December 30, 2012

Favorite Movies of 2012

2012 is coming to a close. With that, I'm going to list my favorite movies of the year, in no order that I've seen. There are some great ones I've yet to see, however.


December 28, 2012

On Ebooks, Hardcovers, and Paperbacks

As you may very well know by now, I love to read. It was in the past 5-10 years however, that I not only became interested in reading but books. This blog post is my write-up on books (hardcover, paperback and ebooks). 


December 25, 2012

A Christmas Carol


  "There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round - apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that - as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"











December 24, 2012

Kobo Boxing Week Sale



Kobo, my preferred and recommended ereader of choice, has a boxing week special on. To see the deals, head to

http://www.kobobooks.com/boxingweeksale


As far as ereaders go, I hear that they are the best. Those, as well as Amazon's depending on what you're after. There are many others too, such as the Nook by Barnes & Noble. Depending on the compatibility of your ereader, epub is most likely the best file format to use.

I'll provide a post-holiday update post January, which will an entire post dedicated to both Christmas and New Year's. For now, a very quick update on what I wrote last night...

Still working away, still writing away. I did about 1700 words last night. I'm not sure if that's considered alot, but I covered quite a bit within that chapter I wrote. Sometime soon, who knows, I may proof it and do some minor editing to expand it (not on purpose for word or page count, of course, but for better flow). I had this chapter and the events it covered in my head in mind for a while now; so writing (and completing?) it had no affect on any outlining I still have yet to do. 

December 23, 2012

My Gift of Humour To You



I saw these funny images online I want to share with you. I thought they were funny...entitled 'geek piss offs'. In which the quotes are mixed up and do not matches the characters / actors pictured.


Book (Re)Review: 'The Eye of the World' (Wheel of Time Book 1)



My review from Goodreads....

December 22, 2012

Walking Dead Season 4 A Go



It was announced today that The Walking Dead will get a 4th season. Expect it to begin airing in October 2013 sometime. Season 3 has yet to finish, so that's great news. The current season will return in February with new episodes, finishing up the second half of the season. 

December 19, 2012

Winter Update



'tis the season! 

For the next two weeks, I'll be off of work. I'm all caught up on my TV shows: the Dexter season finale was this past Sunday. Boardwalk Empire is finished for now. Walking Dead returns in Feb. Game of Thrones comes back in March. Mad Men will be 2013 sometime. I have a couple movies to see (Argo, Les Miserables and Django Unchained). I'm at the tail end of The Eye of the World (less than 200 pages left to read, will most likely finish on or by Saturday.)

So what am I to do over the holidays?

When I'm not with family and friends for gatherings, out to movies, or the like, I will be writing. And I don't mean blog posts, I mean immersing myself in, and creating more of, Kalvel. 

First up is 'The Gameplan'. Well, I have mentioned before that my series will be five Volumes. With possibly a sixth, if I need it. Well, I'm going to form an outline of what I want to happen in which book, and to who. Example: "I want character X to do Y by point A in book B." Laying out the dots, more or less. It's like a roadmap. You know where you want to go, but how to get there (the actual writng itself) is up for grabs, as there are a few different routes to take. I normally don't 'plan' too much, but a five Volume series (with none of them being 'sequels' but 'continuations') I have to know what will happen by various points throughout the books, or else my series my expand too much. Sure some chapters may get moved from one book into another. I won't 'delete' anything, just move it or save it for later. Editing will be minimal. Once done writing Volume 1 completely, I'll go over it again as a reader and make it look as nice as possible before it lands in an editor's hands. So, the goal is, each of the five volumes will be about 600-800 pages in standard hardcover trim size. If I need a sixth ("oh, this won't work in Vol. 5, it jsut dones't "feel" right or something") I expect that one to be 500-650 pages if I were to guess. The shrotest in the series and basically Part 2 of Volume of 5.
  
So once I organize my thoughts better and 'define' where I want Vol. 1 to end, and Vol. 2 to begin etc I'll strive for my goal of....

Five Chapters by 2013

This is a possible goal...I would love to reach it. Once my outline is done (working on that Fri & Sat actually) I resume writing. There is still research and development to be done on the world of Kalvel itself, but I'll do that as I write. If I think of archers being used in a  battle, for example, time to research bows, archery skills etc.
Five is the goal. At the very least I'll most likely have two to three and a half chapters done by the new year. 

Five Volumes is a somewhat large endeavor. It may not be the first thing I ever publish (should I be published.) I do hope to bring Kalvel to print whether it be in five years or more. I may have to do other stuff first to get my name out there, then begin the task of trying to get my world of Kalvel, with the sell of it being a five volume fantasy series. It may be a while once I finish writing it to it become a book, but I'll always keep it and hold onto it. And who knows, as my writing skill improves over time, I may continiuosly revisit it over time until it's published. Not in a George Lucas manner, but making it the best it can be before it comes out of a printing press.

So what are my goals for 2013? Right now I can think of one: to write 250 words or more a day. A friend of mine and fellow writer has started that trend recently and it's quite good to follow. I'm not sure what counts as 250 words for her, but for me it'll be a daily total. Whether it be for my blog, or writing my novel. She has a blog too, and it can be found here:
http://kogoshuko.wordpress.com/
I've got to thank her, as I have discovered Goodreads because of her, and she has passively motivated me to write more. We may not agree on a few things (TV shows, tastes in books, reading and/or writing habits) but I've picked up on a few things and would like to thank her for that. 

That's it for now, keep checking the blog. If I don't get another post in by 2013, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and enjoy the holidays no matter what you celebrate. Don't forget to both have fun and be safe.

December 16, 2012

TV Alert: Dexter Ssn 7 Finale


Tonight is the season 7 finale of Dexter on Showtime. The name of the episode is "Surprise, Motherfucker!" (yes, that famous Doakes line)

December 15, 2012

THE HOBBIT: PART 1 - spoiler free review



"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit". That sentence has been iconic for quite a few decades now, since 1937. 

December 13, 2012

Early Look at 2013 Films


...and I Mean early, as release dates could change, and some more 'quiet' / festival / limited releases may crop up. But for now, here are the films of 2013 that I'm interested in seeing...most likely at the theatre but if word of mouth isn't too good, I'll Netflix.


December 12, 2012

The Hobbit soundtrack and more




Just yesterday, the soundtrack for the first of three Hobbit film just came out. Pictured above, is the special edition, which features some extended tracks, as well as six bonus tracks. The cover is different, and you get more liner notes. In short, you get 'more'. This is the release I recommend for film score fans, as well as those who loved the Lord of the Rings soundtracks (for those who own the Complete Recordings of LotR, the special edition is a no-brainer). You can get it on both CD and itunes. No doubt sales will be strong for both the special edition and regular, but hopefully with enough (strong) sales, the soundtracks for Part 2 and Part 3 will also receive the special edition treatment. Keep reading for some more (film) soundtracks I recommend.

December 10, 2012

Five More For the Year....




The Holidays are coming. I'm off work from Dec. 21 - Jan. 7. During that time will be spend reading (I hope to finish reading The Eye of the World [The Wheel of Time Book 1] by 2013), watch a few Christmas movies, and see some family and friends. This Sunday is the season finale of Dexter. Walking Dead comes back in Feb. Game of Thrones and Mad Men, I'm awaiting their new seasons to begin. 

So I'm what am I going to do lots of? I'm going to write up a storm. 

Earlier today I began 'fleshing out' a province I created in the world where my series will take place. Late last week I came up with the name, where it will be located, and the climate. Earlier today I came up with some wildlife. Some traditional, some fantasy, and some that could be an alternate universe version of some of the animals we have on our planet...or had *wink*.

My 'personal' goal is to have five more chapters written by 2013. As of now, I'd say I'm about 1/4 the first one of those five. I have a few ideas to run with. The time off work will make that a lot easier. During this week and next week aside from 'dabbling' in my world, I'll be setting a kind of writer's schedule - what chapter I intend to write when. This applies to both days of the month (that will not set in stone, though) and a yet-to-be-determined order I'll write in. Example: first I'll polish off a bit of worldbuilding, then write chapter 2 of Character A. Once that's done, I'll do character C, Chapter 1. If random thoughts or ideas come to me, well, I have a separate document for that. 

Should be a fun and interesting next little while in my head on the writing, crafting, and researching side of things. Here's hoping the creative juices flow during time off (or heck, sooner would be welcome too!) and that 'accelerating' Volume 1, and some of the realm, won't be too difficult.

I'll most like have another writer update by year's end. 

No 'Walking Dead' around? Time to READ!



There was no new episode of Walking Dead this week...and won't be until Feb. 10. During the lowatus, I recommend that you start reading the comics if you haven't already, as they are quite good. They come in a variety of formats, but the most cost-effective is this guy here:




There are currently two of those big books.

Format goes like this:

single issue
trade (6 issues)
Hardcover (12 issues, or 2 trades)
Omnibus (24 issues, or 2 hardcovers)
Compendium (48 issues, or 2 Omnibus).

The Hardcover and Omnibus are nice hardcover design, whereas the Compendium & trades are paperback. I myself get the Hardcover. 



December 8, 2012

The Final Turn Approaches....




One month until The Wheel of Time makes its final turn....







What was, what will be, and what is may yet fall under the Shadow.

December 5, 2012

"The Ice Dragon" by George R.R. Martin




I have a book I can recommend to readers of adventure / fantasy, which may double as a Christmas suggestion. If you liked Narnia, The Hobbit, or other tales as a kid (though not just for kids...), read further for one to check out, that goes with the winter season.

December 4, 2012

Goodreads awards 2012

The GoodReads Choice Awards for 2012 have been announced. Here are some
winners of note.



December 3, 2012

Christmastide

I am finished my Christmas shopping. To which I have to say....




It's definitely a great thing to be able to do: get the shopping with over before December. OK, I finished on December 3, not Nov. 30 but it was quite close indeed! I understand some people need a Christmas bonus, or have to go week, pay by pa. Anyway, this is my winter / Christmas post....

Game of Thrones Ssn 3: In Production


Get ready for A Storm of Swords to begin....

December 2, 2012

TV Alert - Boardwalk Empire Ssn 3 Finale




Tonight at 9PM is the season finale of Boardwalk Empire, titled 'Margate Sands'. The last two episodes were quite good...with last week's being the best episode yet. We'll have to see how it will unfold, and what will happen next year because....



...some time ago Boardwalk got renewed for a fourth season! I had forgotten to post the news here, but there ya go! Maybe a 5th will happen if ratings are for ssn 4 are strong enough...so you know what to do. Make them ratings count! 

December 1, 2012

The Wheel Begins to Turn....



On my reading list, I'm currently reading The Eye of the World, the first book in The Wheel of Time series. I am halfway through the book, and this is not a 'review' but more of my thoughts so far.



Clark Griswold is back???


At least in this commercial, anyway. Some may find it cheesy, silly or stupid, but as a longtime fan of Christmas Vacation, it's great to see Chevy Chase back in the role...only if for a few seconds.

Too bad that he left Community...maybe we can get another (good) Griswolds film (Reunion Vacation?), or even a TV series?