Wednesday, November 16, 2005

My Favorite Spider God

Yes, that would be Anansi, thanks to Neil Gaiman's delicious page-turner, Anansi Boys. Truth is, I have always hated spiders, which probably comes from the terrifying and oft repeated stories of how my older brother almost died from the bite of a black widow. "Oh, the boy's had swelled up like a pitcher's mit. Doctor said if he'd been brought in only hours later, he would have died. Yup, had to lance that boy's hand between each finger." Yeah, my brother was too young when it happened to have physical scars but I tell you, that darn story scarred my well enough.

Anyway, back to Anansi. Mr. Gaiman, my personal inspiration for writing, did such a fine job of telling this tale that I've had to reconsider my former loathing of the creepy, and sometimes deadly, little arachnids. Oh, I'll never enjoy them crawling along the ceiling over my bed, which they seem particularly fond of doing, and I'll never have a pet tarantula, but I do have a bit more respect for the wee things even if only because Mr. Nancy and his "sons" gave me many happy hours of reading. Thanks, Neil! I hope someday to thank you in person for all the many moments of my life spent in your magical worlds of words, AND for inspiring me to write my own.

For a great audio interview that spans the subjects of Anansi Boys, the film Mirror Mask, Gaiman Family life and Neil's penchant for mythology, go to Gods, Mirror Mask, Superball at Studio 360.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Wanna Hundred Bucks?

Then write a great story for Dark Recesses! November 30th is the deadline and you gotta play to win, so check out the contest guidelines and write a wicked tale. Send it to Dark Recesses and plan to laugh like a fiend all the way to the bank!

Good luck!

PS - If you miss the contest, then be sure to send your submissions for the next issue. The reading period ends November 30th, and the next begins January 1st. Crack your evil writing whip and give Dark Recesses something juicy to sink their fangs into!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Head in the Clouds, etc

Some would say I have my head in the clouds with this whole Million Dollar Experiement thing, and maybe so. But I figure it's worth the minor attention it requires in my day. Heck, I spend as much time deciding whether or not to wear socks.

So today I took the exciting step of writing myself a check for $1,000,000. I was surprised by the little resistances that came up when I thought about doing this - Oh, that's silly; That's a waste of a good check; People will make fun of me...yada yada (like how I worked that in there?). Anyway, realizing how resistance to writing a check did not bode well for someone seeking to manifest a cool mil, I abandoned my silly worries and got my check book. Once I started writing, it felt great! I even used my full legal name - yes, a mystery name that is. Then I got my trusty scotch tape and plastered that baby good so it would hang right over my computer. Now it's kind of like those paintings of George Washington where the eyes follow you around the room. Now my mil stares down at me and reminds me that it's just a check away (or maybe even closer).

Click here for the latest update from the Million Dollar Experiment crowd

*Speaking of easy money - regardless of your political affiliation the look of $87 billion is pretty staggering.

*Okay, I'm off the money subject. I had a lovely chat with Angeline Hawkes-Craig tonight at the Red Light District - it was me and a host of her other fans. She is one smart and driven writer. Read a sample of her storytelling, and Jason Sizemore's interview with Angeline at Apex Online.

*The fans at the Red Light District will be chatting with Micheal McBride, Tuesday night at 8PM Eastern US time.

*Author Scott Nicholson will be chatting online tonight 8PM Eastern (I think) at the Author Chats, sponsored by Biting Dog Press and The Salt Lake City Library System. Yup, I guess folks in Utah love horror, too.

Don't miss those chats! They're fun, entertaining and provide a whole lot of information to help keep your writing on track. And remember to bring your arsenal of questions - that's what they're there for. Dont be shy!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Brian Keene Talks...

...And Hail Saten has returned. Yes, the ever popular blog of the great Brain Keene is up and running at full steam. Stop, by and check it out - it's like hooking into a live wire.

Keene, Bram Stoker Award winning author, will be chatting with his fans, at The Red Light District, Tuesday, Novemeber 8th at 9PM Eastern US Time. Stop in and click on "Join Live Chat" in the upper left corner. Come early so you don't miss your spot!

Monday, November 07, 2005

The Landing Pad

Okay, so I'm still hanging tough with the Million Dollar Experiment. I've got to augment this writing gig somehow, right? Anyway, yesterday I read the intent (see below) and did a little meditation. I relaxed and closed my eyes, and I thought about clearing the way for all that good fine cash to come my way. Then I saw a clutter of boxes all around me, stacked higher than my head. I suspected this must have represented the obstacles in my subconscious keeping me apart from my money.

So, I started moving the boxes one by one and chucking them in an imaginary dumptster. That was pretty slow going, since this clutter had the look of the warehouse scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Being such a patient sort (not!), I decided that there had to be a better way. And indeed there was - I created a bulldozer, hopped on it and started bulldozing those boxes over the edge of my million dollar landing pad. It was still an enormous task to clear all that damn clutter, and I wished I had some help. Suddenly, there were at least eight other dozers running right along with me, and I suspect they were some of my fellow Million Dollar Experiment buddies.

As the clutter cleared, and the surface beneath us was revealed, I could see that it was painted with a big red bullseye. Hah! Now that's a cosmic sense of humor for you. I couldn't have dreamed it better myself. Once the joint was clear, and I'd thanked my dozer pals, I set up a comfy chair, a reading light on a side table with a nice chilled martini, and I grabbed a delicious book and hunkered down in the chair to wait for my million dollars.

I didn't expect anything to happen really, I was just happy to have the clutter gone and to have a nice peaceful sit down, but at that moment, money began to fall like Autumn leaves. I just sat back, relaxed and let it fall all around me - layers and layers of crips green bills. What a satisfying feeling!

I'm not sure what it all means, but I'll keep you posted WHEN the cash makes it's leap to my pocket in this dimension.


The Sixty Second Million Dollar Experiment Intent:
In an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time, for the highest good of all, I intend $1,000,000 to come into my life and into the lives of everyone who holds this intention.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Tom Piccirilli Talks!

Well, he chats online, for sure!

If you want to talk with the Bram Stoker Award winning author, then visit The Message Board of the Damned. He'll be there for an online chat, Monday, November 7th at 8PM Eastern US Time.

This is your chance to get up close and personal with the author of November Mourns, A Choir of Ill Children, The Night Class and many other horror greats.

When you arrive at the MBOTD, click on the "Join Live Chat" link at the top left corner of the page, and have your questions ready. Come early to make sure you get a spot!

Douglas Clegg, author of The Priest of Blood and The Halloween Man: Tom Piccirilli is a master of the occult novel. He creates an atomosphere like nobody else, one that ins terrifying and yet sheds an eerie glow of acceptance upon all the darkness."

Publisher's Weekly:"In a genre where twisted souls and violence are the norm, Piccirilli's work stands out for how it blends these elements with a literate sensibility.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Many writers would love to get that million dollar contract but it's a pretty elusive beast for all but a handful. However, most writers would still love to have a million bucks so they could find their little tropical hideaway where they would write to their heart's content.

The Million Dollar Experiment might just be a good place to start, that is unless you have a rich relative you're waiting on. Yeah, it's a little new agey, but it can't hurt to try. I'm in. Join me?

It's not a scheme. It's not a scam. It's a positive thinking, group mind thing (I warned you it was new agey). The only investment is sixty seconds of your day to focus on a thought; an intent:

In an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time, for the highest good of all, I intend $1,000,000 to come into my life and into the lives of everyone who holds this intention.

You can do it in meditation or on the john. It doesn't matter, it's just sixty seconds (or more, if you like) of focused thought, feeling and desire. It's a good thought to balance all the less than positive thoughts we have about money - when paying our bills; buying gas at the pump; paying at the grocery store. We're full of them. It's about time we had a few positive cash flow thoughts. And why not start with a very positive number - $1,000,000!

Fran Friel
Million Dollar Baby
(See, I'm thinking positively already - okay, dreaming, but that works, too)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Fonts Gone Wild Disaster

I had a MAJOR blog glitch today which caused my fonts to appear enormous. I did all the requisite things but nothing sorted it out. SO I had to republish the entire blog which lost a great deal of the customized info that had been added. BUT I shall add it again!

So check back soon to see the re-finished product! Thanks for your patience. ~Fran

I'm Hiding.. the Horror Library Blog-O-Rama today. Stop by and see the little morsel I left for you.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

It's ALIVE!!

A Message from the Terrible Twelve:

The lab was ready. The stretcher was poised. Finally, lightning struck and our latest HL creation came to life!!

The Horror Library Blog-O-Rama

The madmen and madwomen of the Terrible Twelve will be bringing their frightful musings to the Blog-O-Rama daily, so stop by for the latest in the world of Horror! Be sure to leave your comments and suggestions, and of course, visit the The Horror Library for the latest Fresh Meat and Slushpile Survivors.

See you soon! We'll be lurking in the shadows!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Spider Words...

If you haven't seen Spider Words yet, by all means drop what you're doing and take a look! The works of Jack Ketchum & Mark McLaughlin are just the beginning of this excellent issue. Editor, Rain Graves, has packed this zine full of top notch writers. And it's FREE!

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