I know...it's been forever and a day since I updated this thing. I'm still working on re-write/edit of CRIMSON SWAN. Illness, holidays, and the start of a new semester slowed me down, but the end is in sight. Yay! Most of my time lately has been divided between the edits and working on my creative thesis. I'm scheduled to graduate with my MA this fall, so I'm actively writing and editing my thesis, HELLFIRE.

I could have used CRIMSON SWAN as my thesis, but I wanted to challenge myself and write something different. CRIMSON SWAN deals with vampires. HELLFIRE centers on demons. No crossover between the two -- no demons in CS and no vamps in HF. Add in the fact that CS is written in third person and HF is first person and I'm discovering a whole new realm of schizophrenia.

Part of the thesis process is to meet with my thesis defense committee. These meetings are usually interesting. They give me advice on what they'd like to changed or explained in greater detail. I listen politely and decide if I'm going to take their advice. If I don't, I just have to be prepared to defend my decision later. During one such meeting last week, I was asked to describe HELLFIRE in a single sentence or phrase. After the initial brain spaz in which I had a brief yet total collapse of coherent thought, I said the only thing that came to mind: "Paradise Lost meets La Femme Nikita." It was then time for this particular committee member to experience a loss of coherent thought. Her eyes glazed over and her smile became strained. It never occurred to me that she might not be familiar with the LFN film or defunct TV show. Oh, well...too late now.

Speaking of Paradise Lost, I should consider getting ready for my afternoon class. I'm studying Milton for an entire semester and we're actually in the middle of reading Paradise Lost. Maybe that's why I fixated on it for my one-line description. Then again, maybe I just need a break. The world may never know. *shrug*

TTFN JKH

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