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The Blurb on Other People’s Words – Steve Vernon

NOVA SCOTIA author, Chantal Boudreau had these very kind words to say about my work, via her blog at The Blurb on Other People’s Words – Steve Vernon

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Thoughts on expanded universes, part one: Avengers: Infinity War and the problem of paratext

Here’s a fellow maritime author’s take on THE INFINITY WAR.

And here’s my thoughts on what he has to say.

WARNING – THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS BLOG ENTRY!

Okay, so I loved this movie and I also reviewed it. As for your points about “economical spoilers” – well, they are pretty good points, but I figure it this way.

I just think about all of those Hammer Dracula movies that I watched as a kid. Dracula ALWAYS bit the dust at the end of each and everyone of those movies – but I always knew, even back then, that Dracula was going to be back by next summer.

I grew up reading comic books and I am used to heroes biting the dust and coming back. It’s just what these guys do. Batman had his freaking back broken, and he’s still swinging around Gotham, pausing every now and then to kick Superman’s butt!

Go Batman. Go Dracula.

I guess I’ve got a thing about night creatures…

it's all narrative

Our universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding,
In all of the directions it can whiz;
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute and that’s the fastest speed there is.
—Monty Python, “The Galaxy Song”

Someone recently added me to the Facebook group “Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada,” and given that I don’t have much to say about the writing of genre fiction but a lot to say about genre fiction (and film, and television), I shared my previous post about my Fall grad course; since then I’ve had about a dozen people sign up to follow this blog. To those of you now following, welcome! Hopefully the next few months will see me being somewhat more prolific here than I have been in the past year or so.

Also, you should be warned: I tend to…

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Kodachrome – more than just your average road movie

kodachrome
Just last night Belinda and I watched a really enjoyable road movie on Netflix, entitled KODACHROME.
 
Ed Harris did an amazing job as a globe-trotting photographer who is trying to make some sort of a peace with his estranged son (Jason Sudeikis). Also along for the ride was Elizabeth Olsen, portraying the photographer’s nurse.
 
I didn’t feel a lot of heat from either Sudeikis or Olsen, but Harris was really taking this movie seriously. The man must have fasted for a month to get himself ready for the role.
 
I took a look at the reviews on imdb and they were sadly mixed. Some folks felt like this was just a same-old-same-old road-movie father-and-son-reunion. I would argue that you really need to watch this flick with a subtler eye. The cinematography is gently masterful.
 
Anyone with a love for old school photography really ought to see this flick. Watch it right to the end. This movie gets stronger as it goes. Give it a chance and see what develops.
 
Have a look at the trailer.
Yours in Storytelling,

Why AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Rocked My Freaking World!!!

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR
Okay – so I just got home from watching AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.
 
Okay – so I’m going to give you folks one warning right off the bat. Do you remember how THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK left you hanging – with Han Solo stuck in that big garage door of solid carbonite, and Luke gets his hand chopped off and we have to wait until RETURN OF THE JEDI kicked off 3 years later. Well, this one will leave you dangling as well, but the good news is we only have to wait until this time next year to see all the knots untangled in AVENGERS 4.
 
So, once I’ve said that, why the hell should you bother going to see it?
 
Well, for starters it freaking rocked. It big freaking screen rocked. If you tell yourself that you are going to be smart about this and hold off until the blu-ray or maybe see it on Netflix – think again. You would be stupid, stupid, stupid, not to see this one on the big screen. It is kickass freaking awesome.
 
I don’t have enough stars to rate this sucker. It blew my mind and it hit all the right notes and I don’t feel cheated or teased one little bit.
 
If you enjoyed GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and THOR: RAGNAROK you will really want to bend your leg in two and kick yourself in the ass if you do not see this flick on the big screen.
 
Sell your first born. Sell the dog while you are at it. You can always have another child or buy another dog. What the hell, you probably stole that dog anyways.
 
I know what you are saying. You are saying to yourself “Who in the hell is this Steve Vernon dude, accusing me of dog-stealing?”
 
Let me put it this way – if you are a Marvel fan and you are foolish enough to pass this by on the big screen – you are probably stupid enough to try and steal somebody else’s dog away.
 
Look, I broke a tooth off of my dental bridge on a bag of popcorn and I am going to have to go to the dentist – and I hate going to the dentist more than any man on this freaking planet – and I STILL DO NOT REGRET watching this flick on the big screen.
 
Go and see it.
 
Do it now.
Yours in Storytelling,
Steve Vernon

A Quick & Dirty Guide to AMS for Authors

M.L. Humphrey

Once again the main AMS thread over on Kboards has grown to the size where it’s probably intimidating to newbies. And one of the wiser members over there suggested that maybe I should just put together a quick FAQ on AMS to direct people to.

Now, remember, I wrote a whole book about AMS ads (AMS Ads for Authors by M.L. Humphrey) the last time I decided to do something like this, so brevity on this subject is not my strong suit.

But here goes.

What Are AMS?

AMS is shorthand for Amazon Marketing Services. AMS ads are a type of pay-per-click advertisement that authors can use that allow them to advertise their books in Amazon search results, on Amazon product pages, and on Kindles.

There are multiple types of AMS accounts that have different dashboards and advertising options, but most authors just open the type of AMS account…

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Maritime Murder by Steve Vernon

I was just doing my research and I stumbled across this blog entry reviewing my historical true crime collection, MARITIME MURDER. I’m always happy to hear from satisfied readers, so I’ll repost that entry today.

Friends of Atticus

“It was the kind of morning that made a body feel as if there was no way in this world anything bad could ever happen—but Nova Scotia weather can often fool you.”IMG_2104

Ever since I first moved overseas not a year has gone by that, on Christmas or my birthday, my parents do not send me some token of home by way of a gift. Sometimes these gifts are of a purely Canadian flavor, like maple syrup cookies or Tim Horton’s products, but far more often they’re connected to my home province of Nova Scotia, and the Maritime Provinces (or “the Maritimes”, as we call it) in general: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. These have included local products, clothing, and perhaps most timelessly, books. I think the books are their way of helping me keep connected to my roots, and they very much do.

The longer you…

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Train to Busan (2016) – Just get on board and hang on tight!

Train to Busan
Okay, so it was a long old week and I decided to take my wife out for supper.
 
We started out by walking over to Fries & Company on Chebucto, right across from The European Pantry where I bought myself and my wife a wonderful supper of fish and chips. She had a Coors and I had a Rickard’s Red and she ordered a bowl of curry dipping sauce, which is GREAT on french fries.
 
Then we went across the street to the European Pantry where she picked up fancy cookies and I grabbed a couple of steak and mushroom pies for my breakfast this morning.
 
Then, after a leisurely walk home, we sat down to watch a movie. A freaking no-holds barred zombie movie – from Korea. It’s called TRAIN TO BUSAN and it is available on Netflix and it blew our minds.
 
I know that some folks don’t enjoy subtitles – but take my advice. Man up your sissy butt and wrap your head around reading subtitles – because this movie is worth the effort.
 
By the time you are fifteen minutes into this movie you are going to be hanging onto the arms of your easy chair. I am talking about white-knuckled death gripping tension. These zombies aren’t like any kind of zombies I have ever seen before.
 
In fact, the word “zombies” isn’t mentioned in the entire movie – but these are teeth-gnashing stress-inducing back-from-the-freaking-dead ZOMBIES!!!
 
Let’s start out the beginning. These characters evolve into living and breathing people that you truly care about. You are going to worry about the Dad and the little girl, and the husband of the pregnant woman. You are going to worry about the engineer and the two older women.
 
You’re not going to worry about the evil tycoon, though – mostly, because he sucks.
 
These zombies are like I’ve seen so far. They move fast, and they tend to twitch and shake like walking seizures. There is a little bit of velociraptor in them, in that they track movement. There is a little bit of chicken in them, in that darkness confuses the heck of them.
 
They are unique.
 
Listen, just take my word for it. This movie freaking rocks. Get yourself onto The TRAIN TO BUSAN and just try and hang on. Just make sure that you’ve got a good supply of TV snacks handy, and an industrial pair of adult diapers on – because you aren’t going to want to interrupt this movie, not even to pee!
 
Yours in Storytelling,
Steve Vernon