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Transcript for December 18th, 2010: A UF Winter Wonderland of Christmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem

This weekโ€™s TOPIC: โ€˜Tis the season for superstition, Santa and spirits – among other things! Urban fantasy is everywhere during holidays!

Whether you celebrate Xmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (or something else) thereโ€™s a whole lot of paranormal this time of year! From Saint Nick and elves invading houses to zombie carols and antlered winter hunters, thereโ€™s a little UF for everyone…

And we have GIFTS! For YOU!! Up for grabs: Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho, Zombie Xmas Carols, Holidays Are Hell antho, Haunted Holidays antho, Naked City antho!!

Apologies for the delay – I wanted to confirm the order of our guest authors being Q&A’d in January before posting any sort of announcement because… that’s right! We have TWO authors being interviewed in the first month and more lined up for February and beyond! (Details for our January 8th return at the end.)

Official UFchat questions are in YELLOW.

Resources/ topic-related links are in BLUE.

5:54 pm jimnduncan: RT @inkgypsy: Lots to win today in #UFchat! Xmas/Yule themed w ghosts (& goats!) of past/future, invading elves + more UF seasonal-weird. 3pmPST Pls RT
6:00 pm UF_Chat: #Ufchat gets spirit of GIVEAWAYS today! Ghosts to elves, goats to mistletoe, headless shadows to baby puddings – chat Xmas UF style! 3pmPST
6:00 pm inkgypsy: #Ufchat gets spirit of GIVEAWAYS today! Ghosts to elves, goats to mistletoe, headless shadows to baby puddings – chat Xmas UF style! 3pmPST
7:00 pm inkgypsy: “People born on Xmas fortunate as supposedly can’t drown/hang OR unfortunate as see ghosts & spirits…” More in #UFchat today! 3pmPST
7:01 pm UF_Chat: “People born on Xmas fortunate as supposedly can’t drown/hang OR unfortunate as see ghosts & spirits…” More in #UFchat today! 3pmPST
7:45 pm inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:45 pm UF_Chat: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:47 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:48 pm specficdb: RT @inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:50 pm PoseySessions: RT @inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
8:00 pm UF_Chat: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
8:00 pm inkgypsy: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
8:02 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
9:00 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to last #UFchat of 2010! LOTS GIVEAWAYS!! Xmas/Yule themed season of superstition & winter weirdness! Come chat & WIN! 3pmPST Pls RT
9:00 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to last #UFchat of 2010! LOTS GIVEAWAYS!! Xmas/Yule themed season of superstition & winter weirdness! Come chat & WIN! 3pmPST Pls RT
9:41 pm shadowflame1974: An hour and 15 mins to #UFchat, Xmas themes and giveaways!
9:57 pm scootercarlyle: @inkgypsy Thank you so much. I’ll be there today if the toddler is still asleep! #UFchat
10:00 pm inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:00 pm UF_Chat: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:00 pm Jess_Haines: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:05 pm J_GriffinB: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:06 pm J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:09 pm J_GriffinB: @cvaldezmiller @saramcclung @Karen_Hooper @gina_penn #UFChat beginith in a fitty-uno minutoes.
10:10 pm shadowflame1974: 50 minutes to Winter Wonderland #UFchat Come and see what things go bump on Christmas eve!
10:13 pm inkgypsy: @crookedfang AWesome! BTW we’re having lots of giveaways on #UFchat today. Wanna come? You could win somethin’. ๐Ÿ˜‰
10:15 pm crookedfang: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:22 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy Any sign of Krampus in this chat tonight #ufchat
10:26 pm shadowflame1974: Grab the sleigh bells and watch the mistletoe, we have #UFchat coming up in 30 minutes. Giveaways to some of our participants today!
10:27 pm sandrawickham: RT @shadowflame1974: Grab the sleigh bells and watch the mistletoe, we have #UFchat coming up in 30 minutes. Giveaways to some of our participants today!
10:28 pm sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 #UFchat is always on when I’m sitting down to write! Ack!! I’ll still peek in… ๐Ÿ˜€
10:30 pm inkgypsy: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:30 pm UF_Chat: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:30 pm J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:45 pm UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:45 pm inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:45 pm shadowflame1974: 15 minutes until #UFchat! Bring your stocking because we have gifts!
10:46 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Will call when the movie is over. ๐Ÿ˜€ Also, you should come to #UFChat!
10:46 pm JulieeJohnsonn: RT @UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:46 pm sandrawickham: RT @inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:47 pm specficdb: RT @UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:48 pm inkgypsy: Putting on my #UFchat Santa hat (& my boots – of course!) for the Xmas/Yule themed UF GIVEAWAY DAY today!
10:48 pm inkgypsy: RT @shadowflame1974: 15 minutes until #UFchat! Bring your stocking because we have gifts!
10:48 pm melissacarmic: RT @inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:49 pm shadowflame1974: going to have to bail in a few for #UFchat everyone is welcome to hop over when you are done here ๐Ÿ˜€ We have Giveaways ๐Ÿ˜‰ #cyberpunkchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! (http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo ) #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:50 pm inkgypsy: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! (http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo ) #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #UFchat
10:51 pm UF_Chat: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #UFchat
10:51 pm leapetra: RT @uf_chat: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:54 pm sandrawickham: This is great! RT @inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? It’s today’s #UFchat primer! http://bit.ly/5S4FQD 4 mins till we start + GIVEAWAYS!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? It’s today’s #UFchat primer! http://bit.ly/5S4FQD 4 mins till we start + GIVEAWAYS!
10:58 pm ajackwriting: RT @sandrawickham: This is great! RT @inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:58 pm inkgypsy: Hmm – might be good… #UFchat #scifichat RT @SciFiTweetn: Dollhouse Comic Coming in March http://bit.ly/ibzH1W
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2… & now live with #UFchat! It?s the Xmas edition and we have GIFTS! (Yes ? you?ve all been such good brain food this year.) #ufchat
11:00 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat Woo hoo!
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 1st: Apologies for not getting Q&A w Merrie transcript up ? been wk of vet emergencies. Working on it. Hope to have it up v soon. #ufchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: Whether you celebrate Xmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (or something else) there?s a whole lot of paranormal this time of year! #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: From Saint Nick and elves invading houses to zombie carols and antlered winter hunters, there?s a little UF for everyone. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Giveaways will happen DURING #UFchat for participants ? stay sharp & be ready to use your google-fu to scavenge for answers? #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: There are 3 chances to win DURING the chat & extra TRIPLE book prize at end for writers up for a little holiday UF challenge. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Up for grabs: Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho, Zombie Xmas Carols, Holidays Are Hell antho, Haunted Holidays antho, Naked City antho!! #ufchat
11:02 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Wow! And hooray!! #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: See here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo for covers & info on books to be won today! #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: ?Tis the season for superstition, Santa and spirits – among other things! Urban fantasy is everywhere during holidays! #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement, which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion). #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Today we?ll have ?Xmas Potluck?: fun questions, scavenger ?google-hunts? (books to win!), chat re Xmas/Yule lore & UF possibilities. #ufchat
11:02 pm sandrawickham: Check this out people!! RT @UF_Chat: See here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo for covers & info on books to be won today! #ufchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: (S) Here now. #UFchat
11:03 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat Awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Q1: Ghosts were Xmas regulars long before Scrooge. Why do you think that is? (Don’t worry – will let you know when PRIZE Qs up!) #ufchat
11:03 pm jamigold: Awesome! I love it! RT @UF_Chat: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat #urbanfantasy
11:03 pm leapetra: Cannot wait #ufchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB @Jess_Haines @sandrawickham @jamigold @leapetra Hello all! #ufchat
11:04 pm Diane_Amy: @leapetra when is #ufchat?
11:04 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Q1: Perhaps it’s a time for people to think of family passed on? Friends passed on??#UFchat
11:04 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat because it’s so close to the solstice. the veil was thinner then. #ufchat
11:04 pm leapetra: @Diane_Amy Right now! #ufchat
11:04 pm J_GriffinB: @Diane_Amy Now. #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Ghosts and Christmas go together… why do you think that is? #ufchat
11:04 pm NicolePeeler: RT @inkgypsy: Putting on my #UFchat Santa hat (& my boots – of course!) for the Xmas/Yule themed UF GIVEAWAY DAY today!
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @Diane_Amy Starting right now! Join us. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:05 pm leapetra: @Diane_Amy http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: A1 Because the season also marks the new year, and Xmas was adapted from earlier religious holidays having different meanings. #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Wonder what they do between Halloween & Xmas? Hang & Haunt? ๐Ÿ˜€ (story story!) #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Q1a: What other ghosts/spirits besides past/present/future are associated with Xmas/Yule you know of? #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: A1 Venerate the spirits of your ancestors. #UFchat
11:06 pm gina_penn: Newbie to #ufchat!
11:07 pm inkgypsy: #freebies #giveaway #UFchat RIGHT NOW! Come join us – talk Xmas, get gifts! Use the hashtag to participate. Merry UF giveaway day!
11:07 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1a the general “Christmas Spirit” ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:07 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A1a Isn’t the Horned Hunt one? #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @gina_penn Welcome! Jump in – all comments welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: S: Xmas tree lights originally lanterns hung on tree to show spirits the way home. Candles still used regularly in windows at Xmas. #ufchat
11:07 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A1a I’m drawing a blank, lol. I know there definitely are some, but I can’trecall which they are.
11:07 pm J_GriffinB: @gina_penn Welcome, lovely! Gina has great horror chops, folks! #UFchat
11:07 pm LGwenn: Hey I finally made it to a #UFChat ! #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: Q1b: What is the connection between ghosts and light? Is it different at Xmas? #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @LGwenn Welcome! It’s merry giveaway day today in #UFchat! ๐Ÿ˜€
11:08 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A1b My recollection is that people used to put candles in their windows at night to guide people/spirits to their homes.
11:08 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1a spirits or creatures. There are so many associated. #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Q1c: Are ghosts thought of differently/fondly at Xmas compared to eg Halloween? Why? #ufchat
11:09 pm jamigold: @leapetra Thanks for the TweetChat link. I’m trying to figure this out. #ufchat
11:09 pm StacyMaynard: Hey all thanks Jess for tweeting about this, I have never heard of it. #ufchat
11:09 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1b the shortest day of the year, the longest night, makes more sense that ghosts would come #ufchat
11:09 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A1b Was just researching candles for current WIP, used to fend off evil spirits. Maybe relevance with xmas time?! #UFchat
11:09 pm LGwenn: Q1bI think it is winter in general– the days are darker…things are dying…so we are more aware of death and of light #ufchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A1b Would we not all be ghosts if the light of spring didn’t return, a reason for offering things at the winter solstice? #UFchat
11:10 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Q1c I would assume so. Halloween’s more mischievous in nature whereas xmas is more family-based/recalling deceased family #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:10 pm leapetra: @jamigold Nice thing about the tweetchat, you don’t have to worry about the hashtag #ufchat
11:10 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A1c Could go back to what @leapetra said about the general “Christmas Spirit”! People feeling warm and generous… #UFchat
11:10 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Thank ya! ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:10 pm gina_penn: Thanks! And Thanks to Griffin for sounding the warning bell on this one. #UFchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Ooh deep! And please write that story! #ufchat
11:11 pm sandrawickham: @leapetra Oh really? Cuz I’ve forgotten the hashtag at least once! Maybe I should switch to tweetchat. #UFchat
11:11 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A1c I think at Christmas people are thinking positive thoughts about the mysteries of the world. #ufchat
11:11 pm specficdb: RT @UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: Q2: With antho title Wolfsbane & Mistletoe as inspiration, what unique aspects of season think would appeal/repel vampires & why? #ufchat
11:11 pm J_GriffinB: @sandrawickham It is easiest to use: http://tweetchat.com/room/UFchat #UFchat
11:11 pm LGwenn: http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat <<<tweetchat for #UFChat #ufchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2 I think that it gets darker earlier and people are more inviting would tend to draw more vampires.
11:12 pm UF_Chat: S: If Santa needs replacing (benevolent) vampire might do job well! (Super speed/strength, long lived, red outfit? Just sayin’. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:12 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Q2: All the Christmas lights & xmas spirit might repel vampires #ufchat
11:12 pm PoseySessions: RT @UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2 (cont) The general merriment might disgust and repel some of them, though. *g*
11:12 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Easy for a Vamp to hunt during the New Years parties, Christmas parties… #UFchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat LOL, only if it’s red leather, baby!
11:13 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Death stepped in once! he he #ufchat
11:13 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB Oh yeah, lots of people drinking that eggnog haha #ufchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Ooh nice – thresholds less guarded due to general good feelings & generosity? Oh boy… #ufchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat LOL, oh yeah. Drunk people everywhere!
11:13 pm LGwenn: Q2- but all the people outside of their homes caroling on a long night… #ufchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat Absolutely. Think how easy it would be to take advantage.
11:13 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: What about werewolves? How would they fit with the current Xmas traditions/stories/superstitions? #ufchat
11:14 pm leapetra: As a vampire most ppl invite any one in during the holidays. #ufchat
11:14 pm J_GriffinB: @Book_Faery Even the vamps that look a bit off. “Man, I must have been beer-goggling something fierce last night!” #UFchat
11:14 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat A2a Weres would most likely hate all the strong scents associated with the season. Sensitive noses, and all that.
11:15 pm Book_Faery: #ufchat Dress the werewolves up as reindeer! Rudolph noses and those car antlers. Bet you’d they’d get mad fast ๐Ÿ˜›
11:15 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2a I think they’d like all the food, though. Hehe. People tend to have huge spreads at their Xmas and New Year’s parties.
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Think about all those layers & coats (ha ha) to hide under too tho – could be useful.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:15 pm TeresaDAmario: @Book_Faery oh now that’s just mean! LOL #ufchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery LOL! #UFchat
11:16 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I like the pissed off druid. You cut the mistletoe I needed for my potion o world domination so U could get laid? DIE! #UFchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Q3: Zombie Santa parodies are common Creepy Christmas greetings now? Why pick zombies to emulate/parody Santa? #ufchat
11:16 pm leapetra: S werewolves would love the family aspect. The pack around the fire and such #ufchat
11:16 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery #ufchat ROFL! Like Chaz and his antlers! http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/2010/12/guest-blog-jess-haines.html
11:16 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB lol #UFchat
11:16 pm sandrawickham: @UF_chat I’m still trying to figure out tweetchat…LOL. #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Xlnt point – would be a good reason to have a giant gathering which wouldn’t draw attention, complete w weird rituals! #UFchat
11:17 pm Book_Faery: A3: Santa’s almost like an immortal figure due to the xmas tradition. Maybe Santa really is undead #ufchat
11:17 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB LMAO vampire beer goggles. Classic #ufchat
11:17 pm shadowflame1974: @sandrawickham did you get logged in hon? #UFchat
11:17 pm gina_penn: @J_GriffinB #UFchat – you wouldn’t?
11:17 pm inkgypsy: @sandrawickham If you go on web to tweetchat.com & use #UFchat hashtag it shows you all entries as posted & adds hashtag FOR you – easier.
11:18 pm leapetra: A3 Rare Imports a new movie. Santa is dug out of his burial mound and he is not happy #ufchat
11:18 pm Book_Faery: @TeresaDAmario @UF_Chat You could bribe the weres with lots of food and booze ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe they’d wear the antlers if they got trashed #ufchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Now you’re drinking my cool-aid! (egg nog?) Agree! #ufchat
11:19 pm J_GriffinB: IIII saaaaw Mommy kissing the dead dude got caught in the chimney last night? #UFchat
11:19 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Blargh, trying to get TweetChat going…
11:19 pm leapetra: a3 or was it Rare Exports, I cant remember #ufchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: GIVEAWAY CHALLENGE 1: What IS remedy if U turn into a ghost every Xmas Eve (on birthday)? 1st to answer + link to source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:19 pm sandrawickham: @inkgypsy I’m in! I think tweetdeck might be faster though..but without the auto hashtag. I’ll manage with one or the other! Thanks #UFchat
11:19 pm jamigold: What kind of para creature would Santa be? RT @Book_Faery: A3: Santas almost like an immortal figure due to the xmas tradition. #ufchat
11:19 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: GIVEAWAY CHALLENGE 1: What IS remedy if U turn into a ghost every Xmas Eve (on birthday)? 1st to answer + link to source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham I actualy have both open for that reason. ๐Ÿ˜€ I like your brains… braaaaaiiiinssss!!! ;D #UFchat
11:20 pm LGwenn: GAC_counting the holes in a sieve #ufchat
11:20 pm daggyvamp: RT @UF_Chat: S: If Santa needs replacing (benevolent) vampire might do job well! (Super speed/strength, long lived, red outfit? Just sayin’. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:20 pm J_GriffinB: @Book_Faery With norse or irish weres you could count on drinking insane amounts of alcohol. Time to play light the tail, anyone? #UFchat
11:20 pm leapetra: @LGwenn Beat me too it! ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:20 pm Book_Faery: @JamiGold Mrs. Claus is a vampire and she bit Santa… Lots of easy access to blood. That or he’s the cookie monster in disguise #ufchat
11:20 pm gina_penn: @J_GriffinB Now there’s a new awesome xmas song… #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @LGwenn 1/2 way there! I need your source link… Quick! #ufchat
11:21 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Challenge Ans 1 — count holes in a sieve from 11 to 12 http://bit.ly/fxKGoS #UFchat
11:21 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I could totally use some eggnog right now :D! #ufchat
11:22 pm jamigold: LOL! Could be… RT @EverettMaroon: @JamiGold I think Santa is a fat Elf. #ufchat
11:22 pm Jess_Haines: @JamiGold Isn’t he called an elf in several Xmas carols and such? #UFchat
11:22 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery #UFchat Ick, I actually hate the taste of eggnog, lol
11:22 pm gina_penn: I’ve always wondered what Santa would look like as a zombie… #UFchat
11:22 pm sandrawickham: YES! With rum, of course… RT @Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I could totally use some eggnog right now :D! #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: Oh boy! Remember 2 parts to answer challenge! Answer PLUS source to win! Sorry @LGwenn – more chances coming! #ufchat
11:23 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines I like the theory that Santa, might be Odin in disguise #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: Winner of Challenge 1 is: @Jess_Haines CONGRATS! You?ve won a copy of Zombie Carols! DM me mailing addy & email at end pls. #ufchat
11:23 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB Drunken dog sleds? #ufchat
11:23 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra #UFchat Ohh, I’ve never heard that one…
11:23 pm leapetra: to heck with egg nog. Give me Glogg!!!! #ufchat
11:23 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Woo hoo!! ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Q4: What less-used UF creatures might be more ?active? or ?at home? during the holiday season in our world? Why? #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: Oooh. Vampire Santa. Very cool. Or werewolf Santa, delivering presents, but oh, no. It’s a full moon! #UFchat
11:24 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Yay! Congrats. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:24 pm Book_Faery: DEF!! RT @sandrawickham: YES! With rum, of course… RT @Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I could totally use some eggnog right now :D! #ufchat
11:24 pm J_GriffinB: @Book_Faery First one to pass out gets his tail lit on fire, then the rest of the pack chases the flaming Were. #UFchat
11:24 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines other than not being blind in one eye, Santa looks like Odin #ufchat
11:24 pm jamigold: @Jess_Haines I think you’re right about that. But they always portray him as being taller than the other elves too. #ufchat
11:25 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A4: The hearth spirit should be basking in holiday glow. #UFchat
11:25 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A4 Fairies that light up when they fly. LOL. #UFchat
11:25 pm J_GriffinB: @leapetra @Jess_Haines Could be a glass eye. #UFchat
11:25 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A4 Bogarts, poltergeist, brownies, #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I always thought so too! Esp since his CocaCola artist makeover! (Santa like Odin but 2 working eyes) #ufchat
11:25 pm leapetra: @J_GriffinB That would explain the twinkle in his eye #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Q4a: Trolls are common in stories ? incl Xmas ones ? in Scandanavia/Norway. Why do they work with Xmas? #ufchat
11:26 pm J_GriffinB: A4 Angels. #UFchat
11:26 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A4: Whatever those beings from the Elves and Shoemaker story are supposed to be. #ufchat
11:26 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat OMG, losing track of convo, need a sec to catch up…!
11:26 pm J_GriffinB: A4: Saints and Martyrs. #UFchat
11:26 pm leapetra: A4a @UF_Chat THE YULE LADS #ufchat
11:26 pm sharlascroggs: @leapetra ok now I want eggnog…but what is Glogg? #ufchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat A4 Flying reindeer, lol
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB I like fire spirits/elementals – not used enough (thankful for @Laura_Bickle‘s series!) #ufchat
11:27 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Well, if you’d stop celebrating your big win and pay attention…HA!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Q4b: How might very different creatures like mermaids celebrate the holidays? What about other popular UF creatures? #ufchat
11:27 pm leapetra: The yule lads were the kids of two trolls. They liked the kids and give them gifts #ufchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: @sandrawickham What’s that? Sorry, I was too busy cavorting with glee to notice. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: (In case you’re wondering there are a LOT of mermaids appearing in YA UF in particular right now.) #ufchat
11:27 pm leapetra: @sharlascroggs A mulled wine with vodka or brandy #ufchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat 4b Mermaids? Would they even notice the change of seasons at the bottom of the ocean floor?
11:28 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A4b: Mermaids can use seaweed for wreaths! And seaglass for lights. #ufchat
11:28 pm sandrawickham: @Book_Faery Nice. #ufchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: S: Clement Moore (author of Twas the Night Before Christmas/A Visit from Saint Nicholas poem) called Santa ?an elf?. #ufchat
11:28 pm Olcracker: RT @leapetra: The yule lads were the kids of two trolls. They liked the kids and give them gifts #ufchat
11:28 pm shadowflame1974: can you imagine all of the soggy wrapping paper or do they use sea weeds #UFchat
11:28 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines Yes, at least in the tidal temperatures. More of an annual thing. #UFchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery OOh seaglass lights! Pretty! Plus that luminous algae on the waves stuff would be handy too. #ufchat
11:29 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines If you’re Ariel you’re chillin on rocks watching humanity anyway, so why not! ๐Ÿ˜› #ufchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: Q5: Why do you think he used that description to describe Saint Nick? Is Santa an Uber-elf? #ufchat
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB @Book_Faery #UFchat I’m trying to imagine what they’d make ornaments out of. Coral?
11:29 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Yes, definitely! And I bet you they could use fish scales #ufchat
11:29 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A4b: Would all the shiny lights and decorations distract/confuse dragons or those into acquisitions? #ufchat
11:29 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines Though where they would get christian idea from, I know not. #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: Q6: What might be a good gift for Frankenstein?s monster? Why? #ufchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @JamiGold #UFchat DUDE. Dragons celebrating Christmas sounds like an AWESOME idea for a story!
11:30 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A hug due to never being accepted in his life #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: I think I’ve derailed everyone with the mermaid question… LOL! #ufchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #UFchat A fire extinguisher. For obvious reasons. ๐Ÿ˜€
11:30 pm Book_Faery: Whoops, that was A6 #ufchat
11:30 pm shadowflame1974: elves are immortal and have the mysterious aspects. Plus they aren’t afraid to leave warning for those who are bad #UFchat
11:30 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat The fattest elf, given hormones to raise the beard? Or perhaps an elf dated one of those trolls? #UFchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat That was A6 btw, lol
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB #UFchat Study of humanity from afar?
11:31 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Yeah I forgot D: & yeah ornaments could be fish or coral or shells? #ufchat
11:31 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Xmas shares a lot with midwinter festivals of many cultures. Christians ‘appropriated’ & used for own purposes (smart). #ufchat
11:31 pm jamigold: @Jess_Haines Hah! I have a dragon WIP, I might have to add a Christmas scene. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:31 pm J_GriffinB: A6 and perhaps Santa is the offspring. #UFchat
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB DO EEEEET. I wanna see! ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:31 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines LOL! #ufchat
11:31 pm UF_Chat: Q6a: How might Jekyll & Hyde celebrate/wreck the season? Would it be a good time of yr or a bad time for him/them? #ufchat
11:31 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Or perhaps an apostle fell for the siren song? #UFchat
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat I want to go back to this mermaid thing. I’m intrigued. What about Jewish mermaids? Coral for their menorahs, too? LOL
11:32 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Speaking of gifts, what would be some great gifts for UF writers and/or readers? #ufchat
11:32 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Giving rise to Christianity among the Mer… #UFchat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A7 Speaking as a writer, books. All books, all the time. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Mary Magdalene was a mermaid..? Interesting! #ufchat
11:32 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A7: more books! ๐Ÿ˜› #ufchat
11:32 pm J_GriffinB: Ships lost at sea were taken for their religious iconography… Wow… I’m a fountain today. #UFchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: Q7a: What are some items/tools discoveries that made your writing life easier this past year? #ufchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery I want the antho with the Jim Butcher story. D: #UFchat
11:33 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat Yeah, I’m with @Jess_Haines. I’m a book slut. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Q7b: What?s on YOUR Xmas UF writing/reading wishlist? Pls share! #ufchat
11:33 pm leapetra: In case you are wondering about the Yule Lads and the Black Cat http://www.simnet.is/gardarj/yule5.htm #ufchat
11:33 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Ahh with Patty Briggs? Me too x_x #ufchat
11:33 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A7 Definitely books. Or, a dream critique from a UF author!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Resource: Top Ten gifts for Fantasy of Science Fiction Writers: http://bit.ly/fgElbE #ufchat
11:33 pm J_GriffinB: A7a: SCRIVENER! #UFchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Resource 2: Great gifts for geeks & sci-fi & fantasy fans: http://bit.ly/ecCczA #ufchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A7A I think it was last year that I discovered it, but I โค the Absolute Write forum. #UFchat
11:34 pm shadowflame1974: this has made my life easier http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com/ so LOVE it #UFchat
11:34 pm UF_Chat: @jamigold Guilty also (think most of us are – can’t stuff enough bookshelves into my house!) #ufchat
11:34 pm leapetra: A7b get book 3 edited. #ufchat
11:34 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB I didn’t like scrivener. too buggy and didn’t allow for as much customization #UFchat
11:34 pm Diane_Amy: Hi, sorry I’m late. *trying to catch up* #ufchat
11:34 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A7a Twitter! I love Twitter. It makes getting connected to writer community so much easier. #ufchat
11:34 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Ohhh, that’s right. I just got on Twitter like… a few weeks ago.
11:35 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Isn’t that an amazing forum? So great to mine + connect with ‘serious’ (I write because I must) writers. #ufchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: @jamigold Me too! Huge plus! #ufchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: Q7c: Even if just starting, what?s on your wishlist to help you achieve your writing goals? Are any UF/fantasy/sci-fi scpecific? #ufchat
11:35 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Heck yeah! I always lurk around there and help out newbs as much as I can. Love the SYW forum, too. #UFchat
11:35 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 As opposed to what? And were you running it on a Mac or?? #UFchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: GIVEAWAY 2: What mythical creature accompanied St Nick to punish bad kids? Why must kids be asleep? 1st answer+link source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:35 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines @UF_Chat You’re making me feel guilty cuz I’m not on AW as much as I used to be!! But that’ s cuz I’m busy writing. #UFchat
11:36 pm Diane_Amy: I agree. Absolute Write is a fantastic resource. Great people. #ufchat
11:36 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB windows and compared to LSB http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com/ for me no contest ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:36 pm Jess_Haines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus Krampus! #ufchat
11:36 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat krampus http://tinyurl.com/757bn #ufchat
11:36 pm shadowflame1974: I’m still working on the AW angle #UFchat
11:37 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Giveaway 2: But why must they be asleep?? #UFchat
11:37 pm Diane_Amy: Since I’m unpublished right now, I found that connecting with others like me is a great resource. I started a FB group for us. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: Winner of Challenge 2 is: @Book_Faery CONGRATS! You?ve won copy of Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho! DM mailing addy & email at end pls. #ufchat
11:38 pm Jess_Haines: @sandrawickham Aw, don’t feel bad. I only go one at my lunch break Mon-Fri. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: Q8: What standard Western Xmas characters/creatures are common for the season (all holidays)? #ufchat
11:38 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 Seamless operation on my Mac, and lots of options for custimizing. I am happy, certainly won’t go back to Word #ufchat
11:38 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Woot, congrats! #ufchat
11:39 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat angels #ufchat
11:39 pm pattilarsen: mind telling me what #ufchat stands for?
11:39 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham Oops you’re right! @Book_Faery you got part 2 to answer still – quick! #ufchat
11:39 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A8 Angels, Spirits, Ghosts #ufchat
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: AFK one sec, distracted by phone call #ufchat
11:39 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A8: Elves #ufchat
11:40 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat They’re scared into being asleep. If they’re caught up the Krampus will think they were bad http://tinyurl.com/2dbwbp #ufchat
11:40 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks for remembering Sparky the salamander! ๐Ÿ˜‰ @UF_Chat @J_GriffinB I like fire spirits/elementals – not used enough #ufchat
11:40 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB well Scrivner beta ate a short story the first week I used it. Got scared but am loving LSB. #UFchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @PattiLarsen Urban fantasy chat ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:40 pm leapetra: @pattilarsen Urban Fantasy Chat #ufchat
11:40 pm pattilarsen: LOL THANKS! #ufchat
11:40 pm TeresaDAmario: @Book_Faery @UF_Chat #ufchat LOL Well, only booze actually gets them drunk! Food, maybe that would work. LOL
11:40 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat & take them away in his sack #ufchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Quick on Part 2 of challenge answer or I will re-open to the group!! #UFchat
11:41 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I did answer ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery You got it – CONGRATS!! #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: S: Starter list: Santa, elves, flying reindeer, Frosty Snowman, Jack Frost, Father Winter, less common: Cernunnos, Herne Hunter… #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: Q8a: How might any of these be ?UF compatible? in a story/plot? #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: Q8b: Consider Frosty & Jack Frost ?snow to life. Many maiden/children/wife stories in cultures. Why is snow/ice personified so much? #ufchat
11:42 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A8a: Oh, I could easily see a Jack Frost UF story. #ufchat
11:42 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A8a: Snowmen could be animated by an evil ice witch and try to take over a city, maybe. #ufchat
11:42 pm leapetra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Goat just for another one #ufchat
11:42 pm Jess_Haines: I’m back! ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: Q8c: What about a Cernunnos/Rudolph & Santa?s reindeer mash-up play out? (with or without Santa) #ufchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A8c O.o #ufchat
11:43 pm Book_Faery: @TeresaDAmario Food coma? ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:43 pm J_GriffinB: A8a Timelines: The Horned Hunter will be arriving shortly. Please have your talisman or become prey for the Hunt. #ufchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I love yule goats! Wish they were more avail as ornaments. Have friened who want to make a yule goat tree. hee hee! #UFchat
11:43 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Dood, I should have Lucy animate snowmen!! #ufchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: Q8c: What about a Cernunnos/Rudolph & Santa?s reindeer mash-up play out? (with or without Santa) #ufchat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery DUDE. #ufchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: Q8d: What about evil Santa/Krampus, have there been any instances in UF (books or TV) that drew on this mythology? #ufchat
11:44 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A8c Maybe a story about someone who looks after the reindeer during the “off season” #UFchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A8a: Snowmen could be animated by an evil ice witch and try to take over a city, maybe. #ufchat << I love it!
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A8d If there are, someone send it to me, quick, lol. #ufchat
11:44 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines YEAHHHH!! How awesome would that be?!?! #ufchat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery WRITE IT SO I CAN READ IT, DANG IT. #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: Phew! Going to skip ahead on questions to get to next challenge faster – ‘k? Don’t freak out at number jump! #ufchat
11:45 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Supernatural did a few! #ufchat
11:45 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines OK IN BOOK 2! XD It’s almost winter then >:D Or maybe book 3 x.o #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: Q10: Xmas/Yule/midwinter is most superstitious time of the year. What traditions and superstitions can you think of? #ufchat
11:45 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A8d: An immortal creature who could get into any home? That could be freaky. #ufchat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Have I mentioned WANT? #ufchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I am just now getting into Supernatural (toddler thing) – looking forward to that! #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q8b: Maybe because it’s such a powerful force of nature, both deadly and beautiful. #UFchat
11:46 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines xDD I still have to revise book 1 though D: #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery I knooooow, hurry, hurry!!! #ufchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: S: Now imagine a whole bunch of these superstitions getting ?broken? with paranormal consequences (as people fear). #ufchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: Q10a: What kinds of things might go wrong/get interesting? #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Tell you what, I will bug you to finish revising if you bug me to finish the Werewives novella. ๐Ÿ˜› #ufchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: Q10b: What if you threw in a vampire/zombie/were/other creature into the mix? What might happen then? #ufchat
11:47 pm jamigold: @MerrieDestefano Yes, that’s a good answer to 8b! @UF_Chat #ufchat
11:47 pm J_GriffinB: Even the film Elf, had some interesting things to say about the power of belief. #ufchat
11:47 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A10a *sings* It’s the end of the world as we know it…!
11:47 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Deal. Let’s start after your bday? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #ufchat
11:47 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Favorite one was the Wreath making family, turned out to be old gods. Needed a sacrifice #ufchat
11:47 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery o.o …that’s so soon. LOL #ufchat
11:48 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat What it people’s belief that santa was like the man in Bad Santa actually affected him. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: Q11: Why is fire and light (& Yule log equiv.) so important during season & why so connected w spirits/ghosts & sentient shadows? #ufchat
11:48 pm RebeccaTLittle: @leapetra or a vampire delivery guy…only drawback is no daylight deliveries #ufchat
11:48 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat is reminding me how little I know about Xmas holiday traditions, lol
11:49 pm sandrawickham: ME TOO!!! RT @Jess_Haines: #ufchat is reminding me how little I know about Xmas holiday traditions, lol
11:49 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB That’s intriguing! Wow. The myth-making molds the myth-creature? #Ufchat
11:49 pm Book_Faery: Ditto :/ RT @sandrawickham: ME TOO!!! RT @Jess_Haines: #ufchat is reminding me how little I know about Xmas holiday traditions, lol
11:49 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A11 I linked the Yule Goat earlier, that is burned on Christmas eve #ufchat
11:49 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q11: Winter so long and dark. Light and fire give message of hope, of survival. #UFchat
11:49 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A10b: That Gremlins movie had problems during Christmas time. Btwn crowds & traditions, there are many possibilities. #ufchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: I have so lost track of the questions, lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Got lots of fun resources to tweet at end so you can catch up (& write even MORE books… ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:50 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Yes, empowering and shaping that power. #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @jamigold I completely forgot about Gremlins and I LOVE that movie! LOL Yay! #ufchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat OMG, did you hear I got another 3 book deal? ๐Ÿ˜€ LOTS more books coming! #ufchat
11:50 pm wulfshado: Phew…Finally made it in thru tweetchat. Waves ~ ~ ~ ~ #ufchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: @wulfshado Welcome aboard! ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Superstitions being broken + throw in a vamp/were/zombie/etc ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:50 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano And once midwinter was past, you knew if there would be enough food to last through to spring. #ufchat
11:51 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines Congrats! #ufchat
11:51 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat I think it would be awesome if a vampire was Santa and werewolves were the “reindeer”.
11:51 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Hooray and congrats on the books!! Yippeeee! (where IS that rum and eggnog?) #UFchat
11:51 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB Thank you! โค #ufchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: @wulfshado Hi! Oh you might like to chime in on importance of fire & shadows during Xmas/Yule. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:51 pm jamigold: @Jess_Haines Oh cool, congrats! #ufchat
11:52 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines With little imps as Santa vampire’s elves!! #ufchat
11:52 pm Jess_Haines: @sandrawickham Hehe, eggnog sans the eggnog on me! *passes around the bottle o’ rum* #ufchat
11:52 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Yes, food. A powerful motivator! #ufchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: DRUM ROLL: GIVEAWAY 3: What is special about this year?s Winter Solstice (2010)? 1st to answer + link to source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Likey! (Oops – sorry Sex & City re-run flashback) #ufchat
11:53 pm UF_Chat: S: Sharing unusual creepy supernatural feeling Xmas images: http://bit.ly/haHCdt & creepy little Xmas card: http://bit.ly/gidIHz #ufchat
11:53 pm leapetra: My theory about Krampus. He kidnaps the kids, then forces them to work in Santa’s workshop. #ufchat
11:53 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra That makes so much sense its scary… *shudder* #Ufchat
11:53 pm wulfshado: @UF_Chat oh protection, warding, appeasement, and invoking good wishes of the spirits. Making surviving the winter safe. #ufchat
11:53 pm jamigold: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/18/tuesday-darkest-day-years/ lunar eclipse #ufchat
11:53 pm Jess_Haines: Not playing to win, but it will be the darkest day in 450+ years. ๐Ÿ˜€ http://fxn.ws/hMWnUy #ufchat
11:54 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Oh, I almost had it!!! Drat. #UFchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery YES! I will have Eve draw this. #ufchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat DRUM ROLL: GIVEAWAY 3: Yikes, don’t know. Full moon during solstice? #ufchat
11:54 pm J_GriffinB: @leapetra And you discovered this through the note in your rocking horse, “Save us, please…” #ufchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Hehehe #ufchat
11:54 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
11:54 pm gina_penn: @UF_Chat The Lunar eclipse? #UFchat
11:54 pm leapetra: @J_GriffinB Love it #ufchat
11:55 pm UF_Chat: Winner of Challenge 3 is: @JamiGold CONGRATS! You?ve won copy of Haunted Holidays antho! DM mailing addy & email at end pls. #ufchat
11:55 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Yessssss….Man you and I plot very evil things xD #ufchat
11:55 pm Jess_Haines: What a freaky Christmas that would be. Imagine: vamp Santa, werewolf reindeer, imps as Santa’s elves, and a lunar eclipse! #ufchat
11:55 pm J_GriffinB: @leapetra Use it. #ufchat
11:55 pm MerrieDestefano: “It was the darkest day in 450 years. And it was just beginning…” Great story intro. #UFchat
11:55 pm lisaspindler: RT @sandrawickham: @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
11:55 pm UF_Chat: You guys might want to note a Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice = BIG magic opportunity time according to Magik lore! #ufchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery MWAHAHAHAHAHA…..!! *cough* …sorry #ufchat
11:56 pm leapetra: @J_GriffinB Thanks I might #ufchat
11:56 pm Book_Faery: @MerrieDestefano Oooh, I like that start! Lol write itttt ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:56 pm wulfshado: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/experience/events Total Lunar Eclipse #ufchat
11:56 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines I agree! (Why is there not more of this stuff written – seriously awesome material here!) #ufchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @j_hussein DUDE. Come join the shennanigans in #ufchat !!!
11:56 pm j_hussein: @Jess_Haines it wouldn’t be weird if the vamp Santa were ERIC! #trueblood #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: @Book_Faery I know. Wouldn’t that be a fun story challenge? Have a group of people write a short story with that intro? #ufchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Q11a: Any unusual Xmas images you?ve seen/can describe of link to? (did you see creepy little pics I put up previous tweets?) #ufchat
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Man, I wish I knew. This is AWESOME story material. #ufchat
11:57 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Ok you write about crazy ass Royce Santa with imp minions and Chaz as Rudolph & I’ll write Lucy’s zombie snowmen #ufchat #ftw
11:57 pm jamigold: Yay for Google Foo. I’m in #UFChat, if you’re wondering about my last flurry of tweets. This Winter Soltice is also a lunar eclipse. #skeery
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Another skip ahead! #ufchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Q12a: Imagine Die Hard (already focused on Xmas) UF style. What paranormal elements would you add to give it a UF twist? #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat You are giving us all great story ideas here! #ufchat #gladIstoppedby
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery *cracks up* I can just see Royce in a Santa hat now. “What the hell is this thing? Is that *cotton*? *shudder*” XD #ufchat
11:58 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A generally fun time to be a supernatural thing, I should think. Even the feeders on negative vibes would have a heyday #ufchat
11:58 pm Book_Faery: @MerrieDestefano Oh that would be! Or do one of those stories where the fans choose what happens next w multiple authors #ufchat
11:58 pm J_GriffinB: Family dinners and all… #ufchat
11:58 pm jamigold: @MerrieDestefano Oh, *love* that opening line! #ufchat
11:58 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A12a Alan Rickman as a vampire #ufchat
11:58 pm UF_Chat: Q12b: What about It?s a Wonderful Life? How would you ?UF? this classic if you had to, considering already has fantastic element? #ufchat
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra …I…. I think….. I think I love you. โค #ufchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @JamiGold Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:58 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A11a How about a fetus christmas tree ornament? http://bit.ly/i2OB4R #UFchat
11:59 pm Jess_Haines: @j_hussein HURRY! They’re giving away books over here, man! BOOKS, I SAY! #ufchat
11:59 pm UF_Chat: Q12c: Think Ghostbusters would have had a different impact if it hadn?t been set around Christmas? How could you ‘kickass-UF’ it? #ufchat
December 19, 2010
j_hussein: @Jess_Haines assume my identity!! LOL #mindmeld #startrek #ufchat
UF_Chat: Q13: What are your favorite Xmas/Yule/holiday customs (traditional or new)? Do you know where they originated? #ufchat
Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A12 I wish I could think of an awesome answer to this question. o.o #ufchat
leapetra: @UF_Chat A12c Ghostbusters 2 was set around that time, #ufchat
12:01 am Jess_Haines: @j_hussein XD Me and @Book_Faery already won stuff! #ufchat
12:01 am leapetra: @UF_Chat A13 Yule lads, Our kids love the 12 small gifts before Christmas (Iceland) #ufchat
12:01 am UF_Chat: Q14: Father Time is often featured during season too. Why does he have a scythe and why does he often look like death? #ufchat
12:02 am Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Maybe someone would stuff Ghostbusters guns so they would shoot xmas ornaments at ghosts #ufchat
12:02 am leapetra: @UF_Chat A13 We have also make sure to give them one article of clothing to ward off the Yule Cat #ufchat
12:02 am J_GriffinB: A12c Spirits of a druidic circle coming to wreak vengeance for destruction of their sacred grove at the time of the solstice. #ufchat
12:02 am UF_Chat: @sandrawickham Holy… (someone’s been reading my outline notes…)*shudder* #ufchat
12:02 am jamigold: @UF_Chat A14: End of one year, beginning of another. #ufchat
12:02 am J_GriffinB: @J_GriffinB Grove is now a parking lot for Disney outside Paris. #ufchat
12:03 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat LOL. Someone tweeted that yesterday. Do I win a prize? HA. #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: @leapetra Ooh Yule Cat! Been long time since seen anything on it. You have any linkys handy? #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: Let the burnings begin. #ufchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: FINAL GIVEAWAY: WRITING CHALLENGE TO WIN A UF THREE-BOOK PACKAGE! Instructions next: #ufchat
12:03 am sandrawickham: @leapetra What is this Yule Cat of which you speak? #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: 1st person to post blog entry OR story b/w 100 & 500 words, based on today?s #UFchat AND tweets link w hashtag b4/by Sun MIDNIGHT PST WINS!
12:03 am UF_Chat: Note: I will be reading each entry to make sure it qualifies before announcing the winner. ? #ufchat
12:04 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat I’m so excited right now, it’s just silly. #UFchat
12:04 am J_GriffinB: A14: Because he is, like death, infinite, and carries death with him. #ufchat
12:04 am UF_Chat: FINAL BIG Q: What Xmas/Yule/holiday character is most deserving of a starring role in a UF story? Why? #ufchat
12:04 am Book_Faery: #ufchat QUICK @Jess_Haines! ZOMBIE SNOWMEN & SANTA ROYCE GOO
12:04 am wulfshado: @UF_Chat With Santa there’s also the element of Gwyn ap Nudd and his red eared dogs looking for & collecting souls. #ufchat
12:04 am leapetra: Yule Cat http://simnet.is/gardarj/yule11.htm #ufchat
12:04 am jamigold: @UF_Chat A14: As for the scythe, maybe it’s related to end of one year’s harvest, clearing the way for next year. #ufchat
12:06 am UF_Chat: BTW – in case missed it lookee @ books yet to win: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo HolidaysAreHell, NakedCity & 1 more WolfsbaneMistletoe #ufchat
12:06 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A15/BIG Qeustion: The union shop steward of Santa’s elves. He’s underpaid, overworked, and out to get some. #ufchat
12:06 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Big A – I think we may have decided on Krampus. Just good evil fun. #UFchat
12:06 am UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Why AREN’T there more zombie snowmen? Or golem snowmen? I mean isn’t kind of obvious?? #ufchat
12:07 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Cause all you must do is turn on the heat to off the snowmen. #ufchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat this year! Good luck to writers taking on 3-book prize challenge! #ufchat
12:07 am jamigold: @UF_Chat FinalA: I could see a fat, old Santa being kickass and surprising everyone. #ufchat
12:07 am Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Seriously. Those carrot noses are dangerous. Don’t worry tho, I got the zombie snowmen covered in WIP #2! #ufchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: We?re taking a break over the public holidays & return in 2011 w many UF authors booked to Q&A! #ufchat
12:07 am MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat FINAL BIG Q: Not exactly common character, but a ragged beggar would make great UF star: contrast pathos with holiday. #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: Got a topic you want to chat about? Let me know! (@inkgypsy) I?ll add it to the list & maybe even bump up the chat-date for it. ? #ufchat
12:07 am leapetra: Mrs. Claus needs some stories written about her. Think of that poor woman! #ufchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat According to Mythbusters, 5 hours in 65 degrees will do an unclothed one in. #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Some additional resources on seasonal supernatural & superstitions next: #ufchat
12:08 am wulfshado: lol I so suck at chat. #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #ufchat
12:08 am MerrieDestefano: @wulfshado “Gwyn ap Nudd and his red eared dogs looking for & collecting souls.” Oooh, creepy! #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Good to know.. (LOVE Mythbusters!) #ufchat
12:08 am TawnyWeber: RT @sandrawickham: @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #ufchat
12:08 am Book_Faery: Btw #ufchat, Twitter isn’t letting @Jess_Haines respond anymore. She wanted to apologize for not being able to stick around
12:08 am leapetra: @MerrieDestefano Like the little match girl #ufchat
12:09 am UF_Chat: Christmas Superstitions (with link to Yule Log traditions page) http://bit.ly/f0RBKH #ufchat
12:09 am jamigold: @Jess_Haines @Book_Faery I’m *so* following you two now. Loved your ideas. #ufchat
12:09 am wulfshado: @MerrieDestefano Right? Gives Rudolf’s nose a new meaning. Search light for lost souls….lol #ufchat
12:10 am MerrieDestefano: @leapetra Oh, she’s one of my faves! The Little Match Girl. Makes me want to cry! #UFchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Thank you! Guess she strained her API.. (I do that too) #UFchat (I have overflow account just in case now)
12:10 am UF_Chat: RT @MerrieDestefano: @wulfshado “Gwyn ap Nudd and his red eared dogs looking for & collecting souls.” Oooh, creepy! #ufchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: Holiday Wars (online serial comic in which Easter Bunny isn?t so fluffy & Santa?s on the run) http://bit.ly/92yASG #ufchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: Krampus (evil or anti-Santa) http://bit.ly/sKIsI ; http://bit.ly/fR7U62 ; http://bit.ly/2js0sQ #ufchat
12:10 am sandrawickham: Glad I found you guys! I look forward to 2011 chats. ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat this year! #ufchat
12:11 am wulfshado: @Book_Faery @Jess_Haines Yeah, I had a helluva time getting in and twitter’s being a poop too. Tweetchat has a huge lag. #ufchat
12:11 am Zoe_E_W: @leapetra They did that Angela Lansbury musical about Mrs. Claus. It was pretty dull, but not awful. #ufchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Building a Better Carol (League of Reluctant Adults – UF authors ‘collective’): http://bit.ly/fiBX41 #ufchat
12:11 am J_GriffinB: Some dark music to listen to whilst writing: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-forest-children/id400172237 #ufchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: What are your Yule traditions? (Absolute Write Water Cooler): http://bit.ly/gznMnT #ufchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Celebrating Winter Solstice (Yule) http://bit.ly/eeF6RB #ufchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: Winter Festivals Around the World http://bit.ly/8YcXfj #ufchat
12:12 am J_GriffinB: The Forest Children, good mood music for writing those dark scenes: Very dark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ksORX4aEG8 #ufchat
12:12 am Book_Faery: @JamiGold Hehe, thanks! Following you back ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: Enormous THX to @Shadowflame1974 who has been instrumental in helping keep #UFchat happening during my weeks of medical emergencies! #ufchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: @Shadowflame1974 is now official #UFchat co-mod/assist! *applause & cheers* Thanks Shadow & welcome to the team. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
12:13 am Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Yeah it’s happened to me too. Always happens when you’ve got a witty Tweet too lol #ufchat
12:13 am leapetra: Did anyone else in chat, get slammed with Christmas spam during chat. #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: #UFchat transcript available on the #UFchat blog in 48hrs-ish, allowing for late comments & entries to GIVEAWAY. Just use hashtag. ? #ufchat
12:13 am Book_Faery: @wulfshado Ahh I use TweetDeck; I didn’t have any issues following the convo & no lag either ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
12:13 am shadowflame1974: thanks! #UFchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end of wk/end) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end weekend) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:14 am Book_Faery: RT @UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end weekend) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: We?ll be announcing winner of the multi-book prize on Twitter with the hashtag on Monday (sometime after 12am?) ? #ufchat
12:15 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat @Shadowflame1974 Thanks to you both! And I will be shouting that when I Afterlife from @MerrieDeStefano arrives! #ufchat
12:15 am jamigold: @UF_Chat Congrats @Shadowflame1974 on your co-mod status. Following you now too. #ufchat
12:17 am UF_Chat: ATTENTION today’s winners: @Jess_Haines, @Book_Faery & @JamiGold Pls DM @InkGypsy your mailing addy & email so I can send books! #ufchat
12:17 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano I’m sure it will! #ufchat
12:18 am UF_Chat: Wishing you tasty brains in the coming year. Keep UF fire burning & we will too. *@UF_chat blows on embers* See you Jan 8th, 2011! #ufchat
12:19 am J_GriffinB: Back to the WIP, which doesn’t involve Fantasy, but is most decidedly Urban. #ufchat
12:30 am UF_Chat: 3 books going to 3 winners already and 3 more books to be won still! UF writing challenge open to all – closes MIDNIGHT SUN 19th! #UFchat
12:30 am inkgypsy: 3 books going to 3 winners already and 3 more books to be won still! UF writing challenge open to all – closes MIDNIGHT SUN 19th! #UFchat
12:32 am gtsportman4: RT @UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end weekend) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:33 am UF_Chat: Late/working/shopping #UFchat folk: you are eligible to enter last challenge with 3 UF book pack to WIN! Check #UFchat for deets or @ me. ๐Ÿ™‚
12:33 am inkgypsy: Late/working/shopping #UFchat folk: you are eligible to enter last challenge with 3 UF book pack to WIN! Check #UFchat for deets or @ me. ๐Ÿ™‚
12:33 am J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 3 more books to be won still! UF writing challenge open to all – closes MIDNIGHT SUN 19th! #ufchat
12:38 am crookedfang: @inkgypsy Good stuff there. You ask all the right questions. #UFchat
12:42 am sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/fd6uXF@UF_Chat
12:43 am inkgypsy: @sandrawickham Can you retweet link ? Got mashed & hard to click on (I got it but so can RT. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:45 am sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:48 am UF_Chat: DRUM ROLL.. The WINNER for the UF 3-book pack is IN (already!) The prize: HolidaysAreHell, NakedCity & Wolfsbane&Mistletoe anthos… #UFchat
12:48 am inkgypsy: DRUM ROLL.. The WINNER for the UF 3-book pack is IN (already!) The prize: HolidaysAreHell, NakedCity & Wolfsbane&Mistletoe anthos… #UFchat
12:51 am UF_Chat: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:51 am inkgypsy: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:51 am UF_Chat: RT @sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:51 am inkgypsy: RT @sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:52 am sandrawickham: RT @UF_Chat: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:53 am wulfshado: RT @sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:53 am shadowflame1974: @sandrawickham Congratulations! and yes liked your post! #UFchat
12:53 am wulfshado: RT @UF_Chat: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:53 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat SQUUUEEEEEEEE!!! OMG>OMG>OMG. Ahem. I mean, thank you and a merry Yule-Xmas to you! *runs off to do a victory lap* #UFchat
12:55 am wulfshado: RT @UF_Chat: ATTENTION today’s winners: @Jess_Haines, @Book_Faery & @JamiGold Pls DM @InkGypsy your mailing addy & email so I can send books! #ufchat
12:55 am inkgypsy: @sandrawickham LOL! Um.. before you leave – pls DM me your posting addy & email so I can ship you your prize on Monday! #UFchat
12:55 am shadowflame1974: Great chat today everyone. Thanks for coming and have a very Merry Holiday season. #UFchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: RT @shadowflame1974: Great chat today everyone. Thanks for coming and have a very Merry Holiday season. #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Wow – did you see we had a speed blogger?! The 3 book winner is in already! *O.o* #UFchat
1:04 am sandrawickham: Now I’m totally pumped from jumping, running and squeeing around the house over my #UFchat free books, it’s time to write!
1:56 am Jess_Haines: @Marty_DarkWyrm Hehe, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, man, I’m cracking up. I won ZOMBIE CAROLS on #ufchat today! ๐Ÿ˜€
2:21 am shadowflame1974: @eruditeogre we talked about that on the #UFchat today. http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat
4:38 am lisaspindler: RT @sandrawickham @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
9:08 am AnassaRh: Preparing to chime in on #ufchat because I was working when it was live.
9:09 am AnassaRh: A1: Ghosts at Xmas? Changing of the year (see Samhain). Long nights. #ufchat
9:12 am AnassaRh: A1a: Depending on how you want to look at them, Saint Nicholas and Das Christkind are spirits. #ufchat
9:12 am AnassaRh: I can think of other paranormal/magic entities, but I’ll wait on those because I imagine there’s already a question about them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
9:16 am AnassaRh: Q1b: First connection to mind is light @ end of tunnel, light of heaven and Holy Ghost. #ufchat
9:16 am AnassaRh: And I think depending on belief, ghosts are either repelled by light or drawn to it. #ufchat
9:17 am AnassaRh: I would suspect that with modern Christmas as family gathering, ghosts would be drawn to light. Don’t know if always the way, though.#ufchat
9:20 am AnassaRh: Q1c Oh, certainly. We like Christmas ghosts! They’re the good spirits. The ones at Halloween are evil. #ufchat
9:21 am AnassaRh: Don’t know enough about history of the traditions to give a deeper explanation. #ufchat
9:26 am AnassaRh: A2: Appeals for vamps: Crowds, long nights, lots of culture for Those Vampires, tendency of people to drink lots of alcohol. #ufchat
9:27 am AnassaRh: Vampire repellent? Lots of light (good for shadows, though). Garlic mashed potatoes, though they’re not unique to Christmas. #ufchat
9:28 am AnassaRh: Someone who’s read Hogfather! Yay! RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat Death stepped in once! he he #ufchat
9:36 am AnassaRh: Q2a: Meat dinners and family gatherings would appeal to werewolves. They’d have to be careful of silverware, though. #ufchat
9:47 am AnassaRh: A4: Household spirits would likely be more active at Xmas. Also, Iceland has a tradition of trolls http://bit.ly/68ps0h. #ufchat
9:50 am AnassaRh: The Danes have something similar with Nisse elves, who play pranks throughout the season. Other Europeans have Advent spirits too. #ufchat
9:50 am AnassaRh: And let’s not forget Krampus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus #ufchat
10:05 am AnassaRh: RT @jamigold: @UF_Chat A4b: Would all the shiny lights and decorations distract/confuse dragons or those into acquisitions? #ufchat
10:09 am AnassaRh: A4b: Mermaids have already been done, so ? demons wouldn’t celebrate Xmas (except to create Scrooges), but angels DEF would. #ufchat
10:10 am AnassaRh: Djinn wouldn’t celebrate Christmas either, and I doubt the Asian spirits would get into things?though they have their own festivals. #ufchat
10:11 am AnassaRh: A5: Personally, I think Moore used ‘elf’ b/c of rhyme scheme. Don’t know when ‘workshop elves’ appeared, so maybe connection there? #ufchat
10:12 am AnassaRh: A6: Pacemaker or electric shock prod? Surgery thread? Frankenstein’s location? An undead puppy? #ufchat
10:13 am AnassaRh: A6a: It would be a bad time for Jekyll, at least. Hyde would wreck Xmas and Jekyll would have to clean up the mess. #ufchat
10:14 am AnassaRh: And of course, Hyde would be more dominant, given the longer nights. #ufchat
10:16 am AnassaRh: A7: Books. Pen, paper, computer ink. Books. Paranormal merch (tees, dolls, etc.) Books. #ufchat
10:17 am AnassaRh: A7a: The only discovery this year was iCal. Can enter every event, with time duration and colors, to see who’s where, when. #ufchat
10:19 am AnassaRh: Yes!Such a great environment! RT@JamiGold: Twitter! I love Twitter. It makes getting connected to writer community so much easier. #ufchat
10:20 am AnassaRh: A7b: I did up my wishlist a MONTH ago, due to pleading. How’m I supposed to remember? Definitely books, though. #ufchat
10:21 am AnassaRh: I know part of wishlist reads: “Any good UF I haven’t already read (see link for what I’ve read)”. Think I asked for Mike Carey too. #ufchat
10:23 am AnassaRh: A7c: Again, books! Would also love an agent and deal this year. (Ha.) #ufchat
10:25 am AnassaRh: A8: Angels, as somebody mentioned. Also elves, to an extent, and bewitched objects (Frosty, the Nutcracker). #ufchat
10:26 am AnassaRh: @JamiGold Re: Jack Frost in UF – Christopher Golden wrote a series with him in it. http://bit.ly/gUICTg #ufchat
10:28 am AnassaRh: Susan Cooper did Herne Hunter in The Dark is Rising. Def. more plots available for him. #ufchat
10:31 am AnassaRh: A8b: Snow’s a pretty prevalent part of Northern Hemisphere life. Deadly too, and when the wind howls? #ufchat
10:33 am AnassaRh: A8d: Supernatural made a nod to Krampus in their Xmas episode. Disappointed they didn’t follow through with it. #ufchat
10:34 am AnassaRh: Would really like to see more Krampus. Such potential! Santa vs. Krampus antagonism, even. #ufchat
10:37 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Did you ever see that clip of Mexican Santa shooting Devil in the a-er-butt? (Bad Santa maybe?) #UFchat
10:37 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Nope. If it was in Bad Santa, I stayed away from that movie. Didn’t look like my Thing. #ufchat
10:38 am jolantru: Reading #ufchat now.
10:38 am AnassaRh: A10: Only seasonal tradition (non-religious, anyway) I can think of is the almond-in-rice-pudding one. It’s a Dane thing? 1/2 #ufchat
10:39 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh I’ve never seen it but seen it on a lot of people’s fave lists this year for some reason. May have to lookee. #UFchat
10:39 am AnassaRh: Rice pudding = rice + whipped cream + ground almond + cherry sauce. Hide a whole almond. Whoever gets it, gets prize. #ufchat
10:41 am AnassaRh: Actually, that reminds me of the bean tradition and Lord of Misrule, which I don’t know much about. #ufchat
10:41 am inkgypsy: Snowflake kites!! Oh. It’s a Starbucks ad. Oh well – still very pretty & great story idea! #UFchat
10:44 am jolantru: I want to see stories celebrating winter traditions. #ufchat
10:45 am inkgypsy: Ditto – multicultural – such untapped richness. RT @jolantru: I want to see stories celebrating winter traditions. #ufchat
10:47 am AnassaRh: Turns them into elves? RT @leapetra: My theory about Krampus. He kidnaps the kids, then forces them to work in Santa’s workshop. #ufchat
10:47 am AnassaRh: A11: All my answers for Xmas/light connections have been given already. ^^ #ufchat
10:49 am inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
10:51 am AnassaRh: A13: Advent calendars, definitely. Family also does the rice pudding thing, Nisse elf decorations around the house, Xmas on the 24th #ufchat
10:51 am AnassaRh: German-/Danish-Canadian household, obviously. #ufchat
10:52 am AnassaRh: We also do Christmas baking, which seems to be a fairly standard practice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lebkuchen and Pfeffernoder are our nods to heritage. #ufchat
10:53 am jolantru: For Chinese, Winter solstice is Dong zhi. Tang yuan! #ufchat
10:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh What kind of Advent calendar? Used to have one where eg front of stable. Open doors to reveal birth sc Now just chocolate #UFchat
10:54 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Growing up, we had the cardboard chocolate ones. Now Mom sends me a cloth one stuffed with dollar store toys. #ufchat
10:54 am inkgypsy: @jolantru Perhaps silly question but you have lots of Dong zhi ghosts? Snow creations? (I know you’re Singa now so no snow) #UFchat
10:54 am jolantru: In Singapore, Yule is pretty much multicultural. Advent calendars and wreaths. #ufchat
10:56 am jolantru: @inkgypsy Not sure about ghosts and spirits. Hmm. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
10:56 am AveryOslo: RT @inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
10:56 am FutureNostalgic: RT @AveryOslo: RT @inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
10:58 am AnassaRh: Final Answer: My vote’s on Krampus too, followed by Hearne, followed by Evil Frosty for the humor value. #ufchat
10:59 am AnassaRh: And done with #ufchat! Should probably go to bed now. Heh.
6:19 pm sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 @J_GriffinB @Jess_Haines @JannetteJohnson Thanks for the congrats on the #UFchat books giveaway! (I was determined! LOL)
6:46 pm wulfshado: RT @inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
8:47 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Just got your book, Afterlife. Yeah, the one I won at #UFChat last week! I’ll be digging in next week!
December 20, 2010
1:27 am MerrieDestefano: Cool! RT @J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Just got your book, Afterlife. Yeah, the one I won at #UFChat last week!
3:17 am jamigold: @AnassaRh Thanks! I’ll check out that link! #ufchat
December 21, 2010
AnassaRh: RT @AnassaRh: On my blog: Christmas Superstitions and Plot Bunnies http://bit.ly/gtBg3V #ufchat #writing #christmas
2:30 am AnassaRh: In which I release some Christmas plot bunnies to the wild: http://bit.ly/gtBg3V #ufchat #writing #christmas
2:35 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: In which I release some Christmas plot bunnies to the wild: http://bit.ly/gtBg3V #ufchat #writing #christmas
4:18 pm Queryaddict: Check out Twas the night before Christmas UF style http://shannonmayer.blogspot.com #ufchat, #amwriting, #amediting
December 22, 2010
6:13 am UF_Chat: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:13 am inkgypsy: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:14 am Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:15 am jolantru: RT @UF_Chat: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:19 am inkgypsy: Santa Brains Pleez – Been Good (sort of) – Zazzle zombie Xmas card http://bit.ly/f8XpPk #UFchat
6:21 am inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:24 am MorrigansWitch: @ArcherGirl13 @ChrissyShank @DanielShank Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:29 am AlanBaxter: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:33 am inkgypsy: Zombies and Christmas – A holiday TRend? http://bit.ly/fvWOnl #UFchat (via @QQwill)’s awesome blog!
6:33 am Jinxie_G: RT @inkgypsy: Zombies and Christmas – A holiday TRend? http://bit.ly/fvWOnl #UFchat (via @QQwill)’s awesome blog!
6:34 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: Zombies and Christmas – A holiday TRend? http://bit.ly/fvWOnl #UFchat (via @QQwill)’s awesome blog!
6:34 am redbakersen: Awesome! RT @AlanBaxter: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:35 am Pyre666: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:38 am inkgypsy: Xmas teaser urban fantasy reading! Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison excerpts via @VampBookClub http://bit.ly/fFTBXA #UFchat
6:40 am inkgypsy: RT @Jinxie_G Have you seen The Zombie Survival Crew http://bit.ly/hIea8t yet? =D #UFchat
6:43 am StaciaKane: RT @inkgypsy: Xmas teaser urban fantasy reading! Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison excerpts via @VampBookClub http://bit.ly/fFTBXA #UFchat
7:09 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: Xmas teaser urban fantasy reading! Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison excerpts via @VampBookClub http://bit.ly/fFTBXA #UFchat
8:03 am MerrieDestefano: RT @inkgypsy: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
1:17 pm dianagill: RT @inkgypsy: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:08 pm AnassaRh: Nice! #ufchat RT @QQwill: LOL RT @CarolynCrane: The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
7:10 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy Zombies and Christmas, don’t forget the Plants vs. Zombies Holiday Wallpaper: http://bit.ly/fhwoLh #UFchat
7:11 pm SteampunkShoppe: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
December 23, 2010
4:44 am UF_Chat: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
4:44 am inkgypsy: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
4:49 am jolantru: RT @UF_Chat: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
5:02 am jolantru: Can’t wait for 2011. My UF book will be out . #ufchat
5:15 am inkgypsy: Very xcited + can’t wait to read Wolf At The Door! http://bit.ly/grs5FJ RT @jolantru: Can’t wait for 2011. My UF book will be out . #ufchat
5:21 am inkgypsy: #UFchat folk will find this useful.. ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @sara_UFblog: Best Books of 2010 http://bit.ly/fHQR36 @Jennifer_Estep is on the list twice!\
5:21 am inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:40 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:43 am jaymgates: RT @inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:44 am charlesatan: RT @inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:56 am rosefox: Thanks for recommending Alleys & Doorways, @inkgypsy and @MANtastic_fic! http://ow.ly/3txj2 I’m really proud of my story in it. #UFchat
6:25 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: Very xcited + can’t wait to read Wolf At The Door! http://bit.ly/grs5FJ RT @jolantru: Can’t wait for 2011. My UF book will be out . #ufchat
6:35 am Jess_Haines: #UFChat I’m intrigued by that cover! RT @inkgypsy Wolf At The Door http://bit.ly/grs5FJ @jolantru: Can’t wait 2011. My UF book will be out
6:51 am inkgypsy: Buffy fans! Xmas Day one channel is running back-to-back Buffy Xmas eps!! Wish could enjoy the fest! (Sorry can’t remember channel) #UFchat
6:52 am thedaisyharris: Whee! RT @inkgypsy: Buffy fans! Xmas Day one channel is running back-to-back Buffy Xmas eps!! (Sorry can’t remember channel) #UFchat
7:36 am Boopetta: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
2:40 pm harleyquinn0887: RT @UF_Chat: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
7:46 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Started Afterlife last night. Most impressed, and thanks for the kind signing! #UFChat
8:53 pm AnassaRh: Interesting fact from Dad just now: “St. Nikolas and Krampus and Dracula all come from basically the same area.” #ufchat
8:59 pm MerrieDestefano: So glad you like the book! RT @J_GriffinB Started Afterlife last night. Most impressed, and thanks for the kind signing! #UFChat
9:00 pm LunaLindsey: New post in Indie Urban Fantasy blog: The Urban Myth of Santa Claus. http://bit.ly/i3CKTr #ufchat #urbanfantasy #fairies #santa
December 24, 2010
6:48 pm Book_Faery: Happy holidays everyone @ #ufchat ๐Ÿ™‚
December 25, 2010
10:20 pm inkgypsy: Merry Christmas-Yule-Holiday everyone! Especially my #UFchat folk. May all your bells be jingled in the best way.

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END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR DECEMBER 18th, 2010

That’s our final chat for 2010! We’re currently on a short break over the Christmas/New Year holiday period and return with a different type of author Q&A…

JANUARY 8th, 2011: We’re having a Q&A with Dr Rebecca Housel, editor of “True Blood & Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things With You” (from The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) on social commentary and the Urban Fantasy genre!

To give you an idea of the topics covered in the book (an as a launching pad for your own thoughts and questions) here are a few of the chapter titles of “True Blood & Philosophy”:

To Turn or Not to Turn: The Ethics of Making Vampires

Let the Bon Temps Roll: Sacrifices, Scapegoats, and Good Times

Coming Out of the Coffin and Coming Out of the Closet

Stay tuned to @UF_Chat on Twitter for countdowns, updates, pre-chat primers, links to posts, contests and more!

Hope your holidays are wonderful and your New Year kicks all the others to the back row. ๐Ÿ™‚ See you in 2011!

Gypsy (@inkgypsy)

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Transcript for December 11, 2010: Life, Death & AFTERLIFE – Q&A with Merrie Destefano

This weekโ€™s TOPIC: Life, Death & Afterlife in UF plus a Q&A with guest author Merrie Destefano discussing her UF debut, AFTERLIFE!

Merrie is the author of the futuristic UF novel โ€œAfterlife: The Resurrection Chroniclesโ€ and has co-authored the Walter Foster book โ€œHow to Draw Zombiesโ€ โ€“ obviously sheโ€™s no stranger to the undead..! ;)

Official UFchat questions in YELLOW, other questions to guest author are in ORANGE and guest author replies to both participants & moderator are in RED for easier reading.

Resources/ topic-related links are in BLUE.

We also had a giveaway – a signed copy of AFTERLIFE to one lucky participant who asked Merrie a question, given a number and was chosen by random.org. The winner was: @J_GriffinB!

12:12 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Going to be great #UFchat with @MerrieDestefano Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! Tell people to ask questions if want to enter!
12:15 am shadowflame1974: Going to be great #UFchat with @MerrieDestefano Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! Tell people to ask questions if want to enter!
12:21 am MerrieDestefano: Thanks! Looking forward to it! << RT @inkgypsy @shadowflame1974: Q&A on AFTERLIFE & giveaway! << #UFchat Sat., 3 p.m. PST
12:51 am inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
12:56 am Laura_Bickle: RT @inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
1:33 am LunaLindsey: RT @inkgypsy: Transformer owl! http://youtu.be/gFwgblszf6s The Count Drac version is weirdly-amazing. No wonder vampires & owls are linked! #UFchat
5:25 am UF_Chat: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:25 am inkgypsy: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:39 am Daylilie222: RT @inkgypsy: Reminder to all mid-week night creatures Sat #UFchat has guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano + signed copy of AFTERLIFE to win during chat!
5:50 am J_GriffinB: @gina_penn @saramcclung @cvaldezmiller @Karen_Hooper Don’t forget #UFchat this Saturday, 6PM EST. @inkgypsy is the hostess with the mostest
5:51 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Thanks! You rock. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s going to be a fun #UFchat – plus whomever asks @MerrieDestefano a question gets entered to win!
5:55 am MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Thanks for all the #UFchat promos! *hugs*
6:11 am inkgypsy: @MerrieDestefano Just sent you Sats #UFchat schedule for you to look over. ๐Ÿ™‚ Notes welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚
8:39 am UF_Chat: Transcript for Dec 4 #UFchat is up! http://bit.ly/hWBNjq Human Factor in UF Mcs ? from mundane to magical hybrid: how human are they really?
8:39 am inkgypsy: Transcript for Dec 4 #UFchat is up! http://bit.ly/hWBNjq Human Factor in UF Mcs ? from mundane to magical hybrid: how human are they really?
9:11 am UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
9:11 am inkgypsy: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
6:08 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat tomorrow with special guest @MerrieDestefano! Stop by, ask a question and win a book! 5 p.m. CST.
6:15 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @shadowflame1974: #UFchat tomorrow with special guest @MerrieDestefano! Stop by, ask a question and win a book! 5 p.m. CST.
7:01 pm MerrieDestefano: Questions about AFTERLIFE? Join me and @InkGyspy on #UFchat on Saturday, 3 p.m. EST.
8:17 pm Book_Faery: RT @MerrieDestefano: Questions about AFTERLIFE? Join me and @InkGyspy on #UFchat on Saturday, 3 p.m. EST.
8:20 pm inkgypsy: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:20 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:28 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in AFTERLIFE-thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt. world where we ALL get 9 lives. #UFchat THIS Sat @3pmPST!
8:53 pm AnassaRh: #FF @inkgypsy because she’s supportive, insightful, and has a dog in surgery today. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Also she founded #ufchat (3 pm PST, 6 pm EST on Sat.)
8:53 pm tadbo: RT @AnassaRh: #FF @inkgypsy because she’s supportive, insightful, and has a dog in surgery today. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Also she founded #ufchat (3 pm PST, 6 pm EST on Sat.)
10:06 pm Preternatural__: I don’t generally, but she wrote a kick ass book, AFTERLIFE, & she’s cool to boot. Check her out on #UFChat this Sat. #FF @MerrieDestefano
11:44 pm JLCoburn: @inkgypsy No #UFChat for me this week. Going to be out of town.
December 11, 2010
1:10 am shadowflame1974: our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #UFchat Tomorrow at 5 pm CST
5:00 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:00 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:00 pm Daylilie222: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
5:18 pm tadbo: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat‘s Dec rec. read: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by @MerrieDestefano http://bit.ly/hPzSlZ Join us in Q&A w her TODAY! 3pmPST
6:01 pm MerrieDestefano: Death, life, the quest for immortality. Join me on #UFchat today at 3 p.m. @InkGypsy and I will discuss the themes of AFTERLIFE and more!
6:02 pm specficdb: RT @MerrieDestefano: Death, life, the quest for immortality. Join me on #UFchat today at 3 p.m. @InkGypsy and I will discuss the themes of AFTERLIFE and more!
6:30 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
6:30 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
6:30 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
7:06 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @inkgypsy: #UFchat has special guest Q&A today w @MerrieDestefano re debut novel AFTERLIFE, life & death in UF & signed copy to WIN during chat! 3pmPST
8:00 pm UF_Chat: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
8:00 pm inkgypsy: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
8:00 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: 3 hours till #UFchat! Guest author Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re futuristic/UF debut AFTERLIFE – You can win signed copy in chat today! 3pm PST
9:00 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to #UFchat!What if we didn’t have to die but had 2nd chance? Chat life&death in UF + Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re AFTERLIFE & WIN! 3pmPST
9:00 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to #UFchat!What if we didn’t have to die but had 2nd chance? Chat life&death in UF + Q&A w @MerrieDestefano re AFTERLIFE & WIN! 3pmPST
10:00 pm inkgypsy: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:00 pm UF_Chat: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:03 pm QQwill: RT @inkgypsy: Jim Butcher meets Bladerunner in AFTERLIFE by today’s guest author @MerrieDestefano! Win signed copy during our Q&A. #UFChat 1 hour! 3pm PST
10:24 pm J_GriffinB: Going to tickle my girl till she gives up, hopefully before the start of #UFchat . #ufchat
10:25 pm inkgypsy: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:25 pm UF_Chat: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:25 pm Book_Faery: RT @inkgypsy: TOPIC: Life and death in UF + Q&A with Merrie Destefano re Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles #UFchat
10:28 pm shadowflame1974: Count down to #UFchat 30 minutes. How death affects an MC. with special guest, @MerrieDestefano
10:30 pm UF_Chat: 30 mins to #UFchat! TODAY ask special guest author @Merriedestefano a question & you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of AFTERLIFE! 3pmPST
10:30 pm inkgypsy: 30 mins to #UFchat! TODAY ask special guest author @Merriedestefano a question & you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of AFTERLIFE! 3pmPST
10:44 pm shadowflame1974: 15 minutes to #UFchat. What happens after death? with guest @MerrieDestefano! Ask a question and be entered to win a book.
10:45 pm UF_Chat: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:45 pm inkgypsy: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:46 pm SpiceBites: RT @inkgypsy: 15 mins to #UFchat! Life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF + special Q&A w author @MerrieDestefano. Ask her a question during chat & U could win bk!!
10:46 pm SpiceBites: @inkgypsy Lookinf forward to #UFchat!
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #UFchat
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #UFchat
10:51 pm UF_Chat: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #UFchat
10:55 pm inkgypsy: Pulling on my #UFchat stomping boots, changing to mod hat & handing pair to kickass author @MerrieDestefano for our special Q&A w her today!
10:55 pm inkgypsy: @SpiceBites Yay! And today you might win something too.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ woo hoo! #UFchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Urban fantasy people! We have a guest author’s brain to nibble on today! Plus you can win signed copy of AFTERLIFE #UFchat in 4 minutes!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Urban fantasy people! We have a guest author’s brain to nibble on today! Plus you can win signed copy of AFTERLIFE #UFchat in 4 minutes!
10:59 pm J_GriffinB: Slides in… #ufchat
10:59 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Hello! Got questions I hope. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2… & now live with #UFchat! Life, death, resurrection, do-overs ? death is key force in UF but how is it really handled? #ufchat
11:00 pm soniawrite: hi ufchat #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: Life goes on in UF ? usually well after death. What does it do to life and death values if you get 2nd (& more) chances? #ufchat
11:00 pm Preternatural__: Cheers all! #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement, which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion). #ufchat
11:00 pm saramcclung: hi ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:00 pm MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Can I use #UFchat for a hashtag?
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @soniawrite Hi! Good to see you! ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Q1: People die and return to life all the time in UF ? what are the various ways people can ?come back?? #ufchat
11:01 pm J_GriffinB: @saramcclung Hey! #ufchat
11:01 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Please do ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano That’s excactly the right one. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:01 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano sure can hon! welcome everyone #ufchat
11:01 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Easier to go to: http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat #ufchat
11:01 pm inkgypsy: @MerrieDestefano I replied as mod – yes – perfect! #UFchat
11:02 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat ghosts, vampires, zombies are all ways to die and come back #UFchat
11:02 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat stinking dead, sparkly dead, mostly dead, misty dead… I’m sure I’m missing some deads here. #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Hello all! Guest author today – let’s warm up the topic a bit first to get us settled in – life & death. 1st question is up! #ufchat
11:02 pm soniawrite: @J_GriffinB sparkly dead? twilight vamps? #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Q1a: How much of themselves/their humanness do they retain? #ufchat
11:02 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB lol in other words zombies, vampires, did you mention ghosts? #ufchat
11:03 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano hello! your book is on my tbr. haven’t gotten to it yet though #UFchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: @soniawrite Couldn’t resist the jab. Oh. Horny dead. And the re-possessed. #ufchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 Misty, darling. Misty. #ufchat
11:03 pm ladytechie: Hmm, shade? #ufchat
11:03 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB aaahhhh I see #ufchat
11:03 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat q1a. sometimes a lot, sometimes none. but the change somehow, usually become harder #UFchat
11:03 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Hey! Guest author today – you want to pick her brain too? It’s tasty.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Q2: Death is usually violent and painful in UF ? can you think of any UF in which natural death occurs? #ufchat
11:04 pm ladytechie: Yes until they start chomping on people. Then not so much. #ufchat
11:05 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat accidental death? death by old age? um . . .no. #UFchat
11:05 pm shadowflame1974: Q1a sometimes not much at all. depends on what they come back as… #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: S: Joss Whedon got many kudos for his Buffy episode The Body in which Buffy?s mother dies a natural death she can?t fight. #ufchat
11:05 pm Preternatural__: S2 Ummm…honestly, no. #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: Why was The Body episode on Buffy series so powerful? #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A2: Not that takes place in the present narrative. Usually it’s the parental unit that died, leaving some trace… #ufchat
11:05 pm soniawrite: is suicide natural? #UFchat
11:06 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat I don’t think I saw that episode. #UFchat
11:06 pm ladytechie: A2: Because Buffy can fight anything but that. #ufchat
11:06 pm Preternatural__: @soniawrite Really? When Buffy’s mom dies? #UFchat
11:06 pm J_GriffinB: @soniawrite Not according to insurance and legal definitions, no. #ufchat
11:06 pm UF_Chat: Q3: Why is there such (unconscious) resistance to portraying natural death in UF? Especially when it?s such a prevalent device? #ufchat
11:07 pm soniawrite: anita blake’s mother died in an accident, didn’t she? that was accidental and it had a pretty strong impact on her. #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @soniawrite It’s considered his best ever by many – some controversy over why wasn’t put up for Emmy. #ufchat
11:07 pm soniawrite: @J_GriffinB just checking. thanks #UFchat
11:07 pm ladytechie: @soniawrite It was extremely moving and sad. #ufchat
11:08 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A3: Too prosaic, I should think. Readers and writers want to get the hell away from the halitosis & pimples of daily life #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Q4: Other than as a vampire what other instances of resurrection (or similar – ie. actually dying & coming back) are in UF? #ufchat
11:08 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano No, worries. Just use your hashtag, yeah? #UFchat
11:08 pm soniawrite: @Preternatural__ yeah, really. i really don’t remember that. been watching it on netflix but I am only up season 2 #UFchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A4: Ghost springs to mind. #ufchat
11:09 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I was watching for it! lol I think you’re 6 for 6 since you started now – or more! #UFchat
11:09 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat I don’t remember this controversy. oh well #UFchat
11:09 pm Preternatural__: @soniawrite Ummm..Season 6? I wanna say…the one with Glory. #UFchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I still want to throw a pot with Demi. #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: Q4a: What were consequences, if any, of these characters coming back from the dead (eg special powers)? #ufchat
11:10 pm thedragongem: Q4: Ghosts. In the Women of the Otherworld series #UFchat
11:10 pm J_GriffinB: @inkgypsy It is a maxim I want writers to accept, therefore I preach the word! #ufchat
11:10 pm soniawrite: @Preternatural__ ohh. i don’t think i was watching buffy than #UFchat
11:10 pm shadowflame1974: Q2 Two come to mind CEMurphy’s Urban Shaman. Mother dies Lackey’s Dianne’s best friend Lennie dies of AIDS #ufchat
11:10 pm Preternatural__: @thedragongem Good point. or in the case of Eve, something else #UFchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: S: Our special guest today @MerrieDestefano has recently debuted with her novel AFTERLIFE ? set in alt-semi-future-world? #ufchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: S cont: … in which now possible to ?download? to new body when die so are essentially resurrected & get a 2nd life (up to 9 times) #ufchat
11:12 pm soniawrite: a4 ghosts are all i can think of #UFchat
11:12 pm UF_Chat: Q5: What might the repercussions be on the psyche of a character of coming back from natural death as opposed to a violent one? #ufchat
11:12 pm ladytechie: 4a: Families are affected. Some accepting, some not so much. #UFChat
11:12 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat depends on what they came back as. as vamps, well, blood and all that. ghosts – it depends on the writer does ghosts #UFchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: Q6: Natural death (& coming back from it) has possibility of making character feel more helpless than ?surviving? violent one. Why? #ufchat
11:13 pm thedragongem: The Crow was a Revenant #UFchat
11:13 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I think it’s am excellent cause. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:14 pm shadowflame1974: Violent death would have PTSD attached Natural: having unfinished business left to attend to. Maybe overly enthusiastic over things #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: S: Interesting 2 note many legendary monsters that traditionally threatened life are transformed in UF to become ?alt-life? options! #ufchat
11:14 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Does nine play out further into the series as the ‘special number?’ #UFchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: S cont: Eg vampire ? life after death, zombies ? life tho traditionally ?dead? etc #ufchat
11:14 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I think that might depend on the nature of the natural death, & whether the ‘copies’ have the same flaw that led to demise. #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Why do you think this is especially prevalent in the UF genre? #ufchat
11:14 pm soniawrite: q6: a violent is more likely to affect the psyche too I think #UFchat
11:15 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane No other number seemed to work for me, plus I wanted at least 500 years of life. #ufchat
11:15 pm soniawrite: the dead people who come back to life in the highlander? #UFchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Preternatural__ Not sure if she’s grabbing last minute coffee – ask again if she doesn’t reply. Good question. #ufchat
11:15 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ Oh, hello! No special significance in number other than it gave me the lifespan (500 years) that I wanted. #ufchat
11:15 pm SpiceBites: Q7: Would Zombies count? #UFChat
11:16 pm MerrieDestefano: Sorry, have I missed some questions? =( #ufchat #amslowtypist
11:16 pm CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano It does seem natural. If you didn’t do 9, ppl would prolly be like, why not 9? #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Reminder to #UFchat watchers – please use hashtag so we & Merrie can see your comment/question (& you can be entered to win too.) ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Q8: What UF characters not already turned or ?returned? might consider a resurrection? Why? #ufchat
11:16 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Did the blend on SF/UF come from what you read or you just dig both genres? #UFchat
11:17 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Just tuning in..and reading through the thread to try and catch up-hi everyone!! #UFchat
11:17 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane yeah, I didn’t want double digits. Didn’t want 3 or 7, 9 just worked for me. #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Nope – no misses as Mr. P is asking again. We’re almost up to intro-ing you. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: S: In AFTERLIFE people who download selves to new body & life get a ?babysitter? for the 1st week to help them adjust. #ufchat
11:17 pm ladytechie: Afterlife was amazingly original, well-written and thought-provoking. I loved it! #UFChat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Q9: How would you imagine your first week would be in a new body after dying & leaving old life behind? Perks? Cons? #ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Did we skip Q7b? #ufchat #lost
11:18 pm SpiceBites: Q8: Mummies might want to resurrection for revenge #UFChat
11:18 pm soniawrite: @UF_Chat mostly cons, I should think #UFchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @ladytechie I thought it was a wonderful addition to genre too – diff approach but still strong UF feel! Loved it. #ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: Very few perks except extended life. First week is disorienting & you struggle with all your memories coming back at once. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: At the same time, you can?t remember important things, like looking both ways before crossing a street. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:18 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: On the other hand, you are stunningly beautiful in first week. Again, not necessarily good, because of kidnappings. [3/3] #UFchat
11:19 pm CarolynCrane: @SpiceBites LOL Has anybody done a mummy UF? #UFChat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Heh heh – not yet. Still in 1st 10 questions. Not in the Merrie questions yet – almost – 1 to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:19 pm shadowflame1974: Q9 distorted. getting used to new body how it moves compared to the old one. #ufchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: Q10: Life goes on in UF ? usually well after death. What does it do to life and death values if you get 2nd (& more) chances? #ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: Almost anyone might decide to resurrect, although you can?t if you?ve committed a capital crime or any sort of terrorism. [1/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: The twist is that not everyone wants to resurrect. Groups of people, called One-Timers choose death over life; [2/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: They hold pro-death ralleys and fight for the right to choose death. Nine-Timers, on the other hand, fight for more life. [3/4] #Ufchat
11:19 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: There are even suicide cults, people who have become addicted to the resurrection process. [4/4] #UFchat
11:19 pm Jinxie_G: Ah crap. See? Now I really do have another book to add to my TBR pile! Told you @MerrieDestefano. *runs away from #UFchat*
11:20 pm SpiceBites: @CarolynCrane There so should be one –mummy UF that is ;P #UFChat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: It?s now time to introduce our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: AFTERLIFE= Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher. Thrilling UF noir adventure set in alt New Orleans where life after death is big business. #ufchat
11:20 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: It?s now time to introduce our special guest this week ? UF author @MerrieDestefano who?s debut novel AFTERLIFE recently debuted. #ufchat
11:20 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ I don’t read much UF, more SF and other genres. #ufchat
11:20 pm Book_Faery: Ahh it’s so fun hearing @MerrieDestefano discuss AFTERLIFE. Loved reading that book! #UFchat
11:20 pm J_GriffinB: RT @MerrieDesteffano Anyone might decide to resurrect, although you can?t if you?ve committed a capital crime or terrorism. #ufchat
11:20 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano suicide cults? really? wow sounds they glamorize death #UFchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: Welcome @MerrieDestefano! Thank you for joining us today & for enabling the giveaway too (signed copy of her book!). #ufchat
11:21 pm CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat @MerrieDestefano Wow, that sounds really interesting an cool. And, they don’t look like themselves? #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: I?ll ask Q’s until 3:45-ish & then will open floor for all other Q’s. If have on-topic Q during Q&A pls address Merrie & use hashtag #ufchat
11:21 pm MerrieDestefano: Hi, everyone! #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: ? otherwise please hold Q?s till floor is opened. Remember ALL questions to Merrie will be entered into signed book giveaway today! #ufchat
11:21 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Nice. I’ll bring up SF influences when not here *grin* #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Congratulations on your debut novel and the positive response! #ufchat
11:21 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Thanks for inviting me! Sorry for answering all the wrong questions. DUh. #ufchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q1: When did you first have the idea for AFTERLIFE? #ufchat
11:21 pm ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano this sounds awesome. They come back as adults? #ufchat
11:22 pm CarolynCrane: @SpiceBites *thinking about mummies now* #UFChat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @Preternatural__ No – no – ask here too! Curious. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:22 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano hi! #UFchat
11:22 pm MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Yes, always adults. =) #ufchat
11:22 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: About 2-3 years ago. Grew from a science article I read about how lengthening telomeres in DNA could give us immortality. #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Actually they worked well. ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q1a: Per the description ? how would you say AFTERLIFE like Jim Butcher? How about Bladerunner? #ufchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1a: Unfortunately, haven?t read Jim Butcher?s books, so can?t comment. However, I love Philip K. Dick and social sci fi… [1/3] #Ufchat
11:23 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano OK, since I read a lot of SF as well, what do you like/who influenced you? #UFchat
11:23 pm CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat OMG! I’m sorry. I just blunder in with questions! #ufchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: writers influence other writers. Bladerunner is a dark world where clones struggle for their right 2 live (in the movie) [3/3] #Ufchat
11:23 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano So glad u r here, I checked out Afterlife on Amazon & love the way the first bit reads @UF_Chat #UFChat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Q1: In AFTERLIFE, people struggle for the right to die or the right to live forever. [3/3] #UFchat
11:23 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: Still hoping I am doing this right. #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @CarolynCrane S’ok – hard to tame the rabble. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Each chat is a little diff so we all try ways to help author Q&As keep track. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: S: AFTERLIFE is not your usual UF ? eg. futuristic/UF mix, strong tech presence, w multi 1st person POVs. #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: @CarolynCrane LOL. And I blundered in answering the wrong questions! #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q2: While definitely works, why decide to focus on UF market instead of eg sci-fi? What is appeal to UF readers? #ufchat
11:24 pm sandrawickham: Right now @MerrieDestefano is the guest over at #UFchat if you want to join in. Her book AFTERLIFE sounds excellent!
11:24 pm ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Afterlife was totally amazing and actually was what drove me to write one of my first reviews on Goodreads. #UFChat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Somebody poke me with a long stick when it’s time for me to answer another question. #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: My editor saw a lot of UF elements in AFTERLIFE, & we worked 2 make those stronger: dark, noir world, strong female… [1/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham It really is. Gorgeous writing on top of great story! #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: character, first person POV, end of world scenario, life-after-death themes. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: Q2: Sometimes thinking outside of the box can make a book stronger. So far, have had great response from UF readers. [3/3] #Ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: S: Merrie also co-wrote the text for the Walter Foster book How to Draw Zombies ? clearly she?s no stranger to the undead! #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q3: In what way are the new bodies of people resurrected in AFTERLIFE similar to other undead – if at all? #ufchat
11:25 pm MerrieDestefano: My editor is made out of pure gold, BTW. #ufchat
11:26 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie Awww! So sweet. Thank you! #ufchat
11:26 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Since Afterlife sounds quite different than most, was it harder to sell? #UFChat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Nice! (editor kudos – always great to hear. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:26 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3: Not similar to zombies at all; maybe slightly similar to vampires in that insatiable quest for life. #UFchat
11:26 pm CarolynCrane: It is interesting topic, death, and how the post-dead of all kinds have both advantages and liabilities #ufchat
11:27 pm MerrieDestefano: Must pay attention. Almost missed my question. #imanerd #ufchat
11:27 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Do you mean to a publisher or a reader? #ufchat
11:27 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Did you have D Gill edit AFTERLIFE? #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q3a: Did working on How to Draw Zombies & Afterlife ever overlap ? did one ever affect the other? #ufchat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a: AFTERLIFE was finished when I did the How to Draw Zombies book, so zombies did not affect the novel. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q4: What sort of research did you do for AFTERLIFE? #ufchat
11:28 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano To a publisher…. #UFChat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a: However, working on the zombie book got me over my creep factor. I really didn?t like zombies co-wrote the zombie book. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:28 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano She is all sorts of awesome when you look at the titles she edits =) #UFchat
11:28 pm MerrieDestefano: Q3a. Now I think I would like add a zombie or two to some future novel. Not AFTERLIFE, though. [3/3] #Ufchat
11:29 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites I think the important thing is to find agent/editor/publisher who share your vision. #ufchat
11:30 pm CarolynCrane: aQ7 In a way, UF tames monsters for people in a “scary” era, but it also apparently tames death, too. In so many books. #ufchat
11:30 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano And what publisher are you with? #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano I’ll try to wait for your multi answers (thanks for putting the 3/3 indicators!) #UFchat
11:30 pm MerrieDestefano: Q4: Researched New Orleans, the history, the culture, the food, the music, the French Quarter, the bayou, the plants.#UFchat
11:30 pm MerrieDestefano: Q4: Also, researched French terms. #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q5: What was it that got you interested in the concept of resurrection technology, if anything? #ufchat
11:31 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano LOL! Those must have been some fun research trips, esp. the food & music one ;P #UFChat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano: Seems lots room to explore stories of ?second chances? in world of AFTERLIFE ? what they would do & why. (cont) #ufchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q6: Any chance we?ll see some of those ?second chance? stories? #ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: By second chance stories, do you mean sequels? If so, yes. There?s lots of room for sequel stories in this world. [1/3]#Ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: I?m finishing a project right now. As soon as it?s done (mid-January), I plan to start an AFTERLIFE sequel. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Q6: So many people who have read AFTERLIFE have already asked me for a sequel, which is really cool! [2/3] #Ufchat
11:33 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano RT @J_GriffinB Publisher is Eos/HarperCollins. Will change names soon to Voyager/HarperCollins. #ufchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Amazing detail w/out actually being there! Kudos! #UFchat RT @MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites I wish I could have taken a trip to NOLA. =(
11:33 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7: New Orleans is wonderfully fleshed out – like character in book. What made you choose the city to set story in? #ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: Oh, so many reasons! Loved the City of the Dead cemeteries, loved the culture, loved that it is the birthplace of jazz. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: Plus I have a great respect for the people of the city [NOLA] and what they have gone through with Katrina. I wanted to.. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:34 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7: increase public awareness of the city and the people. [3/3] #UFchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7a: You live in Southern CA. How did you go about researching New Orleans in such vivid detail? #ufchat
11:35 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: I read everything I could find, from blog posts to books to magazines. Anything that would tell me about the city. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:35 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: Plus a year earlier, I ran a special issue of Victorian Homes mag that featured NOLA. [I was the editor then] [2/3] #Ufchat
11:36 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7a: So I already had a LOT of facts in my head by the time I wrote the book. [3/3]#Ufchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Ooh nice insider look! (Magazine article editor) #ufchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q7b: Can you pls describe the New Orleans of AFTERLIFE? The social structure/layers/levels? #ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: AFTERLIFE is set in near future New Orleans, in a time when people can resurrect instead of die, through a [1/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: company called Fresh Start. It’s a dark world and society has basically been turned inside out. Very few children born [2/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: families almost non-existent. People now “invent” their own families by meeting people in virtual reality chat bars. [3/4] #Ufchat
11:37 pm MerrieDestefano: Q7b: Virtual reality can take you anywhere in the world; But even with 9 potential lives, people still crave immortality. [4/4] #Ufchat
11:38 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: @MerriDestefano Q8: With resurrection tech avail. there is group of people: “One Timers”. Can you explain their POV of life/death? #ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: One-Timers are a group of people who choose not to resurrect, either for religious or moral or personal reasons. [1/3] #Ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: The family that owns the resurrection technology happened to be One-Timers, so they were conflicted. [2/3] #Ufchat
11:39 pm MerrieDestefano: Q8: I really enjoy working with characters that are conflicted. =) [3/3] #UFchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q9: Is a pro-death priest in AFTERLIFE – sounds contrary to our understanding of priests. Can you explain his POV? #ufchat
11:40 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: Yes, a lot of religious people in AFTERLIFE are pro-death. It?s similar to how people now are pro-life. [1/2] #Ufchat
11:40 pm MerrieDestefano: Q9: I don?t think that character had a POV. But he believed in giving people the right to choose death over resurrection. [2/2] #UFchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Priest had Chapter opening quote if memory serves. #UFchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: S: Some UF has long-lived vamps changing name, starting new life in new place after while to stay hidden, like resurrected in bk. #ufchat
11:41 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Yeah, that’s the priest. =) #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q10: Did you have vampires in mind at all when writing the ?life jumps?? #ufchat
11:42 pm MerrieDestefano: Q10: No, not vampires. I think our quest for immortality goes beyond vampires. In other words, [1/2] #Ufchat
11:42 pm MerrieDestefano: Q10: I believe mankind has craved immortality long before vampires came into the picture. [2/2] #UFchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: S: One of MCs in AFTERLIFE is Chaz Dominguez who is a ?Babysitter? ? a feared/respected job/position. #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q11: What is a ?babysitter? and how did you come up with the concept? #ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: Babysitters watch over you when you resurrect. They have more power than the local or international police #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: As I worked on the story, in my mind, I realized that Newbies would be too vulnerable on their own. #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: So I created Babysitters and made the main character one. #Ufchat
11:43 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11: So the book has one POV of a Newbie and one of a Babysitter. #UFchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q11a: I imagine training for a Babysitter would be tough! Are there other babysitters in world? How do they train? #ufchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: Q11a: Absolutely! Lots of Babysitters. Training would be like training for a Navy SEAL. #UFchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q12: How is death treated differently by world of AFTERLIFE compared to a) us b) other UF series/characters? #ufchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: I feel like I’m “over-talking” everyone. Pure silence. #ufchat
11:45 pm MerrieDestefano: Q12: Not sure about other UF series. But in AFTERLIFE, death is like the unspoken fear. Everyone tries to forget it exists. #UFchat
11:45 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Mummification processes of the Egyptians comes to mind; including servants, pets, food in afterlife a good example. #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano I think they’re watching, fascinated & waiting for open question time. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:45 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano *listening/reading chat* I’ll ask at the general *L* #UFchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q13: Why did you decide 9 times would be the maximum times resurrection technology would work? (eg Symbolic etc) #ufchat
11:45 pm soniawrite: no, i am just listioning. reading, that is #UFchat
11:45 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano reading in rapt attention ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFChat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano I’ll be over soon, just wrapping Xmas shopping and stuff. ARGH. Want. To. CHAT. #ufchat
11:46 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano and moderator asked us to shut it till 1/4 till. #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines Want you to chat! #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Oh, yeah. =) #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano OK, let me jump in the shower and get dressed, will be over to chat in like 15-20 mins #ufchat
11:46 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines We’re here – open questions soon -thought you might like to see an author Q&A. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Plus topic & Merrie are awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ ) #UFchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13: No other number seemed right to me. Didn?t like Three-Timers or Six-Timers. Plus I really wanted to create a world where [1/2] #UFchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13: people could live to be 500 years old. I felt like that was long enough to create an entirely different world. [2/2] #UFchat
11:47 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Nice. ๐Ÿ˜› #UFchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q13a: What are restrictions of resurrection in AFTERLIFE? Can you ‘upgrade’ to better looks, better athlete etc? #ufchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Almost missed my question! Argh. #ufchat
11:47 pm MerrieDestefano: Q13a: you can upgrade to almost anything. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q14: The dog Omega is very important character. Considering 9 lives etc why write a dog & not a cat? #ufchat
11:48 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q13a: but you can only keep 50 % of your memories. #ufchat
11:48 pm MerrieDestefano: Q14: I wanted the dog to be able to interact more with people, to save lives if necessary. A cat wouldn?t have been able to do that. #Ufchat
11:48 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I want upgrades: No dyslexia, better joints, thank you. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Q15: What do you think is handled well regarding life vs death in UF genre? What aspects are unexplored/avoided? #ufchat
11:49 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Tough question. I think UF handles the supernatural elements very well. #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano LAST Q b4 floor open: If you ?yourself, in this reality- had the option to be resurrected, would you? Why/why not? #ufchat
11:50 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q15: But rarely ever deal with the science. #ufchat
11:50 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q15: I also think theology not covered that much. But maybe I haven’t read enough UF. #ufchat
11:51 pm MerrieDestefano: Q16: No, I?m a One-Timer. Like my main character, Chaz. One life and then I?m done. I believe in heaven and want to go there. =) #UFchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: NOW OPENING FLOOR FOR Q?s. Remember each person asking gets entered into giveaway today! Pls @MerrieDestefano & add #UFchat hashtag. #ufchat
11:51 pm MerrieDestefano: I think I survived. #ufchat
11:51 pm ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Relationships are key in this book. What drove your depiction of the relationship between the brothers/father? #UFChat
11:52 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Sounds like the usual suspect, but who influenced you in SF? #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Now you get lots of questions from all over… ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:52 pm MerrieDestefano: Whoa, I feel like I was juggling eels there. #ufchat
11:52 pm ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano i’m so intrigued. What sorts of new religions has this science created? #ufchat
11:53 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie I love relationships. To me, Chaz and Russ approached their struggles so differently. Both loved their father. #ufchat
11:53 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano lol no now comes the eel juggling ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
11:53 pm MerrieDestefano: @ladytechie but one fell apart (Russ) when difficulties came along, one grew stronger (Chaz) #ufchat
11:53 pm soniawrite: okay this may seem like a silly question, but who are your fav authors? also, did you read any books on writing? #UFchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: Strong, 3-dimensional characters are crucial for a good plot, to me. #ufchat
11:54 pm J_GriffinB: @marieDestefano: Why only 50% of memories? #ufchat
11:54 pm inkgypsy: @soniawrite You might need to address Merrie directly for her to see your question. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ Loved Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Michael Crichton. #ufchat
11:55 pm MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 EEEEEEELLLSSS! #ufchat
11:55 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano okay this may seem like a silly question, but who are your fav authors? also, did you read any books on writing? #UFchat
11:55 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Damn straight! #ufchat
11:56 pm soniawrite: @inkgypsy thanks! #UFchat
11:56 pm MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Loved James Scott Bell’s writing books, BIRD BY BIRD, WRITING DOWN THE BONES. #ufchat
11:56 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Can a resurrected return to a love from a former life/reincarnation? #UFChat
11:56 pm inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB I just saw your pot comment.. ROFL! #UFchat
11:57 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Do you intend to attend any writing cons in the next year? World Fantasy, World Science Fiction Convention #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB To be mean. =) Seriously, life needs challenge. And when you break the rules, you must pay a price. #ufchat
11:57 pm shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano When and why did you begin to write fiction after being involved with several magazines? #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: BTW, I will answer all questions, even if it takes me awhile. =) #ufchat
11:57 pm magelly: @MerrieDestefano Twitter chat can be very frantic. Keeping up with all that stuff. #ufchat
11:58 pm Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Yeah, if you’re in SoCal, you could do ComicCon =) #UFchat
11:58 pm soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano thabnks! spicebites is a good queston – how does family come into all this? #UFchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Do you mean could you return to live with your old boyfriend? Sure, if he wants you. Some thorns in this rose. #ufchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @inkgypsy Think I missed the pot comment. Must find! #ufchat
11:59 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano So it’s purely a Mcguffin, placed there to challenge the characters? #ufchat
11:59 pm MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 I always wanted to write fiction and have done so for a long time. The mag editor position was to pay the bills. #ufchat
11:59 pm SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano I can see complications for a future book, unrequited love, the ex who refuses to die…. #UFChat
11:59 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Yes! I’m going to World Fantasy Con in SD, Comic Con in SD, ConDor in SD, maybe RT in LA. #ufchat
December 12, 2010
MerrieDestefano: @Preternatural__ totally. I went last year. it was SO much fun. #ufchat
J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano See you at WFC, then. Renovation? #ufchat
12:01 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB A McGuffin? I don’t understand. I’m very dense. #ufchat
12:01 am Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano SDCC is Always a blast! Lemme know what booth you’re at pls. #UFchat
12:01 am MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Yes, plus your time lines might not match up unless you died at same time. #ufchat
12:02 am UF_Chat: Last call for questions for @MerrieDestefano today (& entry into our signed book giveaway) – Ask Merrie now! #ufchat
12:02 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano A plot mechanism to challenge the characters/aid the writer in storytelling. #ufchat
12:02 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe I don’t think science created any religion. But religions changed. #ufchat
12:02 am Preternatural__: @J_GriffinB Yeah, you explain McGuffin in 140 characters or less *L* #UFchat
12:02 am SpiceBites: Dagnabbit, I’ve to go for a limo ride in 13 mins…but this was fun & v. interesting! #UFChat
12:02 am shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestefano when the person comes back does he get to chose what memories to keep or is it luck as to what processes? #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: @Preternatural__ Think I just did! #ufchat
12:03 am ASolitaryScribe: @MerrieDestefano what does this new science do to religion? R there new sects? #ufchat
12:03 am soniawrite: @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano i can see whole family soap opera! tragedies! especially with the 50 % memory thing #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: @SpiceBites We’ll announce winner in about 1/2 hr. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:03 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Families often break up, lose contact with one another. People build fake families through Virtual Reality chat rooms. #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: @SpiceBites Careful. Those that ride in limos in my tales end up getting shot at a lot. #ufchat
12:04 am SpiceBites: @MerrieDestefano Nice to meet you & good luck! I’m looking forward to reading Afterlife. #UFChat
12:04 am J_GriffinB: @soniawrite @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano Might be a blessing for some families. #ufchat
12:04 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB I think I need to learn more about McGuffins or whatever they are! I need to use them more often! #ufchat
12:04 am Preternatural__: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for stopping by =) #UFchat
12:04 am CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano What’s the most important issue/question for you, in the book. #ufchat
12:04 am MerrieDestefano: @shadowflame1974 Yes, you get to choose what memories to keep. But still, someone you know may have erased you from their memory. #ufchat
12:04 am SpiceBites: @J_GriffinB I think I’m more in danger of getting trampled by overexcited kids trying to see xmas lights. LOL! #UFChat
12:05 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Yes, new religions or more like cults. I didn’t go in to that too much. Just implied. Suicide cults. #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe Changes in major religions. The lack of death changed so much in the world of AFTERLIFE. #ufchat
12:06 am shadowflame1974: @SpiceBites lol ouch watch the toes! #ufchat
12:06 am VampBookClub: RT @UF_Chat: Last call for questions for @MerrieDestefano today (& entry into our signed book giveaway) – Ask Merrie now! #ufchat
12:06 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Perhaps your next one in the series? #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @ASolitaryScribe It was like a long dark shadow fell over the world when they took away death. #ufchat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Exactly! Me too! #ufchat
12:06 am SpiceBites: @UF_Chat I’ll check the transcripts l8r for the winner. Deepest apologies for blundering w/ques. earlier. & Thanx for moderating! #UFChat
12:06 am MerrieDestefano: @SpiceBites Thanks so much and thanks for dropping by! #ufchat
12:06 am soniawrite: @J_GriffinB @soniawrite @SpiceBites @MerrieDestefano can only imagine the serial killers. & stalkers – being stalked through 9 lives #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: RT @CarolynCrane: @MerrieDestefano What’s the most important issue/question for you, in the book. #ufchat
12:07 am SpiceBites: Toodles all! Have fun! #UFChat
12:07 am ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano What was the one part of the story to which you later realized you wished you gave more depth? #UFChat
12:07 am MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB @soniawrite @SpiceBites To not stay together? I think a lot of people would rather have diff. parents/sister/brothers. #ufchat
12:08 am inkgypsy: @soniawrite What a creepy 9and yet cool) idea! Multi-life stalker etc #UFchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat @CarolynCrane @MerrieDestefano And how is the technology policed? #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for coming & answering our questions today & for the giveaway bonus! Any closing comments you?d like to add? #ufchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano My thoughts too. Forget all the shit pulled on you by siblings, the disappointments, etc. especially abusive house #ufchat
12:08 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite OOOOH, what a great idea! #ufchat
12:09 am J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks for coming & answering our questions today & for the giveaway bonus! #ufchat
12:09 am soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano oh, why, thank you lol #UFchat
12:09 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Interesting charac study there-patterns evident even in kids who don’t remember etc -seeing that after erased memories & #UFchat
12:10 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB and trying to figure out the mystery of past would be twisted fun to write! #UFchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: FINAL BIG Q @MerrieDestefano Where can people find you online/contact you to ask questions about your book or other writing? #ufchat
12:11 am J_GriffinB: @inkgypsy Nine Princes in Amber comes to mind. He knows he can’t trust Random, but still likes him. Can’t explain it. #ufchat
12:11 am soniawrite: @inkgypsy yeah so very creepy. but interesting to read about #UFchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: I wonder if our guest got booted off for all the awesome comments? #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: I will post Merrie’s website and you know where to find her on Twitter! Think we may have lost her to API limits… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano Thanks again for being our special guest today! We wish you every success with AFTERLIFE & hope to read more soon! #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat today! Next week is a Winter Solstice/Christmas/holiday themed #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Having a special holiday?themed #UFchat next week, then break due to public holidays and return in 2011 w many UF authors booked to Q&A!
12:13 am ladytechie: @MerrieDestefano Yes, thank you! #UFChat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Got a topic you want to chat about? Let me know! (@inkgypsy) I?ll add it to the list & maybe even bump up the chat-date for it. ? #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Some additional resources on AFTERLIFE, and life and death in urban fantasy and speculative fiction: #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: The Body?Whedon?s most powerful death portrayal was natural one (Buffy’s mom) http://bit.ly/fNtiyV #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Primer #2 for #UFchat early birds: AFTERLIFE: The Resurrection Chronicles (blurb & reviews) http://bit.ly/eK8FBe #ufchat
12:14 am J_GriffinB: And yes, thanks again @marriedestefano and thanks for hosting, @inkgypsy ! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: @MerrieDestefano?s website with info & reviews on AFTERLIFE: http://bit.ly/ijHhEW #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Speculative faith: urban fantasy – Afterlife:The Resurrection Chronicles http://bit.ly/fjbYzh #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Bringing Back the Dead ? Lame or Awesome? http://bit.ly/i0U8Gt (Thanks to @AnassaRh for this link!) #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Killing Off Characters by Nikki Mantyla http://bit.ly/faVaVI #ufchat
12:15 am UF_Chat: Gothic, Paranormal & UF for Tweens & Teens ? many recommended have ?how to cope with death? central to themes: http://bit.ly/e6Ykjn #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Buffy ?The Body? episode is a good example of how to write crying scenes (article) http://bit.ly/ia8AIZ #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Vampirology from Creation to Death & Dusting (much from Buffy but a lot in common with much UF) http://bit.ly/dHQrUh #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: DVD Commentary text on Buffy series episode The Body by Joss Whedon, when her mom dies natural death http://bit.ly/gG19NL #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Humungous thnx to @Shadowflame1974, @AnassaRh & @Daylilie222 – all helped in diff ways during my fur-baby emergency this week. xx #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: #UFchat transcript available on the #UFchat blog in 48hrs-ish, allowing for late comments. Just use the hashtag. ? #ufchat
12:16 am UF_Chat: Now to tally up entries & choose winner for signed copy of AFTERLIFE via random.org!! ? stick around if you want to see who won! #ufchat
12:17 am J_GriffinB: Sticking. #ufchat
12:17 am soniawrite: @MerrieDestefano – thanks for answering all the questions #UFchat
12:18 am shadowflame1974: @MerrieDestafano Thanks for the eel juggling. It was very entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
12:18 am shadowflame1974: @InkGypsy no worries on the help hon #ufchat
12:18 am CarolynCrane: @UF_Chat This has been so interesting. Your book sounds awesome. #UFchat @MerrieDestefano
12:21 am inkgypsy: @CarolynCrane Thanks! Merrie is awesome & her writing is just lovely-beautiful words on top of gritty, xlnt story. Thx for coming! #UFchat
12:25 am Jess_Haines: Yaaay, I’m finally here! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope I didn’t miss much. o.o #ufchat
12:27 am shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines lol Just in time for the drawing ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
12:27 am Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 Woot! ๐Ÿ˜€ #ufchat
12:35 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I forgot the hashtag – oops – pls add #UFchat to your question!
12:37 am Jess_Haines: @MerrieDestefano So I didn’t get to toss a question in there–what do you consider your go-to resource RE: resurrection? Books, web? #ufchat
12:40 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I have sent her a mail.. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:41 am Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Awesome, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very interested in hearing what she used for research! #ufchat
12:47 am J_GriffinB: Unt ze vinner ist? #ufchat
12:50 am UF_Chat: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:50 am inkgypsy: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:51 am Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Congrats ! =) #ufchat
12:51 am shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: And the winner is(drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #ufchat
12:51 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Congratulations! Woot! #UFchat
12:51 am J_GriffinB: Thanks! Wow. #ufchat
12:52 am shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB ROFL YOU! #ufchat
12:52 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB Your number was 2 by the way – guess it’s lucky for you! #UFchat ๐Ÿ™‚
12:52 am J_GriffinB: I’m about to #2 from excitement. #ufchat
12:53 am J_GriffinB: Schweet, though, really! #ufchat
12:53 am shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB snicker…. #ufchat
12:54 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB *eyeroll then throws confetti – times 2* #UFchat
12:55 am J_GriffinB: unable to find email addy for her, and she’s not following. Shall I send my physical addy to you for forwarding? #ufchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB BTW if you can’t DM Merrie let me know and I can email her your address. Alternately you can contact her on Facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 That’s not to say I HAVE your address.. not yet anyway.. lol #UFchat
12:56 am Wulfie_: RT @UF_Chat: And the winner is? (drum roll) @J_GriffinB!! Congratulations! Pls contact @MerrieDestefano w your mailing details ASAP! #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB That’s not to say I HAVE your address.. not yet anyway.. lol #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @J_GriffinB LOL Yes please – I’ll get it to her straight away. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:59 am J_GriffinB: Done. #ufchat
1:10 am soniawrite: @J_GriffinB congrats on winning the book! #UFchat
6:31 am MerrieDestefano: Thanks again to everyone who hung out at #ufchat today. ๐Ÿ™‚
6:42 am MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines Hi! Re your question…do U mean research for the book or the resurrection process? I use the Web a lot in my research. #ufchat
6:43 am MerrieDestefano: @Jess_Haines As far as the resurrection process, I made it up. Some nuggets of science here & there, like telomeres. #ufchat
8:59 am AnassaRh: All right. Settling down for #UFChat. Suggest: Death, dying, etc. Should be interesting?
9:01 am AnassaRh: A1: Vampires, weres, zombies, ghosts. Less obviously, fake/temporary death, magical reinsertion of soul, magical loopholes. #ufchat
9:02 am AnassaRh: A1a: Depends on book. Sometimes most of it. Sometimes all of it. Usually in between somewhere. #ufchat
9:08 am AnassaRh: A2: Not offhand, no. I spy a gap in need of filling? #ufchat
9:10 am AnassaRh: A3: Violent death is more exciting? It can spur the plot, give added drive to the MC? #ufchat
9:11 am AnassaRh: Revenge, dying wishes, etc. are more powerful devices when violence factors in. Also adds grit/noir to story. #ufchat
9:13 am AnassaRh: Although “Child, I always regretted not tracking down that witch.” is equally powerful to “Child, find the werewolf that killed me.” #ufchat
9:14 am AnassaRh: Hmm. Going back to the slaying family idea from a couple weeks ago? Warriors dislike bed deaths. No honor. Same with slayers? #ufchat
9:15 am AnassaRh: Would an anti-slaying child take up arms on their parents’ dying wish? Would a slayer do everything possible to die in battle? #ufchat
9:19 am AnassaRh: Okay, now that tangent’s over? A4a: Powers are pretty much a given. Also temp disorientation, trauma, confusion, denial. #ufchat
9:20 am AnassaRh: Hey! Do resurrected monsters ever get PTSD? Esp. if a were’s conscious for the initial change? #ufchat
9:25 am AnassaRh: A6: They couldn’t stop it. It will happen again, same result. Also, if it’s death by age, there’s gradual weakening of the body. #ufchat
9:42 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh So glad you’re chiming in tonight! #UFchat Another of those topics I expected to find lots of posts on and barely found anything!
9:42 am AnassaRh: A7: Desire to humanize the monsters. Because we want to be immortal. Because UF is the anti-horror? #ufchat
9:43 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Because UF bumps back those things in the night..? ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
9:45 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Perhaps #ufchat will spark a rash of posts, then? I was surprised as well. I’d think a geeky lit major?
9:45 am AnassaRh: Ha, yes! RT @inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Because UF bumps back those things in the night..? ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
9:48 am AnassaRh: A9: Cons: You wouldn’t have the same (or any) sense memory. Might not recognize your body. Might not be recognized. Bigots. #ufchat
9:48 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh I think some aspiring UF author (who doesn’t have a billion deadlines) could easily blog daily on ideas from a weekly #UFchat!
9:49 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Ooh – totally forgot to bring up the sense memory of heart transplant patients & hand transplants too…#UFchat
9:49 am AnassaRh: A9: Perks: Young and healthy body (we hope). Fresh slate, possible new identity. #ufchat
9:50 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh .. there’s scientific evidence of ‘previous owner’s personality embedded in them – particularly heart! (Frankenstein OMG!) #UFchat
9:50 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Even in the heart? Do you have a link? That sounds cool! (Didn’t Koontz already write a book off that idea?) #ufchat
9:51 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Must ask if clones are adult, what about sense memory of ’empty’ bodies – what would be lacking from grown from kid human? #UFchat
9:52 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Depends on type of cloning. Clone in vat from infancy? Everything. Clone in nursery? Very little, but not YOURS. #ufchat
9:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh ESPECIALLY the heart – artistic talent transfer, partner preference & more Medical article read. Can’t remember where… #UFchat
9:53 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy I’m assuming clone had to start as kid. Know of no scientific way to do otherwise. #ufchat
9:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh In AFTERLIFE the clone/download bodies are all full grown as children can’t ‘download’/be downloaded to. #UFchat
9:54 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Another question, maybe better: What would the clone have sense memory for, that the original wouldn’t? #ufchat
9:54 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Little vague on the cloning process myself – imagine tanks & vats – like the movies & X-Files. #UFchat
9:55 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Yes that too! (clone’s sense memory ADDITION to normal humans) #UFchat
9:55 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Ooh. Must look that up! Think we’ll ever do heart transplants just to get better art skills? #ufchat
9:55 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh That gets very black market super quick… *shudder* #UFchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy And if the clones incur some kind of trauma? An abusive nurse, maybe? #ufchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Makes for a great story, though, doesn’t it? #ufchat
9:56 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Fair enough. #ufchat
9:57 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Yes – would be interesting if figured out how to track sense memory!! (eek – supernatural ability alert!) #UFchat
9:57 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy As far as I understand it, human clones would be like sheep clones. Cell culture ?> test tube baby ?> child? #ufchat
9:58 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Or… now that they can just grow various body parts you could put them together… *shudders again* #UFchat
9:58 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy I think vat-clone thing can be seen as womb metaphor. Maybe even intended as such: pump nutrients in, grow clone faster. #ufchat
9:59 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Sorry for horrifying you so late at night. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #ufchat
9:59 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh You kidding? I live in this universe! LOL #UFchat What do you think I think about all day/night? LOL
10:00 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Besides it’s early yet – sun-up a long way away… ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:07 am AnassaRh: A10: Can see life-after-death heightening life (death sux) or lowering (life not the end). #ufchat
10:08 am AnassaRh: A10: Real question is, if you become a vampire, /can/ you take it all with you? What are the legalities behind resurrection? #ufchat
6:03 pm hannahnpbowman: @inkgypsy @AnassaRh Jumping in late, but in Vorkosigan saga, clones are raised as children, then have brain transplants. #ufchat
6:04 pm hannahnpbowman: @inkgypsy @AnassaRh Old personality is destroyed, replaced by new one (of brain). Basically murder. #ufchat
6:24 pm AnassaRh: @hannahnpbowman @inkgypsy Almost forgot about the Vorkosigan saga because we were talking UF! #ufchat
6:24 pm AnassaRh: @hannahnpbowman @inkgypsy But those clones were the inspiration for my “raised as kids” comment. Feel terrible for them. Ugh. #ufchat
7:10 pm hannahnpbowman: @AnassaRh @inkgypsy I’ve still got Vorkosigans on the brain… (pun unintentional) #ufchat
8:21 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy I’ve thought of using #UFchat as a resource for writing at Indie Urban Fantasy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
8:24 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy Real cloning isn’t too mysterious: An egg/ovum is implanted w cloned DNA, allowed to grow. No vats, just a normal baby. #UFchat
9:24 pm AnassaRh: On my blog: Trying Something New – #UFChat Recap http://bit.ly/fPaFVv
11:23 am inkgypsy: @lunalindsey Please DO use #UFchat as a resource! one of the reasons I created it is so writers could use it. ๐Ÿ™‚ We all want more good UF.
6:34 pm AnassaRh: RT from yesterday: Trying Something New – #UFChat Recap http://bit.ly/fPaFVv (on death in urban fantasy)
8:14 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy I would participate more in #ufchat if you used something like IRC or a web-based IRC. Twitter chat is too hard to follow.
8:15 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy As for skimming transcripts for blog ideas, ok! Will do. Will also try to credit and link when appropriate. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
8:35 pm LunaLindsey: #UFChat recap and musings on death in Urban Fantasy at Specnology blog: http://bit.ly/hTlUSx
December 15, 2010
12:09 am jimnduncan: #ufchat death in uf to me is more interesting looking at the other side, ie what possibilities lie beyond the living world.
December 16, 2010
8:14 am AnassaRh: Excellent post by @nkjemisin on breaking female stereotypes, women warriors, and gender policing. A must read. http://bit.ly/f2eOr9 #ufchat
8:22 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: Excellent post by @nkjemisin on breaking female stereotypes, women warriors, and gender policing. A must read. http://bit.ly/f2eOr9 #ufchat
December 17, 2010
2:10 am MerrieDestefano: @soniawrite Oh, was that from the #UFchat? I think I forgot to use the hashtag.
1:46 pm shevdon: Writing three-dimensional characters for UF and other genres – How? New article at http://shevdon.com/ #ufchat #writing #writechat
2:06 pm sfbook: RT @shevdon: Writing three-dimensional characters for UF and other genres – How? New article at http://shevdon.com/ #ufchat #writing #writechat

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END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR DECEMBER 11th, 2010

Next week (December 18th) is a Winter Solstice/Christmas/holiday themed #ufchat along with LOTS OF GIFTS FOR YOU! (It’s also our last chat for the year before we take a break during the public holidays.)

See you next week and bring your google-fu – gifts will be found via ‘google scavenger hunts’ – so bring boots, googles and any other kickin’ equipment to give you the edge you need… books up for grabs – all UF! (& most with a little seasonal ‘kick’ to boot ๐Ÿ˜‰ – will be tweeted before the event!

Stay tuned to @UF_Chat on Twitter for countdowns, updates, pre-chat primers (especially important for your google-fu-ing by the way) and a glimpse at the prize bag before you go hunting.

Gypsy (@inkgypsy)

Please note: I plan to pull out these questions & answers for a separate post but (as you might have deduced from this late posting of the transcript) life has gotten crazy-busy beyond the normal Christmas-season stuff so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it… In the meantime, hopefully the color coding will make for easier reading/tracking of the Q&A. ๐Ÿ™‚


Recommended Read: “Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles” by Merrie Destefano

Title: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles
Author: Merrie Destefano (@MerrieDestefano on Twitter)
Type of UF: Futuristic/UF, noir, mystery, thrilling, adventure
Paranormal Element/ Creatures: Resurrection, Heaven/Hell
Publisher: US โ€“ Eos (Harper Collins imprint)
Release Date/s: September 28, 2010
Back Cover Copy:

WELCOME TO YOUR NEXT CHANCE.

Chaz Domingue works as a professional Babysitter in New Orleans. His job is to integrate and protect the recently deceased into their new and improved livesโ€”a position he reluctantly accepted after his father was murdered. Though Fresh Start has always been the only game in town, resurrection isnโ€™t what itโ€™s cracked up to be. Nine lives are all a person can getโ€”and a powerful group of desperate, high-level Nine-Timers will stop at nothing to possess the keys to true immortality. Unfortunately, this places Chaz at the lethal center of a maelstrom.

Now the only hope for Chaz and his familyโ€”and the ultimate fate of the human raceโ€”is secretly locked away in the mind of Angelique, the beautiful, mysterious Newbie whoโ€™s been entrusted to Chazโ€™s careโ€ฆ

From Harper Collins:

โ€œA haunting story that seamlessly blends the hard-boiled twists of cyberpunk with the noir flavor of a Southern Gothic thriller. Gritty and compellingโ€ฆ.Truly high octane stuff.โ€
โ€”Marc Giller, author of Hammerjack
Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in Afterlife, a thrilling urban fantasy noir adventure set in an alternate world where everyone gets nine lives. In the vein of J. D. Robbโ€™s bestselling โ€˜In Deathโ€™ series, author Merrie Destefano blends a futuristic concept with gritty noir mystery for a riveting story of murder, conspiracy, and multiple-resurrections that will appeal equally to fantasy, science fiction, and mystery fans. Even paranormal romance lovers will find something to love in Destefanoโ€™s extraordinary Afterlife.

InkGypsy’s Amazon review:

I agree with Book Faery & SciFiChick – dark, mysterious, complex, riveting and steeped in the aura of New Orleans… and I too was happily speechless on finishing.

You have to read Ms. Destefano’s New Orleans based, futuristic urban fantasy “Afterlife” – beautiful, lush writing with that wonderful sense of immediacy and wit we love in UF! It’s an ode to the city and to hope and you won’t be able to put it down till you’re done – a stunning debut!

It’s #UFchat’s* recommended read for the end of 2010 and we can’t wait to speak to Ms. Destefano about how she built and crafted this wonderful novel, with its very real and complex characters, twisted mysteries, wonder-full urban darkness and the cities of the dead.

I only have one question: can we have more please?!

Interested? Want a taste of what we’re all raving about? Here’s the trailer:

You can read CHAPTER ONE HERE.

Join us for a special Q&A with author Merrie Destefano on December 11th, 2010.

We’ll be giving away a special signed copy of her book to chat participants! For automatic entry, just ask Merrie a question during the chat. See you on Saturday!

Gypsy (@InkGypsy)


Transcript for December 4th, 2010: The Human Factor in UF MCs

This week’s TOPIC: The Human Factor – from mundane human to magical hybrid: how human are/do you want our UF MCs to be – really?

We look at just how human UF MCs really are. Are they as much like us as we think they are? Do we really want them to be? Are they really just like us but with xtra-great boots & xtra-fast sass? The human side of our MCs โ€“ what makes them like us?

Official UFchat questions in YELLOW for easier reading.

Resources/ topic-related links are in BLUE.

10:29 pm sandrawickham: RT @shadowflame1974: 30 minutes to chat time. How human are UF MCs? Come join us in the discussion #UFchat
10:30 pm inkgypsy: #Ufchat people alert! RT @Jess_Haines: Woo hoo! Finally put up a new blog post. Obits, free books, giveaways, more… http://bit.ly/hP28GA
10:33 pm shadowflame1974: RT: @inkgypsy: #Ufchat people alert! RT @Jess_Haines!Finally put up a new blog post. Obits, free books, giveaways, more http://bit.ly/hP28GA
10:42 pm shadowflame1974: 20 minutes! Is being human enough? This weeks discussion: The Human Factor- how human are UF MCs. come join us #UFchat
10:43 pm inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch Primer for #UFchat procrastin-early birds: Jane True: Nobody?s Straight Man http://bit.ly/d4DpfH #UFchat
10:45 pm inkgypsy: Do you like reading UF from Frankenstein’s POV? His monster’s POV? Who do you relate to more? The Human Factor in UF – #UFchat in 15 mins!
10:45 pm UF_Chat: Do you like reading UF from Frankenstein’s POV? His monster’s POV? Who do you relate to more? The Human Factor in UF – #UFchat in 15 mins!
10:45 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch Primer for #UFchat procrastin-early birds: Jane True: Nobody?s Straight Man http://bit.ly/d4DpfH #UFchat
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: Jane True: Nobody?s Straight Man http://bit.ly/d4DpfH #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: Jane True: Nobody?s Straight Man http://bit.ly/d4DpfH #UFchat
10:50 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: Jane True: Nobody?s Straight Man http://bit.ly/d4DpfH #UFchat
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Changing to my #UFchat moderator boots & swapping zombie brain for thinking cap. See you at #UFchat in 10 – no 9! – minutes!
10:51 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: #UFchat Quick Robin – to the coffee cave!
10:52 pm shadowflame1974: 10 minutes folks! grab your hats we are going on a wild ride today! Is being HUMAN enough to beat the monsters share your thoughts #UFchat
10:52 pm inkgypsy: @RCMurphy Are you joining us in #UFchat today? ๐Ÿ˜‰
10:53 pm inkgypsy: RT @shadowflame1974: 10 minutes folks! grab your hats we are going on a wild ride today! Is being HUMAN enough to beat the monsters share your thoughts #UFchat
10:53 pm leapetra: I think I will actually make it to the chat today! #ufchat
10:53 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra awesome! #UFchat
10:53 pm rcmurphy: @inkgypsy I would if I had more braincells. One of my UF novels does have a human MC. But I’m about ready to nap at my desk. lol #UFchat
10:54 pm shadowflame1974: @rcmurphy awww hugs hon. #UFchat
10:54 pm inkgypsy: @RCMurphy It’s not really about humans so much as how we humans relate to the non humans we write. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (oops – gave it away) #UFchat
10:55 pm Preternatural__: Never stopped in, but @inkgypsy s a sweetheart so, I can’t resist ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
10:56 pm shadowflame1974: @Preternatural__ hey welcome! #UFchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: The Human Factor – from mundane human to magical hybrid: how human are/do you want our UF MCs to be – really? #UFchat
10:57 pm inkgypsy: TODAY: The Human Factor – from mundane human to magical hybrid: how human are/do you want our UF MCs to be – really? #UFchat
10:57 pm rcmurphy: @inkgypsy *snorts* I’m one with the monsters, dude. It’s harder for me to write plain ol’ humans. #UFchat
10:57 pm J_GriffinB: Here…and hankering… #ufchat
10:58 pm UF_Chat: Do our MCs stand out from crowd b/c they’re the humans we WANT to be or b/c they’re MORE? UF MCs & being human TODAY #UFchat
10:58 pm inkgypsy: Do our MCs stand out from crowd b/c they’re the humans we WANT to be or b/c they’re MORE? UF MCs & being human TODAY #UFchat
10:58 pm inkgypsy: @RCMurphy My point exactly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
10:59 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: My MC is human – he just came out that way. #UFchat
10:59 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy the ones I write about, they try to separate themselves from humans. #ufchat
10:59 pm shadowflame1974: @rcmurphy we all write monsters, just sometimes they are hidden in with the sheep ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:00 pm inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 baaa! #UFchat (That wasn’t me – it was the sheep behind me)
11:00 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra Interesting how we (both sides) have insistence on segregation.. #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2… & now live with #UFchat! Standing out from the crowd are our UF MCs ? is it because they?re a little bit more than human? #UFchat
11:01 pm shadowflame1974: @inkgypsy lol #UFchat
11:01 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy one of my MC’s became upset, because he became attracted to a woman. It unnerved him. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: We look at just how human UF MCs really are. Are they as much like us as we think they are? Do we really want them to be? #UFchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Are they really just like us but with xtra-great boots & xtra-fast sass? The human side of our MCs ? what makes them like us? #UFchat
11:01 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra I like that! #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement, which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion). #UFchat
11:02 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: The monster/human line can be very blurry in my stuff #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: I just got a message Twitter went down but I’m back! #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Q1: Consider the ?big?/most longtime-popular UF series. Are the MCs all-human, part-human or not-at-all-human? #UFchat
11:02 pm J_GriffinB: #UFChat starting now! @Karen_Hooper @saramcclung @gina_penn @cvaldezmiller #UFChat starting now! #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: S: I?ll post an author & their series & you guys fill in the MCs (not just lead character) – name + humans/part-humans/etc #UFchat
11:03 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: A fantastic person in a mundane world is fun but so is a mundane person in a fantastic world. #UFchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Please note: chosen/magical destiny/enhanced abilities due to such does NOT equal 100% human. #UFchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Kim Harrison?s The Hollows series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Jim Butcher?s Dresden Files: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Patricia Briggs? Mercedes Thompson series:MCs & how human are they? #UFchat
11:03 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Dresden: the Wizards are not entirely human #UFchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Kelley Armstrong?s Women of the Otherworld: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Carrie Vaughn?s Kitty Norville series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Rob Thurman?s Cal Leandros series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Charlaine Harris? Sookie Stackhouse series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:04 pm shadowflame1974: Mercedes Thompson- half human skinwalker #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Ilona Andrews? Kate Daniels series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Vicki Pettersson?s Signs of the Zodiac series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:04 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Hi everyone, I’m new here so I just wanted to introduce myself. *waves* #UFchat
11:05 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: God there are so many series I haven’t had time to read yet! #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Simon R. Green?s Nightside series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Rachel Caine?s Weather Warden series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:05 pm shadowflame1974: @sandrawickham hey hon! Welcome! #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham Welcome! Jump in. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:05 pm shadowflame1974: @Ben_Aaronovitch I KNOW! lol #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Laurell K. Hamilton?s Anita Blake series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Joss Whedon?s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:05 pm leapetra: @sandrawickham HI #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Lilith Saintcrow?s Jill Kismet & Dante Valentine series: who are main characters & how human are they? #UFchat
11:06 pm UF_Chat: Q1a: What other big UF series characters spring to mind and how human are they? #UFchat
11:06 pm shadowflame1974: Believe that the MC on the Vicki Peterson’s books was human but I could be wrong. #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch One of the reasons I’m posting a selection – rarely meet someone who’s read even all the big ones. So many! #UFchat
11:07 pm shadowflame1974: @cemurphy Walker Papers Human with destiny. Not completely human #UFchat
11:07 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: S1a shevdens 61 nails has a human MC who rapidly becomes non-human. #UFchat
11:07 pm sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 They’re all super heroes (either dark or light) in Vicki Petersson’s series. So, human with super powers. #ufchat
11:07 pm NLGervasio: has errands to run and will miss #UFchat AGAIN! Crap.
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 Well – no actually. She was a ‘something’ she got from her mother & her father too – passed it on to her daughter.. #UFchat
11:07 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat except for Angel, Oz, Spike, and the demon whose name escapes me. all were human #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @NLGervasio ๐Ÿ˜ฆ mIss ya! Be safe. #UFchat
11:08 pm J_GriffinB: @leapetra Not if a destiny applies… #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Buffy wasn’t – chosen & given special powers but her Scoobies mostly were. #UFchat
11:08 pm shadowflame1974: I only got a bit through the first book b4 I had to give it back. lol #UFchat
11:08 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Kim Harrison – Witch, Vampire, Pixie..and werewolf. I’d say her characters are still very “human” though. #ufchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: I’m remarkably under-read in the genre. #ufchat
11:09 pm shadowflame1974: so perhaps it is safe to say that Most, UF MCs are a little more than human #UFchat
11:09 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: I remember there being a really good speech about destiny in ‘He Man: the Movie’ of all things. #UFchat
11:09 pm NLGervasio: But that doesn’t mean you can’t join! *winks* #UFchat! TODAY: The Human Factor – how human are UF MCs – really? Just started!!! GO!
11:09 pm UF_Chat: I should repost 1a. Q1a: What other big UF series characters spring to mind and how human are they? #UFchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @sandrawickham That’s the thing, I think. Regardless of the supernatural, all the best fiction illuminates the human condition. #ufchat
11:10 pm Jinxie_G: RT @NLGervasio: But that doesn’t mean you can’t join! *winks* #UFchat! TODAY: The Human Factor – how human are UF MCs – really? Just started!!! GO!
11:10 pm shadowflame1974: @Ben_Aaronovitch oh really? much as I hate to go back to that, will have to look it up #UFchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch You saw that? (S’ok – I know people who worked on it) #UFchat
11:10 pm leapetra: What I like about Buffy is when Oz found out he was a werewolf, he was the same, no flip out #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 Interesting – no? #UFchat
11:10 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series, main character is human, but has died. Other than that, very human. #ufchat
11:10 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Saw it I stole ideas from it #UFchat
11:10 pm shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat very much so. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I liked that too – didn’t transform his essential self. just another dimension to his Oz-ness. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham She can see ghosts though, right? (been a while) #UFchat
11:12 pm UF_Chat: Q2: Are there any 100% human/not ?chosen?/no special abilities main characters in the most popular UF series? #UFchat
11:12 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat She sees into the “grey”, so she can see vampires, ghosts etc, yes. #ufchat
11:13 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Xander #UFchat
11:13 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Q2 @dianarowland has a main character who is human, but can summon demons, because she’s learned how. Does that count? #ufchat
11:13 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Not usually. Most 100%ers are victims in waiting. #ufchat
11:13 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat Sorry S2: Xander #UFchat
11:13 pm inkgypsy: @sara_UFblog Hi! We’re having #UFchat right now if you’d like to take a peek. Talking about human factor in UF today. ๐Ÿ™‚
11:14 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @inkgypsy Q2: Does Haven count? #UFchat
11:14 pm shadowflame1974: @sandrawickham she’s got a special power… yep it counts lol #UFchat
11:14 pm inkgypsy: @Ben_Aaronovitch Um… I cannot remember! (cringe face) #UFchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: S: The ?big? MCs of Urban Fantasy are – for the most part – not completely human yet one of the big ?draws? people cite of UF… #UFchat
11:15 pm leapetra: xander is the best one. He stopped Willow from destroying the world, just by talking to her! #ufchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: S cont: … is the human factor/characters holding their own against the supernatural. #UFchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: Q3: What is considered ?human? in UF? #UFchat
11:16 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Warlock was a film that had some 100%ers as MC. #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Season 6 was incredibly dark but had some of the best stuff. Willow insane baddie. Xander powerful 100% human. #UFchat
11:16 pm shadowflame1974: Q3 plain old vanilla humans. no extra powers. #UFchat
11:16 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @J_GriffinB Richard E. Grant #ufchat
11:16 pm shadowflame1974: Man I SOOO need to watch Buffy #UFchat
11:17 pm Preternatural__: I think that the struggle is mostly to see that the paranormal doesn’t swallow the human aspect of the characters whole #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: Q3a: What qualities make a character MORE human than not? #UFchat
11:17 pm jennspiller: @UF_Chat @leapetra I just watched all my favorite season 6 eps. It is my fav season. Love the dark. #UFchat
11:17 pm J_GriffinB: @Ben_Aaronovitch @J_GriffinB Pardon? #ufchat
11:18 pm leapetra: In my books I have one human with no special powers, unless you can count building a motorcycle one #ufchat
11:18 pm jennspiller: Weakness. Insecurity. Mistakes. RT @UF_Chat: Q3a: What qualities make a character MORE human than not? #UFchat
11:18 pm shadowflame1974: @Preternatural__ exactly #UFchat
11:18 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @J_GriffinB Warlock: w/ Julian Sands and Richard E. Grant #ufchat
11:18 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A3a: Weakness, and inability to pull their head from their ass. #ufchat
11:18 pm kltworld: RT @Preternatural__: I think that the struggle is mostly to see that the paranormal doesn’t swallow the human aspect of the characters whole #UFchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @shadowflame1974 It’s the no extra powers that gets tricky – still tend to at least give MCs major kickassitude- just isn’t normal. #UFchat
11:18 pm shadowflame1974: @jennspiller things we as plain old humans can relate to #UFchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: RT @Preternatural__: I think that the struggle is mostly to see that the paranormal doesn’t swallow the human aspect of the characters whole #UFchat
11:19 pm jennspiller: @shadowflame1974 Netflix streaming! #UFchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: Q3b: What human qualities do you think are important to have for an MC to relate to the reader? #UFchat
11:19 pm leapetra: A human character uses their head a lot more than the other ones. #ufchat
11:20 pm shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat sure they could be kick ass, but w/o magic assistance or shape changing. I know Kick ass Humans! they ROCK #UFchat
11:20 pm J_GriffinB: @Ben_Aaronovitch A2 Thanks, I forgot actor. Great movie. He had some lore to counter the Warlock, but anyone could use it. #ufchat
11:20 pm jessrosenbooks: #UFchat (comment from lurkage) A paranormal char seems more human when s/he is in conflict w/para abilities. Doesn’t want them.
11:21 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat Thx! (Frankenstein related for chat people) RT @Preternatural__: @inkgypsy Found it finally, Haunted Summer: http://imdb.to/gL7jhz
11:21 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra lol not always. Sometimes it is stupid mistakes by plain humans or others for that matter that save the day. #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: Q4: Back to the lack of 100% human MCs. Why do you think most UF MCs are not, in fact, 100% human? #UFchat
11:21 pm sandrawickham: @jessrosenbooks Exellent point! Also, when they have “normal” flaws (insecurity, commitment issues etc) #ufchat
11:21 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: S3: the viability of human cjaracters depends, a bit, on the power level of the supernatural elements #ufchat
11:21 pm jennspiller: I agree RT @jessrosenbooks: #UFchat paranormal char seems more human when s/he is in conflict w/para abilities. Doesn’t want them.
11:22 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines ๐Ÿ™‚ (PS We’re in the middle of #UFchat right now if you wanted to peek – no guest author today but still good urban fantasychat)
11:22 pm leapetra: @shadowflame1974 so plain old luck saves the day!!! #ufchat
11:22 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A4: The perceived requirements of genre, for the most part. #ufchat
11:22 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra on occasion ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:22 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra aka Deus Ex Machina? #UFchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Appreciate you throwing the ‘perceived’ in there. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:23 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB so do you think that a UF could have a plain human MC in a magic rich world? #UFchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: Q5: What?s the attraction of reading (and writing) an MC who isn?t completely ?normal?? #UFchat
11:23 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Howdy, everyone! What’d I miss so far?
11:23 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: S4: the writer might just like writing non-humans #ufchat
11:24 pm shadowflame1974: Q5 you can go anywhere with it. Few boundaries. #UFchat
11:24 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 Indeed. A pariah due to the absence of power. #ufchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Q6: What is ?normal? anyway as far as human main characters in UF goes? #UFchat
11:25 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB now that is an interesting concept. discrimination of those with no power maybe? #UFchat
11:25 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Q5a: For the fun of it! (especially in writing it) LOL. It’s part of the fantasy, the escape. #ufchat
11:25 pm jennspiller: re: Q5 Limitless possibilities in the story #UFchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Hi! (this is @inkgypsy with mod hat on) Seen how most UF MCs not 100%plain vanilla human – looking at why. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:25 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A5: Again it’s about getting away from the halitosis and bills of everyday life. #ufchat
11:25 pm shadowflame1974: Q6 most of the time more than the normal amount of knowledge, weapon/military/police training, some sort of magic #UFchat
11:26 pm jennspiller: Isn’t that kind of like Frodo? He’s tiny, but he’s not magic, right? @shadowflame1974 @J_GriffinB #UFchat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB You are SO asking for bots! LOL #UFchat
11:26 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Thank you! Hehe, wonder if I’ll be a bit biased considering the MC of my series is human. #UFchat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: S: Classic fantasy hero = chosen/predestined. Classic UF MC less so but is still prevalent, often being the 1 person standing… #UFchat
11:26 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 Yes. Perhaps magic spreads a sickness that only the pariah can deal with. #ufchat
11:26 pm UF_Chat: S cont: ? b/w humankind & apocalypse of sorts. Even if MCs not hybrid often magically predestined & given a unique ability or two. #UFchat
11:26 pm shadowflame1974: @jennspiller yea but in a UF setting not an epic fantasy. #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Do chime in! Not predestined or has xtra abilities given/learned? (Your bk is on TBR pile very near top!) #UFchat
11:27 pm shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines completely human? Let’s hear more #UFchat
11:27 pm jennspiller: @shadowflame1974 I’m now racking my brain for a UF character that fits the bill. #UFchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: Q6: I think it depends on the series. Harry Dresden is basically human because he has so many problems and such. He still (cont) #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines I do love you set your series around an actual disaster & didn’t flinch from it. Lots of human quandries in there. #UFchat
11:28 pm jennspiller: @Jess_Haines But, Dresden seems to get more and more magical as time goes on. #UFchat
11:28 pm Jess_Haines: has to pay rent, get his car fixed, and eat/sleep like the rest of us. He just happens to have extra powers to help him. #UFchat
11:28 pm J_GriffinB: @jennspiller But he’s not human. Indeed, their resistance to the corruption of magic is a reason Gandalf has for using Halflings #ufchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: Let me do the statements again before Q 7. #UFchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: S: Classic fantasy hero = chosen/predestined. Classic UF MC less so but is still prevalent, often being the 1 person standing… #UFchat
11:28 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller True, particularly after CHANGES. But he’s basically human in the early books. #UFchat
11:28 pm jennspiller: @Jess_Haines One of the things I like about Dresden is that the extra powers don’t help him with the real life stuff. #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: S cont: ? b/w humankind & apocalypse of sorts. Even if MCs not hybrid often magically predestined & given a unique ability or two. #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Why is there a tendency to have the MC be ?special? ? esp when readers say they like MCs to be human like they are? #UFchat
11:29 pm shadowflame1974: @jennspiller extra powers aren’t a fix for everything. More often more of a complication #UFchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Thank you! Shiarra is def. not predestined, extra powers, etc. Plain, ol’, vanilla human. She is actually terrified(cont) #UFchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Liked that he started very human too – even wizarding aspects were a real/obvious struggle-not natural. Kinda miss it. #UFchat
11:30 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A7 ‘Cause everyone wants to think they too are special. #ufchat
11:30 pm jennspiller: @J_GriffinB Thanks for clarification. It’s sacriledge, I know, but I haven’t read LOTR. Too many reasons to go into here. #ufchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat of all things supernatural (aka, “Others” in my ‘verse). #UFchat
11:30 pm leapetra: Q7 The “outsider” image. Everyone feels like they are an outsider, The non human MC is an outsider too #ufchat
11:30 pm starshinedown: Following the discussion in #UFchat. It’s interesting stuff. If you read, write, or want to write urban fantasy, come read!
11:30 pm shadowflame1974: Q7 much harder for writer to even out the field between human and monsters when all the human has to fight with is a stick. #UFchat
11:31 pm jennspiller: RT @starshinedown: Following the discussion in #UFchat. It’s interesting stuff. If you read, write, or want to write urban fantasy, come on!
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller Exactly, he’s still got problems–just like the rest of us. #UFchat
11:31 pm UF_Chat: RT @starshinedown: Following the discussion in #UFchat. It’s interesting stuff. If you read, write, or want to write urban fantasy, come read!
11:31 pm inkgypsy: RT @starshinedown: Following the discussion in #UFchat. It’s interesting stuff. If you read, write, or want to write urban fantasy, come read!
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Yeah, but like anyone else, he’s grown over time. I think that’s what makes him so great to read. #UFchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: Q8: What are the advantages ? story wise – of writing an MC with extra abilities? #UFchat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: RT @starshinedown: Following the discussion in #UFchat. It’s interesting stuff. If you read, write, or want to write urban fantasy, come read!
11:32 pm shadowflame1974: writer has to find creative ways to keep plain human alive in a fight. Easy way is to give them special powers #UFchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: Q8a: What are the disadvantages ? story wise – of writing an ?enhanced? MC? #UFchat
11:32 pm JLCoburn: A7 What @shadowflame1974 plus, a bit of fantasy writers being more than they are I think #ufchat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 Tell me about it. *g* #UFchat
11:32 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 I go back to Warlock. Witch hunter uses knowledge of witchery to counter the magic, not quite magic-use for him. #ufchat
11:33 pm JLCoburn: A8 They’re less squishy and less prone to getting hurt so you can amp up the excitement and it still be believable. #ufchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Q7: Disadvantage is a risk of alienating your readers due to too much Sue-ishness. #UFchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: D’oh, meant Q8. #UFchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Q9: Love interests of the MC are often more than human too. Why do UF MCs tend to have more-than-human partners/lovers? #UFchat
11:33 pm leapetra: Q8a that special ability, could end up being a crutch. #ufchat
11:34 pm Jess_Haines: Or did I mean 7? Dang it, need more coffee. #UFchat
11:34 pm J_GriffinB: A8: An in-built mystery aspect to them? #ufchat
11:34 pm shadowflame1974: disadvantage is also putting limits on what your MC can do. can’t give them god powers. Much too easy and unbelievable #UFchat
11:34 pm JLCoburn: A8a Well, you have to now account for those abilities, make them consistent. If its a major focus inconsistencies will be amplified. #ufchat
11:34 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A9: Again, to resist the squish factor posed by super enemies handily. #ufchat
11:35 pm jennspiller: @shadowflame1974 True. No god powers. Bigger the power, the bigger the handicap for the power needs to be. #UFchat
11:35 pm inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Recently read fun book that had to stop as MC was told was turning into a God. I lost interest completely. #UFchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: Q9a: The UF MC lovers are often also more-than-average supernaturals too. (eg alphas, leaders) Why is that? #UFchat
11:35 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: S: imight be interesting to distinguish between those who have ‘professional’ powers (dresden et al) and… #ufchat
11:35 pm J_GriffinB: @jennspiller Well you can give them god-like powers, if the god isn’t a omnipotent one. A war god can’t bring rain for the crops. #ufchat
11:36 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: S (cont) …people whos very existance is defined by their powers. #ufchat
11:36 pm jennspiller: @inkgypsy Only way I could see “turning into a god” as working would be if it required HUGE sacrifice, and no choice. #UFchat
11:36 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB LOL You’re very visceral. Perfect for a UF writer. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like seeing the senses get used. #UFchat
11:36 pm sandrawickham: @J_GriffinB LOL. If he’s not superhuman she’s going to squish him? (or he, her) I know what you mean, it’s just funneh! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
11:36 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller @shadowflame1974 Can also mean a lack of interest from readers due to no believable opponents. #UFchat
11:36 pm shadowflame1974: @jennspiller *nods* #UFchat
11:37 pm leapetra: Gods can be fun. if you do them right #ufchat
11:37 pm UF_Chat: @jennspiller Yes – but then they come back which kind of says it wasn’t such a big deal after all (this is the UF book BTW) #UFchat
11:37 pm jennspiller: @leapetra If the whole world is gods, then I could go there. #ufchat
11:37 pm hannahnpbowman: Popping in to #ufchat for a minute: re Q8, superhuman abilities have to be balanced with unusual weaknesses, but that combo can be cool.
11:37 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra I prefer them as antagonists over protags. #UFchat
11:37 pm JLCoburn: A9a Again I think its mostly writer influenced. What super MC would want a norm love. Look how many women Batman has gone through. #ufchat
11:37 pm shadowflame1974: and hey, the SO has to be able to handle life with an other MC. It’s not easy being special lol #UFchat
11:37 pm Jess_Haines: @shadowflame1974 LOL, yeah! #UFchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Think the Greeks/Romans had the right idea – fallible – like superhumans w equal allies/foes to even playing field. #UFchat
11:38 pm leapetra: Zeus chased women, Loki was a thorn in Odin’s side, there are so much you can do with gods #ufchat
11:38 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat And yet, I don’t write UF. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: Q10: Man vs supernatural is one of the classic conflicts. When MC more-than-human what?s human element that?s important for this? #UFchat
11:38 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat And that was what I was getting at with the War god unable to make it rain… unless it’s blood. #ufchat
11:39 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB rubs hands together* oh but I know wheels are turning #UFchat
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Q10: I think the MC has to have human fallibility in terms of personality or it just doesn’t work. #UFchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Nice! Gods with limits. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Maybe you should (write UF) ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d read it. #UFchat
11:39 pm GeneDoucette: really really brief drop-in #ufchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Personality – you mean decision making? Morals? ….? #UFchat
11:40 pm shadowflame1974: @GeneDoucette *waves* #UFchat
11:40 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines Yep. Pull thy head from thy ass, or the love of your life is going to fly away (literally)! #ufchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines (Agree – just trying to keep everyone’s head-wheels turning) #UFchat
11:40 pm GeneDoucette: Just to say I have a nonmagical MC with “magical” creatures he has to outlast. (he’s immortal) #ufchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @GeneDoucette Hi! #UFchat
11:40 pm GeneDoucette: I simplified things. The world they inhabit has no magic. #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @GeneDoucette Immortal is magical though… just sayin’ #UFchat
11:41 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat They can’t be “perfect” in every way. Morally or otherwise, they make mistakes or have to live in the “real” world (cont) #UFchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @GeneDoucette Well immortal is not 100% human anyway. #UFchat
11:41 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Thanks but I’m happy in my Policeprocedural/mystery/militarySF non-genre. The agent just submitted my book this last week. #ufchat
11:41 pm leapetra: in a story still buried on my hard drive. An atheist gets god like powers. Still won’t accept there are gods #ufchat
11:41 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat and deal with “real” problems, e.g., like what I mentioned about Dresden earlier. #UFchat
11:41 pm JLCoburn: Q10 A super MC runs the risk of getting disconnected from the norms. Prime example taken to an extreme would be Dr Manhattan #ufchat
11:41 pm GeneDoucette: @UF_Chat No. He’s not. Immortal has no magic in it. the MC is not magic #ufchat
11:41 pm shadowflame1974: morals is what is going to complicate the MCs life. the ability to create and carry out a plan will make them succeed. #UFchat
11:41 pm GeneDoucette: @UF_Chat and he is defined as completely human #ufchat
11:42 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Look at Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series. She is constantly dealing with the personality conflicts between (cont) #UFchat
11:42 pm J_GriffinB: @JLCoburn Thought of the exact same character. #ufchat
11:42 pm GeneDoucette: I just wanted to say sometimes redefining the universe for the char is the easiest solution. instead of giving the MC powers, #ufchat
11:42 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @J_GriffinB Good luck #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Yes! Perfect heroes = yawn-worthy. But some UF I’ve read comes close. Takes more than sassy mouth to be imperfect. #UFchat
11:42 pm GeneDoucette: give the “magical” creatures less power. #ufchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat herself, Ivy, and Jenks. They are all powerful beings in their own right, but they still have things to worry about (cont) #UFchat
11:43 pm leapetra: in a story still buried on my hard drive. An atheist gets god like powers. Still won’t accept there are gods #ufchat
11:43 pm jennspiller: @Jess_Haines @UF_Chat I adore Rachel Morgan. And Ivy, and Jenks. They are great examples of awesome sidekicks. #UFchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: @GeneDoucette Sorry – should have said not human instead of magic. Humans are not immortal – gives him options humans don’t have. #UFchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat like Ivy’s cravings for Rachel’s blood, Jenks ‘s wife growing old/dying, Rachel dealing with the stigma of her (cont) #UFchat
11:43 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Sassy mouth just makes you want to slap them. Sassy mouth when it’s called for is fun, though. #ufchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat demon mark, etc. OK, I think I’m finally done. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Particularly like Jenks! #UFchat
11:44 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @leapetra Well of course he doesn’t – now he knows for sure #ufchat
11:44 pm GeneDoucette: @UF_Chat that’s a fair point, yes. But his survival hinges more on his knowledge. #ufchat
11:44 pm JLCoburn: .@J_GriffinB Superman shows if off a bit too in his ‘must protect everyone’ moments, but he was raised while developing his powers #ufchat
11:44 pm GeneDoucette: OK gotta run. Out to the mall. Would rather stay… #ufchat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller Totally! ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Yes – gets boring when is only language they speak but used well = super-fun! #UFchat
11:44 pm J_GriffinB: @GeneDoucette A point I was trying to get at with references to Warlock and the witch hunter. #ufchat
11:44 pm leapetra: @Ben_Aaronovitch hehe Yup #ufchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: @GeneDoucette *waves* Thanks for popping in! #UFchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: S: UF is closely related to horror in many aspects particularly re ?human survives encounter w monster? plot. #UFchat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat I’m a huge fan of Big Al. *g* #UFchat
11:45 pm JLCoburn: .@J_GriffinB so it’s not as pronounced. Dr M though was suddenly given godlike power and showed what it could do to human emotions. #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: Q11: There are ways in which the UF MC departs from the horror MC though. What are they? #UFchat
11:45 pm curlyrbr: Hi, #ufchat What’s up today?
11:45 pm GeneDoucette: @UF_Chat bye…! And I would LOVE to talk abt this more, but… well. Buy Immortal sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚ #ufchat
11:45 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Language also needs to be a function of story-If the character is getting verbally abused & gives the antag a slap-down. #ufchat
11:45 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @UF_Chat A11: ass kicking! #UFchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines He’s gotten interesting! Demons usually bore me but he has dimension (punny I know) #UFchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB Could you explain more? Give an example? #UFchat
11:46 pm J_GriffinB: It’s all good. #ufchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: @curlyrbr Hiya! Talking about human factor of MCs in UF – MCs usually more than human but why? #UFchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat LOL, yeah. I know exactly what you mean. Cardboard bad guys = no fun. #UFchat
11:47 pm JLCoburn: A11 UF MC is allowed a sense of wonder at what he discovers, opposed to Horror for the other guy. #ufchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch Agreed – it aggressively turns tables on monsters (mostly) – not just running/scrabbling to survive. #UFchat
11:47 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines A character that hasn’t a rep for verbal repartee and then trucks out a zinger in response to a situation can be great. #ufchat
11:47 pm JLCoburn: A11 Prime example of mentality differences…Sherlock Holmes vs Chuthlu. A lot of them are written in the same historical timespan #ufchat
11:48 pm shadowflame1974: @JLCoburn I don’t know about that. some of the things my MC sees leaves nasty taste in her mouth #UFchat
11:48 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: @JLCoburn sense of wonder – good point #ufchat
11:48 pm J_GriffinB: I keep thinking of the Turkish giant in Princess Bride. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: @JLCoburn Stop and smell the slimebag? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Agreed – has options for other aspects other than fear being main motivation. #UFchat
11:48 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB Oh! Yeah, I like those! #UFchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: Q11a: Re answers to Q11, is this one of the keys to ?what makes UF ?UF? as opposed to horror or is it more other genre-related? #UFchat
11:48 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A11: Horror is about survival, UF usually is about the mystery, the character, as well as surviving #ufchat
11:48 pm JLCoburn: A11 but how the MCs react to the world around them is so vastly different. #ufchat
11:48 pm jennspiller: @J_GriffinB @Jess_Haines I love reversals in stories. Can be tough to make work, but when they do, they rock. #ufchat
11:49 pm UF_Chat: @jennspiller Agreed! Hard to surprise people & make believable but when works is AWESOME. ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
11:49 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller @J_GriffinB Mmm, tasty, tasty literary surprises… *g* #UFchat
11:49 pm JLCoburn: @shadowflame1974 True, but a bad taste is vastly different from the abject horror the MC in a horror story would feel. #ufchat
11:49 pm J_GriffinB: and Iรฑigo Montya’s you keep saying that- I do not think it means what you think it means. #ufchat
11:49 pm Preternatural__: @sandrawickham I agree completely besides the supernatural aspect mystery is one of the key aspects in UF #UFchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: RT @sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A11: Horror is about survival, UF usually is about the mystery, the character, as well as surviving #ufchat
11:50 pm jennspiller: @Jess_Haines @UF_Chat I think Rachel has to end up with Al, personally. #UFchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: Q12: When characters we relate to in ‘other among us? stories are in fact ?other? themselves, what does that imply (if anything)? #UFchat
11:50 pm JLCoburn: @J_GriffinB Inconceivable! #ufchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller I’m so down with that. #UFchat
11:51 pm jennspiller: @Jess_Haines (But only because Kim has said no to Ivy). #UFchat
11:51 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller Heh. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop and Trent to get his comeuppance. #UFchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: @jennspiller That would be interesting. Still feels like set-up is for her to end up with Trent (is that his name? Uber-alpha-Elf?) #UFchat
11:51 pm JLCoburn: A12 Good work bringing the character to life for one. #ufchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: S: Some argue that UF puts humans ? who have no real predators in our world ? in a position of prey again. #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: Q13: Is this the reason human MCs are often given ?an edge? ? made more than human themselves? #UFchat
11:52 pm jennspiller: @UF_Chat Yes, I think Trent is the set-up. Since the beginning. Childhood friends and all. But, would be cool if Al falls for Rachel #UFchat
11:52 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Heck yeah. That’s the tastiest kind of UF! #UFchat
11:52 pm jennspiller: @UF_Chat And then Al might have to do something seriously redeeming, knowing he can’t have her. See? Reversal. #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: Q13a: UF humans rarely plain vanilla?more badass mortals (military traind, xlnt fighters etc). Are plain vanillas not UF-compatible? #UFchat
11:53 pm Ben_Aaronovitch: Bed time for me guys – enjoyed discussion – #ufchat
11:53 pm Jess_Haines: @jennspiller @UF_Chat I think it would be fab if Al did something to redeem himself and ended up with Rachel. #UFchat
11:53 pm JLCoburn: Humans have predators, it’s just most people don’t think of themselves as those predators. #ufchat
11:53 pm shadowflame1974: @Ben_Aaronovitch night! #UFchat
11:53 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Q13a: I’d like to think they are. ๐Ÿ˜› #UFchat
11:53 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Me too. #ufchat
11:54 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Like Sookie & Bill – no matter the rest still feels like it’s going to be Bill not Eric, mainly b/c of how Bill written #UFchat
11:54 pm jennspiller: Q13 I think anything is possible in the hands of the skilled author #ufchat
11:54 pm UF_Chat: @Ben_Aaronovitch Nighty-night – don’t let the monsters under the bed bite. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
11:54 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A13a Like I said, they tend to be victims-in-waiting in the worst of fantasy, but they can be quite a bit more. #ufchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Right, exactly. #UFchat
11:54 pm jennspiller: @UF_Chat @Jess_Haines I hope not. I’d love to see Bill crushed under something. And then watch the sun come up. #UFchat
11:55 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Not even taking into account my MC is human, there are books out there with human MCs that are great. Sookie is def. one. #UFchat
11:55 pm UF_Chat: @jennspiller Think this is where craft VERY important in UF – to not subconsciously write preferences in – make outcome true mystery #UFchat
11:55 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Sookie not human tho – telepathy in beginning was almost human but not quite then heritage = def not human. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ #UFchat
11:56 pm UF_Chat: Q13b: What does this do to the hierarchy of ?the food chain? & where does it put the REAL 100% humans in a UF story? #UFchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Oh, hell. Haven’t read very far into the series. Does it turn out she’s not human after all? #UFchat
11:56 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Hehe – looking at next questions – they’re relating to Sookie.. LOL #UFchat
11:56 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Fearless writing like George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones. Reads like an incredible history. Death/maiming happens, dealwit #ufchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat LOL, should I run away to avoid spoilers? #UFchat
11:56 pm shadowflame1974: one of these nights when I am NOT writing going to have to sign up for nexflix and do some streaming #UFchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Not massive spoiler so yes, she’s not all human. #UFchat
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB YES. God I love George RR. #UFchat
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat D’OH. Kinda kills my argument. Gimme a minute to think of another one. ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: S: More than 1 UF author cites MC Sookie being an inspiration because of her ?human-woman-ness?. #UFchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Q14: Sookie is different (at start of series) due to telepathy so what are the human elements so many people are drawn to? #UFchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Q14a: Are there other popular MCs like Sookie in this way? Why/why not? #UFchat
11:58 pm Preternatural__: S14a Plain vanillia humans often become ensign redshirts if they hang out with the paranormals for too long… #UFchat
11:58 pm UF_Chat: Q14b: What about male MCs? Are there any that represent human in a way Sookie did at the start? #UFchat
11:58 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A14a Lonely hot girl misunderstood by her small town neighbors, what’s not to like? #ufchat
11:58 pm jennspiller: @Preternatural__ LOL, true. Poor redshirt humans. #UFchat
11:58 pm UF_Chat: Got a few questions to go – people want to hang around? (We have a guest author next week so can’t expand for Pt 2) #UFchat
11:58 pm J_GriffinB: @Preternatural__ Yep. #ufchat
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: LOL, redshirt humans? That’s a good way of putting it… #UFchat
11:59 pm JLCoburn: @Preternatural__ Or they’re turned into paranormals in the case of almost everything involving vampires and werewolves. #ufchat
11:59 pm UF_Chat: @jennspiller Red shirt has COMPLETELY entered the vernacular! (love it) #UFchat
11:59 pm Jess_Haines: @JLCoburn Ala Anita Blake? ๐Ÿ˜› #UFchat
11:59 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines John Ringo, uses the term a lot. Wrote Princess of Wands. Very different UF, very different for Ringo. #ufchat
December 5, 2010
Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB I’ll have to pick that one up, thanks for the rec! #UFchat
UF_Chat: S: Monsters of myth had to (for most part) become more human to carry character arcs, storylines & believable love interests in UF. #UFchat
JLCoburn: @Jess_Haines Yep…well at least before it became erotica with a splash of UF. #ufchat
UF_Chat: Q15: How did werewolves change to accommodate the UF genre? What humanizes them so readers sympathize? #UFchat
UF_Chat: Q15a: How about vampires? How do they differ ?now? to the traditional monster they were? What makes them relatable? #UFchat
J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines I know him. My wife keeps bugging me to bug him about writing the sequel. #ufchat
UF_Chat: Q15b: Zombies ? same question ? how are they more human/relatable now than in myth/legend? #UFchat
12:01 am UF_Chat: Q15c: How about demons ? the hottest MC/love interest right now? What?s changed about demons from legends? #UFchat
12:01 am UF_Chat: Q15d: The Fae/fairies are trickier. In many ways are still most alien of all creatures. How do we sympathize with these creatures? #UFchat
12:01 am Jess_Haines: I liked how @mark_henry turned his human MC into something unusual. Anyone else read his stuff? #UFchat
12:01 am leapetra: Q15a too many writers are making vampires “nice” that has to stop! #ufchat
12:01 am J_GriffinB: Gotta go hang lights before dark. See you all next week, if I am free. #ufchat
12:01 am JLCoburn: Welp…gotta get the kids up and get ready for a parade. #ufchat
12:02 am Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB You should! ๐Ÿ™‚ Always good to have more good books in the genre. #UFchat
12:02 am leapetra: Q15 Werewolves could have the easiest time adapting to human life #ufchat
12:02 am UF_Chat: @leapetra Agreed – emo-monsters with no teeth = soapy. NOT kickass-sexy. #UFchat
12:02 am shadowflame1974: Weres had to open up to their human side. Vamps had to be more than just bloodsuckers #UFchat
12:02 am jennspiller: @leapetra True. Nice Vamps make no sense. Part of the allure is the danger. #ufchat
12:02 am UF_Chat: S: Saw twitter question asking how to make troll-like inhuman creature be a believable love interest/have sex sc readers will like. #UFchat
12:02 am Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Ick, just read one like this recently. HATE that. #UFchat
12:03 am leapetra: @UF_Chat They are not even vampires anymore. Vampires = fear. Fear of death, sex, etc #ufchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: Q15e: If troll-like creature can?t transform/glamour someone is it possible to bring readers on board with a human/troll mating? #UFchat
12:03 am sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Haven’t read Mark’s yet, but really want to. Big fan of his just from twitter, goodreads, Bitten By Books, etc.#ufchat
12:03 am shadowflame1974: @UF_Chat anything is possible ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: S: The ultimate story asking what is a monster and what does it mean to be human is Mary Shelley?s Frankenstein. #UFchat
12:03 am Jess_Haines: @sandrawickham You should! Read the first two books, they were hysterical (and totally politically incorrect). #UFchat
12:03 am jennspiller: @UF_Chat Well, Laurel K has Mercy have sex with the tentacle guy. People kept reading. #UFchat
12:04 am UF_Chat: S cont: BTW Frankenstein holds many parallels with Blade Runner ? movie many UF books compared to. (check Google for essays) #UFchat
12:04 am leapetra: Q15e depends on the troll, in myths some of them had no trouble taking human wives or husbands #ufchat
12:04 am UF_Chat: Q16: If Frankenstein were transplanted into our times, would it ?fit? in UF genre? Why? #UFchat
12:04 am Delphinios1: RT @leapetra: Q15 Werewolves could have the easiest time adapting to human life #ufchat
12:04 am J_GriffinB: Buhbye #ufchat
12:04 am UF_Chat: @jennspiller I didn’t get that far… #UFchat
12:05 am shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB bye #UFchat
12:05 am UF_Chat: (Note: Dean Koontz has a multi vol series based on Frankenstein) – 2 questions left! #UFchat
12:05 am UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Bye – thanks for hanging out so long! #UFchat
12:05 am UF_Chat: Q17: In the phrase ?it made him seem extremely human? (context up to you) ? what does the word ?human? imply? #UFchat
12:06 am jennspiller: @UF_Chat Q16: Frankenstein as uber-scientist whose creation turns on him. More like sci-fi in modern times. #UFchat
12:06 am UF_Chat: @jennspiller Design your own… baby-monster? ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
12:06 am Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Q17: That they have said something or performed some action that makes them sympathetic to humanity or “normal” somehow. #UFchat
12:07 am jennspiller: @UF_Chat Really? Koontz? I forgot he existed. It has been forever since I read him. Must look him back up. #UFchat
12:07 am shadowflame1974: @jennspiller what if it were science trying to recreate a monster and well the real monsters have to come out and fight it #UFchat
12:07 am Jess_Haines: @jennspiller @UF_Chat I haven’t read much Koontz for a while either. Be curious if the new stuff is any good. #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: To me ‘human’ (in that sentence) implies – fragile, mortal, vulnerable, lovable, emotive, fallible… #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: FINAL BIG Q: What DOES it mean to be human? And how does that impact creating & reading characters in UF? #UFchat
12:08 am DawnEmbers: @UF_Chat that’s an excellent question. #UFchat
12:08 am leapetra: BIG Q: If I knew the answer. I wouldn’t have to write. #ufchat
12:09 am UF_chat2: @Jess_Haines I liked the 1st two in the series but long time between so lost momentum – have to re-read before finishing series now. #UFchat
12:09 am shadowflame1974: human= something like the rest of use. emotions, physical appearance, social responses, no matter if they are special or not #UFchat
12:09 am yobyh: RT @leapetra: BIG Q: If I knew the answer. I wouldn’t have to write. #ufchat
12:09 am UF_chat2: @DawnEmbers Thanks – was whole reason for chat topic really. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
12:10 am UF_chat2: @leaptra Also fabulous answer! Agreed – that’s one of the big reasons we’re all writing. #UFchat
12:10 am jennspiller: We like the idea of human. Hence the Kirk line: “Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.” #ufchat
12:11 am UF_chat2: That?s a wrap for #UFchat today! We have a GUEST AUTHOR with us for a Q&A next week! #UFchat
12:11 am Jess_Haines: @UF_chat Wow, having a hard time pondering that last question. That’s a biggie. Encompasses so much… #UFchat
12:11 am jennspiller: We like what we relate to. “Inhuman” is almost always an insult #ufchat
12:11 am UF_chat2: Please RT: UF author Merrie Destefano will be joining us in #UFchat on Dec 11 to discuss her book Afterlife & more!
12:11 am shadowflame1974: RT @UF_chat2: Please RT: UF author Merrie Destefano will be joining us in #UFchat on Dec 11 to discuss her book Afterlife & more! #UFchat
12:11 am Jess_Haines: RT @UF_chat2: Please RT: UF author Merrie Destefano will be joining us in #UFchat on Dec 11 to discuss her book Afterlife & more!
12:11 am UF_chat2: Got a topic you want to chat about? Let me know! (@inkgypsy) I?ll add it to the list & maybe even bump up the chat-date for it. #UFchat
12:11 am UF_chat2: Some additional resources on being human in a sea of supernaturals in UF – next: #UFchat
12:12 am UF_chat2: Today?s primer for #UFchat early birds was: Jane True: Nobody?s Straight Man http://bit.ly/d4DpfH #UFchat
12:12 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Big Q: I’ll take a stab-conflicting emotions, strong relationships (good/bad), extremes of emotions, self-doubt (?) LOL! #ufchat
12:12 am UF_chat2: Plot patterns and the Urban Fantasy Genre http://bit.ly/enRxeo #UFchat
12:12 am miranda00writes: RT @UF_chat2: Please RT: UF author Merrie Destefano will be joining us in #UFchat on Dec 11 to discuss her book Afterlife & more!
12:12 am UF_chat2: Urban Fantasy: It?s All the Same! (by Marci Sischo) http://bit.ly/e2nYQ6 #UFchat
12:12 am UF_chat2: A Guide to Vampire Fiction with Real Bite http://bit.ly/hw5Eat #UFchat
12:12 am Wulfie_: RT @shadowflame1974: RT @UF_chat2: Please RT: UF author Merrie Destefano will be joining us in #UFchat on Dec 11 to discuss her book Afterlife & more! #UFchat
12:12 am UF_chat2: The Allure of Urban Fantasy (long & interesting ? discusses monster forms heroines get involved with) http://bit.ly/fYn6sG #UFchat
12:12 am sandrawickham: @jennspiller Ooooh. Nice…quotes the captain. LOL #ufchat
12:13 am UF_chat2: What Does It Mean To Be Human? Personal/Moral values ? 22 articles http://bit.ly/gOGtLx #UFchat
12:13 am UF_chat2: What Does It Mean To Be A Monster? (serious questions & answers on Yahoo) http://yhoo.it/fHvNRt #UFchat
12:13 am UF_chat2: #UFchat transcript available on the #UFchat blog in 48hrs-ish, allowing for late comments. Just use the hashtag.
12:13 am Jess_Haines: I think being human means having emotion, weakness, vulnerability, etc. There is no such thing as perfection for (cont) ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
12:14 am Jess_Haines: humanity (unless we’re talking Ryan Reynolds.) ๐Ÿ˜€ #UFchat
12:15 am UF_chat2: @Jess_Haines LOL! LOve it. #UFchat
12:15 am UF_chat2: Happy silly season! Remember all strange-ers you meet out there are human too ?just like you! (scary, huh?) @UF_Chat lights out. #UFchat
12:15 am ganymeder: OMG that is so true. Hello people, theyre MONSTERS! >RT @leapetra Q15a too many writers are making vampires “nice” that has to stop! #ufchat
12:16 am jennspiller: @sandrawickham LOl. Not a trekkie per se, but my dog’s name *is* Data. All my dogs have thought they were human. #ufchat
12:16 am UF_chat2: @Jess_Haines Thx for coming & participating! Was great to have your input. You can grill @MerrieDestefano next wk if you like. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #UFchat
12:17 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines In case you’re wondering #UFchat is on almost every Sat. ๐Ÿ™‚ (breaking for Xmas/New Yrs but otherwise usually happening)
12:17 am Jess_Haines: @UF_chat2 Anytime! Thanks for inviting me! over ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:18 am shadowflame1974: Thanks for chatting with us today everyone! Great conversation. #UFchat
12:19 am sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 Thanks, I’m glad you directed me over to #ufchat -I’ll be back!! ๐Ÿ™‚
12:19 am UF_chat2: Awesome chat today everyone! Thanks for hanging out a little longer – next week we have Merrie Destefano as our guest UF author! #UFchat
12:19 am inkgypsy: Awesome chat today everyone! Thanks for hanging out a little longer – next week we have Merrie Destefano as our guest UF author! #UFchat
12:20 am jennspiller: Great chat. I will definitely be checking in again after the new year. (Traveling next week). #ufchat
12:21 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines UFchat blog: http://bit.ly/cP9ghr Easy run down of previous topics w links here: http://bit.ly/enKFtP ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:21 am Wulfie_: #UFchat Was an interesting discussion. Thanks.
12:21 am Jess_Haines: Yeah, this was great fun, guys! Nice chatting with you all! #UFchat
12:22 am sandrawickham: Had a great time over at #UFchat and now it’s time to get some serious editing done on my #20spec story! (thanks again @inkgypsy )
12:23 am inkgypsy: @Wulfie_ Thanks for lurking. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (We love lurkers too – always feel free to wave hi tho) ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat
12:23 am inkgypsy: @sandrawickham You’re very welcome! Hope to see you in the chat again. #UFchat
12:26 am soniawrite: I guess I am late huh? #UFchat
12:35 am inkgypsy: Amanda Feral – our fave glam zombie – has an erotica gift for us for ‘Kinkmas!’ LOL #UFchat RT @mark_henry http://bit.ly/aVVE5Y
12:36 am inkgypsy: @soniawrite Sorry sweetie – we just finished up! But lots to read in transcript! Busy fun chat today. ๐Ÿ™‚ (& guest author next week!) #UFchat
7:22 am AnassaRh: Excellent post on writing superpowers (comics, UF, etc.)! http://bit.ly/hR2yKU #ufchat (Dunno if related to today’s topic or not, but cool.)
8:55 am AnassaRh: A2: Is Alexia from the Parasol Protectorate considered human? She’s mortal and all, but no soul? #ufchat
8:57 am AnassaRh: A2: For the first 3? 4? books of the Blood series, the MC is human. Has a vamp to do the superpower stuff for her. #ufchat
8:59 am AnassaRh: A3: I think in UF ‘human’ means “feels like a human”. Sympathetic chars, chars trying to be human, chars who were raised human, etc. #ufchat
9:01 am AnassaRh: It’s not so much a genetic thing as a mental thing. Also, a lot of UF follows MC Discovers World of X pattern. #ufchat
9:02 am AnassaRh: Where X can mean “the whole magical underground” or “vamp culture” or “demon summoning ritual” or whatever. Stories about discovery. #ufchat
9:02 am AnassaRh: RT @Preternatural__: I think that the struggle is mostly to see that the paranormal doesn’t swallow the human aspect of the characters whole #UFchat
9:10 am AnassaRh: A3a: Uncertainty, compassion, flaws and quirks, ability to make mistakes. #ufchat
9:12 am AnassaRh: Agreed. RT @jessrosenbooks: #UFchat A paranormal char seems more human when s/he is in conflict w/para abilities. Doesn’t want them.
9:13 am AnassaRh: Also when they’re trying to save humans, or are going up against huge odds. A lot’s in the voice too, I think. #ufchat
9:17 am AnassaRh: A4: Coolness factor. Writer trying to even the odds a little. Making the world more believable to reader, or accessible to MC. #ufchat
9:18 am AnassaRh: Expanding on the accessibility: For plot to work, MC may need knowledge of magic prior to page one, so they get a magic background. #ufchat
9:19 am AnassaRh: A5: Again, coolness factor. Also wish fulfillment. If only I had stamina, that sixth sense, that ability to leap small buildings? #ufchat
9:22 am AnassaRh: A5 And yes, there are also fewer boundaries and more possibilities for stories with a “special” MC. More room to play, and to escape.#ufchat
9:26 am AnassaRh: A6: MCs, human or not, tend to be kickass, action before thinking types, who are always broke and love snark. #ufchat
9:26 am AnassaRh: They either know what they’re doing (or think they do), or muddle their way through the plot. #ufchat
9:27 am AnassaRh: And @shadowflame brought up a good point. Normal = law enforcement to some degree. #ufchat
9:32 am AnassaRh: A7: Again, there’s an element of wish fulfillment and escapism in that tendency, but we’re likely drawing on the trad. model too. #ufchat
9:34 am AnassaRh: And humans have to be pretty smart and strong to nearly die during 10 subsequent climax scenes. Easier to pull off with super MCs. #ufchat
9:35 am AnassaRh: I think most of my answers apply to multiple questions here. What I just said also applies to Q8. #ufchat
9:37 am AnassaRh: A8a: Disadvantages to powers? Having to describe them, come up with new ways to use them, extrapolate how they’ll affect daily life. #ufchat
9:38 am AnassaRh: A8a: Also, writer has to fight inclination to make MC more powerful every book. At some point, that wrecks the story. #ufchat
9:44 am AnassaRh: A9: To balance things, create foils. The MC will ID better with more-than-human partners than mere humans. Also, coolness factor. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
9:46 am AnassaRh: @Preternatural__ Heh, no. Canadian night owl whose work conflicted with #ufchat today. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Gotta love Christmas.
9:51 am AnassaRh: A10: MC has to feel human to the reader. See previous comments re: what ‘human’ means. We need someone to root for. #ufchat
9:53 am AnassaRh: Nice! RT @leapetra: in a story still buried on my hard drive. An atheist gets god like powers. Still won’t accept there are gods #ufchat
9:58 am AnassaRh: A11: UF MC takes charge and generally knows what they’re doing, how they can fight back. Horror MC just runs, can’t stop monster. #ufchat
10:02 am AnassaRh: A12 I suppose we could get philosophical and say, “we see ourselves as the Other”, as outcasts and freaks and different. #ufchat
10:03 am AnassaRh: Alternatively, it could imply we want powers, to be that person (or type) on some level. Or?just that we want to be strong? #ufchat
10:05 am AnassaRh: A13a Vanilla humans can totally be UF MCs! Just harder to fit them into mystery/action stories. See de Lint and similar fantasy. #ufchat
10:06 am AnassaRh: And honestly, I’d LOVE more vanilla (or at least non-cop-type) humans in mystery UF! Could make an arc about /learning/ to be badass.#ufchat
10:09 am AnassaRh: A14 Have only read Dead Until Dark so: liked her voice, liked her strength, liked her friendliness and average job, liked her morals.#ufchat
10:10 am AnassaRh: She felt very much like an everywoman. She takes time for people, cares, grieves, etc. #ufchat
10:12 am AnassaRh: Not true. If MC doesn’t /like/ them, they live! RT @Preternatural__: S14a Plain vanilla humans often become ensign redshirts #UFchat
10:14 am AnassaRh: A15 I’ve seen the comment a lot that UF werewolves are actually weredogs in terms of pack structure. #ufchat
10:15 am Preternatural__: @AnassaRh No, the one’s they like. They’re either redshirts or a chink in their amour that almost gets them killed book in book out #UFchat
10:15 am AnassaRh: For any monster, if they’re the MC, they’re trying to deny their heritage in some way, or atone for it. #ufchat
10:17 am AnassaRh: @Preternatural__ Agreed. But a human antagonist has a much better change of survival than a friend does. #ufchat
10:17 am AnassaRh: I’d like to see more human sidekicks who /don’t/ die at some point. @Preternatural__ #ufchat
10:18 am AnassaRh: A15a Vamps, for instance, don’t drink human blood, or try not to, or wangst. They’re basically humans with powers. Not scary. #ufchat
10:18 am jolantru: @AnassaRh Perhaps, UF werewolves behave like weredogs because they adapt to city life? #ufchat
10:19 am AnassaRh: @jolantru Perhaps, but I’d imagine rural werewolves would also be weredogs, at least in the hands of most writers. #ufchat
10:22 am jolantru: @AnassaRh Mmmm. Good point there. #ufchat
10:22 am AnassaRh: A15d: We see them from outside, like with Toby Daye (half-fae, doesn’t really /like/ Faerie), or they do something likeable. #ufchat
10:22 am AnassaRh: @jolantru Feral weredogs, on the other hand? #ufchat
10:24 am AnassaRh: A15e: Don’t see why not, but would take some thinking. Also depends on what troll looks like, and if MC had kinks. #ufchat
10:26 am AnassaRh: A16 Dunno if Frankenstein would fit as UF as is. Franky does a lot of running from monster (horror). If monster was the MC ? yeah. #ufchat
10:27 am jolantru: @AnassaRh … would be interesting to write, I think… ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ufchat
10:27 am AnassaRh: ?And just got plot bunny! Constructed man seeks revenge on creator over series, runs into mysteries everywhere creator flees. #ufchat
10:29 am AnassaRh: A17 ‘Human’ refers to mental/personality characteristics. Going back to earlier answers here: quirks and flaws, fallible, weak. #ufchat
10:30 am AnassaRh: I think there’s a touch of “made him seem normal” in there too. Phrase never said of Joe Average, always of Extraordinary people. #ufchat
6:09 pm hannahnpbowman: @AnassaRh That is a great idea! #ufchat
10:33 pm MerrieDestefano: Very excited! Will be chatting with @InkGypsy about AFTERLIFE next Sat. at 3 p.m. on #UFchat.
December 6, 2010
1:56 am inkgypsy: @MerrieDestefano We have another family thingo I have to leave for shortly but very excited about Sat! AFTERLIFE seriously ROCKS! #UFchat
2:29 am cvaldezmiller: @J_GriffinB Ohhh, a #UFchat. Cool. Will be sure to look out for the next one. I didn’t realize they had one every Saturday…
5:23 pm MerrieDestefano: Have any questions you’d like to ask about AFTERLIFE? Join me on #UFchat this Saturday, 3 p.m. PST. http://bit.ly/bPEVlz
8:34 pm LunaLindsey: RT @seattlewinegal: Absolute best ‘Lost Pet’ sign I have ever seen! http://twitpic.com/3dimyd #urbanfantasy #ufchat
11:07 pm jimnduncan: #UFchat folk. Giving away an arc of Deadworld. Simple, yet fun entry at http://bit.ly/e6OePW
11:44 pm KellyHGay: Ends tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @AnassaRh I’m giving away books by @katrchrdsn, @devonmonk, @KellyHGay, and DD Barant! http://bit.ly/hntFsn #ufchat
December 7, 2010
12:09 am Tanya1224: RT @KellyHGay: Ends tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @AnassaRh I’m giving away books by @katrchrdsn, @devonmonk, @KellyHGay, and DD Barant! http://bit.ly/hntFsn #ufchat
9:45 am inkgypsy: Best of UF 2010 by Preternatural! ๐Ÿ™‚ #UFchat RT @Preternatural__: Best of 2010 list http://bit.ly/dE5sHO
1:25 pm Preternatural__: RT @Richard_Kadrey: RT @Preternatural__: KILL THE DEAD was #2 in this year’s Best of 2010 on my site http://bit.ly/dE5sHO #UFChat
6:01 pm MerrieDestefano: Join me and @InkGypsy as we discuss themes of death and life in Urban Fantasy. This Saturday on #UFchat, 3 p.m. PST. #AFTERLIFE
6:08 pm VampBookClub: RT @MerrieDestefano: Join me and @InkGypsy as we discuss themes of death and life in Urban Fantasy. This Saturday on #UFchat, 3 p.m. PST. #AFTERLIFE

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END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR DECEMBER 4th, 2010

Nest week we have a special guest author Q&A with Merrie Destefano!

She’s the author of the futuristic UF novel “Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles” and has co-authored the Walter Foster book “How to Draw Zombies” – obviously she’s no stranger to the undead..! ;)

My mini-review:

You have to read her New Orleans based, futuristic UF “Afterlife” –
beautiful, lush writing with that wonderful sense of immediacy and wit
we love in UF! It’s an ode to the city and to hope and you won’t be able
to put it down till you’re done – a stunning debut!

We’ll be talking about how life and death are handled in urban fantasy next week as well as looking at “Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles” AND….

(drumroll please)

We’re having a giveaway!

A signed copy of Merrie’s novel AFTERLIFE!

You need to participate in next week’s #UFchat to qualify for entry.

Each person asking Merrie a question will be given a number and then the winner will be chosen by random.org immediat