“Darkness falls across the land The midnite hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize yawls neighbourhood And whosoever shall be found Without the soul for getting down Must stand and face the hounds of hell And rot inside a corpses shell The foulest stench is in the air The funk of forty thousand years And grizzy ghouls from every tomb Are closing in to seal your doom And though you fight to stay alive Your body starts to shiver For no mere mortal can resist The evil of the thriller…” Vincent Price – Michael Jackson’s Thriller, 1984. Dir. John Landis
One week to go until NaNoWrimo starts or as some authors like to call it: Welcome to what I do all the time. Here’s some links for the Rhode Island Wrimos: Facebook. Twitter. Google + LJ Community NaNoWrimo Bulletin Board. The good news is we have several places confirmed and I don’t foresee having a Write In overload like we did 2 years ago. Weaver Novel Update: Almost. There. Three to four chapters to go. The plan was to be done by now but no such luck. The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:
The 130k word count ceiling is temporary. I think I’ll try my hand at a short story. I’m going to follow Lindsay’s lead and send to Clarion Workshop (just in time for SDCC) or Viable Paradise. Rhody Writing Group Update: With NaNoWrimo closing in we finished our last meet up for 2013 and had a good time. We’ll be entering our third year in 2014 and I’m happy to see the group is gaining members.
I’m not going to ruin Gravity for you. I will recommend not watching the trailers, either. The TV ads show enough but the two minute trailer won’t ruin it but I highly recommend going into this movie cold. I will say that James Cameron and Buzz Aldrin are raving about it. And, rightfully so. I saw it 3-D IMAX and the only thing I will ruin is: it’s too loud in specific points. I mean the audience is now deaf type of loud. I’m thirty-eight with good hearing and it took me out of the movie. Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts repairing Hubble when the shit hits the fan. And for the rest of the movie it’s race to survive in the most hostile environment ever charted by man: space. If NASA ever wanted a recruitment movie this is it. Too bad it symbolizes the worst NASA disaster ever. I would love to see the Blu-Ray second screen of this movie and watch the movie without the SFX. The SFX aren’t the gloss from say a J J Abrams movie. The SFX look, sound and feel real. There is no sound in space. Sure you hear vibrations through the suits but otherwise there is no Star Trek/Star Wars noises. And this brings up a good point I mentioned on either Twitter or Facebook: Star Trek: Into Darkness would have sucked a lot less if they had taken even 1% of Gravity and used it. It’s worth seeing in 3-D IMAX just drool at the amount of work the digital artists did. The one downside I will say is this: I wanted a longer ending. It just felt too pat. Make sure to watch the credits for Mission Control voice.
It’s that time for year again. The time of year literary agents dread: NaNoWrimo is in a month. The website has been rebooted and this year’s theme is: 8-Bit gaming! What’s 8-Bit gaming? Go ask your parents. I’m happy to say we survived the 8-Bit + 16-Bits Wars so you could live in a world where three consoles was the norm. Ya know, before it became retro cool, again. A few recommendations about NaNoWrimo: click here. This year I’m going to work on the Weaver sequel. Which means it’s time to start planning it out. Yep, no more pantsing for me. Planning all the way. Scrivener has been a help. I’ve been using the synopsis window to get through scenes in the work in progress. Now I just need to finish the work in progress…