Wednesday, January 04, 2006

It's my turn again? And other thoughts...



First, I thought I'd give a little update on the job situation. The big full time job thing that I just started last time I posted? Yeah, well, apparently there's issues getting logins and security clearances. I waited and I waited and I waited, and while I was waiting, a tutoring company found my resume on monster.com and called me up for an interview on Thursday. BY Friday afternoon, they offered me a job. I accepted because it's part-time, it'll pay my car note, and I'll have my days free for writing again! HURRAH!


Speaking of writing, my latest novel The Zebra Wore Fishnets was released this week through Liquid Silver. Would you like a chance to win your very own copy? Here's the blurb

Belle Sterling loves to spy on her very sexy neighbors, Aden and Kevin, but she doesn't dare approach them to introduce herself. Until one night when they not only give her an erotic show, they hold a simple note against the window--"Come Over--#19." She does, and she has the night of her life. It soon becomes apparent to her that she's interested in a lot more than casual sex--but the two men have been in a relationship with each other for over a decade. Can they make room for her in their lives? That question becomes even more pressing when Kevin and Aden are forced to choose between professional advancement and Belle's best interests. They all must decide if what they share is merely searing sexual passion--or something far deeper.


Now would you like a chance to win? If so, just comment here to be entered in my super-duper-totally-random drawing!

In other news, I've had a recent fascination with what makes something bad. Specifically, what makes books and movies so bad they're good? We have all opened a book or rented a movie and realized with minutes that something has gone horribly, horribly awry. In fact, I know many authors who read a book, thought, "Holy shit, if they'll publish this, they'll publish anything!" and was inspired to write their magnum opus.

I'm not interested in the mechanics (grammar and word choice for books, lighting and audio for movies, for example), but rather, the concepts. Who thinks that a cat with a man eating rat in its throat is a good idea? Yes, the cat opens its mouth and out comes a rat, like the alien in that movie about aliens. And yes, that's a real movie, called "The Uninvited." Why? Why? Who thought of that? Who financed it? Or how about the cult classic Manos: Hands of Fate? Who thought that a sidekick named Torgo with bent knees would be terrifying? Actually, the less you think about that movie, the better. It'll just make you crazy.

I'm sure if you have any experience with the slush pile, you know what I'm talking about. When I interned at a publisher, I was assigned the slush pile. It made me lose all hope in humanity, not because the writing was so awful (it was) but because I couldn't even begin to imagine how somebody could think of such ludicrous, horrible, frightening stories and then take the time to write them down!

Of course, not all bad ideas are bad ideas at all. It's all in the execution, as they say. What are some books or movies with perfectly horrible ideas that turn out to be perfectly wonderful in every way? What are some of your "so bad they're good" movies?

10 Comments:

Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

I work FT as a school/principal's secretary at a middle school. I work 205 days per year, which means LOTS of time off during the school year (including a month during the summer, 2 weeks in December, a week in Feb and a week in Apr). I appreciate having a job I can retire from. Sure, it takes away from writing, but I have double dental and vision coverage and 80% coverage on medical. I appreciate having a job. Period.

Now...I'm waiting to hear back on THREE requested fulls. Send prayers! I'm going crazy!

Darragha

2:55 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

What are some books or movies with perfectly horrible ideas that turn out to be perfectly wonderful in every way? What are some of your "so bad they're good" movies?

Good question, Pepper! Movies that come to mind:
EATING RAOUL,
DROWNING MONA, and
SAVING SILVERMAN.
(Must be the gerund phrase that gets me *LOL*)

Nessie

3:32 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

I agree. Saving Silverman is on my top 10 funniest movies! I love that it's pure, unadulterated stupidity.

One that I absolutly hate and think is the dumbest movie ever made is Napoleon Dynamite. I'm so over that...Gosh!

4:13 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

Pulp Fiction, Sin City were really over the top movies.

The 1958 version of the movie the Blob with Steve McQueen was a hoot! I first saw it when I was six years old, and then saw it again as an adult. It was so bad it was good!

I agree, Napoleon Dynamite, was a really dumb movie, but for some reason my adult kids really liked it! Some of their friends went out and bought "Pedro" T-shirts. Go figure. They liked Dumb and Dumber too. I've never seen Saving Silverman.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous chibi-hentai said...

*jaw drops* Oh gods... please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?

And the movie thing... Domino was so bad it was good. It was good in a very very odd way, such an odd way that i'm not quite sure why i liked it, LOL!

Many blessings,
chibi-hentai

7:56 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

Congrats on the new job!

I hope that Kevin and Aden choose Belle's best interests. The woman should always come first, don't you think? LOL Cute cover!

I don't like rats and can't imagine seeing that scene. I wouldn't sleep for days.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

I love the cover you've got. It reminds of posters for 60's movies where teenagers ran wild.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

I like the title and the cover of your new book, Pepper. The excerpt is really good too!

Another movie title that had a horrendous story line but was a good movie, in my opinion, was SEVEN. Still cannot believe the ending of that movie. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, HANNIBAL, and RED DRAGON were some others that had nightmarish story lines but were good movies. Once you start watching them, you have to see how they end! I often wonder how the authors of these stories can sleep at night!! :)

10:13 PM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

Your book sounds very good!!! Great cover too! Seven was a really good movie.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Anything by Ken Russell. "The Lair of the White Worm", "Gothic", etc.

Anything by Jon Waters. "Pink Flamingos", "Cry-Baby" *with J. Depp* YUM!, "Hairspray", etc.

"Faster, Pussy Cat! Kill! Kill!" directed by Russ Meyer.

8:13 AM  

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