I can’t thank Alex enough for hosting me today. If it wasn’t for him and the IWSG, I don’t know if I’d still be blogging. He’s quite an inspiration to us all.
My new release Snow on Cinders is the sequel to Tallas, but can be read as a stand alone. A family fleeing a tyrannical Management to save their son from a dangerous assignment sets the stage in these post-apocalyptic novels. After years of chemical warfare a metamorphous has taken shape on the planet, not only with vegetation, but animals and humans as well. Talk about diversity in books, you’ll become acquainted with mutants that only want to live in peace. A loving family and a band of misfits struggle to survive in the wilderness.
Think about a civilization without computers, cell phones, or landlines to communicate. I grew up without a cell phone or a computer. How’d we survive?
Lack of clean drinking water and medical supplies are dwindling in Snow on Cinders. Do you prepare for an emergency? Here in Buffalo, I always prepare to have on hand at least, if not more, three days of supplies due to the harsh winters.
I think about the strangest things. Like ~ toilet paper. Stock up on TP!
What would you want to hoard in case of a global disaster?
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Movie Review – Crimson Peak
Don’t be fooled by the ads – this is not a straight up horror film. It’s a gothic romance with ghosts, wrapped in a psychological mystery.
As an ode to the early 1970’s Hammer films, director del Toro has crafted a movie that unspools at a leisurely pace. It works, especially since the acting is so good and the production so amazing.
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is Edith, the new bride troubled by what is happening in her new home. Tom Hiddleston is her husband, and he plays, well, he plays Tom Hiddleston. The dominating character is his sister, played perfectly by Jessica Chastain (The Martian, Interstellar.)
However, it is the house that steals almost every scene. It’s a character in its own right, decaying, dark, and alive.
There is some gore – the ghosts are ‘bloody’ and the head smashing scene is rather intense.
This movie is closer to The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth (less the devastating depression) than Hellboy or Pacific Rim.
While not his best work, it’s a great tribute to gothic romance movies. Recommended!
John Wiswell had a great week with a short story publication, another story being read on a podcast, and he’s contributing to SF Signal. Way to go, John!
IWSG Anthology Contest! You have until Saturday, November 1. The theme is Alternate History/Parallel Universe and any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (blogging or Facebook) is encouraged to enter. Winners will be published in a royalty-paying anthology next year.
Make Me Wonder and the Minions team have paired up for a nationwide robotics competition for kids. The grand prize is a STEM field trip to California, where they'll be able to meet the artists who work on the Minions, present to engineers at Google, and learn about how games are made at EA. Deadline to enter is November 1.
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Featuring Queen of Diamonds by Sandra Cox
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This is the final instalment in her Lucky Clover Mystery Romance series.
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Battle of the Banned
Shady Del Knight.
I’m also participating in X-Mas Dolly’s Monday’s Music Moves Me with this entry.
We’re running with a Halloween theme one final time.
First up – Dokken’s Dream Warriors from A Nightmare on Elm Street III:
Next, we have Lou Gramm’s Lost in the Shadows from The Lost Boys:
Halloween is creeping closer! Which song captures scares and thrills? You know the routine! Vote for your favorite.
The Listing Hop!
The brainchild of Bish Denham to celebrate eight years of blogging. I am helping co-host this blogfest – and it’s beyond simple!
The rules are:
Sign up, grab the banner and make a list.
Keep your list to between 5 and 25 items. You can list whatever you feel like (except for adult type content.)
Post on October 26 and visit fellow participants.
Top Ten Things You Won’t Hear at The Force Awakens:
I wish Lucas had more involvement with this.
The villain was good, but not as terrifying as the trade federation from episode 1.
I was hoping for a two hour in depth explanation of midi-chlorians.
This film could use a healthy dose of Jar-Jar.
These character names are weird. Why couldn't they just use normal names like Dooku, Salacious Crumb, and Porkins?
Isn't this the same plot as the "Star Wars Holiday Special?”
How many Ewoks would I need to reupholster my couch? (Actually, somebody might say that).
I hope no one minds my Eau de freshly opened Tauntaun musk after shave.
I prefer my spaceship explosions to look like a Skittles factory just blew up.
So, which character is the love child of Han Solo and Chewbacca?
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What would you think of first in a global disaster? Have you seen Crimson Peak? Sent in your IWSG Anthology entry? Are your kids entered in the robotics competition? See some new books? Which song would you pick? And what is your list????