I kind of love Santa Clarita Diet…

Santa Clarita diet is one of those shows people either love or hate, at least that is what it looks like so far. Audience reaction, ten minutes in they quit (and in my opinion miss out on a great thing) or they gobble it up in one sitting.

I was in the second camp and am so glad. I adore this show in all ways. The writing, the acting, the scenery, the humor, everything about it.

Admittedly, the first episode was a little unsteady (to some people) – the actors trying to find the right voice and mannerisms for their characters, get comfortable with their co-workers – but by episode 2 they are fully into them and the result is a weird combination of gore, splatter, zombies, love, and total and complete fun.

I totally buy Sheila and Joel as suburbanites who lost track of when their lives became dull. The love they have toward their daughter. Their total and complete averageness that gets stripped away from them in a day and forces them to live for once.

Sheila, Drew Barrymore’s character, is not the traditional zombie. Think iZombie but without the weird psychic stuff that happens. One day she wakes up and after a few hours her life changes for the better. She goes from a woman who is quiet, content to go unnoticed, to a woman who has an id to satisfy, right now.

Now, I am not going to spoil the show for you – but I will say this, Joel and Sheila have such a fun relationship. Joel won’t give up on his wife despite the fact she needs to kill then eat people, and Sheila is still looking out for their daughter who is having a hard time adjusting to their new family dynamic.

Joel and Sheila are my new relationship goals – not the zombie element – but the total devotion, the well-timed barbs to one another that come with two decades of knowing someone, and their commitment to F*&^ things up together from now on. Does it get much better than that? Probably, but I never said I had healthy relationship ideals 🙂

If you are looking for a fun little pick up me, a show that will make you smile, even laugh at times (some of the lines are just crazy) then you might want to give this a shot.

With appearances from Nathan Fillion, Patton Oswalt, and Portia De Rossi there is something for just about everyone…

It is campy, horror, fun – give it a chance –

 

Have you read the latest from Lucy Lane?

So…this blog is for writerly things and assorted…

Which means, in no particular order:

Editing tips I learn ( Tip 1, check your use of ‘that’)

Cool LEGO stuff

Updates about Apocalypse By Midnight

Cool Star Wars stuff

Updates about Spellcast By Midnight

Firefly

Updates on Kryos

Perhaps a list of movies that are so bad I love them

Updates on Welcome to the Future

Music preferences

Updates on any anthologies I have stories in

I like cats.

Also – in case anyone did not know – I post regularly over here, a sort of meta blog written by one of the main characters from Dead by Midnight – short entries to prepare you for book 2…

https://lucylanereporter.wordpress.com/

Spoiler/Teaser from Book 2

A short excerpt from Apocalypse By Midnight –

Zach set the plates on the table changing his place so he sat between Riley and Lucy. After Elliot had informed him the killer was likely a vampire with red hair, he had a sneaking suspicion Riley’s recent arrival might not be a coincidence. His friend might not have red hair, but what about the guest he planned to bring?

“Zach, the bread won’t taste right without garlic.” Lucy held a baguette in the air, a pout decorating her face.

He put the napkins down and went to her. “It’ll taste fine, relax.”

She lifted her arms then let them fall to her sides. “But I can’t call it garlic bread. What do I say, ‘here’s some toast with butter, unless you have dairy issues, too?’ I’m offering them toast. Toast, Zach. Who does that?”

Zach ran his hands down her arms and smiled. “You don’t have to call it anything, just put it on the table. Seriously, don’t worry about this so much. Riley and I have been friends…we’ve known each other for a few years.”

Lucy’s eyes widened. “Don’t worry? Are you insane? You thought he was dead until yesterday. He’s a vampire. I have no idea what he can or cannot eat. I was going to make meat but then realized blood rare has a different meaning to him than me.” Lucy waved the baguette in the air. “Pasta is the only safe bet and even then I have to be careful lest I poison your friend with garlic. Then there’s his girlfriend. Is she a vampire too? A werewolf? A witch? One of those gluten free people? There’s too many variables!” Lucy’s face reddened.

Zach took the bread from her hand and tossed it onto the counter. “Breathe. In and out. Try and think of your happy place. This is dinner with a friend. Whatever you make will be fine.” He rubbed her back in a circular motion. “I promise everything will be okay.”

Lucy made a strange noise then turned. “Next time more warning. I mean it. You can’t just spring a vampire dinner guest on me. We’re not at that level yet.”

Like fantasy/urban fantasy/spec fic?

If you said yes, then this post is for you.

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Dozens of authors participating in a .99cent eBook promotion. Just follow the link below and check out all of the titles available.

There are around 70 books on sale just for this event, and just for the next 5 days.

And yes I might be a bit biased – my book is one of the ones in the promotion 😉

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Let’s see if this works…

I am not what you would call technologically savvy. However, I am always willing to try and learn new things.

So, if you have been on this page for more than 5 seconds a sign-up form should pop up – if you like my writing (which I hope you do) you can subscribe to a mailing list and get 4 short stories in return.

What I can promise is I will not bombard you with anything other than release dates, free promotions for my book, and giveaways – not to shabby, huh?

Anyways, hope you do sign up, and thanks for reading.

Great review to start the week

From the TBR Pile

http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/review-dead-at-midnight-by-suzanne-robb

Rating: 5 Stars – A Must Read! 
Some towns have a speed limit. Logansville, New Mexico has a weird limit. Actually no limit at all when it comes to weird, strange, bizarre, spooky or sinister.

Police Detective Elliot Jorgensen needs a job; Logansville needs a new Police Chief. What Elliot didn’t need was a ready-made serial killer case on his first  day. When the victims’ body parts keep arriving at the station preserved in sealer jars the Logansville police dept is truly in a pickle until plucky student reporter and wannabe investigator Lucy Lane points out the murders occur every full moon. With the top suspect being a werewolf, Lucy and Elliot set off on the trail of the Moonlight Killer.

This story has so many twists, turns and kooky characters it’s difficult to sum it all up in one paragraph. The oddball folks and weird goings on in Logansville provide enough material for their own TV series, a la Twin Peaks or Haven. The actions and dialogue quickly become both macabre and hilarious at the same time; from that point on the author had me hooked!

I felt sorry for the main character, Zach Harris. The poor unsuspecting college student never gets a good break but somehow manages to save the day and get the girl while receiving an unwanted education on the secret life of werewolves. The hapless Chief Jorgensen has the odds stacked against him from the start, but finally figures out that when the possible is ruled out you sometimes have to go with the impossible.

Dead by Midnight is a book you’ll want ‘Read’ by midnight…don’t wait for the full moon!

Ta Da!

It’s done.

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The last four years have culminated into a professionally edited, structurally edited, proofread, and polished manuscript.

The novel, Dead by Midnight, is based off a short story I wrote years ago. Many of the people who read it messaged me and asked for it to be converted into novel length. At first, naïve as I was, I figured it would be easy.

It was not.

There are at least two dozen versions of the book – and I still have no idea which one is best. Each little change, which was done for the betterment of the book, felt strange to make. When I look back at the first draft, I can see so many amateur mistakes. I am also smart enough to admit that even this fortieth draft is likely full of amateur mistakes.

What I can say about it though, is that I am damn proud of it. But now begins the hard part. The querying process. Me, the author, sends out as many queries as I can to the agents who represent the genre I am writing in (which to be honest this book falls under New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism, Humor, and a few others) and then wait for the form rejections. This leads me to fear my inbox and have a strange sense of anticipation at the same time. I also eat more chocolate than usual.

Over the years, I have queried agents with other works and have earned a personal response from a few of them. I know this sounds like a bit of sarcasm, but it is not. I understand that they get flooded with hundreds of queries a week and only those that shine will get plucked by their assistants and forwarded.

I have no idea what will happen this time. But I can say with absolute confidence that it has been a labor of love. I am proud of this book. And I owe a huge thanks to CS Nelson who has become a sort of writing motivator. I would have given up long ago.

Tomorrow I start another class toward my Editing Certificate. Technical Writing. Not the most exciting stuff, but from what I have seen so far it will keep my busy. Later on, I take Structural Editing and Stylistic Editing, which I am looking forward to. By the end of the year, I will have completed eight courses and be left with 3 to complete next year. Phew!

In the meantime, I will work on the sequel to the book I just finished editing – the rough draft is done it just needs some editing and because of everything I have learned in the last year, I have a good idea where to start.

So what is the point of this mish mash of a post?

Working with a structural editor was the best decision I ever made.

Querying sucks.

Classes keep me busy.

Keep writing until you think it’s good, then go back and edit it.

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