Life isn’t perfect, in fact often it is quite the opposite. Despite the efforts we make day in and day out, not everything goes our way. That is what makes dystopian novels and movies so intriguing and interesting. Its our world, but slightly off. It gives the possibility of ‘what if.’ Usually it’s something like a war, or sickness, or government battle that changes the world, but it is also something feasible, and that is why it is terrifying. Continue reading
(Caution – SPOILER ALERT!)
Like everyone else in the world, I bought the first book in the much-hyped Hunger Games series just to see what all the fuss was about. Not that I expected to enjoy it, of course. I expected to flick through, read the occasional paragraph and quietly titter to myself, and end by boomeranging the darned thing to the nearest thrift store, where it would take its place amongst at many Read-It-Once-And-Go-“Oh, so THAT’S whodunit!” Dan Brown books and the twelve vinyl copies of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album that I believe every US charity shop is now required by law to carry.
To my surprise (and initial annoyance), I thoroughly enjoyed it. Don’t tell anyone, but in fact I found myself so swept up by the cliffhanger ending of Book 1 that I rushed out and bought Books 2 and 3. Continue reading
The following are two posts I had written for a summary of my work this November on National Novel Writing Month.
The premise, as its been for the last few years, is to promote fledging and wannabe writers by giving them a challenge: write an original book made up of 50,000 words within the month of November Thirty days, 50,000 words at the minimum to do. you sign up at their website (nanowrimo.org), and they provide you with advice, word count average you should make per day, and a graph of what your word count is for each day you log it online. You then can have your novel checked a few days before the end of the month to see if you got up to 50k in words. The reward for participating is not some cash prize, but its an exercise to build up your ability to write if that’s what you’re interested in doing. Plus, you now have a working draft of a full length novel (if you’re lucky) as a result, so in away, you’ve already won. Continue reading
Comic-Con has begun, and with Elizabeth Ann on the ground floor doing her thing for NerdLush (and hopefully just having a great time), I’m here to recap some of the big news and events that happened today in San Diego.
First: MOVIES! Continue reading
PAX ROMANA by Jonathan Hickman (Image Comics/collected)
If anything can be learned from time travel stories, its that meddling with the past can have unintended consequences. One of the best examples of this is the now late Ray Bradbury’s classic short story A Sound of Thunder, where a simple bug being crushed changes the entire course of human history. With all the infinite possibilities for disaster the notion of going back to the past presents, you would think such an idea would not be cavalierly pursued. The concept of writer/artist Jonathan Hickman’s time travel world-building epic Pax Romana is that even with a unified purpose, things still can change in a surprising way. Continue reading
100 BULLETS by Brian Azzarello & Edurado Risso (Vertigo/DC Comics/collected)
Now, I preface this by saying there are some mild spoilers, so be warned, dear reader…
First off, I’m not one of those guys who goes out regularly, let alone with relatives or friends on a weekend to hammer down a few beers and have some fun. Not that I have crap relatives or friends to hang out with for options, its just not my style. However, on the rare occasion when I do, I find myself often being the designated driver, which is like the equivalent of being third string quarterback in a football team, and by that I mean, sitting bored out of my ass taking care of drunken fools. So with that thought in mind, I decided to form my own league of fictional characters I would enjoy going to a bar with and not worry about being the only sober one. Continue reading