Goddess University: Furiosa

Okay, so Furiosa isn’t a goddess, she’s a character in Mad Max: Fury Road. She doesn’t even have magical powers or supernatural forces of any kind. She looks like Charlize Theron, so she has that going for her, but being beautiful is not exactly an asset in her world. I read Cindy Fazzi’s film review of Mad Max: Fury Road that touches on the feminist themes at work in this film. In fact, I read the review on the way home from seeing the film and it was such a joy to see that someone else understood the same things I…

Notebooks

On the way to the gym this morning, I heard this story on NPR  in which Eric Weiner reported that Moleskine’s business is booming, and research shows that  all the cool kids write in notebooks now. I was fascinated but also horrified by this story. Listening to an interview with a guy who revealed that he wrote in notebooks like it was a new idea made me feel  sort of the way I did when the lady who wrote Freedom Writers came to town and everyone at the school where I worked got very excited about her revolutionary teaching technique of having her students write in journals.  My…

Goddess University: Brigid

St. Brigid of Kildare is my homegirl.  I love her so much that I chose her name for my Confirmation name a few years ago.  That’s right, my name is Maureen Teresa Brigid O’Leary Wanket. Better recognize. I based a whole series of books on Brigid, who is in fact an ancient Celtic fertility goddess, as well as one of the three patron saints of Ireland.  Her lore is vast and complex, way more than can be handled in a single blog post, or even a single blog site. My laptop would explode if I tried. I had to write three…

A Press Release About The Arrow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Geminid Press, LLC is pleased to announce that two of its new urban fantasy novels, The Arrow (Children of Brigid Trilogy Book One) and Keeper Chronicles: Awakening, both from women authors, have garnered recent critical acclaim, including being named finalists in Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. The two books feature strong female protagonists who struggle as much with demons and apocalyptic mayhem as they do with profound and metaphorically universal coming-of-age issues. In The Arrow, a powerful young healer, Fynn Kildare, discovers that a pharmaceutical company’s greed threatens humanity….

8 Urban Fantasy Archetypes You Deal With Every Day

Urban Fantasy is a great escape from reality. Yet if you think about it, you face the following Urban Fantasy archetypes every day. Challenge Okay, so maybe you aren’t a soldier in an ancient vampire war, or facing an impending demon horde.  But everyone faces challenge. A challenge can be anything from fighting an illness to finishing a project. Maybe your challenge isn’t as life-threatening as a literal demon trying to physically kill you, but we all have our own figurative demons to wrestle. City Settings are as   in normal life as in Urban Fantasy. The City may be…

7 Habits of Highly Effective Urban Fantasy Heroes and Heroines

If one of my favorite Urban Fantasy protagonists wrote a self-help book, that would be awesome.  There is nothing I face in my daily life that an Urban Fantasy heroine doesn’t have to deal with on a much more horrifying scale.  The advice she would have would be so helpful in facing the pitfalls of everyday business, romance, and life. A self-help book written by a character who has to save the world from paranormal evil all while balancing a troublesome cross-species attraction to a paranormal hottie who may or may not be plotting to kill her couldn’t be anything but amazing. For example, in…

6 Inspiring 80’s and 90’s Urban Fantasy Movies

Some of my greatest inspiration in writing Urban Fantasy comes from the movies of the 80’s and 90’s.  They are absurd, overly stylized and loud, but so is Urban Fantasy as a genre.  I make no apologies for my taste in urban fantasy movies. If you’re going to have shape-shifters, monsters and vampires, they might as well be flashy. Here are 6 movies that tell the stories of supernatural creatures in urban settings with an uncommon amount of pathos, style, and loud synthesizer music. Cat People Nastassja Kinski’s gorgeous eyes alone are paranormal.  In this remake of the 1942 horror…

The Best Writer’s Tools Ever

I am a stationery junkie.  Last time I had a rare night all to myself, I went to Office Depot to look at stuff and stayed so late that the poor salespeople had to follow me around the store and ask me politely to leave so that they could go home. Last night I attended the final course of my graduate program. Today I bought notebooks, pencils and pens to celebrate. Whenever the going got difficult, the thought of my fingers around the cool smooth surface of a world class pencil kept me going. Here is the list of my all-time favorite writer’s tools.  I do much of…

Why I Love Mother’s Day

My parents didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day either. Hallmark holidays, they scoffed when I brought home construction paper cards and tissue paper flowers from school. They were good parents with no patience for false sentiment. My husband is the youngest of seven children in a family that did celebrate Mother’s Day. It would make him happy, he said, if we did too. I draw upon my late mother-in-law for inspiration on how to behave on the occasion. We visited her house on the second Sunday in May in the last years of her life, sharing potluck suppers with our enormous family. When I sat…

Goddess University: Kuan Yin

I know when I need a dose of goddess Kuan Yin when I start daydreaming about sleeping. Forget the fantasy worlds and story ideas that normally occupy my mind; when I’m truly stressed, I fantasize about nothing more than just being allowed to drop out of my life for days and sleep. When my life of full time teaching, grad school, and writing become less like surfing and more like surviving a tsunami, then Kuan Yin is always there to remind me to calm down. Kuan Yin is an east Asian goddess of mercy and peace. I love that word, mercy. When I…