Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Blog:

Happy Halloween,
I hope everyone has a haunting good time today and tonight.

Do you have a book that still haunts you until this day?
What movie spooks you or makes you laugh with fright?

No matter what I hope you enjoy this holiday. I will be watching "Arsenic and Old Lace!
Love,
Pam



Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween and movies

One of the things I really love about Halloween time is the availablity of fun horror movies to watch.  Often things like Dracula and various Vincent Price movies (LOVE The Tingler).  Or maybe An American Werewolf in London -- one of my all time favorite movies. 

This weekend was a mix

One was House of Dark Shadows which sort of condenses and reimagines much of the tv show.  I love Dark Shadows and when a LONG time ago the SYFY channel (formerly SCIFI) showed Dark Shadows in its entirety.  I recorded it every day on good ole VHS tapes and watched it all.  So so fun.  That said, it has been ages since I watched the movie.  Wow - what a body count.  Condensing the show show much more of the dark Barnabas Collins rather the conflicted one.

Then I watched Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.  more fun than I expected.  

And finally, M (the remake - not Fritz Lang's brilliant one).  It was good.  They explained on TNT that they tried to use more modern psychology (1950-ish) for the murdered in an effort to explain the compulsion etc...  BUT the psychology was outdated and didn't make as much sense.  Solid acting and interesting idea to have the mob hunting down the killer etc... but just not as horrifying IMHO as the original.

So almost Halloween now and probably won't have much time to watch any others.  After all, I still need to watch last night's Walking Dead (I lost power for a few hours last night).

But hey - I still love the movies this time of year and have filled up my DVR with a lot of them so I can keep watching...

Terri

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: Valley Fever Epidemic by Sharon and David Filip

I knew very little about Valley Fever before reading this book. What some of its sufferers go through is horrific - starting with the lack of knowledge in the medical field in endemic areas. The book has useful information and resources for sufferers. It is written in easy to understand language for people to get past the jargon. That said, what I take away from the book is how misinformed if not completely UNINFORMED the public is to this disease. There is a long way to go. My biggest issue those is the oft repeated statistic in the book is that only about 2% of those infected with VF are correctly diagnosed. That is a statistic that I would like to see data for, instead of taking it as a straight up fact.

Terri

Monday, October 23, 2017

My favorite time of year: Blog

I love Halloween. It's my favorite time of the year. My October has been filled with unexpected situations that I will not bore you with and I have to say if it wasn't for movies, mystery books and acorn along with Netflix I would have had that nervous breakdown that I planned to have since May of this year.
I also have good friends like Terri, Bonnie, Sandy Henry and all of my facebook and blog friends to help me thru this one.
My dog Rylee has been an inspiration. You can learn a lot from a dog's life.
Anyway, do you have a favorite fall set of dishes or a favorite fall or Halloween centerpiece? Maybe a fall candle you like?
Is there a favorite fall mystery or movie you enjoy?
I love Hocus Pocus and Arsenic and Old Lace?
Love,
Pam

Monday, October 2, 2017

Guest Blogger - Alice Duncan

October Again

Wow, another year is all but over. Pretty soon Halloween will be upon us, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and 2018! 2018???? Unbelievable!

However, on to the blog. There almost wasn’t one this month, thanks to an infected left hand on my own personal body. As with most of the weird stuff that happens to me, this began with a dog; or, more specifically, a dog bite. I tried to break up a fight between Cookie and Bella, reached the wrong way, and Cookie nailed me. Hard. So I cleaned the wound, disinfected it, put antibiotic gel on it, bandaged it, and it got better. The wound healed and everything seemed fine and dandy. Then, two Thursdays ago, the hand began to get extremely sore. I could hardly move it. Then it swelled up. Then it got blue. Then it was Saturday morning, and I went to the ER. The doctor concluded I had tendonitis and an infection, and he gave me antibiotics and a Velcro splint. The swelling went down, but the hand continued immensely painful. So I went for a follow-up visit to my regular doctor. She told me to get a tetanus shot and gave me a prescription for steroids. Boy, those steroids worked miracles. Within one day, the inflammation began going away, and today, October 1, the hand almost doesn’t hurt at all. In fact, I just allowed several of the hounds to take me for an afternoon drag, and the hand lasted quite well. Mind you, I kept the splint on it for safety’s sake, but I actually think I’m going to survive this infected-hand thing. Oh, and I got the tetanus shot.

As for September, a few good things happened in the world of what I laughingly call my writing career. For one thing, I finished Daisy Gumm Majesty’s 12th adventure, SPIRITS UNEARTHED, and turned it in to my publisher. The book begins with Daisy, Sam Rotondo (her fiancĂ©), and Daisy’s dog Spike (a dachshund, naturally) visiting Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California. While they’re all there, Spike finds a vagrant shoe. Unfortunately for all concerned, the shoe contains a foot. Thus begins the mystery of to whom the foot belongs, why it was in the cemetery, and what happened to the foot’s owner. If one can be said to own one’s feet. I don’t know why not.

The second good thing was that I began writing Spirits #13, SHAKEN SPIRITS. Ouchily for Daisy, the book begins with her being hit by a car. It hurts. Poor Daisy.

Then the third good thing was that Denise Stradling, who narrates my Daisy Gumm Majesty books for audio, finished reading SPIRITS REVIVED! Nina Paules, who has done all the wonderful covers for my Daisy Gumm Majesty series, even did the cover art for it. SPIRITS REVIVED is technically the 7th in my Daisy series, but the cover of this book says it’s #6 ½ because I don’t have the e-book or print rights back to the book yet. Eventually, I’ll get ‘em back, but I expect it will remain # 6 ½ in the series. What the heck, the cover’s already made and all. I adore this cover:



So a bunch of people have won copies of SPIRITS REVIVED in its audio form, and I’ll be in touch with them all individually.
 
This coming month, I do believe I’ll give away BRUISED SPIRITS, Daisy’s 10th adventure. I have a particular fondness for this particular book, because it’s based on a woman’s actual experiences. They weren’t happy. But everything turns out all right.



A word about my monthly contests. I love giving my work to people; however, I found out quite by accident a few months ago that sending books to Great Britain, Australia, and other countries outside the United States is beyond my monetary capability. If a resident of a nation other than the United States has an e-reader, I’ll happily supply that person with an e-book. If a person doesn’t have an e-reader and still likes to read book-books, he or she is on his or her own. I’m sorry, but what I laughingly call my writing career hasn’t made me wealthy yet. And it probably won’t, but let’s not get in to that because it always depresses me. So. That’s that.

If you’d like to enter the contest, just send me an email (alice@aliceduncan.net) and give me your name and home address. If you’d like to be added to my mailing list, you may do so on my web site (http://aliceduncan.net/) or email me (you won’t be smothered in e-mails, because I only write one blog a month, and that’s an effort). If you’d like to be friends on Facebook, visit my page at https://www.facebook.com/alice.duncan.925.

Thank you!


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