On Short Writing Hiatus

An Angry MountainWriting at casa Turovich is on hold for the moment as I’m up in Missouri attempting to renovate a rental home for eventual sale with my brother’s help. Truth is, Kevin knows much more about fixing things than I ever have and so I’m acting as the dutiful assistant and doing all the odd jobs. Was hoping we could complete the work in a couple of weeks but it looks like three weeks is closer to the truth.

Also, I’ve discovered that all the walking and cable work didn’t prepare me for real physical labor and I go to sleep every night aching in places I haven’t felt in years.

Once we dug into the inner layers we found a lot of issues that needed fixing, much more than anticipated. I originally bought the house with plans to fix it up some 8 years ago but that never quite happened and it became a rental property for the duration. With plans to move back to Michigan early next year it was time to divest myself of it long before the move.

Still, got plenty of time to release Prince of Mules and Chronicles of Bulinnärm in October so no real pressure yet. Still need to complete the plotting for Festival of Murder if I hope to write something during NaNoWriMo in November. Subplots are ready to go, its just the main plot that needs some help. An Angry Mountain should be ready soon as well for eventual December release.

Other than that, what’s up with all of you?

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Movie Friday – Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury RoadThis week we talk about a movie that got great reviews (Rotten Tomatos 97%) and yet failed at the most basic level. That’s right, we’re talking about the latest franchise installment of Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and directed by George Miller. That hyperactive, blow-em-up, gasoline explosion extravaganza that thrilled every pyro inclined adolescent in America and broke the will of everyone who hopes to someday write a well plotted story for general consumption.

If you get the idea that I hated this movie you wouldn’t be far from the truth. Believe it or not, I have a superpower, and its the ability to watch a movie trailer and tell whether it will be successful or not. When I saw the trailer for Fury Road I immediately knew it would do well at the box office. It had all the right things; iconoclastic images, fighting, fast vehicles, fighting, savage environment, fighting, explosions out the yin-yang, and of course. more fighting. I knew it would do good, but I also figured it wouldn’t be the kind of story that appeals to me anymore, and boy was I right.

I rented it via iTunes and thirty minutes into this film I was ready to turn it off and not watch another second. Basically, because  the level of suspended belief required to enjoy this movie requires something less than a stellar IQ. Somehow, 30 years after the world fell apart, there is still enough gasoline in Australia to power all these high-powered cars, trucks, motorcycles, and engines without much trouble. Let’s not even talk about the loss of technical knowledge required to keep them all running, or the fact that getting parts would be a total nightmare.

The story is a simplistic nightmare all based around an odd irrational culture that’s sprung up in the middle of the Australian desert where ‘he who controls the water controls the world‘ vibe is strong, and an artesian well of water exists underneath a bevy of mesas all controlled by one family. It then explodes (literally) into a series of car crashes, rolling fight scenes, and inarticulate rants as more and more roving clans of the insane come together to generate as much fire, smoke, dust clouds, and dead extras as the film could afford. By the Nth time, no one cares. I know I most certainly didn’t.

When it finally was over, I wanted my $4 back and the 2 hours of my life I’d wasted. So, unless your drunk, psychotic, or just don’t give a damn about losing brain cells, avoid this movie at all costs. Try something else, like the Fantastic Four remake.

It can’t be any worse. Can it?


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Oh Goody, Cover Proofs to Approve

Chronicles of Bulinnärm Cover ProofsLook what just arrived on my doorstep, cover proofs for Chronicles of Bulinnärm with draft interior. Already spotted lots of minor details to fix but have to say it looks real good.

UPDATE: New internal and cover files sent off with adjustments. Another cycle of review required before we can release but we’re getting there.

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The Huntress – Free on Amazon

The Huntress coverAs part of the marketing run up to the release of Chronicles of Bulinnärm in October, my short story The Huntress will be available for free for 2 days starting Sept 15 and ending at midnight on Sept 16.

Click here to go to Amazon and download your free copy of The Huntress. You’ll also need to download a copy of the Kindle app for your computer or device to read it. But then, you’ve probably already done that, right?

This is the start of a new marketing push in an attempt to build up readers who enjoy the stories I write. I expect it to be a learning experience all around. I’m very interested in seeing what happens on this, my first marketing push. More will follow.

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