Thursday, April 7, 2016

Finally... the Rogue One Trailer drops!

It was 16 years between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. And ten years between Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens. Now, barely 12 months later, we've got another live action Star Wars movie. So what you want about Disney, but they're really pandering to my childhood, and isn't that all we can ask for?

Some initial thoughts:

  • It's got all the original sights and familiar elements that everyone loves from the original trilogy, which would be even more impressive if we hadn't already kind of had that in The Force Awakens. 
  • The cinematography looks beautiful, and WELL-LIT. So many movies these days are de-saturated and shadowy, as the director tries to replace the emotion of good story and acting with eye strain. This movie looks surprisingly bright and colourful, and I am unexpectedly pleased by this. Now please don't convert it to 3-D...
  • I'm getting a definite Hunger Games vibe here, at least from the trailer. For one thing the young woman looks a lot like Katniss Everdeen, and her being recruited for a secret rebellion certainly brings familiar elements to mind. Are they going for a YA slant on this, catering to the Hunger Games/Divergent market? Personally I liked the Hunger Games (the books, I haven't seen the movies, though Battle Royale was better), but if that's really the angle I'm sure that's going to piss somebody off. Not that you can do anything these days without pissing somebody off. (see next point)
  • We're going to have eight months of a certain segment of the population bitching about a female lead, aren't we? Nevermind that we don't even know if Jyn Erso is actually the main character or not, I've been around the Internet enough the last few years to know that this is probably going to be Ghostbusters all over again. I look forward to the day everyone can all just grow up and get over themselves.

Rogue One hits theatres December 16!

(Still not an A-to-Z Challenge post)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

E is for Exposed (#IWSG)

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Writers post their thoughts on their blogs, talking about their doubts and the fears they have conquered. It's a chance for writers to commiserate and offer a word of encouragement to each other. Check out the group here.

I shouldn't have publicly said I would be done by the end of March. I know I didn't commit to any particular release dates, but the fact that I said I would do something and then didn't follow through grates me to no end. It's bad enough when I blow the deadlines I set for myself. It's much worse when I keep telling people it's coming soon and then it never comes out.

I've pushed the new book back several times. I originally wanted to have it out by the end of October (it's a horror book, I thought a Halloween release date would be fitting). In retrospect this was staggeringly overzealous on my part. The book needed a lot of work and has gone through several rounds of revision which I think has made huge improvements. But I just keep underestimating how long these revisions will take (for some reason I repeatedly forget that I have a life).

After I missed Halloween, then I thought I could have it out for Christmas... then Valentine's Day... then April Fool's (I like to keep my deadlines around holidays, makes it easier to remember them). Still nada. It's very close, but it's not quite there. Even though I know the work I'm doing is necessary, I'm still disappointed and I'm mad at myself.

I'm going to shut up talking about it because I feel like I'm just digging myself a bigger hole. I hate it when people keep talking about something they're working on but it never comes out. In my case I don't think I'm disappointing anyone by pushing back my release (my book is hardly The Winds of Winter) but it still feels like making excuses to me. Either put it out or shut up. That's my new motto.

Seriously, I don't even watch football. What's my excuse?

So yeah, no more talk about Hell Comes to Hogtown until it's actually available on Amazon for purchase. I may still talk about Star Wars, roleplaying games and wrestling (I know that's why all of you are here, anyway), but no more news about the book until I actually have something to say.



(This is not an A-to-Z Challenge post)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Another Galaxy, Another Time (Episode 8 Spoilers!)

"Another galaxy, another time" is the original opening line to Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, the novelization of Star Wars that was actually published 6 months before the film's release. It's not quite as catchy as "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" but I've always been fond of it.

Also, in this day and age it's unfathomable to imagine a novel coming out and spoiling a Star Wars movie a full six months before the film's release.

The secrecy surrounding The Force Awakens last year and the upcoming, as-yet-untitled "Episode 8" is staggering. And that's the way people seem to like it. Revealing spoilers in today's society is worse than insulting someone's mother or discussing religion. It's just not done in polite company. But you know who doesn't care about polite company? Mister Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill:

Hamill has been making waves today promising he'll reveal a spoiler to the new film if he reaches 1 million Twitter followers, and has even supposedly been endorsed by the film's writer/director, Rian Johnson:

Media outlets from Entertainment Weekly to the BBC have picked up on the story (it's especially newsworthy since The Force Awakens was released on digital streaming today, and will drop on DVD/Blu-Ray on Monday), proving that anyone will talk about Star Wars to get hits on their website. Including me.

Of course, it's all probably some elaborate April Fool's joke, and maybe the spoiler he's about to reveal is that "C-3P0 says 'Thank the maker!'" or something equally trite, but the fact remains that someone as classy, kindhearted and self-depreciatingly hilarious as Mark Hamill SHOULD have at least a million Twitter followers. HE'S LUKE SKYWALKER AND THE JOKER, for crying out loud.

He's also weirdly attached to this god-awful ugly sweater, for some reason:

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