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What Sorcery is This?

This post is going to be about my book, Hellbound, which I am struggling furiously to get published.  If you do not know what it is, go to this post and scroll down until you’ve found my hastily cobbled together synopsis.  Or click here to go to the more official synopsis on my super official website.

Right.  Now that you’re caught up, I want to talk about my character, Aiden.  When I wrote Aiden, he was going to be a pretty typical supernatural boyfriend, but there was one cliche I wanted to avoid.  Aiden is immortal, and he was born before a lot of modern technologies were discovered/invented.  The usual response when a person from the “past” ends up in present day is constant shock and amazement.

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I looked through TV Tropes to find examples of this particular cliche.  Click here to go to the page that explains it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t recognize any of the movies it listed as examples.  There are a couple I know off the top of my head:

Dark Shadows – never saw it, but Johnny Depp is like a two-hundred-year-old vampire who ends up in the 1970s.  Read The Editing Room’s version of the script by clicking here, since that was my source.

TV Tropes is right about ParaNorman – there are some Puritan zombies in it that get all shocked by modern day stuff.

I don’t know what else.  Probably Kate & Leopold.  And other things as well.  It’s weird.  I know this is a cliche but my mind keeps coming up blank when I try to think of examples.  Maybe you could provide some in the comments?

Anyway, Aiden’s situation is a little bit different.  He leaves Hell and goes to Earth every few decades, so it’s not like he’s a three-hundred-year-old immortal who very suddenly ends up in present day Los Angeles.  Still, I never wanted him to be shocked and confused by the things he saw.  He is occasionally surprised, amused, or curious, but never like, “OH MY GOD WHAT AM I LOOKING AT IT MUST BE MAGIC.”  Aiden goes into his job with the mindset of, “I know I’m going to see new things, and I am going to learn about those things as quickly as possible.”

I don’t really know where I was going with this post.  It wasn’t meant to be me stroking my own ego about how awesome I am at avoiding cliches.  I mean, I’m not even that good at it.  Most of Hellbound has cliches in it.  All of my books do, really.  But I have talked before about taking a cliche and making it your own, or at least reworking it some so it’s not so damn tired.  So I wanted to present an example of that.  And now I’ve started three sentences in a row with conjunctions.

Alright bye!

Word of the Day: Cessation (n) – a temporary or complete stopping; discontinuance

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Website

I sure have been posting a lot lately, haven’t I?

Well this one is pretty big.

The website is up and running!  Click this link to check it out: www.rebeccalevitonauthor.com

It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but I promised I’d let you know when I had my site up and now I have.  Just so this isn’t a total waste of your time, I’ll show you this picture I drew.

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That’s all I’ve got for you right now.  I’ll leave you with a comic and a Word of the Day.  Don’t forget to check out the site!

Oh, right.  An update on Hellbound.  It is now being looked at by three different editors.  That’s all I can say right now.  But that’s something!  I’ll let you know when I hear back from them!  Ok, I’m really done now.  Bye!

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Word of the Day: Tangible (adj) – capable of being touched; discernible by the touch; material or substantial.

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My Platform

I have a fairly big, somewhat important announcement.

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According to my agent, I need a marketing platform to make me and my book(s) that much more appealing to publishers.  For that reason, I am working on creating a website for myself.

I’ve also been shamelessly trying to get followers on this blog from my Facebook friends.  I could get more people’s attention if I talked about really popular, topical things, but I’m not so good at that.  The posts I wrote about 50 Shades of Grey got quite a few hits for obvious reasons, but I don’t like the idea of writing about Justin Bieber’s latest growth spurt or Disney’s latest racism just to try and attract people to my site.  So I probably won’t do that.

On the list of things I’m planning on doing is creating a Facebook page for myself or my books.  Maybe I’ll get that up and running if I actually get published.

One thing that I absolutely want to do is offer some special deal or giveaway or something for my blog readers.  A lot of you have been with me from the very beginning, so I’d like to offer you my thanks in the form of a signed book or something.  The problem is I don’t know what will actually be possible once the book gets published.  But I promise to try my best to get something going for my blog readers.  That’s the best I can offer right now.

Anyway, that’s it.  I’ll let you know when the website goes live!  Have a hastily drawn comic.

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Word of the Day: Incentive (n) – something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.

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