Note to self: don’t put nicotine patches on your fat middle. Twice now it’s fallen off from there and was temporarily lost. Try putting it on your flabby arms or shoulders. Can’t use your non-manly chest as it’s too hairy. Consider your back, somewhere between the rolls and folds. That oughtta pinch it in there. If you don’t lose it, you’ll have another day like today: cravings down to about a 5 with an occasional 6, busy sitting on your sorry, chubby behind that you didn’t have much time to think about it. Now you’re eager for snack time later so you can veg in front of the TV like a good lil’ pudgy dork.
Hot off the Net-reels, this new trailer gives us more of the story while still serving up a heap of action. This fanboy is beside himself at the moment. May 4 . . . think I’m going to start hanging around outside the theatre after this entry just to be sure I get a good seat.
And be sure to watch all the way through because the bit after the title card has got me drooling. Seriously, what is that thing?!
If a documentary was ever made of my life, the previews would look something like these:
In other news, the new trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution is now here!
I saw bootlegs last week and now the official The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer has hit the Web!
Perfect teaser. Now I want to know what’s going on, and that battle with Bane shown for a split second at the end has got this fanboy’s blood pumping.
Check it out:
The writing life is insane nowadays. I remember when I started there were two distinct worlds: offline and online. Thanks to new technologies, the “real” world and the virtual world are quickly merging. Most folks in the West spend most of their time online, whether directly on a computer or via iPad or cell phone. A few weeks back some friends and I went to a movie. When it was done, we couldn’t remember an actor’s age, so what did we do? Pulled out the ol’ cell phone and looked it up right there in the car. For some reading this, that’s “everday life and always has been.” For guys like me, this kind of technology is new.
I’m with Scott in that I don’t think paper books will ever go away, but I do think that a lot of reading will be done on e-devices as we continue forward in the 21st Century. I’m excited to see what indie authors and the small press in general will do to the industry as a whole. Who knows? Maybe we will get back to the day when it’s about the art and not just about the numbers? When I first started in this business, I genuinely thought publishing was about art. I was quickly proven wrong. Art’s only a part of it. So, to make that art a reality, I went indie, started my own company (Coscom Entertainment) and am now responsible for bringing not must my stuff to the world, but other folks’ stuff as well, unique books with unique voices all centered around genres I love (monsters and superheroes).
September 13, 2010
Blog: The Unread Reader
. . . and threw in a bonus story from my teen years, back when I wrote about writers who smoked cigarettes. That in itself is a valid reason to never write what you know.
Writing about smoking cigarettes as a teenager? Did your parents bust you on this one? I know I got it pretty good bad before I was “of age” when I was caught smoking.
What is it with writers and cigarettes, anyway? Though I’ve pretty much quit the habit now, I smoked steadily for about 11 years, a big reason being my writing. Not for the stereotype, mind you. I started smoking for different reasons altogether, but I did find that I needed to smoke before writing otherwise the words wouldn’t come. Thankfully, that’s not the case nowadays. I will concede, though, that there’s nothing like sipping coffee, smoking a cigarette and pondering your story. I always zoned out during those times, which set me up nicely for a session at the keyboard.
Really, almost all of my novels feature children as viewpoint characters in one place or another. I think it’s because I am permanently stuck in childhood!
Such is our plight, my friend. I look around and see the majority of those I knew growing up having done just that: grown up, yet here I am playing pretend for a living, putting my imagination down on paper and bringing those stories to the masses. What a life.
September 14, 2010
Blog: The Cajun Book Lady
I’d be interested in hearing some stories about what went down when ghost hunting. As a Christian, I know the spiritual side of our world is very real and does manifest itself from time to time (seen and heard too many things to discount anything but the spiritual reality we live in, more specifically a Christian one).
And this type of data does make for good story basis in general, especially when dealing in darker fiction. Adds a level of realism that wouldn’t be there otherwise.
September 14, 2010
The label market is a tricky one. One false move and readers complain about being misled. The problem is, it seems, some of the labeling is so specific. It can be very frustrating. Paranormal thriller. I like that. I remember a time when if someone asked me what kind of books I wrote and I’d say horror, they’d make a face and take a step back. So now I’ve stuck with “supernatural thriller” for some of my stuff, and downright “monster fiction” for others. And, of course, “superhero fiction” for my Axiom-man series. At least with those, I don’t have people trying to get away from me.
September 15, 2010
Blog: Candace’s Book Blog
Such is the life of the midlist author. Sometimes you swim, other times you sink. But it seems to me that even if this book sinks with Kensington, you got a good handle on self-publishing now and this book will get another voyage once you get the rights back, maybe even a “maiden” one, depending what you do to it while it’s at the docks. At least it’ll be home in its own harbor.
I’m with you on the vampires thing, though. Wish I was Blade because I’d totally dominate in a versus match with shiny, sparkling vampires. Actually, even as an overweight, hairy fanboy, I’m pretty sure I’d still dominate.
Unless they bit me.
When: Friday, October 29 at 4:00pm – October 31 at 6:00pm
Where: The Winnipeg Convention Center, 375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Coscom Entertainment is back at this year’s Central Canada Comic Con. We’re talking a crazy huge venue with all kinds of comics, games, toys, celebrity guests, artists, costumes and more. Three days of super fanboy and fangirl fun!
Myself and Coscom Entertainment will be back again this year. It’s our fourth year and we’ve had a blast at each and every one of them. It’s honestly the thing I look forward to most every year.
We’d love for you to attend not only for a good time of all things fandom, but also to celebrate the release of my zombie novel, Possession of the Dead, and my wife, Roxanne’s, loveable comic book, Fuzz Society.
What’s Possession of the Dead about? Glad you asked. (Okay, I asked for you, but whatever.)
Things have changed.
Ever since returning through the Storm of Skulls to the present day, Joe, Billie and August have discovered the world they now inhabit, is not the world they left behind. The zombie threat has evolved to gargantuan proportions. Now aided by giant undead—massive monsters with phenomenal strength and power, with deadly appetites just as vast—the zombie population moves to devour any and all life.
Separated from his friends, Joe learns that not all hope is lost for humanity when he meets, Tracy, a woman who exudes a strength to rival his own. Tracy brings him to the Hub, an underground sanctuary where life continues in a dead world, but his thoughts linger on his missing friends.
August and Billie have problems of their own, and soon learn the same plight that affected a past friend of theirs now affects many: zombies with shapeshifting capability. Now, anyone is suspect. Yet even with this newfound knowledge, more is heaped upon them when the agenda of the undead is revealed and humanity is the one caught in the crossfire.
A war is raging, one between angels and demons, monsters and man.
And it’s only escalating.
Please note this is the sequel to Blood of the Dead, which is always a hot item at the cons.
As for Fuzz Society, it’s the polar opposite of zombies, but cool nonetheless. The story is:
Come along for a big-scale adventure with Lyra Ladybug–the cutest bug you’ll ever meet–who’s full of curiousity, and who’s not afraid to stand up for herself even though she’s tiny. Watch as she gets carried along through Gossling Park on a gum wrapper, and finds herself lost in a land so familiar yet so far from her own, only to meet up with new friends along the way. Perhaps even one who’s more than friends.
It’s fun, adventure and budding romance in this first issue of Fuzz Society!
We’ll also have a table LOADED with zombie and superhero books, plus a few other cool fandom-related items. Just look for the table with the black and white Coscom Entertainment banner, or me, the big hairy guy standing next to a cute ladybug.
Come by, say hi, and let’s talk comics and art, books and writing, and anything else you want!
See you there.
This is fanmade, and is easily the best Smallville fanmade trailers I’ve seen. It’d be for the opening credits to Season 10.
Got this fanboy going.
First Spider-Man and now this.
I got the fanboy chills all over.
Smallville Season Three (2003-2004)
Review by A.P. Fuchs
5 out of 5
This season is most definitely the darkest of the series. I related to Clark quite a lot during his time on the road: the struggle, the pain, the loss—definitely made me relive some memories I wasn’t too keen on reliving ever again.
This season also showed how evil Lionel Luthor really was and how he stopped at nothing—utterly nothing—to create his empire and, eventually, receive power that most definitely, in this case, fell into the wrong hands.
Clark got a new superpower, this time his super hearing, which was done way cool and not just some fire-drill-like noise ringing in his ears.
I loved this season despite how bleak it was and was thrilled to death when Christopher Reeve reprised his role as Dr. Virgil Swann. The mythology episodes in this season made me grin ear-to-ear, making my inner fanboy squeal like a girl.
This season was great and had a cliffhanger that made me want to kick in my TV. What a long summer that one was.
Year Three was awesome. Go see it.