Monday, February 29, 2016

It's Promo Time Again!

Today, I have a special promotion for The Unicorn’s Daughter. The Kindle edition is available now through March 6th for $.99. And I’ve just posted an excerpt of the first draft of the sequel, The Ides of March, at Write On by Kindle, if you’re interested in seeing what Jaime’s been up to since 1986….

Friday, February 26, 2016

Movie Review: DEADPOOL

I've seen most of the superhero movies that have been made in the past ten years. Deadpool is nothing like any of them.

Alternately dark and uproariously funny, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is actually not, in his own words, a hero.  He's a mercenary named Wade Wilson who was once a special forces operative. When he finally finds love with a paid escort named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), he's finally ready to settle down--but shortly after he proposes marriage to her, he learns he has terminal cancer. Offered one chance at beating it through an experimental program, he leaves Vanessa with no explanation and takes a gamble that leads to torture, disfigurement, and a cure that gives him the ability to heal himself of just about anything. 

He escapes a fire he set in the lab, but finds going home to Vanessa can't happen until he forces a man who calls himself Ajax (Ed Skrein), the same man who "cured" him through a series of injections of mutant genes (and in the process tortured and mutilated him), to fix the damage that's been done to his appearance. He creates a costume to hide his damaged face and body and takes the name Deadpool from a regular contest at his favorite bar in which patrons bet on who among them will be the next to die. In each confrontation with his nemesis, Deadpool taunts Ajax by using his real name, Francis. 

When Ajax and his partner in crime, Angel Dust (Gina Carano), kidnap Vanessa, it leads to a confrontation between the two of them, their hired goons, and Deadpool and two X-Men, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), aboard a decommissioned helicarrier. When Deadpool discovers Ajax can't fix his disfigured face, he does what he's wanted to do to the sadistic Ajax all along. Do Deadpool and Vanessa get a happy ending? You'll have to see the movie and find out!

Deadpool is full of in-jokes (look for the Feige's Delicious Pizza box, a nod to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige) and a reference to SHIELD leader Nick Fury--or more accurately, his portrayer, Samuel L. Jackson--in the end credits scene, just to name two). Deadpool's comments to the audience--the character has a tendency to break through the Fourth Wall, something he shares with his comic book counterpart--are clever, especially when Deadpool makes disparaging remarks about Ryan Reynolds. Even the film's opening credits are irreverent, referring to Ryan Reynolds as "God's Perfect Idiot," the director, Tim Miller, as "an overpaid tool," the writers as "the real heroes," and other cast and crew members as "asshats"--among other things.

Before the film's release, there was some concern that the R rating might hurt it at the box office, since superhero movies are so popular with kids. But even without kids in the audience, Deadpool has made an impressive $516,754,693.00 at the box office internationally so far.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Sam One, Sam Too...Who's Next?

Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of the passing of my grey-cheeked parakeet, Sam Too. A few days before that anniversary, I had a dream that seemed to be a message...a surprising message.

And feathered babies, too!

I don't believe anything is a coincidence, and sometimes, we receive important messages through dreams. It's been written that God communicates with us in the ways we're most likely to recognize. In my case, that would be dreams or nature.

I also believe that our non-human companions choose us, not the other way around. When I found Sam Too in that little pet shop on Cherokee Street, I wasn't there to buy a bird--not for myself, anyway. I was planning to buy a parrot for my dad. It was to be a Father's Day gift. The bird he wanted had been sold. I could have just left, but I didn't. And in that little pet shop, across the street from the Woolworths store where I found Sam One, twenty years earlier, I found Sam Too, who seemed to recognize me immediately.

It was love at first sight for both of us.

After Sam Too died, I knew in my heart that at some point, there would be another bird or animal companion. I just didn't know what or when. Until Saturday night.

In the dream, there were two birds. One was a blue male parakeet. The other was also blue, but I'm not sure of the subspecies. I started searching the internet for photos and found these....

So now, I know who's coming. I just don't know when our paths will finally cross, when we'll find each other.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think we choose our animal companions, or do they choose us? Any personal experiences in this?

Monday, February 15, 2016

I Know, I Only Post on Fridays Now, But....

Yes, I know it's not Friday.

However, I'm trying something new. Creativia is currently running a special promotion for Chasing the Wind (the ebook is $.99 for the next few days). I'll be posting short fiction and excerpts at Write On By Kindle to coincide with each of the upcoming promotions, excerpts from upcoming books or "Where Are They Now?" pieces to show what has happened to the characters in those novels originally published back in the '80s and '90s. 

Today, I've posted an excerpt from the Chasing the Wind sequel, An Army of Angels. I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Welcome to the DC Follies, 2016 Edition!

I had something else to post today, but the ongoing political smackdown is the gift that just keeps on giving--not just for late-night comics, but for some of us bloggers as well. I Googled 2016 Presidential Election Memes and found these gems....

Okay, whoever created that last one needs to be reported to the grammar police....

Friday, February 5, 2016

What's in a Name? A Bit of Fun, if You Change it to Potato!

I found this on Facebook the other day, and posted it on my page and a few other places. It got some funny responses. I decided to post it here and see what kind of responses I get. Only instead of just book titles, let's try movie titles, titles of TV shows, and even song titles. Here are a few examples:

Guardians of the Potato
Potato Wars: The Potato Awakens
Despicable Potato

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Potato
50 Shades of Potato
War and Potato

Agents of Potato
Breaking Potato
Mad Potatoes

I actually thought about a version of this substituting Presidential candidates' names instead of Potato,. Maybe next time, when the number of candidates should be a bit smaller.

What can you come up with?