Monday, August 19, 2013

Europa Report Report.

Europa Report Report. Get it? This is my report on Europa Report.

Hello good readers,

I love all sorts of stories and don't really care how they get in my brain, so I often watch films.

I had heard some buzz on Twitter about Europa Report and since I could watch it on Amazon for less than going to a theatre I thought I would give it a try.

This is one of those movies that I really wanted to like because it's truly science fiction, and you don't get to see much of that in films these days. There's more and more science fantasy and super heroes but less and less actual sciencey movies.

So, I set down with great anticipation to watch the film.

What follows contains Spoilers so if you haven't watched the film yet go do so and come back. Seriously, Spoilers. Here they come.

First, what I didn't like. The film suffers from a very slow first act, painfully slow. We learn about the mission from people who aren't on the mission through the documentary style of the film. They just sit there and recount what happened. Not only is this slow, but it has the added side effect of the viewer spending less time with the crew of the spaceship.

Therefore, when stuff does finally start to pick up, instead of feeling emotion, I just said, "Meh". This is because I really didn't know any of the characters, and if you don't care about the characters it's hard to care about what's happening in general. This disconnect along with some questionable editing is the downfall of the film.

Sounds like I hated it, but I didn't, because the film has two things that save it.

One, it's about something. It's about exploration and the human desire to explore the unknown. This is a great theme and one that should be mined for stories more often.

Second, was the ending. The ending was just satisfying enough to make me feel like I didn't waste my time. I won't spoil it for you too much, but one word, tentacles.

Overall, I suggest this film. It wasn't perfect, but it was solid with good special effects.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Good News, Bad News.

First the good news.

My short story is number 16 on Amazon in the category of Dark Fantasy.

That's really good, right?

Ah, but here's the bad news. In the description, I misspelled psychic as physic, not once, but twice.

I guess I can't even write a short bit of copy without needing an editor. haha.

You should still check out the story, misspelled ads and all.

Free Kindle Story

My story the Obscurantist is up and free on Amazon for a few more days, so please give it a download.

Did I mention it was free.

Thanks again for all the support.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Hello my fine reading friends,

Be sure to check out my website.

There's a free story there. It's even illustrated. Did I mention it was free.

To the left there you can see an image from the story. The story is about a young man who lives in a junkyard and makes sculptures out of coke cans...WITH HIS MIND! 

When the junkyard is about to go out of business and him and his dog will be homeless, he has to take drastic action and prove to the world he exist.

Go check out the story and see what happens.

I might have mentioned this but it's free.

If you like it, don't forget that I sell stuff as well.

Please let me know what you think of the story.

About all this Professional Lying.

About all this Professional Lying.
Image from Wikipedia

H.P. Lovecraft (that's him looking so dapper to the left) said every story should have the verisimilitude of a good hoax. I couldn’t agree more. For me a story isn’t good unless part of my brain thinks, “This could happen". People want to be swept away by stories, and it also gives me a clear goal: Tell a convincing lie. This is my mission and why I like to think of myself as a professional liar.

It's also fun to consider that people will actually pay you for just making stuff up.

I lie. You buy.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Novel for sale.

Black Redneck vs Space Zombies

Hello my fine reading friends,

I uploaded my first novel to Amazon yesterday, and I'm quite anxious to see how it's going to do.

I've built it, now I'm waiting to see if they come.

Not too many people know the book is out in the world yet, and people don't purchase things that they don't know exist, so I'm considering a couple of options to get the word out.

One, a GoodReads ad. This makes sense to me as this will reach people that actually read.

I already have a Facebook page for the novel and may try an ad there as well. However, I have a feeling it will be easy to get people to "Like" it but it will be harder to sell books on Facebook. People are there stalking their ex's and don't want to be interrupted with my novel.

If you have a chance give Amazon $2.99 and give the book a read. It's a lot of fun, and, if you don't buy it, it's like you're trying to make the world a worse place. Just kidding, but give it a try.

Here's the Amazon link: