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Overlord Review

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Sorry I haven't been posting many blog posts. Just YouTube videos for now. It's been so incredibly busy with work and editing the videos.

Gary and I talk about Overlord in this episode. Kris joins for the review.

Enjoy.

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Serials and Series

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Today Gary and I talk about serials or series. Do you love a book idea so much that you want to see 8 more in that universe? Or is one enough? 

We discuss it on this episode.

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Chernobyl Revisited

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Gary and I talk about this miniseries on HBO. 

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Sour Grapes

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Gary has has an axe to grind. Check it out on this episode of the show. 

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Chernobyl Review

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Gary tells us what he thinks of the new HBO documentary series, Chernobyl.

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Old or New?

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Do you like the old way of submitting your manuscript, or the new way?

There are benefits to both ways, but they are both very different. See what Gary and I have to say in this episode.

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Pet Sematary 2019 Movie Review

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Gary and I talk about the Pet Sematary 2019 movie. Was it good? Was it bad? Find out on this episode.

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How Do You Draft?

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It's Wednesday and there's a new episode up. 

This time Gary and I talk about how we draft our stories. Some do it as they go, while others wait until the end to go over it with a red pen. 

Whatever you do, check out the show to see our take, and then comment and join the convo. 

Please subscribe to the channel, and if you'd like to come on and talk let us know.

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Social Media Hindrances

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Gary and I talk about how social media is keeping us from what we've come here to do. Create. 

Make friends, post your work, but don't become obsessed. 

Check out the episode above and please like and sicscribe to the channel. 

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How Far Would You Go?

I could have done this, or that, but I was not feeling too well, or it was raining, or I had to do a few things. Bottom line is you didn’t do it. 
Period. No matter how many times you make an excuse, you know the real reason for not doing what you want to do. I believe the saying is, you're only hurting yourself. So don't turn away your next project because something isn't going the way you want it. Later you'll look back and thank yourself for not giving in. It's like that family member, or friend, who says "oh, yeah, I'm losing weight, just lost 5 pounds", and yet they don't look like they've lost anything. They're only hurting themselves. I know it can be hard these days, the barrage of news and work and other outside events that entrench their influence upon your daily psyche, but if you look at those who made it, usually they've put all that outside noise aside and went for it. They didn't get weighed down with the outside distrac…

Just Read

I was reading this article in Publishers Weekly, http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/shelftalker/?p=29567#more-29567 and thought of my recent trip to the local Barnes and Noble with my wife and daughter.
I love going to the book store. And they do well to entice would-be readers to pick up a book. The feeling is profound, just thinking about all the stories waiting to be read, all with the best special effects money can't buy. Sometimes the thought seems more appealing than the actual reading, almost the same with writing now that I think about it. I'm glad my daughter is picking up on chapter books, maybe she'll want to test her ideas and write stories like her dad. One book series that really gets kids going are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. She loves them. I'd pointed them out in the book store and we tried one, just to make sure, and that was it. It's almost as if she skipped a few reading levels from what she had been reading. I can't wait for the day wh…

Tell is Show, Too

Some say show don't tell. And yes, this makes for a better story. There are stories that tell, and are famous, but for the most part it's better to show. It makes the story like a movie. 
Then there's that little loophole, sometimes it's ok to tell. 
Sure, ok. I mean, if there are stories that are pretty popular with telling in it, then why not? 
But I was thinking. 
So yeah, it's cool to put "telling" in your story, but is it technically still telling and not a different form of showing? 
Allow me to explain. 
There are ways of writing a scene that you aren't writing directions for a character, moving around chess pieces as I like to say. What the passages insinuate is something you see in your head. 
Off the bat I'll try to show examples. 
Instead of saying he picked up the fork, you can say the metal felt cold, hard, he jabbed at the beans, trying to get three on the tongs. They tasted yadda yadda. 
Perhaps a bad example, but I'm in a Cafe and tappi…

Write in the Morning, Edit at Night

Writing in the morning and edit at night. Sound advice. Don't think I've read it anywhere before. Who knows, though. Maybe my subliminal mind slapped it together? But I'm actually saying this from recent events. I've been doing this story a day thing (or at least a story when the mood catches me, which I try to make very often). And I had an idea coming into work, on the train. I was listening to some music and it put me in a mood which lead to a cool thought. It was one of those thoughts that bring one back to another time or place, where you can smell and feel your surroundings. But I didn't whip out my trusty cell and start taping away the basic idea of it. Later on, I'm looking out the window, longing to leave work, and thought about exactly that time this morning when I had this idea. I told myself I could still get it out, but something inside was saying "fat chance". I thought upon this, and how different my mind frame was at that later hour. Semi-d…

Story A Day 2

So, I've been trying this new thing where I write a story when the moment strikes. Like when I get a scene in my head and instead of hoping I'll remember it later, I start writing something out.

So far it's been pretty cool. Got a few stories from it, and even though the others I didn't really care for  I just keep moving. It's a relaxing exercise, at least. 

I don't expect to write a story every single day, but to aim for as many as possible is the goal. Plus, I may find myself writing 2 one day. So it evens out. 

I find getting scenes out of my head frees me up for other thoughts. And even some scenes and techniques I mess with become more pronounced. 

I'm going to keep messing with this, along with trying to fit more reading in. 

If you do this, let me know how it's going for you. Or even if you do something different, but similar. 

I'd like to know what you're thinking about it. 

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Social Media Love Hate Relationship

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. And if you think about it just the way that horror writing and some genres were easier back maybe 20-30 years ago, it got harder to break through. Things were new back then, there was unchartered territory.

And now with YouTube and other social outlets, it's becoming harder to be seen not only above others with the same intention, but space is being given to big outlets.

That's not good for the little guy, but we still try. We still create.

I've noticed social media soaks up lots of time that could be used to create more, read more, practice your craft. 

You get hooked on views and likes and what someone is saying next. And don't get me wrong, if you don't go overboard it's cool, I mean who's going to look at all the artists if they aren't looking around. 

What I mean is when we stop writing, or making music, or anything else we are doing, to tweet through the day and night. 

Recently I thought about this, as I …

Illuminati

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On this episode, Kris joins us again to talk about his brush with secret society. He says he was confronted on Instagram by the Illuminati and asked to join.

We discuss this on the show.

Don't forget to like and subscribe. 

Thank you.

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Pre-orders And Stuff

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On this episode, Kris joins us again to discuss pre-orders. Whether it be books, or games, is it worth it to pre-order products, or more for the benefit of the companies that may want to know there is a need before something comes out, we dig deep and have some fun with the subject. 

Well, maybe not so deep, but we do have fun. 

Check it out. And please be sure to subscribe. 

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