Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tom Strong: Book 1 was part of Alan Moore's Americas Best Comics line of books. Not my favorite books of the line, that would be Top-Ten, but I still have enjoyed the Tom Strong stories when I've gotten the chance to read them. They remind me very much of reading old Superman stories, though with a high sci-fi bend to them and more modern storytelling strengths.
Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne collects the first issues in John Byrne's great run on the first family of comics. My favorite comic run ever was Byrne's run on Uncanny X-Men for those were the books that gave me my love for the art form in the first place. I know these days a lot of people only think things of John Byrne for stuff he has said online and he is not looked at as much for the talent he has always hand in his hands but for him personally. Not the artist and writer but the man. From Next Men to Superman but not in that order historically, I have enjoyed the works of John Byrne. In my eyes his run on Fantastic Four was the best ever on that series and yes I'm going to go as far to say even better than Lee and Kirby.
Uncanny X-Men: Sisterhood was a nice way to end my weeks graphic novel reading in that I was getting to know again what has been happening latly with my all time favorite comic. I have enjoyed a lot of what they have done with the X book line since House Of M. You can say what you will but what they have done is inject much needed life into a line of books that almost drove away, and in some cases did drive away, a lot of long time readers.
Away We Go was one of those simple little films that breathed along at a nice run and at the end it left me saying, "That was pretty cool." And sometimes that is actually what I want from a movie.
Paper Heart was a film I had wanted to see since it was in theatres. It is funny, sad, real, maneuvered, and then sad and funny again.
Waiting For God: Series 2 A little British Tv for background viewing for a night of writing. I really enjoy this series that when I come to think about it looks like me and Wave in the future. One crazy mean bitch and one crazy nutter old fart raging against the world. It is one of the most rebelish television shows ever produced if you ask me.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I should tell my own border stories at some point as I always get stopped crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada but for now because those stories are really long here are some links to recent stoppages that have crossed my view of knowing. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now was stopped and mostly questioned about what she was planning to say about the upcoming Vancouver Olympics. When I read about this I first thought, if you were going to stop Amy Goodman and question her about her activities, her talking about the Olympics wouldn't be my first thought to ask her about? That part of the story just seemed strange to me. More on the story with a little from Keith Olbermann. Though to be honest he gets on my nerves the same way Glenn Beck does but from the liberal side of things. I didn't care for him when he was on ESPN either, all look at me I'm a sportscaster...made my ears hurt at times.
Then you have writerPeter Watts. Here are more links here and here on what happen to him while trying to go home to Canada.
I will finish the border talk to tell you being stopped, singled out, is frightening and nerve wrecking. My experiences with border officers are that they are pushing for you to push back and it takes a lot to keep from either mouthing off or just asking why, both will be considered aggressive by them by the way. I don't know all the details of what happen to Amy Goodman or Peter Watts, my experiences were my own as is both of theirs, but this is not new. The actions of border agents is almost without approach as to their actions unless you are a "name." Lets hope these two cases shine some light on how a lot of people are treated by border officials from both countries.
Is it difficult to write well about sex?
I really don't have problems writing sex scenes but when I make revisions and cuts I tend to cut those. I don't think I'm censoring myself as much as I want the scenes to be titillating to the reader but find my writing of sex boring and only good in a way because I go places I think some writers wouldn't go outside of erotica. And no I don't think wishing to make sex scenes titillating means I'm trying to write porn. Nothing wrong with porn in idea though but that is a large topic in and of itself.
A few links on online privacy:
My view has been. I'm for the most part public online but even if you have private things online you should go in thinking they may become public at any time because thinking any other way is stupid.
EFF Sues DOJ For Sleuthing Practices on Facebook, Twitter
Facebook's New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Dismisses the Importance of Privacy
Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data in the Past Year Remember it is not paranoia if people are watching you.
Here are some links to some stuff I don't have much to say about at the moment but found interesting:
Polish zoo lets visitors meet the Flintstones
Things I Do Not Want For Xmas
College's too-fat-to-graduate rule under fire
Top 100 Comic Book Storylines
Cannibals nabbed selling corpse to kebab house
Dear God, please confirm what I already believe
Books and DVDs I'm taken in of late:
Half Minute Horrors
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
My poetry collections will go to $2.00, Books to $3 to $6, and comics to $3.00. Yea, that's going to help my sales. They always got their cut, which was fine, because of hosting and such but now they are also charging for extras. Out of a $2.00 sale I get 32cents. For an ebook? 32cents. This ends any plans when it comes to releasing lots of free stuff in 2010. I think I could afford to release one more poetry collection next year and that's it. I don't see were they should be charging $1.49 for hosting and such and also another 19cents? It's a free service I know but for an ebook? The only thing they are doing is credit card and hosting? And I really don't think a big company like LuLu get charged per order by credit card companies and I don't even use their sites, all I need is a download link from them. I just don't like it because it really puts the punch to creators who need every sale they can get. I'm just a little frustrated by this because I didn't see it coming. I didn't get an email saying this was happening. I hope they sent one out??? Did anyone else out there who uses them get an email?
They are also encourging DRM usage which I have never used on any of my stuff. Some might call that stupid but I encourge people to use my stuff as long as they don't make money from it and let me know.
I hope all of this doesn't signal bad things for LuLu in the future. I have enjoyed using them so far.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
And if anyone does take the leap and download the free collection you may notice there are two different covers to the collection. One I created which I use for advertisting and the one on the collections LuLu page.
The first one I created using photos taken on the trip and playing around in GIMP2.
The second I used a LuLu image which I thought looked Miami and brochure like which I also thought fit the theme.
I say theme even though the poems aren't really about the trip but just things on my mind during the trip. On the covers front I do the first better but also know the second is easier on the eyes and more of the mainstream.....Mainstream...such a dirty word.
Enough of me being me here, I need to do some dishes.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This collection is my first PDF poetry collection released free to the public. Since I missed the deadline on FLIGHT OF THE COMING STORM I thought I owed something to those people who have been buying my monthly PDF releases. This collection consists of a few poems I wrote on a trip down to Miami to a Scott Westerfeld signing. We all enjoyed the trip and signing but this trip as well as quite a few lazy days put me behind just enough to knock me off my deadline. I could have made the deadline but didn't not have enough time for proper edits. I hope you enjoy the collection and if you did there are links in the collection to other materials for sale. All of these poems were written on my phone during the drive and that's something considering I only have a cheap little flipphone, though I love my cheap little flipphone, but it did not make writing very easy, even writing short poems.
Just a update on some other places to find me online:
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
And the event was so popular there will be an encore event:
I would show you photos I took while there but my phone has a crappy camera but they did zombie makeup, workers were zombiefied, they did a raffle with zombie prizes, and had a costume contest. Also $4 from every ticket sold went to the Redcross. Wave won a copy of THE WALKING DEAD: VOLUME ONE signed by the artist.
Later in the night I was attacked by a librarian zombie.
A link to the encore event can be found here if you live locally and wish to attend. Also if you are local how about checking out Famous Faces And Funnies which is my local comic books store and from what I saw, the supplier of most of the prizes for the raffles. The event was sponsored by them, B&N, and others.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Click here to download KILL MACHINE.
Click here for my complete LuLu storefront.
And Click here to order a few KILL MACHINE merch items as well as other project items. I know the price is high on these but it keeps me from having to purchase and store items until they sale. If anyone knows a better way than cafepress? then I'd be glade to listen.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Click here to download NEW EPISODE.
Click here for my complete LuLu storefront.
And Click here to order a few NEW EPISODE merch items as well as other project items. I know the price is high on these but it keeps me from having to purchase and store items until they sale. If anyone knows a better way than cafepress then I'm glade to listen.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wave and I saw Green Day in Tampa with LittleLow along for the ride. The highlight was getting to see Tre Cool while he was riding around on one of those mini-bikes. He's my fav. That and a giant spider in the car that freaked more than one of us out was another moment.If you have ever seen Green Day live then you know what this image is.
World War Hulk,
(If any of these sound interesting to you visit your local comic book store or library to see if they have them in stock. The Doctor Who one-shot stands out in my mind for trying something different; which a lot of writers seem to be really afraid to do in mainstream comics.)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Worst blog entry ever? Maybe, I'm off to give one of the cats eye drops.
Any issues with this entry blame Google docs, we're still not friends yet.
Save some of my sanity and buy something from the links below. If you are a writer, reading my writing will make you think your doing great :)
The begining of my superhero novel series. My take on the superhero theme came from a lifetime love of comics and my late night wonderings of, what if a comic book line started with a huge confusing crossover event? I learned so much from writing this book. Big lesson #1, writing from inspiration is cool but a little planning doesn't hurt and certainly cuts down on rewriting headaches.
THE TIN UNIVERSE CAFEPRESS STORE
GODS LEFT IN THE TRASH
You know, bad poetry. I really do not enjoy writing poetry but have ended up doing it a lot in my life so I've started creating these collections to get them off my mind, out of my life, and digging into your brains.
THE CAFEPRESS STORE FOR THE REST OF MY PROJECTS
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This is a collection of poems and song lyrics which have sat for a while after originally having been written for a couple of charity projects which I submitted materials to but which never formed into completed projects. I like all of the poems/song lyrics contained in this collection because they very much capture my state of emotional frenzy at the time I wrote them. You can download the collection here for $1.50. Gods Left In The Trash merch. can be found here.
I hope to start adding more collections such as this one every couple months because I have a backlog of thousands, really, thousands of poems/song lyrics that I wish to release into the world. I just need to edit them, place them in good groupings, and create nice cover images.
Though I am not musical in any sort of way, can’t play any instrument, I see these collections as my albums. I have not decided yet but each one may have some sort of theme to them. The next album maybe made up of materials written during my first LiveJournal life.
Oh, and since I have you here, don’t forget you can still purchase my first PDF book Stereo for the low price of $2.00, for under five dollars you can have a book and a poetry collection by ME! :)
And yea, the Tin Universe merchandise page is here.
Thanks for anyone who have purchased my stuff in the past and who may do so in the future,
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I actually hurt my back, though I have always had back pains, on one of my daily small walks. When I got home that day my back started killing me and I was in so much pain I was hardly able to move. Even the miracles of modern pill popping did not help and thus a sad waste of good chemical science. I soaked in a Lush enhanced bath of Epsom Salt and that at least made me feel a little better….I just asked Wave to make sure I spelt “Epsom” correctly, “It’s E. Ep. …..” was her answer before I started laughing. I think I’m rubbing off on her………O, get your minds out from the gutter, Jesus is still watching, his vacation doesn’t start until the March, then the robes come off and the Hawaiian shirt goes on, poor Hanukah Zombie has to have an off season job. Jesus gets all the press and thus all the cash and I think I’m rambling…
We spent the holidays mostly watching anime movies and reading manga. I’m really hooked on the NARUTO series for some reason and I’m up to 20 on the collections. I have not updated my LibraryThing with all the things I’ve read of late and will try to do so tonight, though any reviews will be really short….
Hey, my New Year has started off right, I just went to the complex’s soda machine to buy a Coke and the machine gave me two for free. Nice machine, I should visit it more often.