Hellfire is On Fire

Hellfire

Terence McGregor wants a woman in his life. Eden Hellior wants Terence McGregor. Only her sister stands in their way.

Wonderful news –

My short story Hellfire is one of the winners of Tule Publishing’s Eros 2016 Pillow Talk Contest.

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Another Online Course This Year

That’s right, I’ve just booked Alpha’s: Leaders of the Pack for October 2016 with LowCountry Romance Writers.

Course Blurb:

You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts. … Good, because I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. …

Judy Dench as M to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia to Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope

Who is he and what’s her story?

Using numerous examples from movies and books, award winning author Robin Matheson demystifies the male and female alpha archetype.

Please join me!

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November is Alpha Month

 

Come join me November 2nd at http:/www.rwamysterysuspense.org for a month long course devoted to—

 

Alphas: Leaders of the Pack


Course Blurb:

You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts. … Good, because I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. …

Judy Dench as M to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia to Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope

Who is he and what’s her story?

Using numerous examples from movies and books,author Robin Matheson demystifies the male and female alpha archetype.

Topics include:

  • The Basics behind Pack Mentality and the Dominant Wolf
  • Key Personality Profile Traits of a Typical Alpha
  • Identifying an Alpha Skill Set
  • Goals and Motivations: The Focused Alpha
  • Archetypal Alphas
  • On Being a Man—On Being a Woman: The Alpha’s Emotional Vulnerabilities

 

 

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Intensive Workshop Coming in April

I’ll be offering a special 6 week intensive version of my Journey Cycle Workshop from April 6 to May 15 through Lowcountry Romance Writers.

This course uses the familiar, symbolic world of Fairy Tales to reinterpret the Hero’s Journey into easy to understand motifs. If you are seeking a better understanding of the journey process to create a stronger story structure this course is for you!

 

 

 

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March Workshop Coming Soon

Foolproof Synopsis and Query Letter

March 2 – 27, 2015 through Colorado Romance Writers

Build a synopsis and query letter from the ground up!

When you know everything there is to know about your story, it’s hard to stay focused on the big picture. This hands-on  workshop teaches you how to convert your creatsive concept into bite-sized promotional chunks that will alllow you to efficiently market your manuscript. Discover how the 5 Point Plot Structure helps you to construct a sellling snopsis. Finally, master the “ABC Formula” that allows you to compose any business letter in 3 easy steps. Honest!

In addition to the course material, students will also have an opportunity to recieve a critic of either a synotsis or query letter.

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New Release

Checklist for a journey of rediscovery: her body, his hands…and a tube of paint.

Almost a year ago, fifty-something high school shop teacher Cass McCarthy heard the one word no one ever wants to hear. She’s a survivor—but that’s all she’s doing. Somewhere along the way she’s lost touch with her body and herself. But then a chance encounter at an art exhibit leads her to the doorstep of the one man who can help. Evan is tall, intense and determined to get her naked. If she can trust his artistic vision and put her body in his hands, maybe they both will have a chance to rediscover the healing power of love.

A Blush® contemporary romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

 

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Sharing Good News

 

I’ve learned that Dragon’s Lair is a finalist in the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Contest.

When a librarian discovers her secret heritage among the ancient dragon-shifting dynasties, she is plunged into the center of a clandestine war between dragon-shifters and dragon slayers. With the aid of a powerful Western and a cocky Asian dragon-shifter, she must thwart her mortal enemy from unleashing chaos onto humankind.

Here’s one of the inspirations inhabiting my office:

 

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Back in the Saddle

 

Cowboy Heat includes: Denim and Lace by Robie Madison

One woman in a pair of rhinestone heels plus two sexy cowboys equals a highly combustible combination.

 

Okay, I admit, there is no saddle—at least not in my story. But writing this short story gave me a way to stay connected to the characters I love during a challenging time. The heroine is a hopeless romantic, despite her two degrees in Mathematics, who made a brief appearance, sort of, in my hot office romance Cats and Dogs. So I sent her to Texas where she meets not one but two cowboys…

 

 

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New Year’s Rehabilitation

This year, as I enter my second month of physiotherapy, I’m making New Year’s Rehabilitation—not Resolutions—a priority.

I was proceeding through a green light one morning in late November last year when a DO2V (translation = Driver Of Other Vehicle, because I wish to remain polite and earn a G rating on this post) ran a red light and hit the rear passenger corner of my little red Kia Soul. Am I sensing a subconscious hostility to the color red, here—or a serious lack of caffeine, which impaired cognitive processes on the part of the DO2V?

Regardless, the impact sent the car, and me, into a spin! I ended up in the middle of the road facing the way I’d been coming from.

I walked away—in a state of shock. And while the insurance company has classified the results in the Minor Injury Category, there’s been nothing minor about the recovery process.

I became well acquainted with the Epley maneuver. Used to reduce or even eliminate dizziness, it helped during the next several weeks that my brain felt like it was back in that spinning car. I still get dizzy spells when I overtire and now do daily exercises to retrain the receptors hidden at the back of my head near the top of my spine that help with balance.

I was also diagnosed with whiplash, which has affected the entire left side of my body from neck to thigh. I’ve since discovered areas of my body I didn’t know I had and wish I’d never met (stifled yelps of agony during physio sessions aren’t a pretty sound), like the IT (iliotibial) band, a group of tough fibers that run along the outside of the thigh. The IT band acts as a stabilizer during running, so many runners suffer from pain in that area due to inflammation of said IT band. My rotator cuff (the muscles and tendons in the shoulder that connect your upper arm with your shoulder blade) has also been protesting ever since the accident.

That said, I’m feeling much better and, per instructions from the Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Kinesiologist, I’m slowly but steadily resuming daily routines—punctured by lots of breaks and my daily exercise regimen. But success has also led to setbacks. I now have de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, diagnosed via the Finkelstein test.

De Quervain’s is caused when the tendons located on the wrist below the thumb become irritated and swell. 

Oddly enough, this is a common condition among pregnant women and people who perform repetitive activities—like typing, which is my current problem! However, I believe my wrist was initially strained because of the fierce grip I had on the steering wheel during that spin. I can now discuss the merits of ultrasound and paraffin wax treatments (neither helped) versus acupuncture (which has).

 

So there you have it—medically speaking.

 

 

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: A Horror Masterpiece

 

It’s that time of year—jack-o-lanterns, treats, and the requisite skeletons, zombies, vampires and other creatures from the horror pantheon appear for a night.

 

What exactly is horror?

 

Merriam Webster defines horror as a “painful and intense fear” and a horror story as “an account of an unsettling …occurrence.”

 

Both these definitions epitomize one of the greatest German Expressionist—and horror—films ever made.

 

 

Directed by Robert Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 silent film that still evokes a sense of horror—that is, intense fear, 91 years after its release. The Expressionist style of the distorted set design combined with the subjective perspective of the narrator Francis, who relates the story of a visit he and his friend Alan make to a town fair in Holstenwall, creates a mood ripe for horror.

 

 

But it is Francis’s story of a traveling hypnotist, Dr. Caligari and his exhibit, the somnambulist Cesare that truly evokes a sense of unease. Cesare is perhaps one of Conrad Veidt’s finest roles, though he is probably better remembered for playing Major Heinrich Strasser in Casablanca. (Veidt btw was a staunch anti-Nazi in real life, having fled Germany with his Jewish wife in 1933.) ]

 

Veidt’s portrayal of Cesare perfectly captures the restraint of a man caught under the spell of the mad doctor Dr. Caligari (skillfully played by Werner Krauss) who orders him to kill. Cesare’s lithe, controlled movements as a somnambulist tool of the doctor contrast sharply with his “reawakening” when he manages to regain control of himself in a pivotal scene with Jane, Francis’s fiancée whom he’s been sent to kill, but kidnaps instead.

 

Many of what are now classical horror movie images appear in this film. Perhaps the most cliché and yet enduring is that of the monster pursued by angry townspeople as he carries off the heroine. That sometimes all too real image is horrific in itself. But what makes it so intense and unsettling is the glimpse the viewer has had of the innate humanity beneath the monstrous façade.

 

 

Coincidentally, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was one of the first examples of both a framed story—the main narrative is told in flashback—and a twist ending.

 

Check it out—and have a Happy Halloween.

 

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