Posts Tagged ‘Cool Stuff’

Auntie Heather’s Writing Lair

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Most authors have a special place that they go, Minions, when they are in writing mode, when they are driven to create. Many writers refer to this place as their “writer’s cave”. My special place, my office, my sanctuary, is affectionately referred to as my “writer’s lair”, thanks to the fangtastic Melissa DeLaCruz, of Blue Bloods fame. And today I’m going to give you a little glimpse of it, just so you’ll know the kinds of things that surround me as I pound out manuscripts or blog or tweet (oh man, do I tweet…). Please forgive the relatively crappy images, as I took them with my iPhone, and the iPhone hates pretty, clear pictures.

We will start with the door to my lair.

Not bad, eh? looks normal enough. Just double doors. Plain. Boring. So…normal, right? But when we open them…

PA-CHOW!!! The spookiness begins! This is the view from my open doors, followed by a closer view.

Yeah. I have some skeery stuff in my office. Creepy bodiless hands coming out of the wall, a human skull, a monkey like the one from Monkey Shines. It’s cozy, right? And if we begin to turn to the right, we see this:

That’s the corner of my coffin couch (which is glorious, and yes, made from an actual coffin). My husband often teases that he plans to bring along a mirror just to check on me during nap time. Turning again to the right (we’re spinning – are you dizzy??)…

…we see my favorite corner, where I’ve placed my asylum window, my baby doll (I cannot tell you her name – it may disturb some of you), and antique baby shoes. And right again to the door from the inside.

The dolls on the bottom right, I refer to as my “Creepy Children”, because when I open the office door, they stare at me through the glass with their haunting button eyes. *sigh* I love them so… If you keep turning right, you’ll see a second set of doors that lead to my dining room.

And right from there brings you back to my bookcase, which has a distinct lack of books. (The books are all in the reading room in the upstairs loft) But it does contain some of my most precious belongings. I’ll give you a top to bottom shelf by shelf view.

Not too shabby, right? It’s nice here. I like it. Whenever I enter my lair, I feel at home. To some, it’s creepy. To me, it’s beautiful. And you should be your own kind of beautiful, Minions, no matter what people say.

So…the only thing I haven’t done is hang up curtains. Mostly because I’m torn between curtains and black wooden blinds. Once I make up my mind, my lair will be complete. Yay lair!

As far as “what’s new in the world of Auntie Heather”, I’m currently wrapping up writing the second book in The Slayer Chronicles. I know the title, but you don’t. (neener neener neener) No worries! I’ll tell you soon…ish. Also, I’m finishing up the last few edits for Bloodbound, which is so good it makes my brain all explodey. I can’t really describe it…mostly because I have no idea how. Seriously! The description on my website doesn’t even do it justice. I just want to live in that world forever. And I hope you’ll join me for at least a few hours. I promise it’ll be worth the ride. (Or it won’t, and you’ll hate me forever…but I’m betting on that first one)

On Monday, I head out on a Disney cruise (woooooo, Mickey!!!), so I’ll be offline from July 4th til the 11th, but I’m thinking that I should arrange an Ask Auntie Heather chat on the forum soon. What do you guys think? I can set aside an hour or two and we can just talk…y’know? It sounds like fun to me, and I think it’ll breathe new life into the forum. If you don’t hang out on the forum, please do! It’s a fangtastic Minion hangout and I want you guys to treat it as your own.

One last thing before I go. How many of you have or have access to an iPod, iPod Touch, or iPad? Go grab it. Right now. It’s okay…I can wait.

*hold music plays while you grab your technology*

Got it? Sweet. I’ve got the fire extinguisher ready, because I know how you Minions burst into flames when you get excited. Ready?

Go download this right now, because Minions – WE HAVE AN APP!!!

It’s only 99 cents, and it’s a FANGtastic game that’s kinda like PacMan, but with Fang! You can eat bloodbags for invincibility and killing slayers gifts you with their tiny lil screams. (Mwahahahahaha!!!) It’s sooooo much fun. I am seriously, totally addicted. So go. Now. Grab that app and tell the rest of the Horde (and non-Minions! Or should I say “soon-to-be-Minions”?). Because this thing is too fun!

Can you tell I like it?

Okay, so in my brief absence, I’m leaving you all in charge. I DO NOT want to come back to the world in ruins and zombies on the rampage AGAIN, Minions! *gives you all the Mom look* So behave. Be nice. And SOMEBODY feed the thing under my bed.

Oooooohhhhhh, sooooo shiiiiinyyyyyyyy…

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Pull up a coffin, Minions, and get cozy. Everybody got your mug of blood? Good. Grab a cookie off the tray and snuggle under your lil skull-covered blankies. Because Auntie Heather has a pressie for you!

Many of you have been asking for a while now, “Aaaauntiiiiie, when can we have a booooox seeettt??” (and yes, most of you have whined a lil when you said it – but it’s cool, cuz I was whining about it too…and way more than any of you)

I’m happy to say that that day has come at long last! This November, my fangtastic publisher is releasing a box set of the first four Vlad books!! GAZE UPON ITS SPLENDOR!

I know. It’s so SHINY and AWESOME, I can hardly contain my JOY. And dude, they chopped the price, so you can get all four books in this FANGtastic set for only $29.99. How ROCK does that???

So…I’m thinking this is the PERFECT way to spread the Vlad love this Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Holiday season. And together, we’ll take over the world!!!

Minions, Prepare Thyself for News of Epic Proportions!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This is big, Minion Horde. This is awesomely, epicly good.

I’m sure by now you all know about the soon-to-be-released amazingness that is Iron Man 2. But what you don’t know is that something very cool is linking US (your Auntie Heather & you, my loyal Minions) to that movie!


At select theaters, before the movie is shown, a 15-second ad will be shown for THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD!!! The ad will be shown twice before the movie, and will also be shown on TVs in the lobby. HOW COOL IS THAT???

I’m dragging my family to the nearest theater to see it. You Minions totally have to go see it too! Grab your fellow Minions and take a road trip, because you can ONLY see it in theaters! Iron Man 2 comes out on May 7, 2010. The ad will run for 4 weeks. And here’s where it’ll be:

New York Union Square Stadium 14 NEW YORK NY
New York Garden State 16 with IMAX PARAMUS NJ
Los Angeles Ontario Palace 21 plus IMAX ONTARIO CA
Los Angeles Santa Anita with IMAX ARCADIA CA
Chicago Naperville Showplace NAPERVILLE IL
Chicago Village Crossing 18 SKOKIE IL
Philadelphia Brandywine Town Center
Philadelphia Downingtown Cinema DOWNINGTOWN PA
San Francisco-Oak-San Jose Daly City 20 DALY CITY CA
San Francisco-Oak-San Jose Van Ness 14 SAN FRANCISCO CA
Boston (Manchester) Fenway 13 BOSTON MA
Boston (Manchester) Liberty Tree Mall 20 with IMAX DANVERS MA
Atlanta Arbor Place Mall 18 DOUGLASVILLE GA
Atlanta Parkway Point 15 ATLANTA GA
Houston Houston Greenway 24 HOUSTON TX
Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) Regency 20 BRANDON FL
Minneapolis-St. Paul Rosedale 14 with IMAX SAINT PAUL MN
Minneapolis-St. Paul Southdale 16 with IMAX MINNEAPOLIS MN
Denver Century Boulder BOULDER CO
Denver Highlands Ranch 24 with IMAX LITTLETON CO
Cleveland-Akron (Canton) Cinemark Tinseltown USA NORTH CANTON OH
Austin Cinemark Southpark Meadows AUSTIN TX
Austin Gateway 16 AUSTIN TX

GO, MINIONS, GO! Go forth and immerse yourselves in Vlad-y goodness!

My Gift to the Minion Horde

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

(and I will totally take credit for how FANGtastic this is…even though it’s totally Penguin Young Readers and Mess Marketing’s fault – I had very little to do with its epic awesomeness)

Minions, you have been so good to me. You have accepted me for who I am and have done my bidding without question, without fail. Dude, you even put me on the New York Times!!! In short, YOU ROCK! And you deserve an incredible pressie from your Auntie Heather.

I give you…

It’s your site, Minions. YOURS! With cool downloads and info on where I’ll be and when. Lots of free stuff like icons, desktop wallpapers. And we’ll have more stuff soon! The end of March, we’re launching KRPT, our own radio station (“live from the Crypt…”)! It’ll be all cool and only the music you love (so feel free to email me lists of songs you want to hear). And…Auntie Heather will DJ. Also, watch for some sick apps coming soon too. For instance…one that translates your Twitter tweets into Elysian Code!

From me to you, my Minion Horde.

Consider it a thank you. Though I owe you guys so much more.

Yours in Eternity,
Auntie Heather



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