Codename: Amp

A few months ago, I submitted a short story to Meerkat Press for an upcoming superhero anthology. Needless to say, I didn’t make the cut. There were over 700 submissions, so the likelihood of me being accepted, on my first try, was pretty astronomical. Unfortunately, this also caused me to become depressed. I felt like I failed as a writer. Then I had to remind myself that, this was my first ever submission. The story I wrote was rushed and not completely planned out.

Then work set in, and I found myself working 50+ hours a week. Then sickness. Then a general sense of “Blech”. I hadn’t looked at my story since I submitted it back in September. I didn’t want to look at my failure again. Finally, I had enough. I want to be a writer. I can’t let the denial of one publisher get me down. So I went out, bought a new Chromebook with my Christmas money dedicated to just writing, found a spot at my local library and started writing again. (I am currently at said Library. It’s nice to not be distracted.) My first mission, polishing my first short story, Codename: Amp.

It’s been a while since I opened up this file. As I reread it, I found certain things that needed more details. Reasons why, I think, might have kept me from being picked. Certainly, there were probably more reasons, but these were reasons I found unacceptable. Perhaps if I had started earlier and had more time to polish the story, it would have faired better. Regardless, I have finished the story and I will now release it freely.

A couple of notes before reading, though. I intentionally left out some details, namely main character, Alex. The entire story is written in a first person narrative, so I wanted to let the readers put themselves into the story, so I never give the main character a true gender. The location of the story is also vague, again to allow the reader to fill in the gaps with their own imagination. It might not have been a smart move on my part, but I feel that if I can let the reader be a part of the story, then they’ll take more from it.

But, let’s not waste any more time. This is hard for me because I don’t want to get burned again, but life is not without risk. You can download/view the PDF of my story down below. So, without further adieu, here is “Codename: Amp”.

Download the PDF here

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Going for it!

Well, I’m finally going for it… I wrote and submitted a short story for a Superhero anthology book. It’s with Meerkat Press for their upcoming book, Behind the Mask. 

Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks getting this project off the ground and I’m really excited/nervous about what will happen. I will know by November 15 whether or not my story will be published. Stay turned, as I will know more in the upcoming weeks.

What is my story about? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see!

No more reviews 

In trying to find my identity online, I’ve tried to going the safe route and sharing my opinions on new movies. It’s a tried and true method that a lot of people have done. And while I do enjoy sharing my opinions with everybody, that is not what I want this blog to be about. I don’t want to be a critic and the Internet is saturated with critics. I want this blog to be about stories and writing in general. I want it to be my thoughts on what makes a good story and what can be done to improve them, so that I, in turn, can become a better writer. 

So, I’m going to limit my reviews from now on. I had a couple of video game reviews in mind, but I think I’ll just let them go for now. If you really want to hear more reviews then I’ll go back to them. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on improving my series, Deconstructing the Narrative. So stay tuned! 

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

For the few months, a lot of ire and hatred has been blasted in one direction, namely towards the new Ghostbusters reboot. It really is insane how much hatred the movie has gotten, especially since it has yet to be released. The trailer for the movie has become one of the most, if not the most, hated movie trailer on YouTube of all time. There are even top YouTube personalities like James Rolfe (Cinemassacre, AVGN) who have vowed to not review this movie.

I get it, I really do. The original Ghostbusters is a beloved film that is big part of many 30+ year old’s childhoods. I’m very fond of the 1984 original, even though I was born 2 years after its release. But let me set the record straight: 1) this movie is NOT a sequel, 2) it is NOT trying to be the original, and 3) if you give it a chance, you just might be as surprised as I was.

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Deconstructing the Narrative

Deconstructing the Narrative (DTN) is an exercise where I take a movie (usually a bad or badly told one) and break down its story to show what works and what doesn’t. I’ll highlight characters, their interactions with the story, and how they could be improved. I’ll point out bad story structure and what could have been done differently. This is going to be a more nit-picky type of breakdown with a LOT of personal opinions. Why am I doing this? To learn from the mistakes of others and to become a better writer.

I figured what better way to get started than to celebrate the Fourth of July with Independence Day: Resurgence. ID:R is a strange movie that I love and also hate. It showcased everything I wanted in a sequel to one of my all-time favorite movies, but also had some mind-numbing stupid moments and very bad writing.

Come back later as I deconstruct the narrative of: Independence Day: Resurgence. Let’s find out if this movie could have been saved.