Hi! I’m creating a new blog. I hope you all will follow me over at that blog. I’ll post links to it here for a while before I stop posting altogether on here. The new page is spellboundscribbler.wordpress.com and please feel free to share it. I just posted my first blog at spellboundscribbler. Come on over and take a look!
I’m tickled fuscia to have Neeta Lyffe on the blog today. As you know she is
the nation’s leading expert on zombie extermination. Our readers have sent in their must-know questions and we have the top nine questions for Neeta right now.
BB: How did you like the convention in San Francisco?
NL: I would have enjoyed it a lot better if the zombies hadn’t picked that weekend to invade the Bay Area, that’s for certain. However, the lecture on finding a cure for zombie-ism was fascinating and useful, and of course, the expo floor was top-notch, as usual. I ended up spending a little more than I anticipated, but I’m very glad for the new monofilament swords and the helmets.
BB: Are the zombies any different in San Francisco?
NL: These ones certainly were, in that most came from the GiveBack Memorial Gardens and Fish Preserve, so they were waterlogged, partly eaten (or inhabited) by sea life, and many had weights implanted in their posteriors. They were probably the grossest undead I’ve ever encountered, and I had had over 40 rekills to my name at that time.
BB: What’s your favorite weapon?
NL: Well, it used to be the chainsaw, but I’m becoming very fond of the monofilament sword. They’re don’t splatter as much and are easier to handle.
BB: Are the rumors of a romance with Ted true?
NL: We’re engaged, but we haven’t set the date yet.
BB: How do you balance exterminating zombies and romance?
NL: Ted makes it easy. He knows how to find joy in the most stressful or disgusting aspects of the work. Not to mention, he thinks I’m hot when I’m dressed in a rubber HazMat suit and wielding a bloody chainsaw. How many women can say that about their fiancés?
BB: Is it possible to have a relationship with a zombie?
NL: Of course not. Zombies are simply dead flesh that has been reanimated by some process we don’t understand yet. They may walk, eat, and retain certain habits, but there is no sentience, no intelligence, and no soul.
BB: What’s in store for us on the next season of Zombie Death Extreme? Any spoilers?
NL: It’s taking place in Jamaica this year, so I don’t have any connection to it. I’m glad about that, frankly; one season was enough for me.
BB: Who has been your favorite contestant so far?
NL: From ZDE-Bayou, you mean? Juliet Montigue has a level head and a lot of drive. She may not have been as intelligent as some of the other candidates, but she has common sense and was willing to work to make up for her deficiencies. Even though she didn’t win, I hear she’s doing very well for herself in Minnesota as an exterminator.
BB: Anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
NL: Despite what you see on TV or read about re-killing zombies, it is extremely dangerous. Even if you avoid being bitten, zombie-ism is spread by bodily fluids, so you can become just as infected by splatter. Remember—Distract, Run, and call 9-1-1. You can learn more about my extermination business and about the show Zombie Death Extreme at http://zombiedeathextreme.com
There you have it, Folks. Remember to call an expert when zombies attack. Call Neeta Lyffe.
As writer’s, how important is it to get out among the people and socialize? It’s incredibly important. Just like everyone else we need to socialize. Writing is a solitary practice, but we’re writing about people behaving like people do. How can you write about people if you never get out among them to see their behaviors?
When I lived at the beach I would go to mall and sit in the food court. Just sit and listen to people. It wasn’t their physical characteristics so much that I was watching as their behavior, the emotional reactions. Yes, we can draw on the people close to us for characterization but eventually they will recognize themselves as your serial killer in book 3.
You have to get out among the people. Listen to them, watch them, notice body language and facial expressions. Pay attention to everyone around you. Just don’t creep anybody out.
Next time you’re invited out to play, say yes. It freshens your perspective on people, helps sharpen your characters. And who knows, you just may have some fun.
Well, duh…. Yes, it’s hot and humid in the Carolinas. I don’t like it really humid, makes it hard to breathe and to think straight. For example, I have lost all my good senses. August is going to be busy since I have decided to attempt not one but two writing challenges.
NaNoWriMo is having a summer bootcamp. They did it in July also, but let’s not talk about how that one went…. The bootcamp is a warm-up for all of us crazy writers who want to practice (yes, practice) writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. We are all insane. Enjoy the kool-aid.
How many of you have heard of NaBloPoMo? This is the blog version of NaNo. Yep, a new blog post every day for 30 days. I’ll try not to bore you.
Hopefully all this writing will help use up some of the notes in my idea folder. If nothing else, it should wear me out so I sleep better 😀
Wish me luck!
Do you ask a lot of questions? When you come across something new do you just give it a passing glance or will you dig and search for all the information you can? Do you quietly surf over to Google and search when nobody’s around? Or do you ask everybody you know for their take on it?
I’ve often told people “I’m a writer, it makes me nosy.” And I do feel that questions are like orgasms, there are always more. My favorite game is 20 Questions and I like to play it a lot. I like to learn new stuff.
Two unrelated events have recently occurred in my life. I’m getting to know a new friend, driving him nuts with a zillion questions. He asks me a lot of questions, too, which I like. The other event is that I’ve discovered a new facet of myself that I suspected was there, but had never looked too closely at.
Now I’m driving myself crazy with questions. What do I like about it? What do I not? How far am I willing to push my limits? I’m ready for a change. Now is as good a time as any for some experimenting. I’m meeting new people who feel the same way, and finding some old friends who are experimenting as well.
Sticking with the same old thing may be safe, but you end up in a rut. We need change to learn and grow. We need to push those limits we impose on ourselves. I like testing my limits. I usually learn something cool in the process.
Sometimes I just need to reboot. Know what I mean? Life gets in the way sometimes. We get caught up in everybody’s issues and lose focus. When it happens what do you do?
I have to have music. The music effects my mood more than anything else. There are rare occasions when I just can’t find the right music. That’s when I know I need a distraction, the kind that will trigger my OCD and keep my brain occupied. You may have heard me say that we work through our issues in our dreams, when the subconscious mind takes over. Same concept.
I have been working on a jigsaw puzzle the last few days. Yes, it’s taking days… Damn thing has no border. (Thanks, Cindi!) While it’s driving me insane and ruining my eyesight, it’s also letting my brain work through stuff. I don’t feel bogged down with the everyday BS. It works as good as meditating for me.
Once I’m lost in the puzzle, it doesn’t matter what music I have playing. Believe me, that’s a rarity. But now that the brain has rebooted, I know what music I want. This morning it was a capella covers of some of my favorite songs. Now I’m alternating between metal, rap and dance music. Gotta have a beat to move your ass to. Time to get the party started…..
We have all experienced the pain of a bad relationship. What do you do when you realize it’s all gone wrong? Do you let the negative emotions direct your actions? Or look for something positive to inspire you? Do you let the fear of more damage prevent you from taking chances? How do you overcome the damage and move on?
In order to grow as a person you have to learn from your past, including what you may feel were mistakes or another’s mistreatment. Let me clarify something for you: FORGIVENESS is not the same as FORGETTING. There are some injuries that you will never forget. But it is possible for wounds to heal if you forgive the person who caused them. Don’t laugh… I’m serious!
You need to recognize the cause of the damage. If you’re doing something to put yourself in harm’s way, you have to learn to control your own behavior. But what if the hurt was caused by someone else? You need to define that person, what behaviors of theirs were so destructive. And then you need to forgive them. Carrying around that baggage will only do more harm. You don’t have room for any happiness if your damage is taking up so much space. Once you let go of it, those old wounds will heal better.
When you take a look at those wounds, you also need to look at your own actions. A long honest look in the mirror can be as painful as those wounds if you are truly honest with yourself. You did not expect to get hurt. You did not ask to be cheated on or disrespected. Sometimes we know the pain is coming and we do nothing to stop it. It’s not unfounded to feel like you let it happen. But you have to forgive yourself if you are truly going to heal.
Not all people are out to treat you like the people from your past. Don’t expect them to act that way. If you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, all you do is draw negative energy around you and get negative feedback. If all you seem to catch are bad fish, maybe you need to try a better bait. Give people the chance to prove that they are capable of respecting and loving you.
Each of us needs to realize that we deserve to be happy and loved. But if you carry all that negative baggage around, your hands are full of crap. Let it go so your hands are open and available when something good does come around. Scar tissue can build a cage around your heart. You have the power to release yourself from that cage, that pain. As long as you carry all the baggage other people have piled on you, they control your happiness.
Push their voices out of your head and think for yourself. Take back your control. It’s time to take a good look in the mirror and come clean.