How You Do It

There was a guy I used to know, a fellow nursing student, who wore a T-shirt that said:

Nookie; Just Did It.

I think he graduated.

I’ve been working with an established Australian publisher to formulate a deal for writing some books. Severed Press expressed interest in hearing proposals, so I wrote a bunch of ideas based on current, unpublished original WIP’s I have.

They rejected all of them except one that they wanted to change quite a bit. Further discussion gave more clarity around what for them would be a sweet spot in my creative contributions to their publishing empire.

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Why I Get Bored With What I’m Reading

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
Oscar Wilde

Back covers and front covers of books are a lot like movie trailers. They show you the best bits and get you to engage with the story.

This leads to you buying the book and reading it. The disconnect that so often happens is between what the book promises and what it delivers. If I’m reading literature, like, proper literature, I expect it to be a trudge. You know that this book is going to pay off somewhere – you just have to let it roll out and keep reading. The really good literary novels will drag you down to your doom without you even realising you are completely lost in the story.

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KANDY

“For about 30 years, Halloween was taken over by pranksters. By the ’30s, pranks were causing cities millions of dollars of damage. They considered banning Halloween in many cities, but instead, parents got together and came up with party ideas for kids, and a lot of them involved dressing up and costuming.

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Alien Vs. John Carpenter’s The Thing

“You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.” ~ Ash, Alien

Two films defined big-budget sci-fi horror in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Alien (1979) and John Carpenter’s 1982 remake of the 1951 film, “The Thing From Another World”, which was itself, loosely based on John W. Campbells’s story, “Who Goes There?”

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