Monday, May 15, 2006

Andrew Foley Shuffles Randomly

Comics creator Andrew Foley is interviewed at The Pulse:

I don’t know if you’ve run into this, but pretty much every comic editor whose let me pitch to them says the same thing right up front: “No vampires, no serial killers.” Having been a submissions editor at an online comic company for awhile, I know exactly why they say that--the vast majority of what gets submitted is crappy vampire stories, and the vast majority of what’s left is crappy serial killer stories. In spite of this, because some deeply twisted portion of my psyche apparently wants me to fail miserably, I concocted a story about a serial-killing book editor who runs into a vampire.

In a nutshell, DONE TO DEATH is intended to be the last vampire story ever written. My goal is to utterly ruin the genre for anyone who attempts to work in it from hereon in, at least anyone who wants to approach it in anything resembling a serious light. This might upset some hardcore fans of vampire culture, but it should be welcomed with open arms by submissions editors and anyone who’s read one too many Anne Rice novels (I’ll leave it to the individual reader to decide how many is one too many.)

Shannon Wade is the editor who discovered Shelley DeMornay, the world’s greatest living vampire novelist. They had a falling out a few years back, which resulted in Shannon getting demoted to the much-loathed position of submission editor. Because her company publishes Shelley DeMornay, the vast majority of Shannon’s slush pile consists of crappy, derivative vampire stories. Shannon hates the vampire genre--hates it so much that she starts hunting down and killing people who insist on sending her this crap.

Andy is the world’s worst vampire. A stuttering, overweight loser, he was once Shelley DeMornay’s biggest fan. Her books were like religious texts to him, and he believed in them so much that he actually went out and managed to become a real vampire. He thought doing so would transform him into a confident, sexy figure, like all of Shelley’s characters. Instead, he’s been turned into an immortal stuttering, overweight loser. Someone’s going to pay for it. A lot of someones, actually.

Shannon and Andy are going to collide, and when they do, it’ll be one of the funniest or most horrific things you’ve ever read--ideally, it’ll be both.

The book he's talking about, Done To Death, is powered by the ultra cool art of Fiona Staples. If there's a comic shop near you, you can make them order D2D for you with a special, garlic-enhanced code: May063281. If you're an Edmontonian, be sure to look for it at Happy Harbor Comics.


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Neurolinguistic Programming

In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! hypnosis

8/12/2006 6:23 PM  

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