Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Just when I've settled down a bit and have come to grips with the fact that SKINNER won't be out until November, I get all worked up again. I just can't wait to see that sucker on the shelves. Right now, I'm also pumped about working on the second book, and putting together a few new projects. I've been writing professionally under pseudonyms and such for about 10 years now, so I'm not new to the process. Even so, I STILL get worked up when I send something out and wait to hear what happens. All of this, combined with things like the imminent arrival of The Dark Knight, Ninja Gaiden 2 for the XBox, the finale of Battlestar Galactica and me rarely leaving the house all adds up to a very trying time for my wife.
She also works at home, so she gets to hear every bit of my excited jabbering and paranoid doom saying where my writing is concerned. Also, she gets to listen to me ramble on about all the other dorky crap I get excited about. She even pretends to look interested when I come stomping down the stairs to inform her about the newest screenshots for some game or trailer for some other movie. When most people would tell me to please get the hell away from them, she nods and smiles. Sometimes, she joins in. I guess I'm still surprised that she puts up with me. Maybe she thinks this sort of stuff is cute.
Nahh...she's a saint, not brain damaged.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
If anyone's reading this that's worried about spoilers, don't go on. I'd warn you about your worst fears for this movie coming true, but I won't say my opinion carries over to everyone.
The science fiction stuff became pretty obvious pretty quickly. I've been purposely avoiding reading anything about it online, but it wouldn't have stopped me from going anyway. Maybe one of those 1-second time portals where I can look in on myself and say, "Just don't." And "Sit up straight in that chair." would have helped.
There were some really good moments. Some very cool nods to the other movies, Harrison Ford wasn't too old to play the part and Shia wasn't bad. There were even some moments that felt like an Indiana Jones movie. Then...you know.
Why, Steven Spielberg? Why Area 51, interdimensional beings and all this other crap when there's countless other legends and mythological sources to draw from? Have Indy go after something with the Greek gods or something from Incan legend or African folklore or God only knows how many other sources of cool monsters/powerful artifacts/temples there are.
I'm willing to cut Indy plenty of slack in the reality/believability department, but the nuclear blast thing? That's pushing it. Even after that, fine. I'll go along with some good chases, but I found myself sitting in the theater mumbling, "Please don't let those alien things come to life. Please don't...damn." Then it was, "Please don't let that be a ship. Please don't let that be a sh...aw SHIT!!"
I really wanted to like this movie. I REALLY did. I had faith...just like I had faith in Star Wars Episode 1. At least this time they didn't cut the best character in half at the end of the movie.
He's cool, but has his moments of fumbling stupidity.
He knows his stuff, but still needs a heaping portion of dumb luck.
He can whip stuff.
He can carry a pistol with him wherever he goes.
He's THE MAN!!
I'm going to see Crystal Skull in an hour or so and it looks really good. The previews look great and Harrison Ford looks like he can still don the fedora convincingly. The pictures of the actual crystal skull look like an alien skull, and Spielberg is at the helm, so there's the possibility of some sort of science fiction angle. I could be wrong. If I'm not, maybe it can be pulled off. I'll find out real soon.
Please, don't let this suck. Please don't let this suck. Please, PLEASE don't let this suck!!!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
The thing that I'm wondering is if it's good or bad to have a whole timeline, story arc, flow chart and plot points drawn onto a diagram of some sort or if it's better to fly by the seat of your pants and go where the story takes you. The author needs to be in control of the world they created, but I've had plenty of things evolve into something that turns out to be a lot better than what I'd originally thought up. As with anything, it's probably a middle ground somewhere, but I'm leaning more toward the fluid process as opposed to multiple outlines and all that mess. Isn't that what creativity is? If a series could just be diagrammed, then a computer could be programmed to write it.
I believe it all boils down to the characters that are created. They're the ones that need to be thought out and strictly recorded as they go along. If characters are good enough, a writer can let them go and record what happens. That's my approach to a lot of it. By the time I get to know a character, I know they would never do what I had originally planned for them and forcing them to do it wouldn't seem right. Of course, this approach makes it a little scary going into a new project. Those outlines and diagrams are very comforting. Then again, a big recliner is comforting, but skydiving is a hell of a lot more fun than sitting and enjoying all the padding framed around your ass.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Iron Man kicked ass and the whole thing was just spot-on from start to finish. All the little geek details were in place. There was humor without it becoming goofy. There was action that wasn't too concerned with realism, but they still somehow made Iron Man feel real. Well, real enough anyway. There's not a lot to say other than that (there is, but I don't want to get all worked up into a nerd froth). Having read The Ultimates (the updated Avengers for those who don't know), seeing the little bit after the credits was beyond cool.
Indiana Jones has been one of my heroes since I was 10 years old and this new one actually looks great. We'll wait and see, but I heard that Harrison Ford threatened to walk off the set if they followed through on their idea of CGing the whip. There is hope. The new Hulk trailer looks like a lot of smashing and roaring, which I obviously condone. Then there was the Dark Knight trailer. I've always been a fan of the Joker, but never felt any movie did the psycho any justice. This looks like someone finally gets the fact that Joker is a scary, murdering SOB and not just a snappy dresser. This movie looks unbelievable. The only Batman villain I like better than Joker is Two Face and I hear he's showing up in this as well. YOWZA!!!
This is what happens without editors
BONUS ---> If you would be so kind as to write up a review for any or all Skinners books and publish it on a site like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or any other major review site, I can send you something extra. I made up some bookmarks (which I'll sign) and I've even put together some Shimmy's VIP passes (which I'll also sign). Can't guarantee the passes will get you into a real strip club, but I think they look pretty cool. Send me a link to your review along with your name, address and inscription, and I'll get these out to you as well.