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Maine Author “Taste of Maine” Giveaway

In honor of C.L. Alden’s author debut, we are giving away some items a Maine Giveaway pack. Alden’s paranormal urban fantasy, “The Empire,” takes place in a small coastal Maine town struggling to find a place in a modern world. When Darcy returns to her hometown, she finds it isn’t only the living who want to weigh in on the future of Shorton, Maine. The Empire is available in print and kindle. The contest is International and runs from January 6th 7:00AM to January 20th at 7:00PM. I’ll announce the winner via the blog and Facebook so keep checking back!

Included in the giveaway:

  • Signed copy of The Empire by C.L. Alden
  • Signed copy of I.Am.Maine by Jeremy Flagg
  • Authentic Maine Seaglass
  • Predict-A-Pen
  • Strand Coffee Mug
  • Strand Postcard

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2017 Is Going to Kiss My Ass

Last year, 365 days ago, I posted the word that would guide me throughout the year. It took a few days of me mulling it about in my head and picking apart my life a day at a time, but underneath the successes and even the disasters, the word seemed to apply. In 2016, I abdicated far more than I anticipated. You can read more about my goals from the previous year in this post.

I released myself from obligations in my day job for self-preservation and while I thought I might be saddened by it, I made a healthy decision. Now I’ve been able to redirect my energies into my writing. I finished I.Am.Maine: Snapshots of Small Town Maine and released my first superhero novel, Nighthawks: Children of Nostradamus. Finding it didn’t provide joy to my life, I permanently shelved my graphic design book. I also decided to take some risks and submitted four short stories to various anthologies and had three of them accepted. In one year, my name showed up in four books with another showing up in January and then my own novel in February.

Emerge. For 2017, a year that will be filled with challenges unlike any before it, I need to keep my head up and move forward. I don’t want to hesitate, I don’t want to call it a building year like I did for 2016. In 2017, I want to push ahead and rise above the status quo.

I don’t want to spell out everything I have in the works, but the immediate pipeline has been secured. Northern Frights: Maine Horror Stories will arrive during January and Night Shadows: Children of Nostradamus Book 2 will come out on Valentines day. In April another installment of the Children of Nostradamus series will arrive and if all goes well, I’m expected three more books before the end of the year. This is the year of going big. There are no road blocks.

2017 is going to get its ass handed to itself. This ass handing begins on January 2nd. Stay tuned. Things are about to get super at RemyFlagg.com.

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Reflecting on a Year Not Done

I’m having a weird weekend. I’ve spent the day revising the latest draft of my manuscript. My editor gave me some great notes and overall, she said I had made some great improvements in my story and my technical skill. While I never set out to “improve,” my writing, this year, I did take risks to expand myself as a writer. It reminded me that this year has been one packed to the brim with amazing opportunities.

This year I…

Published the first book in the Children of Nostradamus series. Nighthawks is my first sci-fi novel and revolves around a dystopian future and the superpowered people trying to survive. I’m proud of it because it focuses on the humanity of an archetype under stress. It also begins my falling down the rabbit hole asking, “In our darkest moments, are we still human?”

Published the second and final chapter of the I.Am.Maine project. I have mixed feelings about this. If you hear me speak about writing, I’ll be the first to say this book has a weird place in my bibliography. Many of my writing fans are geographically based in Maine or have strong connections to Maine. It has given me issues trying to break out as a sci-fi writer. However, I have had the opportunity to connect to so many people who either shared in my story or have a similar tale to tell. It remains the book that speaks to who I am today.

Wrote, submitted, and had my first three horror stories accepted to anthologies. I wanted to get my name in front of more people. This started as a marketing tactic, but this is where I think growth happened. I do not define myself as a horror writer. My first story, “Access Violation,” in Wicked Witches: An Anthology by the New England Horror Writers relies heavily on fantasy and sci-fi elements and lands solidly in the cyberpunk realm. I got great feedback and had to knuckle down and rewrite a significant amount of the book to be accepted, but I grew. When I submitted “Purgatory Junction,” for Northern Frights, I delved into traditional ghost stories and the unnerving sense of isolation. I walked away from writing that story catching myself jumping at shadows. The third submission gave me the opportunity to write my first serious zombie piece. “We Cease to Exist,” takes place in Only the Light We Make, Chris Philbrook’s universe of Adrian’s Undead Diary. The challenge of writing a story in a person’s world other than your own is a challenge. The crowd is not my norm, and it took some calibrating. However, I’m proud to say it was submitted. All three stories were accepted.

Received my first rejection of the year. In total I wrote four short stories and three were accepted. The fourth story was one of 800 submissions and while I was disappointed, how could I feel bad? A year ago I wouldn’t have had the confidence to submit a humorous tale of office politics and superheroes. Now, the rejection letter sits in a pile with others and I’m moving forward.

Attended my first, second, third, and fourth comic-book convention as a vendor. It started with Bangor Comic & Toy Convention. I met geeks. I met people I connected with. I got to see people excited to be with their own. I felt at home. The sensation was amazing enough I attended three more throughout the year, both as a solo act and with the New England Horror Writers.

Participated in my first public speaking at Pandemonium Books. Reading “Access Violation,” amongst a group of writers was one of most unnerving acts I’ve participated in. I’m still relatively new to this and each of these “first moments,” are small hurdles toward the end of the race. I think I did fairly well. I got a rise from the audience, and laughter where needed. The sarcasm of my writing works well when spoken.

Attended a genre conference for writers in New England. NECON as it is referred to was filled with writers relating to horror specifically, but always some fringe writers in fantasy and science fiction. There were Bram Stoker winners and nominees and the names of authors who I grew up reading in attendance. I was a bit in shock to realize I went from admiring these people to being one of their peers. That transition continues to boggle my mind.

Wrote the second installment of the Children of Nostradamus series. It’s always questionable if a series will continue. I’m proud to say the story and the arcs resulting from book one will carry the series on for a few more books. I wanted a world I could write in for a while, and it looks like I’ll get what I wanted. Night Shadows gets the benefit of having the kinks worked out of it by writing short stories this year. I get to feature more characters I like and the story takes a dark turn which is letting me work out some angst.

Met some amazing writers. As I posted my annual Facebook “year in review” video, I realized that all but one person I added to my friends list are a direct resulting of my writing. I’ve befriended authors I admire and several I read growing up. I’m happy to know there is a community out there wanting you to succeed. Advice is never more than a text message away and there’s always a drinking buddy when you need one.

I’m sure there is plenty more. The year has been action packed. Where many people would say, “Where has the time gone?” I’m left saying, “How’d I manage so much in one year?” Next year is proving to be even more action packed. January is the only month where I’ll get some down time. From there it’s off to the races to see if I can put 2016 to shame.

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Welcome To Geeky Author, Jeremy Flagg’s Website

Welcome to the home of author, Jeremy “Remy” Flagg. If you’re new to the site check out my booklist or to receive exclusive content, signup for my newsletter. If you’re already a fan, scroll down to see what geeky topics I’ve decided to pick apart. Want to be social? Check out FacebookTwitter, Goodreads or Instagram.

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Movies That Need To Be Better Than Their Trailers

This movie has had some serious controversy revolving around Hollywood’s obsession with white washing cinema. I’m not going to get into the politics of it, I’m too excited to see one of my favorite animations turned into a movie. This movie asks questions about who we are, what makes us “us,” and ultimately, do we have souls? The action will be astounding, and the set design from the trailer looks spectacular. But will it get the message?

I’m nervous because we know ScarJo has some acting chops, but she’s also been in some major bombs. I am truly fearful this will turn into Lucy 2.0. If it can maintain the trailer level of intensity, you’ll be seeing me in tears as the happiest of geeks!

Hugh Jackman is making his final appearance as our favorite (actually, my least favorite) mutant, Wolverine. However, unlike the “I’m the best at what I do,” crazy aggressive feral man, we’re seeing an elder, tamed, almost reserved man in this comic. Honestly, if he had this kind of development in the comic, I may grow to love him. When Logan takes on his fatherly role, I find him the most charismatic and endearing. I like knowing that underneath that protective quality he has the rage, not the other way around.

My problem with this trailer is it’s showing us very little of the plot. We’ve seen X-Men look beautiful and then go wrong as the plot unravels. We’ve seen the Reavers, and I hope we see them with even more cyber enhancements (I’m hoping for somebody with a tank body.) But where does Sinister fit in? Does he make 23? Is it going to be a throw away plot line? This is where my hesitations lie, we can only hope this is a character driven plot. I have high hopes, it’s been a great run Hugh, even if our relationship has had bumps along the way!

I’m the guy who has never played the video game but fell in love with the movies. I wanted apocalypse, zombies, and badass fight scenes, and Resident Evil has almost always delivered. There have been some hiccups along the way as it started to focus more on the characters and lose the zombie horde chasing feel, but they’ve consistently maintained a good movie. The last one had Russian Military Zombies didn’t it?

The last movie expected for the franchise features a stunning Milla, dirty, tired, and angry. You’ve got me. Now let’s see some technology, some surprise zombie encounters, and a small group of people against the world. As long as I get to watch senseless zombie violence I’ll be happy. I hope she goes out with a bang, literally, I want to watch Raccoon City Burn (again.) This is going into my “sure to meet expectations” pile.

Okay, stop laughing. I know, I just put Power Rangers onto my “must see” list. Actually, it’s been on my “must see” list since 1995 when I saw the first episode. When the Fan Film was released a year ago I fell in love all over again. The concept is there, it’s not bad, even if it has some hokey aspects. What it needed, a dark, very very dark, overhaul with somebody willing to remove the overwhelming do-gooder aspect and let these teens be as dysfunctional as real teens would be. If you had a Zord, be honest, you’d be causing havoc.

I’m not sure I’m going to get what I’m after, but I think they’re going down the right track. The franchise has possibilities and they just need to realize we’re living in a world of morally ambiguous decisions and people willing to play dirty to win. The trailer gives me a bit of hope. My expectations are low, but I’ll admit, this is the one I have the biggest hopes for. Come on Saban, make a big ol’ meanie happy.

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