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Archive for October, 2011

              Everyone starts their day just like any other day.  You get up, get ready and head out for work.  You say your goodbyes to your husband or wife kissing them before you part ways.   You hug your son and daughter and wait for them to go into the elementary School building.   The commute was not too bad. You also had the chance to stop to get a cup of coffee to jump-start your day and you even walked into the office a little early.  The morning is officially in full swing.  Sitting at your desk, the radio is down low and the computer is on.  The steaming cup of French Roast coffee hits the spot on this cool Fall morning.  A coworker stops over to your desk to say Hello.  The two of you get carried away into a deep conversation.  Then suddenly a news flash on the radio and on the internet floods the communication lines.  Something major has happened.  People are reporting sightings that THE DEAD NOW ROAMS THE EARTH!  People gather in various areas of the office to talk about the reports.  No one really knows whats going on.   Some don’t even believe it.   The Boss has alerted everyone that something is going on and all business, schools and other public places are now on official lock down.  Fear settles in.  Your first instinct is to pick up the phone, but there is no dial tone.   Reaching for your cell phone you make an attempt to call your child’s school and then your husband or wife.  Nothing.  The internet is working so you try to communicate with your loved ones via online chat.  As of now most of your family is doing ok.   The school has not responded to any forms of communication.    Worrying about your children increases.  CNN and Fox news reports that no one is allowed on the streets because it is too dangerous.   The Government has stepped in to try to gain control of the situation out on the streets.   Any non infected civilians will be shot on sight if spotted on the streets.   This is a global matter.   You cant reach your children, or your significant other.  It is forbidden to go outside.  No one really knows what is out there or how long communication on the internet will last.  The office does not have proper food, water, medication and other supplies for any type of long-term stay.  So many thoughts surge through your mind.  Are you going to try to wait it out?  Or will you risk your life going out in a Zombie ridden world to gather your family?  And even if you do and survive where can you go that is safe?  The City is the most dangerous place to be in…..

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                The controversial mentally disturbing horror “Human Centipede-The Second Sequence will have you scarred for life.  As a horror fanatic that goes as far back as the original Christopher Lee classics, I really thought this was a movie that I could surly handle.  Directed by Tom Six and starring unknown Laurence R. Harvy the shocking film is not for the faint of heart or really any normal human being.  This intense movie opens with a London Parking attendant named Martin actually watching the DVD of the first film.  As the end credits run across the laptop screen the lost cries of a baby linger in the distance.  He opens a large book that appears to be some kind of movie scrap book with movie info, photos and even notes.  Martin has been carrying this inspirational torch for the Human Centipede movie for some time and eventually fixes his mind to do the unthinkable. 

             As a strangely disturbed individual his crazy attitude and sheltered shyness, not to mention his thirst for blood is the result of molestation, abuse and possible torture by his father as a child.   Martin goes on a killing spree.   The rage of his killing goes on and on as he continues to maintain his job.  Soon he finds himself collecting an array of people to become his “work of art.”  The demented non human then proceeds to construct the insect that he has grown to love in a twisted way by using humans as his medium.  Unlike the first movie the psycho was a Doctor.  So he atleast had the medical background to do what he did (which still does not say much.)  Martain has no medical background at all, but still tries to make the centipede.  With his captured victims, including a pregnant mother,(I could not believe that!) a neighboor from his building and the surviving actress from the first film, the visuals that Six uses will leave a traumatizing mark on you. 

              It is hard to believe that someone can be this creative or crazy to write and direct a movie like this.  Human Centipede The Second Sequence is for sure the most disterbing horror movie I have ever seen.  This movie will make Saw, Hostal and Pieces seem like Disney movies!  I must give the lead actor his props.  He should be nonimated for a Horror movie award.  Laurence R. Harvy may not have had a speaking role but believe me he was intensly scary with his on screen performance.  Just his eyes alone gave off an extremly haunting feeling. 

           For those fans who love gore and graffic viloence and believe you can handle the madness of Human Centipede-The Second Sequence, then by all means, go check it out on Comcast Demand or a Theather Near you.  I can not give this movie a rating, It is beyond ratings.  Just a quick note, do not watch the movie right before you go to bed!!!!!! WARNING YOU MAY HAVE NIGHTMARES!!!

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Paranormal Activity 3 Review

                  The Paramount produced Paranormal Activity 3 hit theaters officially Midnight on October twenty-first.  Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman the paranormal theatrical film had horror movie goers on the edge of their seats.  The prequel introduced the real origins of how the lives of two sisters have been turned upside down due to unexplained supernatural events.  The recovered video footage is set in a rural  town in 1988.  Strange occurences begin after a recording for a kinky love-making tape goes awry and an earthquake shakes things up in the house.  Both girls Katie and Kristi are a few years apart and for the most part share everything.  Katie starts communicating with an imaginary friend name Toby.  Kristi is a little more disconnected from the entity until he begins to grow violent towards her.  Activity in the house increases.  While the intensity that the directors deliver through the script and camera shots, the audience is suspicious of any and everything.  The unique shots also create an eerie feeling that draws the audience in.  The girl’s mother is in complete denial about what is happening but at the same time the live in Boyfriend feels the urge to get everything on tape.

                Fully aware of what is happening around him Dennis(the boyfriend) shows some of his footage to a colleague.  The colleague is open to the activity.  But it is not until  he  is face to face with a major supernatural encounter that scares him so much that he is willing to risk his job over it.   The events escalate to the point where the girls mom is made aware of the dark presence.  She and the family flee to her mother’s house where things just get weirder by the minute.  The climax of the movie is defiantly a shocker that you can expect from the franchise.   The fast moving film ties lots of loose ends together that were hanging in Paranormal Activity and the sequel. 

              I expect that there will be at least one more alternate ending for the film because there are a few clips from the trailer that did not even appear in the final production edit.  If you are looking for a good movie that will scare you this Halloween season then Paranormal Activity 3 is the movie for you.  I give this movie four stars.

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The Unleashed

The Unleashed.coc

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MIA

It has been a long while since I have written in my blog. Working full time and writing full time seems to be getting harder and harder. I can’t help but think about my book and the things I have to do involving my book even when I am not in front of my laptop. This week I will finally start reading my manuscript from beginning to end so I can check for anything that needs to be changed. I am also working on my trailer and planing my book tour. My ebook version will be released by early January. If there are any changes I will post those changes. I have already started writing on book two of the trilogy. I can’t express how happy I am about this venture! Before the week is over I will post another one of my short stories. Stay tuned and Happy Reading!

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The Hunted

The Hunted

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Rebellious Slaughter

Rebellious Slaughter.

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My Ghostly Encounter

                The night was dark and eerie giving off a cold chill that only winter could bare.  Bundled up with blankets snuggling in warmth, my head lay flat on the fluffy pillow.  Tossing and turning it was past midnight. I grew restless with the urge to drift off to sleep.  The house was quiet and completely still.  My eyes were widened, and mind bright with thoughts.  The bedroom door was open wide enough for me to see into the dinning room and kitchen.  As I wandered off into the space of my sleeplessness an image caught my eye.  Narrowing my eyes then opening them as far as they would stretch, I could not believe what I saw standing in the center of the dark misty kitchen.  A young woman with white skin and long damp curly hair stood erect glaring at me.  She wore a long cream-colored night-gown with long sleeves and ruffles around the edges of the garment.  Her bare feet clung to the floor tiles.  My heart raced as we looked at each other.  The ghostly apparition frightened me so much that I held my breath for several seconds that seemed to have lasted for several minutes.  I continued to lay in my bed frozen solid by fear.  Still in shock over the sight I tried to convince myself that no one was there.  I blinked a couple of times to see if the image had gone but she was still there.  I then slowly lifted my body up in an attempt to wrestle out from under the covers. I didn’t even know what I was planning to do.  The second I turned my head to release myself from the tangle of blankets, I noticed the girl had vanished when I refocused my attention in the direction she was standing in.  Without much effort I plopped down in my position and closed my eyes.  This time I had no trouble falling asleep.

This paranormal encounter is based on real events that happened to me about two years ago.

My husband and mother in law were the only other people in the house and they were asleep.

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School Bullying

             I was planning on writing on a another subject but after watching Anderson Cooper’s show today about bullying I felt like I needed to express some of my feelings on the subject.  My heart goes out those Children and young adults that feel that they have to result in ending their lives because of what and how others make them feel.  Things have just gotten out hand with this whole thing over the past few years.  I believe that at one point or another everyone goes through some type of bullying in school.  What makes it so different from my time is that it’s not the old school “throwing paper or spit balls at some one, it is not the traditional trip in the hallway, or “you have a big head” type of teasing.  It is over the top crossing the line inappropriate disrespectfulness that plagues the halls of our modern schools.  Bullying today has evolved into stalking, harassment and assault.   No matter what type of bullying goes on, it is just out right WRONG!  As a public school paraprofessional bullying is something that is very prevalent in the schools and unfortunately it has crossed over into the safe haven of the students homes as well.  Back in the day if another student was bullying another, the victim had the opportunity to go home at three and rest or be free of the bullying while in the home.  It would not be until the next school day that the issue would rise again.  But now things are not like that.  These kids (the bully’s) excuse my language have the BALLS to follow students home, to call or text on their phone harassing the victim and even now has the internet to continue the torture.  These poor kids who are the victims feel like they have no way out, no escape from this constant torment. 

            So now the question is what happens next, What are we educators supposed to do?  How do we protect our kids and help society protect our kids.  I will tell you that first of all it means that we have to establish positive relationships with the students and parents.  But the truth of the matter is that all students and parents do not necessarily have positive outlooks in general. Some kids can not even be approached, some have attitudes that will make adults avoid them.   Some do not even care about education, the institution and the socialism that comes with the school environment.  That is reality.  Some parents just send their kids to school because it is the law and because it is a place for the child to go to, just  get out of their hair for six or seven hours.  I hate to say it but those are the parents of the bully’s.  I am saying that through my personal experience.  I do not mean to be stereotypical but I never came across a parent of a bully that went to parent teacher conferences, volunteered for school activities, chaperoned on trips, went to board meetings or physically and verbally had a voice in the education of their children. 

          Most schools are now implementing anti bullying programs headed by a guidance counselor or social worker, which is great.  But I still feel that students and parents are not aware of the real importance of the program.  I also want to say that the school and educators can only do but so much.  When I witness bullying I put a stop to it right then and there by talking to both parties.  Checking on the victim and listing to both of their stories.  I then document the incident and  take the necessary steps in reporting it to those administrators that can better help resolve it.  After that what really happens next?  Follow ups of course, but then what?  I am not a 24/7 security guard or an off duty cop.  So many people have so much to say about it but they are not living it.  Meaning they are not even involved in the schools.  The schools can do everything in their power to help these kids by educating them and parents about bullying, providing counseling and other ways to cope with bullying.  The thing about that is once again we can only do but so much.  Teachers and educators can not walk home with these kids, they can not tape the mouths shut of those students that are verbally taunting other students.  We can not take away their cell phones or go everywhere in the building with them.  We can not control what happens outside the school but for some reason many people think that we can. 

        PARENTS WHERE ARE THEY?  MISSING IN ACTION THAT IS WHERE.  It is imperative that parents get involved with and in their children lives.  We live in a society where every child must have a cell phone, and that is ridiculous.  Every child does not need their own lap top or computer.  They don’t.  I know the cell in not necessary.  I understand the computer is needed for school but really how much time is a child/teen spending on the computer doing actual work?  Maybe a half hour the most.  I will tell you what they are doing.  They are on FACEBOOK and other social networking sites, where bullying is very visible.  Facebook was not ment for kids, it was geared toward those adults that lost connection with those people in their lives that wanted to reconnect again.  The Parents are the one’s to blame because they have no idea what their kids are doing and who their kids have grown up to become.  Cyber bullying can be avoided if kids do not have access to the internet. (And even if they must have it, there is something called parental control)  Facebook and other sites can be blocked.   Parents need to show up in school sometimes, know what type of people they hangout with, Parents today in this society do not know how to control their kids.  This can apply to the bully’s and those kids that are being bullied.  Parents today do not even know who their friends parents are.  That never happened to me.  My mother knew all my friend’s parents.   She was a single parent and still volunteered and did all the things a good active parent should do, so the whole single parent thing can no longer be an excuse.  She also had two jobs.   I can go on and on about this subject and some people may not agree with me but is it too much to ask that parents really stop, think, and look to see what is going on with their kids.  There are other options out there and the more active parents become the more action and results they get.   The more protected their kids are.

       Bullying is something that will always be around because some humans just thrive off of hurting others.  There should be law in place that would make it a crime to bully others and therefore put the responsiblity back on parents and the bully’s.   We are all responsible for our own actions.  But we as teachers, parents, students, peers, and other members of society must continue to stick together and fight against bully’s.  The first step in doing that is obtaining courage, standing up for yourself and declaring that YOU will no longer be a victim.  That is exactly what I did!

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