Friday, May 20, 2011

Shadow Dancer Blog Tour

On May 23, 2011, the blog tour for my book Shadow Dancer will begin.  If you want to follow the tour (and who wouldn't want to follow, right?) the following is when and where you need to visit. 

Shadow Dancer Blog Tour
Author, Courtney Rene
May 23 – June3

Monday, May 23: (Author Interview w/ Book Line Answers) http://lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 24: (This or That List) http://pensivebookeaters.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 25: (Book Review) http://amberinblunderland.blogspot.com/
Thursday, May 26: (Character Interview: Sunny) http://patriciasparticularity.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 27: (Tens List) http://bookgirl-mel.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 30:  (Character Tweets) http://www.mundiemoms.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 31: (Tens List)  http://www.bookscompleteme.com/
Wednesday, June 1: (Book Review) http://patriciasparticularity.blogspot.com/
Thursday, June 2: (Multicharacter Interview) http://www.hopelessbibliophile.com/
Friday, June 3: (Character This or That List) http://butterflybookreviews.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 6: (Author Interview) http://creativityscorner.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, June 7:(Teenage Garage Sale) http://www.latebloomeronline.com/
Wednesday, June 8: (Book Review) http://creativityscorner.blogspot.com/
Thursday, June 9: (Character Interview: Leif) : http://amberinblunderland.blogspot.com/
Friday, June 10: (Into the Past) http://www.theresabook.com/ 

Hope you enjoy the posts and the tour and if you want, let me know what you think. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

What have you left behind?

I realized something today, when I look in the mirror, I don't really see "me" anymore.  I see my brown hair, or my blue eyes, but I don't actually see me.  When did that happen I wonder.  Was it recent?  Like in the winter when I was mourning the loss of the sun, did I lose myself as well?  I don't know.  As I said, I only really noticed it today.  I stopped and stared and I found that I was missing, hidden behind the shadows and the angles.  I don't even recognize the person in the reflection that stares back at me.  That person is too old to be me.  That person has sad eyes, why?  Is it the constant rain?  That person just can't be me.  Can it?

As I drove in to work today and in fact all the day long this has haunted me (which may be why my blog is so late in posting).  Did I sort of fade away over time, or did I vanish in a second.  As I sort my way through this thought, another comes to mind.  During my life have I touched the world at all or have I only waited for it to find me?  When I am gone will anyone remember me or will I just be gone?  In 200 years, will I only be a note in a census somewhere?  Oh I know you are thinking "But you have children, of course you will be remembered."  But will I really?  When you think of the people that have gone before you, do you really remember them or do you only remember their names or moments or even only other peoples memories of them?  What have I left behind of myself.  Will I be truly remembered?

This caused me to be even more haunted than I was already so I had to seriously give it some thought.  Here is what I have come up with.

1.  First and foremost, I do have my children.  I will live on in them and in their children, and their children's children.  I will be a part of them all.  (Do you ever wonder if that is what living forever really means?  I guess, that's a question for another day though).

2.  My stories.  They are out there for the world to see and read and enjoy.  Even if the computer and technological age come crashing down, my written word will still be out there somewhere. 

3.  My gifts of laughter to the people around me.  I have always tried to bring people joy and happiness.  Even if it's just for a moment, they will remember it.  . 

4.  My unceasing, unquestionable love of life and the people I share it with.

These are all that I could come up with.  I was a little sad a first that I could only come up with 4 things.  That's it?  Those four things are all that I have?  Then I thought about it.  Yes, those are the only things that I have......today.  What can I find to leave behind tomorrow?  What will I or can I accomplish tomorrow that will live on.  I don't know.  I'll have to wait and see.  So when I look in the mirror tonight will I see me or will I just see shapes and colors and angles.  I don't know.  I'll have to look to find out. 

Come on sunshine.  I really miss you.  I'm getting a little to maudlin for my own good. 


Monday, May 9, 2011

Sex in Movies

This weekend I rented the award-winning movie Black Swan.  After all the awards, and reviews, and acclaims of this movie, I was quite disappointed.  You have Nina, a ballerina that is focused on being the best, being perfect.  You have a whacked out mom who is focused on making her daughter perfect and staying sweet and wonderful.  You have an over bearing director that gives off the dirty old man vibe.  You have an older ballerina that is retiring for some strange reason and is not happy about it at all.  Then you have the new girl, that is a little too nice and a little too good and Nina believes is after her part as the Swan Queen.  All of that was great, sets up a great story, sets up a great plot…then you add in the oral sex, and the back alley sex, and the self-love and you get one icked out Courtney.  You can make a creepy psycho movie without all the gross in your face sexual content.  If I wanted to rent porn, I would have gone out to rent porn not a mental thriller.   The movie would have been so much better without all that crap in it.  The idea and the story were really good.  Why?

I watched the movie 127 hours.  It didn’t win anything really when it comes to awards or whatnot and that movie was FANTASTIC!  It was thrilling, exciting, scary, sad, funny and wonderful and you know what?  I can’t think of one moment of real sexual content.  I’m not saying there wasn’t any, but if there was, it had to have been so tame as to not even register.  Would a big naked butt have made the movie better?  Nope.  It would have just been a nice show for all the ladies to see James Franco’s hiney.  Yes, a nice moment, but unneeded in the movie for its purpose. 

So my thoughts on Black Swan.  Sucked!  My teenager that really wanted to see it, wasn’t able to, as heck no!  Ick ick ick! 

What’s the point of all the explicit sex in movies?  I don’t get it?  Really, I don’t.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Author Interview - Rebecca Besser

As promised, this week I would like to introduce to you, Author, and Editor, Rebecca Besser, who has generously agreed to allow me to interview her for my blog. 

So onward with the interview:

1.         Thanks for coming Rebecca.  So, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi, I'm Rebecca Besser, a house wife, mother, editor, and full time writer, and the author of the recently released zombie novella, "Undead Drive-Thru."

I write fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for various age groups and genres.

I'm a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature. My work has appeared in the Coshocton Tribune, Irish Story Playhouse, Spaceports & Spidersilk, joyful!, Soft Whispers, Illuminata, Common Threads, Golden Visions Magazine, Stories That Lift, Super Teacher Worksheets, Living Dead Presents Magazine, The Broke One, The Stray Branch, and The Undead That Save Christmas charity anthology. I have multiple stories in anthologies by Living Dead Press, Wicked East Press, and NorGus Press, and one in an anthology by Pill Hill Press and Hidden Thoughts Press. I also have a poem in an anthology by Naked Snake Press.

2.         What are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on co-editing End of Days 5: An Apocalypitc Anthology for Living Dead Press, and then I'll be working on editing Earth's End: A Scifi Apocalyptic Anthology, same press.

I also have some other collaborative projects going on. I've recently join in on the Collaboration of the Dead novel project, for instance, and get the honor of writing two chapters for the book. There are many, many more that I'm involved in... Oh, and I plan to work on my zombie novel some more, and I'm doing book reviews now.

3.         If you could be any character from any book, who would you want to be and why?

Wow! There's so many to choose from.... Honestly I don't know. I like to be with the characters I'm reading, and enjoy switching to different books and genres and experiencing something different. It's like we can live a new life with each book we read and explore.

4.         What inspired you to start writing?

I've always had a knack with the written word, and I have a horribly strong and inventive imagination. If I didn't write, I would prolly go insane! Does that mean my insanity made me do it? Awesome!

5.         Do you remember the very first story you ever wrote? What was it about?

I don't remember the first one I ever wrote, but I do remember the one I won my first prize for... It was in first grade and and it was about giraffes and why they had long necks. hehe

6.         What resource has been most influential in helping you become a published writer and why? How often do you refer back to it?

The course I took at the Institute of Children's Literature has been a tremendous help. Knowing the ins and outs of the submission process, and knowing the dos and don'ts, are good skills for any writer and I draw on the knowledge constantly.

7.         What is the thing you enjoy the most about writing.

Seeing what I can come up with and where a story will go. Just letting my imagination free to roam is like being on a high. You leave the limits of life and the world as we know it and literally anything is possibly. You can create an entire new world if you want to. Through your characters, you can create and be an entirely different person.

I think when you can carry your reader on the same limitless journey, you have the potential to be one of the great writers of the world, because it's easier said than done. But isn't that why most people like to read? To escape what is and explore what could be? It's truly an honor to be a part of that for other people.

8.         What are you doing when you are not writing?

Trying to keep up with everything else in life. I have a family that I love with all that I am, and they take up a HUGE chunk of my time.

9.         Who is your favorite author?

Jean M. Auel

A few fun questions that have nothing to do with writing:

1.         Chocolate or Candy?

Chocolate! Most of the time anyhow... hehe

2.         Summer or Winter?

Winter! I can't stand heat!

3.         If you were trapped on a deserted island, what 3 things would you have to have with you to survive?

A book on local plant and wildlife, a book on water purification/survival, and my family. Oh, wait, did I just go to Heaven? Sweet! hahaha

4.         What is your absolutely favorite movie of all time?

Again with the hard stuff.... I can't pick just one! I love lots of movies! I prefer comedy or action movies though, if that helps any at all.

5.         What are your thoughts on ebooks vs. print books?

Doesn't matter to me. But with the massive amount of people with ereaders and phones that can download ebooks, I think not being into ebooks is a bad thing. I prefer that books be available both ways and that we let the reader decide how they wish to enjoy the works. I love holding a book in my hands and turning pages, but I also know that if I had an ereader I would use it a lot. It's a win/win situation to have everything available to the consumer.

I would like to thank Rebecca for stopping over at my blog this week.  If you have any questions for her, go ahead and leave a comment, as she will be stopping over. 

So where can you find Rebecca Besser?  She has graciously provided me with the following: