HOLIDAY HIATUS!

The Flipside of Julianne will be on haitus for regular features for the holiday season until 2017! Anything that has been already scheduled will be posted as per the agreement made 🙂

Happy Holidays!!

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FanExpo Canada – August 28th to August 31st, 2014

Well my lovelies, the time has come – FanExpo Canada runs this weekend (August 28th to August 31st) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada!

The good news is that I will be attending, listed as a professional guest!! How cool is that?? Oh and have I mentioned my name sits sandwiched between Matt Smith and Ian Somerhalder?? Further sandwiched by two Star Fleet Captains?? I think I might be in fangirl heaven!

My table is L63 outside the entrance to Hall G in the South Building, and I will have copies of Days with the Undead: Book One and Glimpses of the Undead available for sale. In addition, I’ll have a few anthologies my stories appear in for sale but they’re limited. If you purchase a book, I’ll sign it for #FREE!!

To help celebrate FanExpo weekend, Phrenic Press has reduced my short story The Dead of Penderghast Manor on Amazon to #FREE! Go and download it!!

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There Will Be A Short Intermission

Hello FlipSide followers! Due to an unforeseen injury, I’ll be taking a small break from all posts that are not currently scheduled to feature an author or a book. I’ll be back soon!

Returning To Your Regularly Scheduled Programming… Shortly

Hi! Thanks for baring with me over the holidays! I hope everyone had a lovely time and that you were able to spend lots of time with those you care about!

That being said, I will be returning full force next Monday (January 13) with an all new schedule and some fantastic new features!

If you’re interested in appearing on the blog, or taking part in my next interview series, get in touch – JulianneMSnow (at) gmail (dot) com – or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter!

~ Julie

An Odd Way to Determine If You Have a Life…

I saw this on Facebook today and I had to give it a try.

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 of these 239 films, you have no life. I had to see…

( x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
(x) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) The Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 9

(x) The Princess Bride
( ) Anchorman
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
(x) Saw
(x) Saw II
(x) White Noise
(x) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 18

(x) Scream
(x) Scream 2
(x)Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
() American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 22

( ) Harry Potter 1
( ) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(x) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 26

( ) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
( ) The Grinch
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(x) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
() Robots
Total so far: 34

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(x) KING KONG
Total so far: 47

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
( x) Final Destination 2
(x ) Final Destination 3
(x ) Halloween
(x) The Ring
(x) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
Total so far: 55

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
(x) Ghost Ship
(x) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
(x) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
() The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 61

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child’s Play
(x ) Seed of Chucky
(x ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
(x) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
() Remember the Titans
() Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
(x ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 72

(x) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremacy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
(x) Predator II
(x) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 78

(x) Independence Day
(x) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
(x) Darkness Falls
(x) Christine
(x) ET
(x) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss’s Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 86

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 96

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
( ) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
(x) Sky High
(x) Jeepers Creepers
(x) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
(x) Reign of Fire
(x) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
( ) Shrek 2
(x) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(x) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
() Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
(x) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 114

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 120

( ) Baseketball
(x) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman
(x) House of 1000 Corpses
(x) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
(x) Mothman Prophecies
(x) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 127

(x) The Jackel
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
(x) Night Watch
( ) Monsters Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
(x) Willard
Total so far: 133

(x) High Tension
(x) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total so far 139

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
(x) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) The Hills Have Eyes
(x) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
(x) The Last House on the Left
(x) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
Total so far : 146

( ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
() Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 149

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
(x) Jumanji
(x) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
(x) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
(x) Hannibal
Complete Total: 158

So apparently I don’t have a life… How many have you seen?

Rejection Letters and Constructive Feedback

I received a rejection letter this morning. It happens. Sometimes the stories that we write just don’t fit the call. It happened to me twice last week, though admittedly one publisher wanted to hold on to my story for another anthology so that’s what I like to call the rejection-acceptance letter. 😉

I’m an author. Rejection letters are part and parcel of the business.

Today’s rejection letter has puzzled me however. Contained within are the standard “I liked your story but it didn’t make the cut…” platitudes we always hear. But there’s also some constructive feedback I’m finding hard to digest.

So I’ve come to you – my readers and friends – to ask your opinion.

The editor made the comment that I am “keen on overly describing things” and offered an example:

The anger was gone from his posture, but the words were sharpened like knives; each one of them penetrated her heart, causing it to burst with pain.

The editor also gave me their suggestion for how they would have restructured/written the line:

His anger had faded, but every word still felt like a stab.

To put it into context, because it is hard to judge based on a single sentence, here’s the meat of the story around it:

“Babe! You’re not listening again.” Melinda gently spoke into the face of her irate boyfriend. “I need to do this – it’s the only way.”

“There has to be another way, Mel. What you’re planning is illegal and could well get you killed! My life is not worth that.” Lucas shouted back at her, hoping that his volume would help her to see sense.

“It’s worth it to me,” she spoke in a whisper, wiping away the tears as they coursed down her face. “We’re barely making ends meet now as it is and with you not working, we’ll never come up with the money for the surgery. Please understand I’m doing this for you, for us!”

Her passionate speech didn’t have the desired effect on Lucas and she was disheartened to see him stalk across their modest sized, one bedroom apartment to grab his coat. “If you do this, we’re over. Simple as that.”

The anger was gone from his posture, but the words were sharpened like knives; each one of them penetrated her heart, causing it to burst with pain. He looked at her one last time before roughly grabbing the doorknob and jerking it toward him.

“You can’t leave now, it’s almost time for your medicat–“

The hard slam of the door was her only response.

So here’s my question to you – am I not being critical enough of my descriptive tendencies?  As an author my goal is to paint a picture in the reader’s mind; to have them see what I see. But do I go too far? Or is it a question of style preference?

Comments are greatly appreciated!

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IndieGoGo Campaign: The Great Interruption

The Great Interruption will follow the perils of a young girl as everyone around her slowly vanishes. She will grow up in a world alone and then be forced to deal with impact of everyone’s return. The novel will parallel the experiences of every person growing up. As young people move away from family physically and symbolically, they must decide who they are and what of their family they intend to keep with them. This identity can be complicated by returning to the people that had been left behind in the journey. The mystery of The Great Interruption will have to be discovered by the characters, the readers, and the backers of this project.

An IndieGoGo Project by Jay Wilburn

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If you are able to contribute, please do. Jay is a man with a plan, who’s looking to get something cooking. He needs your help, so if you can, give him a hand.

Your money will certainly not be wasted. Plus he’s going to give you goodies if you give him money – consider it bartering.

And trust me, in the end, you get the better end of the deal. Jay is a fantastic author and you will not be disappointed with his writing.

If you wish to pledge, please visit his campaign on IndieGoGo – The Great Interruption.

The Next Big Thing…

I’ve bowed to the pressure and accepted the challenge of The Next Big Thing from my dear friend and fellow Snow, Rebecca. She blogs over at Rebecca Snow – Cemetery Flower; where she writes from the house because the Zombies are at the door.

It’s not really a daunting task, mainly you just need to answer the questions below and then post next week after the person that nominated you. Then you’re supposed to tag five victims other authors for the next week (it should be Wednesday January 2nd, but with the holidays, I am posting a day late).

What is the working title of your book?

At this point, I’ve been toying with a few different titles. I won’t know what it will end up being until the first draft is finally finished. But just to give you a teaser, it will either be called… The Sanity of Insomnia or Shift.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for this book materialized on one of the many nights that I lay awake plagued by persistent insomnia. It all centers on the question: what happens when we fall asleep?

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a genre-bending horror tale with science fiction undertones.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, that’s a good question. I’d love to see Carrie-Anne Moss playing the main female lead named Catherine and Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing one of the two main male leads. The other male lead would be played by Alan Tudyk, in a perfect world of course.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sleep is essential to our sanity, but what if sleep was merely a portal to a different life?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

At this point, the book will be self-published, but I’m always open to what may happen.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m still currently writing the first draft and with all of my other obligations, it’s coming out slowly, but surely. I’m hoping to be completely finished sometime in the spring. I cannot wait for this to hit the shelves as it will showcase a completely different side to me.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Honestly, I cannot think of any at the moment. Not that I’m trying to say that there are no other books that are similar, I just haven’t come across any that are.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The need to get the story out of my head. It’s hard to live with different story lines fighting for attention. The life of a storyteller is difficult one because you are always at the beck and call of your muses.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It will make you reconsider what you thought you knew about sleep, especially what you dream about.

Now for my five two choices (and these are in no particular order):

Wolf Scott

Alex Chase

Hopefully next week, you’ll be seeing a blog post from them!

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Flowers for Evelene – Free Book Offer from Nina D!!

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