Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Making of a New Music Video...

Hey all!

I recently (just before my much needed vacation in Gettysburg) traveled to Cortland, OH to film my scenes for the long awaited music video for my song, "A Prayer" off of my (2008) debut album, Poet!  Yes, this is happening a good few years after the album's release, but hey, better late than never, right?
I got to once again work with this group of awesome guys and filmmakers. So enjoy this behind the scenes footage!








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Monday, June 27, 2016

First Blog Tour for My Book Series and Takeover Event!

Hey all,

Yeah I know it's a little dusty in here due to my not posting as regularly as I would normally like. I just got back from a much needed vacation in Gettysburg (and I will of course post the video footage I took and share with you all...it will also be a future Parting of Veils Episode). I did no work whatsoever on the trip and now that I'm back, I feel ready to take on all the looming projects! And finish the ones I have started!

This week, I will be bringing you a lot of cool news and a new blogpost (and, as I mentioned, a new Parting of Veils episode). There is a lot going on here, I just needed to sort it all out. :D

For starters, I am happy to announce that I am part of the Indie Pride Day Brain to Books Book Blast.




The Book Blast will take place July 1-2 and will feature many great indie authors. During the event, my book series, The Birthrite, will be going on it's first blog tour. The tour will be small (though I plan to send it on a larger one later this summer or early fall). But for now, here are the awesome blogs that will be featuring either Descent or the forthcoming Kindred on July first:

July 1 Blog Tour:

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (the blog of author, A.F. Stewart)
will feature Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1)
 http://afstewartblog.blogspot.ca/

Just Books (blog of Rainne Atkins
will feature Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2) and will also have info on Descent and Sacred Atonement
http://rainnes.blogspot.com/

The Throne Room (blog of author, Tabitha Barret)
will feature Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1)
http://www.thethirdthrone.com/#!the-throne-room-blog/lbmkm

Bergen's Blog (blog of author, Angela B. Chrysler)
will feature Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1)
http://www.angelabchrysler.com/blog/


Thanks to the amazing blogs will to feature my book series and I look forward to future blog tours!

In addition to the blog tours, I will also be hosting an author takeover at the event's Goodreads page (I believe you do have to have a Goodreads account to participate). I will be "taking over" the New Releases (where I will be talking a little about Kindred and maybe even Saturn Sun) and the Horror section from 8pm-9pm on July 1.

For more information, visit the following link:
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/189359-brain-to-books-takeover


And yes, this all takes place online and is totally free!

Welp, that's all for now, but there is a lot more coming this week. :)









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My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb
"The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK
 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
Tiffany on Goodreads
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Reflecting on Recent Tragedies

Hi everyone,

With all that's going on right now and all that's happened in the last couple weeks there is a lot I could say. The incident with Harambe the Gorilla was just an all out tragedy and difficult situation for all parties involved. Then there was the Stanford rape incident in which I say thankfully there were two young men who could have just kept riding their bikes passed the dumpster, choosing to not get involved. But instead they did get involved and the perpetrator was caught, thanks to those two young men. Then there was the brutal killing of 50 of our brothers and sisters in Orlando, followed by the tragedy involving a toddler and an alligator in the same city.

Of course, in the wake of tragedy, everyone rushes to social media to express heartfelt condolences, which is wonderful. But then those condolences are overrun with heated opinions and arguments over what "should have" or what "should" be done. People can't seem to rush to their computers or phones fast enough to get on their soap boxes and share their 'expertise', whether it's on parenting, zookeeping, history, foreign relations, firearms, human relations, gender relations, mental illness, religion, and on and on and on.
In a way, I can understand why. People are angry that these things have happened, and rightfully so. Naturally, they want to find a reason and a way to put an end to terrible things happening. They want to call out wrongful behavior. But is that doing more harm than it is good? Is it creating more division than there already is?

In the wake of the Orlando club shooting, the amount of people spewing hate and passing judgment on one group or another far outnumbered those posting links to how to actually be of help to victims and their families (donating blood, donations of money to help with medical expenses, etc). More people were rushing to post the mugshot of the Stanford Rapist than they were rushing to give credit to the two young men that stopped him. And as cynical as it sounds, I have to wonder if people get some kind of sick satisfaction out of that. I have to wonder if some of these people sit back, look at their poorly researched memes and clickbait articles and think "YES! THIS is going to help all of humanity!"  Or aren't they thinking at all? Are they merely going on some blind tyraid fueled by biased media coverage (and when I say 'media,' I'm also including the Gawker, TMZ, Buzzfeed, and the like because sadly, people do look to them as legit news sources) and the endless circle jerking that is the social media echo chambers?
Now apparently some pastor is celebrating the deaths of those in the LGBTQ community and people are rushing to post and share it. I haven't watched that video and frankly, I have no idea why anyone would bother. And I have to ask what a Facebook friend of mine did:

Why are we helping this guy with spreading his message and even giving him the time of day?

Of course, I know some would reply with "because we need to call out this type of hate."  Okay, but at the same time, if we weren't being the driving force behind enabling this guy to go viral, he would just be nothing more than some obscure douchebag spouting hate in bumblefuck middle-of-nowhere. Here's the thing. This pastor or whatever he is, doesn't care that you're 'calling him out.' In fact, I very much doubt that doing so will make him change his mind on his stance. What he does care about is his message being heard and right now it is.
As of now, the likelihood of the Standford Rapist's parents 'seeing the light' and the error of their son's ways is very slim. Unfortunately, the seem willfully ignorant and no amount of vitriol and pointing out his wrong-doing is going to change their minds. In fact, it might make them even more adamant of their son's "innocence."

Again, I know this comes from anger and frustration that such things are happening. People want answers and many seem to want quick and easy ones. The thing is, I don't think there are any. I don't think there is any easy way of solving these problems. People have done terrible things to each other since the dawn of civilization, and long before humans even existed, animals have always hunted and killed each other. While we should always strive to better ourselves, thinking that we can solve all the problems "if only this new law were instated" or "if only this person was in the White House/Parliament/etc is foolish at best. This has become a never ending cycle of lather, rinse, repeat.

The time and energy spent "calling out" some unknown bigot or some random dude sending a girl "dick pics" and her glorious response (yes, that's another clickbait article circulating...to prove how women actually do rule in the rampant and terrible patriarchy...I guess? Yet another thing being passed around that I refuse to dignify by reading and sharing) could be spent doing something that actually might be of help to a situation or issue. Instead of giving attention to evil, why not lift up those that ARE doing good things and make examples out of them? Again, I have to wonder if some of these people posting these so-incredibly-clever memes and clickbaits get some sort of satisfaction and think that what they are doing is the answer to humanity's problems. Or are they simply just blinded and too wrapped up in their idealogy to see that they might be doing more harm than good? And for all the venting about injustices that people do, and the "expert" opinions they give on what "should" be done, nothing ever changes. And in the midst of all that, many fail to see that while their intent in posting all these 'anti-this and pro-that' rhetoric might be good (don't they say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions?), they are failing to see where THEY could maybe change. It has to start with you, the individual. And if you don't think that there is anything about you that needs worked on, that it's "everyone else that sucks"?  Well, you are part of the problem.

In closing, here are a few links that could be of use:

Remembering the Victims of the Orlando Shooting:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/us/orlando-victims-profiles/index.html


How to help the victims and their families:

http://time.com/money/4365694/orlando-pulse-nightclub-shooting-how-to-help/


The fine young men that are the reason for the Stanford Rapist getting caught:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3630103/Student-came-rescue-Stanford-rape-victim-speaks-judge-let-attacker-light-sentence.html

http://www.attn.com/stories/8933/students-who-stopped-stanford-sexual-assault

Monday, June 6, 2016

As I Proceed with the Future Installments of My Book Series...

Happy Monday, everyone. So a few things I've been thinking about as I've been moving forward with the future installments of my book series. Nothing too urgent but still things that leave me a little puzzled.

1.) Why is it that the counter cultures of the 1950s almost never get talked about? Seriously, most of what IS said about that era is very one sided. It actually surprises me a little that modern day writers, filmmakers, etc haven't jumped on that (I did a google search for novels set in the beat/art house setting or about greasers, teddy boys/girls, etc because I wanted to see what modern 21st century writers were doing with it. Nada, apparently.). Usually if anyone does write about that time, it's "the usual stuff."

And my response to those that might answer with "but...but that was all considered taboo by polite society back then!" is as follows: so was jazz in the 1920s/30s, so was heavy metal in the 1980s. Hell, even the Waltz was labeled as scandalous by political and religious leaders at the turn of the 19th century, but people still partook in it. So what's your point? Taboo doesn't mean it didn't exist or even thrive. And in my opinion, taboo means all the more reason to write about it.
My book series The Birthrite does reach the 1950s eventually. Will I be writing about the art houses, beat kids, greasers and such? Hell yes.

2.) Why do so many act and talk as if no one ever fought for any type of human rights prior to the 1960s and 70s? When actually, societies have been partaking in such revolutions since the beginning of civilizations, whether it was overthrowing a corrupt monarch or government to preserve their own rights or fighting for a more oppressed group (Ireland's centuries long fight for independence, the students of 19th century Bucharest fighting to end enslavement of the Romanichal/Gypsies in 19th century Romania, and the underground railroads of America are only three of many examples throughout history). And some of these were so extreme in their levels of brutality they would have made what was happening in the 60s and 70s (which was obviously very intense) look like Disneyland. And no, I'm NOT tossing aside all that happened in the 1960s and 70s as unimportant. I just wonder why people seem to act as though history and the idea of fighting for human rights - whether for yourself or for others - is only 50 years old.

3.) Stemming from number two, why do many today act as though everyone prior to recent decades had no minds of their own and shared the exact same views and opinions, 100% trusted the media, powers that be, etc? If that were the case, no one would ever have revolted, youth counter cultures (which have been around since at least the turn of the 20th century) would never have developed, etc. I am also currently reading Edward Bernays' 1928 book Propaganda and according to the introduction (written by Mark Crispin Miller), the media and powers that be experienced great backlash after World War I. Throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s, trust in media and government was actually very low. So much that those on 'the inside' had to work feverishly to reign people in. Even going back to the 17th century, Thomas Hobbes wrote Leviathan as a way of trying to convince the people of his time to basically accept the power over them.


So that's my little rant for the day. I know these blogposts have been more sporadic as of late, but that is also because there is a lot in development over here. Some cool announcements coming soon... :)












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My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb
"The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK
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Tiffany on Goodreads
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