Reviewing movies is a fun exercise when you’ve got the time. Unfortunately, I don’t anymore. I work full time now so I can’t work on my own movies and stories and stuff unless I free up time by dumping something else… like this blog. For those of you who’ve been following, sorry and thanks for reading!
It’s Random Friday. Today I will randomly plug a science fiction anthology which has published one of my short stories. It’s called Future Embodied. Editors Jason Andrew and Mae Empson decided on a biotech theme, so each of the stories explores some aspect of the way technology might alter our lives/bodies in the future.
My story is called “Autoimmune” and it follows a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor who revives epidemiology in the United States after a mysterious disease strikes down people with computerized immune systems who theoretically shouldn’t be able to get sick. As an armchair epidemiologist, lots of people falling mysteriously ill is one of my favorite topics, so if (like me) you can’t get enough of books like The Hot Zone and movies like Outbreak, check it out.
Future Embodied comes in both print and e-book versions and the book’s website will show you where to go to get one.
A few days ago a really cool anthology that I have a story in came out. It’s called Futuredaze and all the stories in it are science fiction stories for teenagers. You don’t see a lot of short science fiction for teens, so that’s why the editors made it.
My story is called “Me and My Army of Me” and it’s about a fifteen year old boy who uses his mad science skillz to gather enough versions of himself to fight back against the school bully. It’s even got funny little stick figure cartoon diagrams! (did you know I drew cartoons? I draw cartoons)
You can check out the Futuredaze website for more info on the other authors and their stories (some of them are famous!). I only just got my copy so I haven’t read them yet, but I’m sure they’re FABULOUS.
You can click here to find out where you can get a copy. Chapters has it, Amazon has it in Canada, the UK, and the USA, and there are other sellers worldwide who carry it. Paper copies are only $14.95. And the Kindle edition is a couple bucks cheaper if you’re one of those technology people.
Anyway, here’s a cool trailer for the book so you can see if you want one. Clearly these people are way better at photoshop than me….
I complain about other people’s movies often enough that it’s only fair for them to have an opportunity to complain about mine. I’ve written a handful (okay… a lot) of screenplays and one (a short one) called iBrain, which is about a couple who are fighting over whether or not it’s a good idea to have an iPhone in your brain, is just about to be under production in Toronto courtesy of my brother Dennis and his pals at the Blue Flame Collective.
The problem is that making movies costs money and none of us have any. We’re hoping that by begging a few bucks off everyone we know, we can raise enough through Indigogo to actually make this thing happen.
So if you’ve got a pocket full of change and you think the project my brother and Oliver are pitching in the video below is something you want to see, go to the iBrain Indigogo page and chip in your lunch money. You’ll get presents out of it, AND you’ll get to see your name in the credits. How cool is that??
If you live in the CBRM area and you’re free tomorrow (Saturday the 30th) between 3pm and 5pm, you’re invited to a book launch at the McConnell library in Sydney! Bring your friends! Bring your relatives! Bring your dog! (actually, maybe leave the dog at home)
The book getting launched is an anthology of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror called Unearthed. It’s the third in a series of books released by Third Person Press and I’ve had stories in all three. My story this time is called “One Word” and it’s about a guy who’s trying to escape from a Gulag on the moon.
There will be readings (not by me this time) and probably snackies too (what’s a book launch without snackies??) and also books for sale (this one plus the ones that came before it).
I’ll be there at the launch along with my friend Steph the Bare Knuckle Writer (who’s also got a story in there) and the rest of the authors so come by and get us to sign stuff so we can feel like we’re famous for a little while.
You know how I write screenplays in addition to reviewing movies? (You didn’t? Click here then) Well it turns out I don’t suck at it! I just found out this week that my script, The Wild Helicopters of the Outback (which is based on my short story from this anthology) won first place in the Family/Teen/Animation category of the 5th Annual Story Pros Awards.
Wild Helicopters is about a young Australian aerospace engineer who defies convention by befriending one of the pesky, artificially intelligent helicopters who steal power from her family’s floating wind farm. I started adapting it into a screenplay because an Australian animation company was looking for scripts. Even though I originally envisioned Wild Helicopters as live action, I figured the odds of getting it made that way were pretty slim given how many helicopters were in it, so I thought: why not go for it?
Sadly the animation company I wanted to submit it to went belly up before the script was done, so in lieu of any other likely companies turning up in my Google searches I decided to submit it to Story Pros for some exposure (Coast Guards had almost won with them a few years back, and I had a coupon). And I won!
Winning this contest is a pretty big deal. I get a bunch of money, a buttload of software and services, and (the best part) readings from producers and agents and stuff. Here’s hoping some Australian producer will like it, not care that I’m not Australian (Canadian is sorta almost as good, right?!) and make it into a movie with real live helicopters (well, not really live, but really not animated).
Cross your fingers! I sure am. If you’d like to read Wild Helicopters, Story Pros will shortly be posting a Winner’s Circle with a link to the script.
P.S. – Special thanks goes out to Meghan Lightle, who gave me story notes on the first draft.
Starting at 2pm Atlantic on Monday, November 7, drop by www.bittenbybooks.com for the Tesseracts Fifteen launch party. You can post questions for the authors (like ME) and editor to answer. Every question you post earns you more chances to win a $50 Amazon gift card, which will be awarded at 2pm Atlantic on Tuesday when the event ends.
If you go there between 9pm and midnight Atlantic on Monday night and ask wierd questions about helicopters and wind turbines and brain surgery or whatever, I’ll be there to answer them. And you might win a prize. Fun! Yay!
The following other authors will also be dropping by at various times during the event:
Michele Ann Jenkins
So be there or be the square loser who can’t win any free stuff! FREE STUFF!
The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, as a wrap-up to their mentorship program, published interviews with all four of the apprentices/mentees/pupils/whatevers in the summer issue of their magazine. They gave us questions to answer, but said we could change them however we wanted, which is why mine are all different from everyone else’s.
If you want a sneak peek at what my book (that I am really almost finished this time, I promise) is about, you can check it out the magazine here. My interview is near the beginning.