So

So, with NSSM over, look soon for reviews of Timothy Schaffert’s The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, Amelia Gray’s Isadora, and Guy Delisle’s Hostage and most likely a week or so from now a review of the Everett novel so it will be right before publication date. The Jac Jemc’ The Grip of It, we’ll hold off until July probably and the same with the review of David Abrams’ Brave Deeds. Hoping to score an interview or two in that time as well. And also turning an eye back toward discussions with a couple of smarter than myself author/readers of Dana Johnson’s latest collection (I was afraid that was going to get lost during NSSM and so bumped it out a bit). And don’t forget, Dzanc Books has recently published fantastic books by Peter Markus, Amy Benson, Lance Olsen, Josh Emmons, and Emma Smith-Stevens and has more great titles coming soon.

All Heck Breaks Loose on

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All Heck Breaks Loose on
The 2-Hour Season 3 Finale
Of “Gotham” Next Week
Monday for the
“Heroes Rise” episodes
after we had the ones
for “Mad City”, which I’m
still a fan of the show on
FOX 11 since 2014 and
the previous seasons are on
NETFLIX also…!
Not to mention this episode from
Monday of this week in
the last parts is very
similar to the ones they
used in The Season 3
Finale Episode of “The
Strain” that’s been on
F/X Network since 2014,
which The 4th Season will
be it’s last when it premieres
This Summer but in July
16th 2017…!

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Another solid evening of reading in the sun (and finishing up on the couch)

Another solid evening of reading in the sun (and finishing up on the couch). Percival Everett’s So Much Blue, coming from Graywolf Press two weeks from today falls somewhere in his top five or so for me. It’s broken into three time specific story lines from one man’s perspective that continually open more to intertwining for the reader at a steady, intentional pace. It might be Everett at his funniest for a novel that doesn’t seem to be intended to have humor as its main focus (as opposed to say, God’s Country, or I Am Not Sidney Poitier). Now on to Mr. Abrams’ novel!

I’m reaching out to all my friends

I’m reaching out to all my friends, colleagues, compatriots, and co-workers in the L.A. area.
While I am currently working on a few freelance writing and game design projects, my “day job” (freelance copywriting for a company that manages rental properties) is just not delivering the monies we so desperately need right now.
Over the past few weeks, I have applied for copywriting, writing/producing, production coordination, and copy editing gigs around town and while several of those have been PERFECT fits for me (amazing when you read job descriptions like that), so far I’m batting a big, fat “0.”
If anyone has any leads for possible work (even short-term), I’d love to hear from you!
And not only am I a published and produced (and award-winning) writer/producer and copywriter, I’ve also proofread DOZENS of published products, designed games, worked as a voice actor, produced audio content, and worked in the practical special FX industry as a mechanic and puppeteer!
Thank you! Now back to the kitten pics. 🙂

Happy release day to the super

Happy release day to the super-talented (and awesome) Helena Hunting for SHACKING UP! EEEEEK! She’s one of my favs!
See the deets below!
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2i7RiBV
Nook: http://bit.ly/2j60eqA
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2j0Yug3
iBooks: http://apple.co/2ifH11F
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2qzbkED
Audible: http://adbl.co/2r4CeI7
Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.
Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.
Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.
Goodreads TBR: http://bit.ly/2j5CxM6
Listen to chapter one on audio: http://helenahunting.com/books/shacking-up/
Read Chapter one: http://vilmasbookblog.com/excerpt-shackingup/
Read an excerpt on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1988054226
Enter the Goodreads Giveaway (US only, sorry) : https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/238587-shacking-up

We demand war

We demand war.
It makes us feel big and strong and powerful.
And proud.
Our rockets go higher; our bombs deeper; our booms louder.
Our destruction unspeakable.
Unspeakable in the abomination of desolation.
Unspeakable because we wish to remain ignorant of costs.
We slaughtered hundreds of thousands of unarmed innocents in Iraq.
We obliterated their schools and churches and homes and roads and bridges and water systems and electrical grids.
We sent 5,000 of our own to completely unnecessary deaths and catastrophically wounded 30,000 more.
We denied PTSD claims, painting sufferers as “weak” and watched the suicide rate explode.
We effectively denied medical care by unreasonably delaying it and refused food stamps and housing assistance, caring for the war more than the warrior, the same way we care for the fetus more than the infant.
There is no shared sacrifice. No war tax. No gas rationing or sugar rationing or shortage of metal. We go about life as usual, not wanting to be bothered by the thought of it all. We carry on with football and baseball and NASCAR, all staffed with the biggest and strongest and healthiest warriors among us.
Until President Obama reversed it, we even had a Bush executive-order forbidding the press from photographing flag-draped coffins as they unloaded at Dover.
We didn’t want to know.
But one day each year we pretend to care. We shut the book about “man lying with man” and “men putting on that which pertaineth to a woman” so we can grill with abandon the unclean meat of the cloven-hoofed swine.
We swim and bike and golf and play. And light firecrackers. And waive a flag. And que up Trace’s “Arlington” or Toby’s “American Soldier.” Misty eyes all around.
We need to just stop with the “Memorial Day.”
Call it “Summer Kickoff.”
And let’s have some real memorial days.
Every time we indiscriminately kill innocent civilians in another country, let’s take a day and ponder the value of life.
Every time a soldier comes home in a coffin, let’s take a day to contemplate the costs of war.
Every time a soldier takes his own life, let’s take a day to mull over the indirect hidden costs.
No lake trips, no beaches, no golf courses, no grilling, no hooting and hollering.
But in the quietude of our souls, find an increased devotion to peace. And a selfless recognition that when war becomes inevitable, its burden must be borne by all.
That these honored dead, shall not have died in vain.

Memorial Day honors men and women who died in freedom’s cause

Memorial Day honors men and women who died in freedom’s cause. I’d suggest that hearing those we disagree with is a part of remaining free. I remember G. Gordon Liddy speaking at my college. Boy, did I disagree! I was first in line for Q&A. My verbal clash with him (I still have it on cassette somewhere) helped me test the logic and expression of my own young opinions. Liddy told me I was wrong, and why. I did the same. But we listened to each other and said “Thank you” at the end. It was memorable and formative, and never would have happened had he not been able to speak, or to be heard.

For my Grandparent’s Anniversary

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For my Grandparent’s Anniversary
back on Sunday May 21, 2017…
We did Trivia Questions about
my grandparents, which it did
include one on what was my
Tutu’s favorite movie of all time
and it’s all 3 of “The Godfather”
movies from 1972, 1974 to 1990
since I have a good photographic
memory on what he likes, which
I do recall the 3rd one from 1990
that was a Christmas Hit after the movie “Goodfellas” came out
in the Fall of September back
in that year. (True Story!)
Also we did songs for singing
to them, which at first I couldn’t
come up with one but then I
did by singing “Love Is…” By
Vanessa Williams & Brian McKnight
and then I also did my all-time favorite
song “That What Love Is For” by
Amy Grant from her 1991 album
“Heart in Motion” and had a duet
with my cousin Tyler Miller who
didn’t understand the lyrics, but
then he did follow along from
singing with me…
I would imagine if some other
family members or family-friends
from Church would dedicate a song
to me from “KOST 103.5FM” as
a love song if they even listen
to that radio station that I’ve
grew up with all my life since 1991,
way before we even had SIRIUS XM
later used in come cars and on
DISH NETWORK also!!!

Recap The Movie on 5/29/2017:

Recap The Movie on 5/29/2017:
“Pirates Of The Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Lies” {‘See It!}
Rated: [PG-13] Running Time: 2hrs. 9mins.
Starring: Johnny Deep, Javier Bardem,
Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario,
Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush,
Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley,
and some Cast Members…
ABOUT THE MOVIE: “The storyline
to the 5th installment follows Captain
Jack Sparrow who has the feelings from
the winds of an ill-fortune blowing strongly
his way when the deadly ghosts sailors,
who are led by the very terrifying Captain
Armando Salazar has escaped from
The Devil’s Triangle and now bent on
killing every pirate at sea,
which it’s most likely to include Jack Sparrow also.
So now Jack’s only hope of survival lies within
the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but in order to
find it he must somehow forge with an uneasy
alliance with Carina Smyth, who happens to be
a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and also
Henry Turner, the son of both Will Turner and
Elisabeth Shann (now Turner) who’s now a
headstrong sailor in the Royal Navy.
While at the helm of his pitifully small
but snappy ship called:
The Dying Gull, Captain Jack Sparrow and
his co-traveling followers eventually seek
not only to reverse his recent spate of
ill-fortune, but also save his very life from the
most formidable and malicious foe that
he has ever faced of all time…”
MINOR NOTES: Okay so this is the very
first time I did review on one of the
sequels to “Pirates Of The Caribbean
Trilogy” that started out back in 2003
for “The Curse Of The Black Pearl”,
next came “Dead Man’s Chest” back in 2006,
one year later for “At World’s End” back
in 2007 follow by “On Stranger’s Tide”
back in 2011 and now this one that’s
marked as the 5th one as of this year
2017 that are all both Summer Hit Movies,
not to mention it’s also based on
the actual ride attraction at “Disneyland”
that’s been around since 1967 also.
(True Story!) I’ve seen almost all of them
in theaters since the first one back in
2003 while still in High School till 2006
when later had the 2nd one in that year,
but did not however saw the 3rd one from
2007 or the 4th from 2011 in theaters, which
they all premiere on STARZ Movie Channels
and when they came on as Television Network
Station Premieres, they don’t allow any
of the Post-Credit Scenes to be shown
because of the allotted time capacity like
they always do from skipping parts and
such– “UGH!” Anyway the storyline to
this one dose pick-up the events after
what’s taken from both “At World’s End”
and then “On Stranger’s Tide” after that
and unfortunately Orlando Bloom and
Keira Knightly who played as Will
Turner and Elisabeth Shann-Turner
that were in all 4 of the pervious ones
do NOT appear as if they are now
have cameo appearances only. So
it’s only focus on the now-grown up
Henry Turner who did appeared in
the 3rd one from 2007, but as cameo
in The Post-Credit Scene only as
preteen kid (played by Dominic Scott Kay).
But we do see Captain Jack Sparrow (played
by Johnny Deep as always) along with the
new crew members like Carina Barbossa who’s
an astronomer (played by Kaya Scodelario),
also Captain Armando Salazar who’s the
headleader to the undead ghost pirates
that commands the pirate ship called:
“The Silent Mary” that will stop at
nothing to put Jack Sparrow and
the crew out of their lives for good
from reaching the legendary trident
and many others too. Now I cannot
say very much about the whole movie,
but this is one of the best Disney movies
of all time although we got “Cars 3”
playing later on June 16, 2017 so that later,
not to mention it beats the crap out of
“Baywatch” (2017 Movie) that I still
need to see in theaters whether you all
like or not, but unfortunately “Alien: Covenant”
is still holding it’s ranks as the #1 movie of
all time in just 1 week (don’t listen to the
any of the negative reviews that try
to trick you from NOT seeing it), so
I think this is the #1 movie for you all to
see in theaters if you all saw the previous
ones from 2003, 2006, 2007 & 2011 and
did or did NOT stay after ‘The Ending Credits’
for seeing ‘The Post-Credits Scenes’ that
all 4 of them had also. The 3D Version is
perfect especially if you go to a certain
Movie Theater that has a Dine-In for
you all to order food or drinks (including
dessert shakes or whatever) not to mention
there is Special Seatings also that always
constantly gets in the way when you hate having
the ones that are not in good position too.
The kids will love it especially the ones
who are tweens, preteens & teenagers also,
my verdict is “See It!” and yes you all
must stay after ‘the ending credits’ are
done for “The Post-Credit Scene” that
has a recognizable character that I cannot
tell who it is, so stay after ‘the ending credits’
are done to see it and I MEAN IT! SINCE
NO SPOILERS CAN BE GIVING… Sorry!
(Don’t be shaking your heads at me
in disagreements, because I’m serious
from dead to rights on what’s true!)
“Go See This Movie!!” Oh yes! I
just know it’ll be on NETFLIX instead
of STARZ Movie Channels once it
comes out DVD/Blu-Ray Combo
Pack Edition after that… UGH!!