DOES VAMPIRE DIARIES STILL WORK AFTER SEVEN SEASONS?

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***Warning this blog post contains spoilers. If you haven’t finished season seven yet, continue at your own risk.***

Hi there! Just finished season seven of Vampire Diaries. Not sure what to think. I knew the show would struggle after Nina Dobrev exited the show. The show was so centrally built around the three main characters Elena, Stefan and Damon. After it was announced that Elena would not be returning, I wondered how they would continue show. For several season  I was really missing the original premise of the first two years.

I really liked the story of ordinary high school students confronted by the paranormal world of vampires, werewolves and witches. There were very nice touches of small town life. Miss mystic falls, the party in the woods before school starts, Stefan and Elena’s diary, football games and cheerleading. Then there was the love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon. The good vampire, Stefan, struggling with his dark side. The bad vampire, Damon, struggling with his good side. Elena, although always standing by Stefan, feeling torn between the two brothers. In short, the show was a perfect blend between the troubles of teenage life and the supernatural.

Once Elena turned into a vampire, the story seemed to lose focus on the human teenager aspect and drifted more into a pure supernatural show. It lost some of its charm and emotional impact. I began to lose interest. Although I am aware I am in the minority, I was never happy with the Damon and Elena relationship. Stefan was always the right choice for her as a human. Maybe as a vampire, Damon was a good choice. When she returned to human form, the show totally blew off the epic love story that was Stefan and Elena. It was a mere blip on the radar. Elena chose Damon like it wasn’t ever in question.

This season, I watched the show struggle with its future without Elena. Major plot lines ended too quickly. Their mother who’d just returned, was killed off too early. Stefan and Damon entered the phoenix stone and were released the next episode. Rayna Cruz enters the picture and then exits just as quickly leaving Bonnie cursed with the need to finish Ryana’s work. That plot line gets wrapped up very quickly as well. The switch between present day and three years from now occurred for no apparent reason. It was a very uneven season.

But there is hope. By the end of the seventh season, Damon and Enzo are engaged in a bad vampire killing spree. That is promising. Also, Damon heard Elena’s voice. Sure the scenes shown were old clips and her voice could have been pieced together from previous footage. Still, might they bring Elena back? Even if Elena never reappears, bad Damon is fun to watch and may breathe life into the show. So I’m in. I’ll watch the show next season and hope for the best.

That’s all I have for now. Thank you for reading my post.

Krysta Scott

Runaway: Martini Club 4 the 1920’s available on Amazon

Shadow Dancer coming soon from The Wild Rose Press

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Not only Fast Draft, how about Formatting?

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I’m in the middle of two major—-make that 3, major things. Yes, we’ve talked about Fast Draft. Sadly, I’m way behind. I’m also teaching a month long formatting (ebook, print, and covers) for the Celtic Hearts RWA Group.

I’m getting lots of great questions. It’s different from anything I’ve done before. There are 28 people in the class. And if it wasn’t for the questions, it would feel like I’m doing all this work with nobody any the wiser.

After this class is completed, I’ve decided I’m going to put all my posts and illustrations in a book. I’ll show you a couple of examples and then I’m going to get back to my Fast Draft… Oh, and the 3rd major thing? The National Readers’ Choice Awards are all in, tallied, finalists notified, trophies, plaques and pins ordered and completed. Now I’m printing out certificates (178) and wrapping up the final details for the food in San Diego for July 14th!

Here you go:

Week 1 of 4 for Formatting: ebook

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Week 1 of 4 for Formatting: Using Calibre to strip out MS Word’s extra nonsense

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Week 2 of 4 for Formatting: Print

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Using Sections instead of Page Breaks for special purpose suppression of Headers and Footers

Sadly, that’s all I have time to share right now.

But look for a new book on formatting in the month or two. This sucker was a lot of work…

Happy, er…uh…oh, yeah, brain freeze there…Reading (or formatting)!

Kathy L Wheeler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOUR DAYS INTO FAST DRAFT!!!

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Hi there! As you’ve probably seen in some of my friend’s posts, we are doing the Candace Haven’s fast draft. The idea of the fast draft is to complete a manuscript in two weeks by committing to writing twenty pages a day. This is my first time to do the fast draft so I decided to do fast draft light or twelve pages a day. I’m working on the next installment of the Martini Club 4 series entitled Priceless.

The math indicated that I needed to complete twelve pages a day to finish my novella in two weeks. As relieved as I was I wasn’t committed to twenty pages a day, I had no idea how long it could take to finish twelve. According to Ms. Havens, she could complete twenty pages in three and a half hours when she first started to fast draft. It takes me at least that long to complete the twelve. So it is very fortunate I started with a novella.

That being said, I know I will get faster every time I participate in the fast draft. And I now have completed fifty-two pages. I feel pretty good about that. It doesn’t seem that impossible that I will finish by the end of the two weeks. However, it does take quite a bit out of me to write these long stints. So this post will be short.

That’s all I have for now. Thank you for reading my post.

Krysta Scott

Runaway: Martini Club 4 the 1920’s available on Amazon

Shadow Dancer coming soon from The Wild Rose Press

Facebook: www.facebook.com/krysta.scott.9

Website: www.krystascottauthor.com

Twitter:@Krysta_Scott

Fast Draft Insanity

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In response to Krysta Scott’s previous post – as a die hard Oklahoma City fan. I cannot speak. I’m soooo angry and disillusioned with the NBA. But truly, that has nothing to do with Fast Draft Insanity…which is what me and three of my writing cohorts have decided to undertake in an effort to get our writing habits kicked into high gear.

First of all, this is a method that Candace Havens created because she was so busy. Well, I’m busy too! So Mary Jo Springer, Alicia Dean, and Krysta Scott have decided to try it.

Here’s the thing. We have fourteen days to write a complete draft of a book. Candace recommends 20 pages per day. That is enough for a 70k word Single Title, or 280 page book.

The rules:

No editing

No tv

No reading

Must give a daily report to your cohorts

NO EXCUSES…

I think there are more rules, but I’m freaking out over just these. So, for the next fourteen days, I am teaching an online class, but will still have to churn out my pages and report my accomplishments.

My daily reward for completing my goal? To read before I go to sleep each night.

We have aready made reservations for our celebratory dinner, set for Friday, June 17th at The Melting Pot. Wish us luck!

 

MARK OF A TRUE FAN

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Hi there! So the Thunder played yesterday and lost. My eldest cried. My husband doesn’t want to talk about it. Me? Well I didn’t really watch the game. Unless I physically go to the game, I don’t watch it. That misguided preference of mine is what marks me, as my husband informs me, as not a true fan. A true fan struggles through the losses feeling deep enduring pain when their team loses. How else can you experience the insurmountable high when they win? Because I’m not willing to suffer when they lose, I’m not really a fan.

I have to admit, he has a point. But watching them lose is not something I can handle. It just hurts too much. The disappointment is too deep. Maybe it’s because I’m an attorney and don’t like to lose. No one really does but some people handle it better. I don’t. I’m a very poor loser. A burning rage surges through me. I get snappish. My stomach churns. I just don’t like feeling that way. So I cope with it in the most cowardly way possible. I hole up in my room and watch back to back episode of The Walking Dead. And, yes, I will be blogging about this show in later posts. It’s an excellent show. Thanks to the Thunder I am now on season four. But I digress.

Last night, I walked in and out of the living room where my husband, daughter and four friends watched the game. They were kind enough to give me updates. “It’s all good, Krysta, we’re ahead”.  The next time, “We’re still ahead. Don’t worry.” Then, “It’s still okay we’re tied.” Really? Tied? That didn’t sound too good. So I went back to my room. I knew all was lost the last time I opened the door. My eldest fixed me with a somber stare and slowly shook her head. Message received. Don’t come out. We’re losing.

You see, staying in my room is the way I ensure my team wins. Just like my husband changing his shirt and my daughter pacing. My eldest screams at the TV like they can hear her. My husband gets up and cleans to work off his anxiety. I stay in my room until it’s safe to come out. None of our tactics worked last night. The Thunder just didn’t pull it off.  So we’re off to game seven heading into hostile territory. I still have faith they can win. Am I going to watch? No way!!! So what do you think? Am I worthy of being called a fan?

That’s all I have for now. Thank you for reading my post.

Krysta Scott

Runaway: Martini Club 4 the 1920’s available on Amazon

Shadow Dancer coming soon from The Wild Rose Press

Facebook: www.facebook.com/krysta.scott.9

Website: www.krystascottauthor.com

Twitter:@Krysta_Scott

The Road to … I forgot …

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Yes, well. You may think I speak “tongue in cheek”. I do not. I truly can’t remember. Or, rather, I didn’t have anything in mind in the first place. So I’ll start with ROAD…

The road from Edmond, Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 9th was, well, fun. And, almost…uneventful. The battery light in my car came on just before I reached the Texas border. But after having things checked out, the car seemed to do okay.

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I got to Santa Fe around 3:30 in the afternoon and had a fabulous dinner with my MC4 cohort and bestest friend, Amanda McCabe. And yes, we had cocktails!

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Then there was the road to Vegas through a rainy Arizona For my first Romantic Times Booklovers Convention! An interesting conference that is so different from the usual conferences I attend. Just consider the book signing of over 600 authors.

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The next road took me from Vegas to San Francisco where upon I-5 I had a flat! Alas, a very nice guy (who wanted to by my car) changed out the tire and I was able to make it to Los Banos to remedy the situation and headed over the mountain to San Jose and up Hwy 101 to see my daughter, her baby and husband. I stayed 5 days.

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The next road took me up Hwy 101 to Santa Rosa where I was on the hunt for wine with the Harlequin label. Yes, well, it was a warehouse distribution center that had direct mail order project between the vineyard and Harlequin. So I bought the wine online, and now my sister will be delivering it to me, as you cannot mail wine to Oklahoma. (Stupid law.)

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From Santa Rosa, the road took me straight through the wine country of Napa, so of course I made another stop or two…

In the meantime, Thunder playoffs had started, so I was trying to make my stops coincide with dinner times so I could catch the games. This particular day put me in Sacramento and I missed only the first 10 minutes of OKC trouncing Dallas. (Round 1 of the Western Conference).

I’d never been to Utah and decided that should be an interesting road. And, boy was it! Once you cross the Nevada border into Utah, the speed limit on the interstate is 80 mph. Seriously? I couldn’t believe it. And it rained on me the whole time. I stopped in Salt Lake City and had lunch with my cousin’s daughter, Chanda. She is as cute now as she was when she was 3 years old.

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The road from Provo, UT took me from I-15 to Hwy 6 through a terrifying blizzard in my little rear-wheel drive car. But, hey, it was only 50 miles….till I hit sunshine and made my way through more rain to I-70 and over to Glenwood Springs, Colorado where I treated myself to two nights of rest and more Thunder Basketball without interruption. (This isn’t the actual blizzard I went through. I was too frightened to take my hands off the wheel to take THAT picture. This picture above is in Nevada earlier that day.)

After savoring those 2 nights, I hit the road again. This time aiming for the Longmont, Boulder, Denver area through some interesting weather, to spend time with my sisters and brother and some of the nieces and nephews. (These are 3 of my four siblings. They were making fun of me because I angle my head in pictures, and this time I didn’t. Ha! They look ridiculous…jk. They are the greatest!)

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I managed 6 days between Longmont and Boulder before taking the road to Canyon City, CO to spend some time with my other brother and his two very beautiful daughters! Was pleasantly surprised to find that one of the girls knew who the Thunder were and what we were about! (Okay, she has a boyfriend who loves them…what can I say? I’ll take what I can get).20160503_200302

By this time, I’m almost at the end of the … road … back to Oklahoma City, where my cat won’t hardly speak to me (for one day, at least) ! 20160522_083334

Thunder Basketball, where we have indeed made it to the Western Conference Finals, having knocked off the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, and hopefully, the next game in Oakland, CA, the Golden State Warriors. I want sooooo badly for this road to lead to the NBA Finals.

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So, um, what do you do for fun?

 

Mother’s Day and other Obstacles

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Hi there! I know I’ve been silent for a couple of weeks. In spite of my hope to post weekly, I got thrown off by mother’s day. So I resolved to post the week after. Missing one day wouldn’t be as bad as missing two. But as luck would have it, my computer started acting up. I didn’t know what was happening but my touch screen mouse wouldn’t stay in one spot. In a panic, I brought it to Geek Squad who took ten minutes to fix the problem. All they had to do was deactivate my touch screen. What a relief. I was terrified I would have to replace my computer. An expense I couldn’t afford. Anyhow, I am back. Now I can tell you about my mother’s day and the wonderful things my daughter and husband did.

My eldest surprised me in the best way possible. When I was a kid my family used to have lamb cake for Easter. I grew up in the Chicagoland area. Lamb cake is plentiful there. When I moved to Oklahoma I couldn’t find lamb cake anywhere. I couldn’t understand this because Oklahoma has a huge Catholic population and I thought lamb cake was a Catholic tradition. I found bunny cakes and egg cakes but no lamb cake. As it turns out, lamb cake is a polish catholic tradition. There is a large polish community in Chicago. That explains why I can’t find it in Oklahoma and why most people here don’t know what it is.

So this Easter I decided I would find a lamb cake mold and with the baking talents of my eldest, make a lamb cake. But I couldn’t find a lamb cake mold anywhere and it was too late to order it online. So there was no lamb cake for Easter. But that’s where the mother’s day surprise comes in. My daughter didn’t give up. She ordered the mold and on mother’s day I had my very first lamb cake in years. It tasted just like a remembered. Below is the picture of the cake.

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But the festivities didn’t end there. My husband knows that my favorite thing to do is watch a movie in the Warren Theater Balcony. There’s nothing more fun than drinking a Movie Mogul and eating a grilled cheese with fries while cinematic magic happens before my eyes.  My husband took us to see Captain America: Civil War in the balcony. Best mother’s day movie ever! I hope everyone’s mother’s day was a pleasant one. Next time my post will be on a more current topic.

That’s all I have for now. Thank you for reading my post.

Krysta Scott

Runaway: Martini Club 4 the 1920’s available on Amazon

Shadow Dancer coming soon from The Wild Rose Press

Facebook: www.facebook.com/krysta.scott.9

Website: www.krystascottauthor.com

Twitter:@Krysta_Scott