Wednesday, April 27, 2011

May is Indie Author Month

Viral Cat will be included in Indie Author Month!

I'll be putting some new features on the Viral Cat website in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rutgersfest Rant

 I have a love/hate relationship with the comments section of news articles. People write the dumbest things, but the scary part is, I think it might be the best way to check the pulse of American popular culture. So anyway, I love to read the comments and then get all indignant. But lately, two things have happened at Rutgers University that have set me off. For one, Snooki came to Rutgers. I'm of the "I don't care" camp. I won't get into that because I managed to successfully avoid becoming vocal about that issue, so I won't dig up old feelings now. But then today I read an article decrying the violence surrounded Rutgersfest. People were all too eager to chime in about the state of Rutgers, and how its alumni should be ashamed and how the school is going downhill, etc. It's early morning, I'm still drowsy, and I did the unthinkable: I commented anonymously on the news story's comments section. Ah, it felt liberating! Below, you'll find what I wrote. Warning: it's a bit of a rant.

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I attended Rutgers a couple of years ago and only went to Rutgersfest two times out of my four years there. I had to study for finals and write papers, and the timing prevented me from going. I'm just frustrated by all the people out there who are in a frenzy to attack Rutgers and its students lately, with comments such as, "The school's going downhill!" etc. Let me remind you, Rutgers is a huge state school with amazing research professors, and so it attracts your average student as well as your top student. People go on to graduate school, and if they're lucky, are able to attend any one of Rutgers' graduate programs. If they can't get in there, they might go to Johns Hopkins or NYU. Yes, believe it or not, many of Rutgers graduate programs are incredibly competitive. And guess who those TAs are teaching? In addition to the amazing professors, Rutgers students have access to brilliant graduate students. As you can tell, I have a lot of NJ pride and Rutgers pride.

Anyway, to get on topic, Rutgersfest should continue as always, because it's a fun time, and guess what, parties happen. People get drunk, vomit, and if they get violent / irrational, well they are adults and hopefully their adult friends intervene and curb their drinking. The whole "college kids" blame-game irks me. Give the students the dignity of calling them adults, and let those of-age drink. Provide counseling to the out-of-control, out-of-towners, who probably have some family problems and lack a decent education, and start early in life. Sociologists know which populations to target. We don't need police, we need therapists and teachers.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Author Interview on Independent Paranormal

I was interviewed on Independent Paranormal, a blog for indie authors who specialize in the paranormal.

I'm very happy for the exposure and had fun answering the questions. My only hesitation comes from the part about music. I answered honestly, though in retrospect I only touched the tip of the iceberg.

Music played a huge part of my childhood. There was always music in the background while we played. In the interview, I didn't necessarily list my favorite music, just the songs that really bring back particular memories from my childhood. Anyway, after reading the article, I've realized that people, especially young adults, judge a person based on the music they like, and might even judge my book before reading it! Music is all-important when you're younger and it defines who you are in the eyes of your peers.

So I mentioned Madonna, Duran Duran, TLC, Boys' Air Choir, and classical music in the interview. I wish I had cast a larger net. I like so many genres of music from so many periods, and I view it as a missed opportunity to relate to my readers. I could have added David Bowie, Pearl Jam, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles... I could have listed newer artists whose music inspired some scenes in my mind, like Lady Gaga. When I hear her music, it's easy to picture a theatrical performer. It helped me to imagine Jeremy's stage presence.

Anyway, you get the point. It was a learning experience. Overall, I'm very happy with the interview and really appreciative of the opportunity to share my work with others! Plus, I was exposed to other authors whose interviews and free chapters really piqued my interest!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Independent Paranormal and The Figment Review

I was interviewed about my book by the Independent Paranormal blog. My interview will appear on the site Thursday, April 14th!
I have a book review coming up by The Figment Review. Admittedly, I'm a little nervous. I hope the reviewer likes it!
I'll be contacting other prospective reviewers in the meantime.

Wow, so I just did a double-check on the title of this blog post and I want to apologize for the very literal nature of it. Hmmm, I think a cranky (though still lovable!) fiddler crab of a baby has temporarily depleted me of creativity. Luckily, it's almost Easter. Candy instantly recharges me.