Let’s see. I went and saw Kong this week. Enjoyed it, but then I’ve always like giant monster movies. A shiver went up my spine at the end when…well, you’ll have to stick around to the end credit scene to hear what I mean.
I also saw John Wick and John Wick 2. There’s something funny about scary bad guys who have their own boogeyman that give them nightmares. Not for the faint of heart, though. Lots of blood and stylized violence.
The NFL Draft Combine ended, and I used to watch it, but not so much any more. In my middle age, sports just doesn’t interest me anymore. I wonder why? Anyway about the Combine, the sports channels sure do like to hype it up like it’s the most important thing since the SALT talks between the US and the USSR. Maybe that’s why: sports is fun, but it shouldn’t be life and death, which is how some people seem to view it.
As for my writing, book 1 of the Chronicles of William Wilde tentatively titled William Wilde and the Necrosed is still with the editor, and at my current pace, I should have the first draft of book 2, William Wilde and the Stolen Life, done by the end of March. I’ll eventually have more information about the series, like what it’s about, etc. in the future.
Currently, I am in the middle of writing book 2 of my next series, The Chronicles of William Wilde. Book one, William Wilde and the Necrosed, is with my editor, David Farland. Yes, that David Farland. Pretty thrilled about the person editing my book. You know, the person who helped Brandon Sanderson learn the craft of writing.
Anyway, after I’ve edited the first book to David’s satisfaction, I’ll be sending it along to the beta readers.
Meanwhile, Journeys, an upcoming anthology in which one of my stories is included, releases on Feb. 15th. There are some great stories in this collection, including one’s from John Gwynne, Gail Z. Martin, Juliet McKenna, Jacob Cooper, Charlie Pulsipher, Adrian Tchaikovsky. The list goes on. Here’s the link for the preorder.
I got in 4500 words today of the Chronicles of William Wilde, Book Two. A personal best. I think I’m done for the day. Time to watch the Super Bowl.
Printed organs. They’re coming. And much faster than any of us realize. What this means to life expectancy and treatment of, not just injuries, but inborn errors of metabolism is stunning. Also, if there is a way to print beta cells of the pancreas, protect them from degradation by the immune system, we’ d have a cure for Type I diabetes.
Came across these steampunk paintings of mecha and werewolves attacking European peasants. The artist is Jakub Rozalski, who goes by the sobriquet “Mr. Werewolf”, and his paintings are from a set titled World of 1920+, an alternate history that inspired the board game Scythe and a video game. The paintings are wonderful, and I’d definitely read the book that had any of these paintings as the cover art.
I know the movie was released a week ago, and most everyone who cares about the movie has already commented on it. I’ve seen it twice, both time with the mini-nerds aka my sons. I’m not going to go into an in depth review, but it wasn’t the shiny, nothing ever gets dirty, sanitized, and lobotomized versions of Star Wars from of Episodes 1-3. It was grimier, with some of the grayness of BSG-but thankfully with characters that are more likable. In that, it’s feel is more like that of Firefly, but it didn’t have Firefly’s humor-few shows or movies do. And in the end, it’s own important story, one that in the Star Wars universe is just as important as the samurai-battle-for-the-future-of-the universe as we see in the main Episodes.
So overall, I loved Rogue. I definitely liked it better than Episodes I, 2, 3 (not a high bar to overcome), 6, and 7. After the first viewing, I was torn as to whether I liked it better than Episode 4. After the second viewing, I’m no longer torn. I like Rogue One better.