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?

Join Me!

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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

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/

Blog Hop!

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I’m thrilled to be part of Mel Chesley’s Blog Hop! This being my first time taking part in a Blog Hop, I honestly don’t know what to expect. Well, let me get started about who I am. My pseudonym is Isaiyan Morrison. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I currently reside in  Texas with my two cats, three pit bull dogs (who I love so much,) and two guinea pigs. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and I constantly dreamed about becoming successful at it one day. At 20 I joined the military and moved to San Diego. I placed writing on the back burner and served four years. Later I moved to Hollywood and lived there for about three years before I moved back to Minnesota. At that time I decided to ignore my fears and pursue my dream of becoming an author. I went to school and continued to write. Unfortunately, I was sidetracked by video games (another passion of mine.) From 2010 until 2011 I was sponsored to play in video game tournaments. I traveled all over America, Canada, and the Caribbean. It was during this time that a few publishers started to become interested in my novel Deamhan and I took my boyfriend’s advice. Stop playing and start taking your writing dream seriously. So here I am. Deamhan is scheduled to be released late 2013 by Rainstorm Press and I’m currently in talks with the company to have the second book in the series titled Sensual Appetite published as well. I’m currently working on a novella series titled Sphere as well as the third Deamhan book, Maris. The Brotherhood Files. So there you have it. Just a little about me. If you’d like to follow me, I’ve included several ways you can do that.   1. Follow my blog by submitting your email to the link on your left! 2. Follow me on twitter by also clicking on my twitter profile on your left! 3. Follow me on Google+ by also clicking on the Google+ image on your left! 4. If you’d rather do the whole Networked Blogs thing, you can click on the Networked Blogs image on your right! If you’re interested in my novel Deamhan you can visit the website as well.  Every week I’m releasing two to three character profiles along. You can also read the short synopsis and follow that blog as well. Or you can just click on the sites below! Facebook Page Twitter Google+ Goodreads Thanks for stopping by!

The Week my Writing Schedule Went to Sh*t

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I had my writing schedule planned for this week. I knew what I’d work on and revise. By Friday (today) I expected to be about 15,000 words in on the third novel in the Deamhan series (untitled at the moment,) and about halfway through the second episode in the Sphere series . . . I’m so far away from my goal. At first I felt depressed then I decided that no writing goal is perfect.  I went to the gym, worked out with my personal (and cute) trainer, and released some tension. This is how I felt all this week, writing  the third book in the Deamhan series (which is technically the fourth book if you count Maris. The Brotherhood Files)   This is how I felt revising the second episode in the Sphere series But this is how I feel today after returning from the gym. I’ve been on a nonstop roll. I forced myself to take a thirty minute break, playing some COD: Black Ops 2 Zombies on my Xbox, to give my mind some time to relax. So I guess this week hasn’t been that bad after all. Along with this, I have another reason to celebrate! The website for my upcoming novel from Rainstorm Press titled “Deamhan” went live a few days ago! If you haven’t already, you can go to the website by clicking the “deamhan” tab above or you can click here. Every week I’ll reveal two character profiles on the site, leading up to the official release of the novel! So please, stop by and check it out! NOTE: By the way, these writertopia images are fantastic! You can find them here along with other writing tools!