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Short, Sharp Interview: Dan Weatherer
PDB: Can you pitch The Soul That Screamed in 25 words or less?
A collection of horror shorts to suit all (dis)tastes
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
I really enjoyed ‘Seven Psychopaths’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ is kind of a guilty pleasure. ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ are my top television picks, though to be honest I watch relatively little TV!
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
That’s a tough one. Personally, not if you have a real desire to write and to write well.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
I see myself at the very beginning of my writing career, and so would not rule out trying my hand at either. In fact I have already written and produced a short film (‘The Legend of the Chained Oak’) which we will be screening at various festivals next year. That project may lead into me writing a feature length script. I also intend to make some of my short stories into films with a local film maker sometime in 2014.
Whenever I am looking to add authenticity or obscurity into a story, I’ll hit the books/internet.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
As I am just starting to make a name for myself, Social Media has become invaluable! I also like the fact I can reach readers directly, either for feedback or just to build a rapport. The personal touch goes a long way, and I have been taken aback by the sheer amount of support I have received from people I have never met!
PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?
2014 will see the release of ‘The Legend of the Chained Oak’; we have high hopes of success for the project. There will also be more collaboration with film makers and artists. Now I have secured the talents of Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard as my agent, I’ll be working hard to push my debut collection ‘The Soul that Screamed’ to a wider audience. Oh, and if I find the time…possibly a new book! Agnes Ferry has quite the fan club or so I hear…
BIO: Dan Weatherer began writing horror after losing his job at the start of 2013, a cruel twist of fate that turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
Discovered and published by Scathe meic Beorh, his first ever tale “The Legend of the Chained Oak” was an immediate success and was made into a movie, due Autumn 2014.
His next major project was a solo collection of short stories titled “The Soul That Screamed” (released Oct 23rd 2013.) He will also collaborate with film-maker John Williams in the near future.
“Gilbert’s Well” is his first attempt at writing for a younger audience.
He lives in Staffordshire, where is married to his beautiful wife Jenni and is a (proud) full time dad to his daughter Bethany.
Social Media Hiatus—What I Learned
Writing breaks suck! There is no other way to sum it up. The choice to break from social media to heal was helpful, but forcing myself to break from writing was torture. The inner writing demons are not happy. Here are some things I learned:
1. Boredom can lead to cross-breeding, creating zonkeys. The genius behind this is a real zack-ass.
2. Benders are overrated. Except coffee ones.
3. Windows 8 hates me.
4. There are so many more types of Solitaire computer games (Pyramid, Tri Peaks, Klondike). Love them all.
5. Rocky movies never get old. I imagine The Expendables won’t get old either. Sly still has it!
6. Sky Cloud makes me picture my data in the sky on a cloud every time I see the phrase.
7. Low Winter Sun is one of the coolest titles for a cable series.
8. Ray Donovan is one of the best show’s this year (it’s right up there with squeezable grape jelly).
9. Commercials look more like movie trailers these days.
10. Clearly, I watched too much t.v.
11. If you fudge your age, eventually you will have to do the math.
12. There was too much time on my hands for me to make a list like this.
So happy to be back!
Dan Blank on Jul 26 2013
Put simply, this is how you judge the value of anyone you are connected to on social media:
X = (A*B)+(C*D)/E
A = number of Twitter followers you have
B = size of your email list
C = # of Facebook fans
D = # of daily repins on Pinterest
E = the likelihood that you can introduce me to Seth Godin or Malcolm Gladwell
X here, represents your value, or your “Base Author Recommendation Factor” or BARF score for short. In other words: exactly how valuable are you as a friend. What do you do with this X number once you have it? Oh, so many things, all of which are shielded from authors by the “powers that be” in publishing.
For more secrets of your BARF Score, click on Writer Unboxed » The B.A.R.F. Score: How To Know if Social Media is Working For You.
What can I say that won’t bore you to tears? This blog is about my book which I have chosen to write as a form of therapy. My childhood was rough, to put it nicely, and as I grew into my thirties the reality of it hit me in the face one day. I was so upset one day after one of my mother’s incidents I left the house in the middle of the night and just drove around in the dark for a few hours.
I wrote the incidents in my journal and that had helped a little bit but it didn’t help me get away from my mother. A lot was going on in my life at that point in time and it was hard to get away, mentally and physically, from the verbal abuse she would instill on me. Things finally changed and I was awarded the opportunity to move across the country. What a blessing.
I have made a home for myself in a small house with my two furry children, who always listen and never say bad things to me. Life is good. It is at this time I found the time and mental strength to write my memoirs into a book. Some may love it, some may like it and some may hate it. Everyone has their own opinion and I respect that. My intent is to write and publish my memories so I can understand my life and move forward and if it helps others along the way then that is a wonderful bonus.
My passion is educating children. Teaching for 13 years has given me great perspective and patience on life and the world around me. I volunteer for a local dog rescue to help lessen death and increase love. I have two rescued furry creatures in my home who are spoiled and loved as they should be since they put up with my crazy work hours. I love to bake/cook and share my goodies with anyone who wants a taste. I have a secret nerdy side for Donald Duck, Scooby-Doo collectibles and love to watch 80’s cartoons(really the best era for toons 🙂 ). That’s all for now. . .if I tell you everything then what secrets will I have? 😉
In the last two weeks I have discovered that the book writing and publishing process is not as easy as one might think. I have heard about people self-publishing and thought it would be easier than traditional publishing not to mention less expensive. I have just barely started looking into the self publishing and discovered it is not as economical as I thought it was going to be. Sure it is still a money saver compared to traditional publishing, editing and artwork design, but still not in my budget. I have read many, many articles, blogs and websites debating the pros and cons of each but I still can’t come to a decision.
If I go with self-publishing I have to market the book myself, but then I ask will a publishing company really help with the marketing or is that something extra I will need to pay someone to do? Artwork for the cover, even if it just the title, costs money but without it my chances are slim as my stick figure drawings are not going to grasp anyone’s attention. Then the editing, I really don’t want to skimp on that. There is nothing worse than reading a book and having a pencil in your hand so you can correct the typos as you go. I have run into this many times even with big name authors. Sorry, but it’s true. Then there’s the marketing, Yes, it’s a littler easier in the present days of social media. When I was growing up we had a tv and a phone attached to the wall, one has that round dial thing that you stick your finger in instead of the push buttons, to make connections with people. Yes, I am that old. Anyway, that’s a different story for another time. You had to pay someone to help you get the word out about what it is you’re selling. Now you can plaster things all over the internet for anyone to see which seems simple, but it’s not if you want to reach the right market in a certain period of time. **sigh** Maybe I just need to concentrate of finishing the book and then worry about the other stuff later.
Do you, dear reader, have any suggestions for a new writer?
I had originally thought that I would write my book as this secret healing process and when I was done I would let the world know. Well, my plans have changed. I have found that talking to a few close friends has given me more support than if I had tried to write this book on my own. I should have known better to never go it alone. Their advice/opinions have been invaluable and I don’t know what I would do without such a great support group of friends and family. I have realized that asking for help goes beyond talking to a therapist to work out my life issues. Friends and family are there to help no matter what it is you need. Someone is available to give advice or lend a hand.
I have turned to my friends for help on my book. Their opinions mean the world to me and I will take what they say to further my self and my writing. Thank you to those that have given up time in their lives to lend a hand, you know who you are.
- Self-publishing has become a cult (salon.com)
- Champagne: The secret to getting published (kuuleilani.wordpress.com)
- Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: The Reader’s Perspective | Jack Woe (jblog.universal-nexus.com)
- Weird and Wacky World of Comics – Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter (grizzlybomb.com)
This is a guest contribution by Marya Jan, blogging coach from Writing Happiness.
What’s the biggest excuse you hear from people who are not getting the results they want from their blogging?
“I don’t know anyone online.”
Not ‘my content might not be good’. Not ‘I don’t a clear idea of what I am doing’. Not ‘I know it takes time and I am learning everything I can’.
None of that. It’s always because they don’t have any connections with the big shots.
Allow me to put up my hand and say this … I have over 1,000 subscribers (multiple times over actually) and I have done this under 18 months of blogging AND without having connections with any famous people.
Welcome to a new friend: Roisin E. White Barrett | Confidence: Knowing that you’re great even when no one else knows it yet.
this report will offer an overview of the European Airline industry and a profile of five European airlines; namely Lufthansa, Air France, Ryanair, Easyjet and Aer Lingus. The report explores each Airlines engagement with, and use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as their utilisation of mobile applications. The report contains industry data and analysis on each Airlines social media performance by utilising Boss Metrics Analysis.
Social media networks offer the opportunity to build and foster online communities. This will present online prospects to enhance service value by listening to existing and prospective customers discussing the brand and other related matters. An airline can attempt to discover what their customers have in common, as well as issues that customers share with each other. Social media can also be utilised to generate feedback and comment and build customer loyalty and retention.
Team Name: Innovaders
Team members: Christopher Devaney, John Dunne, Carl Delaney, Roisin White Barrett, Emer Butler.
Christy is a freelance writer who sends out Kapows of social media, business and technology. She owns Poetic Parfait, an online community for poetry, music and inspiration.
[Christy is amazingly reticent about herself so, here’s a recent poem.}
As I listened to “Crash into Me” today, I began to type a poem. Below are the poem I wrote and the music video.
This is christyb, hoping you pay the music, read the lines, and SAVOUR THE DAY.
Safe as a Harmony
When the beat takes you away,
You feel like you can walk for miles without
A toe to the ground, not even one time.
You imagine yourself back in rooms of love
And want to slow down the seconds
Into pieces you keep in your pocket,
Safe as a harmony, to
Emerge for rainy days.
Memories crash into my world
When I hear the beat sway, and
I wonder where your heart beats today.
Do you hear the same song?