Friday, March 5, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
One of my earliest memories is of a cereal box—Super Sugar Crisp, now called Golden Crisp—with an actual, playable cardboard ‘flexi record’ printed on the backside. My mom had just taken the box from the grocery bag, and it sat on the kitchen table, waiting to get stored. At age 4, I was already a music fan and pop culture scholar in the making, so I was both fascinated and excited. Still a preschooler, and so not great with scissors, I enlisted by big sister’s help in cutting the record from the package. I’m guessing the box, missing most of its backside, ended up in the cupboard. The small album, featuring brightly colored images of Archie and the gang, played at 33 1/3 speed and had 4 songs from cartoon band, The Archies, including one of my favorites, the mega-hit, Sugar, Sugar. The flexi-record stayed on my family’s turntable for at least a day. Which, in little kid time, is forever.
I didn’t know then that Archie and the gang had already been living on the pages of comics for 30 years. I did know that there was a Saturday morning Archie cartoon show aptly named: The Archies. This half-hour show began in ’68 and was expanded to a full hour in ’69. Looking back now, the expansion of the show might have been the reason for the album showing up on my cereal box. Back then, though, I just accepted the album as part of my world. A world that included Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and the rest of the kids from Riverdale.
Monday, February 22, 2021
My non-fiction book of quizzes, sassy summaries, and trivia, will be released next month! I'm excited about that. I'm also excited because this will be my first book published under my own name.
My first stories, old school confession stories, were published anonymously--because they were that scandalous. Well, no, that's not really why. Its because all confessions were published anonymously. After that, my first novel, a YA suspense, was released as M. Ford. Then a YA romance and some adult romance under the name Melissa Ford. Then--Isabelle Drake. And now, after twenty-one years, I'll have my first book as me.
The Binge Watchers Guide will cover Season 1-4. Stay tuned for Season 5.
Friday, February 5, 2021
Thursday, February 4, 2021
February is a month for romance, wine, and quiet nights.
It's also the month of blizzards. And zombies.
Mattie, the zombie in my genre-bending erotic paranormal horror, is known and loved for her torn fishnets.
My zombie in fishnet videos, like the story itself, are an “accidental” creation. I did not set out to use myself to promote Servant, the book that comes before Mistress. But after looking for images that suited my story and uncompromising zombie Mattie, I came up empty.
My solution to this dilemma: put on my own leather mini, torn fishnets, and boots, then go out into my backyard and make my own pics and videos. I imagine I looked a tad eccentric wandering around my backyard, climbing on my woodpile and such, dressed that way and with a hoodie, undone hair and no makeup, but hey–I’m a writer. The neighbors know I’m weird.
Below you can see one of my clips, me stumbling around, trying to mimic the walk of a zombie.