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I Am The Immortal… Wait For It….

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

I Am The Immortal… Wait For It….

I make no bones about disliking the first season of Iron Fist on Netflix. It was a sloppy mess, with poor writing, constantly changing character motivations for no good reason, lousy acting, bad martial arts scenes, and a main protagonist who was arrogant and obnoxious. It’s not a series I’ll ever watch again, and it fell off my radar. So it was with surprise that my wife and I were looking for something to watch earlier this week and realized that season two of Iron Fist had dropped. I’d heard things MIGHT have improved, so we decided to give it an episode or two to see if they righted the ship. Non-spoiler alert: They did, and it’s vastly...

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The Boy Who Lived

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

The Boy Who Lived

This is part two of the vacation memories. Hard to believe it was already two weeks ago! On Saturday morning I rose and readied. The wife was flying in and I needed to pick her up around 8:45 (so I thought). Of course, at barely ten past eight she texted to tell me she was in the airport already, and I had only just begun to head for the shower. After a quick shower and getting dressed, I hit the road. I’d mapped out the route beforehand, but damn Florida… you got some ‘splaining to do. The road to the airport turned out to be a toll road, and about a mile from the booths a solid barrier appeared splitting the lines. I got stuck to the left, which was...

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Interlude – Pro’s and Cons

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Interlude – Pro’s and Cons

I will return to reminiscing about the trip to Florida in my next post. For the moment, I wanted to get into two topics that are becoming increasingly important to me as I step nearer to achieving publication: working with professionals; and attending conferences. Pro’s and Cons, get it? Get it? I had the opportunity yesterday to take a conference call with Cat Rambo, the current president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA for short (pronounced Sifwa, which is actually a cool science fiction sound all by itself… seriously, say it out loud and try NOT to envision spaceships flying by… sifwa!). I came by way of this call through the...

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Return from a Dream

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Return from a Dream

It was, in my lifetime, the greatest Labor Day weekend I remember. This morning I sit here depressed that it’s over, and a bit gutted by another rejection letter (two in fact this morning). The return home after a weekend away is always hard. This one was made doubly hard by the long drive (almost 15 hours), and lack of sleep. So I’ve decided to reflect on the time spent away as a balm to my somewhat cracked soul. The trip ostensibly was to attend Sydney and Ryan’s wedding. Sydney is one of the many great friends I made at Viable Paradise, and given the opportunity to go to Orlando for her wedding, I jumped at the chance. I’d never been there and...

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4th Saturday (8/2018)

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

4th Saturday (8/2018)

I’m going to try to do a catchall writing post on the 4th weekend of every month. Technically I’m a day early, but now that it’s in my head I wanted to get it started. A way of keeping track of what I’ve done each month. August, 2018, has been fantastic. We started it off with a week spent “down the ocean”, a family trip to the Outer Banks. I’d never been there, and it was glorious weather to spend at the beach. I can see why folks pay ridiculous prices to live there, and put up with the ever present danger of hurricanes destroying their homes. I’m definitely inclined to consider a beach home in the future, should I ever...

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Give Me Fever

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Give Me Fever

My career was built on the bedrock of customer service. Not just taking and making phone calls, but in person, at your desk, putting you at ease and fixing your system no matter how difficult the situation. And I’ve been damn good at it for years and years, rose to the top ranks of deskside computer repair folks. I worked with the most difficult customers, company CEO’s, doctors, board members. I mingled with the top brass of the navy when they visited my company, and looked damned dashing in my suit I might add, to the point people thought I actually was one of the high mucky mucks. But for anyone who knows me, deeply and truly, anyone close to me, this...

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Long Moments

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Long Moments

This is something I’ve been noticing more and more lately, to the point its begun to irritate me in books I’m reading. It’s the use of phrases like “a long moment” to denote a pause in a conversation or an action. And yes, this is something I’ve used myself in past stories and novels, and something I’m going to have to take a long hard look at going forward. It’s come up quite a lot in the latest “Ring of Fire” book I’ve been listening to in the car, and it finally struck a chord with me this week as I drove home one night. I get the purpose, really. People engaged in difficult conversation sometimes stop...

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Sweet Christmas (Reviews)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Sweet Christmas (Reviews)

There’s actually a couple of reviews here, so let’s get right to them. Tons of spoilers ahead! Justice League: I make no apologies for being a Marvel fanboy. Spider-man was my jam when I was a child, and I grew up loving the Hulk, Fantastic Four, and the whole long stable of Marvel characters. That said, I had no problems with DC titles either, and often enjoyed a Batman comic, or Swamp Thing, or even a Superman title. Some of their later imprints by the time I was an adult were putting out some spectacularly good shit, like Sandman and Doom Patrol. DC used to put out great movies, too. The original Superman movies with Christopher Reeves were excellent,...

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Compelling Characters

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Compelling Characters

I’ve seen these discussions before revolving around what makes a character compelling. For the most part, it seems obvious. The audience has a connection with the character, can see a vague reflection of themselves in it. Or maybe they see a person they like and want to be, or would like to know. Even “evil” protagonists can be compelling if done correctly. Think Dexter. Or perhaps Thomas Convenant, for you fantasy readers out there. I sat down to find something to watch last night, and landed on a British show called “The End of the F***ing World.” Initially I thought about it was about two troubled teens facing the literal “end of...

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Boo Government

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Boo Government

I spend too much time on Reddit. I freely admit this. I’ve curated my feed to focus primarily on writing, but with plenty of forays into other topics like Art Deco design features, astrophotography, history, retrofuturism, and artwork to inspire my stories, like Imaginary Technologies. I’ve also been a long-time subscriber to the Marvel forum, since I love all things Marvel comic related, especially the recent crop of movies. So when a recent post went off about how the Avengers got jobbed by the Sokovia accords since the government had done at least as much damage to the world as the Avengers had, I joined in. I decided to do a break down of each movie and...

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