we got stretch goals!!!!!

We’ve made our funding goal for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet,” but that just means we got stretch goals!

If we hit $2000, which we’re only $130 shy of right now, folks who get the story bundle along with the two stories will also get my Super City Police Department novel The Case of the Claw. And there are more for further goals, so please consider supporting the crowdfund!

 

I’m’na be at GalaxyCon Louisville this weekend!

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From 22-24 November 2019, I will be at my penultimate convention of the year, GalaxyCon Louisville at the Kentucky International Convention Center in the home of baseball bats. I’ll be most at Bard’s Tower, Booth 1140 on the exhibitor floor, alongside fellow word-slingers Megan Mackie, Weston Kincaide, and Shannon Eichorn.

In addition, I’ll be on three panels with my fellow Tower denizens, all of which will be in Panel Room L006 in the convention center:

Friday

4.15-5.05pm: “Fantasy Worlds & Writing: World Building for Professional and Aspiring Writers,” also with J. Michael Straczynski

Saturday

1.15-2.05pm: “Playing in the Sandbox: Writing in Shared or Other Universes”

Sunday

3-3.50pm: “Professionalism for Aspiring Writers”

I should have copies of Alien: Isolation, the “Precinct” books, A Furnace Sealed, my Supernatural novels, and Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War (plus possibly some others) for sale at the Tower, and you can always bring stuff to me to sign.

Hope to see folks there!

 

Short Treks: “Ask Not”

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The shortest of the Short Treks has a predictable plot and continues Starfleet’s traditions of being mean to people who are training for things, but it works because Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike remains magnificent. Check out my review of “Ask Not.”

An excerpt:

Seriously, we have got to see more of these people. They built a whole Enterprise set (we see engineering for the first time in this short), and those aren’t cheap. They’ve got a popular, excellent trio for the top of the ensemble ready to go. It isn’t easy to fill 55-year-old shoes occupied by the most popular character in SF TV history, Gene Roddenberry’s wife, and Jesus Christ, but Peck, Romijn, and especially Mount have not just filled the shoes, but continued to dance in them. If there isn’t a Pike show on CBS All Access some time in the next year, a serious crime against nature will have been committed.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Ant-Man & The Wasp

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This actually went up a week ago, but I was at Philcon and forgot to post. Derp.

Here we have a sequel that fixes all the problems with the first one and is much more fun as a result, since Hope van Dyne’s Wasp is way more interesting and competent than Scott Lang’s Ant-Man. It’s a delightful romp, and has more Luis, which is always a good thing. The great superhero movie rewatch looks in on Ant-Man & The Wasp.

An excerpt:

Luis remains one of the best characters in the MCU with his rapid-fire commentary and overly detailed stories (his summary of the Lang-van Dyne relationship is classic). I still think it was a missed opportunity to not have Luis sum up Infinity War at the beginning of Endgame, but alas. (They made up for it by having the X-Con Security van play a hilarious but important role in the latter movie, at least.)

The supporting cast is strong, as well. Abby Ryder Fortson is adorable and a great helpmeet as Cassie. Even more so than Goggins, Judy Greer and Bobby Cannavale are pretty much wasted in this movie, though I do like that they’ve all reconciled and become a strong family in the wake of the events of Ant-Man. Laurence Fishburne—last seen in this rewatch playing Perry White—is a delight as Foster, while Michelle Pfeiffer—last seen in this rewatch playing Catwoman—is luminous in her too-little-screentime role as Janet. (Rudd playing her when Janet possesses Lang is also hilarious.) Although, as I asked in my Aquaman rewatch, is having main characters’ mothers played by female leads in 1990s Batman movies be trapped in a nether realm of some sort for three decades going to be a trope now?

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Hey folks! So my crowdfund on Indie Go Go for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet” is going a bit slowly. We’re 11 days into a 20-day crowdfund and only at 52% of the goal. This is way slower than previous crowdfunds, which were only for one story, and I’m a little concerned. I suspect part of it is due to it being on IGG instead of Kickstarter, which is for a number of reasons, but it’s still concerning.

So I ask all my faithful blog readers (you know who you are) to please not just consider supporting the crowdfund, but also pimping it on your own social media — or just like and share the Facebook posts and/or like and retweet the Twitter posts, I’d be excessively grateful.

This has been a difficult year financially speaking, and we kinda need this to get ourselves over the hump to the end of the year. Any help you can provide is hugely appreciated.

Thanks!