Hello from the land of Bad!

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, the more so since I spent my sick, lol. Recovering now from surgery I’ve had time to do a bit more work and also to actually read a bit and take it easy, even if it’s painful. 😀

I saw today that my recent fanfiction for High School of the Dead is getting a lot of traffic so I hope that means you’re enjoying it if you’re reading it. I apologize again for the roughness and for any sort of mistakes, but. . .as I said earlier, while these stories are pretty much finished, they aren’t beta’d or proofread. I do try to at least check for glaring errors such as spelling and what have you, but with stuff this long I just don’t have the time to go over them like I once did. I hope that doesn’t take away from their value as entertainment, since that’s all they are meant to be.

I’ve had a few messages and e-mails about why I ‘refused’ to post this and other fics on FF.Net, but. . .I never said I wouldn’t put them there, maybe later on. I just said I wasn’t going to right now because it’s time consuming. Believe it or not it’s a lot easier to just put something already written up here on my blog than to upload it to fanfiction.net. If I get the time or if there really is a lot of interest in seeing it there then I’ll still try to do it later on, (like I said, time permitting). But, honestly, I figure if you’re seeing it here, it won’t make any difference to you to see it there, later on. Right?

At any rate, after this one I have one other HSOTD fic, one from Fate/Stay Night, and one from another anime or two that I honestly don’t know how long ago I wrote. As I get time I’ll probably post them all, sooner or later anyway, though I warn you again that they aren’t polished, beta read, or anything else. They’re just. . .for fun. Just something to share with those of you who follow my writing and frequent my blog page.

I hope you enjoy if they’re your cup of tea, and in the meanwhile, I do hope all of you are having a great summer!

 

NCR

RIP Anton Yelchin

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A few days past I saw the report about the death of Anton Yelchin, who is perhaps best known for playing Chekov on the new Star Trek movies. This was a sad thing to hear, as he was a very talented young actor. While he may have been best known for his appearance in Star Trek, and something called Alpha Dog,  I knew him from his role as Odd Thomas.

Odd Thomas is a character of Dean Koontz, who can see the dead, along with creatures who push them to die or influence them to commit murderous acts. Yelchin brought the character to life and I’m convinced that no one could possibly have done it better. I was hoping for a sequel someday, assuming someone would make it, as it was a fantastic role for him and a great movie to watch.

He’ll be missed by many I’m sure, and it will be strange to see someone else playing his roles, assuming they do re-cast those parts.

 

RIP Anton.

High School of the Dead fanfiction

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A good while back (well, years now) I was surfing Netflix and came across the anime for High School of the Dead. I had ignored anime for years because to me it was just cartoons, right? Well, some are of course, but one night I watched the first episode of Trinity Blood when it was streaming on Netflix and since then I have had quite a different view of anime features. As an aside, if you haven’t seen Trinity Blood, a vampire tale set in the far future, you should check it out. Anyway.

 

High School of the Dead was pretty funny, despite the serious nature of the content, mostly because of the effects of traveling with four good looking women on two teenage boys. There’s a lot of gratuitous pantie flashing and things of that sort, which I’m given to understand is very popular in Japan and I’m sure here as well.

 

Despite all that, the story itself intrigued me, not the least of reasons being that I had a draft working at the time about high school kids facing a similar problem. I found the gravity of the situation to be fairly real, and realized that with just a bit of tweaking (because what is fanfiction if not ‘tweaking’ right?) it could become something all togeher different.

 

So, some time ago I wrote this fanfiction. I’m no longer doing that, but this story was never put up on FF.Net, it just sat on my hard drive until I noticed it the other day.

 

It’s been my practice since I started this page to put stories here that aren’t available anywhere else, so I decided that I’d do the same with this one. I may at some point add it to FanFiction.Net, but I think for now I’ll let it stay here.

 

It’s far too long to post all at once, so I’ll add to it as time allows. I’ll try to have the first chapter or two up sometime this evening. I hope it gives you some pleasurable reading.

 

Meanwhile, I’m currently working on three new projects, including the next Parno novel which I have tentatively called “Parno’s Gambit”. That title is subject to change, but my original plan of this being a trilogy has gone completely by the wayside now. There’s just no way I can tell the expanded story in three books, and probably not four, either. So. . .more work for the weary 😀

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

 

Bad Karma

 

 

Parno and Stormcrow

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Several reviewers and comments have posed a question about both of these books/characters over the last month or so, and I wanted to take a moment to talk about that. The question is whether or not there are/will be other books for these characters.

YES.

Parno’s Destiny is actually the second book of what was originally intended to be a trilogy, but will now probably at least be four books if not more. The story began to explode on me a bit and I didn’t want to cut it so. . .it grew. Lord willing I should live, look for at least two more Parno novels in the future.

 

Stormcrow was always intended to be a series of novels, and there will be at least five and probably more, again providing the Lord wills I live long enough to get them done. The story surrounding Stormcrow is complex and complicated, and it won’t get played out over two or even three books. I don’t know how far it might go, and in truth it may depend on reader reactions to future novels. So long as I can create a good story and there is interest, I’ll probably try to continue it.

 

SO, for those of you wondering, yes I do plan on more of both. Hopefully this year, late on, but. . .it’s already May, and it takes longer than you might think to pound out 150k words. Or at least longer than I thought it would, lol.

 

I sincerely appreciate all the interest, and I hope if you read them they were worth your time.

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

NCR

 

Farewell Shade

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Today is sort of bittersweet for me in a way. A few hours ago I posted the last chapter of the Shade tales that will ever be written. Eight years and over a half million words since I first sat down a began writing. A lot has happened since then.

And today saw the end of it. So many wonderful people have encouraged me and cheered me on over those years and all those words. It has been a truly wonderful experience for me, and I hope enjoyable for them.

Now I’m writing the story of the character I based Shade on all those years ago, a story that I had come up with but had no where to express it. Remember that I’m less of a writer and more of a story teller. Now I’ve found an outlet for Stormcrow, the original Shade if you will. I suppose then it’s only fitting that Shade come to an end. And truthfully, I don’t have the time to do it justice anymore.

But just as truthfully, I’ll miss it. I’ll miss writing for so many good people, and coming up with unique ways to leave people hanging with cliffies, as the saying goes. But doesn’t everyone love a little suspense? No?

So farewell, Shade. It has been a blast.

 

NCR

Parno’s Destiny (Black Sheep of Soulan Bk 2)

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I am all but finished I think with Parno’s Destiny. What an exhausting ride it’s been, too, lol. I don’t have a release date yet, of course, since it will have to face the edit and proofing by CT Publishers, but as soon as I have one I’ll post it here.

This book is running about 150k words, so it’s a mouthful for sure. I never imagined when I started his story that it would evolve into something so complicated and intricate. Characters have become more complex as I worked, and situations have changed literally as I wrote them when an idea would hit me.

Despite how exhausting it has been, I’ve loved doing it. However, any writer will tell you there’s nothing more intimidating than a blank page staring back at you. A week from now, when I’m staring at that blank page, I’ll probably wish I was back working on Destiny, lol. But for now, I’m glad to be able to tell you that it will be available soon.

 

NCR

 

Random Happenings

I recently finished my new novel, STORMCROW, and sent it away, after which I promptly got sick. That’s life though, ain’t it. Anyway, the resulting period of forced inactivity has left me with time to watch a few movies I’d been wanting to see, especially since every television show I watch (all three of them, lol) is/was on hiatus. Such a hateful word, hiatus.

Anyway, on to some movie news.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Superman and the Lone Ranger (Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer) team up to recreate the team of Solo and Kuryakin in this big screen adaptation of the old television classic. Set in the 60’s instead of being modernized, this movie was awesome from start to finish. Cavill and Hammer own their roles and play off one another beautifully through the entire movie. There’s not a single minute of movie that’s filler, folks. Have you popcorn popped when the movie starts.

Interstellar – LONGEST MOVIE EVER ALERT – That being said, this movie is well done. The tale is heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. It is long, to be sure, but again, there’s no wasted filler. Every bit of this movie is important, so pay attention to details. It’s well acted and the roles seem to have been cast very well.

ANT MAN – This is quite possibly the second best Marvel movie so far, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy for pure entertainment value. There’s some playing with the story line but that’s become the norm these days. I’m not a comic guru so I’m not really bothered by that, though I know that some are. Still, the movie is awesome, and the lead and supporting actors are superb. Worth seeing again and again.

Extinction – This movie is dark and dreary but tells a great story. Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donovan play off one another very well in this movie. Not the typical Z movie, it’s more geared toward the aspect of survival and how people treat each other and deal with the aftermath. At first I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I ended up watching it twice. The ending is a bit of a surprise, but it’s not bad. This kind of movie doesn’t really have an actual ending, and it leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but as far as entertainment value it’s not bad.

Star Wars, The Force Awakens – Makes up for the Prequels. All of them. Very obviously follows the pattern for A New Hope. There are some surprises. You’ve probably heard of them by now, but just in case, I’ll not repeat them here. If you’re a fan and still haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so, and in 3D if possible. The effects alone are worth the price of admission.

I’m hoping to see Deadpool when it opens and look forward to it. Then there is the Captain America:Civil War movie, which looks good. And of course Superman v. Batman. That one has potential, but we’ll see. I don’t want to get my hopes up, and yet I do so want it to rock.

I’ll have more about Stormcrow as it get’s closer to hitting the web.

Now go watch a movie!

 

NCR