Behind the Scenes, dissecting a book trailer

When you realize your humanity just took a turn for the worst.

This is one of my favorite scenes in the trailer, but where is it in the book? I can say, without spoilers, that it’s actually a composite of two different scenes that take place at two different times thus making the situation more complicated. As an exercise, it was interesting to decide what elements to draw from the book and compress into a teaser. The spine thing started out as something of a joke (that is my husband’s chiropractic model spine which I was allowed to cover in blech), but it soon became serious business in the plot as new baby monster Zyraxes realizes he’s going to have to keep himself in check.

 

Viridescent

12687891_150321102015123_7757497759970013908_nEarlier in 2018, the short film I wrote (and then later co-rewrote along with friend Troy H. King) completed its festival run and is now available for public consumption. When I first blogged about Viridescent almost two years ago, it was still in post but very close to complete, but now it has come full circle and is a project that I am super proud of. January and February are forever the anniversary months in which it was filmed, and those of us involved will always remember fondly those cold nights shooting in a haunted hotel.

So here it is, available on Vimeo for public viewing. It is a horror film (content warning here: violence, sexual situations, gore) both psychological as well as supernatural.

Or is it supernatural? Click the link below and decide for yourself.

Viridescent Short Film

Find Your Muse

In 2009 I was going through a transition. My first marriage had ended and I had moved back across the country from Los Angeles, but writing is my passion, so I kept clacking out whatever suited my fancy: novels, screenplays, fic, anything that kept me creative. It was my therapy and the only way I could see my way through such a daunting life change. During that time, I wrote a screenplay for a short film titled La Fée Vert which evoked the folklore centered around the centuries old liquor that is absinthe and the myth of the green fairy who lived in the absinthe. She was the muse of many a great artist or author such as Vincent Van Gough, Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allen Poe. Drink at your own peril, the legends claimed, for the muse could drive you mad, and for the better part of the last century, absinthe was declared illegal in many places. In 2007, however, it became legal in the U.S. again, the rumors of its maddening properties greatly diminished after much scientific study. Continue reading “Find Your Muse”