Killer Thursdays

How to Conquer NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is really just around the corner now. Are you ready and raring to go?

I’m not sure about the ready or the raring. I think I’m good to go but the doubties have begun to creep into my head. This year has been busier than ever and the choice to join NaNoWriMo seems crazier the closer Nov 1 gets. But I’m determined to make it happen…mostly because I have a full story plan and am way too impatient to weather another 6 months writing a draft. I need this to happen soon or else.

Or else what, I don’t know, but I’m trying to keep my motivation up here :).

With that in mind, I’m gathering my weapons and planning my assault on NaNoWriMo. Here are a few articles with excellent suggestions:

My other two weapons of mass NaNo destruction are Scrivener and Snowflake Pro. Snowflake is a story planning software (I use it with Larry Brooks’s story structure in mind) while Scrivener is an all-purpose writing software.

I’ve got my arsenal and story plan…so maybe I can make this happen after all.

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How about you? Are you ready to conquer NaNoWriMo?

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Why You’ll Never Have to Worry About a Zombie Apocalypse

…or Will You?

Have you been super duper stressed about the possibility of  a zombie apocalypse? Or maybe you don’t really believe but you watched one too many episodes of The Walking Dead and now you can’t sleep until you can shoot a squirrel off the shoulder of an undead pizza delivery guy. Well, rest assured that a zombie apocalypse is totally nothing to worry about.  Cracked.com offers 7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail (Quickly).

Zombie Birdie

Braaaaaaaaaaainzzzzzzzzz aaaaaannnnnndddd wooooooooormmmmmms…

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find the article terribly comforting and hilarious but…

You’ll also start to wonder if maybe they’re wrong after all. Maybe the undead won’t just rot away. Maybe they’ll have no natural predators. Maybe it’s not the bite that spreads the disease. Maybe it’s airborne. Maybe it’s already in us all. Aaaaaaagh!

Okay. Maybe not.

But take note, the super scientific folk at Cracked also once pointed out 5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen. It’s up to you which is more convincing.

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So what do you think? How real is the possibility of a zombie apocalypse? And, scientifically speaking (or not, it’s up to you), how do you think it would happen?

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What’s on Your Fall Watch List?

Fall is (finally) here.

Around here, it felt like fall would never get here. In fact, it’s still in the low 80s. *grumble grumble*

But anyway.

The best thing fall is…the new tv shows.

Okay, maybe it’s a toss-up between the new shows and Thanksgiving dinner.  But, while Turkey Day only lasts until all the leftovers run out (or you get sick of them), there are at least a few shows to keep your mental belly full all season long.

Here’s what’s on my list:

The Blacklist

James Spader strikes a Hannibal Lecteresque pose with his own fascinating twist and everyone has a secret agenda. Good stuff so far.

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Sleepy Hollow

Apocalypse. American history. Mythology. A classic American scary story and an anachronistic hero. What isn’t there to love?

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The Walking Dead

This is one of those shows I hate to love. It just gets more and more intense every season and there’s no guarantee your most loved characters will survive (or stay sane).

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And one that’s premiering Friday:

Dracula

Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Oh my. It has to be good.

I see all the shows on my list are pretty dark. Apparently, I have to branch out a little. Guess I better go research some comedies.

Right after I watch the last episode of The Walking Dead again.

What’s on your watch list this fall?

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Would You Walk with the Dead?

Are you jonesing for the Dead? Is October just not soon enough?

Well, you don’t have to wait.

No, AMC won’t be releasing The Walking Dead Season 4 early but you can step into the world…if you can survive it. Continue reading

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Who’ll Win the War?

Yes…

I am talking about World War Z. Before you :facepalm:,  exclaiming “Not another zombie movie!”, check out the trailer…. Continue reading

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Is This The End of Everything?

December 21, 2012. The Apocalypse?

Celebrate!

Image by susivinh (Susana Fernandez) on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Nearly thirteen years ago, hubby (then fiancé) and I toasted the new year with a few good friends. Y2K was everywhere. Some folks devoutly believed the end was upon us. Some folks thought it was a lot of bunk. Most of us probably considered the whole business unlikely…but entertained the wee littlest of doubts. Until the clock hit midnight and kept right on ticking, none of us would know for sure. Continue reading

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What’s Missing from the For Dummies Collection?

For DummiesYou’ve almost certainly seen these books in the bookstore (yes, the mythic bookstore does still exist…but it’s sort of like tracking down Bigfoot), library or on your friend’s bookshelf. More than likely, you own or have read at least one. Continue reading

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What if You Were Taken?

Into the Dark by Stacy Green

Casablanca Lily

What if you had a secret admirer? What if your secret admirer was romantic, thoughtful and refined, sending you elegant flowers and remembering your favorite poetry? What if your secret admirer was brilliant and patient, planning just the right moment to bring you together?

What if your secret admirer built a getaway for just the two of you, deep in the dark maze of tunnels beneath Las Vegas.

For always?

What if your secret admired would do anything, go through anyone, to get to you?

What if there was nothing you could do to stop it? Continue reading

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What Are You Thankful For?

turkey

Oh yeah? Happy Thanksgiving to you too, buddy.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays around the Medeiros house. There’s my father-in-law’s secret ingredient turkey, so tender, juicy and delicious (pssst, the secret ingredient is not an ingredient but the cooking method, roasting in a brown paper bag…don’t tell anybody). There’s the pumpkin pie, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, rolls, kimchi, sweet potato casserole, cranberry green beans…

Nnnnzzzzzz….

Whoa. Sorry. Food coma. And that’s just from writing about it. Continue reading

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Tiny Terrors

How can something so small be so horrifying?

Okay, maaaaaaybe more cute than horrifying.

Enjoy these super scary little monsters.

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