Taking the first step…

…on a grand adventure.

‘Don’t Hate the Geek’ recently offered me the chance to become a contributor. I’m very excited by this, but I feel a little like Samwise Gamgee leaving the Shire.

This is it, the furthest I have ever traveled on my writing path. So far all of the writing I’ve done has been close to home, where I feel safe. It’s been nice filling notepads with half written stories and disembodied ideas, creating worlds with like-minded people, and even putting some of my writing online, and tell everyone that someday I’m going to be a famous author. It’s time to stop talking and start doing. I’m excited to start taking riskier steps, through unexplored territory. I’m feeling foolish and inexperienced, yet thrilled, as I watch the treeline for bandits, wild beasts, and interesting side-paths.

I’m writing this just to swish the air with practice swings of my pen. I’ve not been asked too, I just wanted to express my gratitude that have been granted this opportunity, this excuse, to get out there and show the world what I can do. I’m the new apprentice, a trainee adventurer, feeling awkward in armor I inexpertly made myself, but not for long. I can feel in my bones that this experience will be fantastic. I’ll make new allies and overcome obstacles, challenges and monstrous conditions that I never knew I could. This will make better a better, faster stronger writer, and be a lot of fun too.

An ex would say “people die on adventures”, and maybe my writing career will falter, and I will find myself struggling to continue. If I don’t pull through, at least I will have tried. So here I go, taking the first step away from the comfortable and homely, and head out on my journey towards a life I can be proud of. Besides, you can’t level up without gaining experience. By the time I’m defeated and forced to give in, I might already be considered a legend, and legends never die. Even if I’m devoured, it’ll make one hell of a story.

Thank you to everyone who’s helped me prepare for this, and to ‘Don’t Hate the Geek’ for giving me a chance. I’m very excited about being involved, and seeing what challenges lie ahead.


Deus Ex Machina

I used to claim I knew what was going on, to have figured how life worked, and I was almost proud of the fact that most of them were wrong. Having gained enough experience to see how often my assumptions proved false, I lowered my expectations. Imagine my surprise when, having decided to take my desire to become a writer seriously, I saw an opportunity to write for a blog called ‘Don’t hate the geek’. I applied, got asked to write something, and was asked to be a contributor!

This is the article I wrote them:

Do we really need a sequel trilogy for Avatar?

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I remember when the trailers for James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ came out. It looked amazing. The first of a new generation of movies that would show us how incredible 3D movies could be and convince us all to throw out our brand-new HDTV and get a 3DTV instead. I was so excited when I went to see it, but I probably couldn’t tell you anything about the movie except the broad strokes. A veteran soldier is called back to active duty so that his mind can be transferred into a bioengineered alien body designed for his brother. He becomes friends with the native aliens, and there’s a big fight. I think the natives win? I’m really not sure. It was that forgettable.


For some reason though enough people liked it for it to do well at the box office for James Cameron to want to make more movies featuring tall blue tribal aliens. He’s even using his considerable pull in Hollywood to delay the new Star Wars schedule, which I’m a little pissed about. Altogether he has 3 movies in the works, in addition to his Avatar inspired Cirque Du Soleil show “Toruk”.


[Toruk video – http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/arts/james-cameron-says-avatar-and-cirque-du-soleil-are-a-natural-fit-in-toruk ]


“Christmas of ’17 is the target,” Cameron announced. “But I don’t consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story.”


Personal feelings aside, does seem to have put a lot of work into the background for the next movies. “We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process,” said Cameron, “We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It’s been about a two-year task. (We’ve finished) all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we’re really poised to start after the first of the year.”


“I’ve been working the last couple of years with a team of four top screenwriters,” he said, “to design the world of Avatar going forward: the characters, the creatures, the environment, the new cultures.” As a fan of a well written and in-depth storyline, I want to believe that the additional care and attention that Cameron is taking over the upcoming trilogy will make up for any disappointment we got from the first movie. “So far, the art I’m seeing is in pure imagination, really far beyond the first film,” he added. “It’s going to be a true epic saga.”


Don’t let me down James Cameron.


Watch the interview here: http://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/arts/james-cameron-says-avatar-and-cirque-du-soleil-are-a-natural-fit-in-toruk