Saturday, May 31, 2008

Heading Down to Maryland.

We're heading down to Maryland in about an hour or so to see Wayne Thomas Batson and Bryan Davis!

Should be fun. Hopefully we'll have some pictures to share. I've only ever been out of state once and that was when we took a plane down to Florida on holiday. But I was like six at the time and can't remember everything we did there.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Independent Film Projects.

Yesterday I stumbled across the website of a homeschooling family who is making their own movie.

The Pendragon Project

Pendragon - Sword of His Father

I watched the trailer. It looks like it might be interesting. I like the concept of a family made movie.

It reminds me a bit of another independent movie project I've been following for a few years: Ancanar who never updates their site and is alas, currently under construction. There was a trailer for it which is where I learned of the music of one of my favorite musicians: David Arkenstone, who kindly remade one of his songs just for their trailer.

Ah, here is the trailer: Ancanar Development Trailer

Though "Ancanar" has been in the making for almost a decade I get the impression that "Pendragon: Sword of His Father" will be finished long before Ancanar will be.

Monday, May 12, 2008

If you want a laugh.

Search for Burt and Ernie videos on YouTube. They're hysterical.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Never Fails to Excite Me.

Whenever I order a printed copy of my draft from (I only have to pay the cost of production of one copy.) it excites me. Somehow having your words in printed form between the covers of a book, even if it's just for correction purposes and having a "hard copy" just thrills me.

This evening I ordered the last two "sections" that I wrote and should be receiving them in the next few days.

Self-publishing is a difficult way to publish, true. But with at least, I get to keep all the rights to the book... An absolute must for me. Which will probably totally ruin most chances with a major publisher for me, but that's fine I guess, at least for now. I may reconsider it in the future as I learn more about the publishing process, but I need to know a lot more particulars. I've pretty much decided years ago that if I was going to get a book published, it would only be done under the circumstance that I keep the rights, all the rights, to the book. With a conviction such as that I can only answer "maybe" when people ask me if I'm going to try to get it published. Quite honestly, I don't know if it'll happen outside of self-publishing.

Then again it might, or perhaps my convictions will change, we'll see.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Book Trailer

I made a trailer for the draft version of section three of my book. A section I titled "Into The Light" while I try to think of a name that fits it better. It was just a fun project, trying to see what I could do with iMovie, everything about it is subject to change. Enjoy it anyways.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Books I've read since December.

The Return of the King - J. R. R. Tolkien
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
The Door Within - Wayne Thomas Batson
The Rise of the Wyrm Lord - Wayne Thomas Batson
The Final Storm - Wayne Thomas Batson
Isle of Swords - Wayne Thomas Batson
The Restorer - Sharon Hinck
Raising Dragons - Bryan Davis
Rise of the Dibor - Christopher Hopper
The Lion Vrie - Christopher Hopper
Auralia's Colors - Jeffrey Overstreet
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Two Towers - J. R. R. Tolkien
Beyond the Reflections Edge - Bryan Davis
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
The God-Hungry Imagination: The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry - Sarah Arthur (Thought it might provide some insights for my writing. It was interesting, but I never could figure out what the main point was.)

Currently working on reading The Return of the King again. I plan to read "Persuasion" by Jane Austin next.