Book, TV, and Movie Things

Hi Everyone! I hope your February is going well. Mine is going pretty good!

So mini update on Dark Sun Rising– I’m now working on getting the book formatted and also contracting for cover design. All in all, it’s pretty much on schedule for the August release. I’m thinking the closer I get to the release date, the more excited I’m going to get to share it with ya’ll. I’m hoping ya’ll enjoy it.

In other writing news, the novella is still in progress, and I’m having lots of fun writing it. It’s a completely different story then the novel, but still very much in the fantasy genre.

So when I’m not writing the novella or preparing for the release of the novel, you know I’m watching TV and movies!

Right now, I’m spending time watching one of the best comedies on TV: One Day at a Time. If you haven’t checked out this show, you really need to. It centers on a Cuban family and tackles all sorts of issues including: immigration, sexism, homophobia, racism, and mental illness. It all sounds serious, yes? But the show has a knack for focusing on all these issues tastefully and with a large dose of humor. It also has Rita Moreno who is amazing! I don’t think there is a character on TV that comes close to her Lydia. She’ll have you laughing ’till your stomach hurts.

Oh! And also, I saw Alita: Battle Angel, and I know it’s getting bad reviews and everything, but I enjoyed it. Yes the story is a bit hammy, and moves soooo quickly, but you know what? I didn’t care. Because it was entertaining and the plot was still interesting and fun, and the effects were excellent! So yeah, I think you should check it out if you’re into fantasy movies. I think you’ll like it.

Well, that’s about it from me this week. Until next time!

Movies at the moment…

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I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and enjoyed spending time with their family and friends. I know I did! So I’ve been soooo sick this past week with a cold or allergies, but that didn’t stop me from seeing three movies.

First one was Bumblebee, which I enjoyed very much. It was a fun movie with some humor and action, and not at all like the big budget movies from the Transformers franchise (It actually had a plot!). This one starred Hailee Steinfield, who is known for starring in True Grit and The Edge of Seventeen–as a troubled teen who recently lost her father. When she’s given a VW Beetle for her birthday, she stumbles upon a scared Bumblebee, who is lost and alone on Earth. The two quickly begin a friendship that is funny and a little emotional. All in all, it was good!

Next was Aquaman. Which many of you will go see regardless of what I say, because why not? It’s the DC Universe’s next big movie! It stars Jason Mamoa and Amber Heard. And all I gotta say is: Nicole Kidman rocks. Watch it just for her.

The last movie I watched was Bird Box on Netflix starring Sandra Bullock. So basically, people start going suicidal when they see a monster that takes the shape of their worst fear, or a relative that has passed. It was weird. But good weird. And was more suspenseful than anything, as the monster was left to the imagination for the most part. So yeah, I liked this one too.

Anyway, I hope you guys check out these films. I think they’re worth a look.

And that’s all from me! See you guys next week!

TV at the moment…

This post may contain spoilers. Beware.

I just finished watching season two of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and it was excellent! For those of you who have never watched this show, I really suggest giving it a try. It’s super funny, has great characters, and has a great story line. It takes place in 1950s New York, and focuses on a young woman who happens to discover she has a talent for stand-up comedy. In an era when woman shouldn’t say certain things, Midge, the main character, defies the social norms in a way that’s extremely fun for viewers, and in other ways can be a bit shocking–either way, hilarity ensues.

Another show I wrapped up fairly quickly was The Ranch. This season was pretty good too, and discovering how the show handled Rooster’s leaving was interesting. I thought they did a good job of writing Danny Masterson off the show, although I was surprised they decided to kill his character off. I wasn’t expecting that after last season’s finale. I really thought Rooster was going to just disappear into the sunset. I will say that the only disappointment I had for the show was that it ended with more Colt and Abby drama. Can’t those kids get their stuff together?

Last, I saw The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix. This movie is a collection of Wild West tales by the Coen Brothers. The tale that was my favorite was Meal Ticket, which starred Liam Neeson, and a completely unrecognizable Harry Melling, who played Dudley in the Harry Potter movies. It was a strange film, but it was the end that got to me, and had me thinking about it for days.

Anyway, that’s all from me this week. I hope you guys are enjoying the holiday season! I’ll see you at the same time, same place next week.

A Wizard and a Saxon

My brother handed me book 1 of The Dresden Files this week, and now I’m hooked. I read the first two books of the series in two days, and I’m just itching to get started on the third. Hopefully my brother has already ordered it on Amazon, because otherwise I have to walk my little butt to Barnes and Noble, and who does that anymore?

So you might be wondering why I’m enjoying the series so much, and really–what is so great about the main character, Harry Dresden? Well, he’s a wizard, of course! And not like Harry Potter. Probably more like Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but not as polished (and not as cute or smart). He kinda bumbles along, and you know what? It’s great to follow a bumbling wizard. I can’t help but to cheer him on. He’s the underdog, through and through. And who doesn’t like an underdog?

Another interest at the moment is The Last Kingdom, which just had its third season released on Netflix. I’ve been bugging my brother to watch this show for awhile, but he’s a little punk and would rather watch Pokemon reruns. Anyway, I hope you do check it out. It’s like Vikings, but better. Better writing, better acting, just better.

And Uhtred, the main character, is just a cool dude. He was born a Saxon, but raised a Viking, and now stands between both worlds. Which will he choose? Will he stand with King Alfred, King of Wessex, who wishes to annihilate the Vikings? Or with his adopted brother Ragnar Ragnarson and his childhood friend Brida as they war against the Saxons?

It’s a mess of a situation, but it makes for entertaining TV.

Anyway, that’s all I have for this week. If you guys have any books or shows you’re into and would like to share, let me know in the comment section.

Movies and TV at the moment…

This week was a good one. The day job is going pretty well, I spent some decent time with the family, and I also got to do a little bit of writing. Not bad, I say. Not bad at all.

I also got to see the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It was excellent! At least I thought it was, anyway. I can appreciate a character like Newt that isn’t your typical hero. I also appreciate that he happens to be on the autistic spectrum, which makes for a completely different dynamic in the way that his story plays out, especially his past relationship with Leta Lestrange. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, so that’s pretty much all I say about it right now.

Narcos: Mexico also premiered on Netflix this Friday. I’m three episodes in, and I’m enjoying it as much as the other Narcos series. Michael Peña did a great job as DEA Agent Kiki Camarena. And it’s got me so hooked, I’m a little disappointed I promised my mother I’d watch it with her, because I can’t binge the way I’d like to!

Another show I’d suggest watching is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. It’s weird, but a good weird.

Ok, folks! That’s all for me this week. If you have any movie or TV show suggestions just comment!

Some random things…

Now it’s November, and I’m pretty sure the holidays will arrive then pass in a blur. Before we know it, it’ll be the New Year and I’ll say: What happened to 2018?

But until then, I just want to soak in the last few months of the year, write, and enjoy the gloomy weather that’s hit South Texas.

If you’ve never been to Texas, let me just say, sometimes it just seems like the perfect setting for horror or fantasy. Like for instance–the fog was rather thick this week, and there were times I felt like I was in Silent Hill. Other times, it’s non-stop rain, which usually isn’t our norm–but still, pretty gloomy.

Things I’m also doing–spending time with family. It was my Dad’s birthday this week, and we took him to see Overlord, which was not as good as I expected. I thought it was written by JJ Abrams, but it actually wasn’t, and I could tell–It didn’t have that special “Human” feel that Abrams manages to pull off. The heart that is apparent in many of his films. Don’t get me wrong, the movie tried, but it was a facsimile of what I’m used to.

Also, if anyone cares how I’m doing in my two Fantasy Football leagues: I’ve got ZERO chance of winning one. Ok, not zero chance, but I’d have to win out and hope for many people to lose, so not much chance there. The other league I’m not doing so bad! I actually have a chance to go to the playoffs.

Alright then, that’s pretty much it for me for now. I hope you guys are enjoying the beginnings of November.

Norseman and their Gods

I have a confession. I’ve become addicted to Vikings. The series is on Hulu, and I haven’t been able to watch anything else. I’ve actually been meaning to watch it for a few years, but I always ended up getting distracted with other shows, but after watching a few episodes, I realized I really should’ve given this show a chance a long time ago.

What’s so great about this show is that it focuses a lot on Norse mythology, and to be honest, before watching the show, I hadn’t been exposed much to Vikings and their beliefs. I also had preconceived notions that because the show was on the History channel, that it was going to be more of a historical show and wouldn’t delve into fantasy elements. This was completely inaccurate of me.

From the first episode, Ragnar has a dream about a large battle where he sees Odin and Valkyries bringing fallen men to Valhalla. Somehow Ragnar interprets this dream as a reason to raid west when all raids to this point had been to the east. So from the very first, its apparent that the Gods will play a huge role in how Ragnar and other Vikings live their lives.

Other positives about the show is that it’s extremely fast paced with plenty of action. If you love period dramas with a little bit of fantasy than this is the show for you. And if you still need convincing to give it a try–my dad watches it, and he doesn’t watch anything.