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  • Birthday 11/06/1979

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  1. Hey fellow Storyists! I recently completed the final draft of my horror novel and am about to submit query letters. I'm posting my query letter here, and hoping for some helpful feedback. Thanks much! Dear Ms. Agent: Three days ago, Chuka awoke in a lake on the outskirts of North Platte, NE. Two days ago, two fishermen attacked a family in the park, littering the yard with their bodies. With them, they brought a squid-like parasite. One day ago, all across the city, the infected went insane. It’s kill or be killed for them. The whole town is aware of this. Except Charles. He spent the morning arguing with his wife about an affair she’d had that summer. Now, Charles stands in his living room, staring at his son’s body in the doorway. His wife, Deborah, fights off their attacker in the kitchen, a boning knife buried in her calf. One problem. Their attacker won’t stay down, even after Charles bashes his face in. He grabs his son, and he and Deborah drive into town as quickly as they can. I’d like to tell you about my latest horror novel, CHUKA (80,000 words), a bloody novel about a leviathan, insane cowboys, funerals behind convenience stores and one messy love affair that threatens to rip Charles and Deborah apart. I am writing to you because [reason]. I hold an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside. I am enclosing an SASE and the first five pages as a sample. May I send you the full manuscript? Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Brian Amaro-Jeppesen
  2. Thanks for the congratulations and well-wishes, everyone. And M, Happy Birthday to your mom! Brian
  3. Hey everyone, I just gotta brag, 'cause I am one proud daddy. My baby girl, Esme Marie, was born January 6, 2013, 11:34 PM. She was 20 3/4 inches and 7 lbs, 12 ounces. Just three days old, she holds her own head up and already flips from her back to her side. That's talent! But if you don't believe my word for it, check out the image I'm attaching! She'll knock your block off. I should add that I am absolutely the happiest man on Earth right now. I never knew it was possible to love someone so. Brian
  4. Orren, now that I have your approval, I shall proceed with the plans. . I just came up with the idea of having a reese's cake and a kit Kat cake, and she loved it. Now we have to produ the recipe. M, I love shopping more than she does, so I'm fine with this.
  5. That is most likely the path we will take. We've considered doing a dessert buffet of some sort. Definitely Reese's (my favorites) and Kit Kats (hers). Then add in some fancier things. Brian
  6. Thoth, That's fantastic! I love how customizable it is. She's latin, and I'm super white, so it's been difficult finding anything. Also, she's taller than me, which is another thing working against us. The ideal topper would have a pregnant latina six inches taller than her caucasian groom, and they'd both be in dark blue. That's not likely. But the link you posted is so close! Thanks, Brian
  7. Thanks, T & M! As for marriage, we signed up for a two-year engagement because we wanted to enjoy the engagement while it lasted. The two years ends on December 11. We will get married on that day. Hopefully, the baby decides not to come too early. Either way, everyone who knows us already sees us as being married, and even the most religious and pious of them have no problem with it. So, I figure, we're in the good with God, unless he decides to check with the U.S. Government to see what date our marital papers were signed. --B
  8. There are times when life kicks you in the groin, and then times when it kisses ya on the mouth and leaves you blushing in a corner. This is closer to the latter. One week and five hours ago, my fiancé and I went into the bathroom and took a scary little test, and after a few minutes, were met by two pink lines. My fiancé's response puts it best. She hesitated, then said in a weak, soft voice, "What the ****?" I should note here that it was a happy sort of "what the ****," if you can imagine it in the happy way. It was the overwhelmed sort of "what the ****," said not necessarily for its meaning but for the confusion and excitement that hid behind it. It's taken us the past week to get our heads together, but with us celebrating her first Mother's Day today, and our first prenatal appointment scheduled for tomorrow, this couldn't be a more exciting time for us. I've always loved my parents, but I've never fully grasped, nor do I grasp yet, what it means to actually be a parent. They are beautiful things, these parents; are they not? They bathe us and dry us and send us on our way in a nice pair of jeans. My mother was particularly fantastic, and she will always be tied wife my fiancé for the spot of #1 Woman. I've learned much from her, and I imagine that I will learn so much more as I draw on her for advice in the coming months. So, to all the fantastic mothers out there, know that we boys appreciate you more than anything, even if we sometimes don't express it. I have so much love and respect for every one of you. Happy Mothers Day! Brian
  9. For me, I'd go with "Desperation," by Stephen King. I get a little creeped out whenever I see a police cruiser behind me now. And because of "IT," I can never look a storm drains.
  10. The title says it all. I'm curious to see what the Storyist community is afraid of. Name a book that scared you. It doesn't have to be horror. It need simple to have scared you.
  11. Ouch! Thoth, come on now. Get down off of those pins and needles. They're poking you. Now, if you insist on staying up there until you know, then here you go--I made it to 125 Saturday, then 130 Sunday. Now, I get to revise and revise and revise some more, and just keep right on revising until my committee and graduate division approve it. I'm so close. So, I say, throw a celebration in my honor. Praise me for the awesomeness I possess. And I shall see to it that one of my servants rewards you. The King of Randomness, Brian
  12. Looks like I missed a day of posting. I got called in for a meeting with the instructor for the course I teach. She needed help fixing some other TAs grade books. That derailed me a little. Nevertheless, I'm at 112 pages. That means, if I write 16 pages today, I'm golden. 16 pages in a day is not the simplest undertaking, but it can be done. I have 8.5 hours left in the day, so two pages an hour should do it. Will Brian push forward and reach his target, or will he miss his leap and fall into the fiery chasm of chasmness and flames? Find out next time on "Master of Fine Arts and Thesis."
  13. Happy birthday, Ginny J! Take it easy today and do something nice for yourself.
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