Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February 2018 IWSG, E=MC2 and Speculative Fiction

Hello everyone. As always thanks for stopping by! 

The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜€Please be sure to stop by their blogs and show them some love! 

February 7 question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often? 

My genre is speculative fiction and I love combining science with the supernatural. Einstein’s famous equation E=MC2 simply, beautifully and eloquently states energy is equal to matter times the speed of light squared. 

Replicas to Scale. These were not big bombs and the uranium took up a fraction of the space.

Our minds struggle to frame just how immense this power is. Think of the two nuclear bombs dropped in WWII. Only 2 – 3 percent of the potential energy was released from 2 pounds of uranium-235. 

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I believe there are angelic and demonic beings. They exist naturally in a state of energy, or the E in E=MC2. Some have the authority and ability to cross over the equal sign in the equation and physically manifest themselves as matter in our world of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. 

Not just matter. Matter times the speed of light squared. Folks, this is a lot of power! And this would help explain much of the crazy stuff in our history and current events. This is what I love writing in my genre of speculative fiction. Which may not be so speculative after all. 

Oh By The Way if your blog is linked to Google Plus please leave your blog link in your comment as I am not able to reciprocate a comment through Google Plus. Thanks!

Question What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2018 IWSG

Hello everyone. Hope you all had a fun and safe holiday season! It’s a brand new year and time for fresh start in many areas of your life you need or want. Sometimes you need to build a brand new spanking door from scratch from your own needs and wants for opportunity to come knocking. 

And let’s give it up for this month’s IWSG contributors and be sure to stop by and give them some love: Alex J. Cavanaugh, Tyrean Martinson, Ellen@TheCynicalSailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane and Rachna Chhabria

What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing? 

I’ve actually devised such a daring and dastardly plan. I have a series of short stories outlined. I think they are all winners and many have to do with how we react to visitations from our intergalactic neighbors. There is even a lot of humor in some of the stories. 

Then there is the MG / YA series I’ve been working on set to begin in the year 2099. Here is the tagline (from the year 2099): 

“We’ve spent the past 100 years searching the nighttime skies for habitable planets and signs of intelligent life; but they found us first.” 

I’ve been nickel and diming my way through this and it won’t take much to fill it out and complete the first of the five books of the series. 

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Oh By The Way Here’s to a healthy and prosperous New Year to you and yours. 

Finally Please leave your blog address in your comments so I can reciprocate and comment on your blog. If you use Google Plus for whatever reasons when I click I'm redirected back to your Google Plus account and not your blog. Thanks!

Question What are your writing plans for 2018?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG December 2017

IWSG December 6 Question As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently? 

2017 for me has been a great year as I’ve worked hard to overcome numerous obstacles and achieve a handful of milestones. One thing I would have done differently would be to stay on top of the small things and be better organized. 

As I close out 2017 I have a large punch list of small things to do that add up to a very large To Do List I need to finish in a few weeks. For 2018 I’ll be much more organized. I’ve mapped out the year in great detail using Google Calendar. Here is a video that’s worth watching for some great ideas to get organized for 2018.

One of the YouTube personalities I like is Steve Dotto's Tech Made Easy Tech made Easy. If you subscribe to his email list, today he is holding a webinar called Master Your 2018 Calendar with Google Calendar. 

I highly recommend subscribing to his emails list. You can do so by sending an email to info@dottotech.com. Then ask to watch the live webinar or the replay. 

Question Do you subscribe to email lists? If so which ones?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Remakes That Don't Suck! Blogfest

Remakes – most of them suck. Now and then, one comes along that is as good as, if not better, than the original. And after all of the bad ones we’ve endured, we want to know about some good ones.

Today, November 13, 2017, blog about your favorite remake: movie (or television show into movie and vice versa), song, or book – or all three! Post a YouTube video and links where we can find these treasures. Tell us why THIS remake doesn’t suck! 

Kong Skull Island (2017) I loved this movie it was better than the King Kong (2005) version which was pretty darn good. I just didn’t like there was an hour before King Kong made his appearance, but Naomi Watts, Jack Black and very good special effects made for a great movie. 

But Kong Skull Island rocked and the big guy made his screen appearance about fifteen minutes into the movie. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson (who has never turned down a role), John C. Reilly and John Goodman played their respective parts well. 

Skull Island also gave us a supporting cast of monsters that made for some very intense scenes.

I'm loving the multiple trailers at IMBd these days very cool!

Kong Skull Island Trailer Click Here

Godzilla (2014) Although the 2014 version with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston was far superior to the 1998 version with Matthew Broderick (yeah it was a bit campy in parts), I think Godzilla 1998 was by far the better monster. Sleek and agile it moved with ease through the downtown Manhattan skyscrapers. 

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1998 Godzilla

The 2014 version was cool but it was a big stiff lumbering creature when it was out of the water. Hopefully Godzilla 2019 will move faster and have a better range of motion which will translate into better fight scenes. 

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2014 Godzilla

And we can look forward to Godzilla: King of Monsters coming to a theater near you in 2019!

To View Godzilla Trailer Click Here

Oh By The  Way Please leave a link to your blog with your comments. Most have Google Plus and for whatever reasons I cannot access blogs regardless of what I click. I am either directed to another blog you commented on or I loop back to your Google Plus page. Thanks!

Question Did you see these movies and if so which versions did you like better? 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2016 IWSG (D-oh!)

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D-oh! I totally forgot it's the first Wednesday of the month.

November 1 question - Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published? 

I have not hit the 50,000 word goal. But I have twice written 25,000 words. I consider that a huge milestone. It's a lot of work and my hat's off to anyone and everyone who has written 50,000 words during Nano.

I'm not participating this year as of today at least. I'd like to as I have an outline for a really cool idea. If things work out then I may hop on board midway through the month. I'd really like to make significant progress on the novel so hopefully things will work out and I can knock out 10,000 - 20,000. words.

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Best wishes to those of you who are participating!

Question How about you. Are you participating in Nano this year and if so what is the premise for your story. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IWSG October 2017

This month's question is Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose? 

Yes I have. Chase Manhattan from my Breakthrough series is made up of a lot of me, only better. Much better. I have a college degree but he has one in physics. I've taught online college courses while he is an associate professor at University of California - Irvine. I drive a used Volvo. He can afford just about any car he wants. I've been to Canada and Mexico. Chase has been all over the globe. I once saw a Bruce Lee movie. He has a black belt. 

But other than that, we're pretty much the same. 

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What, me worry? I'm going through some major transitions. All good. But I do need to take those life changing leaps of faith and it's going well. It's time to shed my skin and move into new arenas and I'm having a lot of fun doing it. 

Question Have you had to make any life changing leaps of faith lately?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September 2017 IWSG

September 2017 IWSG Well life got ahead of me and I forgot to post even though it was on the forefront of my mind this past week. Anyway, here is my post.

September’s optional question - Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?

Yes I Have Previously I have written Speculative Fiction and have more really cool works in the pipeline. But I am also launching the beta test of The Launching Pad and getting incredible feedback so I can make last minute adjustments.

Okay, my videos for each module suck. But that's okay as these are rehearsals and I'm learning and refining the script. I'll use a studio to record the final version in a week or so. I don't need the final video cuts to run the beta launch. Would have been nice. But time constraints yada yda yada ....

My Beta Intro I'll insert this clip at the beginning of many of my videos. Be sure to have your sound on. I'll do fades at the front and end. Craig Wolfe, talented hubby of the talented L. Diane Wolfe, will send me the finished product by week's end.

It's too late for me to take the time to insert embedded links to the co-hosts of this amazing monthly event, so I'll include a link where you can go to find these links click them and show these amazing co-hosts some love! CLICK HERE

Question Have you had to launch something like my beta launch even though you were not quite ready?