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Pushing 40

Posted in Drum Roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/10/2012 by Angel D. Vargas

No, that is not the new title of an autobiography!

That is the result of the votes I’ve gotten so far for all the chapters of my serial, ‘Unbreakable’ at Jukepopserials.com. I’m sitting at 39. I want to hit forty and go WAY beyond that. Take a few minutes and read Chapter 8 and vote on it if you haven’t done so already. If you’ve got longer and haven’t done so yet, read and vote for all eight chapters. You can’t lose if you love horror and paranormal writing!

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Lucky Number Seven .. Just in Time for Halloween.

Posted in Drum Roll, The Writing Process (How do I Come up These Beats?) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/31/2012 by Angel D. Vargas

Hurricane Sandy obviously gave me a lot of fodder for writing. Writing formed the crux of how I got through this with the sanity I still possess. For those who sent me well wishes and good energy, thanks. You know who you all are.

I’ve got a new chapter to the ‘Unbreakable’ serial on Jukepopserials.com.  My chapters have no titles, alas. I’m just bad at those.

Halloween is here and I have no plans for it, really. I just got off a seven hour shift at my local B & N. I’m tired, but I’ve got a writing contest to enter and a book to continue editing.  I wish you all a ghoulish Halloween. If you want scary, come check out ‘Unbreakable.’

On a side note that is far more boring and technical, I have to wonder how many users know to scroll down after each chapter to give it a vote. Automatic voting apparently doesn’t work, or I don’t understand what the heck it means. For those who want to check out the serial for the first time, remember to create an account to cast your vote for any chapter you read and like. You’ll have to scroll down a little further once you’ve read said chapter in order to find the option to vote. The option can be found in a link with grey letters. I know some were having trouble getting their votes registered, and a recent reader informed me that directions for voting are not incredibly obvious. Since I KNOW my writing kicks ass, I KNOW I’ll be getting more votes, right? 😉

At any rate, check it out, cast a vote, or even send a comment to twitter or Facebook. There are buttons somewhere on the page that allow you to contact me directly that way. If you have comments, questions, unwanted pregnancies … wait, scratch that last one, then drop me a line. I’ll respond as soon as I can.  Think the story needs to take on a new direction? Try and convince me how true that is. The only promise I will make is to take your idea under consideration, but you NEVER know 😉

Happy Halloween, all. Check out ‘Unbreakable.’ I dare you.

Chapters 1-5

Posted in Drum Roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/23/2012 by Angel D. Vargas

Howdy, readers.

It seems that the website for Jukepopserials.com has evolved. Either that, or I’ve discovered a feature that’s new to me.  Each of the serials on the site now reports the number of votes that each story has obtained. I was able to hover the point of my mouse over my serial, “Unbreakable,” and read the total number of votes I’ve gotten so far for my five chapters. That number is 22. I’m happy!

I am able to see where I rank literally by looking at where the cover for “Unbreakable” is in relation to the other covers to other serials. It would seem that this can be done by genre.

I’ll just say I aim to be the best.

I think in time, I will garner more votes. I prefer to allow my writing to speak for itself. But I know my kick-ass  new cover is going to get more and more attention. It seems that people need to get onto the site and create an account to cast their votes. I urge as many of you as possible to do this. I just KNOW you’ll like my story, so I’ve no need to worry that you’ll sign up and cast a vote my way, right? 😉

I no longer feel a need to project a false humility about my talent. It’s there. But pure talent is not enough. Practice makes perfect, and there is no way for me to hone my craft if there are no readers to appreciate it.  So go, read, enjoy! The moment you elect to read more of my chapters, I get a vote. I just hope to keep my readers’ interest in the long run with my crazy imagination.

Chapter 6 of ‘Unbreakable’ will be arriving this Thursday. It’s already underway. Let’s just say things are about to take a turn ..

A New Cover!

Posted in Drum Roll, The Flow and Rhythm of Life, The Writing Process (How do I Come up These Beats?) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/19/2012 by Angel D. Vargas

Whoot! As promised, I have attained a cover for my story, “Unbreakable.” This was mostly thanks to my friend, E., who directed me to  a fabulous, professional cover artist named Glendon Haddix. I’ll let his work speak for itself. Come take a peek at my “sure-to-get-lots-of-attention” new cover! And while you’re at it, read the story and cast your votes. You won’t regret it if you’re a fan of paranormal horror!

Time for this Voodoo Drummer to lay out some serious licks ..

 

 

Chapter 5 is ALIVE!

Posted in Drum Roll, The Writing Process (How do I Come up These Beats?) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/18/2012 by Angel D. Vargas

Don’t mind me. I’m having a doctor Frankenstein moment as I set up and post the latest chapter of my “Unbreakable” serial at Jukepopserials.com. I can’t believe a week has come and gone so quickly. I also can’t believe I was able to write this while in the fog of cough medicine and herbal tea. I wonder what this could possibly bring to my work?

This week, I’ll give special thanks to J. Marie Ravenshaw for her input and support in this latest installment. As my eyes were crossing, I needed a second, critical pair to make sure I brought my readers quality work. She has helped me to do that. Check out her blog and you’ll understand why I came to her for advice.

I hope you all enjoy. Don’t forget to cast your votes.

I am also hoping to be able to bring you a new cover for this serial sometime in the near future. One way or another, it shall be done.

Read on! Thanks for all your support!

 

New Chapter :)

Posted in Drum Roll, The Flow and Rhythm of Life, The Writing Process (How do I Come up These Beats?) with tags , on 10/13/2012 by Angel D. Vargas

I realize this one is a tad late. Life has been busier than normal (which isn’t saying much).  But without further ado, the newest chapter of my story,”Unbreakable,” is up on Jukepop Serials. Go read it. CAST YOUR VOTES! Thanks to all my readers who’ve kept me up in the ranks thus far.

There may be a a new cover for this thing in the works. I’ll keep you all posted. 😉

 

-A

So It Begins

Posted in Drum Roll, The Flow and Rhythm of Life, The Writing Process (How do I Come up These Beats?) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 09/02/2012 by Angel D. Vargas

Hello all. To make this entry easier to read, try opening each of the embedded links in a separate window. It may save your browser some chugging time and confusion. 

 

I’ve got my iron dipped in many a flame.

That was meant to sound like that. Trust me.

I’ll start with the most exciting news for yours truly. I’ve got two written stories that are about to go public. I’m not entirely sure which is coming first, so I’ll tell you about them in no particular order.

One of the stories is coming out in a two part Horror anthology from a publication known as Siren’s Call. Check out the link if you want more general information about the publication. I’ve actually tried to submit something to them twice, and it looks like the second time is the charm. Their upcoming  anthology is dubbed ‘Carnage : After the End.’ (Check the link for more information) There were so many good writers who contributed to Siren’s call this time that the staff must have felt the need to release a two volume extravaganza. Sweet! I am honored to be a part of it 🙂 Get the issue when it arrives, hot off the presses, and look for the story “Juliana” written by ‘Angel D. Callido,’ and you’ll find my piece. You won’t regret reading it!

The second story that is due for public perusal is called “Unbreakable.” Now before you all go jumping the gun, yes, I know there is a movie with the same title. I have never seen it, and I never knew of its existence until after the fact, of course. I can guarantee that this story has nothing to do whatsoever with the movie 🙂 It was selected to be among the many stories from talented writers included in a soon to debut web publication known as Jukepop Serials. I’m still in awe that this is even happening, but the premise behind this particular story is very different from Juliana. “Unbreakable” may or may not become a long running serial as a result of being a part of Jukepop. That’s all I’ll tell you about that. If you want to read the story again, that will have to happen once the serial comes to the spotlight sometime this month. More details to come soon 😉

As far as my first attempt at a book goes, I have long since finished writing the thing, but I am a little over half way through my first large edit. Since I don’t want to send a professional editor utter crap for my first draft, this counts as very good news to me. I am afraid I can’t give you anything to nibble on as a sampler until I know for sure what direction this book will take. Suffice it to say this is a Horror/Erotica piece. It may be known to some as “Horrotica,” but I have only ever heard that name uttered in select circles. I rather like it myself. It is .. delicious.

I am also in the middle of a large scale spring cleaning that turned into a major overhaul of my entire apartment. I’ll spare you the details of that ongoing mission, but let’s just say the end result is a lot more breathing room in an iddy biddy living space 😉

I also work, and the hours are about to become more or less full time. Working at a Barnes and Noble has proven to be an interesting experience in its own right. It is not as easy as one might think it is, but I have relearned the fine art of pleasing the customer. It’s gotten so that one of my managers from work has dubbed me “Colonel.” I’m okay with it 🙂

I have a habit of wearing military style BDU shorts and pants all the time. And I realized yesterday my black cap is also the same style. Go figure.

When I stop and consider what my last few weeks have been like, maybe the comparison is apt. I suit up, show up, do my job and led by example. I expect others to either keep up or move along.

Now one would think that with all these ducks lining up in such an orderly fashion in my duck pond that I would feel a sense of accomplishment; a sense of peace. This is not so. It is as Langston Hughs once wrote in one of his famous poems.

I have “miles to go before I sleep.”

I’ll just make the official announcement now that I won’t be recording these entries in my dulcet tones until some of the dust settles in my life. Hopefully, that will be sometime before October. I wouldn’t quote me on that, but I won’t stop blogging for my growing legion of the night .. I mean the masses of my unholy army .. oh alright, my readers 🙂

Speaking of recordings of my voice, I am also a part of a podcast, as you may or may not know by now, called “Manual Stimulation.” All three members of this podcast, including myself, are undergoing intense battles with looming deadlines and life in general. Fear not, however. The show shall return in its full glory! I just can’t guarantee exactly when!

That’s all I have for now. When the dust settles more on the looking projects I’m juggling, I will begin to record more of these blog entries for those who miss my voice. The words will always be here, and so will I.

For those who want to further the insanity, check out this link.

I stumbled onto this as I was thinking of my “iddy biddy livingspace” comment. .. Erm.  Enjoy! (runs away cackling)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbU8QWGMYZI

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