Monday, February 19, 2018

Women in Horror Month


Playing on the iPod~ Mumford and Sons - Pandora 

Current Read~
Dragon Teeth ~ Michael Crichton (Loved, loved Andromeda Strain)

Current Fav TV, Movie~
Does scrolling through Netflix count as watching something?

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy ~ Horror Short

Now that everyone is sitting in the afterglow of Valentine's Day, I have for you- inspired by Women in Horror Month- some of my favorite movies, books, actresses, and just all around badass women. 

This seemed way easier when I was thinking about it and not having to actually write the list! Where to start..... I'll take movies and actresses -

1) The Howling (werewolves, anyone) and the great Dee Wallace- Oh yea! I can't mention Dee Wallace without adding Critters, Cujo, and Alligator 2: The Mutation. Umm.. yea, I might have a problem.

2)  Halloween (Oh my gosh) Jamie Lee Curtis, hold on- that leads straight to The Fog, and that leads to Adrienne Barbeau and Swamp Thing. Alright, and- Escape from New York.

3) The Others - Nicole Kidman - Stumbled onto this movie and knew nothing about it when I watched it. Sad, dark, and chilling.

4) The Birds - Tippi Hedren and Psycho - Janet Leigh

5) The Brain that Wouldn't Die - Virginia Leith  

6) Let's talk directors- One of my favorites here and has a killer sound track (hehehe)

    1) American Psycho - Mary Harron
    2) Near Dark - Kathryn Bigelow
    3) Pet Sematary - Mary Lambert
    4) Ravenous - Antonia Bird
    5) Jennifer's Body - Karyn Kusama
I can't go without adding these two!! American Mary, Hellevator - Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska

The space is small- the list is endless.

7) Frankenstein / The Modern Prometheus - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly

8) The Apple Tree included The Birds - Daphne du Maurier

9) The Haunting of Hill House, The Lottery - Shirley Jackson

10) Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews (to name one)

Here are several - many, many more out there- women writers who have taken vampires, werewolves, witches, and the paranormal and turned them into a hot mess of greatness.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Leslie Esdaile Banks
Jemiah Jefferson
Ann Rice

That's it- the list will never be complete. I'm not even going to try.  It's wine time. It's coffee time. I meant coffee ;)


"It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out- and come back for more."
~ Bela Lugosi ~

















Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Writer Writing ~ Happy Valentine's Day


Playing on the iPod~ Hozier - Pandora 

Current Read~
Dragon Teeth ~ Michael Crichton (Loved, loved Andromeda Strain)

Current Fav TV, Movie~
My Bloody Valentine ~ 2009

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy ~ Horror Short

Awe..... love is in the air. Here's a couple of fun facts about the day of love. And by love I mean- over 35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates will be sold.

1) Oh those crazy Romans-  According to one theory, the Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia from February 13 to 15. During this festival animals were sacrificed and women were then whipped with the hides of the slain animals in the belief it would make them fertile.

2)  Such a romantic- Saint Valentine or Valentinus. St Valentine is said to have defied Roman Emperor Cladius II’s order to not marry men during war time. After they caught Saint Valentine marrying lovers in secret, he was imprisoned and put to death.

3) Leave it to Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare to add their own touch to Valentine's Day. They romanticized the day in much of their work and as a result it gained in popularity.

 4) Shakespeare the true master of wisdom- Two of Shakespeare’s most popular quotes referred to on Valentine’s Day are: “They do not love that do not show their love” and “the course of true love never did run smooth”.

Knowledge is power, my friends. 

Yes, it's Valentine's day, however it's also Women in Horror Month~  Sooooo......



















Sunday, January 7, 2018

Writer Writing ~ 2017 in Pictures




Playing on the iPod~ Hozier - Pandora 

Current Read~
Dragon Teeth ~ Michael Crichton (Loved, loved Andromeda Strain)

Current Fav TV, Movie~
Spectral

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy

We made it to 2018 to say goodbye to 2017!

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

     Looking back at 2017 and wanting to share the thrill of having survived another year, feels like one of those lengthy letters people send out in their Christmas cards, sooo, I have for you the highlights of my year in pictures. Who doesn't like pictures? 

                                                Representing the Minions



                                                  Mud run- Texas Frog Fest                                  

Sunset- Texas Gulf Coast



 
                                                                  
                                  













What- April issue has-  Together We Are Complete

 
  
Awe...Summer

 
My girl ;) And the mountains
 
 


Tourist Stop! Bottle Ranch- Old Highway 66



Oh yea! Comic-con. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Can you say Flash Gordon.







Both pictures were taken at Cowboy Star in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have Celiac Disease (among other food allergies- I know, what fun, I love to go out and take chances with my health) so the food was prepared gluten free, dairy free, peanut and tree nut free! Let me tell you- the food was outstanding, the wine was incredible, and the staff was awesome. Love it!! OK, I had to go back. Awesome!



Added lights to my backyard.... exciting.








Awe, my favorite, Halloween. Of course, my neighbors thought I was crazy.



Then there's me. 
 


                                               My BFFs ;)



Oh the Holidays




And there's my highlights of 2017!! 

Cheers to a great New Year! 

                                                                 Adventure Awaits!






Saturday, December 23, 2017

Writer Writing ~ Happy Holidays


"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" 

Charles Dickens
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens
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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/christmas

Monday, November 20, 2017

Writer Writing ~



Playing on the iPod~ Carley Pearce - Hide the Wine 

Current Read~
Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~
Random Netflix 

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy + Editing = Wine.   


Welcome to the second week whoa- third week of nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), if you're participating. Good luck and God speed.
I'm not.
It does sound like a crazy fun time with words. Why, you ask, have you never participated? November is total chaos in my world. Between Thanksgiving, traveling, family, hunting down the perfect Christmas tree, decorating said tree, and the celebrating, I'm out. I always say, next year, next year, ummm... next year.
We'll see what 2018 holds.
Part of the problem- the Thanksgiving trip is ten hours long.... right, what the hey? And the fun is about to commence. In preparation, I have finished the road trip food. This is very important as I have Celiac Disease (ZERO gluten) and maybe a couple of other minor food allergies (diary, peanuts, tree nuts). This makes traveling a royal pain in my A**.  No stopping and grabbing something.
Sooo... what did I fix? Dark (no dairy) chocolate, cherry, rice crispy squares! That's right. Those- by the way go perfect with coffee. It's great to load up on sugar and caffeine and sit for hours. Yea, yea, I've got carrots, celery, hummus, blah, blah, to combat my vices, and some food no one else wants to eat. On the bright side, once I make it to my destination, they're promising tacos. Taco Tuesday! And wine!
OK, Ok, that's enough of that.

"Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside." ~ Willard Scott ~

If you're traveling- be safe! 
If your family is gathering- be safe, lol!



There are 35 days until Christmas. You're welcome :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Writer Writing ~ Awaken



Playing on the iPod~ Pandora

Current Read~
Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~
The Wolf Man (1941)  

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy. Editing.....  

                                   
                       


Up, until I feel like taking it down.......



          THE LEGEND OF SET



‘I know they took her. I know they hurt her. I listened to her screams as they cut her up.’ Set boasted. Following his smooth voice were two scarlet points, they emerged from midnight’s hold, grew brighter, and stopped. ‘You want revenge.’

Yes.

No.  
Saad wanted to run away when his skin crawled, and he saw the God’s true face. His form, nothing more than an apparition, floated on the air. His eyes, held in the thick mist narrowed on Saad, conveying a silent threat.
‘You will be granted the revenge your heart seeks- if you swear your life to me.’ The request slithered through the air. Set slowly drifted closer, his floating spirit towering above the ground, while his forked tail whipped behind him.
 The complete story is at the top- click there or click here.  
 










Thursday, October 26, 2017

Writer Writing~ The Mummy




 
Playing on the iPod~ Hozier

Current Read~
Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~
The Mummy (1959) 

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy. Editing.   


                                             5 days til Halloween 

First there's an alligator dude, a creature from a lagoon, and angry, murderous, ferocious giant ants and spiders, and now a mummy. See the collation? You are at makastle.com, now do you the collation? Totally makes sense.  
 I bring you The Mummy (1959). Starring Christopher Lee (the mummy), Peter Cushing (the guy who wants to kill the mummy), and Yvonne Furneaux (mummy love), this movie is part of the Hammer films family. (which I totally love)
In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences. IMDb click here.  Sounds foreboding, does it not? I actually had this movie on VHS (just aged myself) until I drove it and my machine to their death. Actually named my dog Anubis... that's a different story. 

This movie is to get you in the right mood for Awaken. (Full story posted on Halloween.) And because you can't have Halloween without a little Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee action.  

The Mummy (1959)
Isobel Banning: John isn't it time you going to bed... What's the matter?
John Banning: It's extraordinary! I've never noticed it before, but with your hair like that you are the image of Ananka.
Isobel Banning: Am I?
John Banning: She was considered the most beautiful woman in the world.
Isobel Banning: Oh!, I am flattered!
John Banning: Mind you, the world wasn't so big then.
M.A. Kastle: Not nice John, not nice.



 





                                                              AWAKEN
                                                          By M.A. Kastle


It weaves through his decaying flesh, forever tightening its talons on his stagnant heart. Its force, a kind of poison courses through his spoiled veins, keeping his body alive, and his soul suspended between the underworld of the dead and the world of the living. Ribbons of weakness wrap around his will and demand he give up and die. He won’t. He remains alive feeding on the desire of revenge. The dark and deadly visions entertain him, and keep his ancient mind from eating the slivers of madness.