I’m on vacation this week, but of course I can’t stay away from the movie theater, so I saw Interstellar last night. It was amazing. Go see it. That is all I will say, however, because I CAN stay away from my computer 😉 Happy weekend.
Another Third Person Press anthology is coming out soon-ish and it has one of my stories in it. It’s called Flashpoint and it’s the fourth ‘element’ in the Speculative Elements series of anthologies (I have stories in the other three as well – details here).
The story is called ‘Hair Trigger.’ It’s about a starfighter pilot with anger issues who is forced to partner up with the commando she blames for her sister’s death. After a recon mission goes wrong, she alone stands between nuclear-equipped rebels and the total destruction of the moon’s biggest city. Her choices: control her temper or die. If you read ‘One Word’ in Unearthed, this one is sort of a sequel.
If you’d like to pre-order a copy of the book or get your hands on some cool perks (themed jewelry, editing help, piles of books with my stories in them…) check out the anthology’s Indigogo page.
I also did a promotional interview for the book that you can read here.
I had two choices this week. The Captive, which looked like Prisoners starring Ryan Reynolds, and Boyhood, which looked like you could sum up the story with ‘a boy grows up – the end.’ Neither drew me. What should I see? The universe chose The Captive on my behalf. Boyhood didn’t have a showing after lunch.
A father and a police anti child exploitation unit search for a kidnapped girl eight years after the fact when it becomes clear the kidnapper is taunting them.
I expected The Captive to be just like Prisoners, but it wasn’t, really. There’s no question of what happened to the daughter. She and her kidnapper are perspective characters. Instead, we wonder whether the police and/or her parents will ever find out what happens to her. There are a few questions left unanswered, but I liked it.
A thousand apologies, but there will be no review this week or (probably) next week. I’m going on vacation to the boonies so I won’t be able to see anything new. In case you’re wondering what to see, if I could, I’d do The Giver this week and (under great duress) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For next week (my friend the Bare Knuckle Writer gets to pick – it’s her birthday). But I can’t, because I’ll be doing much more exciting things. Like sleeping. And not working. See you in two weeks.
As you may have guessed from the fact that my posts have become somewhat erratic over the last few months, my schedule has changed. I got transferred to a different department at work. This is good, because it means I can afford to buy some dollar store stickers to decorate my cardboard box.
It’s also bad, because my job has greedily gobbled up all my blogging time/energy.
I hope to continue posting reviews on Sunday and random thoughts on a random basis… when I can… and I have something to say, but Tuesday DVDs and Wednesday Trailers are getting the boot for the time being. Sorry to all one of you who read this blog (hi Mom!) and thanks for reading. I’ll let you know if/when things go back to normal.
A couple of months ago (okay, more like a year) I decided to try my hand at crossing romance with science fiction. The result was “Lady Presto Magnifico and the Disappearing Glass Ceiling,” a steampunk short story set in Victorian London. Its main characters are Penelope – a female illusionist with a host of clockwork magic tricks – and Edwin – a crippled Crimean War vet/spy who has been sent to acquire said tricks for the Crown.
You can read it in the recently released Australian anthology Kisses by Clockwork. They printed it with little dirigibles as space breaks, which is awesome. My massive enthusiasm for dirigibles may have bled over into this blog one or two or twelve times.
Anyway if you’d like to read the story you can buy a copy of the anthology from Amazon or enter the Goodreads contest to try and get a free one.
I won’t be posting anything this week on account of the holidays (except, possibly, for a review on Sunday if I can find any time to see a movie).
I will, however, tell you that the big movies coming out this week are: 47 Ronin (Neo knows Kung Fu), Grudge Match (bum fights: the movie), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (racism: the movie), The Wolf of Wall Street (Wall Street, but more punchable), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (it was all a dream!), and Justin Bieber: Believe the Movie (cling! cling to the last seconds of your 15 minutes of fame! Ah ha ha ha ha!)
Enjoy your time off from work (supposing you get any) and I’ll see you next Tuesday.
iBrain, the short film I wrote and my brother Dennis directed, premieres today as part of the Film North film festival. So if you’re in the Huntsville, Ontario area at 1pm Eastern this afternoon, drop by the Algonquin Theater for the screening.
On Thursday, the Powers That Suck at Empire Theaters decided to start the midnight showing of Star Trek Into Darkness at 8pm. I can only assume that after the midnight showing of Avengers, swarms of geriatric nerds wrote to the company asking for a show they could watch before their 10pm bedtime, because Iron Man 3 was the same way.
Anyway, since I didn’t get off work on Thursday until a half hour into the movie, I had to suffer though my Mom texting me about how awesome it was. Then I had to leave for Girl Guide camp right after work on Friday, so I have to wait until Monday night to see Into Darkness, which means YOU have to wait until next Sunday for the review. I’d much rather review the movie for you than freeze my a** off sleeping in a puddle of half-frozen rainwater for four days, but what can you do? (And no, I am not exaggerating – for three years running there’s been frost on the tents in the morning)
While you’re waiting for me to thaw, you could:
a) Write emails to Empire Theaters asking them to bring back the midnight show (for cool people!)
b) check out these hilarious Star Trek related videos: