movie: Frankenweenie

I had planned to do the kickstarter launch today but I’m still doing the get-the-damn-thing-going dance. Right now, I’m waiting on Amazon and Kickstarter to have a conversation. Bah!

Instead, today I have a movie post!

We tried to watch Lincoln. I don’t know who put that on the Netflix list. It sure as heck wasn’t me. I blame husband. While I do like to read about history, I think watching people reenact it is tremendously boring. We turned it off after like 30 minutes or so.

I prefer my movies funny, action-y and/or scary.

I was sick all weekend, so I ended up catching Frankenweenie on the ondemand cable thing yesterday afternoon.


Description from IMDB: “Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.”

This movie has plenty of nods to classic horror. I’m sure the right sort of movie geek would have a great time just picking apart all the references and the character similarities. There’s the obvious Victor Frankenstein, the main character and his dog “Sparky”. The science teacher is basically Vincent Price, minus Vincent’s actual voice because, you know, he’s dead, which makes me very sad because he was like the coolest guy ever! I don’t want to insert too many spoilers, so I’m going to leave off at that.

Frankenweenie is Tim Burton at his Tim Burtonest. All the dark beauty he brings to titles like Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas is there. We have the Danny Elfman music (but it’s not a musical), the great characters, a little bit of violence. It’s a formula, but it’s a good formula in my opinion.

Frankenweenie gets an A.


various project updates

Oy vey. I’ve been working on the kickstarter thing the last few evenings. That’s why I haven’t been present on the blog. The setup is more involved than I thought it would be. It should go live in the next few days or so. I actually had planned to put it up yesterday and then today and then it became the neverending story. I need more hours in the day. I might push it out until Monday just because weekend website traffic usually sucks, for me it does, anyway.

During non-laptop time, I’ve been working on the middle grade (kids) novel I started in March. Yes, March. I’ve taken a few breaks to work on other projects, but it still feels like a long time. I like the story, though. Childhood me would be quite pleased. I think I’m at about 60,000 words. I could see it topping out at 80-100,000 by the end of the deal.

Last week I searched for reviewers. I’ve had much better luck than I have in the past. Almost all the bloggers I’ve asked have agreed to read the book. WOO!

That’s it for now. Hopefully, I’ll have the kickstarter link to post soon.

extreme business

movie: Hansel and Gretel


Description from IMDB: “Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.”

I have mixed feelings about Hansel and Gretel. I saw the trailer in the movie theater and thought it looked really cool. I’m not sure it lived up to my expectations.

The plot meandered a bit, and the witches are kind of cheesy, like Army of Darkness level of ridiculous in spots. I like Army of Darkness, but I don’t think that was what they were going for in this movie. The flying around is just plain silly looking. They aren’t super cheesy 100 percent of the time, however.

The fight scenes were fun to watch. They had some interesting weapons that weren’t really what I would call historically consistent, but then again, I didn’t watch this movie because I wanted to learn something.

Hansel and Gretel is okay if you’re looking for some cinematic junk food. It gets a B-

Want to vote for a book cover?

Did you read the Lone Ranger movie bombed? I did not see that coming at all. I still want to see it if I can get to the theater in a timely manner. I think it looks awesome! I wonder why it didn’t do well. Maybe we’re getting a bit too much Johnny Depp in general, like Depp fatigue.

Ok, here’s the deal. I designed the book cover for Pestilence Rising a couple of months ago. I liked it fine. I still like it.

One of the rewards for my upcoming kickstarter campaign is supposed to be a paperback with a limited edition cover. I call it the “galaxy cover”. Now, I don’t know. I might like the galaxy cover better. Do I want to use it as the primary cover?

I thought I would take a vote and see which one I should use as the primary cover.

The only issue I have with the galaxy cover is that it might give people the impression that Pestilence Rising is a sci fi novel. It isn’t. Stars play a big role in the story, but the genre is urban fantasy, which means the settings consist of somewhat ordinary places and current times. No future business.

So today, I want to see what you all think.

Which cover should I use as the primary cover? Galaxy or blue?


PR galaxy cover

Pestilence Rising png cover