Cindy: The Kardashians Meet The Addams Family at Disneyworld

Image via Cindy’s official Facebook page. Click to go to the kickstarter.

So, I got an email the other day that began thusly:

Larry Wilson here. I co-wrote and co-produced Beetlejuice, co-wrote The Addams Family, wrote and directed for six seasons of Tales from the Crypt.

“Sure you did,” I thought.

I found you through your blog’s review of The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy

“Okay,” I thought. “That is in fact a thing I wrote. But this could still be a creative spammer or scammer.”

and I’m so excited to share my new project with you. It’s a web series called CINDY (youtube.com/cindyseries), that I think will especially appeal to fans of Peter and Wendy.

“Oooo, linkage! And moar literary webness! I’m listening.”

The character Cindy is a foster child (read: maid, unpaid personal assistant and emotional punching bag.) Her “family” are reality TV superstars who make the Kardashians look warm and fuzzy. Then add a Fairy Godmother with a drug problem, a handsome prince who is over twice Cindy’s age, and a young PA who’s fallen in love with Cindy and is determined to rescue her, even if it ends his TV career before it’s really started.

The result is a web series with every ounce of wit and snark a Beetlejuice or Addams Family fan would expect.

“I believe wit, snark, and an intersection of pop culture and classic fantasy are relevant to the interests of Thalia’s Musings fans.” And, based on the trailers I saw, that’s pretty much what Cindy is.

We just launched a Kickstarter to raise money for the post production of CINDY…

So it came to pass that I composed a blog post to bring Cindy to my readers’ attention. Having not seen any full episodes, I can’t tell you much more about the series than what Larry’s email or the Kickstarter pitch have said about it. But the trailer and teasers were a fun watch, and I think the series will be, too, if it makes it out of post production and onto my computer screen. The Kickstarter has just 8 days left, so if Cindy looks like something you want to add to your YouTube literary obsessions, click here and check it out!

Update on Baroness

You may have noticed that my blog posts have been kind of lazy lately, and that last week there wasn’t one at all. That’s because Baroness, my YA steampunk dystopian work-in-progress, has been taking most of my energy. And, for a while there, it really was taking my energy. Draining it. Like some kind of possessed evil fey tome.

Usually when a writing project is doing this to me, there is something wrong with it. And usually it takes me about 10,000 words too long to acknowledge this because I don’t want to scrap the thousands of words that came before them. This time was no exception.

But I finally came to my senses and deconstructed my manuscript so I could rebuild it…better…faster…stronger.

So this week the rough draft of Baroness went from nearly 25,000 words to a little over 3,000 words. They’re better words. Words I look forward to building upon instead of dreading. Words that I will probably not complete by the end of the year like I’d hoped, but that I’ll be much happier with when they are completed.

Okay, enough. Back to writing moar words!

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Postmodern Songs of the Summer

So, now that summer’s been officially over for a week, what was the Song of the Summer? What song will bring us back to the summer of 2014 whenever we hear it on whatever platform we’re listening to years and decades from now?

Whatever your answer is, I guarantee the original can’t beat Postmodern Jukebox’s cover.

“Fancy” - Vintage 1920’s Flapper-Style Iggy Azalea Cover ft. Ashley Stroud

“Rude” - Vintage 1950’s Sock-Hop-Style MAGIC! cover ft. Von Smith

“All About That [Upright] Bass” - Jazz Meghan Trainor Cover ft. Kate Davis

“Problem” - Vintage Doo-Wop Ariana Grande Cover ft. The Tee-Tones

“Really Don’t Care” – Vintage Motown-Style Demi Lovato Cover ft. Morgan James

Did I miss your song of the summer? Let me know in the comments, and if you’ve got a favorite cover, post it! And check out more of Postmodern Jukebox’s vintage awesomeness at this link.

My Harriet’s Music Club recap

Harriet’s Music Club was a side project of the concluded-for-now Pemberley Digital show Emma Approved. As some of you may remember, I was one of the first responders to “Harriet’s” call for audience participation. I’m rather proud of myself for having made it through the whole season, so I thought I’d do a post recapping all my covers.

For starters, here’s a playlist of the originals, performed by Dayanne Hutton as Harriet Smith.

“Harriet’s First Song”

This was the song Harriet used to kick off the Music Club. The guy she references is State Senator James Elton, but we all knew her heart belonged to Robert Martin regardless of Emma’s meddling.

I changed Harriet’s lyrics about her ukulele to reflect the fact that I was playing a piano.

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Cinderella: #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft

Cinderella aired on ABC Family this last weekend. I’m a sucker for a Disney marathon. Since I tend to look at Cinderella as a study in how and why people get stuck in abusive relationships, I decided to live tweet it under the #WhyIStayed hashtag in the title character’s voice. This post is a record of those tweets.

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10 Books That Made An Impression On Me

You’ve probably seen this challenge on Facebook already – list 10 books that have made an impression on you. When one of my friends tagged me last weekend, I decided to narrow it down to ten by focusing on books that I feel have influenced me as a writer. Here’s what I came up with, listed roughly in the order in which I first read them. All images link to listings on Barnes & Noble’s website. Continue reading

How soon should you blog about a work in progress?

Believe it or not, Google did not give me any answers to that question. I have no idea whether I’m telling you this way too soon or not soon enough. But I’m too excited to wait, so here it is…

Image via Wiki Commons

I’m working on a new novel unrelated to Thalia’s Musings. It’s a young adult steampunk dystopia inspired by the 19th century American “robber baron” industrialists, tentatively titled Baroness. Absolutely everything in the previous sentence is subject to change at this point. I’m 10,000 words in, which is about 1/8th of its projected length.

The plan for this one is to query the manuscript as soon as it’s finished, find an agent, and get the book published by a major publishing house. Don’t worry, I have no intention of abandoning Thalia’s Musings. But Thalia’s Musings 4 will conclude the series, so I have to start thinking beyond it now. I hope my readers will follow me to whatever projects come next (hopefully there’ll be many, many more). I’m looking forward to bringing you more updates about this one!