Movie Madness

Okay, movie madness hits. I’ve seen two in the last few days, The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and Man of Steel. I went to The Heat to get out of the heat in Vancouver, and I’m a Sandra fan and becoming a Melissa fan.

I see the movie is rated a 7 out of 10. I’d give it 7.5 bullets out of 10. A female cop buddy movie — my biggest comment — way too late in coming. The movie seems dated to me. Maybe the heat got to my head, but this seemed like an old script that perhaps Mel Gibson and company turned down so they did it with females. This style of movie was popular in the ’80′s only with guy leads (Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold). Girls you shoulda’ done this one sooner.

It had other problems, like it sagged in the middle. The movie needed its own set of Spanks, but it had its funny spells. Sandra’s nice to look at and Melissa is hilarious, nice combo.

Man of Steel                                      superman

When did Superman become an alien? Have I missed something? I mean I know he’s from Krypton and all, but when did he become science fiction? I don’t like that.

What can I say about that except that the back story was too long, and too science fictiony, and there was way too much senseless fighting, and did I mention the lack of chemistry between Amy Adams and Henry Cavill, oh, yeah, and the dialogue, yikes. One more thing, ‘S’ doesn’t stand for Superman!

The young supermans were great. Kevin Costner and Nick Cage are starting to look alike. This movie was a quilt of scenes that weren’t seamless. I wanted to watch Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer, forget Superman.

Movie goers who like to watch minute after minute of destruction will love this one. I give it 2 capes out of 5.

Zombies unite!  And form a daisy chain

Zombies unite! And form a daisy chain

World War Z

Okay, I liked it a lot, but I am a Zombie fan. The audience clapped for it at the end. Is that a Canadian thing? I always giggle when the audience claps. Brad Pitt is good as the ‘only-I-can-save-the world’ hero. Mireille Enos is a doting mom and brave wife. It’s a bit derivative, borrowing from Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds, especially the scenes in the van where they try to get their panicking daughter to go to her happy place, and the traffic scenes. I see a bit of I am Legend in there (family gets away in a helicopter on the top of a building), a pinch of 2012 (flying around in an airplane where it’s a lot safer) and a dollop of Signs as an asthmatic daughter needs be talked down from her breathing attack. Is that even possible? I have asthma and am never far away from my inhaler. Then there’s the modern wall of Jericho…interesting. Still, a good ‘jump- in- your- seat zombie fest. I give it 3.5 pieces of fingers out of 5.

Movies

Zombies unite!  And form a daisy chain
Zombies unite! And form a daisy chain

World War Z

Okay, I liked it a lot, but I am a Zombie fan. The audience clapped for it at the end. Is that a Canadian thing? I always giggle when the audience claps. Brad Pitt is good as the ‘only-I-can-save-the world’ hero. Mireille Enos is a doting mom and brave wife. It’s a bit derivative, borrowing from Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds, especially the scenes in the van where they try to get their panicking daughter to go to her happy place, and the traffic scenes. I see a bit of I am Legend in there (family gets away in a helicopter on the top of a building), a pinch of 2012 (flying around in an airplane where it’s a lot safer) and a dollop of Signs as an asthmatic daughter needs be talked down from her breathing attack. Is that even possible? I have asthma and am never far away from my inhaler. Then there’s the modern wall of Jericho…interesting. Still, a good ‘jump- in- your- seat zombie fest. I give it 3.5 pieces of fingers out of 5.

The Final Catch

Tesseracts 17 Anthology

Breaking news!  Just heard last night that my short story “The Wall”  was accepted for this upcoming anthology.  When I get a copy of the cover I will post it here.  My story is a horror tale of course. Think — Alice Through the Looking Glass — Well, this story is Alice through the Wall, something like that.

Dead North the Canadian Zombie Anthology

Dead North update.  It’s an anthology.  I have a story in it.  I think the cover is very scary.  It’s a ZOMBIE anthology.  The Z word.  It’s out in the fall. My story is called, “THE ADVENTURES OF DOREA TRESS.”  Order a copy from Chapters. Here’s a link with a review and the TOC

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2013/05/cover-synopsis-toc-dead-north-edited-by-silvia-moreno-garcia/

If you stare at this cover for too long, you have to sleep with the lights on!

Anthology Cover Coming Fall 2013
Anthology Cover
Coming Fall 2013

Masked Mosaic:Canadian Super Hero Stories (Tyche Books 2013) Edited by Claude Lalumiere and Camille Alexa

Tyche Books Ltd.

Anthology Cover
Anthology Cover

This is a cover copy.  It’s out and selling well.  Make sure you order one and look for my story  “LEAF MAN”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2504522110/permalink/10151020553787111/  Here is the link to the line up of authors in this up and coming anthology.  I have a story in here, “Leaf Man”    I will keep you posted.  It should be out in the spring of 2013.
It’s out in case you hadn’t noticed!

Speculative Short Stories at Amazon Kindle!

It’s been awhile, but I have to relearn WordPress each time I come back! Argh, to the learning curve.  Okay, I have a collection of my work at Amazon Kindle Select, this means at times the book is offerred for free.  At the moment it sells for a whopping .99 cents. http://www.amazon.com/Pandoras-Progeny-Speculative-Stories-ebook/dp/B0092I9IWW

"The Spider Web Girls" By Cristina Beller, a.k.a. Asunder
Pandora’s Progeny

This collection has poetry and short stories.  Two of the stories are published there for the first time.

Cover Art by Cristina Beller, a.k.a. Asunder

Wordknightess

Workshops: Writing and Wrongings:

I’m a writing workshop junkie.  I love them, but probably not for the reasons people think.  Yes, I find the comments from  other writers on my writing helpful, but writing is a lonely business.  Workshops can be the way writers socialize.  I’ve met some of my best friends and writers at the workshops I’ve attended. These are the places you can find people who will edit your work and give you constructive criticism.  These workshops are the places you find your future partners, whether for business or pleasure. Writers workshops are the places where you will find denziens who carry, in all their pockets, valuable writing knowledge.   On the other hand, some writers see them (workshops) as a waste of their valuable writing time and not all that helpful.  I believe writers reach a plateau, a point at which they need very little feedback other then line editing and help with a title. At that stage of the game, it’s difficult to find a workshop that can give you what you want.  Then it’s time for a writer’s retreat, where you can get away from everyday distractions.

 Wonder Words: Writings and Wrongings

These are a few fast and loose rules for writing. They are in no particular order. In fact they are in Rose’s random order of writing:
1. Don’t test your psychic abilities on what you will sell and won’t sell as a writer. I consider myself pretty psychic. I mean I can tell when the milk is going to sour a few days before the BB date. But whenever I think a story is a sure thing, it usually is — a sure miss that is. And other times I think it will never sell and bingo, sold first time out…
2. If you’ve got writers’ block let your cat walk on the keyboard…

3. Short story writers, write short, (no more than 2500 words) not long, if you’re a newish writer that is and trying to break in.

A page for discussing writing issues: Okay, a writing issue.  Not really an issue, but recently I attended Westercon in Tacoma, Washington.  It’s interesting to me that with the onset of indie publishing writers are forming small groups to not only critique their writing but have their work professionally edited and marketed before they post independently.  This is a good idea, I think.  These writing groups may include professional editors, artists and anything else a writer may need to give her writing a professional appeal. At Westercon I disovered the Northwest Independent Writers Association. https://sites.google.com/site/niwahomesite/ read all about it.  I think this is the future for many writers. Is there still a place for traditional publishing?

SMASHWORDS

Here’s another story of mine for free over in Smashwords. I change up my free stories. At the moment, “Chronos Christmas” and “Squirrels in Frankfurter Highlight” are free http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/209287

It’s a short one, don’t blink.