Thoughts on Halloween/Song of the Week: Misfits

When I was growing up, I couldn’t wait to go trick or treating. It was that glorious time of year where gray skies and red and yellow leaves prevailed. I remember waiting for night to fall so we could run around town trying to fill our pillow cases with candy. There was an electricity in the air as the sky grew dark. We lived in a very small town. No one was worried about bad people. No one had ever heard of a trunk or treat. All around town groups of ghouls roamed the streets in search of candy.

Unfortunately, things change. I sent my kids off to school in their costumes today because that’s when the school is celebrating it. Tonight we’re going to a trunk or treat for our church. And I’m sure the kids will enjoy it. But come Monday, on Halloween, we’re going trick or treating. We’re going to run through the streets of suburbia and have fun. My kids are too young to head out on their own, but I hope in a few years they’ll want to. I want them to enjoy the holiday. I want them to have fun getting scared and being scary and filling up on (parent inspected) candy. I want my kids to remember Halloween.

PS. The Misfits are an awesome band. Check them out!

Bonus song!

I talked about AFI’s All Hallows EP last week. This cover of Halloween is another song off of it. (the last couple minutes are just creepy noises 🙂

Busy busy busy

I haven’t had much of a chance to blog lately. We moved a week ago, and even though the new place is only about a mile away, it was still moving, which I hate. We’re still trying to get things organized, which is also not very high on my list of favorite activities. But I have a few minutes now so I figured I’d update where I’m at with OLDSOUL and Sekrit Project.

I just finished up with my final readthrough of OLDSOUL last night. You know what’s amazing? I’ve read it at least 20 times. I would say at least ten other people have read it as well. And over half the time, those readings were for editing purposes. You know, to look for errors and typos and such. And last night, I still found typos! I’m definitely not blaming the other people who read it. I’m so grateful to them for being willing to help, and it’s my fault more than anyone else’s, since I’m the guy who typo-ed all over in the first place. But I am blaming our brains. Our brains have the astounding ability to automatically fix errors that we see. Maybe you’ve seen something like this floating around the web.

How can you expect a brain that is capable of reading this to find typos? I digress. The important thing is that typos suck, but I’m incredibly lucky to have friends who are willing to help ferret them out with me. I hope none slipped by. Next week it will be going to typesetting. Happy face.

As far as Seckrit Project goes, it’s coming along pretty well. I’m about a third of the way through my first draft, and I really like the characters and exploring the world. My agent wanted to do an edit of what I had so far, and all I can say about that is holy red pen, Batman! To be fair, the notes are spot-on and I’m sure will make the story a lot better. But it’s a big change from OLDSOUL, where I’d written the whole thing before getting any notes back from people. Since I still can’t really talk about the project, I’ll leave it at that. But I’m very excited with how it’s coming together and where it’s headed.

And today finally felt like fall. It was cool and the clouds were gorgeous. I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the season!

Song of the Week: AFI

AFI singer Davey Havok and I. Circa 2000

AFI is one of my favorite bands. Through the years, they’ve evolved quite drastically. If you were to listen to one of their early songs compared to a song off their last album, you might have a hard time believing they’re the same band. Whether or not you like the changes in sound they’ve gone through, they’ve consistently written great music. I’ve been able to see them play a bunch of times and even met them. They couldn’t be nicer guys, and I’m glad they’re getting the success they deserve.

Though I like it all, my favorite music of theirs is from the middle of their discography. They came out with an EP during this period called All Hallows, and it’s perfect for this time of year. Really, a lot of their songs fit the season quite nicely, but Fall Children in particular. If you don’t know about them, check them out. They’re playing much larger venues now, but it’s still worth your time to go see them. They put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, and like I said before, the music is incredible.

Song of the Week: Tiger Army

Cade and I with Nick13. Circa 2001

I know this is kinda late, but it’s finally October!  Fall is my favorite time of the year. As much as I love Southern California winters, I hate the lack of fall’s cool weather and changing colors. Still, I love the season, Halloween in particular. So this month I’m doing fall and Halloween themed songs. Hope you like them!

This week’s song is by an amazing band called Tiger Army. A few weeks back I highlighted Nick 13 and mentioned Tiger Army. Tiger Army is a psychobilly band, which means they combine punk and rockabilly elements (think early Johnny Cash and Elvis), as well as science fiction, horror and other underground topics. On each album Tiger Army does a more country-sounding song, and one of my all-time favorite songs is their song “In the Orchard”. While not specifically a fall song, it always reminds me of this time of year.

I’ve been able to see them play a few times, and they always put on an incredible show. One fall my friends Cade and Korey and I saw them play in Salt Lake City. Cade and Korey carved Jack-o-lanterns and we gave them to the band. They ended up putting them out on stage when they played. Super cool guys and amazing music. Tiger Army Never Die!

Bonus song!
Nick13 covers himself on his solo album. Here’s a more laid-back version:

Interview: Author Lani Woodland

For the next in the series of interviews I’m pleased to bring you Lani Woodland, author of the Yara Silva Trilogy. The first book in the series, INTRINSICAL, came out last year, and the second book INDELIBLE comes out this month. I’ve been lucky enough to know Lani for a few years now, and she’s an awesome person and great writer. She has a fresh take on the paranormal genre with the Yara series, and I’m looking forward to reading INDELIBLE when it comes out. Speaking of which, she just finished up the trailer for the new book, and you can watch it below.

Looks good, right? Now on to the interview!

First, tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like to read, watch movies and spend time with my family and friends.

When did you start writing?

I started writing when I was in elementary school. I used to make up plays and have my friends act them out for me. I’ve been creating stories and characters ever since then.

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