Archive | October 2015

Movie Recommendations for Halloween (including ones on Netflix)

Halloween is almost upon us, so I thought I would make some horror movie recommendations. If I could only recommend one movie to watch this Halloween, it would be The Cabin in the Woods.

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It has all the fun and monsters you could ever ask for this Halloween  and isn’t too scary for the viewer that isn’t a horror aficionado like I am.

If you would like to watch something in the theater, try the Gothic romance, Crimson Peak. Just look! It is a beautiful film.

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If you want something scarier, try The Descent. If you are a gore hound and haven’t seen Dead Alive (aka Brain Dead) this is the year to fix that.

If you are looking for something to watch on Netflix these aren’t bad choices.

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Also Re-Animator and The Host are cool picks as well.

As for Amazon Prime, I believe it has The Mist. You may have to check on that one.

Enough about the past; how about the future?

Here are the horror movies I want to see, but haven’t yet: We Are Still Here, Goodnight Mommy, The Final Girls, The Witch.  And here is the horror movie I don’t want to see: Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Have a scary Halloween!

House of Cabal WIP

Today I’m working on an early section of House of Cabal Episode Two.

The first episode establishes Everett’s desperate need to change his life. The second episode must quickly reestablish that driving motivation before moving on with the plot. At the same time, Everett’s narration has to maintain a conversational, confessional tone, with enough subtext to keep it interesting. Here is a paragraph I’m currently working on. Keep in mind that it is a work in progress.

I was too guarded to ever really love her. I realize that now. If she ever loved me, it wasn’t really me that she loved, it was a fictional idea of me. Yeah, everyone feels like that, but for me, it’s true. I’m not saying it was all her fault, but I always felt like a cog in her life plan. I had qualities in the plus column: handsome, a dependable career path, faithful and subservient. She will switch me out with another handsome-husband cog and her life plan will be back on track. As she would say, easy peasy lemon squeezy.

My Post-Every-Day Project

This is my third post of my post-every-day project. It doesn’t matter if I miss a day or if that day’s post isn’t great. It may be just a few lines about what I’m working on or not working on. There is no end date. I just want to write and be free to think without fear and be creative. I want to play. So this blog will be me at play.

What I write doesn’t have to accomplish anything useful. There aren’t any rules, but I would like to follow my gut and write with curiosity and vulnerability. It’s time to experiment and brainstorm and not take things for granted. I want to see what happens.

Pitching My New Novel Series

Yesterday I was trying to come up with some ways to pitch my complex new series, House of Cabal. House of Cabal is soft sci-fi with other shades of speculative fiction in the mix, so it can be hard to create a short logline. Here are some of the ones I came up with.

  • Humans discover a way to change destiny. A witness angel must stop them before they rip the fabric of reality apart.
  • A mysterious organization holds a life and death contest for the ultimate prize: eternal youth.
  • A modern day couple discovers the Garden of Eden, with far reaching consequences through time and space. (This one sounds like a sci-fi novel from the 70s. I’m not sure that is a bad thing.)
  • A witness angel discovers a human epic hidden from God. (I like this ones, but I’m worried it might be too vague.)
  • A witness angel must deal with the repercussions of a modern day couple discovering the Garden of Eden.
  • A meek, virtuous accountant is invited to an opulent and mysterious estate to rewrite his past and save the future.

If you take all these pitches, add in some hedonism, and you get a pretty good idea of what my series is about. But I’m not sure one alone hits the mark yet. It doesn’t hurt to keep brainstorming.

Living Dead Blog

Welcome back to my dead, now living dead, blog. I had big plans for a mailing list during my last post, but lost interest, and didn’t do anything with it. I was hoping to have the first episode of House of Cabal released by now, but that didn’t happen either.

At this point, I have no real idea how to get my work out there and read. I don’t really care about the money, but I do want a large amount of people to read my work. How do I do that? More regular posts to this blog couldn’t hurt.