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Fifty Shades Trilogy - Review by Katrina Passick Lumsden

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM Comments comments (29)
Fifty Shades Trilogy

Okay, I promise this is the last one. How can I resist a review that uses such colorful phrases?

stench trench,
fecal bombs from a fighter jet,
more mood swings than a menopausal schizophrenic on meth,
and my personal favorite,
magical panty hamster.

Magical panty hamster! Makes me want to run out and get one.  

What????? I already have one!

Maybe, I should read those books after all.


Here, it is. Enjoy.

Fifty Shades Freed - Review

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (5)
Fifty Shades Freed

Katrina Passick Lumsden is my new hero. I'm almost sorry that there are only three novels in this series.  Once again, I must share.

Here it is. Enjoy. Laugh. Cringe.

Another Awesome Review - Fifty Shades Darker

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (10)
Fifty Shades Darker

No, I didn't read this one either.How could I? Without having read the first book of the trilogy, how would I ever know what was going on?

Based on this review, I think I dodged a bullet. 

Thank you to Katrina Passick Lumsden for her outstanding and hilarious reviews.

Read her review here.

Best Review Ever! - Fifty Shades of Grey

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM Comments comments (10)
I've never read Fifty Shades of Grey. I've tried. Repeatedly. I just can't get past the first pages. I'm not sure why, but after watching this video review I don't feel so bad. Watch it and laugh. I did.

Katrina Passick Lumsden's Reviews > Fifty Shades of Grey

The Great Novel Contest Finalists!

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM Comments comments (13)
This is a re-post of the information from:

Columbus Creative Cooperative

The Great Novel Contest 2013 Finalists!

We are pleased to announce The Great Novel Contest 2013 Finalists!

We received 111 submissions to this year’s contest.  Our judges were very impressed with the overall quality of the submissions.

All judging was conducted blindly.  No names were provided to the judges.
The following ten novels were selected as finalists:

The Idealists’ Daughter by Erin Altemus
The Accidental by John Bartell
The Patterer by Larry Brill
Vigilant by Joan Dempsey
Graham’s Charlotte by Drew Farnsworth
Catch a Killer, Save the World by Mel Goldberg
The Bad Demon by Jason Helmandollar
The Late Michael Brown by Paul Ketzle
The Way to Go Home by Catharine Leggett
The Horizon Conspiracy and a Bag of Bones by Ben Orlando

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

These ten novels will now be forwarded to Harvey Klinger, who will select the winner and runner-up.

While the following eight novels were not selected as finalists, our judges found them to be excellent work, deserving of an honorable mention:

Blue Feathers by Ashley Barner
A Meeting in Waterloo by Byron Edgington
From the Love of Strangers by Ellen Michaelson
Royal Blood by Savannah Thorne
Only Ghosts by Carrie-Ann Tkaczyk
Womb by Mary Reed
The Light Catcher by Cynthia Rosi
What Remains by Lynn Sloan

Thank you to all of the authors who submitted your work for consideration.

While not every novel can be selected as a finalist this year, we hope that you’ll continue writing and working on your craft.

Congratulations again to the ten finalists!

ReInventing the Writer's Group

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 2:07 AM Comments comments (10)
Great news! Last week we got the old writing gang together for lunch. While enjoying a meal at Bandana's BBQ, each of us expressed an interest in getting together for a critique group. Unfortunately, none of our schedules mesh.

Rather than give up, we've decided to try it via email. Each of us will send five to ten pages of a current work to the others. As each of us find time, we will read the work and write up our critique, suggestions, and comments about the writing in an effort for each of us to improve our writing skills.

Everything is done as "reply all" so that everyone knows what the others are saying and any points that need to be clarified can be.

Since we all write in different genres, we get a great cross section of the writing  world. So far, we've had a paranormal murder mystery and a mainstream novel with several unsettling aspects. Both are really good and I can't wait to read more. Next week, I'm anticipating an academic work from one of our writers.

I've been working on short stories, taking a break from my novel, Spared Parts. It's time to let that novel marinate and get some new eyes on these short stories.

This way we get feedback from people who are serious about writing and improving their skills. We still get to meet up for lunch when we can, and as always enjoy the company of future bestselling authors!

Two Books & Burlesque!

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM Comments comments (8)

Just finished The Book of Love by Kathleen McGowan and really loved it.  Unfortunately, it was Book 2 of the trilogy so now, I have to get Book 1.  I hate starting things in the middle, but Book 2 actually stands alone--a pleasant surprise.

While waiting for Book 1 of the trilogy by McGowan, I picked up an old book I read in high school. My sister recommended it to me waaaaay back when and parts of it have stuck despite the many, many years that have passed. Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton is also part of a series, but it's the first book. I rarely read fantasy novels, but this one is worth the read. At least, it's withstood the test of time for me.

Last, but not least for this post is my trip to the Beggar's Carnivale at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis. The Beggar's Carnival is an old-fashioned Burlesque Show and makes for an unusual and entertaining evening.

Interspersed between scenes of a play are burlesque acts. They had a trapeze act, fire eaters, jugglers, dancers, pole dancers, and several acts that ended up with a lot of clothing on the floor!

There were stilt walkers and a peep show, oddities and a side show games. The spectators were almost as entertaining as the actors and artists in that many of the crowd dressed in burlesque fashion as well. I saw a lot of bustiers and boobs, men dressed as women, and women dressed as men. I saw a bearded lady and another with a full handlebar mustache. It was a fun evening, not for the faint of heart or conservative, but definitely a good place to be for the open minded.

Next show is May 18th.

Storytelling at Urban Eats

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (32)
On Feb. 22 at Urban Eats, Outrageous Productions is excited to announce the launch of our first live literary podcast, "So..." Stories of Life Radio Show: 'Travel Diaries'

Come join us for an evening of remarkable (and remarkably funny) stories told - NOT read - by these extremely talented writers:

Mark L Berry is an airline pilot with an MFA from Fairfield University, contributing editor for Airways magazine, and former managing editor for Mason's Road literary journal. His novel, "Pushing Leaves Toward
s the Sun," features its own rock and roll soundtrack!

Tammy Setzer Denton is a contributing author to Six Word Memoirs of Love & Heartbreak published in February of 2009. Her short story, "Macchiato Memoirs" was selected as the story of the day at Every Day Fiction in April of 2012. She is currently a freelance writer and is working on her second novel, Spared Parts.

Simon Kaplan has recently moved back to the Midwest after living in the Bay Area for almost 20 years. Simon enjoys telling stories that have great humor and pathos; In addition to being a storyteller, he has worked as a director, actor, and playwright.

Adam Loomis is a young interdisciplinary artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His talents include writing, music composition, filmmaking, animation and other visual arts. His work often weaves themes of honesty, vulnerability, and open mindedness in with landscapes of dreams and myths.

Butch Lord is a twenty year veteran stand-up comedian who has been headlining comedy club across the country for nearly fifteen years. His stand-up shows are fast paced and high energy and his genuine enthusiasm for performing and his obvious passion for making people laugh shine through!

Supplying the background music that will set the tone for the night will be DJ L'Chemo, a very talented local spin jockey originally from San Andrés, Veracruz-Llave, Mexico who'll be spinning Spanish-influenced tunes that will make you want to book the next flight to Paradise!

"So..." literary podcast event will be recorded live and then re-broadcast and available for download on itunes.

Please join us for a lively evening of stories, live music and creative energy!
*"So..." is a live broadcast that may include adult themes and language intended for mature audiences.*

Urban Eats is a non-smoking cafe and art gallery which features great food and deserts, beverages and a friendly, hospitable staff.

More on Creating Believable Characters

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM Comments comments (4)
Yesterday, I wrote about creating believable characters only touching on the tip of the iceberg. Today, I read a post by Russell Blake describing his latest character that does such an excellent job of it that I wanted to share it with my readers.
Click on the link below to go to his website and check it out. Artemis Gunner is a character that I want to know. He's flawed, but still has endearing qualities.
I especially like the part where his cat doesn't like him and it hurts his feelings a bit. Makes him human and just a little bit loveable.

What is Magic Realism?

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM Comments comments (15)
Yesterday I blogged about a short story I'm writing that contains elements of Magic Realism. Since then, I've been bombarded by questions such as "Magic Realism? What do you mean by  that?"

Wikipedia defines Magic Realism as "a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment." provides a more in-depth definition. "Magical realism is not speculative and does not conduct thought experiments. Instead, it tells its stories from the perspective of people who live in our world and experience a different reality from the one we call objective. If there is a ghost in a story of magical realism, the ghost is not a fantasy element but a manifestation of the reality of people who believe in and have "real" experiences of ghosts. Magical realist fiction depicts the real world of people whose reality is different from ours. It's not a thought experiment. It's not speculation. Magical realism endeavors to show us the world through other eyes."

In my (as yet untitled) short story, one aspect of Magic Realism that is used is the physical manifestation of broken dreams. That's all I can tell you for now, but hope the above definitions will enlighten and intrigue you enough to continue following my blog so you'll be ready to read this short story when it's finished.