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Nightmares and Daydreams by Barabra Watkins

In Book reviews on January 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Nightmares and Daydreams is a short collection of mystery, horror/thriller, and paranormal short stories and poems (5 stories & 4 poems in all).  I first picked up this book when my husband was out of town for a couple weeks – after reading the first page I opted to put it down until he got returned.

Haunted houses, mysterious towns of blood-sucking villains, mystical jesters that bring protection and death, murderous spouses, and money hungry showgirls, there’s a little something for everyone.

Hosting a sleepover with hard-to-scare teenagers?  Watkins has just what the doctor ordered.  Although I wouldn’t recommend this pick if you’re prone to nightmares.

My only complaint a bit of repitition.  I noticed two females characters in two of the stories were described the exact same way.  Barring this issue of personal taste, Nightmares and Daydreams is the perfect quick read for your beloved short story and horrror lovers.

“Writing in the genre of Paranormal/Thrillers, she [Watkins] loves to evoke a sense of terror and hopes to continue to entertain her readers for some time to come”  I was certainly terrified, entertained, shocked, and appalled – when appropriate.

You can visit Barbara Watkins online or buy Nightmares and Daydreams on Amzaon.

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Not Another New Year’s Post

In Writer Challenges on January 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I will resist the temptation to write a “year in review” post for writers, or share my resolutions or anything of the sort.  I think there’s enough of that to go around already.  Don’t you? 

In any case, here’s the skinny on my absence: I got offered a job – sort of.  I got an e-mail stating they were looking for someone to write articles for real estate websites.  They asked about my prices, policies, etc.  I sent an e-mail back 2 days later after agonizing over the e-mail.  I want this job.  Two weeks later, now word back.  I’m assuming that’s not a good sign.

The silver lining?  Someone thought of me.  Someone came across my information somehow and was intrigued enough to get in touch with me.  All my work trying to build an online presence and audience has not been a  complete waste of time (if it wasn’t already evident by all you lovely readers).  So while I am still not a millionaire behind my writing I’d like to take this as a cue that I am doing something right.

Besides that?  I started another blog.  (Another one?!  Yes, another one.)   It’s an education blog, all about what I’ve learned in raising my little one and the endless reasearch on infant/toddler development, early childhood education and otherwise how to aid in his development.  It was long overdue.  ou can head on over and tell me what you think: Brain Food…Simplified  My hope is that between the two sites I’ll be able to keep you all updated daily.

I also have a couple book reviews in the works (stay tuned folks).  And of course the never-ending cycle of queries.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I hate queries.  It’d hard for me to get past the pressure of it.  But there’s nothing else to do but keep trying.  

In my case I can only trust that slow success is the best kind. 

My Pearl of Wisdom for the day: Try not to become discourage my what may seem a never-ending cycle of “grunt work”.  The not-so-painless self marketing, query after rejected query, the websites that no one seems to visit….it will all pay off.  It’s practice writing (which is the only way to get better), practice building relationships with reads, practice building relationships with other writers.  It’s all practice for the day when you become rich and famous (or at least that’s what i keep telling myself).