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amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Default)
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 01:59 am
Just a quick post to say I hit 60,000 words tonight.

In reading news, I bought The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan as well as The Brothers Grimm Volume II, 110 Grimmer Fairy Tales. The latter is for autumn/ Halloween season. Also on my autumn lineup are Frankenstein Mary Shelley (I'm due for a re-read) and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

I will also be posting flash fiction, and may link to a blog I want to renew.
amanda_sheree: (jack-o-lantern)
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 06:12 pm
Another story idea has surfaced courtesy of my Halloween flash fiction prompts.  A scene is forming in my mind from one of the prompts to begin the story of Abby, my werewolf heroine.   Gerald, who is her fellow werewolf and best friend, should have a large part in the novel, although I want to change his name.  I might begin outlining this in preparation for NaNo, although I kind of would like to start writing it this month....
amanda_sheree: (jack-o-lantern)
Sunday, October 7th, 2012 02:07 am
I haven't forgotten my Halloween prompts. :)  In fact, I have a working idea for one of them.  It will feature Abby, my werewolf heroine who starred in one of my flash fictions in the past.  I've had her story (although vague) in my mind for a couple years now.  I might begin hers when I'm done with (or, help me, even before I finish) Tsirris's story.
amanda_sheree: (jack-o-lantern)
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 07:06 pm
What are your favorites?  My playlist is here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD01277A619DB20B9.
amanda_sheree: (jack-o-lantern)
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 04:51 pm
I've been making some progress on Tsirris (my alien story), and posted a few tidbits on my Tumblr: amandabohannan.tumblr.com/.  I also introduced one of the participants of a love triangle in another work-in-progress of mine.  The tag for only Tsirris stuff is here: www.tumblr.com/tagged/tsirris.

As evidenced above, I've taken a liking to Tumblr.  I'm using Twitter, too; it looks like I'm finally getting with the program. :p

Autumn is here (in the northern hemisphere, at least).  I absolutely adore fall, and I have so many fond memories of making (and then jumping in) leaf piles; of going on walks with my cousins and my grandma, shuffling my feet through all the fallen leaves.  It's such a gorgeous and breathtaking season.  Unfortunately, where I live currently, we don't get the brilliant colors and falling leaves so much.  To quote Craig Ferguson, "But the leaves in L.A. [Los Angeles] don't really change [in autumn].  Well, they do a little bit; they go from brown to on fire."

This autumn, I might finally write some answers to my fall/ Halloween prompts of last year.  And again, I plan to buy and read relevant novels.

If anyone would like to do the prompts as well, they are these:

"Scary torture nightclub
Festive levitating gala
Comedic supernatural love-interest
Extraterrestrial freaky orchestra
Secret mid-century painting"

The original post is here: 


Last year's October reading ideas are here: amanda-sheree.dreamwidth.org/21827.html.

This year, I hope finally to get around to The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  If you have more suggestions, post them here.  We could always have book discussions amongst our journals, too.
amanda_sheree: my baby, Annie, in my lap (Annie and me)
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 01:28 am
On a list of comic recommendations listed at Doctor Cat, I found "cat versus human" and fell in love.
amanda_sheree: autumn candy (autumn candy)
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 07:07 pm

For brainstorming purposes, I'm posting my five Halloween prompts a few days early. Use or answer them in any way you'd like; whether poems or prose, flash fiction or short stories. Even paintings or drawings or music. The prompt answers don't need to relate strictly to Halloween or autumn, though my prompt answers will probably have an autumn feel to them at the least.

As far as mediums go, mix and match! I may choose four of the five to be flash fictions, with the remaining prompt as a short story. Heck, I might even try a little poetry (I don't know if I'd post the results, though!).

It would be fun to make a contest of this, but participation will probably be low and I'd want a large pool of people to vote on their favorites. Another problem would be deciding among mediums, which would lead to more categories and more prizes, which I can't do right now. Hopefully people will have fun with this, though! Feel free to use prompts more than once, too. Make your answers as concrete or abstract as you'd like.

I made use of an iPhone app called IdeaGen to get combinations that I liked. Here are the prompts:

Scary torture nightclub
Festive levitating gala
Comedic supernatural love-interest
Extraterrestrial freaky orchestra
Secret mid-century painting

I plan to post mine as I complete them. And, go!
amanda_sheree: (autumn)
Monday, September 26th, 2011 01:19 am
I love so many things about October. Autumn is a gorgeous season (even though, where I currently live, we don't really get the whole leaves-turning-pretty-warm-colors-and-falling-off-trees-thing); temperatures start to fall (no pun intended) from smoldering to comfortable; I carve pumpkins (shoddily); I bake more; I buy a costume for Halloween and hand out candy or hang out with friends (hoping for a party this year);...

...Cue more cliches. Ten minutes later...

I'm planning my October reading for this year. I want to start off with a re-read of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. Next, another staple: Dracula by Bram Stoker (which I have not read).

And, after that, I don't really know what to choose. I've seen a handful of Stephen King novels on Halloween reading lists. I'd be open to reading one of them (Carrie and The Shining show up frequently). I wouldn't mind picking up an anthology, either.

Going off this list, I may add The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Ooh! And Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

Books simply set in autumn would be good, too, if anyone has recommendations. I'm really uncomfortable with demonic stuff, though, as well as extreme gore. Sometimes ghosts disturb me, too, but it depends.

So! Discuss some of your favorite autumn/ Halloween/ horror novels, and make suggestions if you'd like.

October 1st or thereabouts, I plan to post a few writing prompts: four for flash fictions, and one for short stories. Hopefully I'll participate.