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Posted by Barb on 05/10/2015
an interview with Rajveer… learn more about him at Amaranthine! :)
Originally posted on Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor:
Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer.
Today we have Rajveer from Rajveer the Vampire by Barbara G. Tarn.
Katelina: Welcome Rajveer! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Rajveer: I’m Rajveer of the Guhilas of Mewar, a kshatryia (warrior) of the mighty Chittorgarh, capital of the kingdom at the time of my birth. I’m tall and handsome, with honey-colored eyes and I had the most beautiful wife one could wish for… I was twenty-seven when my physical body died and I became…
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Posted by Barb on 03/10/2015
Movie Friday! Lots of foreign directors either just starting or working with Hollywood! :D Did I mention how much I love subtitled world movies? ;)
Starting off with a movie that came to my attention through the Google Alert on Muse K – apparently this is her first movie and now she’s working in Hollywood. After a black and white movie in farsi. What intrigued me was the idea of a vampire with a skateboard and a chador.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut and it’s impressing. Hadn’t seen b&w movies since 1984 – F.F.Coppola’s Rumble Fish! ;) And there’s a vampire with retractile fangs like my Indian vampires. And there’s a love story. And there’s a great soundtrack – I loved all the music and songs. And I can tell she’s a fan of Ann Rice – the scene where the vampire mirrors Arash’s father’s movements was a dejà vu of Louis meeting Santiago in Paris! ;)
I watched the extras – deleted scenes and interviews – as well. I probably would have kept most of the deleted scenes (she cut out most of the story of one character that now makes very little sense as is) and I can tell the young lady likes to throw the f-bomb when she speaks! ;) I do say the Italian equivalent when I’m angry, but not in normal conversation…
After so much of b&w, a deluge of colors in Mirror, Mirror. Lots of very kitch costumes and weird settings (and a fake forest) for this retelling of Snow White. Some things were really funny, others… not so much. I guess I’ll have to do my own retelling of that fairy tale at some point. The final dance number? Very… Slumdog Millionnaire (except in this case it’s an Indian director in a western movie, not a British director in a supposedly Indian movie)! :)
And a good old flashback to the 1990s! I’ve followed Mira Nair from Salaam Bombay to Khamasutra, a tale of love – I think I saw the latter in cinemas, dubbed, but I’m not sure. I had the dubbed VHS of Mississipi Masala, so it was the first time I saw it in its original form (with Spanish subtitles – the DVD was a Spanish edition) and I absolutely loved it as much as the first time I saw it. Sarita and Denzel are marvelous and the story made me cry again.
Last but not least, Bollymovie of the week – an old one (well, 11 years old): Lakshya. What can I say… Zoya is better! ;) It’s just me not liking war movies, I guess – no matter the country. So I’ll leave you with the “before the army” song. Have a great weekend! ;)
Posted by Barb on 02/10/2015
And the Inkslingers’ Halloween Anthology is out! I didn’t have time to go through all the stories yet – backlog from last week’s lack of internet connection – but surely they’re great. Stay tuned for more authors from the anthology visiting this blog!
And one of them had me over his blog. Go check this interview with yours truly courtesy of writer Rami Ungar! Since I’m starting a vampire series (albeit historical), I guess I’ll be writing more scary stuff from now on! :)
And tomorrow it’s the blogoversary! 6 years! Wow! What an old blog I have – so many have died in the meantime! :D I don’t know what to do to celebrate the event, since giveaways didn’t really work until now. So, just sayin’. Here’s to another six years of blogging.
I’m currently coloring SKYBAND 15 – somewhere halfway through it. I’m waiting for a couple of betas for redrafting a couple of stories and am toying with a contemporary title (that would have been published with the discarded pen name), but I’m not too happy with it.
Project block? Yes. So I’m keeping the title and writing something else. Going back to “old” characters and trying to put on paper this period of my life. I’ll leave that other idea for some other time. Stay tuned for “Changes” sometimes before the end of the year (it will be published with Choices and other non-love stories by the discarded pen name).
The workshop assignment was nailed even though I did it in two days for lack of internet access. Obviously the pressure was good! ;) It’s a good opening of a story, but I have no idea of when I’ll write it, since I’m not really in the mood for contemporary stories (see abandoned project above, LOL)!
Some writerly links. Ebooks are not declining – unless you’re traditionally published, that is! ;) Maybe you suck by Joe Konrath – he must be sick of whining authors, since it’s the second post that reminds you that this is not a gold rush and it’s a lottery that involves some luck.
I’m in it for the long run, so I’m not giving up. Even though I do feel overwhelmed sometimes, I won’t stop writing and probably won’t stop publishing either.
Craft stuff: 12 Fundamentals of Writing “The Other” (And The Self). I have “made up stuff” with other cultures and other eras, and tried to find readers from that culture (kind of harder to find someone from past eras) to check I got it right…
Some movie “reviews” coming on Friday and then another guest… Have a great week!
Posted by Barb on 30/09/2015
Posted by Barb on 28/09/2015
placeholder post – no internet at home since Tuesday afternoon, which means yesterday I had a lot to catch up (online workshops, uploading corrected version of Ryo&Yash – having found an extranous sentence while reading the POD document) so couldn’t get to any of the DVDs I got in the meantime.
Actually, I got back online at 7pm and it was Techie Bro’s birthday, so I headed to Mom’s to celebrate. I got myself a temporary SIM for the smartphone, so I can use it as wi-fi hotspot when the landline is broken – the guy said it was set up, but Saint Techi Bro had to finish installing it – it was his birthday and I got the gift (but the, he gifted me with the smartphone in the first place, LOL).
I wrote on Tuesday afternoon for lack of better options, and had the offline Writers Group on Wednesday afternoon. Yesterday trying to get the line back and calling Telecom and going at a Tim shop for the SIM and… I was very tired and very upset. I did color half a page of SKYBAND, though… 15 more to go!
Woke up early this morning and found Mighty Jo had given me a blog award… Since it’s nice and shiny, here it is! :)
The Creative Blogger Award rules are:
1. Display the Creative Blogger Award logo on your blog
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
3. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
4. Pass these rules on to them
I don’t have anyone to nominate, so if you want this, grab it, put it on your blog and follow Da Rulz!
More next week. Have a great weekend!
Posted by Barb on 25/09/2015
So, the non-writing-but-publishing month is almost finished! As hinted last Sunday, there’s a new story out – not the official release on the publisher’s page, since unfortunately it has a pre-order button for Apple and B&N and won’t go live there until tomorrow…
It’s already available on Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and DriveThruFiction, though! :) Yash and Ryo Lost in the Galaxy starts in the Star Minds universe, but can’t be considered part of the series. As mentioned, the cover is by the awesome Renrou.
Toying with new title, but don’t want to dive in, since I have to redraft the ending of a story and probably the whole of another that I will get back with feedback this afternoon. Then I can concentrate on that new title – and my workshop assignments won’t be the only writing I do anymore, yay! :D
I have finished inking SKYBAND 15 as well, so I can alternate the small computer (for writing) and the laptop (with Photoshop for coloring).
Oh, and there are two POD live as well, in case you want paper books: Star Minds Chasing Stardom and Star Minds Next Generation Diaries (Createspace links, since the second is probably not on Amazon yet). Cover art still by Mighty Marvellous Maurizio Manzieri.
Now, to some writerly links. 28 (Better) Things No One Tells You About Publishing – I don’t agree with all of them, but with most, definitely! ;) Are You An Author Or An Ebook Marketer? I don’t know about you, but I’m a writer. I write. Don’t be the One-book-wonder – unless you like to play the lottery, that is.
See this Gentle Reminder by Joe Konrath, by the way. And if you want to publish a book, here’s How Should You Publish Your Book? Indie or trad, up to you. Research, experiment and don’t give up. Don’t be the One-book-wonder – unless you like to play the lottery, that is. Oh, wait, did I already say that?
Sorry… :) Wishing you all a great week!
Posted by Barb on 23/09/2015
Posted by Barb on 21/09/2015