A Fantasy/Romance Writer’s Titanic Obsession – Why Am I Watching Titanic Instead of Writing?

In a world where I’m supposed to be a serious writer, cranking away at the episodes of my fantasy/romance novel The Last King, I have instead, found myself doing some serious procrastination.

Why the procrastination? Am I afraid to tackle the pages? Is it laziness? Dread of trying to make the story perfect, yet knowing it will never be perfect in my eyes?

It’s a strange phenomenon. I love my characters and my stories, and yet they frighten me. I can’t seem to face them, often times, or put their words onto paper. Maybe talking about this will help. I meant to have episode #6 of The Last King out by Dec. 31st, 2014. That won’t happen. Now I am shooting for January 20th, 2015.

One thing is for sure, being on vacation from work is allowing me to relax a little too much. And lately I’ve become transfixed by an age old obsession: Titanic. Yes, I’ve been listening to the  soundtrack and watching behind-the-scenes footage of the movie. It’s like going back to some old childhood fascination I once had. I love it, but it distracts me as a writer.

And while I’m not a fan of some of the clunky dialogue in the movie, James Cameron still did a masterful job of invoking deep emotions while watching that film.

Now, dear Titanic. Go away so I can write!




Some notes about the HOST OF YAMINATODAY.COM – A. Yamina Collins

A. Yamina Collins is the author of the fantasy/romance novel The Last King, A modern-day love story about a young woman innocently caught in a war between two age-old nemesis: God, and immortal beings whose ancestors ate from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.

The Last Kinghas already been in Amazon’s Top 100 Bestseller’s list in Fantasy, Sciencefiction, Women’s Fiction Literature and Christian Women’s Literature.

Twenty-eight year Emmy Hughes has never quite fit in—she’s six feet tall, dark-skinned, and daydreams of being Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. But when she is badly injured in a car accident that kills her mother, Emmy does not dream of fantastical worlds anymore—she just wants her shattered life to be normal again.

Unfortunately, normalcy is the last thing in store for her once she meets Lake George’s newest arrival, Dr. Gilead Knightly. Granted immortality from a line of people whose Great Ancestor marched into the Garden of Eden and ate from the Tree of Life, Gilead has been alive for centuries and has met everyone from Nubian kings to Napoleon.

But Gilead and his eccentric family are also hunted beings because God considers the Edenites’ possession of immortality to be theft. And for thousands of years He has dealt with their transgression by sending each of them a “Glitch” —an unsuspecting human meant to retrieve this stolen “property” of immortality and kill them off.

When Emmy discovers that she is Gilead’s Glitch, she is not only thrown into a world of immortals who eat bone marrow, panthers who read minds, and a family whose blood is made of pulsing gold, but she finds herself the target of Gilead’s vengeance: he must get rid of her before she gets rid of him.

Easier said than done. Because Glitches are not only an Edenite’s greatest threat—they’re also their greatest love.


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