AU Beauty and The Beast

when Belle shows up to try to swap herself so her dad can go free, the beast  discovers that her dad is a quirky inventor and is like, “You’re really pretty, but I think I’m gonna fund your dad’s inventing shit. Since the town is going to take your house, you can hang around if you want.” So the Beast lets Pops out of jail and funds his inventing projects, including an unstoppable siege weapon. Beast, Pops, and Belle overrun the whole town, being sure to crush Gaston and all the townsfolk who have been trying to commit Pops to the loony bin and steal his house. To this day, the town is still inhabited by animated household items.

Doll House

I had one that I adored. It even amazed my male adult friends. I loved it, but like so many other things, I reached a point where I didn’t have room for it. I miss it. On my Tumblr, I follow a site called lookatthislittlething that posts photos of minis. My heart melted the other day when I saw this

which originally came from here. Follow the link for close-ups of the rooms. Amazing work and beautiful.

Fantasy Subgenres Explained

Look, it’s very simple —

Urban Fantasy: Fantasy set in a city
High Fantasy: Fantasy set in the mountains
Low Fantasy: Fantasy set in the Netherlands
Fantasy of Manners: Fantasy set in manors
Epic Fantasy: Fantasy in the form of a lengthy narrative poem
Fairy Tale Fantasy: Fantasy about fairies with tails
Science Fantasy: Science fiction but there’s an annoying pedant in the seat behind you saying that it’s fantasy because FTL travel isn’t real plus the Force, what about that
Sword and Sorcery: The party must include a magic user, a cleric, a fighter, and a thief
Weird Fiction: Like, the characters know they’re in a book and some of the text is upside down and stuff like that
Steampunk: Everyone has cybernetic enhancements but get this, they’re CLOCKWORK
Dieselpunk: Like Steampunk, but the cybernetic enhancements require diesel fuel
Mythpunk: Like Steampunk, but the cybernetic enhancements have tiny gods in them
Grimdark: When the superheroes change their costumes so that now they’re in dark colors, weird
Magic Realism: Like when your aunt actually believes that if you put the knife under the crystal pyramid, it will totally get sharper
Paranormal Romance: Fantasy with naughty bits
Young Adult Fantasy: One of the above genres marketed to a group that will actually buy it

See? Easy.

Bully’s Eye

I am being bullied at work by a senior professor.

I am not the only one.

I am the only one who is ready to take it to the next level and have a discussion with the dean about stopping it.

This means that I will either become a hero, and the bully will really,truly, and absolutely despise me, or I will be treated like a hysterical, crazy woman to be burned at the stake. Well, I suppose they might just tell me to thicken my skin. They also might tell me to get a lawyer and sue the bully. In any case, I’ll have a huge target on my back (or head), and in any case, I don’t see it ending well.

Still, someone has to do it. Someone has to make it stop because the behavior is prolific and grossly unfair.

What A Surprise

For the last two months, things have been a little…weird with the publisher of my Camellia books, and now I know why. The former CEO sold the company. The messages we are getting from the new owners are very encouraging, and it looks like Eternal Press and Damnation Books will now be imprints of a larger publishing company that will provide a much wider range of genres, including erotic adult color books (meow). They even plan to make an imprint for YA, which will be good for FAIREST. They plan to increase the marketing budget, so sales should be a boost. That will make everyone happy, and the new owners hope that, by changing the name and breathing some good will into the current authors, they can change the current feelings that authors have about Damnation/Eternal Press.

You see, if you Google either of those companies, you will find as many blurbs from authors who have copyright issues as you will promo announcements. I can’t speak to this, as none of my contracts have run out yet. I can say that the former CEO treated me and my projects with utmost respect and attention. She was always very kind, helpful, and patient with me, and I wish her the very best in whatever she goes on to do. I believe this is not the case with every author who writes for those companies, but again, my experience has been very positive.

Sometimes, you inherit problems from your predecessor that never go away. Maybe you end up being part of the problem or your life gets too out of control to properly do your job. This is when you bow out, which is what the CEO did. Still, it was a shock. None of the authors knew this was coming until it was here. For the sake of my books, my contracted but as yet unpublished books, and all the other authors, I hope the new owners stay true to their promises. For a change of pace, I will try to be optimistic about it.