Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.
Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.
All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.
Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.
From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.
No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.
There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.
Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.
All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is!
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!
The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.
Which point-of-view is better in the horror genre?
>>I'm writing a short story under the theme of acceptance, and I also want to make it a little funny. Anyways, what point-of-view do you think is better when writing horror, and maybe under the theme of acceptance?
As a reader, I prefer 2nd person, but it's rarely used, and when it is used, it's not always done well.
You the reader are the main character and you make the choices that affect the story. (Think Choose Your Own Adventure).
Even though "YOU" are the main character, it is not as intrusive invasive feeling as the way First Person is.
As a writer, I find 2nd person nearly impossible to write. If you are someone who followed me long enough, you know the original version of the Haunted Lighthouse was written in the 2nd person. It also failed miserably because of the POV I wrote it in. Thus why I scrapped the original 2nd person version and rewrote it into a 3rd story instead.
As a writer, I prefer 3rd person, but only 1 POV character (I dislike multiple points of view as a reader.)I like sticking with one character. My reason is because I feel it gets too confusing and convoluted, especially in a sort story. The shorter the story the higher the need for a single character point of view focus, I feel.
As a reader, I also feel it becomes too confused if the story is constantly changing point of view characters.
I don't mind point of view changes, say, if the main character is passed out and a different character takes over as point of view character until the main point of view character wakes up, but at the same time I feel it's better if the story blacks out with the character so the reader sees EXACTLY what the character does.
As both a reader and a writer I deeply dislike 1st person unless it's written in a diary format. I don't mind feeling like I'm reading someones diary, but I super hate feeling like I am the main character.
In the end, I would recommend this: write the point of view you, yourself most prefer to read.
>>Hm Second person would be pretty awkward but very interesting I've never seen it before --well maybe in a movie. I would assume those are the thoughts of the character. Seems complicated, but cool idea.
Goosebumps is written in 2nd person