Friday, July 29, 2011

Facebook Fan Pages

I'm about to do a little begging. In case you didn't know I have two Facebook Fan Pages (Business Pages, Author Pages, whatever you wish to call them). My Page under my pen name, Angie Derek, is doing great with just under 50 "likes" which allowed me to do the personalized URL. My Page under my real name, Angelia Almos, isn't going as strong with just over 10 "Likes". I need at least 25 to be able to personalize my URL. So, hear I am asking if you wouldn't mind "Liking" my Angelia Almos Author Page so I can get it up to the crucial 25. You can also "Like" my Angie Derek page if you want to. :-)

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

More Lessons From Tangled

As I mentioned in my previous Lessons From post, you can learn a lot about good storytelling from Tangled. I could go on and on about the various things the story does right, but I decided to focus on two items. Last time I talked about emotionally abusive and manipulative relationships. This time I want to to mention creating a character the audience can identify with.

One of my favorite scenes in the movie is the "Best Day Ever" scene where Rapunzel goes back and forth on leaving her tower. Who else thinks they accurately depict what goes on in our own minds whenever we make a big decision? In watching this scene, it got me to thinking, have I ever seen or read a scene truly depicting the back and forth that so many people do go through. I don't think so. You occasionally see a scene where a character might mull over whether it was the right decision, but the back and forth is a new one. And oh so true to human existence. I've been doing my own brand of back and forthing all spring and summer on various major decisions in my writing career and in my personal life. It's been a very interesting time. Tangled's "Best Day Ever" scene accurately expresses my own rolling emotions.

Do you have scenes where your readers can connect to your heroes? 

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Beast's Redemption Official Release Date

I'm excited to announce I have just gotten my official release date for my paranormal novella - The Beast's Redemption. The ebook will be released by The Wild Rose Press on September 28, 2011. 


Cursed shape shifter, Alexander LĂ©andre, is resigned to his fate, but that doesn’t stop him from hunting down the descendants of the sorceress who bewitched him in hopes of obtaining a cure.
Belle Beaumont is used to men never looking past her curvy figure and pretty face.  She dutifully agrees to befriend Alexander in order to protect her father’s herbal company.
A single touch changes all.  Passions flare.  When Belle discovers what Alexander is truly after and why, will she accept him for what he is?  And will her love and family knowledge be enough to break a hundred-year-old curse?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lessons from Tangled

I've been wanting to do a blog post on Tangled since the first time I saw the movie in the theater, but I couldn't decide what topic to cover. Honestly, this is one of those movies which does so many things right that it is a pure joy to watch and study (not just watch for enjoyment). I finally decided I would do a series of posts covering a few different topics instead of trying to cram them into one post. Spoilers will follow.

Onto the lesson and one of the deepest parts of the movie. Rapunzel and Mother Gothel's relationship.
The emotional abuse aspect is something I don't recall ever seeing in a Disney feature (if you can think of one please let me know). This relationship is so well orchestrated in showing the true insidiousness of an emotionally abusive relationship. How Mother Gothel subtly and not so subtly insults Raunzel to keep her dependent on her and doubting herself. How she appears to care for Rapunzel while insulting and frightening her. Listen to the dialogue in these scenes. How Rapunzel laughs off the insults when Mother Gothel sing songs "Just kidding." The scene in the mirror is particularly telling as we not only have Mother Gothel doing her thing, but it shows us how much Rapunsel wants her mother's approval (and yes, she's not her real mother, but Rapunzel thinks so). My favorite part by far is when Mother Gothel yells at Rapunzel, but then turns the tables by collapsing in a chair and sighs "Great, now I'm the bad guy." Which she is, but anyone familiar with emotional abuse knows the abuser will often use phrases such as that to victimize themselves after such a scene - you made me loose my temper, I was just telling the truth, etc.

I'm not sure how I can use this lesson yet, but if you are working on any stories where you have a character being emotionally abused I highly recommend you study the dynamics of Mother Gothel and Rapunzel's relationship.