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Movie Talk-Friday: The Oeuvre of Jessi Gotta

Posted 11/21/2014

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by filmmaker Jessi Gotta, whose movies I've been reviewing since she released her first film, THE BIG BAD.  She was asking if I'd like to take a look at her latest film, the short feature LATE NIGHT LOCAL.

Considering how much I liked THE BIG BAD and THEY WILL OUTLIVE US ALL (I haven't seen her second movie, ANNIVERSARY DINNER.  Yet.), it didn't take more than half a second to say hell yes, I'd love to.  She sent me the DVD, I watched and reviewed it yesterday, then sent her the review.  I'm going to be sending it to Jeani Rector at THE HORROR ZINE, and will post links to the review here when it goes live.

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Music Talk-Thursday: Used Haul 7

Posted 11/20/2014

I spent $1.99 on U2's ACHTUNG BABY album, but $4.99 on ZOOROPA.  I haven't listened to it yet, and I only know one song from it ("Numb"), so I'm not sure if I over-payed.  I suspect I might have.  But we'll see.

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 11/19/2014

WHOLE lotta comics this week--2 for my daughter, 3 for my son, and 15 for me, plus a few that came out but I didn't see on the racks and will have to order.  So here's what we got:

















































Now, for the ones I will probably have to order, more this week's comics:


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TV Talk-Tuesday: Random thoughts.

Posted 11/18/2014

A few random thoughts about my current television watching habits:

I know "Gotham" is about the city and seeing Jim Gordon's rise, but come on, the police procedural set in Gotham is not holding my interest as well as a police procedural with big, hefty doses of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman would.

Just let John Constantine smoke, already!

I'm loving "The Flash", but Gustin looks 17, I don't believe for a second he works for the police department.

If I could take anyone's job in the world, I would take Jeff Probst's.

It's funny how all those competitions on "Hell's Kitchen" almost ALWAYS comes down to a tie.  Hmm.

I know "The Walking Dead" is awesome and all, but this is the third season in a row where we've had to put up with alternating storylines, and if this is going to be the blueprint for the series from here on out, I just don't know if I can handle that.

"American Horror Story: Freakshow", please have a point this season.

"Master Chef" judges, I think they got it the first time you told them the cake wasn't fully cooked, or that it was dry, or bland, or whatever.  The next two in line need to come up with their own material.

"Doctor Who", please let Danny Pink stay dead so Clara can go back to being The Impossible Girl instead of this scatterbrained lovesick puppy we've had so far this season.

What are your thoughts on anything you may be currently watching?  Tweet me @CDennisMoore or email me here and let me know.

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Comic Talk-Monday, and Living the Dream on a Part-Time Basis While Making Other Arrangements

Posted 11/17/2014

I finished up this week's comics yesterday, and was going to get back to reading through the Walking Dead collections, but decided instead to take a quick break from them and finish off my Animal Man books from the 2011 New 52 series before I hand them off to my daughter:































And while I know today is Comic Talk-Monday, there's something else I feel the need to mention that's not comics.

I saw this youtube video the other day, this writer who writes fulltime, no day job, with a wife and three kids, who can't seem to make the writing pay all the bills, so every so often he has to take odd jobs to make ends meet.  Hey, whatever it takes, man.  But this video was about how, since he's not making the money he feels he needs to make, he had been considering no longer writing and getting a job instead.  Then he decided, no, fk that, he's a writer and this is what makes him happy and he's had day jobs before, some he's lost because of his own fault, some not his fault, but the point was a day job just isn't secure, so never mind the job, he's a writer and he's, in his words, never fucking giving up.

Look, dude, who the hell said give up?  Getting a day job is not giving up on your dream.  Getting a day job is what a RESPONSIBLE ADULT would do when they have a spouse and kids to support.  NO ONE gets a job because they like working, we do it because we HAVE TO because our family needs a place to live and food to eat.

In what world is there a law that says you can't have a day job AND write?  I've been writing with a day job for 20+ years and I get time at my desk EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Okay, so the guy is still in his 20s and hasn't quite grasped the full meaning of "responsible adult", but Jesus, when you've got kids you do what the fk you HAVE to do to keep them fed.  And if living the dream isn't feeding the kids, then it's time to live the dream on a part time basis and spend the other part of the time going to fking work.

Good Christ, believe me, you CAN DO BOTH AT ONCE.  Hell, almost every published writer out there is proof you don't have to be a full time, no day job writer in order to write and publish.  Hell, King wrote how many of his early novels while holding a job.  It's not a shameful thing, it certainly doesn't mean you're giving up on "the dream" because you do the grown up, mature thing and make damn sure your family is provided for while you make other arrangements.

I mean, REALLY???  Hell, with a mindset that frigging warped, I don't wanna read the guy's fiction anyway because he's obviously got NO sense of reality, and without that, how am I going to suspend my disbelief long enough to try to enjoy his writing?

I can't, because I already know the guy who wrote it is totally batshit out of his damned mind.

The End.

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Book Talk-Sunday: Revival

Posted 11/16/2014

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Writing Update, 11/15/14

Posted 11/15/2014

The other day, I decided I needed a little order--I say that a lot, and I always let it slide by the wayside, usually when I'm feeling overwhelmed with too much to get done and too little sleep to get it done on--and I set some deadlines for myself to have these next three projects ready to publish.  GRIM LEGION III book 1 by November 28, THE KINGDOM book 1 two weeks later on December 12, and THE NIGHT book 1 two weeks after that on December 26.

These are easily attainable goals.

But then a question occurred to me.  What do I do about the next books?  I mean, I know I have to write them, still, but these first three Book 1s all end on a cliffhanger.  So readers are going to want to see what happens next.  Is it fair to publish these books when I haven't even started plotting the next books (GLIII Book 2 is plotted, I will say that)? Or should I wait to publish them until I have the second books almost done?  Then again, I have a feeling every one of them is going to end on a cliffhanger, so...

So, yeah, I just don't know yet.  I know I want to get these stories out there, and that having them off my plate will free me up to move on and write the other stories, but there's just that feeling that I don't want to leave readers hanging for an unnecessarily long time when I could just postpone publishing them until I have the second one a lot closer to being done.

Or there's another option.  I could hold onto all three first books.  Then I could write all the rest of the Grim Legion books and slowly publish those over a couple of weeks while I write the rest of the Kingdom books, and while I'm releasing those over a few weeks, I could write the rest of the Night books.

God, so many options.  I'm really torn on this one, people.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, Tweet me @CDennisMoore or email me here and let me know.

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Movie Talk-Friday: Re-Animator

Posted 11/14/2014

This is my most recent movie.  I didn't buy it, I watched it on Netflix, and only watched it when I did because it was coming off the site tomorrow.  I haven't seen this one in decades, probably since it came on HBO for the first time, and I had forgotten just how goofy this was.  I'm not going to bother reviewing it for; I don't think I have enough to say about it to fill a proper review, but I will say that if you love classic horror movies, especially from the 1980s, this is a must-see.  The effects are as badly cheesy as you'd expect, while the acting reaches some serious lows at some points.  And as an adaptation of Lovecraft's original story, it makes a pretty good bad adaptation that doesn't bother following the Lovecraft version.  But at the end of the day, it's Re-Animator and I'll be damned if it's not totally worth the 85 minutes.

Track it down, sit back, and revel in the dumbness.

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Music Talk-Thursday: Used Haul 6

Posted 11/13/2014

My latest used CD haul.  I got all of these for less that $5.  I've been a "fan" of The Cranberries since I first saw the "Dreams" video back in '93, but after NO NEED TO ARGUE, I just kind of forgot about them and never picked up TO THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED.  The first two, EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT SO WHY CAN'T WE and NO NEED TO ARGUE, I had on cassette for years.  I'm more familiar with NO NEED TO ARGUE as I found it more accessible than EVERYBODY, but I think they've both got great songs on them (I just realized I actually already own NO NEED TO ARGUE on CD, and actual CD, too, not downloaded and burned CD.  I'm sure I can give it to one of the Mikes).  But I saw them on the CD rack and they were so cheap I couldn't say no.

EVERYBODY and ARGUE were $1.99 each while DEPARTED was $0.97.

The fourth CD here is IN BLUE by The Corrs.  This is the album with their one big hit "Breathless", a song I always liked, but that's not the reason I bought this.  I have a couple of their albums on cassette, but they're dubbed copies and I had the titles wrong.  I thought this was one of them and I wanted their version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing".  Still, "Breathless" is a great song and totally worth the $0.97 I paid.

Still on the lookout for a couple other old albums I always owned on cassette but never on CD.  So far, though, I haven't found them.  Maybe one day.  We'll see.

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 11/12/2014

Damn Marvel.  If not for them, I could have saved $17 today.  And I could have saved another $3.50 if not for Image.  But there were a lot of first issues this week, and I wanted most of them.  In all, my son got 3, and I got 13.  Neither my oldest son, nor my daughter, got anything, although my daughter will read one of mine.  Here's what we got:













As for the first issues I got this week:













I also picked up:













 This is the one, Wytches, that my daughter will read.  I bought the first issue on Comixology last week and read it on my tablet and knew halfway through that she would love it, too.  So after I stopped regretting not having picked up the physical book when I had the chance, I handed it over to her and told her to read it.  She loved it, as I knew she would, so I'll leave the next issue for her to read too.









There were more comics yesterday, in the mail, and this weekend I'll be ordering the next volume of two of them (Miracelman book 3 isn't out yet):


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