About Reviews

I was interviewed by DigiWriting about, well, marketing books. You can read that interview here. But when I re-read it, I was surprised at how blunt I sounded about not reading my reviews.

The thing is, I love and respect my readers. I do want to hear what they have to say. I used to read all my reviews, but I found that, for me, I would get hung up on the bad and dismiss the good. It was very bad for my writing and my motivation.

I realize this makes me sound like I only want to hear good things about my work. Well . . . Yes, it would be nice if it was all good. I won’t lie; I’d love that. But I think there’s a big difference between constructive criticism and someone taking a dump on your hard work. And while I like to believe most reviewers mean well, as the saying goes, it only takes a few bad apples. On top of all this, the reviews system is terribly suspect and, I feel, broken. But that’s an entirely different discussion.

And really, reviews are only in part for the author, aren’t they? If someone really wants to tell me how they felt about my book, they can contact me directly via email; that info is right at the top of this page. Reviews are written for other readers. At least, that’s how it should be.

In short, for my mental health, I’ve begun staying away from my reviews. As I say in the interview, the good ones live in me for only a little while yet the bad ones stay with me forever. And I don’t need to carry around that kind of negativity. I prefer to focus on the next project and hope that I’m only improving as I go.

BBF: Lauren Grimley & Keep the Votes Coming!

It’s Day 2 of the Blogger Book Fair, and I hope everyone is already discovering great books, authors, and blogs! Today I have Lauren Grimley visiting my site. Lauren has one series of adult urban fantasy books (Alex Crocker Seer) and is now working on a YA novel. She gamely answered some questions I had about her work.

MPL: Are there more books coming in your adult series or are you finished with that?

LG: I’m still working on the Alex Crocker series. The second book Unveiled was just released in June, so I’ve been busy promoting that, but I hope to get back to writing book three, which is slowly but surely coming along, later this summer. I also have a collection of short stories from the series, Unbridled, almost ready to release. As much fun as I’ve had with these characters, I’m hoping to wrap up the series soon. Maybe just one more book to see it through . . .

MPL: Tell us a little bit about the Alex Crocker series.

LG: The series is an urban fantasy series set in the fictional town of Bristol, MA. It’s got vampires, but I like to think it’s a little different from what people come to expect of vampire or paranormal romance books. For one, the heroine isn’t a vampire. She’s a twenty-five year woman who quite suddenly learns she’s a Seer, someone who can sense and manipulate others’ emotions. Because of that she’s desirable to both covens of vampires in my world, but wisely sides with those who don’t make it a habit of snacking on humans. The stories are as much about her journey of learning who she is, dealing with the strength of her gift, and trying to balance her old world and the new and often terrifying one she’s stumbled into.

The romance is also a bit different from many of these series. Often paranormal romance series focus on a different couple each book, or the hero or heroine has a new love interest in each new novel. I stuck with Alex and Markus and throughout. New relationships, especially those between two species as interesting as vampires and Seers have plenty of challenges to keep the romantic subplots fresh.

As I mentioned earlier, though, I do explore the other couples in the series in my upcoming release, Unbridled. Just because they didn’t work into the series proper, didn’t mean I wasn’t interested in developing and sharing them. Unbridled is a novella length piece that tells the tales of three other couples from the novels through a series of connected short stories. It’s a unique format, which was incredibly fun to write. I hope to release it early this fall. Since I’m donating some of the proceeds to women’s charities, I’m self-publishing this one, though, so I’m still working through all the logistics of that!

MLP: Is your YA novel also paranormal romance? Or are you trying something completely new and different?

LG: My YA novel, All That Glitters, is more of a twisted myth fantasy. It’s about a teenager, Zoe, who has the Midas touch with boys. Only, like Midas, she discovers her ‘gift’ is more of a curse when one of her exes goes missing after breaking her heart. She has to set out to discover how the curse works and more importantly how to break it before she hurts the next boy she falls for.

So, that said, there’s plenty of romance and certainly some fantasy elements, but it’s not exactly paranormal romance.

For the full teaser and first chapter readers can check out the Other Projects page on my website: http://www.laurengrimley.com/Other_Projects.html

MPL: What made you switch to YA?

LG: Well, I teach middle school, so September through June my world is YA. I read their books, watch their television shows (yup, Pretty Little Liars fan here), and listen to their stories. It was inevitable that I wrote about kids their age.

Also, ever since finishing Unforeseen I’ve regretted that it wasn’t quite appropriate to share with my students. It’s hard to tell them I’m a writer and in the same breath have to tell them they can’t read what I’ve written. I love and appreciate their excitement when they learn their teacher is an author and hate squelching that by having to tell them, “You can read it when you’re older.” So I’m excited to be starting a YA novel that they will hopefully be able to read and enjoy sooner, rather than later. I’m looking forward to sharing my writing process next year as I draft, revise, and edit alongside my new students.

Lauren_Grimley Lauren Grimley lives in central Massachusetts where she grew up, but her heart is on the beaches of Cape Cod where she spends as much of her time as possible. After graduating from Boston University she became a middle school English teacher. She now balances writing, reading, and correcting, all with a cat on her lap and a glass of red wine close by.

Unforeseen, the first novel in the Alex Crocker Seer series, was Lauren’s debut novel, and she’s thrilled to be continuing the series with Unveiled. To learn more about her or her writing or to connect with her online visit her website at www.laurengrimley.com

Blog: http://blog.laurengrimley.com
Twitter: @legrimley https://twitter.com/legrimley
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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5825387.Lauren_Grimley

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Blogger Book Fair with ML Weaver + I Survive an Interview with Tammy Theriault!

Today marks the first day of the Blogger Book Fair (BBF), which runs through Friday. All week I’ll be hosting various authors, and I’ll also be pointing you in the direction of sites that are hosting my work as well.

My guest for today is ML Weaver of Luna Risen. He was gracious enough to allow me to interview him for this site.

MPL: When did you start writing? Did you take it seriously at first? Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to write for publication, and did that change anything about your writing routine or style?

MLW: I started writing poetry sometime around the beginning of high school (shudders at the thought of how long ago that was!); unfortunately, all of those notebooks have been lost. It wasn’t until the last year of grad school that the story that became The Lightness of Dust began to reveal itself. It wasn’t so much that I decided to write for publication as it was the story insisting on being told. Changes in my writing routine? Well, I hadn’t written anything outside of academia in years, so it really got me back into putting words on paper.

MPL: How did you determine what genre you wanted to write? Do you write what you like to read? Do trends influence you at all?

400 pxls high New Lightness CoverMLW: I didn’t actually choose the genre. In fact, I have a great deal of confusion about what genre the book falls into. I’ve taken to calling it “dark-romance fantasy,” though that doesn’t quite capture it. The central story is a love story (hence the “romance”), I don’t believe that love stories always end like they do in traditional romances (hence the “dark romance”), and there are strong paranormal/fantasy elements (but no elves or wizards). Oh, and in the book, as in life, the gods walk among us. They do not, however, do so as in many fantasy novels. Here they live normal lives burdened, as we are, by their hopes, dreams, and fears.

MPL: I had similar issues with my novel The K-Pro, which also defies genre. There are romantic elements and a fantastical streak (but not high fantasy) . . . How many books (or stories, novellas, etc.) have you written? What is your most recent finished project and what are you working on now?

MLW: The Lightness of Dust is my first novel. My work-in-progress is the next novel in the series, but don’t look for the same characters!

MPL: What do you most want readers to know about you and/or your writing?

MLW: I’d love for readers to know that I don’t necessarily believe in revealing the story’s conflict in Chapter One. There are events leading up to conflict and purpose and these can’t be skipped over.

MPL: Major influences? Favorite authors, books, movies, actors, etc?

MLW: I wouldn’t say that any one writer has influenced me more than any others. As a child I read everything. History, textbooks, a little romace, fantasy, science fiction, literary. Mostly I want to capture the essence of my characters. My favorite author, though, is Ray Bradbury, who wrote the quintessential coming-of-age story in Something Wicked This Way Comes. Some of my favorite movies are Troy, the Underworld series, The Chronicles of Riddick, and Dead Poets’ Society.

MPL: I mentally “cast” my characters so I can picture them as I write. Do you? Who would play your main character(s) in film versions?

MLW: I don’t “cast” them. Each character is more real to me than anyone I encounter in real life. I know exactly what they look like, how they move . . . If I were casting for a film adaptation I would say Morgan Freeman for Sam Freeman at the end, Don Cheadle as the younger Sam Freeman, James Franco or Donny Wahlberg as Jake Morgan, Anne Hathaway or Scarlett Johansson as Lily Ostendorf, and Hayden Panetierre or Rose McGowan as Amanda Angona.

MPL: What about music? (I find it inspiring.) Do you listen to music as you write, and does it ever inspire you at all?

MLW: I can’t take the distraction while I’m writing. Before and after, though, absolutely. If I’m about to write a sad scene, for example, I might listen to some Evanescence first. After, some Disturbed to pound the sad away!

MPL: Without giving too much away, tell a little about The Meronymy. What does the name mean?

MLW: Such a great question and saying too much would definitely give something really big away. I’ll just say that a meronymy is a linguistic relation. As an example, a toe is a meronym of a hand, because it is a part of that hand. A meronym is basically a part of a whole.

MPL: You’ve written one book in the series; how many books will there be?

MLW: I don’t know how many there will be total. The second book is in progress and will be out in late summer or early fall. The concept of the series allows for dozens, potentially, though I think that many books would dilute the meaning.

MPL: What overarching theme(s) does the series incorporate?

MLW: Love, loss, hope, fear. An exploration of these things in ourselves by placing them in the “other” (i.e. in the gods).

MPL: Which character in The Lightness of Dust do you most identify with and why?

MLW: If I had to choose one, I’d pick Samuel Freeman. The pivotal event of his life mirrors an important event in my own life. That said, I prefer to think that if all of my characters got together and had a group-love-child, that baby would be me!

MPL: I was looking at the Luna Risen site and found it very interesting. What, if anything, would you like to share about your journey away from and your return to the Goddess? How long have you been “back” with her?

MLW: Thank you! I’m always pleased to hear from someone who likes the site. When I was much younger I asked her to bless something I wanted more than anything else, and I thought she gave that blessing. I’m pretty sure she did, actually. What didn’t occur to me at the time, and in fact took decades for me to figure out, was that her blessing did not necessarily mean that I would get to keep that “thing” that I wanted. But that was my expectation. When I lost what I loved . . . I blamed the goddess (you’ll have to forgive my lack of capitalization—it just feels wrong for some reason) and turned away from her for many years. The story of my return to her is posted on the site, as you know, so all I will say here is that she saved my life.

MPL: What would you hope others might learn from your personal journey?

MLW: The most important lesson I learned was that often, unhappiness is rooted in one becoming disconnected from one’s self. The world can be beautiful, but it can also be terrible. So often we take the beautiful for granted and allow the terrible to twist us into parodies of ourselves. To “Live Yourself,” as I like to call it, is to close the distance between who you should be and who you have allowed the world to make you.

I want to thank Mr. Weaver once again for letting me exercise my long unused journalism muscles and enduring my questioning. I hope everyone will go check out his site and his book!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lightness-Dust-Meronymy-ebook/dp/B0091A5SAC
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/293655
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Lightness-of-Dust/book-e86qkf9kU0mmJhaCkxZiTA/page1.html?s=inpQaCBn3Um195XuGRgvZw&r=1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16092805-the-lightness-of-dust
ML Weaver on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.matthew.weaver
Luna Risen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luna-Risen-LLC/371310376277084?ref=ts&fref=ts
ML Weaver on Twitter: @ML_Weaver https://twitter.com/ML_Weaver
Luna Risen on Twitter: @LunaRisen https://twitter.com/LunaRisen
ML Weaver Goodreads profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6558612.M_L_Weaver

interview badge2Now for an interview of another kind and color. . . I was put to the test by Tammy Theriault, who has posted her interview with me over on her site. Tammy is as lovely as she is insane, and I had a great time visiting with her! Though, as you’ll see, my lawyer advised against it . . .

Interview with Christine Rains re: The 13th Floor

This past Thursday, author Christine Rains released the first in a new series of novellas. The series is called The 13th Floor, and its first installment is “1301: The Marquis.” Christine was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions for me about her series and this first story.

MPL: The idea for this series is there is a building with no 13th floor—like in the old-fashioned buildings where they used to skip number 13 out of superstitious tradition—and yet this “missing” floor is . . . What? In another dimension?

CR: Interesting theory. The 13th floor is a mystery even to its residents. No one the floor doesn’t want to find it will ever step onto it. It’s there in the physical world and yet it isn’t. It’s magical and perhaps on a plane very close to our own. The tenants believe it might be sentient which leads to another round of questions.

MPL: Tell me more about the town the building is in. Is the building old, or is the series set in another time? Are all the stories set in the same time period?

CR: I created a fictional city in Indiana called Carmine. The city named herself. I had a different name planned, she was insistent and has definite personality. Carmine is located along I-65 north of Indianapolis and south of Chicago. The series is set in 2012, but the building is over 100 years old. Carmine was once a beautiful and growing city between the 1930s and 1950s. She’s been on the decline in the past couple of decades, though. All the stories will be set in the same time period. Many of them overlap, but each story does stand on its own.

MPL: What made you choose “The Marquis” as the introductory story for this series? Or are you going in the order you wrote them?

CR: I came up with the concept of the 13th floor before I came up with the characters. When I came up with some character ideas, I put them into their apartments before I started writing. The Marquis is first only because he lives in apartment 1301. He’s been living there the longest of all the tenants and works as a handyman in the building. He also sees himself as a sort of landlord for the tenants on his floor, or that could be his territorial nature!

MPL: When you conceived of this series, did it start with one story, or did the idea for the series come first and then create stories for it?

CR: The idea came first and then the stories evolved from it. So far, the stories are flowing naturally and connect to one another with little effort on my part.

MPL: In “The Marquis,” a demon named Marc is living on this 13th floor. Or ex-demon. Has he been kicked out of Hell, or is he in hiding? (Or is that giving too much away?)

CR: Marc still has a bit of demon in him, but he has slowly started to become mortal. He was once a great fighter, The Grand Marquis, and served his Master with the hope of absolution. He never truly enjoyed the violence, but he gained a fearsome reputation. When he did not receive the absolution he’d hoped for, he retired from the ranks of Hell. Marc isn’t the type to hide, but that’s what he’s been doing for several years and his ego is sore because of it. He struggles with the demon inside of him, and even more so, with the man he’s becoming.

MPL: Marc has developed an affection for a waitress named Mae. Can a demon feel love? Do you believe it reduces the evil in a being if they are capable of love?

CR: The demons in my world are capable of as many emotions as humans. Yet love isn’t something that’s usually of value to them. Marc has become more human than demon, and the emotions are sometimes difficult to handle. I’d like to believe that love can reduce the evil in a being, but some horrific things have been done in the name of love throughout history.

MPL: How do the inhabitants of the 13th floor in your series live on a non-existent floor but also interact with the physical world?

CR: The 13th floor does exist for them, but not for anyone else. The tenants do have lives apart from the place they live. Let’s say the floor has the best in supernatural security.

MPL: What’s next for you? Or are you taking a break after all this?

CR: I’d love to say I’m taking a break, and I might for a month or two. This series will occupy me for the majority of 2013. I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo again come November, but I’d also like to revise one of my other manuscripts and query it to publishers.

There will be six total stories in the series, one per month through May 2013. Visit her site for more about each coming installment.

About “1301: The Marquis”
Life after Hell isn’t more exciting than watching football and fixing a busted pipe. Once a powerful demon, Marc enjoys his quiet existence and a good cup of coffee. With big ambitions to gain his master’s favor, a trickster demon named Vetis shatters Marc’s peace and vows to deliver Marc’s head to the fires of Hell. Not before he destroys everything Marc cares about, of course.

Marc’s power has diminished over the years. Heaven will never grant him absolution, and he refuses to return to Hell. Running isn’t an option. The city of Carmine is his territory. It’s also home to his favorite cafe owner, Mae Hopkins. The dame has a lovely smile, but it’s her heart and soul that shine bright.

While his city burns and his love is captured, Marc must decide to surrender or let hate and anger fuel him to become the fearsome beast he so loathes: The Marquis. If the Marquis rises, Vetis can be defeated and Mae saved, but Marc would be lost to his demon forever.

Get it at Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, or Kobo.

About Christine Rains:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She also has two novellas and sixteen short stories published.

Website: http://christinerains.net/
Blog: http://christinerains-writer.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinerains
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@CRainsWriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4017568.Christine_Rains

My Conversation with a TV-Movie Producer

Today I had the luck of being able to chat with a producer on the phone about ways to “break in.” This particular person has written and produced a number of television movies on Syfy. After having read so many conflicting things about the best paths into the industry, I wanted to hear from someone with experience. Of course there’s no one way; the producer reiterated this. But he did give me some good pointers.

For one, while it’s nice to get an agent, it’s also nearly impossible. This producer has been working in the industry for 20 years and doesn’t have an agent, has never had one. He said he’d put feelers out now and then, but nothing. Agents these days are all young and looking for a big sell; they aren’t interested in “small potatoes” or trying to fashion a superstar. They don’t want to put in that kind of work. Which may be why there’s such high turnover in agencies, but whatever.

Better chances come from finding producers of the kind of material you write and trying to sell them on it. As with anything, it helps if you have connections, since a lot of producers won’t look at unsolicited material—but then, the same is true of agents, so . . . If you’re going to query, try some producers.

You might also try to get a manager. They take a bigger cut of any deal they help make, but good managers have the connections to get stuff made. So if you can find a good one, he or she may be worth it.

On the flip side, if you can line up some talent for your script or project, it will be easier to get it made. But getting to a star—at least the kind with enough power to greenlight something—is just as tough as getting to an agent, producer, or manager. Maybe more so.

If you’re hoping to do your own movie or project? Private equity is the best way, if you can get it. They’re less likely to meddle, so you’re less likely to have to make big compromises.

When I told him I had an idea for a television show, the producer said that’s one of the hardest things to get into. Despite the constant need for material and content, you really do need an agent to get in. The producer knew a lot of talented people who have tried to get TV series projects off the ground, but the obstacles are evidently huge. (Maybe write a TV movie that could become a series?)

So that’s what I learned over all. It was a very informational interview and gives me some good places to start. (P.S. He said going to Austin Film Festival will be good, too, because it’s fun and focuses in large part on writers. Yay!)

Interview with Christine Rains, Author of “Fearless”

Today I have a special feature on my site: an interview with another author! Christine Rains is the author of several published short stories and has just self-published her paranormal romance novella “Fearless.” (More about that after the interview.)

PW: Early on in your writing career, you were focused on fantasy, horror, science fiction . . . At what point did you come to the conclusion you were writing not just those genres but paranormal romance?

CR: It took me a long time to realize I was writing paranormal romance. I didn’t hear about the genre until about 2004. I was writing and reading it already, but I was a bit embarrassed about writing romance. Okay, a little more than a bit. A lot of people I knew didn’t have a positive view of the romance genre. I didn’t want to be “that woman.” It’s what I was writing, though, and I loved it. I let my misconceptions go and fully embraced the genre. Sometimes people still snicker at me, but paranormal romance is a spectacular genre with amazing stories.

PW: What is your writing process like? Do you begin writing when the idea pops into your head, or do you let it bounce around a bit first? Do you have any specific writing rituals?

CR: Usually one of two things happens: I get a plot idea or a character is born in my mind. I’ll play with the ideas in my head first and find a general direction that I want the story to go, but that’s as far as my planning goes. I’m a pantser and the story builds as I write. I don’t have any specific writing rituals except to grab a minute on the computer when I can.

PW: You have a young son. Would you like him to read any of your work when he’s older, or do you think that would be embarrassing? (for you or for him?)

CR: I’d like to think he’d enjoy my stories. He might find the romance aspect of what I write embarrassing, but I hope he’d have fun reading my work. I’d very much like him to be able to say “my mom’s a writer” and be proud of it.

PW: What counts as “fearless” in your mind? Do you consider yourself as such? Does writing require a certain amount of fearlessness?

CR: I don’t think anyone is completely free of fear. What I consider fearless is facing those fears no matter how scared you are. I’m fearless on several levels, but I’m terribly shy and I have a lot of social anxieties. Writing does require a large dose of fearlessness. Writers tend to have a lot of insecurities. It takes a lot of bravery to put themselves and their work out there for the world to see.

PW: I know you pride yourself on writing strong female characters. Do you mean to make a statement, or is there some other reason for this?

CR: I don’t know if I’m purposely making a statement. I certainly want female characters that will be admired and are positive role models. I find reading about strong women to be entirely more satisfying than reading about passive and weak women who just flow along with the story. I want women who take charge and make their own stories. I write what I want to read.

PW: What do you say to people who claim paranormal romances—or romances in general—are cliché and all the same?

CR: I would ask those people if they’ve actually read any romances. There is such a wide variety of stories in the genre. It’s not as simple as girl meets boy, girl almost loses boy, but they end up living happily ever after. There’s amazing world creation, spell-binding mystery, great characterization, and twisty plots. Each genre has their fair share of cliche books, but the really fantastic stories are out there if you take the time to look.

PW: “Fearless” features a stuffed hippo named Tawa as the heroine’s guide. Far from cliché in my reading experience! What was your favorite stuffed animal or toy as a child?

CR: Oh, this is a tough one. I have over 250 stuffed animals. I would say my favorites were my Smurfs. I had Hefty, Smurfette, and a gigantic Papa Smurf. Eventually, I donated most of the toys to a children’s hospital, but I kept a few for my son. Unfortunately, Papa Smurf didn’t survive the years.

PW: Your heroine Abby also has some supernatural powers to help her. If you could have a supernatural/paranormal power, what would it be?

CR: Time control. I have so little time these days. I need more.

PW: If you were to encounter a (sexy!) paranormal creature, what kind would you want him to be?

CR: I’m going to sound cliché here. It would be a vampire. I’ve always loved vampires even as a child. There’s an allure to them. Exotic, dark, and mysterious. As I’m typing this, I’m imagining Eric Northman (True Blood). He’s my latest vampire favorite!

PW: Do you find it difficult to come up with new twists to the common paranormal tropes? And/or do you find having a shorthand—the sense that readers come into the books with a basic understanding of many of the creatures and magic involved—makes it easier to write?

CR: It definitely helps that readers come into the books with an idea of certain supernatural creatures already in their heads. Saves having to write a lot of backstory. Sometimes, with more popular beings, it’s difficult to think of a new twist. Like with vampires and werewolves. I’ve used them in my stories, but I try to make the story and characters themselves unique even if the creatures are the stereotype.

PW: I know you have a lot of manuscripts tucked away. Do you think you’ll go back and release any of your older novels as self-published e-books?

CR: I hope to get a couple of my older manuscripts polished up and out next year. Most of them are still first drafts, and it’ll take lots of work, but there are some great story ideas that I want to share with my readers.

PW: Well, while we wait on more of yours, can you recommend any books or authors to readers who might be new to the paranormal romance genre and aren’t sure where to start?

CR: It’s probably best to start with more popular and easy to read series. The Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris are fun and easy to read. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead is another good introduction to the genre. It’s YA, but I thoroughly enjoyed them.

PW: Thanks for the reading ideas, Christine! And thanks so much for being on my site, too!

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and son in a cozy little house stuffed full of books and games. She has sixteen short stories and one novella published, and three short stories forthcoming. Visit her website and her blog to learn more about Christine and her work.

“Fearless” is available FREE on Smashwords, but also at Amazon and B&N for 99 cents, or a print version is available for $3.99 via Createspace. Today is also the last day to participate in Christine’s “What was Your Childhood Monster?” blogfest, so sign up and share!