Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Few Vids That Have Something To Do With My Next Blogpost...

Okay, more than a few. :D Enjoy!






















Monday, August 25, 2014

Excerpt From Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2)

Hey all,

Since I'm also working on Kindred (Book 2) tonight, here is an excerpt from it. As I said, Kindred focuses more on the story of Dorothy's cousin, Cletus, though we do revisit characters from Descent as well.

Other excerpts of early drafts from future books in the series can also be found here.

WORKING SYNOPSIS FOR KINDRED (THE BIRTHRITE SERIES, #2)

In 1935, a couple years following a tragic death in his family, 20-year-old Cletus Blake comes across the camp belonging to a Romani family passing through. It is there he meets seventeen-year-old Alisa, and begins a chain reaction that will reunite two families who once held a great, if unconventional, friendship...along with a whole lot more... 

EXCERPT FROM KINDRED (THE BIRTHRITE SERIES, #2)

DAYTON, OHIO
Summer of 1935



The following day, Cletus returned. How he was going to muster up the courage to speak to her, he was still unsure of. He had always been shy around girls, but he had absolutely no experience interacting with gypsies.
How would they even react to me?  he wondered.
He then saw her, exiting one of the wagons and carrying a percussion instrument and a guitar case. She was also alone. Finally, here was his chance.
Taking in a breath, he approached her, quickly but with caution. “Um, hello,” he said.
Her steps ceased and she stared at him with wide eyes. There was a glint of recognition, but also apprehensiveness and a small amount of fright.
Being this close to her was almost overwhelming. She was here with him, and this time he wasn't dreaming.
She squinted her eyes, as though trying to figure out what to make of him.
“Those look heavy,” he continued, trying to keep his calm, “I can carry them for you if you would like.”
The girl flinched slightly and blinked before she said, “Well, I am fine and I really don't need your help.” With that, she continued walking.
A humilating pain stabbed Cletus's gut. Slowly, he turned and started to walk away while trying to hold on to the small amount of diginity he had left. Then, her voice called to him.
“I am sorry,” she said.
Cletus turned back to face her and saw the remorse on her face. She set her instruments down and took a rather timid step forward. “I did not mean to be harsh with you. It is just that I am tired from traveling. We just arrived in town yesterday and I usually don’t sleep well in a new area.”
Cletus relaxed a little as relief filled him. “I'm sorry if I offended you," he said. "I offered because I'm also a musician and I know that lugging around instruments all day can get…well…heavy…”
She continued toward him until he saw the color of her light brown eyes that were flecked with gold and set off by her bronzed skin. Her sandy brown hair fell freely down her shoulders in a cascade of tight curls.
“My name is Cletus,” he said extending his hand to her. "Cletus Blake. My family is actually not too far from here."
She looked down at his hand as if trying to decide whether or not to take it. But she did. Both felt a familiar current pulse through them at the touch of the other.
“I am Alisa,” she replied.
They stared at one another for a moment until she broke the silence. “You said you play instruments?”
“Yes," Cletus began. "My family...”
“Alisa!” A deep voice interrupted them.
Alisa quickly let go of Cletus's hand as the two turned in the direction of the young man who had been playing lead guitar. His dark eyes studied Cletus with great intent and it was then Cletus noticed the wooden crucifix the other young man wore.
Cletus watched as the young man and Alisa communicated to one another in a language unfamiliar to him.
Then, Alisa turned back to Cletus. “I am sorry,” she said, “I have to go.”  She gave him a small smile before joining the other young man.
Alisa's companion turned back to look at Cletus once more as he took her back into the camp.


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Blogging Schedule

Hey all,

1.) I came up with a new blogging schedule that I think will allow me time to make regular posts along with getting the rest of my work done.

The plan is to post on Mondays (blogging) and Thursdays (reviews or interviews). So tomorrow, I'll have a completed blogpost.

We'll see how this works. :)

2.) I was nominated by one of my filming peers for the Ice Bucket Challenge. Oh the pressure. :D

With that said, have a great rest of the weekend. :)

Tiffany

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Blog Post Coming This Weekend

But for now, I leave you with a quote that I am thinking of placing in the front of Descent:

"History is the commonly agreed upon lie" - Voltaire

Another good one as well (that I may or may not use depending on copyright rules...but I do think it fits perfectly with one of the subsequent books):

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." -George Orwell




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Saturday, August 16, 2014

After A Whirlwind Month...

...I'll be getting back to a regular blogging schedule, though possibly a slightly lighter one (for the time being, at least). I do have a lot to say, especially following the circumstances of Robin Williams' death.

I am working at getting Descent finished for September and have been given two more books to edit, along with editing a film and acting in one. Also trying to find time to work on the new music. But it's all getting done. :)

Thanks for your patience, everyone and I'll be back this coming week with a new post.

Tiffany




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seriously...

Three things I've noticed many on the internet seem to love deeming themselves experts in: History, Human Behavior, and Mental Illness.And many get all three wrong. If you don't know, please make an effort to learn something before going on a soapbox. And even those of us who do bother to research are always uncovering new turf. Therefore - and this one may shock you - one never truly knows the whole story.

Monday, August 11, 2014

From the Set of Midnight Massacre

Hey all,

A little photo and video from the set of the film, Midnight Massacre. I will be getting back to regular blogging as soon as possible. Just need to take care of some things over on my end. :)








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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Night Terrors Series: Guest Post by William Max Miller

A guest post by my good friend, William Max Miller, telling the story of a night terror he experienced years ago. Enjoy! And dream well...

I found myself surrounded by shadows and darkness, laying flat on my back on an altar-like stone slab. A horrible, heavy lethargy paralyzed my limbs and, as I tried desperately to move, I felt that I must have been given a dose of curare.
I could hear the loud, pounding sound of my racing heart echo like rhythmic thunder through my drugged body, and a dull roaring filled my ears as I struggled hopelessly to open lead-encased eyelids. My breathing came in gasps as I fought to force air into my frozen lungs. It seemed like I was sinking in quicksand, or that I was slowly suffocating in a choking cloud of lethal cyanide vapors. An overwhelming sense of menace oppressed me, and I realized in horror that a faceless, black robed figure was approaching. The sinister shape, like a figure from beyond the grave, floated silently toward me and bent over my struggling body, its claw-like hands reaching out with malevolent intent.
I realized that I was on an embalming table, and that the black figure was about to drain my blood and fill my veins with formaldehyde! I fought to awaken. By now a dim realization that I was still half-asleep had formed in my frantic mind, and I knew that waking up was my only means of escape. Summoning a last, desperate surge of strength, I forced my eyes completely open and jumped to my feet, my arms flailing outward to push the black figure away.

 Picture by Stephen Gammell of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Trilogy

    Now standing and completely awake, I began to see the shapes of familiar objects take form and substance in the shadowy half-light of my bedroom. Drenched with sweat, my heart still pounding with fear, I walked to the kitchen, turned the light on, and poured a glass of water with shaking hands. I was still convinced at that moment that I'd had a dreadfully real encounter with an evil, supernatural force, one which had attempted to drag me back with it into some nightmare dimension of ultimate darkness.
    The sense of having just had a narrow escape lingered for about half an hour, and it exerted a disarming power over my imagination that required several cigarettes to dispel.  The unsettling conviction finally faded into the realization that I had lived through a not-uncommon nocturnal adventure of a kind recorded in the annals of every culture throughout history. I had experienced a dreaded Night Terror.
    A Night Terror differs from a nightmare because it doesn't happen when a person is completely asleep. It seems to be a type of parasomnia, or sleep disorder, which afflicts the waking-up process. Many people who experience them on a regular basis describe a titanic struggle to awaken, as though the ability to make the shift from sleeping to wakefulness has become temporarily impaired. Night Terrors, with all their sinister shapes and appalling sensations, inhabit that strange, largely unexplored borderland between daylight and dreams; that peculiar region we all cross through twice each night, once as we fall asleep, and then once again as we awake. They are transitional phenomena, and this probably explains the terrifying sense of reality with which they are accompanied. Since a person having a Night Terror is somewhat awake, he mingles actual sensations and perceptions with subjective stimuli. These form an unholy alliance in the imagination and, like an intoxicating witch's brew, cast a disturbing aura of realism over the experience.
    Medical professionals who specialize in the treatment of sleep disorders note the recurring similarities in people's accounts of Night Terrors. Almost all of them report feelings of paralysis, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, and an overwhelming sense of great danger accompanied by a horrible inability to escape. Frequently mentioned is the feeling of being under attack, and written records of Night Terrors bristle with frightened descriptions of wraith-like malevolent figures circling in for the kill, similar to the Black Shape which hovered over my immobilized body and reached toward my throat with its claws...Individuals who suffer from Night Terrors, sometimes frequently enough to require professional help for the problem, also concur that the unpleasant after-effects of these uncanny experiences often linger for hours. Some people describe an oppressive malaise and sense of foreboding which saps their vitality for days after the Night Terror invaded their bedrooms and troubled their sleep.
    The world-wide distribution of the Night Terror experience, and its occurrence at every period of human history, probably lies at the dark center of the ancient belief in vampires. The Night Terror frequently behaves like the vampire of folkloric tradition. It comes uninvited in the night to prey upon the sleeper, and leaves him shaken, weakened, mysteriously drained. The worn-out feeling which oppresses the morning after such a nocturnal fright can be easily explained as the body's normal reaction to a little sleep deprivation, but it also coincides with the legend of the vampire, who leaves its victims in an exhausted condition after draining them of their blood. And the fact that Night Terrors often involve visions of menacing figures, black shadowy shapes, and other entities which look like the traditional vampire certainly hints that these experiences  could be the primal inspiration for strange tales about bloodsuckers and the Legions of the Undead. Dracula, Nosferatu, Lestat, and all the rest of the great Vampire Horde, which swarms through films, plays, novels and nightmares like a cloud of bats, are probably literary echoes of the Night Terror phenomenon.
    My Night Terror occurred sometime in the spring of 1975, during one of the most optimistic and anxiety-free periods of my life. Theories that categorize Night Terrors as anxiety responses to stressful life events fail to explain what happened to me. However, my friend Bill,  a serious student of the occult, was convinced that I had actually been attacked by an "astral vampire." All this happened in the mid-seventies, a time still very much in the grip of a social trend originally referred to in Time Magazine as "the Occult Explosion." Books about witchcraft, black magic, Satanic cults, and the supernatural became popular best-sellers throughout this cultural phase, and films focusing on various aspects of the occult appeared almost daily on TV and at cinemas. Most of the young adults I knew were interested in the supernatural, and dabbled in Tarot card reading, amateur spell-casting, astrology, and Wiccan practices. Bill did more than dabble. He was a practicing Ritual Magician, who could quote whole passages of Aleister Crowley and Eliphas Levi forwards and backwards. (He had to pronounce them backwards sometimes, he explained, because the particular ritual he was performing might necessitate a reversal of certain words of power.) Although I remained skeptical of his astral vampire theory, some of my acquaintances took the matter quite seriously, and began giving me  silver crucifixes and cloves of garlic as gifts to help me ward off any possible future attacks. All these social reinforcers combined with the vivid sense of reality which had accompanied the experience, and I found myself thinking more and more about astral vampires from Beyond...
    The concept of the astral vampire with which my friends familiarized themselves derived mostly from the works of the 19'th century occultist Madame Blavatsky. Dion Fortune, who further popularized the notion in her well-known work, Psychic Self Defense, wrote advice concerning how to protect oneself from such evil creatures. An astral vampire is a being who takes over the dead immaterial shell left behind by a spiritual entity when it moves on to a still higher plane of existence. As a kind of ghost's ghost, so the theory goes, the possessor of the dead astral shell descends to earth, where it feeds upon the vital spiritual energies of flesh-and-blood mortals. Unlike the vampire of folklore, such a monster does not need to drink the actual blood of its prey. All it needs is a psychic energy fix, and it obtains this when it attacks a sleeping human. According to Dion Fortune, symptoms of such astral attacks are allegedly serious, and prolonged victimization by such a monster can lead to depression, madness, and suicide. Astral vampires are like the bandits and highwaymen of the Astral Plane, and one does not eliminate them by pounding a steak through their hearts. Instead, a person must use magic to guard against the astral vampire.
    Due to several other strange occurrences which had taken place in my old home over the past half century (more about these will soon appear on this page) Bill became convinced that an astral vampire was afoot and that it had singled me out as an energy source on the night of my Night Terror. He offered to perform a ritual which would permanently banish the foul night gaunt from my residence, and I eventually gave him permission to throw his magical gauntlet in the face of the vampire. Bill picked a time in conjunction with the phases of the moon and planets, and brought his magical implements to the house. By candle light, amidst clouds of fuming incense, he intoned the words of power inscribed in his ancient Grimoires. He scattered special herbs throughout the rooms, and performed strange gestures and movements. The ritual itself took about an hour, and left the whole house filled with the churchly scent of Frankincense for days.
    I never experienced another Night Terror. Of course, that's probably because I simply wasn't destined to suffer from  this particular kind of sleep disorder, and has nothing to do with successfully exorcised vampires, astral or Transylvanian. Sleep researchers who study Night Terrors point to chemical imbalances, anxiety reactions, and seizure-like disturbances of deep, non-REM sleep as their actual, physical causes. Their scientific explanations sound very reassuring. But the vivid sense of reality induced by my Night Terror occasionally makes me question such bland theories. Even professional sleep researchers admit that the borderland separating our daylight world from the land of dreams is a dimly understood territory at best, where very old traditions say many strange encounters take place, not all of a pleasant nature. All non-technological cultures, whose shamans and Holy Men have explored the world of dreams  for millennia,  possess ancient oral traditions in which sleep is seen as a process of leaving the body and entering other dimensions, and dreams are viewed as actual encounters with the denizens of different realities. We all must come to the mysterious threshold of sleep each night. For all humans, a regular passage through this gateway is unavoidable because sleeping, like eating and drinking, is a daily necessity upon which our lives depend. And, by a hard law of nature, such necessities become points of great vulnerability. As observant naturalists well know, hungry predators always lurk near bodies of water, to feed upon the unsuspecting creatures who must come there to drink....

    You can learn more about Night Terrors by clicking the following links:
Night Terrors and Nightmares

More can also be found at his essay webpage



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keeping it Real or "Caution: This Might Offend Someone"

Hey all,

I know I've gotten a bit off track with this blog lately, and part of that is due to being busy right now. Here's the truth. And this might offend some people, because everyone is offended by something these days (and that just may be the problem) :

Over the passed couple weeks I've gone into a bit of a funk and I could not exactly pinpoint what it was. Part of it had to do with the fact that writing the beginnings of The Birthrite Series has been a huge emotional rollercoaster. Writing this series did require me to revisit some old demons and there were days in which I did have to stop in order to recharge and continue. Each of the characters - while each his or her own person - does have an imprint of me somewhere. Some more than others, but it is there.
While such an emotional journey is often part of the creating process, it also must be dealt with in a delicate fashion. Otherwise it can consume you.
So while I've been able to handle this part of the process (as it can also be quite therapeutic), something else had been bugging me, and it finally came to a head last night.
As those who read my blog and follow my YouTube Channel know, The Birthrite Series does take place throughout certain parts of history, therefore requiring me to do research. And you know what I found in doing so? It is amazing how much misunderstandings there are with history. How we're only told certain things and if - heaven forbid - those of us with brains choose to look beyond that and really get our facts straight, we're seen as 'the bad guy.' Because how dare we want all the facts, right?
So like I said, this all came to a head last night when I was on a holistic blog I read on occasion. This particular post discussed possibilities of why our grandparents had fewer food allergies than we do today. While I'm not implying the post/article was flawless, I was floored by how many completely took it out of context (as it happens on such blogs). Add to that, I was also disgusted at what little knowledge people have of history, and while I would never fault not knowing - because we are all ignorant to a degree (and by ignorant, I mean 'the state of not knowing') - not WANTING to know is what disgusts me. And people really do not want to know, yet they call themselves enlightened. Go figure on that one.

Now, what does all that have to do with The Birthrite Series? Well like I said, in doing historical research for the story, events in history were brought to light that are often misunderstood or brushed over. I started wondering: 'Why is no one talking about this? Why is this not taught?' And why are people so resistant to being told things other than what is pushed by our media?
Here is an example:
The issue of interracial marriage during the 1800s.
Of course, we are told of the nationwide lift that made it legal throughout the country in 1967, but how many knew that from the beginning of America's founding, there were states that never had a law against such marriage in the first place? States like New York, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire along with a couple others never even passed anti miscegenation laws. Ever.  And Pennsylvania had lifted theirs in the late 1700s with other states following throughout the 1800s.
By the mid 1940s, about half of the then 48 states declared interracial marriage as legal. And while that isn't the same as it being legal throughout the entire country, again, why isn't this discussed more? Why are we only encouraged to see one part of it? In doing so, we are stealing the history from those who lived it.
I did have to look up anti miscegenation laws in regards to the relationship between Jonathan and Kimimela Blake (an Irish and Native American union) so that I may match their marriage with the time and place in which they marry (during the 1840s) in the story. Because otherwise, I would have had to alter their story. In fact, Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2) does focus on the story of Dorothy's cousin, Cletus. Dorothy and Cletus are both descendents of Jonathan and Kimimela Blake and are young adults of the 1930s. Their fathers, Ronald (Cletus) and Matthew (Dorothy) are a quarter Native American. While Dorothy's family lives in New York, I originally had Cletus's family living in Tennessee. But then I looked into the laws of Tennessee at the time and ended up changing the living location of Cletus, his parents, and brothers to Ohio.

By the way, all this is very easy to look up, as is Romani (Gypsy) Slavery and Persecution, NINA (No Irish Need Apply), women's suffrage, women in the workplace, and other issues touched on in the series. That is, if one actually bothers to do it and is open to it.

I'll write more later as I do need to get editing (and if I'm wrong anywhere, do feel free to correct me). But, feel free to check out the following related articles/blogposts:

Author, Alys B. Cohen on Our Culture of "I'm Offended"

Same-sex Marriage of the 19th Century (a pretty cool article)

Also, my good friend, William Max Miller will be bringing you a NIGHT TERRORS guest post this week. :)


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Midnight Syndicate's "Carnival Arcane"

I'm starting Halloween a little early. :)


(a little Ministry for you guys. :D)

As I stated in a previous review: I love carnivals.  I love amusement parks.  I love stories and movies that involve them.  It's one of those things that you can't quite place, but they all seem to have a sense of nostalgia and mystery about them.  I also love Midnight Syndicate and have been a longtime fan.  Yes, I was the "goth kid" who sat up til all hours of the night reading the likes of Bram Stoker, Stephen King, and Anne Rice as Midnight Syndicate played in the background.  So you can only imagine my excitement when I met Ed Douglas at the Indie Gathering Film Festival a couple years ago where we were both guests. I also witnessed him being inducted into the Independent Filmmaker's Hall of Fame at the Horror Hotel Film Festival and Convention in 2012.  It was also there I ended up snagging a copy of "Carnival Arcane."  Midnight Syndicate doing an album of dark, creepy, carnival music?  Hell yeah, I was there.





First a little background on Midnight Syndicate.  I will begin by saying that even if you haven't heard of them, you've very likely heard their work, especially if you've gone to amusement parks or Halloween attractions.  Many of those attractions (from the smaller local or traveling parks to the likes of Universal Studios) have licensed Midnight Syndicate, particularly during the Halloween season (in fact, I've actually gotten a couple of their albums at such places and events).  You also may have seen their albums displayed in Halloween costume stores.
Midnight Syndicate is made up of composers, Ed Douglas and Gavin Goszka who have been producing their dark, symphonic soundscapes for nearly two decades while also providing services to filmmakers, theme parks, and have been considered by many (myself included) to be among the pioneers in the Gothic music realm.
Now bear in mind, before you start groaning, "Soundscapes? Really?" I will tell you that this is by no means the monotone-put-you-to-sleep soundscapes (in fact, I'm not sure you would want to sleep much after listening to a Midnight Syndicate album).  Douglas and Goszka brilliantly craft beautiful, orchestral horror-themed music along with old movie effects to create their very diverse and intricately produced albums.  "Carnival Arcane" is no exception and with each album, they seem to evolve from the last one.

As someone who has been listening to Midnight Syndicate for years, I will say that I was blown away by "Carnival Arcane."  The music is quite reminiscent of the traveling carnivals of yore and the album art is also a reflection of such eras. Douglas and Goszka do not disappoint when it comes to producing music that allow the listener's mind to wander to another realm with their symphonic melodies.
My favorite track is "Canvas Wonderland" and I actually had it on repeat as I wrote a chapter in Descent (The Birthrite Series #1).
If you haven't picked up "Carnival Arcane" or are new to Midnight Syndicate, I highly recommend checking them out this Halloween.  You can purchase their albums and merchandise at their Official Website's Music Store.
Of course, they are available at most retailers, including digital (iTunes), but if you can buy directly from the artist, why not do it? :)  But however you choose to check out and listen to their music, I hope you enjoy it as much as I and many others have.

Midnight Syndicate Official Website

Official Midnight Syndicate Webstore 



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Friday, August 1, 2014

Releases, New Blogpost, Video Footage

Hey all,

Sorry I'm a little late with my newest Fifty Shades blogpost. This one did take a little reflection and I do plan to post it by Sunday.

As for the releases of Descent and Sacred Atonement (The Birthrite Series #1 and #1.5) and The Twisting House (Stories from Colony Drive #4), I will say that I am probably my own worst critic. Even more than beta readers. Anytime I the stories were ready, I would do a once through again only to find more stuff that needed fixed. Descent is the foundation to The Birthrite Series, and therefore I will admit to being a little nervous about putting it out there. While I shared the first draft with you guys, this is somehow different. It will be going on the market as a .99 cent download followed by and at least 10.00 paperback. Writing a novel is different and much more work than making music or a film. It is a completely different animal, not to mention (in my opinion), more difficult to edit. No matter how much you comb through it and have others look at it, there will likely still be a typo here and there.
I want to start the series off right, and while the story may not be everyone's cup of tea, I still want to put out a good product. But I also realize that if I edit TOO much, it will never get out.
SO, for Descent and Sacred Atonement, I feel another month will finally make them as good as they are going to get at this point. I will do a final polish before putting them out on September 1 (or as close to that date as possible.
As for The Twisting House, I decided to release it on my favorite holiday: Halloween. The story does take place at around that time! :)

That is the book release update.

Also, stay tuned for new video footage from the set of Midnight Massacre. :)

Thanks all and have a great weekend!

Tiff



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"Dusk to Dawn" at Smashwords
Tiffany on Goodreads
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