Recently the Empire Podcast–which is like Top Gear for movies–had a discussion on movies that feature no weapons or fighting, an interesting topic amidst a glut of action/sci-fi/fantasy/superhero/six-pack ab flicks. The hosts listed a bunch, some of which had qualifiers on them, most of which I hadn’t seen. But the first movie that came to… Continue reading Russell Crowe’s Best Film Involves Him Punching Nobody
Couldn’t ever hope to tell you why, but when iTunes updated to its present incarnation, it really screwed up its radio apparatus. I liked the old format, where you could search for a topic, then key into radio stations all over the world and listen to all kinds of cool stuff (including local sports games.)… Continue reading iTunes Radio Still Gets One Station Right
Hey gang. If you’re following along on Facebook, I’ve been illustrating SUICIDE RUN. What I learned from REBEL HEART is that it’s better to start with the small pieces, move to the character-one shots, and then do the sweeping sketches that will fill entire pages. At present I have 38 drawings left to do–10 character… Continue reading Writing Corner: September 20th, 2014
This is the second of Trent Reedy’s novels that I’ve read, after STEALING AIR–a middle-grade story about three young boys that build a highly experimental aircraft out of stolen materials, sort of like the Red Bull Flugtag event. DIVIDED WE FALL is a very different kind of book. I’ll save you the detailed rundown,… Continue reading A Cautionary Tale…
I posted this to Facebook a while back, and I’m posting it here so that the rest of the world knows. I recently realized something about Transformers 4, a movie that sucked horribly bad. This is a long post, but it’s worth the read. Transformers 1 had plot holes and annoying characters with first-grade potty… Continue reading Michael Bay has made his final dollar off of me.
A few months ago, Howard Tayler (creator of Schlock Mercenary) recommended a book on the “Writing Excuses” podcast. The book was THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir. He sang its praises and described the basic premise–I was instantly intrigued, so I downloaded a copy of the audio and listened to it over the course of a week. It’s… Continue reading If this story were to happen in real life, we’d probably ruin the moment out of sheer stupidity.
One of the things that has helped/hindered the success of my book, REBEL HEART, is that there are a lot of other books out right now with that title. (I actually pilfered it from an instrumental by The Corrs, and it still screwed me.) I mean it helps because people who are searching for the… Continue reading Need a Title? Just Run it Out.