For everyone who has wanted to join in on the fun of my interactive novel but were late to the party and don’t feel they have time to read all of the chapters — or don’t like the idea of answering the next chapter’s questions without knowing what’s going on — you’re in luck. You can now jump on over to the Cliff Notes page for Write A Novel With Me and learn everything you need to know about the project, including character descriptions, who or what certain items are and what they can do, and of course, brief chapter summaries (including the question posed and the winning answer) with links to the full chapter for your convenience.
This is also a helpful tool for those who have been following the story from the beginning, but may have forgotten a certain aspect or need a refresher on what happened so that you might better answer a particular question.
Check it out and come help write a novel with me.
As you may or may not know, my design/writing/videography company, Phoenix Moirai, celebrated its first anniversary about a month ago, and I wanted to celebrate with all of my faithful followers, customers and friends. But I needed to raise the bar and do something really unique, and I wasn’t quite sure how to do that… until now. See What It’s All About
No matter how much we may want to deny it, we all categorize, label and judge people, neighborhoods and entertainment based solely on appearance; doing so is simply human nature — a subconscious reaction based on past events and preconceptions formed through our interactions with others. A lot of people are capable of overcoming their prejudices and give someone or something the benefit of the doubt, however, when someone uses their biases as a latent survival instinct or to blatantly hurt someone else, whether physically or verbally, it can lead to dangerous consequences that more than likely will never be reversed. You really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and two films, McFarland, USA and The DUFF, which on the surface are vastly different (causing many to judge them based on their labels), are actually very similar in how they deal with this very subject. Read Full Review
After all of the shilling, campaigning and hobnobbing throughout award season, it all comes down to this — the show so big, it needs two names. That’s right, it’s Oscar weekend — let the predictions begin. Last year, I predicted 6 out of the top 7 categories correctly, so I have a lot to live up to with this year’s crop, which aren’t quite as easy to predict as they were last year, seeing as how there have been a variety of winners across the various award shows, and this just may be the year that some of the dark horses decide to find their stride at the end of the race. Whatever the outcome, these are my thoughts on the top categories (including links to both full reviews and mini-reviews for the majority of films that I’ve seen) as well a few of my own special awards that don’t belong anywhere near the Academy. Read on for my predictions
Movies about spies and secret intelligence agencies have been intriguing audiences for as long as there have been stories. They have evolved over the years, but there’s always been a strong, ageless core for which all spy stories latch onto. It starts with a strong hero — a brave man, usually stoic, suave and true (CHEER). This character knows right from wrong, usually stands for justice and purity and would never harm his integrity by doing anything remotely evil. His nemesis is more than likely a crazed lunatic with shifty eyes and a curled mustache (HISS) who wants nothing more than to mold the world into his very own cash-grab playground. In between them is the fair maiden, sometimes a damsel in distress, for whom the nemesis pines but is ultimately destined to fall for the hero, even if she’s only known him for mere hours. At some point, the nemesis will capture the hero and spend a few minutes to reveal all of his dastardly plans. Before running off to put this plan in motion, he will execute an extremely elaborate plan to kill the hero, who will no doubt escape in the nick of time to thwart the villain and save the maiden to live happily ever after. Kingsman: The Secret Service, as the film itself so rightly claims, is not that movie. Read Full Review
For all of you looking forward to reading the next chapter for Write A Novel With Me, I have some bad news. No, Write A Novel With Me is not ending by any means; I am having too much fun writing the story to have that happen. However, over the last couple of weeks, due to some other responsibilities (and some personal matters that needed attending to), I realized I have seriously been neglecting my other novel, Memoirs of Keladrayia. My initial plan to release the novel last summer was waylaid as I slowly built leads and contacts for my new business, Phoenix Moirai. And every time someone asked when the book would be coming out, I would usually give a two to three month time frame from the time the question was posed, no matter when it was asked or who asked it. Several weeks ago, I mentioned on Twitter that the third draft was nearing completion, and there it sat… unloved as I continued to push its priority to the back burner.
Well, no more. Find Out Why
Movies are an enigma. Some have the ability to captivate you from the first image or piece of dialogue; some take longer to find an audience, needing time to build a relationship with you; and still others are so far removed from being engaged, you can barely stay awake as you wonder what else you’d rather be doing than watching the train wreck in front of you. And previews aren’t necessarily an indication as to which category a film might fall. I’ve seen some dreadful previews for movies that turned out to be stellar pieces of cinema and vice-versa, so until you actually see the movie, you just never know. It’s one reason why I see so many movies, including Seventh Son, a film that by its trailer looked like it might be a dud, but one I hoped its cast would be able to save. Sadly, it acted more like an Ambien than a shot of adrenaline. Read Full Review
Red Herring’s (or, by definition, something, especially a clue, that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting) are a key component to any whodunit. When used well, they keep you guessing as you feverishly try to put the pieces together before the big reveal, which blows your mind because you never saw it coming even though the pieces were there. When done poorly, you either see the reveal coming a mile away, or the last act is a muddled, incomprehensible mess that makes everything that came before it completely pointless rather than gleeful trickery. The Loft relies heavily on red herrings to keep its narrative momentum moving, and though the end might come off a bit unsatisfying, none of them are wasted as the film stays mostly true to the characters its established. Read Full Review
This is a bit late, I know, but I only recently received the picture!
As I’ve mentioned on several accounts, my young adult novel, In the Light of the Eclipse, was inspired by five individuals who challenged me to write a novel. I usually see them every Christmas, so I was going to give them all a signed copy of my book in 2013, however, due to some family issues, our normal Christmas Eve party was canceled and I was unable to see them all. (My niece and nephew did get theirs, though). So this past Christmas, I was delighted to be able to finally give the other three young ladies their copies, and they were just as excited to start reading.
This week, we have two very similar answers to choose from, but answers which could send the narrative in two very different directions.
Every original story begins with a foundation in past lore. Whether that includes fables, mythologies or tales written centuries ago, inspiration is a key to building a story that people relate to, or find comfort in. Sometimes, these muses are hidden in a well-crafted, innovative idea. For others, like Strange Magic, the ingredients are on full display: Mix together a pound of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a cup of Romeo and Juliet, a pinch of Ferngully and a dash of The Dark Crystal, then lather it in a bowl of love potion number 9. Voila! An odd little love story from the mind of George Lucas is born. Read Full Review