Monthly Archives: July 2012

This Week’s Writing Goal

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I don’t have one. See everyone next week. 

Seriously, this week I’ve decided to go back to basics for me and write whatever the Hell I want to write. It’s not because I didn’t hit my goals last week. In fact, I got every single one of them in, almost to the word. But that was boring, and I felt like I had to write a certain amount of words for all three projects instead of writing what I was feeling at the moment. The short story I wrote was possibly my best work to date, if I do say so myself. I hope an editor out there somewhere feels the same way.

Hence, this week I will stick to a 1,500 word a day clip (10,500 words in all) on whatever I feel like writing. Will it be a new short story? Some flash fiction? The start of a new novel? Continuing work on Death Cult: Death Metal 2 (now at 15,000 words), working on Dying Days: Origins (over the 8,500 word mark), or something I haven’t thought about yet? 

Someone asked me if my blog was geared toward other authors or toward readers… that is an interesting question, one I hope to answer soon enough… ideally, I’d love to say both. I’d love to have a ton of writers and readers perusing this blog, but wonder who I am catering to?

What do you think?

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The Coming Week of Writing

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It’s that time again, boys and girls… my super-bold predictions about life, love, comfortable footwear, and…

I’m actually going to set down in stone what my writing goal is for this week. And then get off the internet and actually try to accomplish it again this week. I will set a 1,500 word a day goal, which seemed to work for me last week. That gives me 10,500 words to write from today through next Sunday.

I’m adding a short story to the mix this week for a themed anthology I’ve been eyeing. It’s only 3,000 words so that should be a nice, easy one to finish this week and get me in a positive roll. Just need to think up a story and write it now.

I am currently at 10,000 words on Death Cult: Death Metal 2 of the projected 30,000 words. I will set a 5,000 word goal for it. That should be easy to achieve.

Death Cult


10000 / 30000
(33.33%)

The third project is going to be dabbling in the Dying Days: Origins novella (starring Tosha Shorb from Dying Days 2) since I finished the first draft of Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days. I figure I have 2,500 left of the goal and that will give me another chapter or two completed on this one. I’m currently at 3,000 words of the 30,000 estimate it will be.

Dying Days: Origins


3000 / 30000
(10%)

That should do it. On paper it seems so easy and looks like I could finish all that in a day or two… might pick a day this week and not get online, no games, nothing, until I hit 5,000 words again. Will let you know… and for those people who are cool enough to comment on these types of posts, I thank you! And the two who sent me e-mails early this morning asking when my weekly goal posting would be up… you two are what keeps me going, and I’ll be sending you some free books asap for letting me know someone other than me is interested in this weekly post.

I Finished 2 Projects Yesterday!

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Just a quick brag to keep me motivated to not slack… my goal this week was a total of 10,500 words of writing, Monday through this coming Sunday. 

So far (it is early Saturday, 2 more full days of writing to go) I’ve hit 9,500 but managed to finish two of the three projects I was working on, which makes me very happy. 

Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days novella was supposed to be 30,000 words. The first draft clocked in over 33,000 words and I’m quite happy with it. Thirteen different zombie short stories, some new characters and some favorites from Dying Days 2 are involved, and I was excited to be done with the first version. Now, edits and beta readers. 

The second story was a short, “Barren”, the second in my Keyport Cthulhu series. I envisioned a 5,000 word story and ended up going over 8,000 words in it. I love it, and hope the ideas for the third story flow as easily as this one did.  Now onto edits.

But I barely touched on Death Cult: Death Metal 2 thriller novella. My goal for this weekend will be nothing but this story and hopefully I can get in three to four thousand words. 

Monday morning I’ll update on this book with where I stand and add two more projects to my plate for the coming week. The 1,500 word a day goal was easier than a 2,000 word a day goal for me mentally, even though I hit nearly 2,000 a day anyway. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend planned, and it includes writing and reading. 

Twitter Respect

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I’m here today to share a point or six (maybe more, who knows) about Twitter Respect. Simply put, things I find socially unacceptable when being my friend on Twitter. Your ideas might be different, and you might disagree with me. But right now, in the immortal words of Robbie from The Wedding Singer… Well, I have a microphone, and you don’t, SO YOU WILL LISTEN TO EVERY DAMN WORD I HAVE TO SAY!

Incidentally, in a post a couple of days ago I freely quoted (without proper credit) The Blues Brothers, but no one seemed to comment on it. For shame. All of you. Now, back to my Twitter Respect Ranting…

1. What is the damn point of following a million people that don’t care about you at all? The ‘follow me and I’ll follow you for an hour before I delete you and then try to get all your friends to follow me’ thing is stupid. I don’t see the point.

2. If you don’t follow me back within a reasonable amount of time (usually four weeks) I unfollow you, unless you are Neil Gaiman or JA Konrath or someone really cool that I read their tweets all the time. But, the real problem I have is that then you post that I unfollowed you… not sure why you do this. Hey, here’s a fun thing: follow me back to begin with, and I won’t have to delete you. And you won’t have to point out that you only bothered with me once I cut you off.

3. Not sure why, but DMs from people I don’t know are annoying. Oh, wait, I remember now: It’s because I try to be nice when you say ‘Thanks for the follow! Nice to meet you’ and I reply in kind, only to be told by Twitter than you don’t follow me so I can’t send it and I wasted my time! Guess what? You get unfollowed quicker than 30 days. Just sayin’.

4. I also hate initial DMs that give me a link to your website/Amazon page/free eBook giveaway… I can’t imagine this works for anyone trying to promote themselves and gets someone excited enough to say ‘Wow, thanks for the private spam! I am going to buy your book right now!’. How about saying hello, and then we can be nice first before you shove your work down my throat… and I can actually say nice things back since you also follow me. I promote my own work every day, but it’s drowned in with reblogs of cool posts I read, RT’s of other cool books I like and tweets to people that I converse with like a normal human being.

5. Posting your link for your book/band/website/crap using my twitter handle as a way to get people to notice you, since you have 147 followers and I (currently at 12:13 am when I’m writing this) have 12,867, all (OK, most) of which I earned by being nice and not beating them over the head with promotions for my work. I keep getting the ‘@ArmandAuthor: My character in my new book is a bad man. Here’s the link to the book on Amazon’, even though I never said a word to you before this, and when I check your Twitter page I see you sent the same message to 56 other people in the last 34 minutes. ‘Hope you buy my book!’. Not gonna happen. Unfollow.

6. I love when people RT my posts and my blog posts, and ask questions, comment, act silly, and just friendly. There is nothing cooler than people responding, playing along or just being normal. Yet, I’ve actually had people upset because I reblogged their stuff and it went out to 12,000+ Twitter followers but I didn’t say it was from them… uh, they clicked on your website, I liked your post enough to share it with 100 times the amount of people it would have normally gotten eyes on… keep complaining, sorry. I’m wrong. It won’t happen again. To your posts, trust me. For the people who reblog my stuff and love when I reblog their stuff… thank you. I like you. You get the implications of social media and the fact that I liked your post enough to want to share it with my friends. Keep writing cool posts about your writing, cool interviews, cool Metal bands, zombies, steampunk and horror stuff and I will keep promoting you, because I like it and want to spread the word about the cool kids.

7. And seven, seven for no tomorrow

8. And eight, eight, I forget what eight was for

9. But nine, nine, nine for the lost gods

10. ten, ten, ten, ten for everything, everything, everything…

Please let someone know what that last part is from… I’m begging you..

This is my tongue firmly planted in cheek (but mostly true) rant against no Twitter Respect. I’m sure I missed a few things and I hope to meet you along the journey and actually get a chance to chat with you. In 140 characters or less.

Now buy my book(s).

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Great points about traditional publishing from Kristen Lamb

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As many of you know, last week I was blessed enough to get to present at Thrillerfest, which is a conference held by the International Thriller Writers in the heart of New York City. What a blast and a WONDERFUL conference! If you ever get an opportunity to go, take it. Yet, now that I’m home, I feel compelled to share my observations and make the most of my $5000 investment. Why can’t you guys benefit, too, right?

Now that I have been to NY, talked to people and observed things first-hand, I feel I am in a better position to make an accurate analysis, so here are the five mistakes that I feel are killing traditional publishing.

Mistake #1—Fear

When I first arrived, there was almost a palpable feeling of dread, doom and gloom. I felt like agents, editors and even writers were refusing to acknowledge the pink elephant…

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This Week’s Goal (Relaxed)

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I’m not going to beat myself up this week. I’ve decided to shoot lower and see if I can beat it and do more, try to psyche myself out… or something like that. I just know I missed my weekly writing goal last week by about 3,000 words.

So I’ll be doing a 1,500 a day writing goal for the seven days (starting today and ending Sunday). That’s 10,500 words for the week but my real goal is to do more… but one thing at a time.

I’ll be finishing off two projects this week (that’s the goal!): Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days only need 1,500 words and “Barren”, the second Keyport Cthulhu Tales short story only needs 1,500. Then the rest of the week and goal (7,500 words) will be spent on Death Cult: Death Metal 2, putting me over 16,000 words on the 30,000 word novella. Anything else is just a bonus. My goal is also to only work three projects a week, so next week I’ll be adding two more. Just need to finish these two first, right?

I also want to add that last week I formatted and got the State of Horror: Florida anthology out for sale, so that took up time as well. This coming week I need to do the first edits on the upcoming State of Horror: North Carolina anthology, so that will fill my time. I also have State of Horror: Illinois waiting in the wings, and reading more stories for other States currently open.

But it’s all good… working toward a goal, writing and enjoying myself…

Last Week’s Goal Fail

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I could lie and say I hit my 14,000 words last week, and brag about it… but who would I really be hurting? Me, probably. Definitely people who are going to now die because I didn’t hit my goal. I failed you. My bad.

I came close, and the week started out promising, with Monday and Tuesday giving me almost 6,000 written words on the three projects I was focusing on: Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days, Death Cult: Death Metal 2 and “Barren”, the second short story in the Keyport Cthulhu Tales series.

Then life got in the way… and having to do a ton of copywriting assignments (I do that to pay the bills as well), the Red Sox playing like crap over the weekend, watching bad movies instead of writing, swimming in the pool, reading some great books on my Kindle… Honest… I ran out of gas! I–I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!

So, what did I manage? Let’s put it together, more for me than for you…

Still Dying started at 24,600 and I managed to get it to 28,500… so 4,100 of the goal and I fell 1,500 short.

Still Dying


28500 / 30000
(95%)

When it came to Death Cult: Death Metal 2 I didn’t do nearly as good. I did just 2,500 of the 3,600 I wanted to, so fell 1,100 short there.

Death Cult: Death Metal 2


8600 / 30000
(28.67%)

With “Barren”, the second Keyport Cthulhu story, I managed 4,500 of the 5,000 goal but realize this will be a bit longer, probably around 6,000 words. But still 500 words short of my goal.

All told, I ended up writing 11,100 words and falling 3,100 words short for the week.

Next week’s goals? I’ll get right back to you…

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My thoughts on being in an Anthology Reposted

The Darkness Goes 'Round

Today I am excited to present a guest blog by horror author Armand Rosamilia. I’ve read several of his books and he is one talented writer. See what he has to say, then enter for a chance to win his latest story Dying Days 2!

You’re a brand new writer, and you haven’t figured out how to get the ball rolling on that epic 100,000 word novel you’re currently stuck with (chapter two is almost done, though!) and you need something – anything – to make yourself feel better about being a wannabe writer and all the trappings that come with it…
You search Ralan or Duotrope and find a new anthology, with a theme that plays right into your wheelhouse… it doesn’t pay much, but it’s new, they’re only looking for 5,000, and you can write that this week!
Empowered with a sense of ‘I can do this!’ -ism…

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Great Interview with Armand Rosamilia (me!)

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Please Welcome Armand Rosamilia!

Hi Armand I am so happy that you dropped by to visit!

And don’t worry, I’ve banished the dogs to the other

 room. 🙂               

Armand many people don’t like the name they were given at birth. Do you like your given name? If not, what would you rather have been named?

I hated Armand growing up (It’s actually Armando) but love it now. My friends call me Mando. When I was in high school, Anne Rice’s Vampire Armand was quite popular and people thought it was a fake name… so many idiots were running around calling themselves Larry Lestat and crap like that.

Do you write under your given name or a pseudonym?

I guess just using Armand Rosamilia instead of Armando is a bit different, but everyone in my family with this name (Italian family, so…

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Best Time To Blog?

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I’m not talking about how often you need to post something up on your blog, I’m talking about the actual time of day when it goes live. I will often get some epiphany or idea at random times of day and then write a blog post but save it and schedule it to go live the next morning at about 7:00 am EST.

This weekend I published the two-part Steven Brack interview at noon EST and got some big hits on both days, although it might be because the interview was pretty cool (if I do say so myself)…

But I usually crawl out of bed at around 9:00 am and while the first pot of coffee is brewing I check my e-mails. And see dozens (sometimes upwards of a hundred) blog posts that happened between midnight and the time I get up. And I usually start deleting unless the title catches my eye… and, of course, any blog post that is titled 147 or 284 or any other number is simply deleted. There are enough posts with titles to sort. And I know I’m missing out on some great reads but I don’t have the time to get to all of them. I subscribe to hundreds of blogs, especially wordpress ones.

During the day when I’m not writing I will check my e-mail and sort through them, but I tend to open and start reading more of the blog posts. If I read anything interesting I usually post it to my Twitter account (@ArmandAuthor for those keeping track) for others to see.

But I wonder where the ‘sweet spot’ is time-wise for blogs. What time of day can I post to get the most looks on my words and the most traffic, and the better chance of new readers finding me?

I welcome everyone’s thoughts… I’m posting this at around 9:30 am EST… maybe this will be the magic time, who knows…

Armand’s Weekly Goal’s & Thoughts

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I’ve decided to make a minor weekly goal for myself and try to keep track of it and see where I end up by this time next Monday morning… my daily goal hasn’t changed, it will still be 2,000 words, but I’m going to attempt to curtail the random writing and stick to three projects… hoping it will actually work…

The first one is a short story and second in the Keyport Cthulhu Tales series called “Barren”. Last Friday I released the first story, “Ancient” (available on Amazon and B&N for only 99 cents) and it’s been selling steady in the brief time its been out. I’d like to finish this 5,000 word tale this week.

That leaves me with about 9,000 of the 14,000 words in 7 days… and I have two novellas that need to be finished, so I will concentrate on them.

Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days is almost complete (see cool meter below), so I’ll try to finish it and the 5,400 words needed.

STILL DYING

24600 / 30000
(82%)

That leaves me with 3,600 words to spend on the sequel to my Death Metal novella, titled Death Cult: Death Metal 2. My actual goal was 1,000 words a day for 30 days but I’ll make it up in next week’s writing, or maybe do more than my daily goal and keep it current (in order for it to stay on track I need to have written 15,000 words by next Monday morning, which I can definitely strive for). On goal will put me at 9,700 words.

DEATH METAL 2

6100 / 30000
(20.33%)

Why am I telling you all this? To keep me motivated, and to keep me honest. If you see me spending too much time on Facebook or Twitter this week, yell at me. If you see me playing stupid games (I deleted games on Facebook last night) tell me I’m a idiot.

And let me know if I’m the only one doing this, or if you are also setting goals such as this to get your own writing done. I’d love to hear your successes and screwups and keep me motivated.

Steven Brack Interview Part Two

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Steven Brack Interview Part Two

 

You can read Part One of the Steven Brack Interview from yesterday first, if you’d like… I’ll go get another cup of coffee and wait for ya… OK, finished?

 

Is he an actor? Race car driver? A character in a zombie book?

Yes. Yes he is.

I had a chance to ask Steven Brack a few questions, and that only led to more questions. What started as a simple Q&A about his small role in my Dying Days 2 zombie novella exploded into an interview about so many parts of his interesting life I decided to keep it all and have to make this a two-parter.

You might not know who Steven Brack is right now, but you will by the time you finish reading this. Trust me, he’s worth it.

 

Yesterday we discussed your part in Dying Days 2, the inspiration for Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack, arrogant driver of the number 75 car. Tell me about your actual background.

“Ok I’m thinking… I’m thinking. Let’s start with the racing. I grew up around racing from the time I was born. My dad is Bobby Brack, Florida’s winningest stock car driver. So it just kind of came natural. I was always around it and I watched and learned constantly. All-consuming. I lived for it and it’s all I thought about. Me, I won the first race I ever drove. I went on to conquer the most feature wins and the Championship title in the Street Stock division that year at Hialeah Speedway. That was 1981. A lot of Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack’s (his namesake character in Dying Days 2) arrogance reminds me of myself back then. I had just turned 18 and I was in the local and national newspapers as this new super-star driver. I did think I was on top of the world back then. Too young to handle all of that shit most definitely, but I remember the feeling being euphoric.”

 

How did you transition from racing to acting?

“Acting – That’s a different story entirely. I never in a million years intended to be an actor. I’ll give you the back story… I had done some modeling and print work stuff in my early 20’s. After all, I was the golden-god at the speedway and very comfortable in front of the camera’s eye… so, long story short, I met a woman at a party who worked as a scout for Michelle Pommier. She asked me to come in to the office. They did test shots and signed me to a one year contract. I did some catalog print work and a brochure for Holiday Inn hotels. Truth be told, I hated it. Dropped it like a hot potato and walked away from it.

“Now… let’s fast forward to 2006. I was having dinner with a couple of friends on Lincoln Roadin SouthBeach. At the next table was an old guy dressed all in black. Black leather jacket, too… which I found to be odd since it was like 90 degrees out. All through dinner he kept watching me. Not really paying attention to the people he was with… just watching me. It was uncomfortable. When they were leaving, he walked over to me and asked… and I quote, ‘Are you in pictures?’ I kind of laughed and said no. He says, ‘Well, you should be.’ He hands me his card and says, ‘I’m Jay W. Jensen, give me a call’. I put the card in my pocket and just laughed it off. I assumed it was some pick-up line or something. A couple of weeks passed and his card sat on my desk with a wad of receipts and crap. I looked at the card and thought, ‘I should look this guy up on the internet’. Holy shit! I found him instantly. He was legit. I called the next day and it was like a whirlwind. By the end of the week I was in his office reading for the lead in a film called The Palooka that was backed by the Tennessee Williams estate… Williams was one of Jay’s best buddies back in the day. So, I landed the role and was thrown into a month and a half of character development training and rehearsal after rehearsal. Hell, they even made me go and train with Jorge Ortiz of the UFC in a gym out in Kendall once a week. Fucked up! They made me into the character, Miami Joe, for this movie. I even gained 18 pounds for the role. My overall mental outlook and approach to the character came from Mickey Rourke. He gave me some of the most valuable pointers in regard to acting that I’ve ever heard. I can’t share what he told me or I would have to kill you! LOL. Anyway… I’ve done over 20 movies in the last six years. Four indie feature films with starring roles in three of them… The first one I did was a small supporting role in Fandango Pictures film, Phoenix Falling. One that I won’t talk about because it’s such a piece of shit. One called The Urban Horror Trilogy (You’ll never find it because it’s sitting on a shelf due to a litigation case between producers and director), and one called Island Of The Cannibal Death Gods for Reality’s Edge Films and director Jeff Freeman. This one was the toughest and yet the most fun to make. Jeff and I became friends after meeting and working on this picture. We’ve even collaborated on a couple of other projects since Island was completed.”

 

You mention your role in The Palooka and Miami Joe…

“As for me and MiamiJoe… I had a really tough time expelling him after the film wrapped. I’d wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and it was him. My hair was shaved off and I was fat. I talked like him and moved like him and thought like him. I became depressed for three or four weeks after the film completed production. It was fucked up because people spent time making me into Joe, but nobody ever told me about the after-shock of mental and physical conditioning… or re-conditioning like that. Since that experience, I’ve figured out how to release a character after I’m done portraying him. The film itself will probably never be seen again. I saw it once on the big screen here in Miamiduring a sneak peek. I believe it did play at the Palm Beachfilm festival before it was shelved. Shortly before Jensen’s death in 2007, there was an injunction filed between the Jensen estate and the producers of the film. What I got from Jay was that they were using or exploiting his name for other ventures which he had no involvement in. That’s life and welcome to show business! Enough power players saw the film when it was finished… Or they may or may not have been given a DVDcopy of the film. Anyway… the last thing I’m going to say about The Palooka is this. If you want to know the gist of the story and the character… check out the 2008 film, The Wrestler… Teeeheehee!”

 

What is your latest project?

“I just finished a PBS documentary entitled Hialeah Speedway – No Guts, No Glory. I am the on-camera host and narrator of the show and I am thrilled about this project. When the project was in its initial stages of production, I was an on-camera interview as a driver. That was going to be my extent of involvement in the project. When the producers got my background information, they decided to explore the actor / race car driver angle and decided to screen test me with some mocked up dialogue. Man… It was like three weeks before I got the call telling me they wanted me to come on-board. Wow! This is a game-changer right here. Being asked to be ‘the face’ to represent Hialeah Speedway is an honor of immeasurable proportions for me. That was my home track and I truly loved the place. I’m honored to be able to give back to the track that gave me so many great memories and experiences. We’re having a big public premier event inMiami on August 21. Then we air to the southeast FL market (Palm Beach toKey West). Three first-run featured slots in prime time. Wow, unreal! Here are the dates and times: Friday, August 24 @8:30pm / Sunday, August 26 @9pm / Monday, August 27 @7:30pm. There’s a 1 million viewing audience in that market alone. Mid &North Florida is the next market and then the NASCAR hub in theCharlotte,NC area is third. Hopefully it goes fully national. These PBS people are pretty slick.”

Here’s the link for the teaser on the PBS documentary 

What’s next?

“In this business you never know. I’ve been out on loads of calls with casting directors in the past few weeks. Big national TV shows. Hey at least they’re looking at me and my agent has been keeping me pretty busy. Knock on wood! I’ve got one I will share with you that I thought was totally cool. Last week I got to screen test for one of my all-time favorite directors, William Grefe. He’s a legend in the cult film genre and I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid and I went to the movies to see his film, Wild Rebels. I love that movie. My dad was the driver in the racing scenes in the film. I remember being so excited, sitting in the theater and seeing my dad race on that big screen. Too cool for a kid, I’m telling you. Another little tidbit on Wild Rebels… the film found a whole new audience a few years back when it was featured on Mystery Science Theater. Love it, love it, love it. I’d quote the film, but I might bore you, haha.”

 

OK, I have to ask… the Playmate Question…

“My favorite Playmate is Miss January 1976 – Daina House. Whenever I’m asked that question, it’s a no-brainer for me and I’ve never flip-flopped on my response. I remember I was like 12 years old and a friend of mine had smuggled a Playboy magazine into school. It was the January 1976 issue. I was like… ‘That is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.’ That’s saying a lot because Farrah Fawcett’s red swimsuit poster was just beginning to explode everywhere at the time. From Playboy, Daina House went on to act in a hand-full of B-Movies in the late ’70s before calling it quits on the acting thing to follow her instincts. I really admire that. Today, she’s an ordained minister and the head of Daina House Ministries out inVerdugo City,CA. And still gorgeous later in life I might add. I told her I would love for her to come out of retirement and do a film with me. Nope. She’s done with the entertainment biz. Dang!”

For more about Steven Brack, visit his IMDB page and follow him on Facebook

“Dying Days 2” Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack Interview

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Steven Brack vs. Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack

            When I write stories, I often will add in a simple name as a place-marker and then go back and change it once I get the basics of a character and begin to understand him/her and they fill out. Not with the main characters, but with the ones that simply help move the plot or subplots along and come in contact with the ‘important’ people in the story.

            Enter Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack. He was created, based on a real person that I’d never actually met, but knew enough about him to create a unique secondary character when I was writing Dying Days 2. It’s a zombie book, so the more characters I can kill the better, right? Simple enough.

            Only, something funny happened once I was done with the story: I liked the guy while also hating him… and readers talked about him in almost 80% of the e-mails and comments to me…

            I had a chance to interview the alter-ego namesake of Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack, Steven Brack, who is an actor, former race car driver, and so much more. In fact, there was so much more to our conversation that today we’ll be dealing with the Dying Days 2 stuff and tomorrow our frank conversation about his career and life… trust me, this is one interesting guy!

 

How were you approached to become a character in the “Dying Days” book series?

“I was approached on it and I loved the idea. I had never been a book character before. Sounded cool to me. There wasn’t too much to it, to be honest. It started out pretty simple: ‘Can I use your name in this new zombie story and kill you? I’ll make it kinda like you.’ “

 

Had you read any of the stories or were you familiar with the books or the author?

“I had not read any of the stories prior to this, but I did know of the author. Truth be told… I’m not much of an in-depth reader. I’m more into quick-read periodical type stuff. Rolling Stone, Playboy, and various car mags. I remember being asked my favorite books one time and I listed Truly Tasteless Jokes by Blanche Knott and SEX by Madonna. Haha.”

 

Are you a fan of zombie movies or zombie books?

“I like zombie movies. I remember seeing George Romero’s “Night Of The Living Dead” when I was a kid. It scared the shit out of me. I still love that film. Something about the black and white just makes the whole film feel eerie.”

 

Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack is pretty over the top. How does he differ from the real Steven Brack?

“We were a lot alike when I was younger. I used to be that arrogant, hard drinking party guy who threw care and caution to the wind like Steve. I’m older now and with age comes wisdom and responsibility. Plus… I couldn’t handle the hangovers nowadays. Haha.”

 

How is he similar?

“We’re similar in that he knows who he is and he’s comfortable in his skin. Like him… hate him… envy him… It really makes no difference to him. He could give a fuck because he’s going to do what he wants anyway. Oh… and the ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ catchphrase. That actually is true from back in my racing days and I have friends who still say it to me. That’s too funny.”

 

Like I said before, I get quite a few mentions about the character in fan mail. Why do you think this character resonates with readers?

“Hmm… I think Steve is an arrogant kind of guy. Arrogant because he earned it. But there’s something endearing about him at the same time. He’s not a hard-ass overbearing type. He’s definitely in his own world. Maybe the way he approaches situations shows he’s a kid at heart and that’s what makes him a lovable pain in the nuts. I’m glad he resonates with the readers.”

 

If the real Steven Brack was fighting off zombie hordes with Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack, how do you think that would turn out?

“Oh, he and I would definitely kick some zombie ass. I could see having to motivate Steve to fight in the beginning, but once I got him into it… Oh yea. He’s got a competitive side to him and the ‘thrill of the sport’ thing going on like I do. This guy is a champ race car driver. I know this guy. I’d definitely put my money on Steven and Steve.”

 

Tomorrow, find out more about the real Steven Brack, his career and more!

 

Steven Brack’s IMDB Page

“Cthulhunicorn” by Katelynn and Armand Rosamilia

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My latest release is Ancient, the first Lovecraftian short story in my A Keyport Cthulhu Tale series. It is currently available on Amazon and SmashWords and Barnes & Noble… and it’s only 99 cents. The cover is killer and from Jeffrey Kosh.

I added a bonus short story to the release, a flash fiction piece written by me and my eleven year old daughter, Katelynn, combining her love (unicorns) and mine (Cthulhu)… I decided to share it. Katelynn wrote the unicorn parts and I wrote the rest. I hope you enjoy our tongue-in-cheek mash-up.

Cthulhunicorn

Katelynn Rosamilia & Armand Rosamilia

 

Taffy the Unicorn was near Innsmouth and wanted to go swimming. It was a beautiful day and she saw a very inviting beach nearby.

Taffy decided to fly over and stay for a little while. When Taffy arrived, she looked around and saw that no one was there. She found the perfect spot to lay and nap for a bit.

When Taffy woke up she decided to go swimming in the clear turquoise ocean. The water was perfect and she was a terrific swimmer. She didn’t want to get out but she was getting tired of swimming and she was getting pruney.

She got out of the water she wanted to build a sand castle but soon figured out that unicorns couldn’t make sand castles because of there hooves.

Taffy saw several people that looked fishy coming down the beach, so she decided that it was time for her to leave. Taffy decided to get one more look of the ocean before she said goodbye. When she peered out into the distance, she saw an island. Before going home, Taffy decided to fly over to the island and see what it had to offer.

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That is not dead which can eternal lie… but Cthulhu was sure growing bored after all this time. He spread out on theisland ofR’lyeh, which had risen from the ocean floor for the first time in aeons. Before nightfall, however, it would once again sink to the deepest bottom of the ocean and be lost once more.

Cthulhu wanted to enjoy some sunshine, maybe tan a few of his appendages and feel sand between his tentacles before it was all lost in infinite wetness. There was nothing worse than trying to play with sand a thousand feet deep.

He wanted to eternally lie… on the beach and watch the cute, puffy clouds pass overhead as the sun warmed his cold body and dried his moving parts.

As Cthulhu flapped his tentacles in the air and wished the clear blue sky was always this close (and, he realized, with some dismay, seeing the sky so close made him homesick… and home was so out of reach right now), he saw a bird up above in the distance.

The bird got closer, but it was too big. Maybe one of those monster creatures he’d seen hundreds of years ago? Giant teeth, huge wingspan like a flying killing animal.

Yet, as it came closer he saw it was a horse. A flying horse? It had a horn on its head, multi-colored wings and landed on the beach not far from him.

Instead of being scared, it said hello.

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And so Taffy and Cthulhu fell in love. They spent the rest of the afternoon getting to know each other and having a good time.

Taffy was explaining her day at the beach when she mentioned how she couldn’t make a sand castle. Cthulhu offered to make her one. She was excited to see how it would come out. When the castle was finished, Taffy was amazed. It was humongous and Taffy thought it was the most romantic thing she had ever seen.

As the sun set over the water, Taffy knew it was time to go home, and so did Cthulhu. Taffy and Cthulhu were so in love that they decided to get married on the beach that very same night.

Taffy was so excited that she was finally going to be married. She invited her whole family and all of her unicorn friends to the wedding.

The fishy people of Innsmouth rowed out to the island, the Esoteric Order of Dagon did the catering, Shub Niggaruth and Nyarlotep stood in as Maid of Honor and Best Man, and the Pickman Bakery of Massachusetts provided the wedding cake.

The wedding was so pretty and it was the one Taffy had always dreamed about growing up.

They spent their one and only night as a married couple on the beach together, watching the stars. Cthulhu pointed out which one he was from.

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The baby had her fathers eyes. Oh, and his tentacles. Even though her hide was a weird color you couldn’t really describe with words, she was still perfect to her mother. Most days and nights, while Taffy taught her daughter how to be a unicorn and also how to honor her father, they would sit on the beach near Innsmouth and wait for Cthulhu.

And pray for Father, roaming free…

Are You A Prolific Writer?

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I whined the other day about not having a new release for sale in June, and I’m almost a week into July and nothing for sale (although, in all fairness, my Ancient: A Keyport Cthulhu Tale short story, will be out sometime today or tomorrow). Here is the post for those who haven’t read it. I’ll wait until you get back to continue.

Anyway, I am in constant touch with other writers, especially fellow horror authors, and see some of them still pushing the same short story from months ago and talking about starting that novel any day now… and on the other end of the spectrum, authors who are constantly writing, submitting and self-publishing stories. They seem to have a steady flow of work for sale and their fans respond.

I used to be what I would call a prolific author, and have about 40 releases to prove it, most since 2009. That’s about a release a month, but most months (especially when I ramped it up) I had 2-4 releases at a time. Lately? Not so much. I’m still writing 2,000 words a day but not finishing anything, just slowly moving things toward the finish line.

I’m curious what you think the term prolific author signifies… not writer, but someone publishing work for sale (either as shorts in anthologies, self-publishing, and/or being published by other publishers)?

What prolific writers do you follow, and how does their steady imput or huge backlist help you as a reader?

And, are you a prolific author?

Death Cult: Death Metal 2 coming!

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WRITING THE SEQUEL – THE BEGINNINGS

 A little quick background for ya… in November of 2007 I began writing what I thought would be my Epic Horror Novel and call it Death Metal. I got the title right. But the rest? Nope.

            The Epic part is subjective at best, the Horror turned into Thriller (with some Horror elements, of course) and the Novel part became Novella at almost 30,000 words.

I edited it for nearly a year while writing a ton of short stories, most of which were published and sold, and then submitted it and got Death Metal accepted by a reputed small press, my very first longer-than-a-short-story piece to be released by another publisher. On January 1st 2009 Death Metal was released, billed as an Urban Horror story (no idea what that really means) and sold on their website and defunct horror website that sold print books. And nowhere else.

            It sold 19 print copies in the year it was out (there were no eBooks). Reviewers noted it wasn’t a horror story. Reviewers hated the cover art. Reviewers outnumbered the readers.

            So when the year was up I took it back, thanked the publisher and sat on it for awhile. Then, on April 6th of 2011, I re-released it myself, with new (simpler) cover art that at least didn’t have a punk rock dude on keyboards playing onstage in a Metal band (and in the book there was never a concert for the one-man mysterious band), and billed it as a Thriller.

  Here’s the description, along with some great authors who read it and blurbed:

No one had ever connected Daniel as the brains behind seven brutal concept albums about Satanism and the dark figure Natas, but when a teenager quotes lyrics from his musical work, Daniel fears his ten-year old daughter, Missy, is in trouble. His fears are founded when she is kidnapped. The kidnappers want Daniel to complete the last three albums for his former band – and return him to the demons he had tried to escape. Daniel can save her, but can he save himself?

“Rosamilia jams the E-major of dark crime in Death Metal. That scream you hear is the electric-soaked feedback of scorching prose.” ~ Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes

Death Metal is a sharply written tale that starts quick and works its way to an edge-of-the seat ending you won’t forget. It’s one of those stories you just can’t stop reading. Bravo! Or should I say Rock and Roll! ~ Laura J. Underwood, Author of The King’s Wind and The Green Women

With Death Metal, Rosamilia keeps you anxious to turn each page, and leaves you wanting more. A spectacular read that will not disappoint. ~ C. S. Johnson, author of The Watching

          I’ve sold quite a few eBooks and print books in the last year (at one point, in January of 2012, I sold 20 print copies of Death Metal in two weeks, more than my total in the year they had it).

          I’ve had many people ask me about a sequel, which I didn’t think was even possible. I thought I’d wrapped up all the threads, all the plotlines to the story…

          And then it hit me. The one person in the story that I’d glossed over in my head, the one person that could move the story forward but in a totally new and different direction.

          I put the idea away, because I didn’t know if I could even pull it off. I hemmed, I hawed, I took a few notes and even started an opening chapter that I discarded. It couldn’t be done.

          I wrote other novellas and short stories in the last year, moving my writing in a new direction. But Death Metal kept nagging at me. And each month I add new readers and new fans who seem to enjoy the story, and always complain they want more.

          I’ve decided to write the sequel, even though it scares me to do justice to a novella I consider my first-born, the baby that gave me the courage to write longer stories and make a go of being an actual ‘real’ author instead of just a writer.

          The idea is ready, and July 2012 will be the month I begin and hopefully finish the second part, which will be set six years after the end of Death Metal.

          Death Cult: Death Metal 2 will once again combine death metal music, violence, drugs, a thriller/horror plotline, and so much more.

          This is the first time I’m announcing it (thanks for the chance!) so I guess there’s no backing down now…

          I guess I’ll go write something thrilling and horrific… wish me luck!

Follow me as I update my progress on Death Cult: Death Metal 2. And follow me on Twitter: @ArmandAuthor

Death Metal on Amazon