The End…

All but gone...

All but gone…

Hey folks. I forgot to mention something that had been sneaking up on me.

Friday marks the two year anniversary of 100 Horrors: Tales of Horror in the Blink of an Eye. This was my first published work. Grand times, except that Cruentus Libri Press will be closing its doors then.

100 Horrors, I believe, is definitely being taken down. However, the following books containing work by yours truly are likely to be removed as well.

From Their Cradle to Your Grave

Under the Knife

War is Hell

This will be it for those tales, guys. It’s rare and sad that roughly half my bibliography will no longer be on the market. So now is your last chance to grab a little history in the making.

So grab your copies while you still can! Available in both print and digital.

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Hacking Away At It

There are only three days left in the month of September, and after that only three months left in the year. Fortunately, I always find the winter months to be the most fun. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Two of these are often spent with friends, the others with family. Oh, and my birthday fits somewhere in there.

But as we reach this part of the year, there tends to be a large rush to complete several projects. The anthology’s due date is supposed to be around (preferably before) Halloween. That’s a difficult time, as although all the first drafts are turned in and edited, we still have to wait for the final ones to be returned, the legal agreements to be signed, then putting together the book and getting it on sale.

And on top of that, I’ve got to get my costume(s) together for Halloween. Uggggh, the work never ends.

I just realized I have until this weekend to finish a story for Cruentus Libri. Ugh, with little more than two weeks to finish my own piece for my anthology, I think I’ll have to take a day off of work.

Expect some big news next month folks.

The Scoreboard

My first draft for our anthology is complete, but I have to craft a new draft and make several improvements. It will be an ardorous process, but will be more a matter of extending than rewriting. Only one scene (to my knowledge) requires tremendous effort. I also have a few drafts to review.

Aside from this, I have two more stories to work on, both for Cruentus Libri. One is for the surgical anthology, while the other is an extensive rewrite for the ‘War is Hell’ anth.

In truth, I cannot wait to be free of the Bolthole anthology. Although rewarding and I’m learning a lot, I’m also spending time chasing other writers down, bogged with edits and taking on a horde of other responsibilities that I’ve taken for granted. I have increased respect for the role of editor and publisher.

I’ve been thinking about a certain detail when it comes to awesome action and adventure movies. A little detail I call NITMA, or “Necessity is the mother of awesome.”

See, what I love and can’t get enough of in games and books and movies are these one-of-a-kind situations. I’m not talking about something as grand as, “Save the world” but wild moments you don’t do again.

For example, in the original Metal Gear Solid, there was the torture scene and the rappling game. Gears of War had an interesting segment where you looked for light sources in order to ward off the bat like creatures that ate your flesh. In Dead Space 2 when Isaac launches himself towards the Sprawl and you have to guide him through space. Or in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past where you had to try and figure your way around the other world, despite being changed into a rabbit and cannot defend yourself.

When you think about that formula, is it any wonder how the Avengers did so well? You have several fleshed out heroses, each of which had their own movie. And the sheer impact of what was happening forced them to work together. So unorthodox, so out of the ordinary from the usual super hero stuff, it’s no wonder it took third place on the highest grossing movie list.

What makes these moments so amazing and huge is the fact that they cannot be easily reproduced. That your character was so desperate that they were forced to do something unexpected and dangerous and you get to control them through it. I don’t want to watch a cut scene where my characters stradles a bomb on its way down! I want to actively guide the bomb! Just like in Dr. Strangelove.

I suddenly realize that this was kind of what made games like Final Fantasy XI so popular years after. Events. Events with friends. We stuck together through rough Burning Circle Notorious Monsters and garrison events. We hung together during the invasion of Aht Urghan. There was so much end game stuff, it’s no wonder people clung to the game years after its release.

Unforgettable events are where it’s at. That’s the wild ride we should be looking to build in our movies, games and books.