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A while back, I picked up these fun little items at Michael’s.


Now I’m using them as bookmark holders (for signings and what not).

This week has been crazy busy for me, but I’m finally back on track. This was my big promo mailing week.  Still have envelopes to stuff and bookmarks to count, but I’m on schedule now. Sweet!  Promo is such a big part of a writer’s job, and I have to admit, all of those years when I dreamed of being a writer–I never took promo into account.  Just didn’t think about it.

Now, I think about it all the time!

My next promo agenda item is to create buttons for the RT Convention. (I’m going, are you?) And when I say create them–well, I mean that I’ll stand over my husband’s shoulder, drive him crazy, and keep telling him what I like and don’t like.  He’s my free graphic designer.  :-)

By the way, I never talked about this–but I did see MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D last weekend. Know what? It was AWESOME!  Bloody (um, yeah), fast-paced, and scary.  Loved it.  Will I see it again?  Not so sure the heart can take it. But, there were a few things I noticed that I wanted to comment on. Sure, most people will just say it was a bloody slasher flick, and it was, but I found it to be…smart.

I think b/c I write, I’m hyper aware of dialogue and pacing in movies. Once upon a time, it was all about the actors and actresses for me. Not any more.  Now, I focus on the conversations. The scene sequences.  The writer’s part.  And in MY BLOODY VALENTINE, there was some good writing. Really. The writer (or writers, I’d have to check) did a nice job of misleading me with information. Ah, I do love the information mislead.  I was wrong about the villain in this one. Wrong. That made me so happy.

None of the characters were perfect. Something else I loved. Give me those flaws!

The opening of the movie?  One giant ten minute gore fest that made me cover my eyes the entire time. BUT–you couldn’t ask for a more dramatic start to a flick.  Everyone’s attention was caught, whether they wanted it to be or not.

And the ending?  Well, I won’t ruin it for everyone who is dying to see this one, but it was great.  And a perfect setup for…ahem, don’t want to ruin anything.

But this movie was a good example of writing, and really, one of the reasons that I love horror movies is because if you look past the blood, sometimes, you can find a story that is fast-paced, terrifying, and just…good.

So, okay, I’ve rambled about scary movies now when that wasn’t my intention.  But since I’m talking about this, what scary movie have you watched and loved b/c of the good writing?

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6 responses to “Dead to the World”

  1. Brandy says:

    I can’t watch scary movies, my imagination goes haywire and I’m jumping at the smallest things. Although, I did just watch The Diary of Ellen Rembouer on Sci-Fi. I thought it was pretty well done!

  2. LaDonna says:

    Hey Cindy, I don’t do scary well but manage one every once in a while. 😯 The last one I saw was maybe, The Cave? Really creeping, and those creatures were the shiver-kind. All in all, I usually have my eyes narrowed, and a blanket to ward off evil whenever I watch ’em.

  3. Karin says:

    I’m not a fan of scary movies because they tend to make me paranoid for a while afterward – and scare the crud out of me. lol

    I do like your Dead to the World bookmark holders.

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  5. Edie says:

    I’m not a fan of scary movies either. I saw Hotel for Dogs today, with a 9-year old. It didn’t have great dialogue, but it had really cute dogs. Can’t knock a movie that has cute dogs. :)

    I like your Dead to the World bookmark holders too.

  6. Hi Cynthia!
    I’m so glad to hear that the movie is that good! I really want to see it since it’s in 3D and that sounds like fun. I might go today now! Did you see the Saw movies? I was never a scary movie fan until them. They were so brilliantly plotted and it really hooked me on the genre.