HG World presents: THE GOOGIES, Chapter 10
Big Actor, Small Vehicle.
This is a rebuilding year for The Doctor. It’s a whole new cycle of regenerations, a very different outlook on life, the universe, and everything, and certainly a new approach to storytelling by Steven Moffat.
Gone, but not forgotten is Matt Smith. In “Deep Breath” We had this wonderful moment that should have signaled Clara Oswald’s divorce from Doctor Bow Tie for good. She, of all people, has seen all the older and weirder incarnations of The Doctor, including The War Doctor. When Madame Vastra parks Clara’s butt down in her parlor for the “black veil” chat, Clara bites back at the idea that she’s smitten by #11’s youth and charm and that’s all she sees. Clara makes a statement that sounded like Moffat speaking to all the fangirls who see The Doctor that way.
I am not sure who you think you’re talking to right now, Madame Vastra, but I have never had the slightest interest in pretty young men. And for the record if there was anybody who could flirt with a mountain man she’s probably standing in front of you right now! Just because my pretty face has turned your head do not assume that I am so easily distracted.
This is where I’ll be over the weekend, schlepping copies of THE DIARY OF JILL WOODBINE and meeting new and exciting people just like you.
No. Not really.
I was there in June of 1984. I saw the film four or five times that summer. That was a time when being a “geek” or “nerd” didn’t mean you were part of a popular marketing target. It meant that you were going to get your ass beat on a weekly basis, harassed and – if lucky – spend your lunch by yourself at a table.
Besides being a cool movie, Ghostbusters was the first movie I saw where the oddballs were the heroes. Their eccentricities and strange interests weren’t written to be mocked. These guys were fine with who they were. Even in conflict, they were never ashamed of who they were or what they did for a living. And they were a team. Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddemore each had a different background and motive for doing what they did. But they were friends and a team. That perfect combination meant they could do anything. Screw the mundanes and their ungrateful yuppie larvae.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Yes. It’s like a rock-solid intestinal blockage tearing slowly through your system toward its inevitable, but bloody excretion, pushed on only by the weight of other, bloated and gaseous masses building up behind it.
― Jay Smith, In Desperate Need of Some Creative Laxatives
Town of the Living Dead is one of those reality shows so overly staged that makes you uncomfortable with its generous dollops of pseudo-reality. The premise is simple. A bunch of amateur filmmakers have been trying to make a zombie movie called “Thr33 Days Dead” for the past six years. It is apparent from the first episode why it has taken so long. They have no real plan, no money and not a lot of skill. And now, they have a production company turning their shoot into a circus of goofy antics and slapstickiness.
Before I get into this, let me go back fifteen years to a movie most viewers of this show likely don’t know about. It is a film that covers the same ground in a completely different way and long before reality or unscripted storytelling was its own industry.
Celebrate Halloween with Jay Smith’s collection of short stories SEVEN ‘TIL SUNRISE. Why? Because the already LOW LOW price of 99 cents is being SLASHED like a horny co-ed in an 80’s monster movie.
We’re talkiing FREE, friends and neighbors.
Between October 25th and 29th ONLY, download the KINDLE version of the book free of charge or obligation. Read it. Love it. Hate it. It’s our way of thanking you for coming to this blog.
And if you’re in the Orlando area October 25th-27th, come out to Uncle Spooky’s Ultimate Horror Weekend where Jay will be one of a herd of horror writers talking shop in front of a captive audience, selling and signing copies of “THE DIARY OF JILL WOODBINE.”
Just what is this book about?
These are stories about people facing their mortal end, ignorant or eyes-wide-open, as the world goes on without them. Sounds dark, right? There are seven short tales about how we treat life in the face of death or when we are blissfully ignorant of our own mortality.
We’ll meet Dominick Row who believes he’s won a sort of lottery and a trip away from a sick and dying world. Then Mr. Norman Stoker will scan the newspaper for evidence to support his view that the world is a miserable place all while scenes of vibrant life pay out around him. A survivor of a zombie uprising will explain how great it is to live without the shackles of modern society. A widower uses Facebook to reconnect with old friends, revealing dark secrets in the process. We’ll learn about a stuffed lion that has its own bedroom in a man’s lonely apartment and why it is so important to a housewife of over half a century that every autumn morning plays out the same way. Finally, Jay explains why lobsters are mean, evil creatures that must be stopped at all costs. Jay Smith collects stories written during a time of emotional pain and uncertainty exploring what it means to be alive but unaware of one’s final destiny.
Effects creators ask “Wouldn’t it be cool to see..?”
When effects creators make television everything revolves around the cool effects shots and the story is cobbled together to make those shots fit. That’s how Z Nation feels after watching four episodes of the new zombie show on Syfy Channel.
There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s what the show wants to be. Some of the most interesting points of Z Nation are the visual concepts. Zombies gumming up a petroleum tank. A zombie tornado. A tiny zombie caught in a truck’s wheel well. Bowling with The Liberty Bell. All these things sound awesome and even look cool. If that’s what you want from a zombie series, you’ve found your counterpoint to The Walking Dead right here. Don’t think too hard, just go with it.
The lovely and talented author Aaron Rosenberg tagged me to answer four questions about my writing process for a delightful blog-hop, so here we go.
#1 What am I working on?
I just took inventory of my projects and there are about 25 large and small things I’m working on. Probably the most important is a “geek noir” novel called A Billion Smithereens which asks the question, “What if a RPG gamer was forced to take down a secret cult led by an evil billionaire version of Neil Gaiman?” It is a mystery in the tradition of Bimbos of the Death Sun, the weirdness of the Illuminatus! trilogy, rooted in the world of renaissance festivals, role-playing games, cosplay, and mega-conventions. I read selections from the manuscript at a few conventions and they went over well.
I’m also very excited to be supporting the release of Bryan Lincoln’s production of my serialized adventure “Hidden Harbor Mysteries” featuring a fantastic cast and some spectacular production values. Bryan’s production succeeds in creating a 1930s style radio show with contemporary sensibilities. This is strictly a fun, action-packed adventure serial in the vein of The Shadow and The Green Hornet. I pulled a lot of my love for the Golden Age of Radio and tried to put a gentle 21st century spin on it. I’m not shy about sharing my enthusiasm for all the work put into this production and the pride I have that so many talented voices agreed to participate. Want to listen for free? Check out the web site or search for the show on iTunes if you want to subscribe and have the latest episodes downloaded automatically.
Jill’s story was supposed to be about someone with an inquiring mind willing to look deeper into things than your typical survivor. She’s a newly-minted journalist and trained to ask questions and question those answers. She’s young and smart, but also very clever – which is a different thing than smart. I wanted people to underestimate Jill to give her room to investigate. I hate to say it, but given the nature of HG World and its people, being “a girl” made it easier for her to slip under the radar of management. Jeb, Hank, Jack and others don’t see women as threats. That’s what had me leaning toward Jill over, say, Bill.
Was that an early decision? I ask because the romance with Red Molly is central to moving Jill from the first half of the story into the second. Would Molly have changed gender? Continue reading