Friday, January 27, 2017

I Just Had an Epiphany

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Winter is my time to write, but it's also my time to watch movies and series's. I recently watched the Dark Angel series, and then just last night we watched the Lost Boys Trilogy.

In case you've never watched any of Dark Angel, the whole premise is a secret facility decided it was a fantastic idea to do a little gene splicing in order to create the perfect soldier. It starts out with a bunch of kids escaping from this facility, but then they have to keep a low profile because the guy who runs the facility will stop at nothing to find them and take them back. These kids/young people are an interesting character study. They are incredibly smart in many things, and yet completely ignorant of some of the most basic things we all take for granted.

The world they function in is what is termed as a broken world. You see, shortly after these kids were created, someone set off a massive EMP pulse in the atmosphere which sent the nation into the dark ages.

One thing I will say about this world, throughout the seasons, some things get better, and of course, some things stayed the same.

Long about half way, they introduce the concept that Max is the perfect human. She is THE ONE. Now what that ONE is supposed to be is never said, but it offered a springboard ripe for play, and it made her the target of even more people, because they also introduced the idea that this gene splicing thing was only a recent way to do things that were already secretly being done, and for hundreds of generations linked as far back as the earliest civilizations on this Earth.

Eventually that gene splicing facility was shut down, but Max, our pretty little angel up there, was able to get everyone out. Only thing is, everyone meant all sorts - those designed to operate in the desert, those designed to operate under water, those designed to operate in the arctic - it made for some very interesting interactions, and they were also the impetus for some blatant playing with racism and human rights. I think the series ended because they didn't know quite what to do with these sensitive issues.

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That brings us to The Lost Boys. Now the whole premise behind all three movies was 'if you killed the head vampire, all those he'd turned or who had been turned using his blood, were instantly cured, provided they hadn't already killed'.

And so herein is my epiphany. If Max is THE ONE, why was she created? And of course the entire breeding program was to prepare for the coming, though they never said what coming they were talking about - not even a hint of Christ's coming, so it was wide open.

So, what if that 'coming' was an awakening of long sleeping vampires eager to suck the planet dry before sleeping again. I mean, it is in fitting with the assorted hints that human civilization has been wiped out before, but there is no knowing how. Ooh I do love mixing and matching premises. So Max was created to be the only person capable of killing these nasty vampires, and she was created in secret. It is up to her to save all of humanity. After all, as she says, they were created to protect humans, not be liked by them. (or something like that)

I invite you to watch these and tell me what you think. Too bad the makers of Dark Angel couldn't see into the future and read this post. Maybe they'd take the idea and run with it.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Walking Dead

Yeah, we're watching it again. In fact, I just ordered the last season - season 6. I like it, but it bugs me at the same time. I like the characters and how they develop, how they go through the different stages of dealing with a world gone to shit, quite literally. That's the best part - the characters. Did you know that Rick - what you hear in the movie - is not what he really sounds like? He's very good imitating a southern accent. I didn't know that until I watched one of his interviews. Even the tone of his voice is different. haha It was rather startling.

What really bugs me is the timeline involving the walkers. At first Rick got shot and he went to the hospital. The world was fine at that point. Sometime shortly after that things went to hell in a handbag in like the blink of an eye. Here's my reasoning behind why I say that.
  • A wound takes roughly 10 days before the stitches can be removed. 
  • It takes 3 days to die from lack of water.
  • When Rick finally woke up he was real thirsty, and real sore, but he never bled. 
These facts tell me that Rick's IV bag ran out, I'll say 2 days prior. I'll also guess that he woke up somewhere between one week and ten days after his surgery. I say that because when he met that first man who helped him, Morgan, he felt the need to change his bandages, meaning that maybe his stitches weren't quite ready to be removed yet.

So this world-wide epidemic wiped out 99% of the human race in less than ten days. That's a pretty awesome accomplishment for a bug, don't you think? Of course, in the series, there is never any hint as to what caused the epidemic, nor is there anything that might indicate how it spread so fast. Of course, the whole movie isn't about the bug even a little, it's about the people and how they deal with it all.

My next gripe about the timeline is how long these walkers are 'living', or remaining animated. So far the movie covers at least 18 months. We know this because of a nine-month pregnancy and a baby who is somewhere around 8 months old - she can't walk yet, so she's less than a year old.

I wasn't sure so I looked it up, and this is what I found:

How Long Does It Take for Body to Decompose?

  • Timeline
What Happens
  • 24-72 hours after death
Internal organs begin to decompose.
  • 3-5 days after death
Body starts bloating. Blood-containing foam begins leaking from mouth and nose.
  • 8-10 days after death
Massive decomposition of organs in abdomen accumulate massive gas; body turns from green to red because of blood decomposition.
  • Several weeks after death
Nails and teeth begin to fall.
  • 1 month after death
Body starts to become fluid.

So Rick found out at the CDC that everyone was infected (who knows how that happened so quickly either), and we have learned how if someone dies from any cause, they turn into a walker in a matter of hours, so I'm sure walkers will be generated constantly to a certain degree, however the biggest population of them would have degraded to liquefied goo in a month or two at the most since none of them sought shelter from the weather, unless it was by accident.

And bloating - I never even thought about bloating, but have you noticed how none of them are even fat? Let alone bloated. So they should have been completely beyond mobility in a relatively short amount of time.

And the eating: Why give them a drive to eat? Biting I can understand. That would be a means for the disease to spread, but to eat when there is no means for digestion. I mean, once what they consume has been shoved beyond the throat and down into the belly, what then? I never saw one pair of pants loaded up with whatever might pass for crap.

So anyway, things like this is why I will never buy a zombie book. I'll read and review one if it's given to me, and people do give me books to read and review, but I won't spend money on a zombie book. And so far, no one has offered me a zombie book to review. I do have a rule though. I will always give an honest review, no matter what I'm asked to review. Not a fan of romance either, and even less so of erotica. It doesn't matter though. I will give an honest opinion, for only an honest review will truly help the writer be a better writer, whatever they write.


Friday, October 28, 2016

The Sales Conundrum

I learned from a friend today that she'd told a friend of hers about my books or that I was an author (no idea which), any way, this other woman's son bought a kindle edition of The Guardians. Good news for me, but it got me wondering. Why don't I get more such sales? Why is it that so few of my family's friends buy my books? Or maybe they do and I just don't hear about it.

Anyway, I wonder if it's because it sounds kinda cheesy when you say, "My sister is an author. You should check out her book(s)." or something similar. Does it? More than once in meeting people at work, when the subject comes up that I have written books, say how cool it is to meet a real author, and that's whether they buy any of my books or not. Not everyone is into reading, and only a fraction of those enjoy what I write, but I usually sell at least one or two books to staff every year. I was thrilled when my boss offered to display my books at the lodge. I mean really, they have nothing to do with Alaska or with fishing. They went up too late to get many sales this year, but they'll be there all summer next year, and with a new one to be added to the list. Keep an eye peeled right here. I'll be putting up a post all about it sometime soon.

So, how are your sales? Do you get more sales through family, or through strangers like on Amazon or whatever other platform you publish on?