5 Random Thoughts I Had When I Wrote THE ARROW (The Children of Brigid Trilogy, Book One)

I am surrounded by goddesses. I hand wrote the first chapter while on a retreat with a group of twelfth grade girls from one of the schools where I used to work. These students were powerfully intelligent, capable, kind, and just so cool. The retreat center was on the banks of Lake Tahoe, a really gorgeous location. As the sun was setting the first night, I watched the water and snow-covered mountains turn pink then purple. I was surrounded by young women who were set to take over the world and make it a place that made more sense, despite…

Goddess University: Gemma Teller

If you have not yet watched the F/X series Sons of Anarchy all the way through to the last, then stop reading this post. SPOILER ALERT. The entire thing is on Netflix right now. Watch it. Return in a week. Gemma Teller is the matriarch of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle “club”, the mother of the main character Jax. She resembles the Hindu goddess Kali in her destructive power. Also like Kali, she means to destroy only harmful people, yet ends up destroying much more. Katey Sagal, real-life wife of the series creator and writer Kurt Sutter, plays Gemma Teller….

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….

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…

A Snazzy Quote

A student in my Advanced Placement class just asked me for a “snazzy quote about the important of perseverance as a writer” to augment his research project about what it takes to be an author. This particular student is a brilliant writer himself and also a nice person. He’s the kind of young man that makes a teacher glad to work the job. The future of our world is in good hands with the likes of him, and of all my students. The pressure to come up with an original snazzy quote is more than I can bear on a Tuesday…

Goddess University: Athena the Multitasker

This past week, I was assigned five hundred seventy-eight pages to edit and revise in three days. In a perfect storm of events, the final edits for both my latest novel and my Masters project came in on the same day.  That meant that this week, I had five hundred seventy-eight pages to edit, revise, and submit, five classes a day to teach, a sober grad night party committee to lead, out-of-town guests for dinner, my family to care for, two blog entries to write, a new novel in progress, three class sets of papers to grade, two other published novels to market, and four separate meetings with a student’s parent,…