I saw John Wick: Chapter 2 over the weekend. This movie has a lot of brains …splattered on the walls. Was it well done? Yes! Check out Keanu Reeves practicing for the role. That’s why it has 90% on Rotten Tomatoes (at this point anyway). As said before, I go to movies a lot. It’s a hobby. I study story structure. If the story structure is great, the odds are the movie will do well. Wick has GREAT structure.… Read more
It happened when she was ten years old. We were on vacation headed to the Grand Canyon. Father and daughter together on a truly special adventure. She was the cutest little thing. We laughed and listened to music for hours. Then I would spend hours in solitude driving while she slept periodically. I remember looking at her sleeping peacefully as shadows and sun rolled over her tiny face as we cruised down the highway.… Read more
“What is your take on so many old movies being remade? Is it because Hollywood can’t come up with anything new on their own?”
My YouTube answer is here:
Otherwise, keep reading.
I don’t mind remakes of old Si-Fi or Fantasy movies. Because back in the day their reach exceeded their grasp.… Read more
Since the inception of my website, 2 and half years ago, I’ve kept something about me in the dark.
Alas, it caused writer’s block, preventing me from consistently creating content and clearing the production line. I’ve discussed with friends whether or not I should disclose my secret. Should I reveal the truth and risk rejection or remain stifled?… Read more
I’ve totally revamped Out of Oblivion the last 6 months after an epic bazillion words. When I got to the end of the first serious draft I was not happy with the ending. I don’t settle.
Recently I got together with two of my genius friends to discuss the end of Out of Oblivion. I sent them a message on Facebook prior to meeting basically saying the following:
What Makes a Story Great?
Let’s use Luke Skywalker’s “moment” in the finale of Star Wars over the Death Star.… Read more
I hate boring vacation videos. Thus, I suffered great anxiety over squeezing this video down to a gargantuan 19 minutes. I estimate I took about 12 hours video. I originally tried to whittle it down to 4 minutes and one song. But were just too many “moments”. So I worked hard to make it interesting and exciting. I’m a storyteller. So, tried to amp things up as it progresses to the end.
Good friends. Good times.… Read more
I finally feel 95% normal after committing mass genocide Wednesday afternoon. No regrets. I went to bed at 8PM that evening a bit nauseated with a mild headache. I watched an hour-long documentary about N. Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
The headache intensified and my gut started churning while watching the doc. Since I had no guilt over the mass executions I had committed, I thought it was something I ate that day, but I had eaten the normal stuff.… Read more
What’s the most important thing a writer can do when writing a book? FINISH!
No matter how rickety the construction, get…it…done! I learned this with Blood & Soul. To me, my struggle was monumental because I put a lot of pressure on myself to write the best book I could write. I labored long, long hours to find the theme, the message, the climax for the first book.
What is the moment of resolution for Out of Oblivion?… Read more
To celebrate Spring Break and provide an epic escape for those inclined, Blood & Soul is FREE on Amazon starting tomorrow at 12:01AM. I will GIVE it away until Thursday at 11:59PM. So, to my friends who’ve read it, SHARE THIS POST on the social network of your choice or forward the
link along to someone who you think would enjoy an epic adventure.… Read more
All I have to compare is my own experience. Blood & Soul continues to sell a few books a month with zero promotion and it’s been almost two years since publication. Although I’ve tried to understand why it’s still selling, I’m bewildered and happy about it. I could have promoted it more in the last year but I’ve been working on the next book, Out of Oblivion. At the end of the day (pardon the cliche…and the rhyme) I have to write more.… Read more