Emma Kathryn

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

The Glitter and The Trauma Update.

It's been an odd year.  This time last December, I was doodling ideas about a superhero story with a girl fighting shadowy creatures in a nightclub.  Now I'm typing up the script for issue 2 of the comic book series about the same superhero.  It's a strange feeling.
It's been a while since I've posted on here about TGATT, so I think an update is long overdue.

The script for issue #1 is complete and artist, Pablo Ventura, is working his way through pencilling out the pages.  Digital artist, Adam Turner, is also at work on colours and lettering.  All in all, issue #1 is coming along great and hopefully we should have something complete to show off soon.  As a little teaser, Pablo leaked page 1 of issue 1 on his twitter last week:

I think you'll agree that it looks freaking awesome and this is going to be a damn fine comic.  We've got a great team and it's only a matter of time before we have a finished issue #1 in our hands.

Once the first story arc is completed (first 3 or 4 issues), we've got some ridiculously exciting stuff planned.  This is not a short series and there are BIG plans for "The Glitter and The Trauma" and the universe it inhabits.  Keep checking back for updates and keep following on Twitter for more up to date gossip and news.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

To the GeekMobile!

In a rather exciting turn of events, I am now writing for Comic Booked.  It's crazy awesome!  If you pop along there, you can catch all the reviews and articles I've done so far.  As well as that, you can keep up to date with all of the latest comic book, gaming and movie news.

See, I told you it was exciting...

Here are some links to my most recent articles:

Happy reading folks!  Be sure to share these when you're on each page.  Each one can be Tweeted, Liked and Google +.

NaNoWriMo word count: 40,796

Friday, 9 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: The Sticking Place

Day 9.

I always feel that the second week of NaNoWriMo is the hardest.  And I've bloody well hit that point today.

Week 1 is great fun because everything is all new and exciting and you're setting the stage for something wonderful.  Week 3 is probably the easiest as you're right into the thick of the plot and world almost feels real - well to you anyway since it's 100% your creation - and the characters begin to feel like people you've known all your life.  As for Week 4, well it's pure adrenaline that gets you through that one.

And Week-bloody-2...

That cruel mistress is a temptress and a tease.  She hangs ideas in front of your nose, but never long enough for you to get them onto paper.  She whispers the sweetest lines in your ear, only to whisper them low enough for you to only catch snippets and hints of phrases.  She beckons you close but never lets you achieve anything worthy of feeling proud of.  All in all, week 2 is a bitch.

In case you haven't guessed, I'm severely procrastinating with this post.  Such is the way of Week 2.  I have been on the laptop for over an hour tonight and have only written 500 words.  See what I mean?  The rest of it has been arsing around on Twitter, putting up this post and cleaning out my iTunes.  Oh and watching Amanda Palmer music videos.

Going to have one last attempt at tearing myself away from the internet and attempt another 1,000 words.  Week 2 draws me closer with the promise of success, but I'm almost sure she's a liar as well as a tease.  Anyway...once more into the breech.

17, 552 words

Sunday, 4 November 2012

I'm Such a Tease...

Since NaNoWriMo is now well under way, I thought I'd just toy with you all a little by posting my novel's prologue. The character featured in this has undergone a major overhaul since I created her in 2004.  Now she is hard, tough and more than just a little damaged.  I freaking love her.  Anyway, enjoy.

And I wish all NaNo participants the best in their monthly write-a-thon.

5,051 words.

Somewhere in the Southern Realms…

A sign, nailed to a wall outside a tavern of very questionable reputation:


For murder, resisting arrest, assault on royal guards, high treason and witchcraft!

Short in height, slender in build.  Long, black hair, unruly in appearance.  Distinguishing features: black eyes and a prominent scar on upper lip.  Often seen dressed in men’s attire.

Here could be seen an artist’s impression of the bust and head of the criminal.  Wild, dark hair floated around a thin face; high cheekbones; furrowed brows over black orbs for eyes; and a wicked, almost malicious, smile split down the left with a ragged and hideous scar.

This woman is highly dangerous and no attempt should be made to restrain her by members of the public.  She has killed before and has harmed several royal guards.  Instead, all sightings and incidents should be reported to Queen Layith of Theorosana, or to the head of her personal guard, Lady Falienne.

Co-operation will be rewarded handsomely.

By royal order of the King and Queen of Theorosana.

Friday, 2 November 2012

NaNoWriMo Day #1

306 words...not cool.

Hoping it was just first day jitters.  Getting my head down for day 2 now.  Stay tuned.

Friday, 26 October 2012

A Change of Heart

NaNoWriMo is less than 1 week away and after weeks of me saying, tweeting and even doing an interview on the fact that my NaNo project will be a "Glitter and Trauma" spin-off, I'm having a change of heart.

Today, while chilling in my favourite pub in the world, some metal track blaring over the sound system, I realised something.  I freaking miss writing fantasy.

The day after I turned 16 (yes, I can be that specific), while helping my mum at a craft fair, I started writing a sprawling fantasy epic.  It told the story of a hero, a fair maiden, an angst-ridden youth and an evil queen.  Yes, I know it sounds shite, but it was my shite.  It went on for near 300 pages and was written across 2 years.  I was obsessed with it.  The characters filled my every waking moment, and often my dreams.  They possessed me and haunted me and whispered sweet, beautiful, terrifying things in my ears.  I filled mixed CDs with an "Original Soundtrack" and listening to songs that inspired me, or provided cues for key scenes, or gave my characters a theme to live to.  Fantasy art spilled from my printer before being glued into various scrapbooks and notepads.  All in all, I loved this project.

Until life happened.  University took over, I made friends, I got a new job, I suffered and survived.  My real world dramatically altered and my fantasy world fell away.  Horror took precedent in my reading, writing and cultural pastimes and fantasy...well, it became a dream world that I wasn't keen on going back to for a while.

It reached a point when I couldn't even bring myself to look at the chapters I had written.  The characters seemed flat and stereotypical.  Dialogue seemed clunky and pretentious and bloody stupid.  The playlists got boring.  My prose seemed so juvenile.  The file with the so-called "final draft" was stored away in a folder and left on an old laptop, while the notepads I had once poured over were left at my parents' house while I moved out on my own.

5 years have passed since I last looked at this story and these characters.  I've grown, I've changed, and my world has altered even more.  And now, after being so sure that I wanted to continue down the dark fantasy/horror route, the idea just hit me today that I should go back to my roots.

So, while chomping down on some damn fine Cajun chicken and sipping on a Pepsi, my characters returned.  They whispered in my ears again, promising that they can be better.  I've read a lot more now, my writing skills have been honed over the years, and my iPod is bursting with songs, desperate to inspire me.  This will not be a revisit to old material but, rather, a total rewrite.  No original text.  Just brand new prose with the same characters and general structure.  This is a brand new project with old ideas.  Once again, I am excited.

Therefore, I have decided that this NaNoWriMo, I am going back to the very beginning.  I am awakening the "Heart of the Dragon".

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Noree Cosper: Cover Reveal!

The talented Noree Cosper has decided to post her brand new book cover and blurb for her new novel "A Prescription for Delirium" here!  Enjoy this exciting exclusive and check out Noree's stuff as soon as possible...by that I mean NOW!!!

A Prescription for Delirium

Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise.  She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession.  Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

A Prescription for Delirium is released on December 1st, 2012.


Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.

She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

Noree can be found stalking people on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information

She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse.