Ghidorah Review On TGGP and a List of Pending Reviews

Alright, I finished re-reading In The Flesh. I’m very pleased that there were no major errors and while I made a change here and there, they were for style reasons. I’m going to have to say that it’s a pretty decent book. It held my attention even though this is the eleventy billionth time I’ve read it.

I am probably going to do a major revision to what I have done for War In Flesh already. I’m liking my original idea for a direction for it and I never should have second guessed myself.

Also my review of Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster went live today on The Geek Girl Project. I’m really enjoying reviewing those movies for them. Now I have to get super busy because I owe them a review for K’s Guilty Pleasures, the Guyver II in this case. Yes they made two of them. Also I need to review IDW’s Godzilla and then get the next Godzilla movie review going for them. Somehow I’ve fallen a bit behind.

As always, I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve written. K.

Rereading In The Flesh and getting more ideas for War In Flesh

I’ve almost finished rereading In The Flesh. I really did advance the romantic interest pretty well. I do need to stop pussyfooting around and just get to writing it in War In Flesh. I’m getting a better feel for how I want the story to continue also, so this exercise has been very productive.

I’m still loving KERS for the next thing Ziya designs so I’ll be working on that device for her. War In Flesh is going to go slightly more Steampunk than In The Flesh did, although a steam powered SWATH ship is pretty cool if you ask me. Not very environmentally friendly though, I’m afraid. I will keep you updated gentle reader. K.

Advanced Review of It Came on TGGP and Updates

My review of Titan Comic’s It Came went live today on The Geek Girl Project and Titan Comics retweeted it. Yay! Advanced Review of It Came

I know it’s late, gentle reader, I’ve been crazy busy. I’m still trying to finish up In The Flesh. I really set up the romance between Dayyan and Evadne better than I thought. I can see I’m going to have to move on that far more quickly in War In Flesh than I have been. In fact I may rewrite an entire chapter of War In Flesh.

Tomorrow I have an interview for a real paying gig and that would be awesome. I would love to be writing for the love of it again rather than under pressure to make a living doing it. I’m certainly not selling enough copies of my book to even break even at this point and the pressure to make it work is really crushing my creative muse. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I will persevere either way, it would just be less stressful to have a day job. K.

Memorial Day, KERS and Reviews for The Geek Girl Project

Today we gather with friends and family to remember and honor those who have sacrificed everything for our way of life. My Stepfather passed away 3 weeks ago. He served as a Marine for many years. So this year it’s special in another way for us.

I still need to do more research on KERS systems. What I really need, well I don’t want to give away any plot points but I’ve got some logistics to figure out for War In Flesh.

Also my review of Epic went live on The Geek Girl Project yesterday and tomorrow my advanced review of Titan Comic’s It Came will go live. One I enjoyed and the other not so much (not necessarily in that order). K.

Table Top Games, War In Flesh and Epic was Adequate

7 Wonders

7 Wonders

7 Wonders

It’s game day! I’m afraid I’ve been calling that board game I like Ancient Wonders when it’s actually 7 Wonders. I apologize. I still love to play it. I just don’t get to play it often. I’ve made the special dip plate that I make for parties and I’m seriously contemplating picking up a fondue pot or two. We’ve got a party platter from a local, and excellent, Mexican restaurant to pick up.

We made a beer run yesterday and picked up a bunch of fantastic beers, including Rogue Brewery’s Double Chocolate Stout. I’m looking forward to trying that.

I’ve been enjoying In The Flesh and I’ve got some cool ideas percolating for War In Flesh. In fact I’m changing the entire middle part of the book and I’m working on a bit of a tricky plot point I really need to make work. I may skip ahead to a particular chapter I know I want to write because it will be a ton of fun and then come back and worry about how to get the characters where I need them to be later.

I saw Epic yesterday. It was beautiful and had some thoughtful moments but it won’t change your life and I wasn’t on the edge of my seat like I was during almost all of Star Trek Into Darkness. Kids will love it though and the CGI is spectacular. I loved the fantasy creatures and peoples, they were realized beautifully. K.

Memorial Day Weekend, Games I Like and Stuff

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, as you may well know, gentle reader. A time when we pause in our lives, comfortable or not, and remember those who fought and died for our country, for our freedom and for a cause greater than themselves. For most of the people I know, it’s a weekend to spend with family and friends, to embrace the small things that make life worth all of the struggle and turmoil that we face each day.

I hope that each one of you has a great weekend. I know that many people have to work, there are always a lot of sales. I hope that you still have time to take that moment to hold your loved ones close and be thankful for them and this land we live in. As for myself, I’ll be seeing Epic (thank you theatre workers for working this weekend) and we’re planning a huge game day. Maybe I’ll even break out my Cthulhu dice game. I’m going to put Ancient Wonders into the hat to see if it gets drawn to play. I know everyone loves Dominion and it’s pretty fun. Maybe if everyone is very good I’ll run a short adventure in Rifts or D&D.

All of this is to say that I apologize for missing two days of posts last week. I try to hit 6 out of 7 days blogging for you and I missed this last week.

I am working on War In Flesh and I have had some insight into how to make it flow better and keep it from becoming tedious. I also updated the cover art for the paperback version of In The Flesh. I’m re-reading In The Flesh to get a better feel for how I want to move the characters along their growth curve and I’m really enjoying it. That’s a good sign.

Have a lovely weekend, gentle reader. Whether you work or not and I will do my very best to keep hitting 6 out of 7 days on M31. K.

Thoughts on DWTS, PSY and War In Flesh

Dancing With The Stars, I wanted Zendaya to win so much but I cannot be sorry that Kellie did. She was just beautiful. Len was adorable, Dorothy Hammil is still beautiful and a wonderful person. Jacoby is adorable too. It was so nice to see all of the stars again.

I was so touched when Dorothy danced with Kristi Yamaguchi. And is Psy not just adorable? I know I keep using that word but so many of them are. What I love about Psy is that he made that surprise hit of his and he’s embraced every moment of fame it has brought him. When I watch Psy I see someone living every moment life hands them and treating each one like the gift it is.

Also I got moving on War In Flesh again. I’m happy with what I’ve done and look forward to continuing with that. K.

A Cornucopia of Topics Including War In Flesh and Dancing With The Stars

Yesterday I was busy. And then horrible things happened in the Midwest. And then I was busy again. Today I have to catch up on War In Flesh.

I need to do some serious research on KERS systems because I had a vision for War In Flesh that I discarded as being unworkable but it won’t leave me alone. I think Kinetic Energy Return Systems may be the way to make it work. Steam powered rail guns have been around for a while so i can maintain the technology level I’ve set up for the world.

Oh! I just had an idea! Wheeeeee!

But I digress. I have to take a serious look at how I designed the Lorelei II and see if I can get a railgun on it. That’s going to be a ton and a half of fun.

Dancing With The Stars, I so hope Zendaya wins. And I’m so sorry I watched the last episode of Bones that Netflix has. No I’m not sorry I watched it, I’m sorry that’s the last one they have.

Oh! And my review of Star Trek Into Darkness is up on The Geek Girl Project.

I’m reworking the cover for the paperback issue of In The Flesh. What we had to do to the original art to make it comply with the print on demand site, createspace, was terrible. Createspace really goes out of their way to make self publishing difficult. I’m hoping to have it updated and available in a couple of days. The ebook is unaffected by this. K.

Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Name of The Doctor and War In Flesh

MV5BMTcyMDkwNzIwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDU4ODUzOQ@@._V1._CR0,0,1382,1382_SS100_Ok I post my updates here and over at M31 Publishing, usually a bit of an extended post over there. No sooner had I pushed the “publish” or in FB’s case “post” button yesterday than inspiration struck and struck hard.

I had so many ideas, and of course very little time because I was going to see Star Trek: Into Darkness, that I sat typing away for just under the hour I had to me. I reworked my outline to include ideas and roughed out three conversations I want my characters to have. I am so excited and pleased about what I got done for War In Flesh yesterday.

I’m also starting to think about cover art. This cover will be more steampunk I think than In The Flesh was but I’m wanting to commission the same artist that I got for In The Flesh. I love the work. I’m not going to do it until I’m really certain what I want for the cover and I have to write the description so that the picture comes out the way I envision it.

Minor Spoilers ahead

As for Star Trek: Into Darkness. I loved it. JJ Abrams did a masterful job with everything. Because this is an alternate timeline there are a lot of things that are familiar while still being new and unexpected. Honestly I half expected Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) to be a dark hero this time around, especially with Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) turning out to be a treasonous warmonger.

This cast is reprising the roles we know and love and they are doing such a good job of it that they are winning me over. I admit I was skeptical. I didn’t believe Star Trek: The Next Generation could re-capture the magic of Star Trek: The Original Series and while they didn’t exactly what they did was good and I liked it but what JJ Abrams has done with this alternate time-line reboot is not just capture the characters I love, but improved upon them.

I say improved because when the first Star Trek was created, they didn’t know what they had. They set up the dynamics in a traditional television show way with a lead actor, a supporting actor and a cast of other actors to fill out the crew. There was a hierarchy that they tried to keep to but we know now that what they actually created, and probably Roddenberry envisioned was an ensamble. Now, knowing that they have gone into it with that egalitarian view towards the characters.

The result is a stronger Star Trek that stays true to the original spirit and gives what might be considered the secondary characters, equal footing and screen time in many cases with the main characters. Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov are fan favorites who have their own important sub-plots and some excellent lines. Scotty just about steals the show and Uhura too. Of course the real contender for stealing the show is Khan but with a talent like Benedict Cumberbatch that is almost to be expected.

There were so many things I loved about this movie that I can’t possibly discuss them all here. I couldn’t even touch on them all in the review I did for The Geek Girl Project. There was a lot for old school Trekkers to enjoy and some inside jokes too, along with new twists on old Trek moments. There were things I expected and things I didn’t know what to expect. They had Dr. Carol Marcus but Dr McCoy made a serious play for her. Were they going to use the Genesis Device? They were out in a remote area with a small lifeless planet.

But I loved it and I believe most Trek fans will too, as well as people discovering Star Trek for the first time. Just try not to let your expectations ruin it for you.

I’m watching the final episode of Doctor Who for the season right now, The Name Of The Doctor and without giving anything away I got goosebumps watching the intro. Wow. What a gorgeous way to start the episode. Whoa, River Song. This is amazing. Watch it if you haven’t. I just turned off the television. Nothing can follow that.

War In Flesh, KERS, Steampunk, and The Persi Brothers Take Over

Alright I’m on day 2 of just thinking about what I really want to do with War In Flesh and I’ve come to realize that I need to correct an egregious oversight. I wanted book 2 to be more about the romances I hinted at in the first book and so far I’ve got nothing much. Plus I separated the party which goes against rule #1. I also haven’t spent much time on the pair I want to be the main characters.

Of course for those who read the first book, In The Flesh, it will come as no surprise that the Persi brothers and their friend Makis have kind of taken over the lead. I need to fix that, without cutting their parts, mind you, because they are too endearing.

Also I’m kind of having an idea and I need to do some research to see if I can make it work. To give you a bit more than a hint, I’m looking at KERS. This is so very cool. Ziya will have a ball. I think War In Flesh may go even more steampunk than In The Flesh did. This is fun and exciting to me.

I’m going to be seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness today. So I won’t be able to do a lot of research for War In Flesh. Instead I’m just going to let the ideas keep percolating through my grey matter and see what I come up with. K.