Fall T.V. Schedule – Shows I Love Dearly

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Along with the new shows cluttering my schedule and taking away time well spent on school work, writing, and video games there are a few shows that I will always stay true to. There are also a few shows that I just can’t admit to anyone else that I watch. For years my two cats, Shu-Shu and Dushka, were the only living creatures in this world who knew of my “Why in the heck would you watch that?” list. Now, I share that list with you. Consider yourself extremely lucky. Shows I love dearly Supernatural Premieres: Oct. 7th I honestly STILL don’t remember what season the show is in.  What I do remember was how bad ass the season finale was! I’m curious on what’s going to happen with Dean and how Sam is going to react to his transformation. Every time I think that the show can’t go on another season, it surprises me. Sons of Anarchy Premieres: Sept 9th I’m a sad kitty knowing that this is the finale season of SOA. As I mentioned in my previous Fall TV Schedule post, I started watching the show when it was in its third season. I still think it’s one of the best shows on T.V. (along with Game of Thrones.) Jax is one hell of a character. Arrow Premieres: Oct. 8th This show had its ups and downs for me. I wasn’t a fan of the second season. In fact I absolutely hated it. At least it’s no Smallville. That show gave me migraines. Last time I posted about Arrow, I was curious if the developers were going to include Speedy and they did! I just hope that Arrow doesn’t go down the same annoying path as Smallville did. So far I don’t think it will. It took eleven seasons for Clark to fly. At least in Arrow, Oliver is already doing what he does best. Grimm Premieres: Oct 24th What can I say about this show? It’s very “Buffy” like in terms of characterization and plots and I was and still am a huge Buffy fan. Last season left us with Nick losing his Grimm abilities. We were also introduced to another female Grimm (besides Nick’s mother) who goes by the name Trouble. The Originals Premieres: Oct. 6th Yes, this is a vampire show which caters to the teenage demographic. I can attest to that. What keeps me watching is the fact that this show is entirely different from Vampire Diaries. There is a little love triangle underneath all the whoopla but the main focus seems to be on who gets to control the city of New Orleans. Will it be the vampires, werewolves, or humans? Not only is there violence (and heart ripping) but the show also deals with characters and their interaction with the modern world. Personally, I’m a fan of Elijah and I don’t like the fact that Rebekah is no longer on the show. Regardless, The Originals is a lot better than The Vampire Diaries. Maybe it’s CW’s way of apologizing to the viewers who had to sit through countless seasons of dopplegangers and the Salvatore Brothers’ ever growing and annoying affection for lame Elena. American Horror Story: Freak Show Premieres: FX is starting to become my favorite station on cable. Not only do they have Sons of Anarchy and The Strain, they also show American Horror Story (and recently every episode of the Simpsons that were created.) I still think the first season of American Horror Story was the best. I didn’t like the second season (Asylum) but I loved the third season (Coven.) Just by watching the previews for this upcoming season, I already know that I’m going to enjoy it immensely.   The Strain Ahh, there’s something about a picture involving a worm slithering through the white part of an eye which catches my interest. Actually, the picture makes me itch and squirm. I want to rub the crap out of my eye until it bleeds…and I like it. I like it a lot! The Strain is different from the regular ol’ vampire tales you’ve probably seen on television. These vampires remind me more of zombies. Once these icky looking white worms invade the bodies of their victims, their transformation is almost instant. They go after the ones they love. They can die from either being beheaded or burned by artificial light or sunlight. A long, thick looking thingamagig shoots from their mouth, latching itself onto the necks of others and in turn, transforming them into these creatures as well. Spooky. Of course there is a Master (who looks reeeeaaallly creepy) and there is a hunter (a Jewish man who survived the Holocaust.) My only problem with the show is how long it’s taking for certain plots to come to fruition. I keep wanting more. Maybe that’s a good sign. Vikings Premieres: Sometime next year Okay, so this show doesn’t start up again this fall season. It’s starting sometime next year. Last season was brutal, unforgiving, and interesting. The Vikings are raiding what we now know as the country of Britain. Along with their raids, they’re fighting among themselves to establish hierarchy. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this show, especially if you’re a fan of anything history, like I am. Plus the into theme in the show’s intro is beautiful and relaxing on the ears.   Game of Thrones Premieres: Sometime next year I have no words to describe how EPIC this show is.  If you haven’t heard by now, you must not be paying attention to epic shows! I’ve never read the books. Someday I’ll get around to it. But for now I’ll take comfort in knowing that I can watch my favorite characters on television participating in this game for power, wealth, and the throne.   Shows I have a hard time keeping up with and/or watching Boardwalk Empire Premieres: Sept 7th I almost want to cry. I’ve stayed true to Boardwalk Empire. I use to love the show. My desire to watch the show died when Jimmy, my favorite character, was killed off. I guess I should be thankful that it’s currently in its final season. I don’t think it could go on for much longer. Sleepy Hallow Premieres: Sept. 22nd The first season started out okay but to me everything went down hill. How long will they fight these four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? I keep looking beyond what’s happening, wondering if this plot can resolve itself or if the plot was never meant to resolve. I love Ichabod but that’s really about it. I just…I just can’t. The Blacklist Premieres: Sept. 22nd I really want to continue to like show. It’s got to the point that I’m forcing myself to watch it and that is the wrong thing I should do. Spader is a fantastic actor and I love his work. However, I feel myself falling out of love with this show. Maybe it’s not for me anymore. Law and Order: SVU Premieres: Sept 24th I’m trying to think of something snarky to describe how I feel about Law and Order in general. I don’t know how many times they can go the child abuse route. It gets tiresome. I guess the show will never run out of ideas as long as humans are out there in the world, doing something stupid and irrational.  I miss Stabler. Bones Premieres: Sept. 25th Bones was a hit and miss for me. I watched the show religiously during the first three seasons. Fourth season I missed a show here and there and by the fifth season…well, did I watch the fifth season? Oh, I heard they killed off Sweets. Shame. Shows I don’t won’t admit to watching Vampire Diaries Premieres: Oct 1st Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. Bitten Premieres: Sometime next year?? Sharknado anyone? Just kidding. I watched the first episode of Bitten on Netflix. I found myself skimming through some of the episodes while others had my full attention. This show is based  on the Women of the Otherworld novels by #1 NY Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong. I’ve never read the books nor have I heard of them but this show has peaked my interest. The first season was decent and I will continue watching. I still want to watch Sharknado. Dominion Premieres: Sometime next year?? Like Bitten, Dominion is another Syfy television show. Angels came down to heaven and instead of being the sweet little figures we associate with everything good, they basically create hell on earth. With humans being decimated, they’ve created refuge in enclosed towns to fight off the angel’s threat. One human is the chosen one who will bring something good to mankind. I haven’t figured out what that “good” actually is. Pretty much you have the chosen one theme being played again like a broken record. In this case the creators decided to incorporate angels and different types of angels into the fray. I haven’t seen what I would consider to be a “demon” yet. Teen Wolf Premieres: Sometimes next year ??? Allison is dead replaced by a Kistune. The twins are no longer on the show. Isaac left the show to go to The Originals. Another cast member left the show and is now playing Speedy on Arrow. Kate somehow survived a werewolf’s claws ripping into her neck so now she’s a werewolf (I didn’t even know if she is one.) There’s a fox on the show. There’s no explanation as to how Kate was able to control these huge, big walking Goliath looking warriors that seemed to have no weaknesses until *gasp* the last episode of the season. I don’t know where this show is headed. I NEVER knew where the show was headed. Questions aren’t answered. Things are left in the wind. What the hell Teen Wolf?!?   So there you have it. These are the shows I love and shows that…well, I don’t want to admit that I do or have watched. So what shows do you find yourself addicted to? What shows will you refuse to admit that you have watched until your last dying breath?

Fall T.V. Schedule – Giving New Shows A Go

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It’s that time of year again! A few things I love about Fall besides pumpkin everything, changes in leaf colors, and cool weather is the Fall T.V. Schedule. I watch a lot of T.V. Actually, I watch more than I should. With the arrival of a few new shows this upcoming season, I find my viewing schedule booked once again. Since I do watch tons of television, I thought I’d post three different blog posts about the new shows I’ll be paying close attention to, returning shows that I will continue to watch and show that I won’t admit to watching, and a farewell to cancelled shows that I liked. So let’s start, shall we? New shows that I’ll be paying close attention to   Gotham Premieres: Monday, Sep. 22nd   When I first saw the preview for this show in August, I wanted to kick my television across the screen. “Why FOX? Why?” Haven’t you learned from CW’s mistakes when it came to comic adapted television shows? Their track record in that department is questionable, depending on who you talk to and how big of a fan they are. Why would you even consider going that route? I missed the season premiere because, quite frankly, I wasn’t interested. How can a show that takes place in a city relative to Batman NOT have Batman as the main character? Would I be able to sit through a whole season with a young and cocky Gordon as the protagonist? I just didn’t see it. Luckily, a few friends pushed me to give the show a go. “If you can sit through Vampire Diaries, at least give your brain a treat and watch Gotham,” one friend said to me. So one night, after I had my fill of video games, I went to the Hulu app and watched the show. I was extremely impressed. Not only did the show take my doubts about it, crumple it up into a tiny ball of nothingness, and throw it out the window, the first episode showed that this show can exists where Batman is not the main character. We do get to see young versions of characters we recognize in the Batman universe (Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Bruce.) So far, so good. Forever Premieres: Sept. 22nd I didn’t hear much about this show besides a few commercials here and there. I recognized the main character as the actor who played Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four movies (anything comic book related automatically peaks my interest.) The night I finally decided to watch Gotham on my Hulu account, I also decided to watch Forever which already had two episodes ready to view. The show is about Dr. Henry Morgan, a medical examiner in New York City who has a big secret. He’s immortal. He spends his existence close to death, trying to figure a way and not how to beat it but to achieve it. Every time he dies, he awakes in a body of water like a lake or in this case, the New York harbor. I like the premise and the first two episodes were pretty interesting. Apparently there is also another person out there just like Dr. Morgan and knows about Dr. Morgan’s affliction. He’s over 2,000 years old. I’ll keep watching as long as this character doesn’t start to sparkle. The Flash Premieres: Oct. 7th *Sigh* Here we go with those comic adapted shows again. I like Arrow. I’m starting to like Gotham. I might like Constantine. But the Flash? I mean, I like him as a character but I never thought that he was a good and or great enough character who could carry a comic book or a television show like Batman or Superman or The Hulk. So again, I found myself confused and begging the CW gods to retract their mistake and to let the show dissipate into thin air. But the comic side of me can’t ignore the pull to watch the first episode. So like an addict I am going to watch it. A few months ago the first episode was leaked online. Fans gobbled it up and it spread like wildfire. A friend (who shall remain nameless) sent me a copy of the show to watch. I still have it but I refuse to watch it. In fact, I deleted it. I should have NEVER downloaded it. Shame on me. Not to go out on a tangent, but if fans really want to support the show, downloading illegal copies of the first episode isn’t the way to go. As an author, I wouldn’t want my book to be online for everyone to download unless I wanted it to be. I understand the need to gain followers, fans, and supportive others. With that being said, I told my friend that if he really liked the show, he should watch the first episode again when it premiers on television. Constantine Premieres: Oct 24th By now you should have an idea about how I feel regarding comic adapted shows. Constantine is no different. I’ve heard and seen little about this show. I’ve never read the comic books. I just remember watching the movie starring Keanu Reeves (which was enjoyable for what it was.) Again, that comic side of me is just itching to watch. I feel like a little girl jumping up and down at the sight of a present that I can’t open until my birthday. Or waiting Christmas morning for everyone in my family to get up before I could open up my gift, wrapped in green decorated wrapping paper, forming the outline of a bicycle. I know what the gift is but the idea of discovering it is what I’m really after. Z Nation Premieres: Friday, Sep. 12th Zombie fans, forgive me for saying that I am extremely pessimistic about this show. I’m not a huge fan of zombies. I tried to get into the Walking Dead but I couldn’t do it. Apparently it’s a decent show because it has a huge following but it’s not for me. However, I’m willing to give a zombie show another shot. I have yet to watch an episode and so far I’m 3, going on 4, episodes behind. So these are the new shows I’m looking forward to this Fall. What shows are you looking forward to?

Dark Curse Available for Preorder!

I’m happy to announce that you can now preorder the second novel in the Deamhan Chronicles, Dark Curse, from Amazon! Also, check out the Dark Curse trailer on Youtube Blurb: The Deamhan world is in disarray. Freed from Limbo, Lucius, the once feared and Ancient Lugat, goes on a killing spree to wipe out any remaining traitors in the city of Minneapolis.Meanwhile The Brotherhood’s return along with the growing population of vampires riles up the remaining Deamhan who choose to stay behind rather than abandon the city. The body count continues to pile up forcing both humans and Deamhan to pick a side. Either allow Lucius to free the Pure Ones, the first living Deamhan from Limbo, or take him out and cripple their already fragile presence in the city.

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Join me on Wednesday, May 14th at 9 p.m Eastern where I and several authors of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2013 will be guests on Viktor Auerlius “Whispers in the Dark” on Blog Talk Radio. You can purchase a copy on AMAZON.   All proceeds go to American Cancer Society Other authors making an appearance include: Hydra Morningstar Lindsey Beth Goddard Elyse Draper Joseph DeRepentigny Jennifer L. Miller

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Yoruba Mythology – Aje

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I’ve always been interested in mythology. There’s something about the interaction between polytheistic gods and humanity that made the topic interesting. Actually, I love reading and learning about ancient and modern religion. Currently I’m reading the Bible and I find it fascinating. I’m part Nigerian (thanks to my father) and American (thanks to my mother) so their histories also fascinate me as well. I’ve never been to Nigeria so any information I know about the country is from my father, who was born in Lagos Nigeria in 1947 under British Rule. As a writer of vampire fiction, my goal is to represent as many races and different cultures as possible. There’s a Native American (Choctaw) character in my novella, Kei. Family Matters. I was curious if there were any references to vampire or vampire-like creatures in Yoruba mythology. Before writing my novel, Deamhan, I brushed up on psychic vampires in vampire lore from around the world. I’m a huge fan of sanguine (blood) vampires, but I also felt like psychic vampires don’t have the spotlight they deserve. So, I asked my father and he mentioned the word “Aje.” First, a brief history. According to Yoruba mythology, the very first two Orishas were Olurun, the father, and his two children, Oduduwa and Obatala; brother and sister. Brother and sister had a few children (incest much)and their male child, Ogun, violated the mother. Her body exploded, creating more Orishas, one of them being Aje. Aje is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. However, Aje also means energy. It’s a type of spiritual power that both men and women have, however, women are controllers of it. This type of energy can be good or bad, depending on how the owner uses it. The Aje from Christian/western mythology is primarily a female witch who sleeps with her legs up (sometimes.) She sucks blood. She releases her spirit and at midnight she flies to meet others like her under an oak tree. It’s inherited but Aje can change others by giving them tainted food. She’s called a witch, a vampire, and an evil spirit. So, do I personally think that Aje means witch or references witch? No. First, I had to look at the history behind the name and what it meant before it was “tainted” by western thought. I’m still trying to understand this lore because, well…I find it interesting. I want to know how this can fit into my writing and I believe that it’ll benefit me as an author to brush up on not only Western mythology but other mythologies as well. What I do know is that Nigerian religion (polytheistic) has influenced many religions in the Western world like Santeria, practiced in Cuba, and Candomble in Brazil. Both are rooted in Yoruba mythology. I’m not knowledgeable in the subject (yet) but I hope to be one day. How can I not be? Just look at this beautiful photography by James C. Lewis. It’s beautiful. This is what inspires me to know and to write more about mythology.      (Photos by James C. Lewis. Noire300Studios.) http://www.noire3000studios.com/album/yorubaafricanorishas?p=1#10 There are some fantastic articles about the subject. http://www.abibitumikasa.com/forums/showthread.php/35428-ARTICLE-AJE-The-Energy-The-Persona http://www.nairaland.com/781645/yoruba-mythology http://www.africapublic.com/african-myth-the-yoruba-creation-story-nigeria/