The Trouble with Romance

•February 27, 2015 • 2 Comments

The Trouble with Romance

“Will love conquer all, or is the world’s only salvation a god with an iron fist?”

Somnalia Cover

As February comes to a close, we prepare to leave Black History Month, Women in Horror Month, and the cavalcade of hearts and flowers and an insultingly diminished Greek God, Eros, who you may know as Cupid, behind.

I will spend the last days of February editing Somnalia, the sequel to Happiness and Other Diseases, which incorporates all of these things… even president’s day, as you can see in the story’s back cover blurb:

Turmoil consumes the Underworld when the death of a god leaves a power vacuum. Phobetor, the stern and ambitious god of Nightmares seeks to fill the gap at any cost. Murderous nightmare daemons escape to the mortal realm, placing all of mankind in peril. In the midst of the unrest, star-crossed lovers yearn for one another across the void, one disempowered and bound to the earth, the other trapped in the land of dreams by a grave sacrifice. Will love conquer all, or is the world’s only salvation a god with an iron fist?

The Somnalia series, from which Happiness and Other Diseases was birthed is a dark fantasy with a love story running through it. The transgressive tale of the lovers Flynn and Charlotte is not a romance that can stand on its own outside of the earth-shattering, humanity-threatening activities of Charlotte’s immortal relatives, who include among their ranks the aforementioned (and quite meddlesome) Eros. It is more like the River Lethe that runs through the land of dreams, the Demos Oneiroi.

The river runs through the entire land of dreams and nightmares, and casts its sedating effect on those who are near it, especially those who are in it. It makes them forget. It doesn’t encompass all of the land, though. It is a feature.

Love is like that… a calming feature in a tumultuous world.

The stressing factors present in Charlotte and Flynn’s world are a lot more supernatural than ours, but I think their need to find comfort in one another is something we all can relate to.

Fantasy vs. Reality

Sumiko with WingsI wrote first drafts of all three books in the Somnalia trilogy last year. While I was busy crafting Charlotte and Flynn’s epic romance, and quite a few less-epic little love stories that exist in the Somnalia universe, my own love life was rapidly deteriorating.

Almost as if to rub salt in the wound, a half-dozen elated and certainly well-meaning fans interpreted the emotional depth I imbued my characters with as a reflection of some sort of my real life. My writing teacher at Berkeley City College, Mary Webb, quite frequently reminds students not to assume that the works of their fellow writers are autobiographical. Yet, it is a thing many readers do – presume the characters reflect real events in a writer’s life. That is not necessarily the case. In fiction, quite often these very active figments of a writer’s imagination are just a part of her rich fantasy life.

The glue holding fantasies together is sometimes the longing of the daydreamer. I would think that much would be patently obvious, but apparently it is not. This is not always the case in writing, even romance writing. However, it can be… and lack of fulfillment can certainly be a motivating factor.

I am single now. My relationship, with all of its myriad flaws, came to an end.

Now I am floating around in the flawed world of dating and single life. I am flying past guys who associate creativity with drugs, and dudes who think it’s a good idea to start off a date with a half-ass critique of my half-read novel. I am kicking the dust off my shoes, but I am also pouting because a guy I like won’t commit to seeing me on any specific date or time.

If I am honest about my feelings, a dozen strong women will pound their chests in my general direction and chide me for my silly, girlish notions. I will be told that I am a strong, independent woman and I don’t need all of that hand-holding I crave.

Now I won’t even say “a man” here, because it doesn’t have to be a man, just somebody.

I could be like Val Kilmer portraying Jim Morrison in the movie The Doors, talking large shit like, “I’ll be the poet, and you’ll be my muse.” I could be like David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, making love to my ego. I could quietly lose touch and run away into the Demos Oneiroi with my imaginary lover, but only for a little while.

There will be no one to rub my feet. Hugs and hand holding will be rationed.

When I wake up, there will be tons of editing left to do.

#Chooseyourhorror

•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Sumiko Saulson:

The latest Eden Royce writing project is Chose Your Own Horror, what do you think of that?

Originally posted on Eden Royce - The Dark Geisha:

So, I’m crazy.

(According to my mother, since I think I am, I must not be. Cold comfort, but I digress.)

A writer friend of mine, Nicole Kurtz, approached me and asked what I was doing for Women in Horror Month this year. I hadn’t decided anything at the time and she suggested a collaboration. I agreed.

Then came the time to decide on the project. We both wanted to write something horror centered, but different from any other work we’d done. Not thinking it would fly, I suggested doing something in the old school Choose Your Own Adventure style. And Nicole thought it was a great idea.

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Aww… so cute!

Not long after that, I came across an article of how difficult these types of books are to write. Then I looked at my list of projects that need to be finished in 2015 and I…

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Mocha Memoir Press Women in Horror Month campaign

•February 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Trilogy of Terror: Southern California Tour

•January 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Crystal Connor, one of the other women in the compilation of biographies and interviews 60 Black Women in Horror, has put together a signing with myself and fellow horror author Lori Titus that will take place in March, when we are all down here for the AstroBlackness 2 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo over at at Loyola Marymount University…March 12-13, 2015.onlydeathispromised

We will be signing at Dark Delicacies, 3512 West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank on Saturday, March 14 at 2pm.

We also have a reading the following day, Sunday, March 15, at $10 or Less Bookstore. 9054 Tampa Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324 at 5pm – 7pm..

The sequel to Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, comes out March 12 so I will read from it at this event.

Somnalia: Turmoil consumes the Underworld when the death of a god leaves a power vacuum. Phobetor, the stern and ambitious god of Nightmares seeks to fill the gap at any cost. Murderous nightmare daemons escape to the mortal realm, placing all of mankind in peril. In the midst of the unrest, star-crossed lovers yearn for one another across the void, one disempowered and bound to the earth, the other trapped in the land of dreams by a grave sacrifice. Will love conquer all, or will earth’s salvation come with an iron fist?

Lori Titus is from Los Angeles, and started writing stories when she was nine. Titus never stopped writing, but it was a hobby, and pretty much a secret of hers for a lot of years. Titus started submitting short stories, and quite a few of them got published. One editor wrote her back about a short story that she had written for his site, wanting to know if she would like to serialize it. The serial eventually became the basis for her first novel, Hunting in Closed Spaces, about a young girl named Marradith with extraordinary powers.

These days she is always in the process of writing or editing projects, if not both. Titus has always loved horror, but also enjoys paranormal (anything with psychics, telepathy, telekinesis, etc.). Her mother and sister were both horror fans, so she credits them with her early love of anything frightening or outside the realm of the ordinary.

“We used to say that books and movies were supposed to be an escape, so why watch or read something without a sense of imagination?”

http://flashesinthedark.com/2009/01/21/hunting-in-closed-spaces-by-lori-titus/

Washington State native, Crystal Connor loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses & super-villains.  Not ‘those’ kind her mother warned her about), rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high-heeled shoes & unreasonably priced handbags.

When she’s not terrorizing readers she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net

She is also considering changing her professional title to dramatization specialist because it so much more theatrical than being a mere drama queen. The End is Now is the 5th book that has been unleashed by Connor’s awarding winning imagination.

Download your free copy of …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! audiobook and see why the name Crystal Connor has become “A Trusted Name in Terror!”

http://podiobooks.com/title/and-they-all-lived-happily-ever-after/

Book tour update

•January 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

swbooksThis has been a busy week. I am in Los Angeles, both because I had a book tour stop at $10 or Less Bookstore in Northridge, California – and because I needed to finish the work I started back in November in terms of setting up distribution for Happiness and Other Diseases (and 60 Black Women in Horror)…

As of this writing, Happiness and Other Diseases is being carried at both BookSoup located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA and Small World Books, located at 1407 Ocean Front Walk on the Venice Beach Boardwalk in Venice, CA.

Small World Books also carries 60 Black Women in Horror.

Speaking of 60 Black Women in Horror, Crystal Connor, one of the other women in the compilation of biographies and interviews thus titled, has put together a reading with myself and fellow horror author Lori Titus that will take place in March, when we are all down here for the AstroBlackness 2 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo over at at Loyola Marymount University…March 12-13, 2015.onlydeathispromised

We will be reading at Dark Delicacies, 3512 West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank on Saturday, March 14.

The sequel to Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, comes out March 12 so I will read from it at this event.

Somnalia:

Turmoil consumes the Underworld when the death of a god leaves a power vacuum. Phobetor, the stern and ambitious god of Nightmares seeks to fill the gap at any cost. Murderous nightmare daemons escape to the mortal realm, placing all of mankind in peril. In the midst of the unrest, star-crossed lovers yearn for one another across the void, one disempowered and bound to the earth, the other trapped in the land of dreams by a grave sacrifice. Will love conquer all, or will earth’s salvation come with an iron fist?

Live Appearance in Northridge, CA Jan 9, 2015

•January 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Live Appearance in Northridge, CA Jan 9, 2015.

Lover

•January 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Putting all the cards in your sweet little hands

Committing the lines of your face into memory

Waiting as women are wont to do

Woefully willingly wanting you

To hold you, to touch you

To pay the cost, knowing

Time is a tapestry of love and loss

There is nothing in me that can make you mean less

Or diminish your perfection in memory

Carve your name into my old weary heart

Love is a game made of risk and false starts

You half-change your mind as you walk out my door

I fear that I’ll never see you again

You hold me and kiss me and promise me more

But love is a game and you don’t always win

Sometimes we just can’t make a thing work out

You hesitate, I hesitate… we both have our doubts

In search of a certainty we’ll never know

Having you, holding you and letting you go

I still remember how you gave yourself to me

Generously and completely

Leaving me tenderly with kisses and promises

You just couldn’t keep

Weeping incessantly, eyes swollen shut

Grasping and reaching for I don’t know what

I am a fool

I am your fool, indeed

I don’t want you to leave

And I want to believe

But love is a game of holding

And letting go

Sometimes these things happen

Quickly and sequence

Now if letting you go

Is the best I can do

I just want you to know

This is me

Loving you

 
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