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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Utica Book Signing a success!!

Sorry I'm posting this now, but due to health issues I had , I stayed off the computer for a few days, and not the 2 weeks I had proposed,and rested.

The book signing took place in Utica, Illinois where my story takes place. It was sponsored by Finnegan's Bookstore and hosted by Duffy's Tavern. Many people were going to attend, but on that night we had a snow storm come through, but seven people did show up and I was able to sit down with them and chat away as if they were family.

It was Flo's birthday that night (a fan) and so I sang Happy Birthday to her and she brought along her mother, Sue (great name huh?). We talked and talked as if we had known each other for years. Then a family came in and their daughter had on a t-shirt that said "My boyfriend is a vampire" she was awesome as well as her parents. Her father told me a little history of the town which I found fascinating and got to know a little about themselves as well.

Then my husbands cousins came that night too! They took pictures for me of the event (we forgot our camera) and after the event had ended stayed afterwards with us and had dinner there. By the way, Duffy's tavern has the best food ever!

Back to the event...half-way through the night I read them the opening scene to the Sequel, The Legacy and one of the waitresses there ran in (another big fan of Birthright) and was all excited to hear what the sequel was all about.

I got questions as to is Candra's house here and if so, where. I told them her house is actually in Newark, not far from Utica, but that Eldon's house is in town. They all quessed what restaurant I used in the story where Candra had breakfast her first day back.

The great thing about this was it felt like family. Duffy's owners were so very nice and even made appetizers for the event. Vampire Bat wings (spicy chicken wings) and Anti-vampire bites (garlic bread bites) all of which were soooo good and I thanked Peg (owner) for doing that.

To end, I sold 10 copies and signed posters as well for them. We are in the planning for another event in March and I plan on doing something at Starved Rock where another scene from Birthright takes place.

Am I having fun yet? You bet!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

glitter tool

Sick

Well, I had to write to let all of you know, that I will be keeping off the computer for awhile due to relentless combats with headaches and high blood pressure.
The doctor has put me on a new blood pressure meds that fights both migraines and blood pressure, so...yippie for that and I got myself a blood pressure cuff because I have to keep tabs on it and before I take my Blood Pressure meds, I have to make sure the lower number is above 50.  If not, then I can't take it, it'll lower it too much then.  Ah, the aging process is so full of wonderful events to come....not.
Anyway, I will be doing my art work then and watch loads of TrueBlood DVD's...that and Shirley Temple.
So, if you need me for anything leave a message on FB I will eventually get back on, but I'm thinking the next 2 weeks I'll be gone to just rest.
Keep writing those awesome Friday Flashes (feel bad that I haven't responded to your comments or read yours as well), I don't have to say that, because you guys write so well and I  love all your stories.  Feel free to use my artwork if you want.
As whats his name would say..."I"ll be back!"  (dang, what is his name...)

adieu...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Night The Circus Came to Town


There is something to be said about full moons…they are truly a sight to behold.   Which remind me, the story I am about to tell is a doozy.

I was heading for the circus as I got out of my car.  It was a warm summer night and as you may guess, a full moon was out as well.  I hadn’t really thought of it much, well, a little bit, but that was nothing out of the ordinary for me.  I’m strange when it comes to stuff like that, you know, I get a “funny” feeling and all.

Anyway as I walked toward the big tent something struck me as peculiar…crickets, birds, all night noises just stopped.  I froze in my tracks and just listened, sniffed…nothing that I could tell was out there, unless…I walked more cautiously this time, listening as I went.  Yeah, something was out there alright, but what?

I entered the big tent and thought if I needed to get away quickly I’d sit close to the exit, so I took a seat about three rows up and at the end.  I could see pretty much everything, which was good…so where is this feeling coming from?  I looked all around me, up and down, but nothing seemed out of place, but that feeling still hung on and was getting stronger.

About a half hour had gone by, oh, I like getting to places early, less stress for me.  The tent was almost full and with the show about to start I thought I’d get some cotton candy from one of the vendors walking around.

“Hey!  I’d like one!”  Waving my hand like crazy, the guy saw me and shouted out the price to me.
“That’ll be $3.00!”

“Are you crazy?  Don’t you think that’s a bit high for what is basically sugar that’s spun?”  I slowly got out my pocket book and took out the money.

“Lady, I don’t set the prices I just sell.  So, do you want one or not?” 

I could see that he just cherished his job.  “I said yes, although I still think it’s a bit high.  I want the pink one if you don’t mind or does that cost more?”  I gave him the money, smirking the whole time.  He thrust the swirled pink fluff of pure delight at me and continued up the bleachers.

Suddenly a man with a bright red jacket and black top hat appeared in the center ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages welcome to the greatest show on earth!” 

Everyone yelled and clapped their hands.  It was a great night, but still…something was close by.

“May I have your attention to the center ring?  Please give a big hand to the Garcia Family and their trained horses!”

I watched in amazement as the horses, white with long manes pranced around the ring while this beautiful…woman?  I stared at her again and thought that there was something un-earthly about her.  No one is that ethereal looking that I have come across and the way she moved was like watching a mermaid underwater, if there was such a creature.  Her hair was luminous and red and flowed behind her as she rode her horse.   The one thing that caught my attention was her eyes…dark, like black pearls.

I was mesmerized by her beauty as was everyone else it seemed.  We just sat there, amazed and maybe hypnotized at the same time, then when the act was over it was like a big jolt that hit me and snapped me back into reality.  I looked around to make sure I wasn’t the only who felt like this and sure enough, I wasn’t.  Everyone was rubbing their eyes and shaking their heads in disbelief.

The next act came on without an announcement, which I thought odd, but then what did I know about running a circus…I didn’t.   It was another family with trained dogs, all different in sizes and breeds, but again that strange feeling was still hanging around, only this time…stronger. 

This act seemed to be normal, I mean, they had the dogs doing their tricks and all, but again, if you looked very carefully at the family, not one of them looked normal to me.  It was those eyes I tell you!  Black like ink and lifeless, not to mention they all moved as if in water.  Strange.

I went to take another bite of my cotton candy when all I got was the paper cone.

“Well, when did I finish eating you all up?”  I hadn’t remembered finishing it nor eating it for that matter.  I looked at the time and noticed that three hours had gone by but it was only the third act.  That’s when the prickles started crawling up my back and goose bumps speckled my arms.  Something ain’t right here. 
Getting up from my seat I was preparing to make my way down the bleachers and out the exit, when all the lights went out and a spot light beamed at the flying trapeze act.

“Oh bother, now I can’t see where I’m going!”

“Shhhh!”

 Oh shush yourself I thought.  There was an empty space where I stood, so I just parked myself there and watched.   There were four of them two men and two women.  Again, all looking odd in an un-healthy sort of way, you know, pale, but yet they didn’t look to be starving.  The eyes were the same as the horse lady, black and empty like.

One of the men in his costume, he was…how can I say this without being vulgar; it didn’t leave much to the imagination if you know what I mean.  Lordy, made me forget my manners it did.   Anyway, he was hanging by his knees swinging back and forth, arms hanging loosely.  I guess he was waiting for one of the ladies to start swinging on her swing, if that’s what you’d call them.  The other man held her swing for her as she grasped it and then off she went.  Toes pointed body all stream like she sliced through the air like a knife through butter.  It was amazing!  But that “all too amazing” feeling suddenly left me when I caught the one man staring right at me.  

“Why is he looking at me like that?”  I said it out loud, no one around me shushed me because they too all were amazed by “Madame Butterfly” there on her swing. 

My heart began to race, my pulse quickened and I needed to get out, but I couldn’t move.

“What the hell is happening to me?”  I kept my eyes on him and him on me.   If things weren’t so scary I’d be a bit turned on, but at the moment all I could think of was this guy was creeping me out. 

I don’t remember what happened next, it’s all foggy, but I woke up back at home, in my bed and in my pink nightie.    I sat up and pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

“Ouch!”

I wasn’t dreaming , then I nearly shattered the windows of my bedroom, because there on my chair was a costume, not no ordinary halloweenie costume mind you, this one was from….oh my gosh, I’ve got a naked trapeze artist in my house. 

Wondering where he was, I got out of bed and examined the sea foam green tights and sequined belt.  Yup, that was his alright, but why and how did…

“You were magnificent last night; I can’t wait to do it again tonight.”  He came at me with lust in his eyes, but I thought differently.

“I don’t know what happened here last night, but I can tell you one thing, it ain’t happening again tonight, so you might as well just put your costume back on and head on back to your circus where you belong.”  I grabbed my blanket and covered myself, although I don’t know why, I still had my clothes on, he was the one that should be covering up…well, he can wait for a few more seconds, I was enjoying the view.

“As you wish, but I will see you tonight, we have a show to do remember and you did so well last night, you were the star!”

“………….”

I didn’t know what to think little lone say.  I wasn’t in no act I knew that much was right.  What I didn’t know was that part when he was staring at me during the act, that part is all fuzzy, because that’s all I can recall.
“What exactly happened last night, and you can just keep your distance too.”
“You were on the swing, sitting there like a rare and beautiful bird.  Ah…you took my breath away.”  He looked as though sap would pour out of his mouth.  The guy was delusional.

“I see, well, I don’t remember doing that, but if you say I did, then I guess I did.  So now you can leave and …don’t come back now ya hear?”  Smiling all the while he sauntered slowly to my front door, opened it and paused, then left.

“God almighty, did I have sex with that man?”  I looked down at my nightie and then checked to make sure I still had my panties on…sure did! 

“Phew!”

The rest of the day sort of rolled by lazily and I was glad when night came.  It was the last show for the circus tonight and I was glad of it.  I got ready for bed and had my nice warm glass of milk.  It soothed my nerves perfectly.  Shutting off my lights I went to sleep pretty fast, which I was happy for.  The next morning I awoke to my bed shaking.  I opened my eyes and noticed that I wasn’t in my room anymore… I was on a train.

“Where the heck am I?”  I looked around me and I found what I didn’t want to find, those same sea foam green tights.

“He kidnapped me!”  I jumped out of my berth and landed not too gracefully on the floor.

“There she is!  All rested and ready for our next show.  Are you hungry?”  He was preparing to give me a hug when I stopped him dead.

“Don’t you come any closer you hear?  You kidnapped me and I’m getting the authorities to lock you up you nut case you!”

He just looked at me as if I had gone crazy, then his partner, the other guy showed up looking all too mouthwatering but perplexed.

“Louisa what is wrong?  Did my brother not put out last night?”  He punched my kidnapper in the arm and sniggered.

“Louisa?  You’re just as crazy as he is!  My name is Amy, Amy Bellanger.”

The two of them just looked at one another, then my kidnapper nodded to…I guess it was his brother.  He left, but came back with circus program and handed it to me.

“Look…”

I hesitantly took it and looked at each page slowly trying to find out what it was I supposed to look at.  It wasn’t long until I found it.  There they were standing in front of the net…with me with eyes just like theirs and pale as the snow is white.

The two of them smiled at me and my eyes bugged out with fear…the line “the better to eat you with my dear…” came to mind just then.



Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Revenge






A tale is told to the meek and old, a tale as old as the sea. So, listen carefully to my tale, a tale as gruesome as it can be.

One dark and gloomy night,
Upon this fearful sight
A clown whose laughter filled the air
Whose cunning eyes they did stare.

His painted face so white
His gleaming teeth my plight
Whose hunger sought to clean me out
To drink my blood without a doubt.

I trembled there in my chair
And wished for him to spare
My life so dear so near and yet
His motives were a threat.

So up I jumped just then
To safely say “Amen”
But alas not fast he had me tight
His smile did show delight.

But I faster yet did think
And smiled at the thought and winked
That his dear demise would be a surprise
And so I did stabbed him
Straight in the eyes.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Satan's Toybox: Toy Soliders is out!



Another fab Anthology from AngelicKnight Press. My story, "The Unknown Soldiers" was published in it, along with many other fine authors whose stories are superb!

A must have for enthusiasts who love horror stories at their best!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"68 Buick" iPhone & iPod Cases by SueMydliak | RedBubble

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Vampires in Utica!



WhenFriday, January 13, 2012

Time7:00pm until 8:30pm

Where:
Sponsored by Finnegan's Bookstore, hosted by Duffy's Tavern., The store: 122 Mill, Event held at Duffy's meeting room at Duffy's Tavern, 122 N. Mill., Utica, IL
Description
The talented Sue Midlock of Joliet launches her new book at an event sponspored by Finnegan's Bookstore, and hosted by Duffy's (free munchies and cash beverages)

If you like Twilight and similar themes, you will be impressed by Sue's writing.

The story involves Candra Rosewood returning to Utica, but she's already missed her parents funeral and everything she thought about her life turns out to be a lie. When Kane turns up unannounced on her doorstep, Candra, fights her strange need for him. Is he somehow involved in her parents’death? Is the mysterious Mr Bennet a friend or foe, and can she trust him when he says she's descended from powerful vampires.

Come meet the author, have her sign your book, and enjoy some beverages and munchies. High school readers and adults are invited. Should be fun!

Call the store for additional details. 815-691-8023