Archive for October, 2012

It’s Halloween!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Today is my birthday!

*cue party dance music*

I turn 25, the best age to be in this modern day and time. Why? Because I’m young, out of college, starting my career, and I don’t have any kids. But forget all that. Today I wanted to talk about the awesome things Halloween has brought us.

1 – Candy

Don’t you love how today, everyone get’s free candy from strangers and it’s considered…perfectly fine? When all the other days of the year, we warn children not to talk to strangers or take candy from them?

2 – Horror

The one day of the year where horrible, terrible things are revered and enjoyed by the majority of the population. I, personally, love scary movies. My husband…not so much. BUT on this day I get to torture him with everything creepy-related and get away with it.

3 – Costumes

 Halloween is about dressing up. Today is the day folks get a free pass to put on an ugly mask and scare the bajeezus out of their friends. Some women get the excuse to wear lingerie…*cough*…sexy costumes out in public and it’s considered perfectly normal. I love how mostly everyone is in on the costume-wearing tradition. It’s so much fun to pretend to be someone else, like Snow White or Batman.

NOW GO FORTH AND TRICK OR TREAT!

I love Halloween.

Ciao

-Cat

Short Story Progress: Zombie Wasteland

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I was planning to write the second part of the short story for this month and…it didn’t happen. Honestly, I don’t know how many followers I still have for this short story (and yes, it is a short story. It WILL end soon, I promise), but let me tell you a little bit about it.

In case you didn’t know, Zombie Wasteland follows the current apocalypse Jane Smith is enduring in Zombie Whisperer, except none of these characters directly interact with the main characters in Zombie Whisperer. You still get an insiders view on what the population of the US are going through. So far, we’ve had:

-A mother get eaten by her husband, leaving her little girl defenseless.

-A grandpa finds the little girl, kills her zombified father,  and escapes their town.

-Two teenagers meet the grandpa and little girl, and during a tussle, are forced to make off with the little girl.

-The two teens find solace with survivors until a new family moves in.

-The teens find out the new kid is a “terrorist.”

And that’s where we are in the story. I haven’t yet explained what this new kid’s plans are, or if he’s even a “terrorist,” but I wanted to dive into it this month. Unfortunately, the funk-bug PLUS the super-busy-at-work-bug bit me and my brain is now fried. I haven’t even read any new books—that’s how bad it is. The most I’ve done was try to keep up with the chores of the house and vegetate in front of the tube until bed.

I’m hoping things will go back to normal once the Holidays have passed. But until then, please enjoy some of my not-so-jam-packed blog posts until I’m back on my feet.

Ciao

-Cat

Blog on hiatus again…

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Yes, I’ve been extremely busy. No, I’m not trying to be mean. I have nothing planned for the week. Hopefully next week will be better.

*sigh*

If you’re looking for a scapegoat, blame all the fantabulous contests lately. There’s so many to choose from!

Anthropology Corner: Tackling Gender Issues

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Hey guys,

I bet ya’ll didn’t know I went to college and got a BA, am I right? The funny thing is I never get a chance to use my degree. What did I degree in you ask? Well I majored in something called Anthropology. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, the short and sweet of it is the study of humankind. Right now you’re probably thinking, “Why would we study humans when, hello, we’re humans. Might as well study things we couldn’t understand, like animals and stuff.”

I can’t tell you how much that makes me laugh every time someone says that. The thing is humans are the most complex species on the planet. We’re at the top of the food chain and yet we experience all these problems, like a rough economy, greed and the other 7 deadly sins, and even though we’re given opportunities other species don’t have, we’re usually lost in our path of life.

So, getting to my point. I’m currently writing a YA Science Fiction otherworldly tale of Mulan. No, it’s not just like the fairy tale, but there are some similarities to it. The biggest difference, however, is that my MC doesn’t know she’s a girl.

WHAT!?

Yup, that’s right. You see, her mother is a Queen, and when she gave birth to a girl, she made the extremely hard decision to tell everyone she gave birth to a boy. Why? Because in this kingdom only a male can be an heir. I won’t go into the specifics, but primarily my MC is then raised to believe she is a boy.

BUT HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!?

Again, I won’t go into the specifics. But from an Anthropologists perspective, this is actually very possible. When you grew up, you knew what gender you were, right? But how? Did you’re parents tell you, or was it something you just knew? Without actually being taught about the biological differences between man and woman, we come to our own conclusions growing up from what we see. If most women in our culture have long hair, sometimes wear dresses/skirts/high heels, wear makeup, and have boobs, then we associate all or most women to be the same way. And if most men wear jeans, have facial hair, flat chests, and have a deep voice, we associate those as men.

Now imagine if you’re a female and your genes didn’t give you boobs, one of the biggest tell of being a woman. Then usually you would wear girl clothes or makeup to distinguish yourself from the other gender. Otherwise you could practically blend in. Mannerisms, such as the way women talk and walk, is something learned, not something they’re born with.

BUT WHAT ABOUT GETTING A PERIOD?!

Well, that’s easy to fix. Unless you’re taught what a period is, most of us would think we’re dying or something along those things. But then how would you fix that problem after the fact? Medicine. There are current forms of birth control that actually stop the flow of a period. This isn’t done purposely, but it’s one of the side effects. Now, if that could be a side effect, imagine if you INTENTIONALLY created something to stop the flow.

Exactly

And there’s my little tidbit from the Anthropology Corner. Hope you enjoyed the read.

Ciao-Cat

Update With Me

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

So, I haven’t really talked much about what’s going on in my life. Here’s some quick facts:

1 – I turn 25 on Halloween.

2 – I’ve sent out 36-37 query letters to agents (1 to a publisher) to date.

3 – I self-published Zombie Whisperer back in Feb. of 2012 and have 6 reviews on Amazon and 6 on Goodreads.

4 – I’ve done multiple writing contests and I think I won one or two at most

5 – I’m currently writing a YA Science Fiction otherworldly retelling of Mulan

6 – My biggest dream is to become a full-time author (but we all know how near-impossible that is)

Tell me a little about yourself. =D

Ciao

-Cat