On Rejection - or The art of allowing a person to crush all your hopes and dreams.
I think this is something we all have in common. As writers, rejection and its ugly step-sister, criticism, play a part in our lives, but no one really prepares you for the crushing weight of the devastation that these evil twins dish out. If you are going for the traditional publishing or the self-publishing route, either way, you will have to duel with these bitches at some point in your career, quite possibly all the way through.
I have broached this subject on my own blog once before, but because I had just raised my head from a bought of depression brought on by this exact thing, the subject was not really delved into. As I say on my blog, I couldn't tell you how many times I have received rejection letters for my books or short stories. I have since also received bad reviews. And it doesn't seem to matter how many good reviews you get for a story, it is always that one bad one that you remember.
Hi, by the way, I'm Adelise M Cullens. I'm a writer and mother and all round crazy goth artsy chick from Australia. I have been writing for roughly 13 years, so, yeah, I have been rejected a few times.
I recently read an article about JKR trying to get her new books published the traditional way. She used a pseudonym and didn't mention who she was in her cover letters. I love this about JKR. All she would have to do is say who she is and anyone would pick up her work. But she didn't, she is starting from the bottom, in the slush with the rest of us, trying to get there on merit alone. But she has still been rejected. I feel two ways about this story. A) I feel happy that even someone as brilliant as JKR can be rejected. And B) I feel terrible that someone as brilliant as JKR can be rejected. What does this say about the publishing world? And how many brilliant books have been passed up for something else, possibly something horrible. Also, how many squeaky new writers, that may have had brilliant work, like JKR, have given up on their dreams because some lit agent's secretary was hung over and didn't read something properly and passed on it?
These are the things I think of… I am a cynical bitch at heart…
What would you do to save the life of your only child?
That answer is written across the pages of Back Again, by Susan May. Back Again is the story of Dawn, a mother who has a strange ability that shows up at the absolute worst of times. On one normal, regular day something terrible happens and she finds herself living the event over and over and over again.
But this tale is more than some dog day afternoon. Back Again carries a great determination and a form of forgiveness- even a bit of redemption. All very good qualities to have in a novel, but was the story good? Yes.
Step 1: Go into a dark room, like a bathroom.
Step 2: Light a candle and place it in front of the mirror, turn the lights off.
Step 3: Draw a door with stairs leading down and away on the mirror.
Step 4: Close your eyes and repeat aloud, "Queen of Spades, come."
That's the game that summons the woman who kills children. This movie is the Russian version of Bloody Mary. I'm sorry to say, I played the silly game myself as a kid, and I'm still alive to tell, but in the movie, Queen of Spades, nuh-uh. When you call her, she actually shows up.
Narrated by Chris Barnes
What do you do when the world goes to pot and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it? People, homes, cars, animals, everything is decaying; there's no food and no immunity either. That's what pretty much took place in this apocalyptic tale.
The world rotted away.
XX isn't what you think. There’s no porn or anything indecent. It's XX for death, two x's for dead eyes, the unknown, I don't know! That's just my take, but I can say, XX can also stand for weird. If you looked up the definition of macabre, you'd find the XX movie poster. Actually, it's for the female chromosome...
Okay, so before I get into this review, I have to admit, other than seeing a few of Kubrick's movies, I don't know much. I never saw the art and beauty of the movies the way the characters in this novel did, or the author, obviously, but this was a cool read. It was like a young Indiana Jones adventures, but with movies and screenplays. The read was creative and very different from my usual reads, but it was good. And to have Number One (Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek, The Next Generation) reading to me- that was awesome! LOL
Viewed: January 29th, 2017
I was a fan of Resident Evil, when the game first made the scene for video games. And since I could never get past the burning trashcan, on screen one, level one- If you know the games, you know I SUCK! So I always had my hub (now ex-hub) play, while I watched. The graphics were amazing back then, but when the movie came out- it all came to life for me! I was immediately hooked!
Resident Evil, The Final Chapter, didn't let me down. I thought it would have been bigger and better, but I wasn't disappointed From the explanation on The Red Queen's past, to how she got inside the Hive's matrix and ran the show, it was all shared. Also, you found out some totally awesome secrets that I simply can not share, because I do not believe in SPOILERS! I can say that if you are a fan of the franchise, you will enjoy this movie!
As always, the FX's were on point, but I didn't like that it was much darker than the bulk of the movies. There were so many parts, during fight scenes, that I couldn't see well. It was frustrating. And then, the best part- the flying beasts (or as I call them: dragons), their scenes were rather fast too! I never could get a clear view of their faces and such. Had they been people? Why didn't they let me see?
I wasn't sure what could happen in less than ten minutes, but I can happily say: A LOT! Agatha is an 8-minute film about an orphan girl, paid to do one simple job: Deliver a plate of food to a small table. Say nothing, touch nothing and go no further than the table. The orphan girl does what's expected of her...
This was a brief moment of pure AWESOMENESS! I don't know why I didn't think of what was happening! They showed just what I shoudl have been focusing on, yet I totally missed it- catching on, only when it was too late, and I LOVED IT! It was of those
"Awwwww" moments that made you sad and revel in your entertainment simultaneously! Agatha is good - you have to catch it upon release!
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Written & Directed by Timothy Vandenberg
Produced by John Machioni and Timothy Vandenberg
There's always that one book that sends you away. It allows you to feel the story and know it was the right one to read at the right moment. Remember to Love Me, by Becky Wright is one of them. The story is about family dedication, love and being able to get out and find yourself. Even when that epiphany comes through someone else!
Whenever I get an independent horror movie, I usually prepare myself for something super cheesy, with a weak storyline. I listen for inflection in the voices of the actors, and I wonder how much was spent on production. None of that happened during my viewing of The Dark Tapes. I instantly fell into line, watching the strangest of things take place and, not once did I worry about the acting (though they did come off cheesy at first). I didn't worry about the effects (they were on point), and the story- Phenom
To find out what's beyond all that we know, that's what Dr. Lewis wanted to know. Is there life after death? Is there a heaven or a hell? Or some place else?
Taking place here, in my current location- Saint Louis, on the famous campus of Wash U, Dr. Lewis and his assistant, Kyle are working on a project so powerful, the federal government hands over millions...
Okay, so as you all know, I am a Stephen King fan. My first King read was Pet Sematary, then Cujo, then IT, Misery and so many more. I watched the movies, made for tv movies and the rest and always found myself leaving the book happier than when I'd found it. Sadly, that was not the case with Lisey's Story.
The book was more like a memoir for a woman with a history of depression, loss, and mental illness. Instead of receiving horror or some sort of hysterical, mental breakdown, I got a ton of babble and gobbly-goop! lol
Whenever I review indie movies, I have to remember, many are coming from an extremely low budget- this one was £1,000. My mantra is: Focus on the story- Focus on the FX- Focus on the acting, etc. With Darkest Days, I got to focus on what I believe was the location of Brighton, as well as the story and so forth. This is a British horror B-movie, but does it measure up to my expectations of horror?
The story is about Dan, who's lost his memory. After literally running in to some survivors of what is now an abandoned city, he discovers a viral outbreak occurred, and people have become feral with infection. While he finds himself a place within the bunch, the military is hunting him, and like the bloodthirsty creatures hidden within the city, they won't stop.
Written by Matt Ogens and Kyle Lierman
What do you do, as a teenager, when all the adults vanish from the world? Where do you go and how do you survive? You let the high school jocks take over! Go North, written by Matt Ogens, is a movie that tells what takes place when an epidemic, possibly a pandemic hits the world, leaving teens and younger in the rubble.
Josh has adjusted to his new surroundings, but he doesn't want to stay for long. Older children run the community, in which he lives, making him rise and attend school each day, work the garden, and adhere to the rules. The rules are easy, but if one is broken, enforcers with heavy hands judge the offender. The enforcers are bullies in letterman jackets. When Josh helps a girl, sister to the head jock, he's targeted for punishment. So he runs, and the adventure begins.
I remember when I didn't read urban fiction, due to the graphic violence, drugs and other negatives that kept folks down. Thankfully, Quan Mello, by Jay Light wasn't like that. Yes, there was a bit of violence, but it didn't dominate the story, neither did the other dislikes. The story held a truth to the music industry that I recognized and lived through, like the trials of Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Those issues weren't lost on me, and Quan Mello endured a bit of it as well - no shocker there.
Here's the blurb:
My name is Quan-Mello Brooks and I'm from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, My father I never knew him my Brother's got caught up in the streets, Both doin bids in the system. All I had was a nagging mother and my own dreams and Ambitions to succeed at something because punching a time clock wasn't meant for me. I didn't sling Crack rock and I didn't have a wicked jump shot. But I had the dope lyrics to make a hot track. I made the raps and sold millions of records world wide; Rapper, M.C, Entrapanuer, C.E.O. Its not what I did or even how I did it, it's what happened after I did it all. Gaining new friends losing old friends, raps beefs, Label beefs, deaths and success! So you tell me, in the end was it all worth it?
So here's a story that takes you to the 1800's. A tale of murder, mystery and romance; what could be better than that? Young Josephine Montfort, is on a mission that's not good for her reputation, her future in marriage, as well as her health! Everything she's not supposed to be doing, she goes up against, for the love of her father. Written by Jennifer Donnelly, this piece of historical fiction is full an adventure for anyone.
When you want a good story on romance, power, a bit of erotica and even information on Jehovah's Witnesses- look no further than Stella Welsh! Her story, will keep you turning page after incredible page.
The Stella's Emancipation, written by Rhonda Rhyde, continues where Stella's Awakening left off. Stella is home, dealing with an inner battle; trying to figure out if she wants to remain under her parents' thumbs and the heavy hand of the Jehovah's Witness community. Filled with regret and a longing to get back home and to Conrad, she decides to take her life by the reigns for once. She's ready to leave the Witnesses behind, but will her newfound independence also find her leaving the man she loves behind as well?
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