80’s Dazzler & The New Mutants in a Music Video. Yes!

When a friend sent me this, I had to scoff at the music. I’m a 90 music fan, so this is a bit out of my genre, but then I saw the name, “Alison Blaire.” Whether you like the music or not, you can’t help but squeal knowing the mastermind behind this is a bigger geek than you. I present you Dazzler in all her 80’s glory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3MIEhCk40g%20

What? You didn’t feel there was enough mutant in that video? Too much roller-skate? I know, there’s never enough roller skating in videos these days. But what about the follow-up? Featuring Lila Cheney and the New Mutants. Oh yes, I’m experiencing some serious geek love.


Deadpool: A Movie Adult Geeks Needed

The Merc with a Mouth title goes to writers of this movie. It definitely lived up to the tagline, and I have to admit, based on how many jabs were made, the only person who hated Green Lantern more than me is Ryan Reynolds. With the serious amount of publicity given to this movie, I was worried that the hype was being made in an attempt to sidestep an upcoming disaster. Let us not forget Fox is also responsible for the Fantastic reboot, hell, let’s not forget they made the first two either. Deadpool delivers exactly what it promises, chaos with witty dialogue.

I originally only wanted to see the movie because my favorite X-Man had enough screen time in the commercial I figured it would be worth the price of admission. And while the studio confessed budget cuts which I think entirely revolve around the piss-poor Computer Graphics involved with Colossus, I was satiated by the frequent tie-ins to the X-Men universe. While Deadpool has indeed been connected with X-Men, his most notable involvement has been with Wolverine’s Wetworks team, X-Force. I appreciated that they kept the focus of his X-related puns to the existing franchise and not dangling possible tidbits of information about upcoming movies. It allowed us, the viewer, and the fan, to cackle at the Stewart/McAvoy timeline paradox.

From the opening credits of the movie, you knew exactly what the tone would be: bloody. The open credits alone were one of my favorite jokes, not letting a moment go buy without the signature Deadpool snark. The movie opens almost exactly where the advertising left us, a smart use of both marketing, and not spoiling enough of the movie that we felt we didn’t receive anything new. We enter the story amidst the car flip (which we originally saw as CGFX years ago), not taking time to waste on back story. This does however create a bit of situation later in the movie as we continue to flash back to the origin story that seems to go for the majority of the movie. While an innovative method of breaking up the origin story, it did seem to last a bit too long for my taste. I wanted more killing and more dick jokes.

The villain in this movie is a complete throwaway. He stems from the comic universe and proves that not all villains in a comic book deserve screen time. Both unimpressive as an evil mastermind, and as a visual on-screen, the final fight with the villain left me bored and waiting for it to be over so we could get back to the wittiest dialogue I’ve seen in a movie in a long time (let alone a superhero movie.) The fact the motivation for this movie stems from a man trying to get his good looks back is completely overlooked due to the fantastic writing. Where the Deadpool/Ajax fight was lackluster, the Colossus/Angel final stand-off left me delighted as two powerhouses slugged it out.

While Colossus might not have itched my X scratch, Negasonic Teenage Warhead did all that and more. Introduced as the charge of Colossus, her short, detached, borderline sociopathic tendencies (she is a teenager after all) made the perfect juxtaposition with Deadpool. The visuals for her abilities were well crafted and while secondary to her delivery of an almost entirely unknown mutant, I was content. I wanted to listen to an entire conversation between them. I would have listened them discuss politics.

The best part of the entire movie? The Easter Eggs. There were so many pop culture, superhero, comic book references that even I had to go and hunt them all down. From names on signs, to the signature appearance of our favorite creator, they are a dime a dozen. And with the after credits scene promising a chunk of the puzzle for what’s next, I can say this fanboy is excited to see the next big team up. More guns. More witty dialogue. More trying to explain how a man from the future born to parents too young to have children in the upcoming Apocalypse movie while introducing his evil clone. Yeah. I’m sold.

Overall, the movie was worth the price of admission and Blu-ray is already purchased from Amazon!


Children of Nostradamus Begins Promotional Campaign

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The first book in the Children of Nostradamus series, Nighthawks is getting close to being released. The book will be released in early March if the time-table remains on track with my publisher. This means pre-orders will be available sometime before then. As soon as I have more information, I promise, you’ll know about it.

While I begin gearing up with promotions for the book (I seriously have to write a few dozen interviews for bloggers) I decided to try something a bit different. When the show Heroes came out on NBC several years ago, I was captivated with their supplemental marketing campaign. They included artwork, comic books, webisodes, interviews with characters and so forth. It became a media blitz and at the time, was unheard of and took the world by storm. It’s only fitting I make sure to put my best foot forward with a debut novel in what I hope to be a long-lasting fruitful series.

Nick Leonard and I throughout middle school would collaborate on this undeveloped world and build stories around our protagonists. Inspired by the comic books we found ourselves immersed in, our ideas resembled the medium we favored. It’s twenty years later and the stories have had time to grow up. The superheroes aren’t trying to save the world in feats of selflessness, they’re trying to discover or reclaim their humanity. Before a psychic is murdered, she finds she can’t see beyond a dark abyss in the future. Through a series of letters detailing the future, she puts together a group of Children of Nostradamus, beings with unexplained abilities, before she dies. The story begins when Conthan, a sarcastic painter is given a letter at a gallery opening that details an unavoidable future and reveals he is a Child of Nostradamus.

When the world is predicted to end, the Children of Nostradamus emerge…

The Genesis Division began as a private sector company utilizing advanced technology to help the disabled. By creating advanced prosthetics, the wounded were able to lead normal lives. Rising to a Fortune 100 company one of the most influential names in body augmentation, they partnered with the military’s research and development team. The program began to shift, instead of replacing missing limbs, soldiers sacrificed their bodies for augmentation and enhancements. Genesis Division created a new soldier, faster, stronger, able to process uncanny information and wired into the military information network. Now in 2032 the Genesis Division has created Body Shops, places for the military personnel and the extremely affluent to enhance their bodies. The mission of Genesis Division: rebuild, enhance, protect.

Enlist with Genesis Division for more information at wwww.genesisdivision.com


Looking forward to 2016

I have spent several days pondering what 2016 will look like. I have to say, there is a certain amount of stress already weighing me down as this year poses more challenges than I think I can deal with. However, I return to this idea of not setting resolution, but finding a word that can guide me through the upcoming year. After much soul-searching and finding key points in my life I need to modify, this year I’ve decided on what I think to be a pretty hefty word: abdicate.

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I have a lot on my plate. Between teaching full-time, and now being an adjunct professor, I find my writing has filled up all my free time. I’ve started telling people I have three jobs and that two of them are currently full-time. Somehow that gets me more respect than saying I teach and write. For the upcoming year, I’m focusing on putting aside projects that either don’t satisfy me creatively or simple don’t make my life better. Since quitting one of the jobs isn’t an option, I’m looking to push projects aside that have left me stymied and irritated.

There are two big things I’ve been preparing for emotionally that I will be abdicating this year.

  1. I.Am.Maine You have been the source of much therapy and I have enjoyed you thoroughly despite the amount of creative juices you tear from my body. You have shown me where my roots are, grounded me, and given me a sturdy base on which to grow. This year, with Snapshots of Maine as the final chapter, I will be saying farewell to the project. It’s time to turn to the future.
  2. Suburban Zombie High You were my first. You were the project that turned me into a writer and showed me the possibilities. You are the humor and sarcasm at the base of my personality. You have let me unleash an uncanny amount of foolishness and for that I am forever grateful. With the publication of Suburban Zombie High: The Final class and the omnibus, you will be over. We had our fun, but it’s time for me to make a new set of characters to poke and prod into outlandish situations.
  3. While not pertaining to my writing, I am actively looking to change some of my schedule at work for the 2016-2017 year. I will be removing some classes from my roster because of how complex they are for me to prepare for. Currently many teachers at my school teach two, maybe three different classes with each requiring their own prep. Next year, I am going to be changing my schedule so that I am only teach two or three per semester as to maintain my sanity. While I’m sure it will leave me somewhat bored, it will help me in the hours I spend outside of school preparing for the day.

There will be more I am sure. For now, these are the things I am working toward leaving behind. It’s almost as if I’m using 2016 to prepare for 2017, and to some extent, I most certainly am. 2016 for me is going to be a year of holding steady while I make some long-term life changes that will allow me to start pushing into a new stage in life. For now, these are the abdications of my life.


Reflecting While Looking Forward (Part 1)

Books Published: 2
Books Written: 2

I started 2015 sitting at a bench in Starbucks, typing away across from Cristina, a fellow writer. We stopped to talk goals and the failure of New Years resolutions. She had decided instead of a resolution, she was going to pick a word that would guide her year. It was genius, a small pep-talk in a single word that would help propel me through the trials and tribulations of the upcoming word. With so much on my plate, there was a single phrase that came to mind. I wanted to finish, to end, and to be done with several large taxing projects. From this emerged my word: conclude.

To Conclude

In retrospect, there was so much on my plate, I’m not sure I would ever be capable of completing it all. But there was much I finished/terminated/ended in 2015. While I didn’t reach every goal, the list of things I finished was impressive for me.

  1. I.Am.Maine In early February, I put to rest, a project that had consumed my life and my writing for several years. The emotional investment for this project was intense and while it had become my outlet for my grief and sorrow, it was time to finish. The book hit the market and because of the amazing people I knew growing up, it exceeded my expectations and made multiple top lists on Amazon. Hearing the stories it invoked in others was the most rewarding as it gave me the confidence to move into bigger projects.
  2. Suburban Zombie High: The Reunion & The Final Class While I had thought it would be released earlier, it wasn’t until June I finished this project. It hit the market and followed suit with the first book. The comments people made were positive and they enjoyed the fast paced adventure it took them on. Their kind words had me start the final book, “The Final Class” of the series in hopes to be released early in 2016. While the writing for that book went well, it had its bumps and bruises as it is only half completed.
  3. Children of Nostradamus: Nighthawks This book has been a labor of love and during the course of 2015 went through major edits at the suggestion of beta readers. The overhaul changed the book, maturing it and giving it the final touches it really needed. With the help of my writing group and a delightful young lady from Alaska, I prepared my query letter and solicited a multitude of publishers. I landed my first small press contract in the fall of 2015 and would result in me spending a good chunk of my fall editing and preparing this book for release in March of 2016.
  4. I.Am.Maine: Snapshots of Small Town Maine While I made steady progress to completing this project, I didn’t quite get it where I wanted it. I found myself a bit consumed with the creative process and unable to produce work that met my definition of “satisfactory.” I hemmed and hawed until I had to shelf the project until I was able to dedicate more attention to it. Thankfully, it’s not far from being done and will see the light of day during 2016.
  5. Graphic Design Text Book This project sat on a shelf all year. I stared at it with contempt. It would not be touched. This year however, I have allotted space to at least make progress with it.
  6. New Series There was a new book on the docket to be written this year. I set it as my NaNoWriMo challenge and while I made steady progress in the book. I reached a point where it had jumped the shark and was a mangled mess I couldn’t rectify. I will however be revisiting it as there is promise, just need some more work on the characters and the plot and I think it’ll be a great single book that will keep readers amused and laughing. Soon.

While I didn’t hit all my benchmarks or meet all my deadlines, I made significant progress to my overall writing career. This has changed the course of 2016 for me and now I’m looking forward thinking what will this year bring? What projects will be added and what projects will be abandoned. I’m thinking it may be time to try some new smaller challenges instead of these frequent large time sucking goals. I’m on a hunt for a word, something that will guide me for the next twelve months. I’ll have one soon, and it’ll be a constant reminder of moving forward, letting go, and taking strides in a positive direction. Soon, I’ll have it.


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