Monday, April 19, 2021

Steven Gould - Jumper (1992), Reflex (2004), Griffin's Story (2007), the movie (2008)


Jumper
 (the 2008 movie) could have been the start of a great franchise, even if it had little to do with the books.

Young guy discovers he can jump, the goes kind of undercover, until the 'Paladins' (an anti-Jumper organisation dating back to the middle ages) catch up with him. Bad things happen.

But... how about the books?

Saturday, April 17, 2021

F1 - Bad Poetry in Motion (Balls of Steel)

Writing.

As I said before, if you're in a writer's block, then write some bad poetry. Coincidentally, the new F1 🏎️ season just started. Tomorrow's race two, and with some (bad) luck Mercedes will be just as boringly reliable as always...

But... it did inspire me to write some bad poetry...

Friday, April 16, 2021

Writing to a prompt

Writing.

How would you write a (short) story based on the following plot?

' A clubber who wants to damage a diabolical, holy symbol, but it will introduce a dangerous technology to the world. '

Monday, April 12, 2021

Push (2009)... and a little Calvin & Hobbes

Review.

Push and Jumper... In case I did not mention these two before (where are my old TellTales, humpf)... I think both movies deserve a little more credit than they got, especially Push was pretty much ignored, and Jumper could have been the start of a great franchise.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Inkjet printer - Paper quality, paper jams, and bleed-through

How important is the quality of the paper in your laser / inkjet?

Perhaps more important than you think. However, I'm not the expert (I'm no expert on many things πŸ˜‰) so consider these my 'personal' notes...

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Review.

Is there anything better than the original (?) animated Disney movie? Perhaps not... Still, Tim Burton did a pretty good job back in 2010, in spite of it all. Yeah, 3D was 'the' thing, and that was the one thing I hated about the movie.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Wallpaper - Nighthawks

 

There is one person missing in this image. The artist. The author.

Writing is hard. It's toiling away in a corner of the night, burning that midnight oil. Imagine that poor writer, driven by a mad vision, eschewing the niceties of the world to bring you the word...

Yeah. It's a lonely profession... no time for hanging out in bars meeting fans πŸ˜‰

Angel Jay's blog is up and running...

I've created another blog account to handle everything related to ParentKillers, Kind's Kiss and Angel Jay. It's located here:

https://angeljaybooks.com

Actually, it's not 😁 but that link redirects you to:

https://angeljaybooks.blogspot.com



Streamline your novel - remove unnecessary words

Writing.

Vivien Reis suggests to remove 29-ish words from your novel (if possible, of course 😁).

Blindly stripping them out isn't the way to do it, but you might want to go through your writing, and see where you do not need them.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Kind's Kiss finally has a cover...

I finally settled on a cover and a pen name. So now both my writing related websites are up-to-date. Unfortunately I haven't released the story yet...

Well, I have to start somewhere πŸ˜‡

(Read more for the images and links.)

Monday, March 29, 2021

Photon (1997)

Review.

You'd be tempted to think I watch loads of anime... but I don't. These are old reviews I wrote over the years, most for Dapper. I promised to post something every Monday, and I have been a bit busy, work wise, so here's another review of something old.

Photon then... Six episodes... Drawing style is somewhat childish, plot is somewhat illogical, purpose is somewhat undefined, it's all somewhat... vague.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Typewriters... (re)live the experience!

Writing. Column.

Do you remember good ol' typewriters? Man, the horror! πŸ˜£πŸ˜‚

I don't think there's anyone who has good memories about typewriters. I'm certainly not one of them.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Xara / Magix Designer Pro - Love it or hate it?

The Xara Designer Pro software package is quite nice, and capable of incredible things. It never got the traction it deserved, and has been picked up and then abandoned, more or less, again and again.

Some time ago Magix picked it up, and that rarely bodes well...

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Review.

Wanna' see something incredibly old? (No, it's not a picture of me πŸ˜„)

Here's a very old Fantasy / Supernatural / Romance movie, A matter of Life and Death from 1946!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Book and chapter sizes

Writing.

The optimal chapter size is driven by your audience and publication platform. Which means you either have to adjust your chapter size to the target, re-chapter before publication, or simply don't give a damn 😁

Monday, March 15, 2021

Ranma 1/2 (199x)

Review.

Revisiting the past... ever heard of Ranma 1/2? Boy meets girl, which appears to be just another fiancΓ©e. Credits to daddy. Girl meets boy. But boy is, sometimes, a girl.

Don't go and look for anything politically correct, or any LGBTQ+ sensitivity. This dates back to the early nineties, and is slapstick anime comedy, aimed at younger teens.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Wallpaper - Beach

We had -17ΒΊ degrees a few days ago... as in one real week of winter. I wonder if we'll ever see it again with all that global warming...

Nevertheless, it was warm inside, and I couldn't help myself from thinking about warmer weather, and walking on the beach...

Monday, February 22, 2021

Skyland (2005)

Review.

Ten years ago or so Skyland was showing on Dutch television. At the time I downloaded a few episodes, and noticed that the broadcasted version was post-processed to look more 'dirty'. Which made it look a lot better, to be honest. 

Story wise both versions are the same and okay.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Galactik Football (2006)

Review.

I'm not into soccer much, but the anime series Galactic Football wasn't too bad. Though it wasn't too good either, to be honest πŸ˜… Most interesting was perhaps the drawing style, CGI 'cell shaded' characters on more detailed backgrounds.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The writing process

Column. Writing.

Writing is hard. It's very hard. People have no clue how hard it actually is. Even writers themselves are clueless.

So, I set out to document the writing process. Read on (besides, it was about time I created another mindmap)...

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Converting and formatting manuscripts

Writing.

Every writer has their own preference. For example, I prefer to write with empty lines instead of indents. (There are some disadvantages to that method, but I just find it easier that way.)

Still, you might want to go for the 'official' format when submitting.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Netflix - The Queen's Gambit (2020)

Review.

I’m in love. Not necessarily with Anna Taylor-Joy (who, frankly, is way easier on the eyes than I am πŸ˜‚ even if deliberate make-up choices make her look a little weird now and again), no, I'm in love with the sixties. I’m a bit surprised that nobody is mentioning Beth Harmon’s… eh… predecessor / inspiration misses Emma Peel πŸ˜…

Friday, February 5, 2021

Windows 10 shortcuts to batch files and Store Apps

Windows 10 is pretty inconsiste
nt when it comes to creating and pinning shortcuts.

Here's some information if you need to pin a batch file shortcut to the taskbar, if you want to create a desktop shortcut to a Microsoft Store App, or if you want to automate stuff...

Monday, February 1, 2021

Rename a Bluetooth device on Windows 10

You can rename your Bluetooth devices under Windows 10 (1909 and 2004). But it's not obvious how to do it, and in some cases it simply doesn't work at all.

Follow these steps...

Wallpaper - Avatar vs. Alita

 

This one's for dual monitor setups. I use a tool of my own making (WallX) to resize and spread the image, so sometimes my wallpaper files may have an odd size. (Click image to enlarge.)

As for the movies... Avatar was great, but Battle Angel Alita deserved a little more love!

Will Wight - Cradle 1 - Unsouled

Review.

A typical (?) LitRPG, no tables, but it’s all about leveling and power, and boring as hell. It’s book 1 of the Cradle series, and I got the first eight books for free, but I doubt I will enjoy any of them.

Anything even vaguely resembling LitRPG or GameLit is a definite no-go for me.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Ready or not (2019)

Review.

I’m typically not into the horror genre, but this one a. was a gift from some online service, and b. is more action than horror. Call it a light horror movie, I’d say a B+. The best scene is the one in which the bride watches herself in the mirror, holding an elephant rifle. I think just that single image would make the movie deserve a sequel.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

I want to write but I have no idea / the best idea ever

Writing.

Writing is a lot of hard work, but can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. If you want to write, go ahead!

But if you ended up here you need help. Definitely. And the person to help is the one that looks back at you in the mirror... Read on!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Francis James Blair - Bulletproof Witch - The Delivery of Flesh (2019)

Review.

Just started this YA (?) series, about an alternative reality in which a gun-slinging daughter tries to take down the demon that killed her grandpa. I never heard of it before, but a reader told me Kind’s Kiss made him think of that series, so I had to try. (I think it's very different, but that's okay.)

Monday, January 11, 2021

Disney - The Mandalorian

Review.

Finally. Redemption.  After the promising The Force Awakens came The Last Jedi, which was so bad I completely gave up on the Star Wars universe. I still don’t know why they did not base the latest trilogy on Zahn’s three books (some seriously good reads)… still, TFA was promising. Then came TLJ and I thought I would never enjoy anything Star Wars again. (Except perhaps for the cartoons.)