Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cast Your Vote, Matey!

For the ones who voted on the title lettering for my short story collection cover, The Fool's Illusion, I'd like to say thanks.  And for those who haven't voted yet, you have roughly 21 minutes from the time of the writing of this post to vote.  So vote!  How many traditional authors who publish through traditional big name publishing houses let their readers vote on how a book cover should be designed (lettering or otherwise)?  Not many at all.  The great thing about being an indie author who self-publishes is that he/she is free to let their readers participate in the creation process.  And so I'm allowing you to do that in the case of this book. Please take advantage of it.

I'll talk about the results of the poll next week and may have a movie review of a rare sci fi horror film too.  Speaking about movies, if you haven't seen Hunger Games yet don't feel bad. Neither have I.  I just haven't had the time to hit the theatre this weekend.  I've been trying to catch up with a computer sci course that I'm taking (which I'm just now catching up with).  But I've been hearing some good things about the movie.  I was hoping to read at least the first book of the young adult series that it's based on but my reading stack has been almost literally over my head.  I think it's so neat though that they are promoting sci fi for young readers.  They've been doing it a lot with fantasy for the past five years which initiated with the Harry Potter series, but they need to do it a lot more with science fiction which they're beginning too. 

Not to say fantasy should be bumbed off; by no means!  Both are great genres for young audiences (as well as older ones) since they inspire the imagination and add wonder to a person's life.  Isn't that what being young is all about?  A sense of wonder, all possibilities? Some of those possibilities may be dark but then that's where horror and dark fantasy come in.  Those two give you a peek into the underworld where you should not set foot otherwise because to do so can bring some very nasty results.

Anyway I hope to see more votes when I return next week. If not, well on with the show (book in this case) anyway. 

Until next week . . .

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Art of Lettering, Illustration, and "Illusion"

I said several weeks ago that I would post the cover illustration for my book of short fiction that I plan to release in April. Well, I haven't got the cover illustration done yet because I haven't got the lettering for the book's title, The Fool's Illusion, on the illustration yet. But I do have two sketches of the letter design for the the title which are posted below. Take a look at them and then vote for your favorite at the poll provided in the top right margin. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to finish the lettering for the full title in the second sketch, but hopefully you'll have an idea for the style that I'm using on that one which is '70s psychedelic ("illusion" and "hallucination" come pretty close to being synonymous although they are not).

Just so you can fit the letter styles into context a little better, you can read about my upcoming book and an excerpt from the title story at

Vote soon because the poll is only up for a week from tonight/early this morning, PST!

Until next time . . .

I call this style "Twisted Roman".

"'70s Psychedelic" (Notice that I provided the vortexes in the first set of O's in both styles since the vortex goes with the theme of illusion and trickery of the mind.)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ridley Scott, Tsunamis, and Crowdsourcing

Alien and Prometheus director, Ridley Scott
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Alex Guerrero

I haven't posted my article on my interview with Jeani Rector to yet because she has not returned the draft that I emailed her to review for any errors or misinterpretations. I want to make sure the interview reflects her true answers. I was late on getting the draft to her so I'll follow up with her this Wednesday and try to have it posted next Friday or Saturday.

I also mentioned last time that I would write and post an article about a Day of the Triffids remake. That's up at now, so if you haven't read it yet please take a look at it when you get a chance and let me know what you think.

I was just typing my revisions to one of my stories for my fiction collection. Unfortunately I'm running behind with it and I think I said that the plan is to have it released in April which is still the plan. However, things do get in the way and there's more of a chance of that happening starting next week since I return to a seasonal day job and I'm also taking a computer science course so that's going to take up a lot of time. But I will see to it that the collection get's out by summer. I'll probably release it in e-book format first if not simultaneously with the print edition. Either way, though, I just might make it available in e-book format for free! So definitely be on the look out for that since, if that happens, it will only be for a limited time. I'll definitely keep you updated on that.

I was surfing the Web for some ideas for one of my technology articles when I came across a link on Mashable to a trailor for a new Ridley Scott film. No, it's not Prometheus and it's much less Prometheus II (whether there will be a II or not, only time can tell). This one is a crowdsourcing film that he is making starting tomorrow. It's not science fiction; it's actually a documentary and I believe it will be produced in only a day or two since it is a crowdsourcing video. Those of you who don't know what crowdsourcing is, crowdsourcing is a kind of freeform method of making movies in which amatuer filmmakers are selected to have pieces of their films combined into one movie.

In Scott's case, he is having people of different walks of life, ordinary people, film some portion of their day and then he will take the films and combine them into one movie which I believe is to be posted to YouTube. This movie will commemorate the one year anniversary of the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan and the people who were impacted by them. You can watch the trailer for Scott's movie, "Japan In a Day", at YouTube.

Well that's it for now.

Until next time . . .

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Preview of Coming Attractions of Attractions

Hi, everybody.

Last weekend I said I would have at least an excerpt of my ghost story posted here. Only a couple minutes ago I was going to post an excerpt, but when I looked over the story it was still too much of a mess to show anybody. It's very short so I thought it would be better if I the just post the whole thing next weekend when it's all cleaned up.

I've been revising an article of an interview I did with an editor of an online literary magazine called The Horror Zine. That's right, it's entitled exactly what it is. And there's a story behind how the founder and editor, Jeani Rector, named it in the article which I hope to have up at by the middle of next week. So keep checking back at my sci fi news page there and I'll definitely let you know in next weekend's blog post whether I have the article up yet. But It was a real pleasure to interview Miss Rector; she's a very interesting, very hardworking and very nice person. You can check out her Horror Zine here. There's a lot of great fiction and other related material there, much of it by well known writers.

The news has been out that there is a remake of the 1960s British sci fi movie Day of the Triffids in the making. I'm planning to do an article on that as well which I hope to also have out at Examiner by Monday. So look out for that one too.

Well that's it for now. I'm going to get some editing done on one of my stories for my upcoming short story collection that I hope I'll have released by April.

Take scare!