Avengers: Age of Ultron Conspiracy Theory

Good news! The first teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron will be shown during Agents of Shield this Tuesday!

Oh wait.

That’s the word we got this week. But then a day or so later the teaser was put up on YouTube. Why? Why make the big announcement and then drop it early for seemingly no reason? I have some theories about this.

It was about to get leaked
Marvel dropped it early because it was about to get leaked. They didn’t want a crappy comic con recorded version of their trailer to be seen before the real thing was released. So they uploaded the teaser and cut off anyone that might have tried to use it to boost the likes on their channel.

Something is going to happen to Agents of Shield (Ain’t no one got time for all those periods)
Maybe after they made the announcement ABC let them know that might be a bad idea. It’s possible the struggling TV show is about to get cancelled. Or maybe they figured out that no one was going to tune into the show just to watch a teaser that would end up online anyway.

DC was about to steal the spotlight
Batman V Superman: The Dawn of the Worst Title Ever doesn’t come out until 2016 but there are already rumours swirling about footage, possibly even a teaser trailer. It’s possible Marvel thought that DC might try and one up them by dropping some footage and decided to release the Avengers trailer early.

Whatever the reason, it is strange that Marvel would contradict themselves to quickly. We may never know the reason.  In the meantime watch the trailer again (I’ve seen it only 3 dozen times).

Also, here are some things you might have missed in the trailer.

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20130114-124742.jpg   Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

“The Death of Jonas Wakefield”
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Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy
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Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
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Short Story Boost

Writing novels takes a long time. Even if you publish your first draft (don’t you dare publish your first draft) it still takes months to write that. Then you have rewrites all over the place—if your lucky. Sometimes you have to start over completely with zero words. I’ve done that twice with Book 3. Sometimes it feels like I haven’t accomplished anything.

It feels so good to finish a project so it is demoralizing when it takes a long time for it to happen.

To avoid getting down about it every so often I switch gears and spend a day or two writing a short story. Specifically a King and Wakefield mystery. I give them a case to solve and then write until it’s done. The longest word count is 11k and the shortest is only 2.5k. At the end of the day I finish a story and feel like I’ve accomplished something. I now have four King/Wakefield short stories sitting in my back pocket.

I don’t know what I’m doing with them yet. Maybe I’ll wait until I have a dozen or so and then publish them all at once Netflix style or maybe I’ll draw it out like broadcast TV. Maybe I’ll stick one at the end of Book 3 for fun. That’s a decision for later.

The point of this blog is that short stories offer a break from the stress of novel writing. It especially helps for me that each story has the same protagonists and I know everything about them so it is easy for me to slip into their heads and solve crime.

Sometimes I wake up and look at the work I have to do and get exhausted. but if my distraction from novel writing is short story writing then at least I’m getting something done.

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20130114-124742.jpg   Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

“The Death of Jonas Wakefield”
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

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New Writing Goals

I took some time off from being serious about writing. Mostly because I was not in the mental state to day dream about Mac and Lynn fighting an invading alien fleet. It’s been over six months. Time to get back to real writing. That means making goals and setting deadlines.

Goals
Write two books by June 21.
One book will be Book 3 in the Ronos Trilogy.
One book will be something I will try to sell to book publishers. It will be easily marketable to middle-aged women.

Deadlines
I want to finish both books by June 21. But I’m not sure that means you will be able to have book 3 in your hands by then. It’s possible but it depends on how the current draft goes. The deadline for this draft of book 3 is the beginning of December.

Book 3
Whilst I was going through my life trauma I got some feedback from my first wave of test readers. It was very constructive. Unfortunately they pointed out some major flaws I didn’t pick up on that now require me to rewrite the whole thing.

Basically I’m moving a character from storyline B to story line A and changing the perspective of storyline B. So I might as well redo everything and make it awesome. Don’t worry. I’ve been pecking away at this for the last few months. No really solid writing days but a couple hundred words here and there. Right now I’m on chapter 5 and this book should have 20 chapters like Catalyst and Beacon did.

Untitled general Fiction Novel
I don’t’ want to say too much about this book yet. It revolves around a family that goes through a tragedy, doesn’t handle it well. It’ll might make you cry but it will for sure make you laugh. I don’t know how long it’s going to be —I’m doing my best to keep it around 70k. Right now I have 20k words.

I think I can easily finish the next draft of both of these books by that date. However I’m going to do my best to get book 3 published (fingers crossed/pray for me) by then and to at least have the other book out to test audiences.

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20130114-124742.jpg   Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

“The Death of Jonas Wakefield”
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

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The Year of Science Fiction

It’s been a good year for movies—better than I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be the year of lulls before the awesomeness of next year, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars Episode XII: Revenge of the Gungans (title unconfirmed).

But I was wrong and very excited to be wrong. Not only am I excited for good movies but the best movie of the year so far (Guardians of the Galaxy) and the most underrated movie of the summer (Edge of Tomorrow) are both science fiction. Real, fun exciting, genuinely good science fiction.

I’m also crazy excited for Interstellar coming out in a couple weeks.

This is probably the fallout from Gravity last year. Now with Guardians being the best movie of the year so far science fiction is becoming even more popular. If Interstellar is good enough then it could be two years in a row when a science fiction movie has been in serious contention for best picture.

Why bring this up? Mostly because I’m curious about what the next trend is going to be. Vampires are done. I’ve also heard that publishers aren’t buying anymore supernatural YA manuscripts. How cool would it be if science fiction became the next trend?

Books usually lead these trends. Then when those books become super popular they get turned into movies. Now that the studio has seen that science fiction can do really well at the box office maybe they will start making popular science fiction into awesome movies.

How cool would it be if they made a cinematic Ronos Trilogy?

What science fiction story do you want to see adapted for the big screen?

20130114-124742.jpg   Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy

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“The Death of Jonas Wakefield”
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Catalyst: Book 1 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

Beacon: Book 2 in the Ronos Trilogy
Available on Amazon.
Already read it? Write a review on Goodreads.

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Ronos Book 3 Update

This is kind of a bad news blog post update.

The bad news is there is a fairly good chance that book 3 of the Ronos Trilogy isn’t going to come out at the end of summer like I promised. Sorry.

There was a tragedy in my family just over a month ago and ever since I haven’t been writing as much as I should be. In fact, I find it difficult to write anything—this blog post is the most i’ve written in the last seven days.

Book 3 will still be published but at this rate it won’t be until 2015.

I have to relearn all my writing habits and learn to be creative in my own head without reliving the worst day of my life over and over again. It sucks but I still want to tell you guys stories so it’s something that I need to work through.

In the mean time you can reread Catalyst and Beacon—both are way cheeper on smashwords—or even download the short story “The Death of Jonas Wakefield.” If you’re feeling really ambitious you can write a review and send me the link. Those always make my day brighter.

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Zero History by William Gibson

Instead of adding to all the negativity on the internet—reviews in particular—I’m going to even things out by saying what I like. Everything has a good part to it. Sometimes it’s only one scene, others are bursting with awesomeness.

Zero History is the third book in the Blue Ant trilogy. Maybe if I had read the other two books I would have liked more things about it but I didn’t even know it was part of a trilogy until I looked it up on Goodreads. It’s about…really obscure brand names clothes…maybe? Also, it’s sci-fi, for some reason.

 

Here is everything I liked about Zero History by William Gibson

Zero History

 

 

 

 

 

  • I liked the pretentious feeling I got while reading book. “I feel smarter and I have no explanation for it.”
  • I liked the cover. It’s the reason my wife bought it for me. We had never heard of the book or the author but it was in the discount pile at Chapters and we liked the cover.
  • I liked the character of Milgrim. Particularly his name but I also like that he was saved from addiction by a corporation to be made into something the company could use.
  • I like that what they needed him for was to find the source of the super secret clothing brand Gabriel Hounds.
  • I like that everyone in the book is immediately blown away by the quality and awesomeness of the Gabriel Hounds.
  • I like that I have no idea why this is sci-fi. At first I thought aliens made the Gabriel Hounds but that didn’t pan out. My guess is that William Gibson started in sci-fi and now that’s where all his books go. Like how Michael Crichton’s time traveling book featuring a 3d fax machine is in fiction not science fiction.
  • I like the first half of the book better than the second half.
  • I like that I felt like I had accomplished something when I finally finished it.
  • I like the names of the characters. Hollis, Bigend, Milgrim.
  • I like that there were almost no stakes involved but I still enjoyed myself through some of it. “What happens if we don’t find the source of the Gabriel Hounds?” Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Let Me Off at the Top! By Ron Burgundy

 

 

Instead of adding to all the negativity on the internet—reviews in particular—I’m going to even things out by saying what I like. Everything has a good part to it. Sometimes it’s only one scene, others are bursting with awesomeness.

 

Let Me Off at the Top! is the biography of the fictional character Ron Burgundy. Will Farrell plays Ron in the movie Anchorman. Almost nothing in this book is true. If you liked the movie then you might get a few chuckles out of this read.

This is what I liked about Let Me Off at the Top! by Ron Burgundy.Let Me Off at the Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • I like that I watched Anchorman before I read this book. In my mind I could hear Will Farrell reading it to me. It made it easier to laugh at the jokes. DIs this book available as an Audiobook?
  • I like the picture on the cover. And some of the random pictures inside. It was awesome that for the most part they had nothing to do with anything.
  • I like that Ron endorsed his own book on the cover.
  • I like that it says it was written by Ron Burgundy as opposed to who really wrote it (Will Farrell? A team of writers?)
  • I like the name of his high school. Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School.
  • I liked that it wasn’t even remotely serious.
  • I liked how random it was.
  • I liked the town he grew up in and how everyone was in constant danger of bursting into flames.
  • I liked that every so often it made me laugh.
  • I liked how humorous the violence was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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