to the care and handling of romantic neurotics everywhere
Chewing the Pencil
is where the writing materials are
. . .
Angeles : Born
in the United States
to an Air Force test pilot, you might think Niki Chanel and her
sisters had a fascinating childhood. As
kids, however, they moved often, did not get along with their
mother and hardly
knew their father. He was often away on TDY (temporary duty) and
when he was home, most of his time was spent with his wife. Their
mother, frustrated by the constant moving and the military pressures
of conformity, was bitter, angry and distant toward them.
Later in life Niki
was to learn that the quiet parental conversations were about
politics of the job and the upcoming transfers. For
their own reasons, they chose to kept the children in the dark
about their plans, so it was always a surprise to Niki when the
moving trucks came to pack things. It was even more of a surprise
when her stuff was always missing when we reached their final
Each daughter found
a different way to cope. One escaped into comedy, one into fantasy
and Niki into ancient history and mystery. All three of them write.
photo of me in velvet coat with fur and toy on a string
Niki Chanel now lives
and writes in Los Angeles. She holds a BFA (bachelor of fine arts)
from California Institute of the Arts, a G.G. (Graduate Gemmologist
degree) from the Gemological Institute of America and as studied
ancient Egyptian history since the 6th grade.
Chanel writes from Wrongs
synopsis here with links to longer versions and autors inspiration
. . .
Angeles : A multi genre
author, Niki Chanel comes to
us from an artistic background of paint, film and ancient history.
So it is no mystery that she should write stories of artists,
celebrities and kings. But what does surprise are the local werewolves,
evil twins and ghosts of nuns. Even more unexpected is an exhortation
of a gendre-confused male photographer that's "coming-out"
and learning to live with a new lifestyle.
Below are a few samples of Niki Chanel's
upcoming story lines.
Events & News
- 8 March, 2008
Oregon : A
'Members Only' convention of authors, publishers, cover artists
and the like will be held this month in Portland, Oregon to discuss,
teach and honor the digital written word. Why? To celebrate the
biggest and brightest thing that has happened to literature since
the printing press. It's called E-publishing.
This fairly new approach
of using the internet to publish novels and poetry brings readers
and writer's closer than ever before and EPIC has taken a stand
at the front of the line.
The name EPIC, known
to mean an extended tale, also stands for Electronic Publishing
Internet Connection. The company was started by Florence Moyer
and Jane Bierce in 1998 as a spin-off of RWA,
the well established Romance Writer's of America. At the time
RWA was unwilling to add an e-pub chapter and the two women decided
to go it alone. In 2000 the first EPICon symposium was held in
Their main goal,
in the beginning, was to provide an information exchange for electronically
published authors. They advertise themselves as publishers of
"all the most popular fiction genres, as well as non-fiction
self-help and how-to". It has expanded into issuing awards
for outstanding work. Each year, books and cover art are judged
by members, all published authors, and the winners are announced
at a gala EPPIE
award ceremony at the convention.
Internet users is
on the increase and e-publishing is coming of age. One can now
purchase and read a short story, novella, novel or, oddly enough,
an epic online. The cost to the reader is less than half of a
current paperback, however these pioneers do not cross over; paperbacks
are not published on line and e-books are not printed on paper.
Highlights this year
will include an introduction to E-readers. These are hand-held
electronic devices that can upload a book in minutes so one can
take it along like any other book. The beauty is that many books
can be stored in these little beauties taking the weight out of
toting around several paperbacks or finding oneself with nothing
new to read on a dark and stormy night in a new town. Just connect
to the internet, pay for your choice, upload the entire work and
you're back and reading in no time. Two contenders for e-reader
business are Sony and the Amazon Kindle.
This video from DiggNation
(yeah, I'm a geek) gives a good review of the two products at
the 14:15 portion of the video; just slide the loader. If you
have difficulty seeing it, this non-video article from Gizmodo
comparing the two will inform you fully.
Stuff That Occures to Me
By Niki Chanel
updated : 1 March, 2008
. . .
Angeles : I think, generally, piercings
and jewellery that is put into those piercings are intended to
beautify the modern youth. However, the one that fit in the cartiledge
of the nose between the nostrils should not look like boogers
hangin' out. Facial accessories have a tendency to exagerate facial
features, so if one has an unsightly nose, I suggest a lip or
eyebrow ring - not a nose pin. All the world is a stage, but stage
lighting rarely matches soft bedroom light. Have a friend take
some pix in different light and with different clothing. It'll
be fun and you can see how you look to the rest of the world.
Just an opinionated thought.