Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by Scribbly (Thank you! I’m truly honored! Your blog is amazing!).

Here are the Versatile Bloggers Award rules:

  1. Show the award on your blog. (Done!)
  2. Thank the person who nominated you. (THANK YOU! :D)
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 blogs.
  5. Link your nominee’s blogs & let them know. You can click on each one mentioned to get to their blogs.

Seven Facts

  1. I started out as an actress at 17. It was a lot of fun. I always wanted to story-tell. My parents remind me that I wanted to do something with story telling my whole life. I guess acting makes sense though I can’t imagine doing anything but writing these days.
  2. Though I started as an actress, I ended up a teacher for many years. I taught English and got to play in stories that way. I’ve always been a bit of a mentor at heart, so it made a lot of sense for me. I was recently asked if I felt like I’d wasted my time pursuing other things before finally pinning down writing as my life’s work. Not for a second.
  3. I love movie soundtracks and old TV show theme songs.
  4. Though I write in various genres, most of my work features strong heroines in a coming-of-age story, and there’s always romance.
  5. I didn’t think I liked poetry growing up past my Shel Silverstein phase. It grew one me in college, but it wasn’t until I took a poetry writing class in graduate school that I actually tried writing it. Ninety percent of the poems in my chapbook were written in that class. Now, I write poetry as a creative release, fearing it’s never good, but oftentimes needing to do it anyway.
  6. My family and my friends are the hallmark of my life. I enjoy their company though they may think I don’t since I’ve become  a bit of a recluse with my writing lately.
  7. An extension of myself beyond the keyboard includes love for old movies, dismay that bookstores are dying, and joy in really good takeout. One day soon this writing will pay off, and I intend to live the world. Until then, thank you for the nomination. See you around the blogosphere.

Nominations  — I only chose six as Scribbly did. If you would prefer not to nominate people, I think you still deserve the award and should post it.

  1. Erin Okamoto
  2. mikesteeden
  3. The Collective
  4. Tormenting the Monkey
  5. The Ramblings of a Young Aussie Writer
  6. Jackie Jones Blogs

Why Movies about Movies continue to Fascinate Showbiz

Allison:

I love this article because I agree! People sometimes say not to do this, but I say everyone has their tastes. Draw your own conclusions.

Originally posted on Variety:

The situation is as follows: A onetime movie idol, his career and confidence in ruins, makes a daring move into a new medium. His livelihood, his sense of value, maybe even his life are at stake. But nefarious forces within the entertainment industry, like snakes around his ankles, conspire to thwart his efforts on behalf of art and his own reinvention.

“Birdman”? No, “Singin’ in the Rain,” the 1952 Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen classic set on the cusp of silent film and sound, and a movie that’s a lot of things — an infectious musical, an affectionate romance, a well-cultivated cultural artifact. But hardly a documentary about showbiz. Few of the myriad movies about movies have been, of course, despite a catalog of self-referential fare that ranges from “Sullivan’s Travels” to “Boogie Nights,” from “Living in Oblivion” to “A Star Is Born,” from “Day for Night” to “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.”

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Pandora Lost

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Pandora Lost

As a young girl, she was haunted by an angel

Or was it a phantom, whose onyx eyes

Fired like the sun and whose scepter

Of crystal perverted a future told?

To a child, six, ten, seventeen then twenty

This angel repeated a fable of a husband, a dear,

A bundle born, a pearl in a feathered shell

This fable shone bright, rainbowed on each face

Jeering without shame, eating smiles

And unfleshing memories

This angel, or phantom with onyx eyes

Told unwithering lies then twined a rope

To bloody the dreaming girl’s palms

To tease her taste buds and tickle her throat

With envy, lust, and distrust

with mayhem, with disdain

Then with its wicked power

Clumped and clotted and spit out the virgin virtue

Pandora lost

Little Morphling

Morphlings are shape-shifting creatures in my team written YA fantasy novel, The Lost Heir. This is a nonsense poem written for the story. It is meant to be something morphling children are told. If you’re reading The Lost Heir on Wattpad, the morphlings have not been introduced yet, but you’ll be meeting one very soon!

Little Morphling

Little morphling; little bird

I wonder if you’ve heard

How the day became the night

And stole our hours of flight

No, you, child, have not heard such things

Because your mother flapped her wings

Then touched her toes

And never told you how it goes

About the greedy sun eating up the clouds

Whistling gray, cold and white out loud

There is no moon, you see, little bird

Little morphling, little dear

So, I must make one thing clear

before your arms sprout wings

And that ball of fire tells you things

The sun is just greedy; it gobbles up clouds

And turns gray, cold and white out loud

Only the truth from me you will hear

There is no moon

Little morphling, little bird, little dear

A Beautiful Narration:

Read The Lost Heir on Wattpad

The Lost Heir — Location, Location, Location

Allison:

Fun with my friends. On a writer’s journey into a new kind of YA fantasy world.

Originally posted on A.V. Arden:

Many of you are already following along with our bi-weekly chapter updates of The Lost Heir over on Wattpad as we polish up the story for publication. We were thinking that maybe some of you might like to know about our journey creating the “Skyside” world in The Lost Heir.

First, there are two major locations that are Skyside in the novel: Brightwood Studios and The Foxworthy Hotel.  As a writing team over the past two or three years, we would visit lots of places to write as a team. We also looked for places to inspire our setting around our hometown of Los Angeles.

BRIGHTWOOD STUDIOS

The Culver Studios is the movie studio that inspired Brightwood Studios in The Lost Heir. We spent a lot of time walking along the outside. Though we’ve been inside, we have not had the full tour yet. However, because I booked rooms at…

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Pintrest Your Story to Life

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Social media can be an intolerable thing when you want to get work done, and it just will not leave you alone. But when it comes to the life of your story after you’ve actually, by some miracle, completed it, it can be a gift from the heavens. Take Pintrest for Example. I just spent the last few minutes pinning a load of pictures I kept on my computer to inspire to write the first draft of my novel, Forget Me Not. Now, all of a sudden, the world (or at least my 38 followers) can see my story. Not quite as good as seeing it on screen, but hey, you have complete control over what goes on your board. And even better, you can pin things you normally need permission to post on Pintrest. I think it’s a great way to throw the visual side of authoring (because there is one, it’s just hiding inside the writer’s brain) to life.

Forget Me Not by Allison Whitmore at Pintrestforget me not postcard

Moonlight Forgotten

Watching this photo trailer because it warms my heart — Forget Me Not — It’s a dirty secret story that I don’t find dirty at all. I love it, and it occupies about thirty-seven percent of my heart, which on ocassions such as now, can easily change to ninety-seven.  I started it as a college kid. I finished the first draft as a just finished college kid. And now as a I worked many jobs in the grown up world type of writing kid, I have decided to bring it back to life.  It needs work, and because of Wattpad and the people reading it there, I’ve been motivated to fix it up and keep it coming.  Thank you again for your support.

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