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I am a part-time author of dollarbinhorror.blogspot.com...short story and novel writer. I've found true love with the one I love.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Stardate 0723.10

I can feel it. The obsidian clouds are lifting away. The drudgery of life is soon to be replaced by 9 days of fun and frolic....ahhh vacation

Another Descent Into...
Dead On Earth Update-

Just recently finished Day 5 of this little tale of an alien apocalypse as told from the point of view of many spread across Earth. David Naughton-Shires has begun developing artwork for the project and recently gave me an illustration of my main character, Kyle Stanton. If the rest of his effort is as good as what he's done for me, then we will have ourselves a winner. Got a long way to go, but the effort will be worth it.

Saiqa Akhter-
This is the woman who murdered, yes murdered her autistic child and badly injured her other one who is also autistic. Her excuse, she wanted 'normal' kids. You know what I think? This woman is an icon to problems I see in people these days. Selfish, self-indulgent people who still think they are in their perpetual youth and refuse to grow up! It's all about me! It's always been around, don't get me wrong. With our omnipresent media, it's just been more exposed.

It's people like you how look towards the government for a handout, the schools to teach what you refuse to teach, and the t.v. and the internet to raise and babysit them as you worry about your Gen 4 cell phone and who is going to be ousted on Dancing With The Stars. You cry and whine about how the kids drive you crazy. Well I hope you're proud of yourself. You took a life and you robbed the innocence of another. Luckily, this crime took place in Texas, so you will move to the front of the electric line. Thank goodness they put in an express lane.

The Cinema Snob-
Mama Snob is visiting her baby boy, so no new episode this week. Instead, I will go to his coveted vaults to show an episode which will require mass amounts of alcohol to understand. It's Monkey With 72 Magic. Be very, very afraid!

Next week, I will be down in Jim Rome's basement taking my vacation. I'm looking for someone to guest blog for me. If you're interested, email me at epolk75@suddenlink.net.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stardate 0720.10

Real quick post today. My blog has been given The Versatile Blogger award courtesy of dollarbinhorror.blogspot.com. Thanks Rhonda!

One of the caveats are I post 7 more things about myself and award 5 blogs this honor. So here it be.

1. I am a huge KISS fan(though I love most genres of music)

2. My favorite dramatic movie is The Godfather

3. My favorite movie of all time is Star Wars:Episode IV

4. I proudly wear a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey on top of my Star Trek:The Next Generation t-shirt on my days off

5. Stephen King is my favorite author though I also enjoy Ray Bradbury, Ed McBain, Peter Straub, Richard Matheson, and J.D. Robb to name a few.

6. I am the author of the short stories Rhapsody in Black and From A Serpent's Kiss. I'm also a contributing author to the upcoming Dead on Earth novel.

7. I had and continue to have a crush on Stevie Nicks

My five favorite blogs I bestow The Versatile Award to are

1. http://jenniferdelucy.blogspot.com/

2. http://patrick.wonderal.com/

3. http://thekidinthehall.blogspot.com/

4. http://angelicaraene.blogspot.com/

5. http://xtopher.wordpress.com/
And now our song is done!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Stardate 0716.10

To the person who hacked my yahoo account, I wonder what's it's like to be dateless, friendless, and living in your parents basement while masturbating to German schiza porn.

Another Descent Into...
New Writing Projects-
It has been a week of new writing-related projects. First up,

Dead On Earth-This is a brand new idea from writers Cal Miller and Ryan Phillip Harris. Myself and 29 other writers(DBH Mastermind Rhonda Kacur and fellow writer friend Angie Hill two of them) have been given task to follow serial killer Wayne Holiday through journal entries as written by our created characters. It's late 2012 and the whole world is literally about to change. I've completed two entries so far and I must say, I'm enjoying this.

Big Daddy Horror Reviews-In the future, I will be logging book reviews for Brandon Sites fantastic bigdaddyhorrorreviews.com website. Check it out!

Plus, I'm still writing reviews for dollarbinhorror.blogspot.com and of course, my novel!


This past Monday, girlfriend in tow, I cast a weary, sleepy eye toward the latest in the Predator franchise. I hoped for one thing and one thing only in this film. I didn't get it. Ever since Jesse Ventura's response to his bleeding in the original movie, it has been badly uttered tagline after another. Oh sure, the action is top notch as expected. The Predators in this movie have been given an upgrade and not a very good one.

The film begins with former US Army Special Forces soldier and now mercenary, Royce (Adrien Brody), awakening in freefall over a jungle. Upon landing, he is confronted by heavily-armed individuals including Cuchillo, a Mexican drug cartel enforcer (Danny Trejo), Nikolai, a Russian Spetsnaz soldier (Oleg Taktarov), and Isabelle, an IDF black ops sniper (Alice Braga). They encounter more people dropped from the sky, including Mombasa, an RUF officer (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), who is fighting with Stans, a US Death Row inmate (Walton Goggins), Hanzo, a silent Yakuza enforcer (Louis Ozawa Changchien), and Edwin, an American doctor (Topher Grace). The group finds out that all of them have no idea of how they got to the jungle. Deciding that they should all stick together, they all venture in one direction to find possible aid.

After escaping a series of man-made booby-traps (left by U.S. Special Forces member, who had been killed weeks before), the group are attacked by several dog-like alien creatures. While the group manages to kill some of the creatures, a few of them manage to corner Cuchillo. Soon the creatures are called back by a high-pitched whistle. The group hears Cuchillo's voice in the distance and find him being used as bait for a trap. In an act of mercy killing, Isabelle shoots Cuchillo, not knowing that he was already dead and his voice was being mimicked by one of the Predators. After they reach higher ground, Royce realizes that they are on an alien game preserve planet, and are being hunted as game by some unknown hunters. The previous creatures were being used as hunting dogs to flush them out. Royce leads the group to a Predator hunting camp, where they find a captive 'classic' Predator tied to a totem pole. Royce bides his time until the Predators attack, killing Mombasa with spears while the rest of the group escapes to a river.

After being attacked by a bipedal insectoid creature flushed out by Edwin, they meet a U.S. Air Cavalry Soldier named Noland (Laurence Fishburne), who has survived on the planet for years by scavenging and hiding in an abandoned drilling structure. Deranged from his long isolation, Noland reveals that the Predators have been harvesting warriors from Earth and other planets for centuries, using them to improve their hunting skills. He also reveals that there is a blood feud between two clans of Predators: the classic Predators and the larger, more aggressive 'super' Predators — three of whom are hunting the humans. Noland also reveals the existence of the ship that the Predators use to reach the planet. Noland sarcastically remarks that he never thought to commandeer the ship, but that Royce must know how to fly it. Royce points out that the classic Predator strung up in the hunting camp might.

Later that night, Noland attempts to murder the group. To escape, Royce alerts the hunting Predators, who break into the ship, killing Noland. Edwin falls behind as the group escapes, and Nikolai sacrifices his life saving Edwin, using an explosive to destroy himself and a Predator. Outside, the Super Predators show themselves to be less honorable hunters than the Classic Predators when one fires on an unarmed Stans. Stans is brutally killed while saving Royce, and Hanzo stays behind to face the Predators. Wielding a centuries old authentic samurai katana which he found amongst Noland's possessions, he engages a Predator in single combat. Hanzo defeats the Predator at the cost of his own life. As the final three humans escape, Edwin is crippled by a trap. Isabelle refuses to abandon him, and Royce returns to the hunting camp to free the classic Predator in exchange for boarding the ship. Isabelle and Edwin are captured by the final super Predator, who throws them into a pit. Edwin temporarily paralyzes Isabelle by cutting her with his scalpel covered in neurotoxin and reveals that he is a psychopathic serial killer who wishes to stay on the planet to become like the Predators.

The classic Predator activates the ship, and engages the super Predator in combat, giving Royce the time he needs to get to the ship. After a brief but fierce battle, the classic Predator is overpowered and decapitated, and the Super Predator remotely destroys the ship, ensuring that nobody leaves the planet. Royce, having never actually boarded the ship, returns to rescue Isabelle. After Edwin attempts to paralyze Royce as well, Royce disarms him and booby-traps Edwin's body with grenades and uses him as bait in a trap for the super Predator, killing Edwin in the process. Royce disorients the Predator and after a violent fight, Royce defeats and decapitates it as Isabelle shakes off the paralysis. They bond and tell each other their names.

The film closes by showing Isabelle and Royce sitting together by the remains of a fire, watching the sky as more humans and other aliens are being dropped into the jungle. Royce says to Isabelle that it's time to find a way off the planet, and they walk away into the jungle.

The characters are cardboard, the dialogue is bad, the Predators bled day-glo and Topher Grace plays a doctor. UGH! What works best? Is when the humans don't talk! That is what will make a great Predator film(first one exempt cuz Ah-Nuld just is too damn awesome). 5/10(I think I'm being generous with that, btw)

Lebron James-
Last week, we were subjected with THE QUESTION. Where will NBA All-Everything Lebron James play this upcoming season? I swear ESPN was drooling harder than a dog in the back of a meat wagon. I really think the sports channel has officially jumped the shark. I mean an hour special on THE DECISION? Is this what we have come to? Wasting more of our time with such trivial b.s. It's not where he ended up that bothered me, he's a grown man and has to do what he feels best. No, to me it's the over hype, the over saturation, the dog-and-pony show.

I am so sick of the media trying to control what little minds we have  left. Sick of them putting a guy (a titleless guy at that) on a pedestal that he does not deserve. What has he done other than entertain people? Nothing noteworthy for me. They won't give Joe Schmoe an hour long special on where he/she is going to work?

The Cinema Snob-
I'm late in posting this but in the latest episode from El Snob-io, it's a WTF, banned in the UK movie, Island of Death...no it does not take place in Aruba.

Thanks Ang for making my brand new header!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

For Sandra Kaye Richards...

Today, we will not descend. Rather, we will ascend into the glorious miracle that was the late Sandra Kaye Richards. Singer, Businesswoman, Friend.

I begin with a song from her favorite pop group, The Carpenters.

Sandra Kay "Sandy" Richards, 63, of Parkersburg passed away at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, surrounded by many friends and loved ones.

She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va, a daughter of the late Selby "Doc" Richards and Delberta (Lowe) Richards of Parkersburg.

In addition,Sandy was a member of Faith Baptist Church and attended Mineral Wells Baptist Church. She was the First Lady in Gospel Music. Early on she was a member of The Harmonettes, then the Songsters, and then the Gospelaires. She was the Founder and Director of the Gospel Music Reunion Choir and the GMR Youth Choir. She was also owner and operator of Styles in Music, where she taught piano and voice.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Steven R. Richards of Parkersburg; three nephews, Robert, Ryan and Ragan Richards, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

My story with Sandy begins in 1997 through her brother Steve. We(Steve and myself) became good friends at work and eventually our friendship lead to a business and student/teacher relationship. Through Siblings Richards, I learn so much about music, so much about respecting talent regardless of their chosen genre. Sandy would encourage my passions, correct me for a flat note, or just in her own unique way make me laugh.

In Stephen King's novel, The Dead Zone, one of the characters in the story describes people as ninety-five percent simply inert,one percent saints,another one percent idiots with the remaining three percent are people who do what they say.

Sandy fell into this three percent catergory, she never lied, cheated, stole, all this while running one of the most popular music stores in town. To me, she is the only true Christian I've ever known. Thank you so much for coming into my life and filling with joy. I will miss you. You are gone but you are NEVER forgotten.

R.I.P. Sandra Kaye Richards

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Movie Night:The Children

Thought I'd try a new feature on anotherdescentinto...Movie Night...Let's start with 1980's The Children..whattya say?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stardate 0701.10

If life is a radio, turn it up to ten....

Another Descent Into...
The Last Thirty-Five Years-Tomorrow I celebrate 35 years since my spaceship landed in a field outside of Pittsburgh(lol). It has certainly been a rather interesting journey. I have seen six presidents come and go. I've seen one of African-American heritage ascend to the highest office in the land.  Seven Star Wars movies have entertained and stimulated my imagination.

I got married, got divorced. Discovered who I am(a writer who lives for himself because there is no one else wrong worth living for). Found the magical gifts writers like Stephen King, Ed McBain,Ray Bradbury,and Peter Straub have left for me. I learned space is not the final frontier,it's the human soul.

I unlearned what I learned from a red-headed demon who destroyed my family. I forgave the shadows lurking in past. I've loved, I've laughed, I've cried, I even watched Titanic. Through it all, I learned one thing. It's ok to keep one foot in the air as long as the other is on the ground :-)

A Friend's List-
I'm taking this time to speak directly to the people who mean the most to me. The ones who are in the inner circle. The one's I would take the bullet for if need be.

Jason Henry) I have known you literally all of my adult life. You're the brother I've never had. You have gone through hell and back with me plus some. You stuck with me when the winds of change blew others away. For all you have done for me my friend, thank you!

Joleen Hague) We have only known each other a very short time, but I do know I love you. I know you have a heart as big as Heinz Field.  You are a sweetheart who doesn't put with any and all b.s.!You love me for me quirks and all. I think we will have a wonderful life together as one.

Mary Phillips and Karen Keyser) You are the two mothers I never had. When I came back from my ill-fated stay in New Jersey, both of you took me in and helped me through a rough patch. Hell Karen, you taught me to drive. Mary, you've taken wonderful care of me and for all the two of you have done. Thank you!

Cindy Pugh) I don't know where to begin with you. I guess really you went inside my shell to drag me out from myself. You showed me people are good. You provided a template for who I want to have around in my life. You affected me so much, you inspired me to create a character based on you, lol. (Anna Ross in the story From A Serpent's Kiss ring a bell?) For all you've done, for being my guardian angel, Thank You!

The Cinema Snob-
Ok, enough about me. It's time to be swept away back to, well, 1975 of all times, lol. Before there was the blockbuster starring the late Christopher Reeve, Superman was relegated to Saturday Mornings, comics, bedsheets(of which I had a set), and this load of kryptonite reviewed by the good ol' Cinema Snob. A musical version of the recognizible superhero on Earth!

The love you take is equal to the love you make.