What to Watch:
I don’t get to watch as much TV or film as I might like, so I am very picky about what gets into my lineup. Even so, my tastes are pretty eclectic. My friends won’t be surprised to find “Alien” (1979), “Blackhawk Down” (2001), and Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films among my favorites, but, come on! Everyone likes those, right?
I enjoy a lot of indie and limited release films, too. If it has Steve Buscemi (though I have not yet watched Boardwalk Empire-go figure), Ed Norton (“Fight Club” & “American History X”), or was made by the Coen brothers (“Fargo” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?”), it will make the cut. Anything by the self-taught French director and genius (IMHO), Jean-Pierre Jeunet, including “Ameli,” “Micmacs,” and “Delicatessen,” also gets my attention. Let’s just pretend that “Alien: Resurrection” never happened, okay?
A couple of lesser known, fairly recent additions to the zombie shelf have made my Favorites list: a British work of comedic splatter art, Cockneys vs Zombies (2012), and a dramatic, visually beautiful South African film called “The Dead.” If you haven’t seen these yet, do so.
Television vs Movies
With the production quality of television easily rivaling what we see on the big screen, I find the bulk of my diminishing entertainment time going to small screen shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock. I can watch a TV show in less time than a movie, and if I like it there will be a new episode next week, and a whole new season next year.
What to Read
I choose the books I read with similar criteria. I do my reading at night, often falling asleep with my iPod in hand. I usually have a very long, epic novel going (Currently Anna Erishkigal’s Sword of the Gods series), a 70-100 thousand word novel (most recently Dale Amidei’s masterful “Anvil of the Craftsman”), and something short enough to read in one or two sittings, like Rhonda Hopkins’ new zombie short story Survival.
What to Write
Projecting my entertainment preferences onto my writing, I am wrapping up “Phantom Drift,” the second episode of Sand, my super-hero horror series. The cover reveal will be in a couple of weeks. Leading up to that release, I am putting Episode 1, Shadow of the World on sale.
For the next 3 days, I’m dropping the price of Shadow of the World to 99 cents as part of the Addictive Summer Reads sale and blog hop.
The other Addictive Reads authors and I are raffling off a bunch of Amazon gift cards and an additional $50 in PayPal cash or an Amazon gift card (winner’s choice). Click over to the other authors’ blogs for more chances to win, but don’t wait. This event ends on June 30.
What to Do:
Just click over to the Addictive Reads website for the main contest and sale links. Links to the other authors’ blogs are below