Meet the Author: Laurel Heidtman

Meet Laurel Heidtman, a talented author. 

1. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child. My undergrad degree was English with a Creative Writing Emphasis, but then instead of sticking to my dreams, I chose a steady paycheck. I wrote a little over the years, but it wasn’t until I retired from outside work that I decided it was way past time to do something about achieving my goal.

2. How many hours in a day do you dedicate to your writing?
Not as many as I should—or at least not on a regular schedule. That’s something I’m trying to change. Too often I don’t write at all, but other times I write a lot. Nearly every day I do something related to writing, though, such as marketing.

3. Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
I don’t think I’ve ever suffered from it. Nike’s motto of “Just do it” works for writing as well as athletics. It doesn’t mean what I write will be a keeper, of course, but even writi…

The Tomb--My take on the movie with spoilers!

The Tomb or Ligeia as it was formerly called, will make you think you’re watching a goth play. Yes, the actors wear dark clothes, the setting is of a castle and there are spells and magic involved. But the reason why it looks like a play is because every turning point doesn’t seamlessly fit into the story.
You can very well point out that Act One is when the writer breaks up with his girlfriend and marries Ligeia. Act Two is when Ligeia falls ill and her magical hold on her husband begins to weaken. She kills herself and that is the end of Part Two. Act Three is when Ligeia tries to create problems with her ex-husband and his new wife while possessing the caretaker’s quiet little daughter.
Maybe, just maybe, the story would have suited in a theatre than in a movie format because the proceedings get dull and the connection is lost when the storyline unravels to include situations that just don’t make sense.
Side characters keep coming and going so quickly that before their connection t…

It was destined to happen.


When things go awry

“Listen,  I think  I  delivered  the wrong briefcase to you, ‘cause my mother just came over to hand me over some of the stuff I left  at home today.  You  see,  I  woke  up  at  two  in  the afternoon, and my head feels all fuzzy when I wake up so early...”
“The  wrong  briefcase?”  The eldest scientist said, incredulously.

“Ya, Doc. You got hearing problems as well?”

“What  the  heck  did  we  just  inject  these  morons with?" 

“The seven sins thing you guys were going to experiment with next week,” Coolio replied.

Doc looked stunned. “How did you know about my experiments?”

“Doctor  Medico  here regularly updates everything you do on all the social media sites,” Coolio said. “I don’t usually read his updates, but when I’m tired of reading all about  the  celebrity  and  politician  gossip  and  there  really isn’t anything else to read in the bathroom then...” “Medico, I thought you got therapy for your social media addiction!” Doc cut in sharply. 

“I did!” Medico replied, sheepishly…

What is Leena hiding?

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A Quiet Place-- My take on the movie with spoilers!

In many ways. A Quiet place will remind you of Don’t Breathe- a taut thriller wherein three delinquents realize they’ve just broken into the wrong house. The owner turns out to be blind and the three intruders discover they mustn’t make a single sound if they are to escape.
In A Quiet Place, there is no crazy old man with sinister intentions, nor the limitation of being trapped in a house with bars on windows. Here, we see a whole wide world sometime in the future where creatures attack anyone who makes a single sound.
The first thing that comes to mind is: Really? Everyone is dead? Any city in the world has almost a million people. The city they live in definitely had more than a million, yet, no one survives the attack better than this one family who seemed to have survived attacks from these creatures for more than a year.
The second thing that comes to mind when you see the newspaper articles is how these experts, who have found out that the creatures are attracted to sound, peris…


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