Improbably, my son is a sports fan. Hockey is his first love, but he’s also a fan of football, basketball, and baseball. Unfortunately, we live in Vermont, which means that good weather is sometimes hard to come by. When the weather is bad, he gets his sports fill by watching me play video games. I’m admittedly in the Stone Age as far as these go. Because EA Games hates PC users, I’m stuck playing Madden NFL 2008. My only baseball game is Wii Sports. It is playing through the latter that I started learning to hate Nintendo.
Greystone Valley is now on sale, and that’s not all. I received news today that there will be an audio version of the book narrated by the lovely Serena Scott Thomas. There were several excellent auditions for the audiobook, but Ms. Thomas blew them all away. A seasoned actress who has appeared in films such as The World is not Enough and Hostage as well as TV shows like Nip/Tuck and NCIS, she should add a whole new dimension to the story.
This is the first time my work has been adapted to audiobook format, and I’m pretty excited. You can find out more, including some clips of Ms. Thomas in her films, over at the Greystone Valley website.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a comic book fan, particularly when it comes to superhero comics. One franchise that has never quite clicked with me, though, is the X-Men. I loved the 90s TV series and enjoy two and a half of the movies, but beyond that I’ve never really gotten into the franchise. Am I mutant-phobic? Does Wolverine origin as a Hulk villain leave me naturally predisposed against them? Or does the franchise have some serious flaws that keep people like me away? Here are the main reasons I just don’t get the X-Men.
I’ve been spotty with updates lately, mostly because real life has kept me very busy lately. I have a full-time job and do a lot of ghost writing in the interim – in fact, I’ve logged about 21,000 words over the past couple of days. I also have a second child on the way, so preparations are underway for a new bundle of joy.
In terms of my writing career, I’m continuing to plug along. This week, I have two new publications to announce:
- With Feeling is a horror story of mine that has found its way into the second issue of Hello Horror.
- A Slice of Death is another horror piece, although this is a cross between fiction and prose poem. This publication marks my return to Garbled Transmissions.
- Oh yeah – I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but Greystone Valley is also on sale now. The paperback and hardcover are at the printers, and you can nab the e-book now if you’re impatient.
I love Planet Hulk, but I’m not going to lie: the conclusion is a giant kick to the crotch.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s well-executed. It’s just sad. The only reason I don’t put it on par with the last couple of issues of Y: The Last Man in terms of sadness is because World War Hulk offered a continuation that, while it didn’t make things better, did offer a bit of catharsis as the Hulk tore the Marvel Universe a new one.
But I digress. If you’re going to have a good tragedy, you first need to have a happy place to start from. So let’s see what happens when the Hulk finally gets everything he wants.
When we last left the Contest of Champions, Jesus Christ had taken the championship through a deliciously blasphemous battle. Since then, I’ve been facing a conundrum of who could best the Lord himself. The obvious answer is Batman, who can apparently beat anybody with enough prep time. However, Batman hasn’t won a fight without Robin at his side. However, I think it’s fair to have a two on one fight since Jesus is three omnipotent beings in one. So now we have the age old question: can Batman beat God with enough prep time?
I love goblins, especially as written in Pathfinder. This week’s Greystone Valley update brings these little critters to my fantasy setting. These goblins are a mix of mythological creatures, the Muppets from Labyrinth, and Pathfinder‘s delightful little mascots.