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Archive for August, 2010

It’s been some time since my last post. What can I say, other than I’ve been busy? Been reading some great blogs though, and by blogs I’m referring specifically to Zoe Winter’s blog. She is precisely who I’d like to be, without the sex-change of course.

Anywho, for those of you accidentally visiting this blog due to the quote from Inception (you wouldn’t believe how many people google that daily) or those precious few still checking in for content, I have a question for you. Is there such a thing as Family Adventure, insofar as genres go? I’ve been thinking a lot about this, particularly because I’ve never been a hundred percent comfortable with labeling The Dead Don’t Cry science fiction. I mean, make no mistake, that’s what it is. But that classification doesn’t give the reader the faintest clue as to what they’re getting themselves into. Zoe writes supernatural romance. Now that’s specific. I can grab any of her books (I presume) and read about some powerful beings getting it on. There’s so much value to that. As someone completely unfamiliar with her work, I have a sense of what her books are about. What does sci-fi tell you about TDDC?

NOTHING (especially useful anyway).

So, I’m creating a genre. And if it exists (which is entirely possible) please inform me of my ignorance and point me in the right direction.

The Dead Don’t Cry is Sci/Fi Adventure.

You dig?

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Two nights ago my good friend and I spent some time working on the new cover to The Dead Don’t Cry. After several hours, we came up with two covers: the first was generic but typical for the genre, while the second presented a more literary aesthetic (or trashy romance, if you were to ask the bartender who served us later on that night). Neither blew our mind, although the more we looked at the sleazy romance cover, the more we rationalized it working. That was until my girlfriend came home.

Can you try blending the roots with the artwork?” she asked, innocently.

And just like that, she jump-started a burst of creativity that lead to our best book-cover yet. Let this story serve as a warning to all you writers out there: if you’re not jumping for joy over your book cover, let alone the content of your book, don’t stop tweaking until you are. It’s dangerously easy to give the green-light to mediocrity, especially when you’ve been burning the candle. If in doubt, send it over and we’ll check it out (gladly, I might add). And that reminds me (don’t ask me how). I have an idea for a new column, but I need your input/contributions for it to work. Check it out:

As in all Cafés, people do more than read while visiting Café Lopez. They also like to eavesdrop. That’s why we would like to feature a new column dedicated to the idea of listening in on other people’s conversations. Have you recently had a debate/discussion (over AIM, Google Chat, etc, related to writing of course) that others might benefit from reading? Send it over to Cafe Lopez and we’ll post it for review.  I have one terrific conversation ready to go—I just need a few more to get it started. So, what are you waiting for? Submit!

(Please?)

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Inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places. Consider this week’s “In the Biz.” As I was visiting one of a handful of my regular internet stops, I came across a Q & A with none other than Sylvester Stallone, the star and director of the upcoming film The Expendables. I’m a big fan of his, and not just because he’s an action icon. The man is brilliant. Don’t believe me? Listen to the director’s commentary included in the DVD to his latest Rocky film, Rocky Balboa. The man is passionate about filmmaking, and it goes without saying that we might just learn a thing or two from someone as passionate as him. So – on with the interview! I’ve taken some of his more pertinent responses and matched them with paraphrased questions, but the original interview in its entirety can be seen here. Enjoy! (more…)

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Come back to check it out! It’s different from the last few, and stars a certain “Italian Stallion” known for going the distance 😉

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I changed my homepage today from Google blog reader to my email account. Not because I get a lot of email, but because I have well over 1,000 blog posts that I’ve neglected – and have zero intention of ever reading. I started off strong, and there were many posts that I enjoyed reading along the way, but there was also something deceptively misleading about it all. Bloggers are too friendly, too supportive, too willing to devote their precious time to helping others like themselves.

How is this a problem? (more…)

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If you ask my kids what sunglasses are they’ll tell you they’re called ‘hater-blockers.’ And if you ask them what hater-blockers are for?

To block the hate.

When I was a child, all I remember people telling me was to follow my dreams. Want to be an artist? Great! Draw and follow your dreams! Want to be a world record shattering runner? Fantastic! Keep running and challenge yourself to be great! Reach for the stars, the sky’s the limit, never give up, be all you can be (ok, the last one may have come from my Army recruiter, but you get the idea). And then I became an adult, and curiously enough, the rhetoric changed. Suddenly it’s get a real job, you need security, but what about your future?

What happened? (more…)

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