log of last night’s chat

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Date: November 26, 2006
IOHP chat with author/Apex Digest editor Mari Adkins

## BEGIN CHAT ##

.Tenebrous_1 > Welcome to the IOHP chat room — the chat will begin at 6 p.m. Pacific, 7 p.m. mtn, etc. I will be on away till five mins before – come in and make yourself comfortable

.Tenebrous_1 > everyone, Mari is here to discuss her books and her work with Apex Digest — among other things

MariAdkins > Thanks for having me.

George > Thanks for being here! 🙂

Morbideus > ditto!

.Tenebrous_1 > Thanks — Mari, could you please tell everyone briefly about who you are and what you’re working on now?

Retsej > feeding baby so not typing muc hfor now

.Tenebrous_1 > Who is the real Mari Adkins *grin* we want to know your DARK side!

.Tenebrous_1 > no prob, Retsej

MariAdkins > Briefly… I’m a dark fiction writer who grew up in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky.

MariAdkins > LOL

MicheleLee > you mean she has a not=dark side??

MariAdkins > You know, that place that’s full of coal mines and moonshiners

.Tenebrous_1 > Oh yeah — I used to live in Vine Grove and near Louisville!

George > Sounds terrific.

.Tenebrous_1 > how did you first become interested in dark fiction?

MariAdkins > I’ve completed three of four stories in my Harlan County Vampires series of stories.

MariAdkins > I’ve always had an interest in dark fiction. I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on. When I started writing, that’s just what seemed to come out.

.Tenebrous_1 > What was the reaction of people near you about your dark fiction?

MariAdkins > I still read just about whatever I can get my hands on – although I no longer have the time that I used to. My TBR pile keeps growing and growing…

.Tenebrous_1 > What was the reaction of people near you about your dark fiction?

MariAdkins > I still read just about whatever I can get my hands on – although I no longer have the time that I used to. My TBR pile keeps growing and growing…

MariAdkins > Well, my husband was kinda iffy at first, mostly about the subject matter. But one of my aunts fell in love with my writing and keeps pushing me forward. She and my husband are my two biggest fans.

.Tenebrous_1 > That’s fantastic — writers always need supporter, I think!

MariAdkins > My sons haven’t read my writing, but they support me. They think it’s cool that ‘Mommy writes’.

MariAdkins > Indeed!

.Tenebrous_1 > 🙂

.Tenebrous_1 > Anyone have a question for Mari? WE’ll take turns…

Paulzuzu > I have question

.Tenebrous_1 > Go ahead 😉

Morbideus > How old are they?

–> Fran_Friel has Entered the room.

Paulzuzu > Who where some of the earky writers that you read

.Tenebrous_1 > early, lol

Paulzuzu > *early

.Tenebrous_1 > Welcome, Fran

Fran_Friel > Thanks! *waves*

MariAdkins > My boys are 17 and 15; they were born 18 months apart. I really don’t recommend that. LOL

MariAdkins > Hey Fran!

Fran_Friel > Hi ya’, Beautiful!

.Tenebrous_1 > Heh

MariAdkins > Some of the writers I’ve read.

MariAdkins > Oh my…

Let’s see. :counts on fingers: My dad got me reading scifi in my early teens

–> MicheleLee has Entered the room.

MariAdkins > I have a huge love of old Bradbury and Clarke becaues of that.

Morbideus > WB Michele

.Tenebrous_1 > Heya Michele!

.Tenebrous_1 > Next question?

MariAdkins > I’ve read Tolkien, King, Crichton

MariAdkins > O

Morbideus > So that would have been, like forever ago… 😉

.Tenebrous_1 > Oh yeah =

MariAdkins > I’m trying to see my bookshelves from here and really can’t all that well.

MariAdkins > Well, yeah, Morb. At least 20sum LOL

.Tenebrous_1 > You probably have tons of books like the rest of us – or most of us!

KetchumFan1975 > What advice would you give newbies??

MariAdkins > Yes, I keep waiting for the floors to collapse

.Tenebrous_1 > Just reinforce’em…problem solved! *grins*

MariAdkins > Well, you know that ‘write every day even if it’s crap’ bit? I don’t go for it. I’m a ‘quality over quantity’ type gal

MariAdkins > ROFL

George > What are your writing habits like? Do you have a set time/place/atmosphere (music or silence) and things like that? Also,

Morbideus > hehe!

MariAdkins > But everyone has to find his own groove – what works for me may not work for you.

.Tenebrous_1 > Yes, what ‘writing rituals’ do you have – if any?

Louise > exactly , Mari!

Morbideus > Write Rites

.Tenebrous_1 > LOVE that!

.Tenebrous_1 > There’s a story in that title somewhere —

Morbideus > take it away..

Retsej > or a newsletter

.Tenebrous_1 > Indeed!

MariAdkins > am i still here?

MariAdkins > oh cool.

.Tenebrous_1 > Yes!

MariAdkins > :tries this again:

.Tenebrous_1 > You’re still here – of course, we won’t allow you to escape anyway

MariAdkins > I think what I was trying to say was too long and the chat wouldn’t let me ‘speak’ LOL

Morbideus > lol!!

MariAdkins > Oh it depends. I do a lot of my writing on the sofa. I’m strange.

MariAdkins > I write longhand

MicheleLee > question

.Tenebrous_1 > Oooo —

MariAdkins > And yes, sometimes I listen to music

.Tenebrous_1 > go ahead, Michele

MariAdkins > . Staind, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins…But sometimes I write in silence. It just depends on what’s rattling around in my head.

MariAdkins > (I can’t write at the computer to save my life!)

MariAdkins > Writing rituals.

Morbideus > You just answered my question…

George > Thanks, Mari!

MariAdkins > Meh. I plop down on the sofa with a drink of water (I take a glass of ice and put water in it)

MariAdkins > my inkpen, my clipboard…

MariAdkins > And I’m picky!! I only use a certain brand and type of pen and paper.

.Tenebrous_1 > Gotta ask – which brands?

Morbideus > which are?

MariAdkins > 🙂

MicheleLee > If you could eliminate one newbie mistake and NO ONE whould ever make it, which would whould you ditch?

MariAdkins > Pilot easytouch stickpens – finepoint

MariAdkins > and NorCom brand college ruled paper

MariAdkins > Oh Michele. That’s a good one.

Retsej > LOL

MariAdkins > My mind went completely into the ditch LOL

.Tenebrous_1 > LOL! I’m sure no one will disagree with that one!

Louise > I soo agree too Jeremy and Mari!

.Tenebrous_1 > If you don’t read the guidelines…then why bother at all?

MariAdkins > That should ahve been right on the tip of my fingers.

Retsej > ‘I hope you like this romance-it MIGHT fit…’

Louise > Exactly, Bev!

MariAdkins > Sometimes I’ll send Apex rejections to myself so I don’t blast an author. 😦 ROFL

MariAdkins > ‘read the f’n guidelines!’

.Tenebrous_1 > lmao

MicheleLee > Okay, follow up… so how much deviating from the guideline (formatting guidelines only) are you willing to put up with?

Retsej > wow-that’s a cool idea

.Tenebrous_1 > Wow – if they don’t read the guidelines, then I don’t know if they warrant a letter — harsh, but after the millionth one…

.Tenebrous_1 > Just kidding — but that’s just gotta be so annoying

MariAdkins > Well, we get a lot that don’t tend to follow our recommded font or layout guidelines. And yes, it’s annoying.

MariAdkins > I got one not long ago from this really nice woman — it was password protected. I had to write and ask her to please unlock it so I could read it. Unfortunatley, I ended up rejecting it.

George > Question: What writers have had the most influenece on you?

Retsej > I think I did that last year-sorry I used Helvicata

Paulzuzu > I have a question

MariAdkins > Oh that’s easy. Poppy Brite and Rosamunde Pilcher.

MariAdkins > And talk about two different worlds!

.Tenebrous_1 > NO kidding!

.Tenebrous_1 > That’s an interesting answer —

George > Cool. 🙂

MariAdkins > Ros is Scottish and writes borderline romance…

MariAdkins > I adore Ros.

Morbideus > Do you have a generic, ‘You obviously didn’t read the guidelines…’ letter, or do you write each rejection…?

MariAdkins > But I like Poppy’s command of the written word – her characters have a special ‘spark’

Paulzuzu > What advice could you give to someine just starting out in the horror or dark fiction genres?

MariAdkins > Oh I have a generic rejection I send out – but I personalize each one. Or at least try to.

Morbideus > makes sense..

MariAdkins > Paul, I think a lot of people try too hard to copy what’s current. What and who is popular at a given time.

MariAdkins > Personally, I strive for originality.

MariAdkins > Write what’s inside you – not what you feel like you ‘have’ to write.

MariAdkins > Make sense?

.Tenebrous_1 > *nods*

.Tenebrous_1 > That’s excellent advice

MariAdkins > 🙂

Paulzuzu > yes, thanks

Retsej > lost me there-I always feel like I have to-like breathing-LOL

.Tenebrous_1 > So, Mari, I write in cross genres — and I see no problem with that —

MariAdkins > I write just whatever comes out of my pen.

.Tenebrous_1 > I’ve been published in several — but working in diff genres works for me. Why do some people look down on that — I just see that as stretching one’s horizons

MariAdkins > I’m really pretty much genreless. I fall in a crag somewhere between ‘dark’ and ‘literary’

.Tenebrous_1 > I like that advice

Morbideus > How much consideration (or influence) do you give to ‘Saleability’?

George > How much do you plan? Or do you just sit down and write whatever pops into your head?

MariAdkins > Morb – do you mean in my own writing or in reading submissions?

Morbideus > Your own.

MariAdkins > pffffft. I just write.

MariAdkins > LOL

George > 🙂

Morbideus > LOL!

Fran_Friel > Question: What makes a great story for you? What are the things you look for that make a submission stellar? Perhaps you just answsered this with ‘originality.’

MicheleLee > have you ever written something you refused to send out, not because of quality, but because of subject matter, ie it was too personal and might just be a subconcious rant?

MariAdkins > I mean, it’d be nice if it all sells somewhere down the road. But the characters in my head want out,a nd I have to give them an outlet.

MariAdkins > George – I don’t outline. I do, however, have a long sheet of ‘working notes’.

MariAdkins > I write down a list of what I think needs to go into the story and at what point in time in the story. But I don’t necessarily write in order, gods forbid.

MariAdkins > I trie the writing in order bit once and got writer’s block for two years

MariAdkins > Now, I don’t fight it. If it wants to come out, that’s what I write. I can put it in order later.

MariAdkins > — lemme back up a bit.. LOL

George > Thanks, Mari!

MariAdkins > Fran – Originality. And of course, it has to have that special ‘Apex’ feel to it

MariAdkins > We can all like something, but if it doesn’t ‘feel’ like Apex, it gets the axe

MariAdkins > Michele – you mean like shorts or the like?

MicheleLee > yes

Fran_Friel > I’ve been a huge Apex fan since issue 1. I love that Apex feel. How would you describe it?

MariAdkins > I don’t write shorts. But I kinda take that back. Jason Sizemore got me writing shorts. I’ve written two for him and will be writing one more very soon.

MariAdkins > that’ smy experience with shorts.

MariAdkins > Primarily … ‘I think in novels’

MariAdkins > I’ve been calling the Apex feel ‘dark scihorror’ lately

.Tenebrous_1 > Question:

Fran_Friel > nice

MicheleLee > Is there a plot or two you see way too often?

MariAdkins > Yes. We’ve gotten quite a few ‘prison’ stories lately for some reason

.Tenebrous_1 > Where do you see dark fiction, etc. in the next five years – ten years – do you have any insight or ‘feeling’ about where things might go in the future…?

MariAdkins > I rejected one yesterday that I could have sworn I’d read before – but it turns out it was just a repeat of a very similar theme.

MicheleLee > Do you ever see a corrolation between news events and plots?

MariAdkins > I dunno if dark fiction will ever get its own section at the bookstore, but seems like the genre itself is growing

MariAdkins > Yes. I read a few 9/11 similar stories over the last few months. They were flushed.

MariAdkins > The writers didn’t outright say they were 9/11 stories, but that’s how they read to me.

MicheleLee > is it just too early for those kinds of stories or were they poorly written?

MariAdkins > Yes and yes.

MariAdkins > 😛

MariAdkins > Strong writing goes a long way – no matter what you’re writing.

MariAdkins > :clears throat: BUY A DICTIONARY

MariAdkins > 🙂

.Tenebrous_1 > LOL!

MicheleLee > Are there any topics completely not allowed for the foreseeable future?

Louise > agreed, 100*, there, Mari.

MariAdkins > Apex doesn’t print vampire stories

Louise > on both points! 🙂

MariAdkins > heh Louise.

Louise > ;0

Louise > oops 😉

MariAdkins > If anything looks even vaguely vampiric, Jason won’t touch it.

MariAdkins > They’re basically automatic rejects

MariAdkins > Which is funny — because that’s what I write. :falls over laughing: :ahem:

.Tenebrous_1 > there’s irony!

.Tenebrous_1 > any other topics?

Even vaguely? Why?

–> Shadowcat has Entered the room.

MicheleLee > Well I knew that one, anything else? Do you avoid sfh political plots or revenge stories?

.Tenebrous_1 > Welcome shadowcat

MariAdkins > hey – if a felon is one who commits a felony, is goddess an iron? LOL

MariAdkins > why? because jason thinks they’re overdone. and honestly, I agree with him.

Morbideus > Hey there Shadow… :)3

Shadowcat > hi all

MariAdkins > The immortal, oversexed, overcome with bloodlust vampire … his time came and went a long time ago.

MicheleLee > I agree, but I don’t think that means they can’t be done well especially in a venue that is not straight horror

MariAdkins > Unfortunately, too many writers cling to that type of vampire and refuse to branch out into anything different.

MariAdkins > Not mE! My vamps are different. 😉

MariAdkins > Hey shadow!

Shadowcat > Hey there, Mari

MicheleLee > Mari, that

MicheleLee > s why I went to shape shifters

Retsej > so no pygmie vamps

.Tenebrous_1 > lol retsej

MariAdkins > No. No pygmie vampis

Retsej > trashing that one now…

MariAdkins > ROFL

.Tenebrous_1 > paulzuzu didn’t just ditch us – he accidentally got kicked out and now he can’t get back in —

MicheleLee > LOL Rej

MariAdkins > Yes. ED Trim isn’t able to get in either 😦

Retsej > so does he have to email himself for help/?

* Shadowcat chuckle. *

MariAdkins > Have I missed any questions? That waas quite a long scroll

* MariAdkins Ponders *

.Tenebrous_1 > I just cannot believe that there aren’t any new takes on vampiric stuff — I think it’s just that the boundaries haven’t been stretched enough or ‘what if…’ questions haven’t been asked enough

MariAdkins > That’

MariAdkins > oops

MicheleLee > Well I knew that one, anything else? Do you avoid sfh political plots or revenge stories?

Shadowcat > hi all

MariAdkins > The immortal, oversexed, overcome with bloodlust vampire … his time came and went a long time ago.

MicheleLee > I agree, but I don’t think that means they can’t be done well especially in a venue that is not straight horror

MariAdkins > Unfortunately, too many writers cling to that type of vampire and refuse to branch out into anything different.

MariAdkins > Not mE! My vamps are different. 😉

MariAdkins > Hey shadow!

Shadowcat > Hey there, Mari

MicheleLee > Mari, that’s why I went to shape shifters

Retsej > so no pygmie vamps

.Tenebrous_1 > lol retsej

MariAdkins > No. No pygmie vampis

Retsej > trashing that one now…

MariAdkins > ROFL

.Tenebrous_1 > paulzuzu didn’t just ditch us – he accidentally got kicked out and now he can’t get back in —

MicheleLee > LOL Rej

MariAdkins > Yes. ED Trim isn’t able to get in either 😦

Retsej > so does he have to email himself for help/?

* Shadowcat chuckle. *

MariAdkins > Have I missed any questions? That waas quite a long scroll

* MariAdkins Ponders *

.Tenebrous_1 > I just cannot believe that there aren’t any new takes on vampiric stuff — I think it’s just that the boundaries haven’t been stretched enough or ‘what if…’ questions haven’t been asked enough

MariAdkins > That’

MariAdkins > oops

MicheleLee > Well I knew that one, anything else? Do you avoid sfh political plots or revenge stories?

MariAdkins > That’s one of the reasons I created my vamps to be the

MariAdkins > way they are — and why my *stories* are more about the characters themselves, the problems they face in daily life – as opposed to ‘omg gotta go kill somebody so i can live another day’

Shadowcat > I saw a good fanfic (stargate) the other day with a vampire. Wow. Definitely not your typical vamp.

MariAdkins > type.

MicheleLee > Is there a writing style or subject matter you personally just don’t like

MariAdkins > romance. i avoid romance like some people avoid doing the dishes

.Tenebrous_1 > in other words, internal conflict as oppposed to simple external conflict: i.e. killing someone to live another day

MariAdkins > Yes

MariAdkins > and to back up to michele’s other question

I love internal conflict. I think it is so very important to the meat and the…

MariAdkins > I won’t accept any story that’s overly political. I don’t know about any of our other editors, but I

Louise > potatoes of the tale

MicheleLee > How often do you find fan fic in your slush pile?

MariAdkins > don’t remember reading anything of a high-political flavor

MicheleLee > Political doesn’t make for good short stories

.Tenebrous_1 > No internal conflict whatsoever = not a good story

MariAdkins > I agree Louise. People are full of stories 😉 LOL

Shadowcat > I hate political stuff. I’m so appreciative of writers that don’ t take that route.

MariAdkins > Fan fic? I don’t think I’ve ever run into any

MariAdkins > They’d be automatically flushed anyway

MariAdkins > oh yes. that’s another ‘genre’ i avoid reading.

MariAdkins > fanfiction

MariAdkins > :shudders:

* Shadowcat smirks *

MariAdkins > 😛

Shadowcat > I’m remembering our long discussion on TC about that. Heh.

MariAdkins > I’ve had many, many people try to explain fanfic to me over the years, and I just don’t understand

MariAdkins > Yes! ROFL

Morbideus .o0( Sees little point to FanFiction )

MariAdkins > Me too Morb

MariAdkins > That thread at TC almost became a mudflinger ROFL

Louise > Exactly, Mari. 🙂 Brb, all, going outside for a sit with hubby

.Tenebrous_1 > Thank the goddess – I thought I was the only one who went, ‘Fanfic? Wha…?’

.Tenebrous_1 > Bye Louise!

MariAdkins > Have a good sit, Louise!

Morbideus > Yes.. Later lou

MariAdkins > I mean, what’s the point?? I would rather be creating something new, exploring new worlds, new pople, new problems, etc, etc

MariAdkins > You know?

MicheleLee > Practice I tell you… Practice for lazy writers who have plots but not worlds or characters

Shadowcat > I like fanfics because they expand (usually) on things that wouldn’t be expanded on in the show itself.

MariAdkins > Some don’t even go that far, Michele

–> George has Entered the room.

.Tenebrous_1 > wb George

Shadowcat > But I also enjoy original fiction.

MariAdkins > There was one I ran into on fanfiction.net back in the spring or summer — the writer had harry potter get pregnant with ron’s child.

Morbideus > WB George

MariAdkins > i mean really

MariAdkins > give

MariAdkins > me

MariAdkins > a

MariAdkins > break

MariAdkins > LOL

Retsej > LMFAO

MicheleLee > puke Mari!!

MariAdkins > wb george

.Tenebrous_1 > NO way — that’s just…ugh

MariAdkins > Exactly!

George > Must have logged of by accident

Shadowcat > HP?? Pregnant? ugh.

MariAdkins > I wish I were kidding.

.Tenebrous_1 > did he use his magic wand to impregnate her…?

Shadowcat > I like fanfics, but not that sort.

.Tenebrous_1 > >>ponders< LOL

:closes eyes and says LALALALALA really loud:

.Tenebrous_1 > OOps — George got kicked off the island again

Morbideus > Don’t let my daughter read THAT one…

MariAdkins > heeeeee

.Tenebrous_1 > So Mari, we’ve had lots of questions — we have about 15 mins left

.Tenebrous_1 > is there anything you specifically wanted to talk about/bring up?

MicheleLee > What book or movie or tv show do you wish you thought of (and got sold) first?

Shadowcat > Since I came in late – can I ask one question that’s probably gonna sound dumb?

–> George has Entered the room.

.Tenebrous_1 > no question is dumb!

George > Computer acting up.

.Tenebrous_1 > go for it 😉

Retsej > wb…again-lol

MariAdkins > Tv show? :shrug: I’m not a huge tv fan, so I really can’t answre that one 😛

MariAdkins > I agree. No question is dumb.

.Tenebrous_1 > Heyyy George! We missed ya buddy! lol

MicheleLee > or movie or book Mari darling

George > 🙂

Shadowcat > What sort of horror do you write? (light horror or bloody gashy scenes or what?)

MariAdkins > Oh. :shakes fist at my eyes:

Morbideus > LOL!!

MariAdkins > Scott Nicholson’s stuff. That man knows Appalachia and he knows how to create suspense.

MariAdkins > It’s not really horror. It’s more literary. :thumbs nose toward Michele:

MariAdkins > there’s guts or gushing, oozing blood anywhere

MariAdkins > although there *is* blood occasionally — but only from people making knicks in their skin with razorblades or diabetic lancet pens

Shadowcat > *blinks* I presume there was supposed to be a negative in there somewhere…

MicheleLee > It’s dark literary. The kind of stuff people accuse of being literary with vampires on the side to be genre too 🙂

MariAdkins > oh yes. ‘no guts or gushing’ yes.

Shadowcat > 🙂

MariAdkins > For the record, I see my eye doctor Tuesday…

MariAdkins > That’s it Michele.

Shadowcat > Thanks. I avoid the bloody type of horror like the Black Plague.

MariAdkins > Yeah, the whole blood/gore/violence/sex bit got old real quick. If there’s no real plot…

Shadowcat > I just have an overactive imagination. i don’t even watch anything horrory on TV, and I watch a lot of TV.

MariAdkins > Um yeah, and I thought I’d gotten back to you on that. Whoops. LOL

.Tenebrous_1 > don’t you think blood/guts are one thing, but if the psychological element and character depth is missing…what good is it, really?

MicheleLee > Really?? No, you hadn’t told me anything

Morbideus > But if there IS a plot…. YEEEHAWW!!

Morbideus > 😉

MariAdkins > That too. there has to be depth — at least somewhere.

.Tenebrous_1 > you’re sick; I like you, Morb

Shadowcat > Maybe I’ll buy your book if I get some Yule money. 😀

MariAdkins > I’m strong on character…I’ve not learned ‘plot’ all that much yet…

Morbideus > hehe! TY Teneb. 🙂

MariAdkins > I’d love to tell you where – but they’re not out yet. LOL and you’re a year too late to get the ecopy

Shadowcat > the first one?

MicheleLee > Maris plot is character based, not ‘Save the cheerleader, save the world’ based

George > Not sure if this has been asked yet………Who are some of the upcoming writers today that you have your eyes on?

MariAdkins > R Thomas Riley, for one. I met him on John Paul Allen’s message board a couple of years ago

George > Any favs?

MariAdkins > and had the pleasure of meeting him at HyperiCon back in June

George > Riley is awesome.

MariAdkins > He’s an awesome person. And his writing is *terrific*

MariAdkins > Yes! 😀

George > Indeed.

MicheleLee > Do you ever get big names, like Keanlan or Keene, or Strand, in your slush pile?

MariAdkins > I’d go coocoo for cocoapuffs if I ever saw Keene in my slushpile!

MariAdkins > We had a *big* name a while back, but I think that’s pretty much under wraps.

MariAdkins > :sits on hands:

Fran_Friel > LOL

MicheleLee > Are those usually directly solicted or do they hang out in the slush too?

Shadowcat > Isn’t it really HARD to type when you sit on your hands?

Shadowcat > oh. that’s the point. 😀

MariAdkins > I know that Jason sometimes will specifically ask someone for a submission

Retsej > not when you let your nose hair grow out…

MariAdkins > and yes. can’t type whil eon hands — that’s the point. 😉

MariAdkins > eeeeeeeuuuuwwwww Jeremy!

George > lol

Morbideus > Let the fingers fly…

MariAdkins > You know, I have a characater named Jeremy…LOL

MariAdkins > Handsome fellow, imho.

MariAdkins > :ahem:

Retsej > Yeah-I tend to make a good character…

.Tenebrous_1 > you already ARE a good character!

MariAdkins > you *are* a character in your own right!

.Tenebrous_1 > Okay, we have about 5 mins left —

MariAdkins > oh my. LOL

Retsej > thankie

.Tenebrous_1 > any last-minute questions for Mari? Or comments, etc?

MicheleLee > Do you love me mari?

Morbideus > Time has F-L-E-W!

Retsej > i had one

MariAdkins > I’d like to say that Apex Publications has an anthology coming out very soon — first of December

.Tenebrous_1 > Flown, dammit, flown

MariAdkins > of course I do, Michele!! 😀

.Tenebrous_1 > *g*

George > lol

Morbideus > I’m not a writer, I’m allowed…

.Tenebrous_1 > Excellent! Can’t wait for that

Fran_Friel > Waitin’ for my copy, Mari…greedily!

Retsej > do you tend to favor the stories that lean more towards horror or scifi

Shadowcat > What sort of anthology is it, Mari?

MariAdkins > Aegri Somnia – it’s our first featured writers anthology. I have a story in it. And it’s full of excellent writing

George > Very cool.

MariAdkins > ‘Aegri Somnia’ means ‘a sick man’s dreams’. I’ve read the pdf – it rocks.

MariAdkins > Does this room allow links?? http://apexdigest.com/aegris.shtml

Retsej > sounds like ome of the stories i’ve written lately

.Tenebrous_1 > what an aesthetic way of putting ‘a sick man’s dreams’!

Shadowcat > I mean, well, what sort of writing is in it? Is it something that is more dark literary or…?

MariAdkins > There’s a thread at TC on the social side, Shadowcat

MariAdkins > it’s dark scihorror 😉

Shadowcat > Yeah, I know.

Shadowcat > I meant – blood, gory, that sort of stuff?

MariAdkins > A couple of the stories made my hair stand on end

George > Is Nicholson’s ‘Skin’ in it?

George > Good story.

Shadowcat > I don’t mind dark literary but no blood. Ugh. (vamps are one exception)

MariAdkins > Nicholson has a story, but it’s not ‘Skin’, iirc. I know we printed ‘Skin’ as part of our featured writers series.

.Tenebrous_1 > Will certainly be looking forward to the antho, Mari

* Retsej holds up hand *

George > Any Nicholson is terrific. Thanks!

MariAdkins > there should be a table of contents either on the Apex blog or on the Aegri site…

MariAdkins > amen. 😀

.Tenebrous_1 > go ahead, retsej

MariAdkins > Yes Jeremy

MicheleLee > I might be able to get a copy in January with my apex resubscription

Retsej > I timed that one bad, but do you tend to favor the stories that lean more towards horror or scifi?

MariAdkins > It depends.

MariAdkins > LOL

MariAdkins > how’s that for an answer? LOLOL

George > Depends if it sucks or not. heh

MariAdkins > I like the stories that are a good mix of the two.

* Shadowcat chuckles *

MariAdkins > george LOL

.Tenebrous_1 > just send her chocolate w/ your submission — or whatever she fancies lol

Retsej > about what I could expect-LOL

MariAdkins > mmmmm chocolate…and decaf coffee…

Fran_Friel > agri link: http://apexdigest.myshopify.com/products/aegri-somnia-trade-paperback

.Tenebrous_1 > *makes notes*

MicheleLee > No way… unless it’s sugar free… weight remember?

Retsej > I’ll remember that

Fran_Friel > aegri…that is

MariAdkins > i can’t do sugar free. i can’t do aspartame.

MariAdkins > where was I?

MariAdkins > oh

MariAdkins > LOL

.Tenebrous_1 > Well, it’s time to wrap things up — Mari, thank you SO much for being here — for taking the time

MicheleLee > splenda?

.Tenebrous_1 > hee hee — see? Gotcha, Mari

MicheleLee > I can make the candy myself?

Fran_Friel > Thanks, Mari!

George > Thanks for chatting, Mari!

Retsej > that stuff is expensive-I know because daughter is dibetic

MariAdkins > I like stories that are horror-based but that have some element of scifi in them

.Tenebrous_1 > Any last words for your captive audience, Mari?

MicheleLee > Love ya Mari! You did great

Morbideus > Thank you..!

MariAdkins > Write daily? Write often?

MicheleLee > yes splenda is expensive

MariAdkins > Hug your friendly neighborhood vampire!

.Tenebrous_1 > Or she’ll beat us!

.Tenebrous_1 > lol

Shadowcat > Nice to talk with you, Mari!

Retsej > thank you!

.Tenebrous_1 > Thanks guys – you all are wonderful, as usual

MariAdkins > Thsi was terrific! Thanks for having me!

.Tenebrous_1 > Now go have some coffee and or chocolate!

.Tenebrous_1 > Thank YOU!

Fran_Friel > Night all. Thanks, Tenebrous!

.Tenebrous_1 > you are quite welcome

MicheleLee > Just don’t play with the vampire’s bottles

.Tenebrous_1 > night, all

.Tenebrous_1 > lol

Too late! I was having hot chocolate laced coffee while we were speaking LOL

MariAdkins > Yes. no touchie the bottles!

MariAdkins > so long, farewell, auf wedersehen, goodnight! ROFL

Morbideus > Does the room get rolled up, or do we HAVE to leave?

MariAdkins > don’t get folded up morbideus

MariAdkins > thanks for coming shadowcat!!

Shadowcat > It was fun, Mari!

## END CHAT ##

[[and for those keeping count, I got 1050 more words before I went to bed last night!!]]

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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.