Don’t Give Them Any Ideas

 

 

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“Don’t Give Them Any Ideas”.

The NEW addition to the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on Mixcloud is now available for your FREE Vampire thrills and chills listening pleasure. Be sure to click the “Follow” button while you’re there.
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A Special Announcement

 

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A special announcement-

Season One of the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on Mixcloud will conclude with a little ditty called, “Don’t Give Them Any Ideas”. It was written and will be read my me, Mister little ditty guy.

What exactly is the line of demarcation between Season One and Season Two? So glad you asked.

“Don’t Give Them Any Ideas” will be the last narrated Hadley Price short story posted before the release of Hadley’s new book- Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One.

Now you’re thinking: “Why should I purchase the new book of Hadley Price short stories when it comes out, when I can listen to them on Warren and Hadley’s Mixcloud page for free?”

Here’s the catch- Not all of the short stories in the book are on that Mixcloud page. Most of them aren’t. You have to listen AND read to get them all. Yes, I’m being a bit of a control freak in all of this. I thought about making you do the Hokey-Pokey dance, wearing an Elvira costume while listening and reading. But Hadley vetoed that idea.

Until the release of Hadley’s next book, catch up on the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price full-length novels here-
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1…

Me? Writing a book?

 

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

As mentioned in earlier posts, the next book in the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price saga will be collection of Hadley short stories and will be titled- Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One. Unlike previous Hadley Price books, this one will have some illustrations inside to embelish on the stories. Our official Tale of the Vampire Hadley Price artist, Keith Wood and I are having our regular Friday, share-screen Skype convos to compile the great art work that he’s doing for that. The book is well into production.

I tell you that to say, yes, Hadley’s next book will be coming out soon. Likely before the end of the year or early in 2019. The truth is, the writing for that is all done. The editing and compilation? Finished. I just need to work with Keith on the technical details of actually manifesting a real physical book. And it’s great to have Keith on my team, someone who understand the techie stuff better than I do.

But more than that (or at least equal to it) I tell that to report that I am now heading back into novel-length writing mode for Hadley’s next book-length adventure. I have a few ideas for a title on that, but nothing in stone. Throughout 2018 and the later part of 2017 I’ve been writing nothing but Hadley Price short stories. I won’t say that has come to an end. I get dribs and drabs (writer technical jargon) of short story ideas with Hadley, from time to time. But now, my main focus will be on writing Hadley’s next novel-length book.

Now all you writers, back me up on this. Starting to write a new book is quite exciting. Specially if you’ve written one or more before it. You get all jazzed to get started. When some of the glow of that dies down you realize from past experience that writing a novel is a hellacious amount of work. Just getting the first draft done puts a writer though a creative and emotion ringer. And that’s just the first draft. What normal Human being would willfully put themselves through such an ordeal? You ask yourself: “What the hell did I get myself into here? Me? Writing a book? Who the hell do I think I am that I can actually do that?”

In my case, I have a little Vampire woman who tells me to shut up, stop being a whimpy boy and get to work.

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Stay tuned for news on the progress on and coming release of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Colllection: Vol. One. Until then, catch-up on Hadley’s other full-length novels here-

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Where the Author got her name

 

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A comment on Hadley’s name, but first, a brief anecdote-

I had a most pleasant surprise today when I ran into someone I know that I haven’t seen in a couple years.

While at Best Buy to replace my damaged cell phone, I recognized someone at the other end of the cell phone customer service counter.

It turned out to be Desiree Smelcer. A couple of years ago I did a book reading and signing at the South Hadley Public Library. Desiree was my contact person in that library.

She remembered me. I have since emailed her. The South Hadley Public Library has a copy of Hadley’s first book, Beckman’s Folly, but not Torch, the other paper book/ebook release. Hadley’s two other books were ebook only. In that email, I asked to make an appointment to see Desiree at her office to donate a copy of Torch to the library since I- very unprofessionally -didn’t followup with Desiree when Torch came out last year. And update her on the pending release of Hadley’s next book.

I had a great time at the book reading and signing at the South Hadley Public Library. It would be way cool to do that with them again sometime. Desiree is great to work with in something like that. And we’ll keep you updated on any possible personal appearances there.

Now being the perceptive person that you are, you’ve noticed something very obvious in this- the word “Hadley”. Yes, South Hadley, Massachusetts is a real place. And Desiree and that library are in that real place. South Hadley as in H-A-D-L-E-Y. As in Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Books, also spelled H-A-D-L-E-Y.

Coincidence?

No. That real town near home to me is exactly where I got Hadley’s name.

Who knows- if there was a town near me called South Bertha, Massachusetts, I could be writing the Tales of the Vampire Bertha Price books.

Nah. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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Vampires, zombies and a Cute Butt

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Everything’s going forward with all the prep-work necessary to release the next Hadley Price book, titled- Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Vol. One.

This book, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, is not a novel-length story. It’s a bunch of Hadley short stories. As such, we’ve added some line drawings throughout the book to embelish on the tales. Keith Wood, the talented artist who has done all prior Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book covers, is also doing those line drawings as well as a full color book cover for this.

Keith and I had one of our share-screen, work-update Skype convos last night, to check-in with each other on the progress of this project. Me in Chicopee, Mass. and he in Clarksville, Tenn.

It’s interesting to see how a writer and an artist think in a situation like this. I had very definite ideas on what I wanted in terms of something visual in this book and the overall gestalt of that. Several times in the Skype convos we’ve had in our work on this project, Keith brought to my attention that some of my ideas just weren’t that good. To his credit, he was tactful about it. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have blamed him if he laughed in my face at some of the lame illustration ideas I had. Instead, he pro-actively made some suggestion that didn’t occur to me. There’s all the difference in the world on how a writer thinks visually and how an artist and graphics person professional thinks visually. Yes, Keith changes a lot of things from my original ideas and has altered my gestalt on this. In a very good way.

Without giving any spoilers, I had an idea for an illustration for one of the short stories that has zombies in it. And frankly, I was kind of vague about it. Now Hadley’s a small woman. She’s petite. Keith came up with an idea for that short story that was different than mine. He wanted to show Hadley as the little hottie, all sexy and cute. Now hot, sexy and cute where the farthest things from my mind in a Vampire-zombie story. But when he showed me the rough pencil sketch, I had to admit, his idea was right on. He pointed out that the story was scary, but there’s also an element of humor in it. And Hadley looking cute-sexy in a zombie setting totally worked for that humor element.

So lesson learned. You may have written the damn book, but that doesn’t make you a graphics know-it-all -even with your own characters. Listen to your graphics person. They know stuff you don’t. That’s why you brought them in.

Speaking of hot, sexy and cute- here’s a rough pencil sketch Keith did for one of the book’s inside illustrations. (Not the zombie story.) It’s not completed for that hard-line look. That comes later when Keith continues working on it digitally. Now I could have teased you with something like this that showed Hadley bearing her fangs or she knocking someone’s lights out in fight. But no. You get the rough sketch of Hadley’s cute butt. You have to actually purchase the book when it comes out for the fangs-bearing and lights-knocking illustrations.

 

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Hadley takes no offense on this. She finds it flattering and kind of funny. She just reminds you that you can look at her cute butt, but only the Vampire Nathan Hughs gets to touch her cute butt. The only thing worse than pissing-off one Vampire, is pissing-off two Vampires. So no touching.

Until this book’s release, catch-up on all the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price novels here-

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank

Cute Butt

Cute ButtFrom the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Generally speaking, when I’m in work mode on a Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price project, I become very focused. That isn’t just when I’m writing a Hadley first draft manuscript or editing them with my Editor, Christine Piesyk, but also when I have a Skype work session with our cover artist, Keith Wood.

The next Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book will not be a novel. It will be a Hadley short story collection. To embellish on those short stories, Keith will not just be doing the book cover art work- as he has with all the other Hadley Price novels -but also some black and white line illustrations art work to embellish on the short stories through out the book.

For the most part, the short stories have been written, edited and compiled. I need to come up with one more, but other than that, the writing part is pretty much done.

The next step is the book cover art work and the inside illustrations. Don’t get me started on the cover art. It’s looks freakin’ fantastic! Keith isn’t done with it yet, but oh man, I really like what I see and hope you’ll dig it too. And that’s all I’ll say about that for right now.

The real reason I’m writing this, is to tell you how Keith did something during our shared-screen Skype convo over the weekend that totally busted my work-mode bubble- in the most enjoyable way. My professional focus was shattered. And instead of being two mature adult men who are very serious genre content creators, for a couple minutes we both lapsed into just being a couple of guys. A couple of guys- with no women around.

What he did do to get me so flustered? I’ve sent him some of the short stories to read to get his take on any visuals from them. And we started in on that. I told him my idea for an Illustration for one of them. Off-screen he got out his sketch board and pencil and drew what my idea was. That gets scanned into his computer and his wonderful hard-line comic book style is brought out in that, digitally. But I just saw a scan of the pencil drawing. And upon seeing it, I laughed out loud.

Why? In that quick-drawn picture, Hadley and her Vampire lover, Nathan have their backs to the viewer. I won’t say what else is in the picture. This is a spoiler-free zone. But in it, Nathan’s a tall stalwart man and Hadley is the much shorter, petite woman.

And in that rear-view, in Keith’s quick-drawn picture, Hadley has the most adorable, cute-sex butt! It was the very first thing I noticed. And I couldn’t take my eyes off it. In our Skype convos both Keith and I have several windows running between us that we go back and forth on and trade off on share-screen. For like two solid minutes, however, I kept going back to that illustration. Hadley’s cute butt fascinated me. And with that fascination my work-mode professionalism crumbled. My work focus- Poof! -gone. I was just a guy and Keith was just a guy and there was a Hadley’s cute butt.

Strictly from a technical stand point, it shouldn’t have surprised me. Keith’s anatomy is really quite good in what he does. He pro-actively studies the Human form and it shows in his work. Particularly the female form. So why not a cute-sexy butt of a petite Vampire in tight jeans? I just didn’t expect to see something so beautiful while in serious work mode. It kind of threw me for a loop.

Look for Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price: The Short Story Collection Volume One, coming to you early in 2019 for your fun-spooky Vampire reading pleasure.

Until then, catch up on all the other Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books here-

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_pop_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=W.+J.+Onufer&search-alias=books&field-author=W.+J.+Onufer&sort=relevancerank

An author hitting the wall of The Peter Principle?

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Gather around my friends as I tell you the tale of how this author (me) hit the wall of the Peter Priciple…

One of the promotional vehicles I have in place to get the word out on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books is the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection on my Mixcloud page.

It’s been up for about a year and a half now and only within the last few days have I noticed something there that brought my attention to a classic case of the Peter Principle.

What’s the Peter Principle? It’s the name of the classic business/sociology book by Dr. Laurence Peter published in 1970. The Peter Principle says that “people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their level of incompetence.” So, in any given situation, just because you’re good at one in that, doesn’t mean that you’ll be good at everything in that situation. Yes…yes…I know, I’m over simplify the Peter Principle and kind of imposing my interpretation on that. But just follow me on this.

I write the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price books. The three main characters are- the Vampire Hadley Price, her monogamous lover the Vampire Nathan Hughes and their daughter, the young Vampire Svetlana Magnovska. Svetlana speaks English with a Russian accent. And it is precisely because of how Svetlana speaks that I hit the wall of the Peter Principle.

As a break between writing Hadley full-length novels, I’ve been writing Hadley short stories. The tentitive plan is to release those in a compilation book of those short stories sometime next year. Currently, and, as I’ve mentioned, some (not all) those are posted as a FREE audio narration on the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Story Collection on Mixcloud.

Hadley Price is always the central figure but in the short stories she is not always the featured character. In other words, all the action relates directed to Hadley, even know in some of those short stories she may not always up front and present.

I mention that because Svetlana is in a few of those Hadley short stories. In two of them, she is the featured character. I love writing Svetlana, the young Vampire who’s still kind of new to it all who is mentored by Hadley Price, the powerful Vampire known as the Guardian Angel. It’s a lot fun to write them and Nathan and how, sometimes Svetlana needs help to speak English correctly. And at the risk of tooting my own horn, I’m getting kind of good at doing that.

Here it the point where I hit the Peter Principle wall.

In farting around in the prep-work to post The Protected Human, the next addition to the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Short Story Collection, I went to my Mixcloud page. For some reason, I noticed something that I just didn’t see before- none of those narrated stories had Svetlana in them- even know I’ve written Hadley short stories that feature her. Most of that audio is Hadley and Nathan. There is nothing posted there where Svetlana shows up.

There’s a very good reason for that. I have risen to the level of my incompetence.

I do all the narration for the Tales of The Vampire Hadley Price Narrated Short Story Collection myself. I’m hardly a professional voice actor. But I’ve gotten to a point where I can fake Hadley and Nathan’s way of talking.

But try as I might, I simply can not narrate in Svetlana’s Russian accent. Or at least one that semi-believable. And certainly not one of a Vampire who looks like a twenty-year-old Human young woman. And that, while I’m the one directly responsible for writing her that way. All trys at that were aweful. If I posted me doing Svetlana talking I would just embarrass myself and take a huge hit on Hadley’s franchise by coming off so amateurish. Once I noticed that- and how could I not, it was really damn obvious -I made the decision to not post anything with Svetlana in it on Mixcloud. She only appears in Hadley’s books.

So I’m an expert when it comes to knowing these characters. I writing them with a voice of authority. I’m kind of getting good at it. After doing that for so many years I have no excuse for not getting better at it. I created the Hadley-verse and I’m quite comfortable there. In this end of the situation, I’m fairly competent.

But none of that prepared me for trying speak like Svetlana.

Pow! Busted! Textbook perfect example of the Peter Principle.

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