Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Winners of the Tali Cates Contest!!!

Winners of the Tali Cates Mystery Contest!!!

Congrats to the winners of Carol Shenold’s Tali Cates Mystery Contest!!!
Dee Owens
Owner/CEO Personalized Marketing & Promotions

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Effect of a Short Story

Even in grade school I liked short stories. The one that stuck with me was a very short one I read in a comic book. It involved a child coming home after school, reaching her house, finding it dark when she opened the door, calling out and receiving no answer, reaching in to turn on the lights. Instead of the light switch her hand lands on a large spider. She screams, wakes up from the (wait or it) dream, still in class.

After school she laughs at herself for being silly, reaches home, a dark house and no answer when she calls out. This time when she reaches out, touches the spider, she doesn't wake up.

I never forgot the story. Never reach for a light switch in a dark room without the spider visiting me.

I graduated to Poe, Saki and other horror writers, read better crafted stories, but none of them took hold with the same intensity as the first. Of course, even before I read the horror comic, my grandmother prepped me with bed time stories about a killer in the 1940's who scattered body parts in the sewers of Chicago, or the lady who kept hat boxes on her shelf with children's heads stored in them. Both supposedly true stories. If my grandmother had been alive when mother found out about the sweet bedtime visits we had, mother would have killed her.

Now, surprise, I write horror, dark urban fantasy, paranormal mysteries, and love it as much as I loved those first tastes of the macabre. Safe scares, that's what it's all about. And placing characters in the situation of realizing the monster under the bed is real.

Come visit me at www.carolshenold.com

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year

It's a New Year and a New decade. So what can I accomplish by the time I hit 78?
Finish another book. Yes.
Find world peace-uh no.
Find more peace in my own life, sure, if I work at it.
Big goal for the year, finish "Dead Fairies"
Write at least 300 words a day-being realistic here. I can't do 3000 a day and work too. Just sayin'
Lose weight-rarely happens but will try to at least cut back.
So time to go write-pick up house, get ready for the kid's return and chaos to reign once again. Kind of enjoyed the peace of the blizzard and having to stay home for a while.
Did finish reading Under the Dome and loved it. Now reading Breathless, also starting out well. Keep you posted on the writing goal. Later gator.