Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Insecure Writer’s Support Group, Terminator: Dark Fate Review, November Movie Preview, and Ninja News

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

My awesome co-hosts today are Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie!

Today’s question - What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

Easy! When I was researching my Kagrandes in Dragon of the Stars, I turned to the real life super-tough creature, the Tardigrade. That little sucker can actually live in space with no air or food. It’s the toughest animal on earth. And while my Kargrandes aren’t nearly that tough, it was fascinating to learn about these tiny animals.
And if you would like to fall down that rabbit hole - Wikipedia

Good luck to those participating in NaNo. I'm focusing on finishing my story this month and have been writing 300-1100 words every day.

And we are now good for co-hosts through March! Thanks to all who left a comment or emailed me. 

The Write…Edit…Publish challenge for December:

Here is November’s IWSG Instagram:

Movie Review – Terminator: Dark Fate

Taking place twenty-five-plus years after Terminator 2: Judgement Day (and replacing the last three Terminator movies) this one brings a new target, a new champion, a new breed of Terminator, and two familiar faces to the screen.
This movie does not break new ground. After six movies, they’ve covered most of the angles.
However, I enjoyed the heck out of this one!
With a possible reboot to the series, this movie, sanctioned by James Cameron, delivers all the essentials for a good Terminator movie. (SPOILER – And the fans might finally get the ‘John Connor’ resistance movie they always wanted.)
The action scenes are incredible. Some amazing stunt work.
Special effects – really impressive. Wait until you see the new Terminator. One scary, unstoppable creature.
And then there’s the great cast. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Conner and Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as a Terminator, and both add new depth to their roles. Both are damaged people trying to do their best. Newcomers Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes have great chemistry as two young women trying to stay alive and outrun the Terminator.
Some scenes feel a little familiar, but they are executed so well and with such passion that they work. And you’ll enjoy them so much, you won’t care!
You like the original Terminator movies? You’ll enjoy this one!
Highly recommended.

Ninja News

Not Guilty by C. Lee Mckenzie
A blood-smeared knife. One young man’s word against another. A lifetime dream crushed.
Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords

Out of Dreams: Nightmares by Charles Gramlich
Find it on Amazon

Chrys Fey is host the Favorite Holiday Memory Blog Hop on November 15.
Sign up at her site.

October Movie Preview

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for October! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snark provided by me.

8 -

Doctor Sleep
Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor, Carel Struycken, Jacob Tremblay
Here’s Ewan! Yeah, doesn’t have the same ring to it…

15 -

Ford vs. Ferrari 
American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal
Obviously, it’s the start of a franchise. Next up – Chevy vs. Bugatti, Kia vs. Lamborghini…

22 –

Frozen II
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.
Directors: Chris Buck | Jennifer Lee
Stars: Jason Ritter, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood
Frozen 2: Electric Olaf-loo!

29 –

Knives Out
A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Edi Patterson, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, Frank Oz
I grew up in the 70’s. I see this many big names in a film, I’m expecting an earthquake or a ship to overturn…

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever researched? Did you catch the new Terminator film? And what movies catch your attention for this month?
Next Monday is a holiday and I'll be visiting family that week, so I will catch you again on November 18.


J.H. Moncrieff said...

Hey Alex,

I can co-host in January...would that be the first, or the 8th?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the new Terminator. I was pretty jaded after the last one, but this sounds worth giving a try.

My bad for not nudging you about my new release this month, but big congrats to the other IWSG'ers on their book birthdays.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Hi Alex,

I can co-host in March.

I've heard only good about Terminator, so far, which surprised me. I was going to see it either way, but now I'm doubly excited!

Elephant's Child said...

The tardigrades might be small but they are amazingly resilient. Thank you for introducting them to me.

Sarah Foster said...

I can co-host whenever. I work Wednesdays but I have plenty of time after work. Always fun!
Definitely going to see Doctor Sleep and Frozen 2. Guess I've got a thing for sequels.

Erika Beebe said...

Thanks for pointing out such a fun creature. I hadn't heard of them. As for Terminator, I'm excited to know it was such a huge success. I'll add it to my list. Happy IWSG Day :)

Pat Hatt said...

They are sure ugly little creatures, but then who needs looks when you can survive anything and everything. Heard Terminator was better than the last 3 crap ones, although doubt they'll be any more sequels for a while as it bombed.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

Katy bar the door! Are there any college football teams named The Fighting Tardigrades? :)

I definitely want to see Ford vs. Ferrari because it is set during the muscle car era when I was in my mid teens. I also want to see the one about The Little Nash Rambler winning the Daytona 500. :)

I'd also like to watch Knives Out. Ever since I saw his performance in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Don Johnson has been an A-lister in my mind.

Enjoy the rest of your week, good buddy Alex!

Mason Canyon said...

Research can be so much fun but you can get lost in it quickly. Looking forward to seeing the new Terminator movie. Congratulations to everyone with a new book release.

nashvillecats2 said...

Many good books and films about I see. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Have a good month.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I've never heard of the Tardigrade! At least they're cuter than cockroaches (which is what I assumed were the toughest creatures, ha).

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Sometimes research can be too much fun!

Liza said...

And right into the rabbit hole I hopped1! Never heard of those little beasties. That would have made a fascinating study!

Lynn La Vita said...

Loved going down the rabbit hole and learning about real life Tardigrade. No wonder you wrote Dragon of the Stars; a fascinating mix of science and imagination.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JH, thanks - got you down for January. And send me the information on your book and I'll mention it in my next post. Sorry I missed it.

Thanks, Shannon!

Thanks, Sarah!

Erika, it's a good flick.

Pat, that's really sad it did. The film deserved better.

Shady, that would be a great team name.

Elizabeth, they have cockroaches beat by a mile.

Liza, glad you checked them out.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I LOVE those creatures. Sometimes I look at reptiles and mammals and think they are so fascinating. Humans...not so much. :)

I too am writing the NanNo. So far so good. I'm doing the ole 1700 words a day. We'll see if I keep up such a lofty goal.


Jennifer Hawes said...

Not sure when the new Jumangi comes out, but I can't wait for the sequel or the whatever number that makes. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! I can ho-cost in February.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good luck with your story, Alex - keep going!

Not sure I want to see Dr Sleep. I liked the book, but I find movies based on King's books are hit or miss for me.

Nick Wilford said...

Some interesting inspiration for your characters. Many people think cockroaches are the toughest creatures but it looks like tardigrades have them beat. Good luck with the rest of NaNo.

It's good the new Terminator picks up where T2 left off. I think I caught the next one after that, but then I totally lost track.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Strangest thing I've ever researched is how long it takes for a body to started to smell and swell in the sun. *gag*

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome you are writing so much this month, Alex. I'm starting to get in a better routine too. But not every day.

I can co-host in January. If you already have enough people, I can do February or March. Just let me know which one I'm doing.

Truedessa said...

Happy Wednesday Alex,

Thank you for the link to that amazing little creature. I learned something new today.

I really enjoyed The Terminator series so, I am up for seeing the new movie.

It’s great to read you are busy writing. I look forward to your new adventure.

Have a peaceful week!

Jennifer Lane said...

Never heard of a tardigrade! Thanks for the Terminator rec--sounds good.

Karen Lynn said...

Love Tardigrades!
I might be able to host sometime. Is there a how to host IWSG guide somewhere?

Tamara Narayan said...

I'd like to see Dr. Sleep because I'm such a fan of The Shining. The book Dr. Sleep was so-so for me among King's works.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The first Terminator is one of my all-time favorite movies.

I love Olaf and look forward to Frozen II.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Okay, I'll watch the new Terminator movie (skipped through the last ones...).
You can sign me up to co-host in January/February as needed :-)

Ronel visiting on IWSG day Year in Review

Toi Thomas said...

Thanks for another great hop.
Congratulations on the great daily word count.
I missed the last Terminator movie so I guess I need to catch up.
I really enjoyed Not Guilty by C. Lee Mckenzie.
I'm actually interested in seeing Knives Out.
Hope you enjoy visiting your family.

Lidy said...

Knew nothing about tardigrades until today. Those are tough creatures. And Wikipedia's as big a time suck as social media.

Haven't seen the new Terminator yet but looking forward to it. Heard it got a lot od reviews and not some good ones. As Dark Fate takes place 25yrs after the firat two, my favorite movies in the series, definitely can't wait to see it.

Strangest thing I've researched were spells and familiars and witch lore.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm adding Knives Out to my list. Sounds like my kind of mystery.

John Wiswell said...

Linda Hamilton is the soul of the Terminator series for me, so I'm totally going to watch this new one whenever I can.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Tardigrades were truly scary in the end of ANT MAN & THE WASP. Whoa. The first five minutes of DARK FATE soured me on the movie. But I didn't like ALIENS III for similar reasons. :-)

Bish Denham said...

I think I've heard of tardigrades. I'm glad they're small... As for the new Terminator movie... Hubby and I may have to check it out. I really like/liked Linda Hamilton in T2 pumping that shotgun one-armed. Impressive.

Anonymous said...

Fascinating about the tardigrades. New rabbit hole for me. Definitely seeing the Terminator:Dark Fate - I have loved Sarah Connor from the beginning. And Dr. Sleep is on the agenda, as well, although I was pretty disappointed with the screen treatment of The Shining.

I can host January or February! :-)

Meka James said...

Oh I want to see the new Terminator. You're review gives me hope. Knives out also looked cool in the trailers. I am holding out hope the movie lives up to it.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Hey, Alex, I can co-host in January or February, just let me know what works for you and the IWSG.

Very Interesting about Tardigrade's. Of course, I never heard of them, and how in the world can they survive without air or food??? I'm learning lots of new an intriguing things today.

Botanist said...

I've had to research some odd things, like surviving a fall from space. But the research that absorbed me the most was naval architecture (to help with space ship design) because that was already an area of interest for me.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for mentioning my mom's blog hop!

I love the Terminator movies. I like that this one follow the second, which was my favorite.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynn, thanks - glad you explored it.

Teresa, that made me chuckle! And great NaNo pace.

Jennifer, next month! And thanks.

Madeline, he actually liked this one.

Nick, the third one was all right but they really went off track with the next two.

Natalie, thanks!

Truedessa, now you see how they connect to my creatures.

Karen, I can send it to you.

Ronel, thanks!

Toi, skip the last one. Actually, the last three. Then you're good to go.

John, she is cold and tough in this one.

Bish, she doesn't disappoint in this one.

Lee, thanks!

Cathrina, appreciate it. And those creatures are amazing.

Chrys, you're welcome!

Nicki Elson said...

Tardigrades? I...I'm not sure if I'm glad to know they exist or really scared. Wait---one's behind me right now, isn't it!

cleemckenzie said...

Those Google searches are exactly what you said, rabbit holes. I get lost down there all the time.

Thanks for posting about Not Guilty. I have a love/hate relationship with launches. They're great fun, and they are exhausting.

Bernadette said...

I first thought that tardigrades were mythical creatures. Turns out they exist!

C.D. Gallant-King said...

I was so bummed by the recent Terminator sequels. I didn't even see the last one. I've been unable to get excited for the newest one, though Linda Hamilton will at least be fun. The first two movies were SO good, following up on them is just impossible (and unnecessary).

My daughter is so looking forward to Frozen II. And the marketing for it is insane. At the grocery story yesterday I found Frozen labels on the pineapples! It wouldn't surprise me if this turns out to be the biggest movie of the year (yes even ahead of Avengers and Star Wars).

Al Penwasser said...

The most terrifying thing about the "Terminator" movies? Good grief, I can actually see this happen.

Computer Tutor said...

Hi Alex--I'd be happy to co-host in January, Feb. or March. Just let me know. It was fun the last time!

diedre Knight said...

Hi Captain!
Oh my gosh, those little water bears are disgusting! But, I agree, a fascinating bit of research. Now I’m compelled to see how your Kagrandes compare – nice hook, sir!
I thought about seeing the latest Terminator, now I’m sure I will! I’d also like to see “Knives Out”
I look forward to reading “Not Guilty” by C. Lee McKenzie (already ordered it!)
Sounds like you’re on track to finishing your story – best wishes ;-)
Happy November!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, good luck with your story. I had never heard of Tardigrades. These tough animals need to appear in my story now. Thanks for the alert :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I had never heard of that creature. I'll send Chad the link. He loves wandering those sort of rabbit holes. Give the man National Geographic and he'll never notice you're out shopping. LOL

I was not sure about the new Terminator and was going to take a pass on it, but since you say it's good...

David Powers King said...

I might see Midway this weekend, and congrats to C. Lee Mckenzie! I could use a good Terminator movie in my life right about now. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, you're welcome! Sorry your launch got messed up by the Internet.

CD, you will be pleasantly surprised by this one. And the Frozen marketing it scary.

Jacqui, thanks!

Diedre, similar but much bigger...

Elizabeth, it is!

Lisa said...

I can co-host if you still need more. Just tell me which month!
I saw Terminator on my own and it was indeed thrilling. I LOVE the new characters, and seeing the two old ones that in my opinion were the best. I also LOVED that Arnold got to steal the best line as well, just like he did in the first one, "And I'm really funny."

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sorry I'm so late to join in today!
I did see Terminator: Dark Fate - just last night, and I would give it a 4/5 for me. I liked it and it was fun, but I really wish they didn't have to kill off certain characters.
I can help out in February!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Glad you’re making so much progress on your story! I also never heard of those frightful creatures before. Thanks for the info on the new movies. Congrats to all the authors and have a nice holiday!


Jemi Fraser said...

One of my students got interested in tardigrades one year - kept throwing out Fun Facts to his friends :)

Liesbet said...

Congratulations to all the IWSG authors who have releases this month, and to you for being resilient - like the tardigrades - to write over 1000 words a day and keeping the IWSG the inspiring, incredible, and infatigable group that it is, Alex!

I'd never heard of tardigrades before, so thanks for that enlightenment as well. :-) Interesting that there is a sequel to "The Shining". Might be cool to watch one day, but unfortunately, I have zero tie for movies these months.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on writing 300-1100 words every day!
I'm back on the 100words100days bandwagon. This concept works for me and I'm determined to win a second 100words100days challenge.
Since it's final exams at school, things are easing up a little and I'm going to use the little bit of extra time that I have, to write as much as I can.
Enjoy your holiday next week, Alex!

sherry fundin said...

i'm eager to see the new terminator movie. great post and thanks for sharing all the goodness
sherry @ fundinmental

Loni Townsend said...

I'd never even heard of the Tardigrade, but it's definitely given me something to look into now!

Pat Garcia said...

I find your daily word count great. When working on a manuscript I have a word count of 500 to 1000 words. Sometimes I even hit 2K in one day but that is very seldom..

If you're still looking for volunteers for co-hosting i can be one in January or February.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange said...

Well done with Nano, you’re doing much better than I am! Pleased for you,

J E Oneil said...

Replacing the last three Terminator movies is probably the best thing I've heard about this movie. Now I actually want to see it.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

It's good to see all these new books for the cold winter days ahead. The movies sound exciting, too.

Susan Kane said...

Since I write short/brief posts mostly, the strangest thing I researched was the odd competitions held in rural communities over the decades.

Found: Dwile Flonking, Ferret Legging, and a lot more.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lisa, thanks, and glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks, Tyrean.

Liesbet, I do my best!

Good for you, Michelle.

Pat, thanks!

JE, go!

Liz A. said...

How do they explain that the Terminator has aged? I don't think I've seen one since Terminator 2, so I might... Nah, I won't go see it.

M.J. Fifield said...

If you're still in need of co-hosts, I can help out with any of those months. Just let me know.

I'm interested in seeing the new Terminator movie, but probably won't get around to it when it's still in theaters.

Nice daily word count, by the way!

Olga Godim said...

Tardigrades - never heard of them. Even the name sounds sci-fi.
I can co-host in whatever month you need, Alex.

Carol Kilgore said...

It's nice to be visiting blogs again and seeing what everyone is up to. I've missed new books and movie previews the most! And there are great ones here this month. Happy Turkey Day Month :)

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks for the water bear memories, Alex. I'll never forget the delight I felt when they appeared under my microscope in Biology 100. Of course, I had completely forgotten the term "tardigrades." And thanks for the link ~ It's hard for me to resist a rabbit hole. Wishing Lee and Charles success with their new books. And wishing you success as you write and a great time visiting with family.

Caitlin Coppola said...

I fell down the tardigrade rabbit hole, so thanks for that!! I'm excited about seeing Knives Out. Oh, and Midway. Happy IWSG Day :)

L.G. Keltner said...

Tardigrades are fascinating creatures, aren't they? I hope you enjoy visiting your family!

Diane Burton said...

Always happy to co-host. Good luck with your writing this month. That Terminator film sounds so great. I loved Linda Hamilton, esp. in T-2. Knives Out sounds like a winner, too. I love your movie bits. So interesting.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I do want to see the new Terminator movie. Have fun with the family. That is one tough little critter.

Gwen Gardner said...

Ha! The tardigrade looks a bit like a manatee, maybe a tad smaller;) cute and cuddly.

Stephen Tremp said...

I've always thought the Tardigrade is a most terrifying creature if it would be bigger than me. Glad to see Marvel use one in Ant Man and The Wasp.

Birgit said...

I just was watching something the other day where the astronauts on the space station filmed plankton living out in space! I don’t know how or what the?? But it appears to be so. Right now, my brain is tired but I know I looked up weird stuff. I do want to see this Terminator film even though I only have seen the first 2. Most just seem so hopeless and I don’t like that. I want to see all your movies on this list except for Frozen 2..still have to see the first one and I hate that song. Your last pick really looks good and reminds me of Clue and Murder By Death

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I loved Dark Fate too. And I was so relieved it was good, because I really wanted to like it. Yay!!

Good to hear you are writing some more.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Sometimes the research is too absorbing and keeps you from writing!

I've just been reading up on a fruit that is lethally toxic when unripe, but tastes like scrambled eggs when ripe and is relished across a nation.

XmasDolly said...

I think I'll talk the hubby into going to see "The Terminator"! Have a great weekend my friend. It's so late and I'm bushed. I had a very busy couple of days! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! HUGS

Anonymous said...

Doctor Sleep looks good. So does Knives Out. Not sure I'll see them at the movies though.

Well, I'm not sure what to think about the Tardigrade. I quickly read the link you provided. They are tiny little (creepy -looking) things but now I know they're out there. At my favorite spot. Waiting for me. haha


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liz, he's still living tissue.

Thanks, MJ!

Thanks, Olga!

Diane, thanks!

Stephen, they did!

Birgit, then you are set up for the latest - it takes place after the second one and replaces the others.

Angela Wooldridge said...

Ooh looking forward to catching the new terminator movie :) The original is one of my top faves (and the first film I ever saw on video - back then we'd get a movie out and watch it 3 times!) said...

Tardigrades are cool, pretty easy to fall down that rabbit hole. Enjoy your family visits.

Steven Arellano Rose Jr. said...

The Tartigrade. Never even knew such an animal existed. Fascinating. I haven't read the book Dr. SLeep but have read The Shining and seen the Kubrick film. The plot to Dr. Sleep sounds neat though. I may try to see the movie this weekend.

Lynda Dietz said...

Congrats on the steady writing! I'm looking forward to your next book, no matter how long it takes.

New releases: I just finished C. Lee McKenzie's Not Guilty and loved it. In fact, I read it all in one sitting. She's so skilled at writing believable YA.

It's fun to see that you're recommending the new Terminator movie. There are so many remakes and sequels and one-too-many-movies-in-a-series out there that I love hearing about the good ones. Sounds like a trip to the theater is in order. And Knives Out sounds like it just might be a good one!

Mary Kirkland said...

The new Terminator movie looks really good.
I just watched IT part 1. So it will probably be a while before I catch any new movies.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hi, Alex!
Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your writing goals, wheee! Keep up the great work. I hope you finish your book on time. :)
Frozen 2 looks interesting for me compared to everything else. I enjoyed the Maleficent sequel very much. I'm wishing for another epic fantasy movie like Lord of the Rings. *sigh*

Happy Writing!

Sandra Cox said...

I've heard of the Tardigrade. Fascinating. Are they microscopic in size?
Thanks to you and your wonderful hosts for keeping IWSG alive and well, Alex.

Joanne said...

that is some strange research. Amazing what you can find on the internet.
I'm psyched for new Terminator. Guess it bombed at the box office but I read decent reviews and I trust yours. I'm very behind on movies. As much as we liked The Shining, I don't think I need to see grown up Danny. Let the myth lie stuck in that crazy house. Redrum.
Enjoy family, vacation, and break.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Angela, I remember those days!

Lynda, it erases the past three movies, which is good.

Mary, part two is sadly not as good.

Sandra, yes! Tiny.

Joanne, go see it and give it some box office love.

Beth Camp said...

Thanks for writing about the tardigrade -- ugly and so tiny, yet so resilient. Thank goodness they are so small. Certainly not an inspiration for me. But then, I did write about the hagfish. Thank you for all your work for IWSG. said...

I'm close to purchasing a Ford, so I'm intrigued by Ford vs Ferrari, and your comment made me giggle. Toyota vs Honda, Fiat vs VW...will it ever end?

Be well, Alex.

Kalpana said...

The Tardigrade seems like a fascinating creature. Love that you based your writing on it. Thank you for the IWSG - I love this blog hop.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Alex!

Very interesting little creature for sure! Glad you enjoyed the Terminator movie!

Best to Lee, Charles, and Chrys.

I didn't know a NEW FROZEN movie was out-coming out! I live near Disney...why haven't I heard? LOL

Hope you and your wife have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Beth!

Robyn, this one makes money and it will never end...

Kalpana, thanks for participating!

Michael, get with it!

Kate Larkindale said...

Those little creatures are somewhat terrifying!

And seriously, do we really need Frozen 2?

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Thanks for inviting me into your rabbit hole. Natch, I happily hopped in to learn about tardigrades. My goodness! How is it I'd never heard of these fascinating creatures before? They're... fascinating!

I reckon we'll have to see the new Terminator movie. Our family still quotes the other Terminators... time for some new material. :)

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Tardigrades! A fantastic rabbit hole to fall down :)

I can co-host in January, or tag me in April or May (I’ll be out of the country in February and March, and again in June, and in the mountains in July... when the heck am I supposed to write?)

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Blue Grumpster said...

We may not agree on the latest terminator movie but I love your enthusiasm. I wish I felt the same way, I really do. I know the first two by heart.

Now as for the toughest creature on earth, I had no idea they even exited or that anyone from this planet could even live in space.

Enjoy your weekend, Alex!


Victoria Marie Lees said...

You seem to be moving along in your WIP. Wow! I wish I could get 1100 words done in a day. Another Terminator movie? My husband and kids will love this. And Arnold's still at it? Good for him. Thanks for keeping me updated, Alex. Oh, and those tiny creatures you researched are really cool. Bravo to you for finding them to use in one of your stories.

Blue Grumpster said...

P.S. Alex, could I ask you a favor? Could you say something nice to my friend Azra? HERE She's a darker shade of blue but at least I got her to start blogging again. I owe you a Bora drink!

Renee Scattergood said...

There's a Frozen 2? Wow... I must have been living under a rock lately...

dolorah said...

I've researched too many weird things to list. Well, they are weird to me. I like finding strange creatures on Earth that can be used in sci fi and fantasy settings. When it comes to space creatures the deep sea holds the best references.

mshatch said...

Glad that Terminator gets your seal of approval :) Now I know I can go see it. I have read about those tardigrades.They are weird and amazing little creatures. Oh, and I want to see Knives Out. It looks like fun.

Jo said...

Right now I am reading Damyanti's book You Beneath Your Skin, have you read it Alex. turning out to be quite a story. Also the book is supporting charities at the same time.

Jo said...

Meant to mention, I blogged about the Tardigrade in July, 2013. Fascinating critter. And absolutely minute.

Powdered Toast Man said...

I am obsessed with the Terminator franchise. There are so many different ways they can go with time travel. I can't wait to see it.

Carrie-Anne said...

Ford vs. Ferrari looks interesting to me, since I love old cars. I wish I had the space and money to collect them!

SpacerGuy said...

You can't go wrong with James Cameron as the helm of movies. So many Terminators which I've always been a fan. So much killer stuff, maybe its the fast action cyborg moves and neat do it now or die trying catch phrases. Regardless movie icon Schwarzenegger seems to resonate with people living at breaking point in life who needs the Terminator fix! Yeah, I'll have to go see this one.

Andrew Leon said...

I really want to see the new Terminator, but I doubt it's going to happen any time soon.
However, I think enough of my family wants to see Knives Out that we may go see that one.

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Roland Clarke said...

Do I dare say that 'Knives Out' is set on a burning train? Or maybe a leaning bookstore? No, I didn't think so. Oh well, it might echo a good Christie classic as it has a detective....

Tonja Drecker said...

I'm going to have to look those tough creatures up...sounds like something my son would love to learn about. Enjoy your time away!

The Angry Lurker said...

I am looking forward to "Knives Out"!

Juneta key said...

Congrats everyone on all the new releases. Looking forward to seeing the new Terminator.

Heather R. Holden said...

Never heard of tardigrades before, but am definitely fascinated now. Wow!

And best of luck with your story! Hope writing has continued to go well...

The Happy Whisk said...

I love that you provided the rabbit hole link.
That's funny.
Congrats on the writing you're doing.
The last movie I saw was Double Tap.

Anstice Brown said...

What a cool story about the picture that inspired a scene for your novel.

I'm excited for the anthology, it looks great!

I also enjoyed the latest Star Wars film. I really want to see The Mandalorian so might have to get that Disney+ thing eventually, especially as there are some new Marvel shows coming out soon too.

You've confirmed what I suspected about the Lion King. I have it on DVD but haven't watched it yet. I wish they would stop remaking all these popular animations now, unless there's a specific reason to update them.

The main thing I'm looking forward to this month is the new Picard series on Prime. It looks right up my street.