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October Newsletter and Upcoming Short Story Collection

Credit: Pixabay I'm running late with the October issue of my author’s newsletter, “Night Creatures’ Call”. I've been loaded with getting the short story collection, "Bad Apps", together. I meant to release the collection this month but am going to have to push it to next month or maybe even December. There are still several more stories for it to put through critique and revise and I want to do a beta release of it as well. But it hasn't been so much the book that has put me behind in this month’s newsletter than myself.  October’s Issue of ‘Night Creatures’ Call’ I purposefully put off this month’s newsletter because I want to include in it an offer for a free book that I’ve already had out. But to do that, I have to publish the book to Smashwords because Amazon won’t let you offer discounts or free books if you don’t participate in their Kindle Select program in which I no longer participate. In order to participate in it you can’t have your books at Smashwords
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The Boundaries I Set Up in My Writing

  It's the first Wednesday of the month and so that means it’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG)  post! In an IWSG post, we writers bring our writing challenges and problems out into the open to share with each other and try to offer solutions. My challenge this month has been the book of short fiction I've been currently working on. One of the stories I’ve been revising for it has been my most difficult yet since it involves parallel universes and quantum mechanics, an area of science that I’m not good at explaining. So having to revise and re-edit it several times has kept me at behind. I keep telling myself and everyone that it's going to be out in the next month. But when that next month comes I still have several of the book’s stories to revise. I will get it done though. Once I start something I really care about and I tell other people that I’m doing it for them I finish it.  The October 6 question is: In your writing, where do you draw the line

Changing a Character's Name to Honor Forry Ackerman

Credit: Pixabay I've been behind on putting together my book of short fiction, "Bad Apps", but am seriously trying to make progress with it so I can release a collection of tales that everyone will enjoy. I've been trying to get it all done by this month and so in time for Halloween, but it’s requiring more work than I anticipated. I'm still revising one of the short stories that’s been my toughest ever and so I’ve been working on it for the last couple months. This story is in the latest stages of the revision process and so I’m almost done editing it. However, just yesterday, I changed the surname to one of my characters in honor of the late editor, Forrest J. Ackerman. Forrest “Forry” J. Ackerman So, who was Forrest J. Ackerman? Also known as “Forry” Ackerman, he was the editor of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine, a publication that ran from the 1950s, when he started it, to the 1980s (and it would be revived by other editors after that a few ti

Book-To-Movie: 'The Land That Time Forgot'

Credit: Wikimedia Commons It's the fourth weekend of the month and so it's time for another Book-To-Movie review! In a Book-To- Movie, we review a work of prose fiction and its movie adaptation. Tonight, we are reviewing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel, "The Land that Time Forgot", and its 1975 movie adaptation. I’ll tell you now that the movie was good but the novel is more developed and believable in its characterization and conflict.  The Book Burrough's novel is actually Book One of a trilogy. Published in 1918, it’s about shipwrecked survivors and a German crew whose U-boat they take over that get stranded on a lost continent in Antarctica. The British and one American, Bowen Tyler who is both the novel’s narrator and protagonist, and their German captives must ally in order to survive the dangers of the prehistoric continent of Caspak such as carnivorous dinosaurs and hostile ape men.  The characters in this novel are well-developed for it being pulp fiction and

Del Toro Productions to Feature Stories by Lovecraft & Others

Credit: Pixabay I apologise for missing last week. I was busy editing much of the newsletter for this month on the day of its release. This month’s issue features a free short story, so if you haven't yet subscribed to my newsletter, “Night Creatures' Call”, you can do so here . In this and future issues of the newsletter you’ll find things such as news about my upcoming book and future Book-To-Movie reviews.  A couple of productions by Guillermo del Toro, producer of dark fantastic films such as “Pan's Labyrinth” and “The Orphanage”, are coming up. One is a movie and the other a TV anthology series. Both will feature adaptations of stories by authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and others.  Del Toro’s movie, entitled, “Nightmare Alley”, is based on a 40s noir novel by William Lindsay Gresham. A remake of an earlier adaptation from 1947, the movie is about a traveling carnival in which one of its employees who is ambitious and manipulative becomes involved in a relationship wit

A Successful Writer is a Professional

It’s the first day of September and so the summer is almost over and the fall almost here! But it's also the first Wednesday of the month and so that means it’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG)   post! In an IWSG post, we writers bring our writing challenges and problems out into the open to share with each other and try to offer solutions. And I do have a few challenges, namely getting all my stories together for my next book, “Bad Apps”.  Upcoming Short Fiction Collection I've been aiming to release “Bad Apps”, a collection of short fiction about weird and deadly mobile apps, by, ha! this month. I had moved the release date from August to September, but now the latter is here and I still have several stories to revise. I also want to do a beta release before I do an official release. If anyone is interested in reading a beta copy of the book just let me know and I'll be happy to send you one. All I ask in exchange is, of course, your honest feedback

Book-To-Movie: Stephen King's 'Children of the Corn'

  Credit: Pixabay Warning: This review may contain spoilers. I apologise for missing last week. It was a rough one; I got very little sleep throughout it and so had gotten behind on other things. I was almost totally worn out which took out my creativity for blogging. But now things are back to normal, somewhat. Well, at least they’re back to normal in time for this fourth weekend, the weekend of our monthly Book-To-Movie. In a Book-To- Movie, we review a work of prose fiction and its movie adaptation. This post we are reviewing Stephen King's short story, "Children of the Corn" and its 1984 movie adaptation. When compared to the short story, the movie adaptation is much more comical.  The Short Story Published in 1976, “Children of the Corn” concerns Burt and Vicky, a married couple whose relationship is on the brink of divorce and who get stranded in a small Nebraska town. They discover that all the adults of the town have disappeared and only the children are there wh