Monday, August 13, 2018

Missing around St. Helens

Okay so that's my buddy Bush, talking about his friend who is lost near Mount St. Helens.

If you are in that area, take a look around.

EDIT: They found him and he's fine. Yay!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Last Week's Promo Went Well

Quite a few people downloaded my short story, Fire Flower. At some point I will make it available to all, but for now it's just for that one promotion.

I'm feeling kinda nervous because I just emailed everyone to thank them for their interest in my story. It feels kinda spammy, but hey, if they like my work maybe they'll not mind. I'm also nervous sending out my email address to so many people. I'm sure no jack wagons will harass me

If you get a chance check out my books on Amazon, I just changed a cover:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BookFunnel Promo! Free Stuff!

I've put up a story for free in this BookFunnel thingy. Check it out, there are lots of fun stories there. Mine is called "Fire Flower".

Click here:

Friday, April 27, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

I really liked this movie, and for everyone who has been watching super flicks for years you'll probably like it too.

It's not a spoiler to say that this movie is about the Infinity Gauntlet, as the title suggests, and thus it's about Thanos. Thanos owns said gauntlet. And that's where the movie really shines, Thanos is a super cool bad guy, done really well here, and they made the great choice to center the movie around him.

Most of the big emotional downturns and payoffs involve the villain, and that makes this movie different than a lot of supers movies where the villain is a rage spewing backdrop to the quippy  heroes.

This movie can be a bit of a downer in parts, but that's okay, Thor: Ragnarok was also a downer and I really liked it.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Wrestlemania 34 - Charlotte Flair

The Queen

If you are a person of refined tastes you are into professional wrestling. If not, let me catch you up a bit. Charlotte Flair is the daughter of Ric Flair, the consensus greatest wrestler to ever live. People like Hogan and Andre, or Stone Cold, may have been better known, but ask any of them who the best is. It's Ric Flair every time.

So Charlotte's character is The Queen, and she has a ton of Ric Flair's old moves and mannerisms. There's the constant angle of trying to live up to her father, how to differentiate herself at the same time, and then she's attacked by her opponents for being nothing more than a daddy's girl. Like she didn't get anything on her own, no personal achievements, it was all handed to her.

Here's the best part though, she's probably the best worker in the game. In this weekend's Wrestlemania (WWE's biggest annual event) she not only hit a moonsault (hardest move in wrestling, at least the hardest that's normally done) but she pulled a spanish fly off the top rope (flip, with your opponent, flying through the air, very uncommon and dangerous). So far tonight these have been the best technical moves, even after watching Balor and Rollins. To be fair Rollins/Balor hit a superplex and Rollins hit a couple of insane heights in their match, but that's NOT a moonsault or spanish fly, they are more difficult.

Tonight, in a surprise move, Charlotte went over on Asuka. Asuka was on a 900+ day winning streak, everyone thought they'd continue the streak and have a dominant champion in Asuka, but nope. They are keeping Charlotte as a dominant champ. She's finally starting to shine on her own outside of her father's shadow.

People will say, "Uncle Jo, it's all fake."

And I will say, "So is Game of Thrones, but you still cried when Snow died."

I will also point out that getting over with the crowd, becoming popular and putting up compelling performances, isn't fake. It's a competition. A competition to see who can put on the best show. If you put on the best show then they'll write you into a championship. Sometimes you are so over (popular) that the crowd will demand you be given the title. This has actually happened, booing and hissing and people getting pissed if the best performer isn't getting recognized with belts and title shots.

Right now, the best show in town is put on by The Queen, so she gets the Smackdown Women's Championship.

People often underestimate the powerful stories that can be told in the wrestling medium. That's sad, cuz I love it. It's way more fun to me than the manufactured narratives coming out of other sports, at least in wrestling we know it's a reality style TV show and not a legit sport with drama tacked on in an effort to create story lines (see NFL, and especially UFC).

I want to go on and on about The Golden Lovers right now, the best story in wrestling, but this post is already too long. I'll do the Golden Lovers later, it's a worthy story to dissect and analyze.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

My Oscar Picks 2018

Well, I can't pick Logan or Blade runner, they weren't nominated, so my pick for best picture of the year is I, Tonya.

It won't win, it's too fun. Oscar likes boring and overwrought. I'm not sure which movie fits the bill this year but 3 Billboards was probably boring enough with a lame enough ending to win. I kid, it was good, but you know the Oscar voters have particular tastes.

For best actor I have no preference, but I'd like to see Sally Hawkins win for Best Actress. Honestly though, anyone but Ronan or Streep and I'll be happy. They are well respected actresses but this wasn't Streep's year. And Ladybird, with Ronan, was the only movie this year that the performances annoyed me.

For supporting actor I'm pulling for Christopher Plummer, just because of the whole Kevin Spacey situation.

Allison Janney for best supporting actress. She was great as the mother in I, Tonya.

For best screenplay, let's call it 'best story' overall, I'll go with The Big Sick.

The technical awards, I don't know much about them. But Blade Runner was the best looking movie this year so I hope it wins stuff.

Monday, February 26, 2018

WolfCop - Review

This poster pretty much sums it up.

Trouble sleeping tonight, figured I'd watch something mind numbing and dumb. Well, here it is, the perfect movie for this situation. WolfCop.

It's all about exactly what you think it's all about. There's a cop. He turns into a wolf. There's some gore, some banging of hot chicks, tons of humor, all the schlock one could want.

I recommend this movie to anyone into "so good it's bad" types of horror comedy. There's a sequel out recently, Another WolfCop. I'll be watching that one soon I'm sure.

For writers, I'm not sure there's much to learn here. How to be over the top and still be good? If you are putting together a horror/comedy project, especially something graphical like a movie or comic book, you might check this out. It's a good example of how to go full cheese mode and be entertaining without crossing too far into cringe territory and ruining the fun.