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Movie Mayhem – Heaven Is For Real

A few weeks ago, the faith-based film God’s Not Dead was released and has been doing wildly better than expected for an indie drama about the debate over whether God is real. But I think that debate aspect is where the interest in the film ultimately comes from. The film’s not a preachy soliloquy attempting to convert everyone to Christianity; no, it’s an exploration on the merits of His existence that discusses the validity of both scientific fact and faith-based reasoning. Though it does have a religious bend to it, the filmmakers don’t try to force you to believe, they just hope that maybe you might think twice before simply refuting the possibility. The same type of exploration is the core of the new film, Heaven Is For Real, and like with God’s Not Dead, it does a fine job in creating a thought-provoking study behind the merits of whether Heaven itself truly exists. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Happy Easter

To all of my friends, family and followers, I’d like to wish you all a wonderful Easter. Have fun, and stay safe!

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The Life of a Writer

Does this just about sum it up?

Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine, by Stephan Pastis

Pearls Before Swine Comic Strip, April 13, 2014 on GoComics.com.

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Movie Mayhem – Draft Day

The NFL draft has never interested me in the least. Probably stemming from the fact that I’ve never gone out of my way to watch football on any level (and only like watching the Super Bowl for the commercials), I never understood how spending hours with a group of commentators pontificating over analysis and theories was worth my time. But the draft is a big deal to a lot of people, whether they be spectators who’ve invested a lot of passion into their favorite teams and players, or the coaches, managers and owners of the teams themselves, whose careers depend on making the right moves on a day that defines their team’s future. It’s in this where the real drama lies, and director Ivan Reitman explores Draft Day with an entertaining look behind the curtain of how crafting the next great football team can be an exhausting, stressful and incredibly intriguing game all its own. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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A New Venture, A New Step Forward

When my sister came out to help me at the bridal expo a couple of weekends ago, she asked (while helping to staple business cards to the back of the coupons I was going to distribute) what I was doing to market my business. Other than the expo and this blog, I was actually still feeling my way around the issue and looking into several possibilities — and relying on word-of-mouth through friends and family, which of course is only feasible for a limited amount of time. I knew I had to branch out and start considering new ways of generating interest in order to get my name out there and get work, but it was definitely slow going. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Movie Mayhem – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Since 2008, when the first Iron Man hit the screens, Marvel has created a tight-knit family of films, each one developed with their own unique personality. Iron Man is the kinetically pompous, yet sympathetically thoughtful older brother; Thor is the wild-eyed young teenager who wants all of the attention; and the Hulk is the family’s cousin Oliver, so desperate to fit in, but somehow disconnected from the pack. In order to keep the peace between them, however, there must be a patriarch, a grounded realist who understands how to reign in the chaos. That job falls to Captain America, who wants nothing more than to protect his fellow man from the pain of the world. To do so, he fights political corruption and deceit with nothing but integrity and honor, even when, as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, doing so just might get him killed. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Movie Mayhem – Sabotage

Ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger left the Governor’s office and returned to making movies, the only films that have been worth the price of popcorn were those in which he played second fiddle to Sylvester Stallone. The only other film he’s done thus far, last year’s bomb, The Last Stand, was such a cheesy mess of dead-on-arrival Schwarzenegger taglines, it’s almost a godsend that his upcoming slate of films are sequels or remakes of earlier hits and well-known franchises. Because if his newest action flick, Sabotage, is any indication, brand recognition is the only thing that will keep his once-bright Hollywood star from shattering into oblivion. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Kiss the Brides Wedding Expo

Kiss the Brides Wedding Expo, 3/30/2014

Kiss the Brides Wedding Expo, 3/30/2014

Believe it or not, I’ve never actually been to any type of expo before yesterday (well, actually, that’s not entirely true… I did attend Comic Con for about a half a day some years back, but I only went because someone who had a spare ticket wanted to go). I’ve always thought it would be an interesting experience to have a booth at an expo, and even looked into acquiring one at Comic-Con to promote my novels, but I could never afford something like that (and that was several years back). So when I was informed about the idea of participating as a vendor at a wedding expo to help promote my new business, I was intrigued. I did some research, looked into a variety of different expos around my area, and thanks to the Kiss the Brides Bridal Show at Pechanga Resort and Casino, I was able to participate in an affordable expo that will hopefully open some doors with clients and vendors alike. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Back To Writing, and It Feels So Good…

Over the past couple of days I’ve been humming away on my new novel, Memoirs of Keladrayia: Jaxxa Rakala, the follow-up to Jaxxa Rakala: The Search, and the second book in my planned four-part Jaxxa Rakala series. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Learning Is Intoxicating

Learning is one addiction that is always worthwhile, the one addiction that should always be encouraged, no matter what, simply because learning is what fuels a person’s growth and gives them the skills to move forward and rise up against failure, which in and of itself is another necessary teaching tool. As Ben Gates says in National Treasure — “You know, Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly two-thousand times to develop the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb… and when asked about it, he said, ‘I didn’t fail; I found out two-thousand ways how not to make a light bulb.’ But he only needed to find one way to make it work.”

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