So this is how the next chapter in my life starts.
I’ve been working on this project off and on for about the last 15 years – more off than on, to be truthful – but it’s been present for over a third of my life in some form or another It started when I was in the clinical psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. A fellow graduate student named Nina and I would periodically come up with haikus during seminars or those god-awful brown bag lunches we were forced to attend during our first two years of indentured servitude. Nina’s interests were in neuropsychological testing and she would periodically slide me a piece of paper with something like this written on it:
sneaks along white matter tracts
a thief in the night
I had no idea what it meant but I smiled because she…
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Today we are so excited to host Allison M. Dickson as she tells us all about
Trench Coats, Pretty Dames, and Video Games
If someone ever asks me why I wrote COLT COLTRANE AND THE LOTUS KILLER, those seven words will pretty much sum it up.
I love the way men and women dressed in the forties, fifties, and the early sixties. Everyone was gorgeous back then. Look at a picture of your mother or your grandmother from those days and try to find a flaw. Her hair will be perfectly curled and shaped. Her makeup and jewelry will be just so. Her dresses will be perfectly tailored to fit her body, because the whole concept of buying mass-produced clothing off a discount store rack was still pretty much unheard of back then, and she probably made that dress herself because it was cheaper. And the men, so crisp in their suits, their features and closely cropped haircuts set off just so by their fedoras. Read more…via Trench Coats, Pretty Dames, and Video Games.
So much more than a Bigfoot story…
Hey everybody! It’s Jen! Patrick’s wife and biggest fan! Join us this week as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of Patrick’s debut novel, PROGENY! There will be a lot going on, places to visit on the interwebs, interviews and blogs to read, excerpts from the new novel, and some freebies and giveaways you don’t want to miss! The first thing to do is join the Facebook PROGENY event here PROGENY CELEBRATES ONE YEAR! so you don’t miss out on any of the action!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Oh my goodness – he’s everywhere!
What does the FOX say? Find out HERE,
Jen’s Pen Den review HERE,
and the Fiona Mcvie interview HERE
you will find the first chapter HERE
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“Needless to say, I’m giving the review 5/5
Because… I was locked in from the first page. Because of the story and the way it was delivered. Because the players and their quirks. Because of the way Emmett ties things up after the letter. Because the very end has a Twilight Zone kind of feel that I just LoveLoveLove!” Read more…
- Meet Horror Novelist Allison M. Dickson (examiner.com)
- A Chat with Debut Horror Novelist Allison M. Dickson (fearwriter.wordpress.com)
Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, STRINGS. What was your inspiration for it?
A: The book originally began life as a short story I had out for awhile on Amazon called “The Good Girls,” where I told the story of a young and indebted prostitute assigned to visit a horrifying hermit as her final job. But when other readers told me the story read like the beginning to a much longer book, I decided to run with that and the book was born a short time later. I really wanted to tell a story that didn’t have a true hero. I wanted to explore elements of control and freedom, and whether or not those things were illusions. I was inspired a lot by the great crime fiction of Gillian Flynn and Dennis Lehane, but I wanted to add my own special horror twist to the equation. READ MORE…
- Meet Horror Novelist Allison M. Dickson (examiner.com)
- THE LAST WEDDING IN THE MIDNIGHT CHAPEL by Allison M. Dickson (sekhmetpress.wordpress.com)
There’ll be guest posts by brilliantly insane authors of horror, giveaways galore, and original fiction by yours truly — moi!
The details of each author’s books will be outlined in their post. Some will be raffled off through those that make comments. Others will be dependent on who tweets me first with the correct answer to a very simple question.
Halloween is an all-time favorite holiday of mine and I wanted to celebrate its spookiness by making this a festive occasion for all my fellow horror enthusiasts. Casual indulgers are welcome to join and bob for apples.
Just make sure there isn’t a scythe somewhere near your head.
On Saturday, I had one goal in mind: Write! Write, write, write! Nothing was going to stop me. Nothing! Not Twitter, Facebook, blogs. My blog (doh!).
Well, after eight hours, I’d written exactly two chapters. You heard me. Two! Well, if I’m being completely honest, I didn’t write two NEW chapters. I revised two. How horrible is that? Two stinkin’ chapters that I’d already written and wanted to perfect. Lame!
Even worse, I totally had motivation to write. Every time I turned to my manuscript, I was sooo THERE. I’d start typing and be like, “Oh, that’s good!” and, “Wow, where’d that come from?”, and, best of all, “God, I rock. High five, Self!”
And, yet, all I did was revise two chapters.
In. Eight. Hours!
This lack of productivity got me thinking about all the bad habits I have whenever I sit down to write. And, man oh…
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Hemingway wrote standing, Nabokov on index cards, Twain while puffing cigars, and Sitwell in an open coffin.
“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone,” the William James’s famous words on habit echo. “Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”
Given this omnibus of the daily routines of famous writers was not only one of my favorite articles to research but also the most-read and -shared one in the entire history of Brain Pickings, imagine my delight at the release ofDaily Rituals: How Artists Work (public library) by Mason Currey, based on his blog of the same title. Currey, who culled the famous routines from a formidable array of interviews, diaries, letters, and magazine profiles, writes in the introduction:
Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits | Brain Pickings. Thought you all might like this, I did.
“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus
Writing is an isolating activity. Not only do you, as a writer, spend hours by yourself on a computer or with a notebook, you also become immersed in a different world, and obsess over people who don’t exist outside of your own head. It can be pretty disorienting. One moment, you’re scribbling down a tense argument between your two main characters, and the next thing you know there’s a burned grilled cheese in your kitchen. Did you make that? (Yes. You did. ProTip: Never cook and write. Don’t be all, “This grilled cheese won’t need to be flipped for like five minutes, so I can totally write the next paragraph and come back.” You know you won’t be back in five minutes).
As long as you’re surrounded by books and have the internet, you’re never really alone. Many writers have been through the same situations, and know all the hardships…
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