Sunday, November 29, 2009

Kickass Trailer: "The Wolfman"

On the official YouTube page for The Wolfman movie (out in 2010) they have disabled embedding of the videos, so respecting their wishes and not searching for another video I have included the link to their site where you can watch the trailer to the remake of the 1941 film The Wolf Man.

About the movie:

There's this guy. He becomes a wolf. Emily Blunt is hot. Chaos ensues. Some shit happens, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah. Someone probably dies in the end. Perhaps by a silver bullet? Point being? Still looks kickass.

Do I sense a new werewolf craze sniffing around the firehydrant?

Note: I have learned to embrace the remake plague which is much like the swine flu in that it is contagious, makes you nauseous, but on the contrary cannot be avoided!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Words of Advice...

...From Ray Bradbury.

"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for."

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th!

I really wanted to write about Friday the 13th, but being in work, school and such high demand to show my lovely face at parties and benefits I have to give you this link.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mon Dieu!

Look how cool this cover to the French version of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is. (If you haven't noticed I do judge a book by it cover, but not always.) Presenting The Strange Life of Nobody Owens:

"At a swim pool party last long weekend I found some real cool fun in the deep end..." --Little Nell

You and a friend break into your neighborhood swim club late one night to go for an after-hours dip. While splashing around in the pool, you go into shock when a dead body floats to the top. Worse yet—it's someone you know. Write this scene.

Source Writer's Digest

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Sweet dreams are made of this..."

Taken from my blog:

I am writing a character-driven novel and in order to understand my characters I want to know everything about them. One thing I never thought of is: what do my characters dream about? Do they have nightmares? Wet dreams? Dream in color? Black and white?

Write a dream sequence. (The beauty of this exercise is that it doesn't need to make ANY sense as it is a dream.) Next, grab a dream dictionary. What have you learned about your character? Just let your subconscious write this for you. Maybe you'll be surprised at what you find out.

I did this exercise for my main character--the anti-hero. I put lots of thick fog in the dream and found out that he was walking through life disoriented. Funny enough, he is! Good job, subconscious.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Web Site!

We finally did it!!! Lack of knowledge of HTML be damned!!! This is just an official thing; stay here for the writing prompts, videos, and more things Tainted Tea.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Boglins and Big Frank and Balls, oh my!

I was going to start my lead with a play on The Sound of Music's "Favorite Things," but it was too easy. Below are three commercials of three of my favorite toys growing up. In fact, I just found my Big Frank (sans tools) and Boglin (which I put out for Halloween). Hell, I'm half-tempted to buy a Madball at the Franklin Institute!

Here is the link to Playskool's Big Frank:

If you're not a product of the 80s or early 90s, what creepy toy commercials do you remember? Share a link in the comments. How about Creepy Crawlers from the 60s and then again in the 90s?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Afternoon Shorts: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Animated Promo"

It reminds me of "Batman: The Animated Series" which I love!

Let's get wild and crazy...with a writing prompt!

Fall is the most inspiring time of the year for me. It just has this certain aura of peace and relaxation which makes it easier for me to write. And when I write a lot I get even more excited about reading. I know. I sound like the poster-boy for a "reading is fundamental" campaign, but I assure you that no one is paying me to say that.

Last night I went to Borders and, after hours of wondering if I wanted Neil Gaiman's new children book, or Seanson 5, 6 and/or 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or this freakin kickass journal inscripted with quotes from "The Raven" by Poe, I decided on Dave Egger's new novel The Wild Things. (I shouldn't mention that I'm going back today to get the rest of the things I wanted...)

Anyway, Eggers' book just screams awesome. Although I only read the first paragraph in Chapter 1 I have such faith in it. I mean, look how awesome this cover is:

So where am I going with this since I'm not here to talk about the book? Let's do a writing prompt. I'm feeling energized this morning and ready to go.

Take a children's story or fairy tale you enjoy and reimagine it. Make it your own. I love the sty of "The Little Mermaid," so a few years ago I wrote a story loosely based on Hans Christen Anderson's infamous tale. It's not hard. In fact, you already have the plot of the story...Now, hop to it! Don't delay!

To purchase this "wild" book or it's equally, but more pricey, furry cover, click here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

First review

Look what this beautiful human being said about us!
The first issue is still available on for a $1.24.

"Look! Another glorious morning. It makes me sick!"

I tried to be fancy like Kris and upload a screencap of Tainted Tea's article in Delaware County Community College's newspaper, The Communitarian, but alas, it kept coming up too small. So, until Kris helps me, here is just the link.

(Kris to the rescue.)

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