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Z - Zodiac Killer: Is Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer?

Z - Zodiac Killer

Not Likely

Is it because he is a bigoted Zealot?

And now for a little humor. Most of you know that I am most certainly not a Ted Cruz fan. In fact I referred to him as Satan a long time ago ... long before his now famous nickname the former Speaker of the House donned him, Lucifer in the flesh. But even I haven't joined the ranks of those accusing him of this: Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.

Cruz does scare me. Why? Because he's  brilliant. The man is a incredibly intelligent and when you combine those kind of brains with an evil mind and someone who can spin a tale and lie so convincingly ... well ... it's just plain scary to me. Please don't jump on me if you're a Cruz supporter or a card carrying Hilary supporter or a Trumping to the finish line Trump supporter. Let's remain blogger buds and feel free to share our political ideas and reasons why we do or do not support a particular candidate here. I already read one Twitter bio that said something like you can mark me off your friend list if you support Donald Trump for president. I was appalled. I thought we were all free to choose candidates and remain friends, but I guess that's why they say you should never discuss religion or politics among friends. What's your take on the subject?

I guess I should have posted this before the White House Correspondence Dinner because it appears the Cruz/Zodiac killer line has been killed, it was so overused tonight. But, as we are at the end of the challenge, I'm far too tired to come up with something else to write about.

Happy May to all of you! I will visit many of your blogs in May. I neglected many other obligations when the challenge first began, then I had to work to catch up with life, family and those obligations and I've fallen behind in comments and reading blogs. I hope to spend some time in May visiting the bloggers I met and getting back in touch with those I skipped over while visiting newer ones. It was a great and challenging month.

This was my third year participating in the challenge and I have to say it was by far my favorite year. This was the best A to Z blogging challenge ever. I can't even count the number of blogs I became nearly addicted to. It was almost impossible to keep up with the blogs I love to read on a regular basis, plus the blogs I discovered this year while still trying to work my way through the list, but I did my best. The content and themes were fabulous, well planned and a pleasure to read.

Once again, a great big thank you to Arlee Bird and all of the co- hosts for another fantastic A to Z challenge.

Y - Yandere Can be Your Fictional Character's Fatal Flaw

Y - Yandere: A Yandere is a Character Who is Obsessively Crazy About Someone Else

Many times literally and violently. The victim of their rage is most often the person they perceive as the rival for their lover's affection. 

The Yandere  is one of the lesser known of the Jealous/envious characters and they don't always get as much screen attention. The are known or identified by their crazy, but often beautiful eyes.

Their beautiful or cute and harmless surface appearance allows them to deceive others, but only for a while because the yandere will always go off the deep end ... it's only a matter of time. On the surface she appears in control of her life and relationship, but she's obsessive, scheming, and sometimes she's just plain old insane. Constant scheming is time consuming and it's also emotionally draining. The yandere's mind spins out of control.

Get out of a relationship if you are in one with a yandere. Most characters are female, but male examples do exists according to TV Tropes.

Yandere possesses theses character traits:

Psychotic behavior
Will kill people who get in his/her way (hence the term go Axe Crazy)
Most Yanderes have a history of mental instability
Many are the product of a "Dark and troubled past."

Compare with Tropes:

Clingy Jealousy Girlfriend
Love Make You Evil
Stalker With A Crush
Violently Protective Girlfriend
If I can't Have You
Psycho Supporter
Psychotic Love Triangle

Only one more day. Have you made lots of new friends and connections. How many blogs did you visit during the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge

Letter X - Update - Remain Friends with X's & X out Negativity

Updated Letter X- Post 

My New Letter X stands for

X's Can Remain Friends. It is Quite Normal and Healthy

Friends and fellow bloggers from the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge, It has become necessary for me to remove/update my letter X Post.

I apologize for the need to remove my previous post titled When Greed Leads to Murder:

Apparently someone has taken this the wrong way and is spreading malicious rumors about me. This person has targeted my kids and has been very cruel to us. My post for the letter X dealt with a person who insured an ex and later committed murder. It also dealt with the legalities of insurance. As you all know this letter X post was written and posted during the APRIL 2016 BLOGGING CHALLENGE!

It predated any recent news we have have received.

For those of you who participate in this fabulous challenge, you know that my true crime/crime fiction theme addressed many crimes during the month of April.

Well, October is the month we Stomp out Bullying! I've been the victim of this bully for far too long. I removed the post, but it in no way dealt with any person or persons that I know. 

My kids and I have been the victim of this bully and It is time to put a stop to it.

Out of deference to someone I care deeply for, I will not go into any details about why my kids are being targeted. 

I just want to stress to everyone the need to work hard this month to put an end to bullying.

Let me further state that it is equally important to let those people in your life that are important to you know how much they mean to you.

Work hard to maintain good relationships with everyone.

Remember why bullies target you.

For an excellent review of eXactly what a bully is, please check out, You Might Be a Bully if by Chrys Fey. She does an outstanding job of outlining what a bully is and asking for your support to stomp out bullies. 

Have a great day!

W- Aileen Carol Wuornos

Aileen Carol Wuornos

The movie Monster
was based on the the true story of the 2nd female murderer executed in Florida since 1976

Wuornos was convicted in Florida and  sentenced to death for the murder of Richard Mallory. She has been called America's first female serial killer. Not that it mitigates or depreciates the seriousness of what she did, but Aileen's father, Leo Dale Pitman was a convicted child molester and sociopath. He was strangled in prison. Her brother raped her when she was only thirteen. She gave birth to a child at a home for unwed mothers. Her own mother abandoned her. She and her brother were made wards of the court, but she ran away and began a life supporting herself through prostitution.

Although she was only convicted for Mallory's murder, Wuornos confessed to murdering six men along the Florida coast. She claimed Mallory attempted to rape her. It should be noted that Richard Mallory was a convicted rapist.

Wuornos met a young lesbian, Tyra Moore, in a gay bar and they fell in love. Prosecutors argued that Wuornos killed, not in self defense, but rather to rob her johns so she could support her gay lover.

Wuornos and her attorney sold the rights to her story within two weeks of her arrest and thus the hit movie Monster was made and actress Charlize Theron won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2004.

Can you believe we're almost done? We've almost made it to the end of the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge


My Favorite Fictional Villains:

Some villains we just can't help rooting for. Do you ever find yourself pulling for the villain?

Favorite T.V Villains:

Not in any particular order.

Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Nancy Botwin (Weeds)
Francis Underwood (House of Cards)
Boyd Crowder (Justified)
Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
J.R. Ewing (Dallas)
Dexter (Dexter)

You have to admit there's a little something satisfying about watching evil people who finally get their overdue karma handed to them Dexter style while strapped to a steel gurney. They wake to find photos of their victim's staring them in the face. They attempt to bolt, but this time they are the one who is trapped liked an animal. The tables have turned. The hunter has become the prey. A blood spatter analysts  moonlighting as a serial killer, but a serial killer with a code. This was one of those killer concepts all of the writing instructor gurus have been talking about.

Favorite Film Villains

 (some will carry over into the literature category)

Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the Lambs
Tom Ripley - The Talented Mr. Ripley
Keyser Soze - The Usual Suspects
Michael Corleone - The Godfather
Sheriff Lou Ford - The Killer Inside Me
Catherine Tramell - Basic Instinct
Bo Bandit - Smokey and the Bandit 
Entire Cast of Oceans Eleven

I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can think of now. Below are 3 honorable mention villains. Nope, didn't root for them, just mean, cruel, villains I thought worth mentioning on Villain Day.

Nurse Ratched - One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest 
Annie Wilkes - Misery 
Joan Crawford - Mommie Dearest

If you want to learn about some real life villains you should check out a blog that I've become addicted to during this challenge. Stephanie Faris's Theme: Unsolved Mysteries had some amazing, cool and really twisted topics for each letter of the alphabet. If you don't already follow Steph, you really should stop by and visit. You will want to start from the top with Letter A Amy Lynn Bradley a woman who disappeared on a cruise ship. I won't go into the details, you will have to read it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Debbie over at My Random Musings has been writing the best flash fiction I've ever read. It's dark and disturbing, so it brings to mind a creepy, frighting villain, but never fear, it's all fiction. That's how talented she is. You really must read her her stories. Need to learn how to write a twist ending, here's your chance.

Do you have any favorite blogs you want to share with readers?

Unsolved Mystery - Eugenie Boisfontaine on The Killing Fields

Louisiana's Unsolved Murder - Eugenie Boisfontaine

Who Killed Eugenie Boisfontaine?

A reality TV show The Killing Fields began season 1 by launching an investigation into the cold case murder that occurred two decades ago in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. 

In June 1997, Eugenie Boisfontaine was last seen near LSU lakes, nearly two months later her badly decomposed body was found in a bayou. She died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. No murder weapon was found. The police had no leads. Who killed the young girl? Why? Could she have been another victim of convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee? He’d killed women just three doors down from the victim’s home during the same time period. 

Retired Detective Rodie Sanchez was assigned the case in 1997 & he never stopped thinking about the case. He promised the victim’s family justice.

Fast forward to the year 2016, with the advancement of DNA, social media and a hot-shot detective by the name of Aubry St. Angelo.  Now Sanchez may get to fulfill his promise to the victim’s family. Sanchez convinced the Sheriff’s office & the District Attorney’s Office to reopen the cold case and we get to watch the dynamic duo do their stuff on national television. 

You’ve got the old timer, Sanchez, whose been married six times. He’s the rugged, coarse, outspoken, stellar detective who goes by instinct and gut,  who’s never heard of Google or Siri ...  paired with the polished, young gun ― an impatient, driven, overenthusiastic, alpha detective. A mismatched team of top - notch detectives who compliment each other and just might have the right set of skills to lure the killer into a trap.

The first season aired six episodes in 2016 and followed the detectives as they started the case over from the beginning. They re-interviewed all the old witnesses, sifted through decades of old evidence boxes, retraced the victim’s steps the day she disappeared and took voluntarily DNA swabs from those who would give it. They visited the scene where her body was found, searched the bayou for a murder weapon and turned up dozens of new leads. Season two begins with her ex husband in the hot seat. 

The The Killing Fields airs on the Discovery Channel and viewers watch the case unfold as it happens. It’s a crime reality show. If Sanchez & St. Angelo catch the killer we will know it at the same time the police do.

Make Your Characters Memorable with Tags, Traits & Tics

How Do You Make your Characters' Memorable to your Readers?

Do you introduce your character in such a memorable way that when they don't reappear for several chapters your readers instantly recognize them?

We all know what traits are. We know about positive and negative traits for the purpose of developing deep character arcs, but what about the minor and secondary characters who populate our novels. How are our readers supposed to keep everyone straight. We still have to create memorable characters even when they don't land the leading role or even a supporting role.

We do this by giving them a few distinct Traits, Tags and/or Tics.

It can be something physical, something your character says, something she wears ...  a wardrobe item like Colombo's overcoat, something she says or something she does. The best place to find traits, tags & tic is to observe them in the real world beginning with the people you see everyday and then by stalking and spying on the people you see while forced to wait in lines at the grocery store, carpool lines, soccer games, coffee shops etc. Your everyday places are a fictional fodder wonderland for writers.

I like to give my secondary characters three tags to make them memorable to myself and for my readers.

Emma: Selfish, Big nose, Imaginative
Joseph: Disciplined, Freckled face, Tricky
Kaycee: Cowardly, Mousy Looking, Dresses like she's never read a fashion magazine
Carlton: Sexy, Always wears Costa polarized sunglasses whether it's sunny or not, Unreliable

Tags can be something your character always says:
"Copy that."
"Sure thing."
"Where Y'at'"
"Wheel's up in --" That one's from Criminal Minds, Hotch says it in every single episode.

Can you guess who says the next two?
"Baby girl?
"You're a statuesque god of sculpted chocolate thunder."

Do you give your characters tags trait or tic? 

So how's the A to Z blogging Challenge going? Are you still visiting many blogs? Or are have slowed down like me? I do plan to make it up, but so many other things in life kicked me in the butt this past week. My son's high school admissions, my daughter's college admissions and my husband in the hospital again among other things. I promise I will be back to all the blogs I've been visiting. I've made so many new friends this year. I've fallen hard for several new blogs.

Six Word Memoirs

Six Word Memoirs

Letter S

Memoirs in six words or less:

I found some really fun, entertaining, inspirational and some sad ones in Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six - Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure 
Authored by Rachel Fershleiser, edited by Larry Smith. 

After Harvard, had baby with crackhead. — Robin Templeton 
She said she was negative. Damn — Ryan McRae
I hope to outlive my regrets. — Bob Logan
Found true love, married someone else.  — Bjorn Stromberg
Can’t tonight, watching Law and Order. — Rory Evans
My life’s a bunch of almosts. — Shari Bonnin

The Best Advice in Six Words: Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More
From Smith Magazine edited by Larry Smith with Shauna Greene

Fall down five, get up six. — Michael Connelly
When the liver says stop, listen. — Nan Wigington
You: average of five closest friends. — Tim Ferris
You learn more from your failures. — Piper Kerman
If it’s everyone, then it’s you. — Carolyn Has
Lighten your load: let grudges go. — Elliot Holt
Chances are, your editor is right. — Elizabeth Gilbert.
Delete almost all adjective and adverbs. — Lynn Harris
You don’t always need to win. — Melissa Masoom
Admit mistakes. You’ll be respected more. — Krystyna Fedosejevs

It All Changed in an Instant (More Six Word Memoirs)

Virgin ’til 23, total slut after — Suzanne Siegel
Teen war bride waiting by the mailbox. — Jacqueline Goodrich
Love at first sight. Needed glasses. — Susan Holcombe
Alzheimer’s: meeting new people every day. — Phil Skversky
Should have crossed legs, not fingers. — Sharon Faltisek
Not enough Wellbutrin in the world. — Steve Kovach
Disarm them by being sort of nice. — Naomi Klein
My six words haven’t happened yet. — Erica Ray.

And now my very own 6 word Memoirs (six words or less) : Then you get to leave yours in the comment box.

1. Can’t sing, but love the stage. — Melissa Sugar
2. Keep family drama off the Internet. 
3. Every moment creates new memories.
4. Never interfere with spouse's employees
5. If nobody’s listening, stop talking.
6. Thanks Obama, now must marry a doctor.
7. Badmouthing others reveals more about you.
8. Wary of women with no friends.
9. Nothing wine and friends can't cure.
10. Crazy Southern girl life just beginning

So how about it? Want to take a shot at it and leave a six word memoir in the comment section? C'mon you can do it?
We're getting really close to the end of the 2016 A to Z blogging challenge. Have you visited many blogs? I admit I started off pretty good. I intended to meet lots of new bloggers, but my plan didn't work out. I fell hard for some that I visited right off the bat and needed to go back each day for repeat visits. I still managed to visit a few new blogs every few days, but the numbers decreased each day as life, kids, writing and my husband's surgery and family life got in the way. Then I even slacked off the blogs I was initially visiting on a pretty regular basis. All I can say is that it wasn't for lack of trying or for lack of interest. I hope I can return to more frequent visits soon.

What's —  your  — Six — Word —  life—  story?

The Truth about Amazon Reviews: How to Write an Authentic Review:

Do Amazon Reviews Really Help Authors' Sales

R - Reviews

The number one thing to remember is that it’s simple. You don’t have to be a critic for the N.Y. Times, and that’s what held me back for a long time and then I began reading blog articles from some of my Indie author friends and learned all of the bullshit they go through when their books don’t reach that certain “magic” number of reviews. Nope, they don’t always know the magic number and I certainly don’t know it.

1. Books with few or no reviews don’t get showcased for authors to view — you know when you buy a book and then you see the — Because you liked that book … you might also like this book … and they float a stream of books your way. If your an impulsive buyer like me, chances are you just might purchase another one. Heck, you’re at least gonna take a peak.

2. Be honest. Quit worrying about being a book critic, just tell the other readers what you liked about the book. If the author writes family saga that made you cry all night, write that. If it wasn’t your cup of tea, b/c you don’t like thrillers then write that, but don’t give the person less than four stars b/c you chose the wrong genre.

3. These authors put their hearts, souls and often their life savings into this. If you have constructive criticism then by all means offer it, but don’t be mean. They can only learn by what you have to offer. They can better learn if you contact them personally with your recommendation. You have no idea what a 1, 2 or 3 star can do to them when they are just getting started. It’s cruel when someone gives 1 star and writes, “I haven’t even read the book.” Nothing pisses me off more. Or a 1 or 2 star that says, “It contained foul language or violence.” Read the blurb or book jacket. Please don’t ruin a beginning author’s career just for the fun of it.

4. Write a 2 to 5 line review that offers other readers valuable insight that’ll help them decide whether or not to spend their money purchasing the book. 

5. If you have nothing to contribute one way or the other, please just skip the review.

6. Amazon only counts four & five star reviews in favor of promoting new authors. If you don’t like the book, you don’t have to review it. If you truly hate it, I can’t tell you not to review it. Some books really shouldn’t be published in this world of e-publishing where anyone can hit send and publish. However, when someone has worked hard and authored a good to exceptional book and you have a few minor gripes — you can leave a four/five star review and still let the author know in the body of your review what they can do better in their next book, while also informing the readers that the author has room for improvement. And I promise you, the majority of authors do want to know — they rely on you to let them know how they can sharpen their skill. But if people gang up on them for minor errors they may never have the opportunity for another book. There are enough trolls out there doing this for you, we don’t need true and authentic people like you doing it for them. Let’s stand behind one another and help one another, by giving constructive reviews.

7. Don’t be afraid to be the first person to review a book. I know, none of us likes to be the first person trying the odd looking food at a party buffet, but I’ve done it, and it’s turned out to be the best food ever. So dive right in and give that book you just just devoured a glowing review. The author will be excited and you will feel good about yourself. You’ll get the bandwagon rolling. One review will lead to the next. Don’t do it unless you mean it. Never put your name on a review unless you stand by it.

Here’s a the best 5 Star Guide, I've come across. It will help with your Review Policy. I found it on   Anne R. Allen's blog. You should check out her blog on reviews. She also has a wealth of other resources for writers. Today she's sharing 11 tips to help you build your online community.

5 Stars: It’s Just like the picture. It fits great and I wear it all the time.
4 Stars: Means it’s pretty nice, but maybe runs a little snug.
3 Stars: Means it’s cheap looking and the color is off. I wouldn’t buy it again.
2 Stars: Means the stitching is shoddy, the hem’s crooked, and the picture showed pockets, but it doesn’t have any. Yeah, I can wear it, but, I’m seriously disappointed. 
1 Star: Means it’s a tacky mess and I sent it back.

Quirky Quirks Distinguish People from Each Other

3 Things I Notice When Stalking Observing People

In Search of Quirks for My Fictional Characters

Letter Q = Quirks

Quirkiest Character I know:

3 Things I leaned from reading Journaling to Become a Better Writer by Danielle Lincoln Hanna, a book I highly recommend for all authors. I simply can't give this book a stronger recommendation. I will post a review after the challenge because the insight I gained from her journaling and the homework exercises were rewarding and offered an unexpected breakthrough in my writing.

3 Things:

1. What we do
2. What we Say (and how we say it)
3. What we look like

So began my study of people by observing their:

1. Mannerisms 
2. Choices

Let's get down to the quirks I took note of this week. I'm only listing the top 25 to keep the post short.

1. Drives car while sitting with one leg either tucked under her butt or fully extended and resting on the dashboard.
2. Nervous habit of tapping her long fingernails against the iPhone case. 
3. Twirls toothpick between lip and tongue.
4. Always touches people when they speak: a palm over their hand, extends arms parallel to their shoulders, calls them sweetie pie, honey, darlin'.
5. Constantly licks lips to the point they are visibly chapped, flaky and peeling.
6. Flicks his wrists and does a thumb tap dance with the oval tin container of Skoal (smokeless tobacco also known as snuff) before pinching a greasy mound of a tea like pouch and tucking it between his lip and cheek.
7. Gets annoyed when things are out of place.
8. Won't go anywhere without an iced coffee or a diet coke with a straw. 
9. Talks with hand over mouth.
10. Is a close talker, invades your personal space.

11. Goes off on tangents, tells stories with no point or conclusion.
12. Never uses contractions.
13. Refers to self in third person.
14. Exaggerated accent.
15. Has difficulty answering questions directly or making eye contact. 
16. Claustrophobic. 
17. Must sit next to a wall or with back to the exit.
18. Puts others down constantly.
19. Walks as if afraid of being followed. Looks over shoulders. Slips behind doorways. Crosses the street often.
20. Has road rage. Flips drivers off, constantly blares horn and shouts profanity at other drivers for the slightest thing. Never lets other drivers slip over into her lane when the other driver politely asks.
21. Won't eat a Wendy's hamburger because of the square meat on a round bun. 
22. Must take a swallow or sip of beverage after each bite when eating a meal.
23. Experiences anxiety in social situations.
24. Habitually coughs/clears throat, even when healthy.
25. Always needs to one up the person speaking. When someone vacations, he's been on a better one. If they have an injury, his injury was far worse. If they are sick, when he was ill, his illness was life threatening.

How do you come up with your characters quirks, habits & mannerisms? What’s the strangest quirk you’ve ever heard of? Tell us about it. The quirk could be from someone in the real world or a fictional character’s quirk you discovered while reading a novel or watching a movie.

We're nearing the end. How many blogs have you visited this year. Pop over to the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge Sign up List and get in a few more.

How to Write a Killer Plot Twist Kill Your Ending

P - Plot Twists: Unexpected Surprise Plot Twists 

Plot Twists done right are an unpredictable, but natural set of circumstances that burst into the narrative and alter the course of your plot. Your job as the writer is to foreshadow the plot twist while directing the readers attention away from it. If you reader predicts it you're not doing it right.

This isn't a post on how to write an effective plot twist. Nope. Just a list of some of my favorite plot twists and some of the overused ones.  There's also some really "out there," plot twists thrown into the mix.  But the idea is to brainstorm and that requires coming up with some crazy ideas then whittling your idea down to something you can work with. Remember the old rule from James Scott Bell, it always works for me when listing things. Bell writes for the Killzone Blog. Make a list of 25 or 50 or 100. Throw out the first 20% of your list.The ideas that spring to mind quickly are too obvious. Probe deep into your brain. That's damn good advice from Bell. Check out his site: For Writers James Scott Bell

For this post I brainstormed over 500 possible Plot Twists. I narrowed it to 20.

Plot Twist Ideas:

1. Backup never shows
2. Your MC accidentally kills someone
3. A major secret is revealed or hidden
4. Your character runs out of money while on the run/hero runs out of ammo during shootout/climax 
5. Your protagonist is being tricked into doing the worst possible thing. She thinks she is saving someone, but her actions are actually going to harm or kill someone.
6. A character suddenly begins acting out of character, acts suspicious for reasons we the reader cannot decipher. He is a police officer and he begins taking late night runs, but he was never a runner. He begins acting secretive. He changes the passwords on all of his electronic devices so that his wife cannot access them. He no longer has lunch with his police partner. Disappears during routine office hours and gives unbelievable answers when asked where he's been. His demeanor changes. He adds extra bolt locks to the doors on his home. He purchases more off duty guns and ammo. He is quick with his temper.
7. Your character is caught at the border with a fake passport
8. A spontaneous hostage is taken/someone is kidnapped 
9. A misunderstanding makes your protagonist appear guilty
10. A material witness is killed or disappears 
11. Character asking someone to do something on telephone is shown to be in real life threatening situation at the end of the call -- a trap is being set.
12. a moment of realization showing the villain has a long pattern of doing the same thing to others (serial killers, child molesters, satanic killers, family annihilators)

13. Old flame returns who wants to rekindle relationship while husband and wife are in the middle of trying to salvage already damaged marriage. Husband sneaks out to buy a pack of smokes and lies about where he's going. 
14. It is revealed that the protagonist's best ally has been playing for the other team the entire time. This betrayal is first reveled to readers then chapters later it is revealed to the protagonist.
15. New evidence shows that earlier assumptions were wrong. Protagonists was on the trail of the wrong killer the whole time. A close Ally has been feeding her wrong information.
16. Someone plants evidence making it appear that the protagonists is the culprit.
17. A very computer savvy villain uses social media to make it appear the protagonist is doing bad things and her family, friends and co-workers begin to doubt her and soon turn on her.
18. A person learns from a medical procedure that his parents could not possibly be his blood relatives.
19. Someone plants a bomb underneath the main character's car right before she loads her kids for school.
20. Ticking clock time deadline pressure added such as a bomb about to detonate or someone about to be executed.

What are some of your favorite plot twists? What are some of the most overused plot twist?

My Favorite Plot Twist in Movies:

Gone Girl
The Usual Suspects
Witness for the Prosecution
Primal Fear
Fight Club
No Way Out
The Crying Game

Favorite Plot Twists in Novels

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson  See Review of The Kind Worth Killing (*Warning Spoilers) I have a separate review without spoilers. {When does the movie come out} A kick ass book, with a kick ass plot twist.

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware   ( My favorite book of 2015)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Tell No One by Harlan Coben (Still a favorite after all these years, probably my favorite Coben book)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins see my Amazon Review

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (pseudonym), Abby McDonald (I went to great lengths to chase the chick down, had to learn her pseudonym) ... worth the read. This is more of a YA or maybe NA Thriller

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

We Were Liars by E. Lockart ( This was good, but I wasn't in love with this book, not the way so many others were. I liked it. It had a twist ending, but it didn't blow me away or anything. It made my favorite list, but it was slow getting started and the pace was slower than I normally like. Not my absolute favorite.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Code Name Verity. By Megan Whalen, a novel I’ve not had the pleasure of reading, but I keep hearing amazing things about this story and I’ve added it to the top of my TBR list. Have any of you read it?

So what are your favorite novels and/or movies with twist endings? I'd love to hear them, because I'd like to read or watch them. It's all homework you know.

Othello Syndrome: Morbid or Delusional Jealousy

Othello Syndrome is a dark and dangerous condition named after the Shakespearean character Othello who killed his wife Desdemona after suspecting infidelity.

Irrational and Uncontrollable Jealousy

Blinded by Emotions: People Suffering from Paranoid Personality Disorder Believe their Spouse/Partner is Cheating Without any Proof. Othello (morbid) Jealousy has no Basis in Reality.

Have you ever had a jealous boyfriend or girlfriend? Sure. We've all been jealous. It's normal. I'm not talking about the occasional pang of jealousy ... you know the burning sensation that creeps into your chest when you spot your beaux flashing his baby blues at the hottie who has eyes for him at a cocktail party or the pain in your jaw from clenching your teeth when she slides her hand across his chair on her way back from the ladies room. Nor am I talking about the pulling sensation in your gut as an unfamiliar number pops up on your wife's called ID. Your mouth goes dry, but you stop yourself from interrogating her because you trust her.

This is a different kind of jealousy.  I''m referring to a jealousy so morbid it's often called morbid jealousy. It may involve a real rival, but it usually only involves a perceived rival for one's love or affection. The insecure person attempts to control the relationship and accuses the partner of betrayal. There’s nothing the innocent partner can do to appease the jealous partner. It's a disastrous jealousy intensified by the perceived threat of losing the object of their affection.

Persons suffering from Othello's syndrome often put their partner through elaborate tests of loyalty.

 Checks your cell phone constantly (with you knowledge)

 Cell Phone Spying (without your knowledge)

 Asking whereabouts then trying to catch you in a lie

 If an ex is involved or another rival, requiring the partner to allow them to inspect all incoming and outgoing text messages, even going so far as to require the partner to copy and paste all messages from the ex and forward to the person with Othello's Syndrome.

 Inspects all cell phone logs: incoming/outgoing calls

 Insinuates self into your business/professional life

Checks on you at work during the day, by phone, text, email, or pop in visits.

Gets mad when you don't answer right away then accuses you of talking to someone else.

Talks to friends, co-workers, relatives, neighbors, asking them about suspicious behavior that might indicate you are cheating.

Telling you that it's not you she doesn't trust, it's the other woman who's after you/ or if it's a man, it's not you he doesn't trust, it's the other men you work with, the dirty rotten men who only have one thing on their mind.

Tells you that "people," are telling him you are cheating, but won't reveal his source.

Little by little cuts you off from your friends and family. You have given up many friendships, even family contacts just to make life at home easier and as peaceful and conflict free as possible.

 Is always coming up with outrageous stories, but none of them can ever be verified.

Accuses you of putting other people before him/her.

Accuses you of not loving her/him enough to cut other people out of your life.

Accuses you of looking at other people, paying more attention to other people. Pouts when doesn't get way.

Will read your diary/journal/online or Internet calendar to discover every single secret you have.

Interrogates you about all phone calls, even the most innocent phone calls, you often feel like a

Takes your car keys, money and/or hides your belongings so you can't/won't leave.

Lays down the law/stipulations for contact with people you "have to see" such as an ex, when exchanging the children.

Cannot being reassured, incapable of trusting you

Always has an excuse for being jealous; blames you for their jealousy.

Accuses you of having an affair. A man will accuse a woman of a sexual affair. A woman will accuse a man of an emotional affair. Both will accuse the victim of "thinking of the other person," when your libido suffers because of one of the above.

Gaslighting techniques: always trying to confuse you, make you not trust yourself, prove to you that they have every right to be jealous. Gaslighting over a period off time will drive even the most sane and healthy person bonkers.

What causes someone to become this jealous?

Low self esteem
Difficulty seeing merits and virtues in himself
Affective losses during childhood
Hypercritical parents with high demands
Poor role models

This one minute youtube clip show a woman suffering from Othello Syndrome/Morbid Jealousy and she actually makes her husband submit to a polygraph test every single night.

Have you ever had an experience with someone suffering from Othello Syndrome or Morbid Jealousy?

N - Crimes Against Nature

N- Crimes Against Nature:

The unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal

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Bloodcurdling and Greedy Motives for Murder

Do You Know Your Character's Inner Motivation?

Letter M is for Motive:

In many jurisdictions, motive is not an element of the crime. What that means is that the prosecutor is not required to prove to the jury what the defendant's motive was for committing the crime. However, It was my experience, as a long time prosecutor, that even though the jury is told that they cannot and may not require the prosecution to prove motive and that it is absolutely not an element of the crime: guess what? The jury still expects to hear it?


We all do?

It's human nature.

We all want to know why a person does what they do. We especially want to know why the the bad guy/villain commits the horrific heinous acts he commits.

It's usually someone we know who does the deed.  According to Australian news.

"A STRONG sense of jealousy, a sense of entitlement and insecurity — these are the attributes found in people who kill. And it’s usually someone you know. See Australian Lifetime News Blog

Why? Why? Why? 

Your Readers Demand Answers! 

We must show our readers what motivates our characters.

Psychologist, criminologist and other experts have labeled or categorized motives and the experts disagree on the terminology so I will give you what I believe are the possible motives for murder and other violent crimes. Many of these can and do overlap and some can be placed into more than one category.

The Primary Motives for Murder:






All of the other Motives for Murder or Violent Crimes:

Cover up another crime
Frame someone else for a crime
Hate (see above)
Jealousy (see above)
Love (see above)
Lust (see above)
Mental Illness
Protecting someone else from being convicted of another crime
Self Defense
Serial Killer
Thrill Kill

I'm sure there are other motives, but here are the ones that came to mind and I'm willing to wager that if you come up with a different one, it will fit in one of the above categories. 

Can you think of any other possible motives?

Have you read any books or seen any movies with disturbing motives for murder? How many of you have seen the 2003 film Monster? I didn't believe the actress who won the Oscar for best actress was actually Charlize Theron. What an outstanding performance. And that was a true story. 

Here is a short clip. Watch it if you never had a chance to see the movie. What a fantastic performance and wow, what a movie. You really should watch it, it's only like a one minute clip.

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The Lie Your Character Believes

Emotional Motivation Behind the Character's Lie

1. What is their greatest need & what would they do if they can't get it?
2. What is their greatest fear & what will they do to keep it from happening?
3. The childhood or early adolescent incident (s) that traumatized them so badly, dealt them such a devastating blow they now need this emotional armor for protection from their deepest fears. The betrayal/wound most often comes from family, friends, someone the character loved and trusted, perhaps a parent or caregiver making trust an issue for the character. Betrayal, injustice, isolation, abandonment and rejection are all options for the false belief or the lie the character believes throughout her life. She's vowed to never again be vulnerable. This becomes her false self she presents to the world to avoid feeling terrified and exposed. 

Examples of Wounds that Cause False Lies:
1. Being Sexually Assaulted
2. Being raised in the shadow of a sibling who excelled academically, at sports, musically or with some other talent
3. Being raised by parents who favored one sibling over another
4. Just being insecure or loathing, or not liking yourself for several small reasons that added up other time
5. Raised by alcoholic or drug addicted parents or parents who were verbally or physically abusive to you or each other
6. A shameful secret being exposed
7. One’s reputation damaged in high school — a sex scandal in a small town and you were never able to escape your reputation. 
8. Being falsely accused of something terrible
9. An office romance becoming public in a very humiliating way
10. A romance with a married partner that ended badly or was exposed.
11. An abortion 
12. An out of wedlock pregnancy/birth
13. Child placed for adoption
14. Naked or semi nude photos passed around or posted on the Internet
15. A sibling, other family member or close friend betrayed you — spilled a long held secret
16. Infidelity
17. An arrest and/or conviction  
18. Friend or enemy started a viscous rumor that won’t go away
19. Discovering your child has been the victim of abuse
20. Being fired from your job
21. Lewd act or prostitution

So for example you take the girl whose parents never told her they loved her. She thinks she is unlovable. That’s her lie. If her own parents can’t love her, she’s unworthy of love.  For her character arc, she will have to find a way to let go of that and move past her fear of abandonment and rejection. This is a very simplified answer. More on this topic in another post.

Let me borrow another example from Angela & Becca’s  book. 

Example: A lawyer wants to successfully argue & win his court case (to distinguish himself = inner motivation) as opposed to his usual plea bargain and live up to his dead father’s reputation as an exceptional trial lawyer. This need for validation stemmed from growing up in the shadow of his wildly successful father (wound). As a result, lawyer doubts himself and his abilities. (Inner conflict) — He’s afraid he will always be second best.

You really should purchase Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi's  Positive Character Traits & Negative Character Traits series for a thorough and in depth look inside character traits which encompasses the false lie, the wound, fatal flaws,  which create fabulous contradictions. If you don’t already have these books in your library — what are you waiting for?

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