Watch out for Werewolves

The nights are getting longer, the temperature is dropping, and the air is crisp with dying leaves. That means Halloween is right around the corner, and you can bet I’ve been busy. Between craziness at work and throwing our annual Halloween bash last weekend, I’m afraid I’ve had little time for blogging. To make up for my prolonged departure, I thought I’d bring a few fun horrific, Halloween themed videos that have certainly give me a good laugh.

First we have a music video posted by a friend’s favorite band. It’s gory, it’s over the top, and it’s got a werewolf in it. What’s not to love? Plus the song is quite catchy!

 

Next up we have a video that you’ll probably be sharing with your friends, a Rob Cantor song performed with an ensemble, a chorus, and amazing dancers. Just don’t be turned away by the title.

 

Finally here’s a performance test for the creature in Mama, which I’m told is ten times more frightening here than it actually was in the film. I can’t really say since I haven’t seen it, but I don’t recommend watching this in the dark.

 

On the writing front, I’ve been working on getting a werewolf novella completed. The goal is to have it done by the end of the month so I can focus my time in November on Nanowrimo. I’m going to use it as an excuse to get the second draft of my YA Fantasy novel completed.

Anyway here’s the progress my dystopian YA werewolf novella featuring Mercy, who works with her father to trap werewolves, a mill that relies on cheap werewolf labor, and a crazy inventor with metallic arms. A simple werewolf capture leads to a violent escape, and suddenly the werewolves in the forest are the least of Mercy’s worries.

Project: Survive for me
Current Word Count: 16,389
Word Count Goal: 20,000

Stories can’t leave me alone apparently

It’s a well known fact that author brains don’t always like to stay focused on the task at hand. You might be writing away on your current novel, or heading in to work, when suddenly your brain is mulling over ideas for a novel you haven’t even begun yet. It’s the crux of being a writer. You want that creativity, hell that’s the font producing all the wonderful ideas that produce your stories, but it’s also a bit of a pain.

This morning I was driving in to work when a song came on my iPod that reminded me of this book idea I’ve had for quite a while. (It was Junkie XL’s “We Become One” followed by “Such a Tease”.) What was my ridiculous mind pondering? A fabulous plot hook? An engaging character? No, just the summary. 😛

So here’s my summary for the upcoming novel, “Destruction from Within”. It started out as a short story, but then I realized this could have a really powerful impact as a novel. So I shelved the story and have been holding onto it for when I finish the two books for my werewolf series. Let me know if you would be interested in reading it.

Destruction from Within

Sam Henry is at the lowest point in his life. He lost his job six months ago, his wife left him, and his house is being foreclosed on. He’s a bitter man forced to live on the streets due to his “affair with bad luck” as his fellow homeless say.

When a beautiful woman claiming to be an alien asks him to destroy humanity, how could Sam refuse? Sure that would include his ex-wife and his old boss, but they deserve it. When faced with the reality of his decision, Sam begins to have second thoughts, but it might be too late to back out.