Chekhov on writing show don’t tell

Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.
– Chekhov

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Review Ready Player One

Those who know me know that I don’t get to the movie theater often. It’s usually one or two films a year, If I’m lucky. This one I’m glad I was able to see. It spoke to my inner geek.

Forget the 5 star ratings. I’m giving this baby a Nova… A Super Nova!
I can’t say much about the film without giving away spoilers. Suffice to say that the trailers, the commercials do not do it justice.

What I can and will say is this- one of the biggest complains of movie goers about CGI movies is that they suffer either in bad CGI and FX but awesome story line, script, acting etc OR awesome CGI and FX but crappy script, acting, etc. Usually it’s the second- sacrificing the bulk of the film for the CGI and FX.

I give you Ready Player One

Do not miss this film!

Why? Because you won’t find crappy here! Okay, sure, there’s a few corny lines, especially from one of the bad guys but for the quality and balance between script, CGI, and FX

AWESOME!!!! PHENOMENAL!!!!

This is the first film in a long time, years even, that I’m hoping it does well in the awards. If it does not- I’m not going to be a happy fan. Yup, I’m an instant fan. This film goes to the top of my must buy list.

A final note- this movie with touch your heart whether you’re a kid of today or of the 80s. It will definitely touch you if you’re a gamer.

One word of warning- be prepared for Mass-Effect of Pop Culture references.

Review- The Titan (2018)

These days I’ve been skeptical about the movies original to Netflix. Most of what I’ve found have been in foreign languages or out right Bad. That’s not the case with The Titan (2018). I found it to be enjoyable. It’s a good film.

The premise – On a bleak future Earth, a soldier endures a radical genetic transformation to save humanity. But his wife fears he’s becoming more creature than man.

While not groundbreaking in technology like Avatar, I still give this film 5 stars. The main reason is that there is a good mix of story, action, FX, CGI, good directing and cast.

It’s worth the time to spend 1:37 minutes.

This one goes on my ‘must buy list’ – when it comes out on DVD.

Netflix really should restore their 5-star rating system

First Quarter Down

It’s hard to believe how fast this year is flying by. We just ended the first quarter already. It doesn’t seem like it was too long ago that we run in this year. Wow!

What’s in store for me this coming quarter? Creating, writing, and more reorganizing. I’m also toying withy the idea of returning to Toastmasters. I’ve been to a few meetings this year and they’ve also got some big changes coming.

2018 is proving to be an intense and exciting year for me. Some folks would think I’m just sitting on my rump at the computer. Isn’t that what writers do? LOL

Seriously, don’t be fooled. There’s a lot going on inside this grey matter. Having a planner to work with, geared towards writing, has been a HUGE help. Rather than sitting here thinking what to work on first, I’m organized and decided on what to prioritize. Yup, I’m taking the simple route- going by the number of files in each folder, from smallest to largest. Before long, my writing folder will be totally organized and I will be done with the cloned files. That’s just a side benefit though.

I can hear it now, you know who you are- saying “I knew it, she’s still going after those blasted clone files!” It’s all part of the process in reorganizing. In the mix, I am making time for new writings. I’m able to find the time thanks to the planner.

This is just the beginning of how excited I am. The progress that I’ve made this year out-weighs what I did the last 2 years combined (2016 – 17). The biggest part is that I have gone through things I have been meaning to get to for years. I’m hoping to be able to keep this momentum going through the rest of 2018.