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Look at this fine piece of work! I love it! The cover of BEWITCHED turned out fantastic! I'm very excited about this final product.
The look of the main character - "Darren" came out just how I envisioned him. I didn't see him exactly how the artist rendered him, with Justin Bieber hair wearing a hoodie, but conceptually it is spot-on. According to my description in the book, it's actually quite accurate.
Plus, the fire in the hands looks intriguing and mystical - just like it should. How does this scene relate to the book? Well, you'll have to read it to find out, but it's very important to the story. Let me just say that historically witches were burned to death...hmmm...
What is that kid thinking?!? You'll have to wait until March 1st, 2013 to find out for sure.

The blurb:
The first time Darren saw Samantha she was floating above his high school gymnasium during a basketball game, invisible to everyone but him. Next time he sees her she's sitting in front of him in class, wowing his friends and causing unexplainable things to happen that only he seems to notice. But things really get strange (and complicated) when his dying grandfather explains to him that he
is part of an ancient order, the “Pessum Ire,” whose duty is to destroy witches. What does he do now since he’s almost positive Samantha is a witch…and he’s crushing on her pretty hard?


Thanks for dropping by and taking a look. And while here take a look around. Here's the link to the first chapter if you want to whet your appetite:
BEWITCHED CH. 1

 

Watson

01/11/2013

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So, today I changed my baby's diaper. I've changed it before, so it's not like a big "Oh, he finally helped out with the baby!" kind of thing. Of course, Shaundale, my wife, changes Watson more than I do. Yes, we named him after Sherlock Holmes' friend and confident. The name grows on you after a while.

In any case, I change Watson's diaper from time to time and I've found that when I do, I seem to have the same thought run through my head. As I unsnap the bottom of his sleeper, then unsnap the snaps on his onesy, suddenly I feel like I'm in a timed competition. I rip his diaper off him like it's on fire, whip the clean diaper underneath him and slap the velcro stips across the front. I snap the onsey back in place like his and my lives depend on it being done before the next tick of the clock. Now I'm cramming his legs back into his sleeper like a person making sausage, and snapping the snaps back in place - sometimes snapping a leg snap to a crotch snap, correcting myself and muttering to myself about this unexcusable loss of time, thinking he'd be fine snapped together in a tangle, and only correcting my mistake because my score won't count if he's not put back together correctly. Finally, the last snap is snapped into it's correct place and I raise my hand like a calf roper who has just trussed a baby cow in record time.

I have yet to actually time myself, so I don't know if I'm breaking any old records from day-to-day, but it doesn't stop me from looking at changing a diaper as a rodeo event. And at the end of each change I feel as if I have just had numbers posted on a huge digital board above some stall in a stadium.  "And the winner is, Watson's Dad!!!"

 
 
Okay, I know everyone has something to say about the movie rendition of "Les Miserables" but I want to add my take on it.

For my birthday the other day my wife took me (along with her family) to see the movie.

I loved the new approach to a musical, having the actors sing their parts lending all the emotion of the part to the song and recording it live as they perform - then going back and adding the
music later. I think it made the performance and the music much more powerful
than it would have otherwise been.

 
 

JESUS TO SANTA CLAUS


 
 
Joss Whedon is most famous for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spin-off Angel and the short-lived but much-loved Firefly series. But the writer and director has also worked unseen as a script doctor on movies ranging from Speed to Toy Story.  Here, he shares his tips on the art of
screenwriting.

 
 
The first thing to remember, and never  forget as you write your query letter, is  that the purpose of the query is  to:  GENERATE REQUESTS!!

There are 4 elements you want to incorporate into your query to make it a Killer Query Letter.
1. The Hook
2. The Setup
3. The Conflict
4. The Consequence


 
 
New authors seeking representation wonder whether or not they should approach this task by sending out queries to a large number of agents all at once, or waiting for a response before querying the next  potential agent. And if you're going to query a group should you go with your  favorite agent(s) first, followed by the second and third level agents? Or does  it make more sense to
approach them in reverse order, starting with your least  favorite, (but perhaps more available) agents first then move up the scale?

 
 
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  Phil's-Osophy

By Phil Dunphy

 
 
Having trouble at school and wonder if you'll ever make it as a great author? I don't see why not.

 
 
The following is taken from a lecture by Elana Johnson, who in turn used information from Blake Snyder's Save the Cat.

4 STEPS -


1. Beat Sheet       2. Write Novel        3. Board it  Out         4. Revise