Ummmm yea…Halloween Tree Chapter 15

This is about as “experimental” as it gets.

Let me set the scene. I decided despite the weather (roughly 48 degrees), that I would put on my wig and go fully clothed into the Puget Sound (my backyard) and read Chapter 15 mermaid style.

Halloween Tree Reading FAIL.

So you get the bathtub instead. And by the time I had roughed the freezing perilous waters of the Sound, I was so delirious, that this reading is really quite boring. If you watch my hair sway in the water, it might even hypnotize you to sleep. Happy ZZZzzzzz’s!

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CRAP. My clients are creative. Chapter Eleven…

5 seconds in, I’m snorting laughter. 30 seconds in, I’m honking laughter (not a pretty sound). A minute in, I can’t breathe.

Please welcome D.M. Cunningham and his ummm friend.


The Halloween Tree Chapter Eleven:


Okay, Holy Crap. Halloween Tree Chapter Six.

Guys. I almost couldn’t watch this whole thing. It scared me. Seriously. I’m going to have nightmares. Thanks, D.M.

(The whole “heeelp” thing is the creepiest!)


Brass Tacks: Supernatural vs Paranormal; Vampire vs Zombie

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Two things happened to me recently that turned my world a little on its side: 1) writers at a writer’s conference asked me what I was looking for in YA and I said ‘no more paranormal.’ But then they asked me if I liked zombies and I said I LOVED zombies. They all laughed at me ironically. 2) I had a conversation with someone in which I made the statement: I do not like paranormal, but I love supernatural. I pretty much stopped myself short, realizing mid-word (and remembering the writer’s conference) that I actually had no idea what the difference is between the two words.

We both immediately whipped out our iPhones:

So yea… thanks for nothing, dictionary.

Friends and readers, lovers and haters: We have a mission to complete. What IS what?!

Let’s start with prefixes.

Para: beyond …beyond normal.

Super: above; over; beyond above natural; over natural; beyond natural

So again, thanks for nothing, prefixes. BUT WAAIT! Prefix be damned! It’s the stem that matters in this case. Am I totally right, or what?!

Normal: usual; typical; standard

Natural: existing in, or caused by nature

We have had it wrong this WHOLE time. Twilight is not paranormal YA romance. Twilight is supernatural YA romance. Vampires, as far as we know at this moment, do not exist in nature. They are supernatural.

Zombies however do exist in nature. Zombies in Voodoo, Haitian zombies…those zombie ants I read about the other day! They exist, maybe not George R. style, but zombies are much more eligible to exist in nature and are therefore beyond typical: paranormal.

Brass tacks: Vampires are beyond existing in nature (supernatural) and zombies are beyond typical (paranormal).

If you are still reading, I have four words for you: You’re a Champ, Matt.

READERS: WEIGH IN!!!

Next up: We figure out where ghosts fit in this whole crazy semantic mess. Then robots.

A few matters of business…

First: here are my literary What the WHATs? of last couple of days:

1. Phoenix Books closes its doors.

2. John Grisham to write for kids.

3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer, film adaptation.

Second: A Graphic Novel based off the music of Neil Young. Glorious.

(From Publishers Weekly)


Third and MOST IMPORTANT!!!

Eighth Annual Free Comic Book Day Comes May 1st