IP address that she used to carry out these acts. First she tried reporting my photos for nudity, even photos of my son. That obviously did not work and she has all the time in the world so why not spend hours taking it further? She obviously feels like I have done something to her. I do not know what that is but Elske, I am here if you need someone to talk to. I think the reason why you spend so much time doing things like this to numerous people online is because you are in dire need of attention or someone to talk to. Please just talk to me. It doesn’t have to be this way. My family and my friends should not have to suffer for your mental well being.

I would also like to remind everyone not to attack Elske McCain for my benefit. I am a grown woman. I can use MY OWN NAME to tell her how I feel about her odd behavior. The woman is mentally unstable and threatens to commit suicide PUBLICLY on a daily basis. Though she is in the wrong, I cannot stand behind anyone who willingly attacks the mentally ill. Creating fake accounts, attacking children, and harassing people they feel threatened by may be her way of dealing with issues but it’s certainly NOT MINE!

I am going to continue on my successful path doing what I love. You may scare several people with your behavior but you do not scare me. Enjoy your remaining years doing anything else than what you are doing now. I am so tired of talking about you and fearing for my family. I would also like to plead with you to please stop harassing guests on my podcasts and other women in horror. Creating fake profiles of them and using my home town on the profile is not clever. It only makes you look worse but like I said, we are all here to talk if you need somebody to talk to. I still plan on pressing charges unless you come forward and agree to leave me and my family alone for good. I don’t have to make up fake restraining orders and unlike you I can actually afford an attorney.