Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Might Just Be the Best Thing To Happen To Netflix Since Roast Nebrie!

Hey guys! Something special dropped on the internet last week in the form of a teaser trailer, and what a glorious trailer for the awaited ...

That's right, I said glorious. Sure, there are some good trailers, some bad and some great, but with this prequel series of the original 1982 film, Jim Henson Company and Netflix have teamed up for a fantasy spectacle that is deserving of a big screen run (for context, check out the trailer below). When this series was announced a couple years ago, it was pretty exciting. Many view The Dark Crystal as a flawed masterpiece, namely because of the contrast of a very compelling dark fantasy world that begs to be explored and the preschoolish, connect-the-dots telling of the heroes journey (not to mention there are no human characters to be found). But as a kid, watching the movie at an early age (I was born in 1982, so that's telling you something), it was a blast, and one of many classic, heavy-on-the-practical-effects films that inspired me to write in the first place.

Oh, in case you're wondering what a Nebrie is, find out more here.

So what's so special about a trailer for a prequel series? Rather than abandon the old ways and go full-on CGI, the series will be practical effects heavy, and it's been said that there will be very little CGI, and most of it will be used to remove wires and puppeteers. Essentially, they've made a Jim Henson production in a way that could never be done in the 80s. Key words like action-oriented puppetry only add to the excitement and a refreshingly answered call to fantasy fans who are tired of CGI being overused. If anything, the use of CGI will be there as a tool to refine the details, but not serve as the canvas. All the tools needed to fully dive into this world are now available.

Seriously, watch the trailer. You can hardly see where the CGI is!

On top of all this, the cast for this show is stacked! Mark Hamill, Simon Pegg, Anya Taylor-Joy, to name a few. Should this series be successful, it may send a message to the gurus of entertainment that audiences still enjoy practical effects, and maybe we'll see more subtle uses of CGI in future sci-fi and fantasy works, and stoke the fires of other highly anticipated Netflix live action projects like Cowboy Bebop and The Last Airbender. We'll know for sure on August 30th. I hope it is successful, mostly because of all the projects Jim Henson worked on, he said The Dark Crystal was the most rewarding, the film that he most enjoyed making. And it shows. I have no doubt he would be proud to see his legacy endure for another generation to enjoy.

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IWSG Question for June 2019: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

Great question! Although I started out writing science fiction, I would say fantasy is where I lean toward most nowadays. It's true escapism. If I so wished it, I could be swept away to another place and enjoy the growth of others through the trials and struggles unique to their world. It's also a medium where I can work out my demons and recapture the joys of life and youth. It's my therapy, my motivation and my guide in this journey that we call life.

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Update: Having realized how divided my time has been and wanting to be more consistent with my output, I'm focusing solely on Zombie Summer: Part Two while my dragon novel gets professionally edited ... and possibly self published in the near future. It's done, it's good, and I'm ready to move on to new things. I'll keep you posted on that. Also did a little updating/housekeeping on the blog, which it needed. And as always, thank you for visiting my corner of the interwebs!

Have you ever seen The Dark Crystal? What's your favorite Jim Henson creation? What's your favorite genre to write in? Why?

I'm David, and please click on the trailer below ... please ...


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

IWSG: Recalibrating: A Writer's Journey Interrupted!'s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

Hello again, after what feels like a completely unplanned and overly long absence! This is more of a general update to let you all know that, yes, I'm still here. And yes, I'm still writing ... at a pace that I'm not thrilled about, but regular. For those waiting on the next zombie installment, the story caught a snag. It's undergoing a rewrite, and the search for a home for my dragon story continues. To all things not writing related, they're going well! You can even say my attention is mostly focused on that. With a good job that is emotionally taxing and giving what I have left to my family at the end of the day has given me little to work with on the writing front. Hence the slow pace, and total social media absence.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I simply rolled the dice and am doing the best I can with the result. I also realize just how much I haven't used my blog and social media outlets. The internet isn't what it was a few years ago (and crimany, parts of it I want to avoid at all costs!), meaning there may be some reinventing to do when I'm able to come back to writing at full steam. Until then, I'm just making do.

There are no promises on how active I will be online or when my next work comes out, but these things are on my mind, and anytime I have news to share, I'll be sure to post about it. However, I am taking the steps needed to stay active. I'm excited for the opportunities to guest at conventions and be a judge for the 2019 IWSG Anthology Contest (I posted an update on convention dates here). Keep doing what you do best, and THANK YOU for visiting my corner of the web.

And if you havent's seen Endgame yet, WOW, what a movie!

What's new in your corner of the web? What are the trends you've seen? If you saw Endgame, did you enjoy it (no spoilers, please)?

I'm David, and May the Fourth be with you!