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.

Independence Day: Resurgence Review

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Let me start off by saying, I love Independence Day (the first movie). It was a big part of my childhood, and I still love to watch it every Independence Day. It was a cheesy, sci-fi thriller that critics hated but fans enjoyed. For the past 2 decades, I have been waiting for the sequel to come out but it seemed that the movie would never see the light of day. But now, I am happy to announce that Independence Day: Resurgence has finally been released and it is just a hokey and corny as the original… and I LOVED it (for the most part)! Continue reading