It probably comes as no shock to most people who might read this blog that I’m a massive Star Wars fan. A New Hope is the film responsible for turning me into a cinephile to begin with. As a five-year-old, watching it in the theater with my father back in 1977, it blew me away. Star Wars and George Lucas are partly responsible for me wanting to be a storyteller. So I was pretty excited to learn, with the transition of Lucasfilm to Disney control, more Star Wars films would be forthcoming, starting with the continuation of the episodic series–the adventures of the Skywalkers and their effect on the evolution of the Force. Continue reading Star Wars The Force Awakens: Who Is Rey?
I’m happy to announce the release of my new book, The Undead Realm, Book 2 of The Rhapp’s Barren Triptych. For a very limited time, the Kindle version of the new book is $0.99 on Amazon. Not only that, Book 1, The Heart Thief, will be $0.99 for a whole week. Two books for less than $2. That’s a pretty good deal. To celebrate this announcement, I thought I’d write a post about who I’d cast if The Rhapp’s Barren Triptych was turned into a movie today. Of course, that’s never going to happen, but it’s fun to dream. Continue reading The Undead Realm Release/Rhapp’s Barren Dream Cast
The time has come. With the approaching release of Book 2 of The Rhapp’s Barren Triptych (somewhere around the end of the month), I wanted to reveal the book’s cover. Check it out after the jump. Continue reading Cover Reveal For The Undead Realm
I have some exciting news! My YA urban fantasy novel, The Heart Thief, is now available in audiobook form. And what’s even more exciting is that I’m giving away two copies for FREE. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter. If for some reason you’re not seeing the entry widget, click on the link and enter there.
DISCLAIMER: The redemption codes for the free audiobook are unfortunately only available to users of the U.S. site. Sorry for any inconvenience. Not my doing; that’s just how Audible does things when it comes to this kind of stuff.
The raffle will run for seven days, but if you don’t want to wait that long, you can always head on over to Audible.com by clicking this link and sign up for a trial account. Then you can use your free credit to download The Heart Thief. Pretty cool, huh?
When I watch a movie (or read a book), I generally try to find something I liked about it, even if it wasn’t all that great overall. There are tons of movies, broadly panned by critics and the public, that I’m still able to get a lot of enjoyment out of. The Star Wars prequels are an obvious example that comes to mind. Despite some of the problems in those movies, I still like watching them and have come to have no problem (for the most part) with them as part of the overall Star Wars canon. At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim this year, I was able to watch a 3D presentation of Revenge of the Sith and loved it. Ian McDiarmid kills in that movie (literally and figuratively).
However, sometimes a film comes along that is so terrible, I just can’t offer any excuse for it. The new Fantastic Four movie, directed by Josh Trank, is one such film. Continue reading Fantastic Four? More Like Fantastic Bore
I’ve had the pleasure, in my life, of being surrounded by wonderful musicians. Instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters—I’ve known a bunch. One of my very best friends is an electronic music genius who goes by the name Travelogue. Another good friend of mine and former roommate is singer/songwriter Tyrone Wells. He’s amazingly talented. And that’s just a couple of examples. When I think of the people I know who make amazing music just in their spare time (I’m looking at you, Erick), it boggles my mind.
Unfortunately, my musical talents are not that great. I wouldn’t call myself a music aficionado or claim to have any particularly refreshing insights about the art form. And sadly, I haven’t followed the music scene much in the past several years. You will probably hardly ever see me post about music. But I recently decided to try out Apple’s new streaming music service because (a) it’s free for three months and (b) I’ve missed music being a part of my life lately. Apple Music allows me to browse pretty much anything out there and discover stuff that wasn’t on my radar before. In that spirit, I stumbled across Joy Williams’s new solo album, Venus. And I’m kind of in love with it. Continue reading Discovering Joy Williams’ Venus
Oh, how I wish I could be at San Diego Comic-Con. This year more than ever. Why? Because this is the first year we’ll see a new Star Wars movie since 2008. One of the coolest things to come out of the Star Wars panel yesterday at SDCC was this behind-the-scenes video from The Force Awakens. So, I thought I’d write a blog post, pulling out some of the things I found most interesting in the video, things that just might reveal some of what we could be seeing in the upcoming film. If anyone had doubts about my nerd cred before now, this post should disabuse them of any such notion post haste. Continue reading Dissecting The Force Awakens BTS Video
I know I haven’t posted here in over a month, and that’s because I’m feverishly working on revising my next book so I can get it into my beta readers’ hands very, very soon. But I decided to take a break from that to bust out a quick post about writing. A post about writing! How about that? I was thinking today about popular conventions in teen fiction and how my YA urban fantasy series, The Rhapp’s Barren Triptych, pretty much breaks many of those conventions. What can I say, I’m a rule breaker. Continue reading Transcending Writing Conventions
I tend to get attached to shows I really like. Sometimes I get really, really attached and think I would be happy if the show never, ever ended. But that’s not realistic. All things come to an end, especially the good things. Yesterday, Yahoo! Screen aired the final episode in the sixth season of Community, and it was very likely the series finale. And it was brilliant. Continue reading #SixSeasonsAndAMovie—Leaving Community
When Disney bought Lucasfilm, some people started talking about how Princess Leia was now technically a Disney princess. There was even a barely amusing video where the other princesses welcome Leia to the family. Back around that time, there was also some speculation about whether that meant Star Wars characters might make appearances in ABC’s alt-Disney universe adventure show, Once Upon a Time. I think most people just brushed this talk off as non-serious speculation. After all, how could Disney really do such a thing and make it work? Well, this last season, Disney offered some explanations as to just how the OUAT multi-verse functions, and in doing so, I believe they’ve opened the door that could potentially make a crossover with that galaxy far, far away possible. Continue reading How Disney Could Do A Star Wars/Once Upon A Time Crossover