The Beginning (or the End) of a Chapter

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So I’ve been having issuses in my work life and private life. This week is hell and right now I don’t know how to manage.

I’ll start at my private life. A few weeks ago I turned in my mauscript to an editor and yesterday I received it back and long stroy shor it needs an overhaul. I don’t think I’ve said this much but I absolutly hate my work.

My manuscript is about the destruction of a friend group, something near and dear to me 8 or 9 years ago when I started (I needed to see a psychologyst instead of writing) but now I get so depressed looking over this story. I just want to dump it off to someone else.

If you know someone who buys manuscriipts comment. I’ll take no less than $10 million at the moment (I believe it could be worth more).

Anyway I’m going to put this story to sleep for a long while without knowing if this story is at the beginning or end.

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Here we move to my personal life, here is where things get complicated.

I’m in line to receive a promotion at work. Easy. All i need to do is pass a test with a 30% pass rate.

Now I’ve failed this test before but back then I had no intrest in passing it and now I want the promotion.

Why?

Simple I want to make a difference where I work.

So (for a bit) no more writing boys and more studying.

I’ll post updates when they come.

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Book Review #3: The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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Ok, here we have the 4th book in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Series. To be honest, I wasn’t planning on reading this novel. Why? Because Stieg Larsson is dead.

I’ve got nothing against David Lagercrantz, he did a ________ job on this novel (Too Early for Spoilers), but I’ve never wanted anyone else to write Lisbeth Salander.

That was on my chest for almost a year. (Wipes sweat off his brow)

Alright, No more Hate. Just Love here.

The story is a bit wild, kinda like the other books in the series. We start following an A.I. engineer and his not so everyday life. After quitting his job and doing several irregular (for him) activities like spending time with his son, people begin to watch him, good and bad people.

At this time Mikael and his magazine are struggling with money. (This story in the present time of 2015 where the publishing industry has taken a nose dive.) A media company has bought 20 or 30% share in the magazine, and I like this storyline. Unfortunately it ended up being a major let down, as it was the catalyst of Mikael working a story on the A.I. engineer (i.e., Mikael saw major bucks in the story, so he followed the money) and the angle between Mikael and upper management is barely touched on again. Sad Face.

The other story I’ll mention is part of the one involving Lisbeth. Somehow she’s connected to the A.I. engineer and is completely tangled up in this story deeper than I expected. That’s all I’ll say, but this story felt like another of the books in the series.

Anyway, my main co,n about her story is that she’s a freaking powerhouse. In the previous books, she was lucky to survive a battle. Aside from one fight in The Girl Who Played with Fire, she counted herself lucky to survive but in this, NAH. She’ll headbutt someone, and they’re pretty much done. Or maybe she’d punch a big dude three times and the fight is over. Now I have a suspension of belief by reading this wild book about hacking and Sweedish government conspiracy, but this was the worst.

Overall I thought it was good, but it contained a bit too much exposition.

Ranking in the Series:

1. The Girl Who Played with Fire

2. The Girl in the Spider’s Web

3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

4. The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo

I give The Girl in the Spider’s Web Four Stars out of Five.

Can’t wait to watch the movie Sunday. Thanks for reading!

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Book Exerts

Lately I’ve been polishing my 2nd draft and I’m about 40 pages out and I wanted you guys to get a sneek peak of my story. Here are a few exerts from my manuscript.

Sean balled up his fists, “Its not a fight if its one sided.” -Page 74

“Listen, I don’t know what to expect past the men’s restroom but its not Amanda,” Mark said as Sean’s stomach turned. “We’ve drawn our line in the sand and its her side against us. Are you with us or her?” -Page 75

His target stared down the barrel of a .45, memorizing every scratch on the seven pounds of steel. He looked up at the gunman’s eyes, which were almost smiling. -Page 88

“How good of a detective is Mark?” Roland placed his cigar atop the rail and stood up.

“Terrible,” Morgan said. “He couldn’t finde his dick if testicals were eyeballs.”

“Well at least you have time on your side.” -Page 98

Then he heard the scareiest close range sounds of his life: the noise of a pump action shotgun. -Page 182

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Movie Quotes: House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Decent horror (I guess) movie House on Haunted Hill (1999) had some good quotes

Scene 1

(After Eddie spilled Pritchett’s drink)

Sara: I’m about to figure out exactly what or who Melissa was taping.

Eddie: what, then where will we be?

Pritchett: Out of Scotch thanks to you, ass.

Scene 2

[Price surprises Eddie, Sara, and Pritchett. Eddie almost shoots Price with his gun]

Eddie: That’s a good way to get your head blown off, man!

Stephen Price: I’ll recommend it to Evelyn. (His wife whom he wants dead)

Scene 3

Stephen Price: Let’s go back down and greet your guests, show them the real you. Corny as Kansas on the Fourth of July.

Evelyn: My guests were shredded. It’s your sick little scene now: enjoy. I’m gonna run scolding water over the place you just touched me, and then I’m calling a cab.

Book #2 : Patriot Games

Welcome to another one of my book reviews.

For this review, I read Tom Clancy’s Patriot Games.

 


No, I didn’t watch the movie and make my book review, (That’s so high school). But I did check it out from my middle school library. (Reading the F-word in a school library book at 12 is magic.)

 

 

To be honest, this was a tough book to read. (I’ll tell you why in a sec.)

Here’s why it was a tough read

  • Jack Ryan was cast as Alec Baldwin in 1990 The Hunt for Red October. I hadn’t seen that movie; instead I’ve seen Harrison Ford’s Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (As a kid every time I see present I read president). So whenever Jack speaks, I hear Ford’s dry delivery instead of the always cool (and sometimes sexy) voice of Alec Baldwin. I’d have to back track my words through dialogue, a complete nightmare.

 

  • There is a spot where this book is very dry. The hardback book starts on page 11 where the Ryan family are on vacation in London then bang a  terrorist attack. Jack saves the day and…. we don’t leave London till 147. For me, I hate going through backstory which is what happened for 10 or 12 pages, but for another 30 pages, nothing of significance happened. The only thing important at the dinner scene was people know he worked at the CIA. My favorite scene in London was the trial, Sean Bean was a perfect Sean Miller. London was not the only time the book dragged there were several, but it was the main.

Honestly, those are my only real complaints. I was gonna add another such as Robby not getting enough page time, but Mr. Clancy made up for it by the end. (Those last 100 pages.)

Pro’s

  • The last 100 pages
  • The violence
  • Sean Miller = Sean Bean
  • Robby Jackson = Samual L. Jackson (I believe Samual L. Jackson based is personality off this character)
  • Sean Miller and Alex Dobbens on the page together = GOLD

 

Despite all the criticism I’ve given the pacing and my sometimes-horrible reading ability (?), this book subjectively receives 4 creepy Tom Clancy heads out of 5.

4 out of 5

Thank you, Tom Clancy, and may you rest in peace.

My apologies for this arriving so late- Life happened. So here is my belated book 2 review.

 

Book Review #1: Moneyball

Well, it has been a long while since I’ve done a book review so here goes everybody. This weeks book is Moneyball from Michael Lewis.

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This Non-Fiction book following the 2002 Oakland A’s, where the author seeming had full coverage to interview anyone on staff to discuss the unusual way the General Manager Billy Bean added and removed players to his ball club. Billy and his right-hand man (Paul) and implemented the idea of Sabermetrics. It was a statistical measure (not on the Box Score) created by Bill James to evaluate talent.

 

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See, I have Numbers.

For non-ball players, this idea was revolutionary (especially for Fantasy Leauge players), but the ballplayers and scouts felt differently.

The scouts thought the only way to determine talent was to see them on the field, but sabermetrics put a spin on the whole idea. It evaluated talent purely on statistics and not on any visual observation.

Billy and his statistician were on to something.

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They saw on-base percentage as a more valuable stat a player could have than batting average. The two determined that getting on base (in whatever way possible) is more valuable than just putting the ball in play to maybe get out. Walks were a stat mentioned throughout the book, they even mentioned how a guy is “The Greek God of Walks.”

The reason the A’s had to use such “odd” measures, was because they had no money to spend. They were forced to pick up unproven or washed up talent, which always rose an eyebrow of each and every scout.

That season these guys put together a team with a low salary that competed with the team with the highest salaries, the New York Yankees.

 

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It almost looks unfair, but both teams ended with the same record 103-58

This was such a fun book, reading I couldn’t help but think of Brad Pitt’s voice whenever Billy Bean spoke. His sense of humor was priceless.

Another of my favorite bits of the story was the nostalgia factor. I was a huge fan of baseball from 1998-2008, and that tenure was mentioned throughout the book. Reading names like Jeremy Bonderman, Prince Fielder, Ray Durham, Jeff Francis, Zach Greinke and Cliff Floyd all had me rolling due to my knowledge of said players from video games from the era.

 

It was a good book where it had me convinced that there is something more, something better for me to look forward to. Heck, the book almost had me convinced that I should search for a front office job in baseball to make something better. Deep down THAT’S my dream to build a business or a company better and this book reminded me of that.

This makes me wonder if there’s a sabermetrics to Self-publishing. HMM?

I give this book a 4 out of 5 due to me not reading it a decade ago.

Now I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book.

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2018 Goals

I know it’s been awhile since I posted anything, so this is me apologizing for being absent for many months. This long-awaited post is designated for 2018, here I am choosing to make a post on my goals for 2018.

Here are my goals.

Goal #1

Read TWO books a month and post a short review

Ok so I missed January, but I promise to make it up throughout the year. Heck, I’ve nearly finished a book now and should be through by the end of the week.

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Goal #2

Self-Publish my book

Before anyone comments: “Are writing a book?” I’ll make this clear I wrote a book, and I’m currently in the process of making the sequel. I’ve been working on this story for nearly 9 years, and I’m sick of re-reading it so I’d rather talk about it, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to message me anytime.

Self-Publishing is hard work and takes a toll on your wallet.

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I don’t roll like this…yet.

I’m currently searching for a content editor and cover designer decent price as my budget tight with other projects for the year.

 

Goal #3

Write my Second Novel

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This goal is tricky as it has been two years since I’ve finished my first novel and it has taken a full year to outline the second. With the experience form the first I hope to be done with the second’s first draft by Christmas. I’d say that’s a doable timetable.

 

Goal #4

Create a Digital Movie Library

For the past few months, I’ve been enjoying my friend’s (Tom Cat) digital movie library. It has been pretty neat since he adds new movies every few weeks and has a library grown up to around 300 (maybe?). He’d put in a lot of work and effort, where I’d look there prior looking on Netflix.

Now, this has me thinking from where my friends and family ask: “Do you have…(so and so)? Because we want to watch it.”

Why not make it where they can watch it so nobody has to leave their home or wait 20 mins for me to arrive with a physical copy when you can log in and begin streaming in seconds.

Now granted this is not a one-time goal but more of a continuous one, as I’ll be adding movies to the library forever.

Thanks for reading!