Steampunk author Gail Carriger expands her alternate book empire

New Gail Carriger Steampunk series

New Gail Carriger Steampunk series

Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (“Rue” to her friends) is the daughter of sassy Alexia Tarrabotti Maccon, the spunky heroine of Gail Carriger’s infamous best-selling Steampunk The Parasol Protectorate book series.

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Meet Appalachian Outlaw’s Mike Ross, the real life Daryl Dixon

He is handsome, with muscular arms, long hair, and excellent tracking skills. He is a redneck survivalist, fighting the poachers and trespassers with tomahawks and homemade land lines. He hides in the dark, crouching behind trees. Think that this is a description of Daryl Dixon, the fictitious archer from AMC’s The Walking Dead?

Think again. Read the article here to meet Mike Ross, star of The History Channel’s hit reality-based TV show Appalachian Outlaws.

Mike Ross is The History Channel's real life Daryl Dixon.

Mike Ross is The History Channel’s real life Daryl Dixon.

Nick Cave debuts new skateboard line with Fast Times

Nick Cave

 

Iconic Australian skateboarding company Fast Times and intense indie artist Nick Cave have collaborated to design a limited edition skateboard. The Fast Times X Nick Cave deck was inspired by… Follow the link to read the article

Spoiler alert: Although it appears that this particular skateboard is sold out, keep checking on the Fast Times website for future collaborations with Nick Cave!

Keep looking at the flowers, Chris

Has Talking Dead been cancelled?

Read this article to find out what is really happening with Chris Hardwick and the TWD gang

Just look at the flowers, Chris. Keep looking at the flowers.... Official AMC photo release

Just look at the flowers, Chris. Keep looking at the flowers….
Official AMC photo release

‘The Walking Dead’ spinoff name and location revealed

Information regarding the new companion series to AMC’s The Walking Dead has been announced, and fan reaction has been lukewarm.

The working title for the new series is…. follow the link to read the rest of the article

 

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

How do I look?

I updated my blog for the first time in a long time.

Pages have been deleted, new ones added, and I was able to clean out all of the junk. New stories are being published this year, and I wanted to start fresh.

Also, I have a recommendation: The Babbadook is a great movie. See it.

So is the movie Only Lovers Left Alive, if for no better reason then that Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are two of the most gorgeous humans on earth. Except, in this story, they are not quite human…

Happy New Year.

My One and Only Mom Halloween Hack

I’m the Mom of an eight year old boy.

Like most Moms, I just hope for the best. Parenting is a hope and a prayer – hope that your child will survive the trauma of living under your household rules and mowing your grass for 18 years, as well as the prayer that they will reject drugs and alcohol and the impulsivity of youth.

I only have one Halloween Hack. Just one – but it has served me well for the past 5 years.

In case you haven’t been to a costume store lately, costumes for boys have changed a lot in the past ten years. Instead of suffocating plastic masks and heavy faux velvets, most kid’s costumes today are made out of the thinnest polyester. No matter if they are a super hero, a monster, or an animal, the costumes have gotten so thin that the chill October weather just whips right through all that baby fat.

So what is a good Halloween Mom supposed to do for her little boy?

The cheap cotton/spandex underclothes are located here

The cheap cotton/spandex underclothes are located here

Longjohns sound like a good idea, but honestly – they are not that easy to find at a reasonable price point, and most of them have a pattern that would show through any light-colored costume (I’m referring to you, Star Wars characters).

Sooooo… what to do, what to do?

You gotta know where to look in the store, people

You gotta know where to look in the store, people

My Halloween Hack is to quietly (don’t make a big deal out of this) wander into the girl’s section of the store and nab a black cotton/spandex shirt and black cotton/spandex leggings.

SSSSHHHHHHHH!!!! You are in the girl’s section! Be careful! Don’t get caught!

These tops and bottoms really are androgynous

These tops and bottoms really are androgynous

Dress your male child in these reasonably warm underthings for their Halloween Extravaganza, and everybody wins. Those tight-fitting skeleton and Storm Trooper costumes will appreciate the extra layer.  Plus- your beloved child has underclothes on (believe me – this is an issue) and the underclothes offer a layer of warmth and coverage.

Thin polyester costumes do not keep children covered or warm

Thin polyester costumes do not keep children covered or warm

Everybody wins.

And – it’s my only Mom Halloween Hack. I know that you know what I mean.

I am, I’m asking you to quit.*

Powerful stuff here. Thank you, Oye Mundo, for speaking to the elephant in the room.

Oye Mundo

I am white.  I am female.  I was educated at a prestigious university, which included a minor in education.  In essence, I am riddled with privilege.  Do I belong in a classroom in a community of color to which I have no connection and of which I have no knowledge?  Absolutely not. Especially not after minimal training and no commitment to being there long term.  And neither should the countless Teach For America (TFA) corps members ‘teaching’ across the country, some of whom are my friends and peers.  I have tried broaching this subject with various people in the past, and am almost always met with resistance and anger, and for those who are close with someone who has done TFA, an edge of defensiveness.  How could I dare purport that all of these altruistic college graduates who are “giving up” two years of their precious time to teach low-income…

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The girl and the online newspaper

It finally happened.

AXS Entertainment, the new owner of Examiner.com, has finally accepted me to be one of the AXS Contributors.

As I stated back in June and then updated in July, Examiner.com has jumped the shark. I clearly stated my dissatisfaction with the turn of events since AXS Entertainment took over the operations of The Examiner online newspaper. In addition, I sent several emails to the company, not accepting their first answer that the company is ‘going through a transition’.

After several back and forth emails in which I clearly stated my qualifications to be transitioned to the new platform, I received the formal invitation last week. Yeah, yeah, fill in my statistics, attach some writing samples, blah blah blah.

The acceptance email came a week later, on Aug 9, and I accepted the terms offered.

Am I convinced that staying as a contributor to this company is worth the time and effort? Ummm… that would be a big fat NO.

In July 2014 I earned a whopping $10 and change from them, so I am still cautious with the opportunities offered by AXS and Examiner. The new terms allow for ongoing posting of content, as well as the ability to ‘claim’ pre-assigned content requests; however the reimbursement for the ‘claimed’ content is so minor, I am pretty sure I won’t bother with it much. Not only that, the rules and regulations for posting the ‘claimed’ content are so detailed and restrictive, I imagine that it is a huge pain in the arse just to get the articles approved for publishing.

I’ll post again about this topic in a month or two, after I feel out the new process. If it is worth staying, I’ll acknowledge it. If I need to snicker and walk away, I’ll acknowledge that, too.

Oh – and I’m still on a Facebook hiatus until further notice. If you want to get ahold of me, email me at thedeadgirl25 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Oh Oh – one more thing! There are publishing announcements coming soon. Changes and endings. Stay tuned.

Suck It, Facebook

There was a problem, and I blame it all on Facebook.

My 65-year-old Aunt was innocently reviewing her Facebook page and – what! Something that I had ‘Liked’ was on her Facebook feed.

Dammit, Facebook! Why are my simplistic and basic “likes’ and comments showing up on my family’s Facebook feeds? I am a liberal, conversational, tolerant person. Please tell me why my ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ are showing up in the feed of my conservative, Republican Auntie’s feed? And my mother?

I am insulted, embarrassed, and just plain disgusted. I have deactivated my Facebook account until further notice. If you want to get ahold of me, email me at thedeadgirl25@yahoo.com

Thank you, and God Bless.

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