Mon Sept 18th 2020
We’ll call this, quick hit Monday!
Making the most of our AMC Theater A-List, the entire family went and watched The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen Saturday. I discussed our experience, which was memorable, in this weekends A Star Wars Podcast.
If you’re watching HBO and Ridley Scotts Raised by Wolves, I have a theory that is sure to be wrong, but it’s still a fun theory. SPOILER ALERT: The show has been up and down for me. It started strong, but several episodes got too strange for my tastes. However, the last few episodes have taken an interesting turn with the female android getting pregnant. My theory is tied to the fact that the series has a ton in common with the Alien universe.
-The timelines seem to match the Alien timeline
-The Android share a ton on commonality with Alien androids. Including white blood, programing, when they patch into “simulations,” the graphics are identical to Prometheus and Alien Covenant. The med-android looks just like the utility androids from the Alien Isolation video game.
Ridley Scott has said he wants to re-imagine the Alien universe. My quick theory: The fetus in the android “Mother” will be a new Alien. Why? Because it would be cool, lol. More specifically, “Mother,” said that the fetus was half-carbon based, which would fit to a certain degree with the original Alien design being part machine. Also, “Mother” has had to feed the fetus with real blood from multiple humans and the alien creature on the planet. Again, I am sure I am wrong, but it would still be cool.
Lastly, I am working on A TON of cool EMBARK series stuff, including:
-Reformating of the entire trilogy
-An all-new edit of EMBARK book 1
-Book 4 close to proofreading and sent to Beta readers.
Also, an exclusive Behind the Scenes Artbook that will include cover art, concept sketches, concept art, final art, BTW into the artistic choices, and exclusive altered or deleted scenes from the books!
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Sat Sept 26rd 2020
I listen to many Star Wars podcasts, not as many as I did when we had movies being released, but still more than what is good for my health. One thing is clear; there is no shortage of opinions. When it comes to the Disney era Star Wars, the opinions seem to be.
–Most everyone likes The Force Awakens
-Some people LOVE The Last Jedi, and others HATE the Last Jedi
-Some people think The Rise of Skywalker was okay, most everyone else doesn’t hate it, but then a surprising amount say it’s their least favorite Star Wars movie, and those are mostly people who LOVE the Last Jedi.
–Most everyone likes or LOVES the Mandalorian; I don’t think I have ever heard anyone hating on Mando. –Not everyone went to the theater to see SOLO, but most everyone likes it.
–Then there is Rogue One, and most everyone likes it or says, and by a surprising amount, that Rogue One is their favorite Star Wars movie EVER!
For the record, and these opinions can change here’s my take on the Disney Era.
I like The Force Awakens a lot. I think the Last Jedi is a masterpiece of cinema and a great Star Wars movie. The Rise of Skywalker is my favorite of all the new content and current favorite Star Wars movie. Solo is a lot of fun, Mando is excellent, and so is Rogue One.
But about Rogue One, it’s interesting how many people say it’s their favorite.
In my opinion, the reason Rogue One is a favorite is that:
–It’s close to the original Star Wars timeline, so close it takes place ten minutes before the start of A New Hope
-It’s not weighted down with any preconceived notions of characters from the previous content.
-All the Vader stuff is pretty awesome.
With its popularity, Rogue One’s Disney + series is getting a new director, and production is starting soon.
The untitled show focuses on Rebel agent Andor before the events of Rogue One in the early days of the Rebellion against the Empire. The show had been described as a “spy thriller” when plans for it first were revealed last year. It was also previously announced that Luna would return as Andor, while Alan Tudyk is set to reprise his role as K-2SO, Andor’s droid sidekick.
This new director is the same one who filmed my favorite Black Mirror episode.
Haynes has been on a role as of late, which started with directing the Emmy winning Black Mirror episode U.S.S. Callister starring Jesse Plemons. The special had a Star Trek meets Twilight Zone feel and is still a fan favorite among Black Mirror fans.
I’m really excited to see what this show turns out to be. While Rogue One is great, it’s not necessarily anything I was clamoring for. However, with the recent addition of Adria Arjona, I am a little more excited, she’s pretty great.
I suppose you can file this blog under Star Wars is far from dead. And, while I’m really pleased we’ll be getting plenty of Star Wars content, what I want are more films, that’s where Star Wars always shines I.M.O. on the big screen, opening night, with family, friends, and fans!
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Monday Sept 21st
Imitation of life in art can shed light on our dangerous times.
I wrote in a recent blog about cancel culture vs. pop culture, and now it almost seems as if that post, after the events of the past few days, is irrelevant and dated.
There simply is no escaping the mixing of politics and pop culture anymore. Yes, I am aware it’s been this way for quite some time, but never has the intersection of Hollywood and D.C. been as volatile and dangerous as it is today.
I understand wars. Nations going into deadly combat for a variety of geopolitical reasons. These armed conflicts, during my lifetime, took place in foreign lands, far from our homes. It makes the entertainment depictions of war, especially those among the Stars, relatable and, therefore, more enjoyable. The one aspect of war that I had found, before now, perplexing, was how do you convince people en masse to turn on their neighbors, or merely a group of people. Not soldiers locked in armed conflict following their leaders’ commands.
Terrorism, driven by religious ideology, I understand, even if I can’t relate to it. A group of radical Jihadists, wanting to kill the infidel. That I sadly get. There is a similarity to your “standard” warfare, Vietnam, WW1/2, from the perspective of wanting to destroy the enemy. But again, there is still that disconnect. For the most part, those wars were not about attacking the person living on your block, in your city or state. If you are a homegrown terrorist, you most likely hate the place you live. No, what I am talking about is more in line with NAZI Germany, or the horrible racism in the country going back to the 1940s and prior. I had always found it curious and honestly somewhat confusing how so many people could collectively hate another. I don’t anymore.
Now we can see, in real-time, how quickly calls for violence by politicians can lead to civil unrest, riots, armed takeovers of U.S. cities, and murder.
I understand now how Americans can turn on one another, how a group can be singled out, marginalized, deemed less human, and therefore not worthy of their freedom or, in some circumstances, their life.
Do not misunderstand; I am in no way equating the horrific deaths that were carried out by Hilter and Nazi Germany to that of the violence in our American streets. I am saying that I understand how the quick one’s value can be reduced to noting in a matter of years, just because of a difference in belief and opinion. Instead of soldiers taking orders from their superiors, we have crowds of angry mobs, online and in the streets, taking orders from their politicians (Maxine Waters, I am talking about you). The mindless rage of Antifa makes it easier to understand how groups can quickly organize against fellow citizens.
Calls for violence have erupted from all corners of the social sphere in the wake of Ginsberg’s death. I understand now, more than ever, how quickly an ideological Godless portion of society can turn on its fellow citizens.
Melinda and I watched 42, the Jackie Robinson story, over the weekend. It’s a fantastic film. It was yet another reminder of how horrible Americans can be to one another. It was also filled with hope. As a society, we can and did change. At a time when just because you support a particular politician/elected official, you can immediately be cast as a racist hate monger, not worthy to kept alive; it’s important to remember that we eventually came out the other side, and the chaos subsided. If the Emmy Awards last night were any indication, it’s going be a long time still until things calm down. But I am confident we will eventually see better days ahead. I trust and believe that God has a plan in all this, and I delight in the day when we know the outcome of that plan. Until then, do the right thing, stand up for truth, do not despair. It’s easy to blog, harder to put into practice, but there is a light at the end of this long tunnel, I believe that.
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Friday Sept 18th
Don’t let Cancel Culture destroy Pop Culture
It’s Friday! Or, at least it’s Friday as of my writing of this blog. To close out the week, I want to recap a bit of what I wrote about in previous blogs and attempt to make some sense of it. I won’t get political, apart from saying that, unfortunately, everything is political these days. You can’t talk about anything, even within pop culture, that might be even remotely thought-provoking, or heaven forbid, controversial without battle lines being drawn. That’s evident going back to last week’s John Boyega comments, to Daisy Ridley talking Rey’s parents, and actress Gina Carano. (more on her below). Even I fall somewhat prey to this. I also took to this very blog to push back on Boyega’s view of his role in the sequel trilogy. I like to believe I am doing it “right,” pointing out that it’s specifically my opinion. But, I’ll leave that up to you, the reader, to decide whether or not I am as divisive as anyone else. The truth is, I do not want to silence anyone’s view, even if they differ from mine. And if this post has a point, it’s just that. Let’s be passionate, let’s be vocal, but let us be respectful in the end to opposing views.
This is not happening in the case of Cara Dune, Mando actress, Gina Carano. This article lays out clearly that cancel culture and the pop-culture, politically driven online mob, wants to silence Carano just because she shares different views.
That’s at the heart of everything discussed online and in the media. Its the difference between, we disagree, and we disagree, you hurt my fee-fees, and you must be banished. In the end, I hate all of it, and I have for a long time. I’m trying to get used to it because I don’t see it changing. I just hope Gina Carano (as an example of getting online pushback) stays strong and that the powers that be at Lucasfilm don’t hold it against the actress; that’s when you know things are terrible.
On deck this weekend, and this is subject to change.
A new A Star Wars Podcast will available. I’ll be deep-diving into the Mandalorian Season 2 trailer. Also, expect a new A Space Opera Podcast where I will be examining The Rise of Skywalker as a Space Opera film and not a Star Wars saga film.
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Wed Sept 16th
So, you say “Star Wars is dead?” Well, you’re wrong.
As always, I’ll start by saying this is just my personal opinion and that if you disagree, I absolutely respect that. With that out of the way, like the title says, Star Wars isn’t dead, far far from it.
I’ll probably break this up into multiple posts leading up to this week’s A Star Wars Podcast, only because there is a lot to be said on the subject. The first example I will give about Star Wars being alive and well can be found by simply looking back over the previous posts below. From the controversy around John Boyega’s comments to Daisy’s reveal of her parents’ evolution in the sequel trilogy, Gina Carano and her recent kerfuffles on Twitter and the hype around the CG short for Squadrons.
And on that last one, I had an exchange on Facebook that went something like this:
Facebook Star Wars Post
FB comment, “Star Wars in a dead franchise.”
Jon Justice, “(facts about Mando and Clone Wars streaming records, facts about box office returns for the sequel trilogy only second to Marvel, etc.)”
FB comment, “That just means its a zombie.”
And so it goes…If there is that much talk around SW it ain’t dead.
You don’t have to like or watch any of the new SW Disney content, as I always say. But can we please dispense with irrational claims that SW is over. Is Star Wars changing, yes, the saga films “might” be a thing of the past, but the desire for new stories of the War and Star variety is still very much healthy and alive. Prove me wrong…. TalkShowNerd@Gmail.com
Now the fun stuff.
I really enjoyed the Mandalorian Season 1. I’ve watched each episode several times and find myself drifting to it when I need a quick SW fix. That said, my first love is always the films and specifically the saga films. That might change soon. I am over the moon hyped for Mando season 2. I’ll get into more detail tomorrow, but here is a shortlist of why I’m excited.
1) The budget is bigger, and the show is going to be too.
2) The world-building looks better, with new planets.
3) The focus on “Jedi” in the narration could bring in the mythology that IMO the series needs. I’d like a little more force in my Mando, things we can speculate on.
4) Lastly, for now, the timeline is opening up, and it’s an era post-ROTJ and Pre-TFA that is ripe for exploration.
The trailer has me way more excited for season 2 than I even was for season 1. I’ll say more tomorrow. Until then, check out the trailer below and remember; if you like what you’re reading, check my podcasts and support MY Nerd World by picking your preferred version of the EMBARK trilogy in Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook.
Tues Sept 15th
When I started writing EMBARK: Book 1 in 2015, the idea I had was that since I couldn’t be a “director” of movies, I’ll write a story of my dream movie that wasn’t Star Wars. Essentially, if I could walk into a theater and watch any film, what would it be? That’s EMBARK 1 and 2, 3, upcoming 4, etc. It would be a dream come true for my stories to be adapted for film, or perhaps a live-action streaming show like the Mandalorian. I’ve also considered how cool it could be to see the EMBARK series turned into an animated show. While watching this video below with Melinda and Kyle, I immediately said, “I would love to see EMBARK done in this animation style!”
There is a fantastic new video game coming out in OCT called Star Wars: Squadrons. Kyle (my 13yr old son) and I are super excited for its release. This video short was created as a promotional mini-movie for the game. This is simply awesome! I hope Lucasfilm is paying attention because the fan response in the past 24hours has been overwhelmingly positive. I kind of hope they created this to see if the public would be open to a show with this style of animation.
Mon Sept 14th
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU CARA DUNE!
I think I have a new favorite Star Wars character. I’ll say up front, as always, my opinions and rationale are my own. Okay, disclaimer out of the way, I’m talking about Cara Dune, and I’m becoming a fan mostly because of Gina Carano; the world needs more public figures willing to speak out and not cave to the mob. Below are just a few examples of Gina’s tweeting regarding the current state of our societal discord. It’s a breath of fresh air, and I pray that she stays strong in the face of “cancel culture.”
As far as favorite Star Wars character, I am a little glib here. Brennen Marr asked me on his Page Turners They Were Not Star Wars show, who my favorite movie character was? I was a little stuck for an answer. My current default is Rey in TROS, as I just love her in every aspect of that movie. But honestly, I don’t have a firm favorite. Solo is cool, as is Obi-Wan, I love Ahsoka, etc. As for Cara Dune, I liked the character quite a lot. Hopefully, she’ll get more screen time in Mando season 2 as I feel like she raises the level of the fantastic show even further when she appears. But given the actresses boldness and fearless honesty that runs headlong against the current woke culture dominating the narratives, well, let’s just say, I see more purchases of her character’s likeness to adorn my toy collection in the near the future. Hat Tip to you, Cara Dune/Gina, we need more celebrities like you during these dark times.
Sat Sept 12th
I received such a great response from a FB post yesterday about movies that it sparked and idea for an upcoming blog. Read my blog from yesterday below and then answer the question, When and where was the first movie you ever saw in the Theaters. Also, if you want, please share your favorite movie going experience. Email me. Thanks! Jon
Friday Sept 11th
NEVER FORGET ALL THOSE WE LOST ON THAT FATEFUL DAY
I went down a nostalgia rabbit hole yesterday. After the ridiculous nonsense of the week, highlighted in the previous day’s blog posts, I wanted to focus on something positive. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the impact of films, the movie-going experience, and my journey of becoming a movie fan. Not shockingly, it started with Star Wars and that first time seeing the movie in theaters. According to my and my father’s recollection, my first time going to the movies was to see Star Wars in 1977 when I was five. Even if we’re wrong, it’s absolutely my only film memory from that age. I often mention that I was a fan a Star Wars before I was a fan of anything. Just like I was a Depeche Mode fan before, I was a fan of any other band and even NASCAR before I followed any other sports extensively. I need to get my Dad on the Star Wars podcast soon to talk about those first experiences. After some sharing of personal memories, I have landed on the Rosemead 4 Cinema as the location of my first viewing of Star Wars: A New Hope. Above is a picture of the theater, and based on the cars in the parking lot, that picture was probably taken sometime in the late 70’s early 80’s. My Dad thought that we watched the movie at the Temple City Theaters, but I distinctly remember the theater being smaller and in a strip mall. When I saw that picture, even being only five years old, I instantly recognized the front of the cinema. I can still recall being in the small theater, with a tiny screen by today’s standards, watching the X-Wings and Tie Fighters barreling through the Death Star trench. The fact that I remember nothing in those pre-teen years, but I remember Star Wars and watching the Empire Strikes Back promo for the first time on our tiny TV screen, pretty much sums up the impact that Star Wars has had on my life. It’s why I like to create, whether it’s being on the radio or writing my SciFi stories or Podcasts, it’s all George Lucas’s fault.
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Thurs Sept 10th
“Hang on back there!”- Han Solo: A New Hope
(Update: If you’d like to see a further example of the toxic fandom at work, just head on over to the comments sections on my latest A Star Wars Podcast Youtube video Be sure to sort the comments by “Newest First.”)
While you’re here, be sure to check out my Sci-Fi Space Opera series EMBARK, assuming you have not already 🙂
As a follow up to my blog post yesterday and earlier this week, here are just a few of the ridiculous examples (and there are dozens more) of what, in my opinion, is the toxicity in the Star Wars fandom. Before I go on, let me add the usual and appropriate disclaimers.
-This is my opinion; if you disagree, that’s cool. If we agree on everything, what fun would that be
-Everyone I mention below is entitled to their opinion
-Art, film, music, movies, etc. are all subjective.
With that out of the way, I present to you a small set of examples of why, again, IN MY OPINION, it’s the fandom doing damage to the Star Wars “brand” in the social sphere and NOT the films themselves.
Check this last example out below, it almost needs no commentary because it’s just that ridiculous. Again, he’s entitled to his opinion, but lack of self awareness that this is a choice to feel this way is just sad.
Daisy Ridley was asked if Palpatine was always her relative. No, it was not.
The utter lack of care and direction regarding the sequel trilogy has me beyond bothered. I found it hard to find my words in this first time reaction and realization that we’ve really truly been all lied to regarding everything.
The Mandalorian is all I have to look forward to.
With Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni behind Star Wars, there is hope. As far as the sequels go, they’re no longer in my timeline of Star Wars canon.
I don’t think the actors should ever be to blame. Neither should the writers and directors. You can’t expect them to understand Star Wars. The higher ups who sign off on such a thing, especially when appointed by George Lucas like KK was, should have put her foot down and really course corrected things.
Everything is so messed up, and the final nail is in.
I hope things continue under Favreau. He is a new hope.
All of the above mentioned and linked sites make money (okay, that’s an assumption, but I am reasonably sure it’s true; otherwise, they would be losing out big time based on their views). I’m not saying that their desire for more clicks is their only motivation for their opinions. But I speak from experience when I say that videos talking positively about Star Wars do not get nearly as many clicks.
These “hot-takes” IMO, are pure garbage. The headcanon is so strong with this part of the fandom that they simply cannot just say, “I didn’t like the movie.” Nope, there is too much to be gained by using the creative process as a crutch and excuse to justify their pain of not having a fictional story play out how THEY wanted it to. I believe that John Boyega has essentially become the very essence of what he is complaining about in the GQ article. Boyega has reduced himself to a whiny fanboy who also believes the movies he agreed to star in didn’t go the way he wanted.
As for Daisy Ridley, watch that interview; she’s laughing and joking, she should be. Daisy gets it. She’s an actor playing a character that someone else created. Mark Hammill even gets it. In the Director and the Jedi documentary on the Last Jedi, he said that while he disagreed with Rian Johnson, he didn’t own Luke’s character and was happy just to be acting in another Star Wars film. And therein lies the problem, these whiny fanboys either subconsciously or consciously believe they “own” some part of the Star Wars IP. They are the ones dividing the fandom, spreading trash takes on the creative process to justify their flimsy arguments of why they don’t like the sequel trilogy. Hopefully, when we get new movies, far away from the Skywalker storyline, this negativity will stop. Until then, I just wish the toxic fandom would stop for a moment and look in the mirror. The problem isn’t that Disney ruined Star Wars; the problem is the choice they make to be offended by something that they have ZERO control over. Grow up, and if you don’t like The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, or The Rise of Skywalker, don’t watch them. This isn’t that hard.
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Wed Sept 9th 2020
I’ll be getting into my further commentary on this week’s A Star Wars Podcast, but until then, check out this exchange and interview with Rey actress Daisy Ridley. Unfortunately, but not unexpected, her comments about Rey’s lineage and the creative process are already causing some heads in the fandom to spin. Cries of “They didn’t know what they were doing!” and “Why didn’t they have a plan!?” along with comments like “They should have done the other idea!” are dominating the reactions to Daisy’s revelations. This is all very unfortunate, in my opinion. People tend to want to latch on to a particular “hot take” to justify their views. Honestly, that’s precisely what I’m doing, just in a positive way. I love the fact that it was an ongoing process that led to the choices made in the Rise of Skywalker; that’s how it should be. The writers should have the freedom to find their way, and not be beholden to a particular story element, just because it was determined at the onset of the writing process. If you don’t like that Rey was a Palpatine, that’s cool, but don’t blame the decision-making process on that; this is how stories, books, movies, etc. are most often crafted.
Tues Sept 8th 2020
There is a new contest running! A chance at free EMBARK audiobooks, and it’s free to enter. Just hit this link and send me your email!
I hope, especially if you’re a fan of Star Wars. However, also if you’re concerned about the current discourse in society, politics, and, this case, pop culture, you’ll take the time to read yesterday’s lengthy post about Finn actor John Boyega. I had several comments from podcast listeners who said to expect “backlash.” I am pleased to say that while I had few comments that agreed with Boyega, most of the feedback has been positive, and none of it angry in the slightest.
Later this week and on this weekend’s next Star Wars podcast, I will dive into this fantastic article Star Wars: Why The Sequel Trilogy Is My Favourite Era I found this morning. It’s a great read that I agree with on many points.
Lastly, for today, for those first-time visitors here, I hope you’ll check out my sci-fi Space Opera series EMBARK. Details and links to the stories are available below:
Book 1 The Great Evacuation
Flight culture has replaced car culture. Taft Gaurdia fights with his friends to save humanity and the girl he loves.
It’s a science fiction adventure set in the future of about a boy who is a Star Wars and Depeche Mode fan, in love with a girl in the middle of the apocalypse.
An exciting space opera for those who love these genres, books, and movies. A mix of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Fats and Furious, and Ready Player One in this fast-paced epic.
Book 2 Treasure in Darkness
They survived a planet-wide apocalypse on Earth. Now, on a far off world, Taft and his friends must unravel the mystery of lethal threat to their new way of life.
Book 3 The Vanishing War
The only way the Raider Alliance can stop a ruthless galactic dictator is the truth. The question is, will humanity in a far off galaxy believe them?
Mon Sept 7th 2020
JOHN BOYEGA TOSSES DISNEY/LUCASFILM WRITERS AND DIR. UNDER THE BUS AND IT’S NOT RIGHT.
First of all, there is a new contest running! A chance at free EMBARK audiobooks, and it’s free to enter. Just hit this link and send me your email!
Also, I hope you’ll check out this week’s A Star Wars podcast. I was hesitant to discuss the recent comments by actor John Boyega, but as someone who truly enjoyed his portrayal of Finn, I wanted to counter the actors claim with my opinion as a viewer and with facts,
I will not presume I know what it feels like to be John Boyega; that is not all what I want or will say. This is my perspective, opinion, and perception of his comments as a fan of this franchise.
Any expectations he had of his character is on him; he had the scripts, he chose to play the roles he did.
“he told the magazine. [But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a Black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are, and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up … You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know fuck all.”
. “What they want you to say is, ‘I enjoyed being a part of it. It was a great experience …’” he said. “Nah, nah, nah. I’ll take that deal when it’s a great experience.”-JB GQ
IMO he is doing many disservices to the franchise and to the fans that may have been inspired by him. For people claiming that the marketing made it seem like he was supposed to be a Jedi and therefore they feel bad for him that it wasn’t the case, here is what I will say. That only works if John Boyega also assumed he would have a larger role in the film as if it were a surprise for him the first time he saw TFA. But that’s not the case. He knew the story; he knew his character and what would happen ahead of time. That would be like Mark Hammill filming his role as Luke Skywalker and then getting upset after the movie came out that he didn’t get to own the Millennium Falcon. Okay, maybe that was a weak comparison, but you get the idea.
“Like, you guys knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you knew what to do with Adam Driver he says. “You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know fuck all. So what do you want me to say? Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything.”-JB GQ
Below are a few comments about Finn’s story in each of the films that I believe are good examples of how he wasn’t sidelined as the actor claims.
The Force Awakens:
The movie opens with him; he’s central to the story, Finn wields the lightsaber more than Rey, and it was JJ that took him out of commission by the end. That moment set up what Rian did with the character at the start of TLJ.
The Last Jedi:
Again, we get Finn on film before Rey; he continues his arc of caring for Rey, he’s given THE side story, regardless of whether people like, we cut away entirely from Rey, Luke, and Kylo to go on the adventure with Finn and Rose. It’s actually a separate story, something Finn doesn’t get in TFA or TROS. He gets to go one on one and take out one of the bad guys in Captain Phasma. He continues to get a hero moment in the end in his attempt to sacrifice himself. You could pull out everything with Finn and make it its own show.
The Rise of Skywalker :
He kind of defends TROS over TLJ, and yet while his role is with the main characters as it is, is great, he doesn’t get a story arc like in TLJ. He does get to lead the secondary story element at the end with the assault on the SD’s over Exegol; he gets a “Luke Moment” w/ Jannah in taking down the main First Order SD, and Jannah with Lando get a heroic moment when Lando rescues them all from the crashing FO SD.
As far as rose Tico, lumping in frustrations about the involvement of that character is all subjective. She had a great and extensive role in TLJ. To give her as big of one of the main characters, you’d have to replace Jannah most likely with Rose. But, Jannah played a hugely important role for Finn! That was the point.
Total runtime of the top 4 new characters from all three sequel films:
All of this is to say that while he (John Boyega) is Finn, and he is entitled to his opinion, what’s on the screen is there for all to see, and in my opinion, he’s wrong in his disparaging comments about the franchise. Daisy Ridley/Rey was always going to be the star, and he knew that. The idea that he was shoved to the side, it’s just not factually true. He’s on-screen the second-longest next to Rey. Kylo/Ben’s story is wrapped up in with Rey’s, he (John Boyega) is the co-star of the Sequel Trilogy franchise, and out of the three movies, TLJ gave him his biggest role, so to say otherwise is to say you were watching a different movie.
He undermined the value of what Finn brought to the sequel trilogy, and IMO has tainted all the positivity and example of a great heroic role model by feeding the Anti-Disney SW click baiters. Think about it, the same group that actually complained about a black Storm Trooper he has now aligned with in his negativity to the franchise, choosing to be an activist rather than an advocate.
If I were to interview John Boyega, I would ask him, “what do you say to you, the young Finn fan, who was inspired by that character? Did you do more harm than good that could have done?”
I just think it’s sad that the actor decided to go this route publically, and honestly, I was watching TROS yesterday, and it bummed me out watching Finn, whom I love in TROS, knowing that the actor wasn’t satisfied with his involvement and felt he was done wrong.
Thurs Sept 3rd
I’ve been slacking on the blog posts this week, but I have a good excuse. On the show I co-host with Drew (Justice and Drew) we’ve been switching off vacations and I’ve been flying solo with our producer Sam all week.
This doesn’t mean the book work has slowed. Melinda continues her work on Gahan Corbijn and the Asteroid of Misfortune, while writing on Book 5 in the saga continues. I’ll also have a new contest next week for a chance at free Audiobooks.
Lastly, I found this awesome app that allows me to create animated vids and gifs from the book artwork, as shown above. So, expect to see more of those coming soon.
Mon Aug 31st
I went toy hunting on Saturday in the city of Anoka and snagged this amazing OG 1977 promotional poster for Star Wars by legendary artist John Berkey. I adore his work and this was an amazing find.
I have a special request! If you have read EMBARK, 1, 2, or 3, enjoyed them and have NOT left a review please do so ASAP at the link and then click to the left of the page under Review This Product. I need as many positive reviews as I can get to help with future promotions and sales. Thank you so much in advance!
Sat Aug 29th
Up first, check out this interview with Zenger on this Zeng This! Podcast. I listen to this show and always have a great time being a guest.
Next up, someone had asked me about the bottom bracket story below, and I honestly couldn’t tell if they were being sarcastic in their interest or legit wanted to hear more about my dumb story LOL. Either way I have an update as the bottom bracket started to loosen again slightly after two rides yesterday. I’ve ordered a proper tool set and should arrive today. YA AMAZON PRIME!
This is what I really wanted to write about today, and that is how we are so spoiled as fans of Star Wars. More specifically, those who grew up with the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. I am in no way shape or form saying you have to like the ST , everyone is entitled to their opinion. That being said, if our younger selves, when the OG was released or later the PT, if our younger kid versions of us were given movies anywhere near close to the quality of the ST, we’d be losing our minds. I really do love the three sequels. I watched them back to back to back over two days and really had fun just taking in the spectacle of them. As kids we were so less critical, watching them as if I was 11/12/13 years old that I never really matured beyond was completely enjoyable. And I must say, going from The Last Jedi and straight into The Rise of Skywalker was really cool. For with TLJ you get this great masterpiece, with the characters get put through their paces, its darker, and emotional. Then TROS takes over and that is just an incredible, fast paced, brilliantly scored epic that never lets you out of it’s Star Wars nostalgia grasp.
I really like Star Wars in case you didn’t know 🙂
Wed Aug 19th 2020
Things are getting back to normal, or at least, that dreaded “new normal” that gets talked about so often. In this case, it’s not about COVID-19, but the new normal around the house. Things are definitely quieter without Bella, my usually friendly greeting when leaving for work in the early morning hours and coming home are both gone. While this makes me sad, I quickly am learning to live with it. As I said in an earlier post, life goes on.
So, its back to work and less moping around the house.
Melinda continues editing on the Gahan Corbijn story (Book 4 in the EMBARK series) while I am plugging away on EMBARK: Book 5. It seems as if with each new book, I get more and more excited for their release. I know I am growing as an author, and with it, the storytelling and writing are both getting better.
I will be sending out an update email to those on my mailing list. This next email will include some exclusive details about the upcoming books and possibly some giveaways. If you are not on my mailing list (I will not share or sell your information) email me at TalkShowNerd@gmail.com, and I’ll add you. The email list is strictly about My Nerd World podcasts and my book series.
Have a great one!
Tues Aug 18th 2020
I woke up with a smile this morning. It was the first time since a week ago when my Bella came slowly traversing the stairs to my office that led Melinda and me to make that fateful decision. I know that in time the grief will subside, and thankfully it already is. Continued thanks to everyone’s prayers and kind words. I know I’m not the first person to deal with grief and loss and that plenty of people are going through much more difficult circumstances than my family and me, but the pain is relative, and I’m going to miss my girl way more than I ever could have imagined.
Next week I am taking a much needed week off. My only plans are to relax, ride my bike, watch movies, and write. I want to get these next few books, Gahan Corbijn and EMBARK 5 out as soon as possible, and continue the series. Sales on books 1-3 have slowed considerably recently, which is a bummer but expected.
Thank you again for the support this past week.
Mon Aug 17th 2020
I made this website a few years ago. When I created “My Nerd World,” I needed a website to aggregate the content I was creating outside of my radio career. The idea was to slowly and gradually build up the content so that many years down the road, I should have a nice online presence when I eventually retire from radio. In it, I would create a place online for all things related to my books and podcasts.
I only recently started the blog partly because I wanted to develop a habit of providing new content every day. I didn’t ever think that it would be useful to deal with my grief of losing such a beloved pet and friend in my Bella, but here I am. Everything happens for a reason, right.
I appreciate all the comments from you who have gone through this, and many of you, multiple times. This is my first time feeling a loss on this scale. I have had other pets, but none of them compare at all to Bella.
This morning, like yesterday, it hurts a little less. I am no less sad, and as I sit here at 4:13 AM, getting ready to leave for work, I am dreading walking out of my room on the lowest, below ground level, bedroom, and office. Every morning for 11 years, my Bella would either be here in my room or at the top of the stairs when I exit. But not today or anymore.
I am considering writing a book, maybe a novella, about my Bella, as I jokingly told Melinda. It won’t be for a while, I need to get much further along than I am today before I’ll have the clarity of thought to write something worthy of people reading.
For now, this blog and Bella’s inclusion into EMBARK book five will have to do.
Thank you for coming here and reading my blog. I hope you find some value in giving up your time to read my words.
Sun Aug 16th 2020
As I sit with just the light coming in from one window, highlighting the steam rising from my large Star Wars A Force Awakens, Kylo Ren mug of freshly brewed coffee, I can happily say that I am making emotional Progress.
This is the first time since Wednesday that I haven’t cried. Okay, I may have shed a tear or two, but it wasn’t the soaked tissue outbursts that had dominated my morning routine over the past week. I actually smiled, remembering Bella when seeing some of her items strategically placed around my room and my living room, where I spend most of my time.
I say strategically because I quickly realized yesterday that placing particular possessions of hers in eyeshot of where I sit (namely the blanket and her collar you see in the photo above) wasn’t something I could emotionally handle, at least not yet.
I wrote in a post below that I was hesitant for a bit on what I wanted to post on social media. I suppose deep down I always knew I would share what happened, I seem to share everything as many of you know, but I still wasn’t sure how appropriate it was. I definitely didn’t want to come off like my loss was the most important thing ever, not with so much going on in all our lives right now. All that being said, I am happy I did. The outpouring of comments, words of encouragement, and prayers have been wonderful, and I can’t say thank you enough. I pray I can return the gestures and sentiments in some way to you who have commented on our family’s loss.
An interesting thing happened while we waited for the nurse to arrive on Friday. All five us were gathered in the upstairs living room. I was sitting on the sofa with my laptop, and Bella on the floor next to me, like she ALWAYS did. Logan has a picture of this moment. I’ll share it at some point; I’m not quite ready to look at the scene yet. I needed something to occupy my mind with at least forty-five minutes until this nurse would arrive. I decided to continue editing Book 4 in my EMBARK series. Gahan Corbijn and Asteroid of Misfortune is a first-person adventure that tells the story of what happened to this character and his AI “Robi” ALX-B or “Alex” from EMBARK book 3 The Vanishing War. The book is finished, with Melinda currently doing the editorial edit, and then I approve her changes/corrections. It was at this moment that I realized something, the situations that Gahan and Alex go through and their relationship, was unintentionally inspired by my relationship with Bella. It’s not a one to one comparison by any stretch, but the story really is an allegory about a boy and his dog. The comical exchanges these two characters have would not have been written the way they were, were it not for the conversations I had with Bella over the past 11 years.
I am going to include Bella in the upcoming saga trilogy I am writing. Still, Melinda suggested that I dedicate Gahan Corbijn to my Bella, which is precisely what I am going to do. Below is a banner of the cover for the book, which should be available in early October.
Sat Aug 15th 2020
Maybe someday in the near future I’ll share in greater detail the events of Friday. For now I’ll just say that I am so very heart broken and sad. I’m at peace with the fact that my beloved Bella is no longer in pain and in a better place. We had a nice day yesterday until end around 3:30p. It was heart wrenchingly clear that it was her time leave us. She barely got up at all since I woke up in the AM at 2:30 and we simply spent the day together while she rested and we waited. Thank you for all the prayers, I absolutely felt them yesterday. I am gutted, truly and deeply gutted right now. My girl was there every morning, and the first person I would see and talk to everyday. (Because of my odd work hours and sleeping habit, Melinda and I sleep in different rooms) My daily routine is shattered and empty now that she’s gone. I know time will heal the pain I feel, but I miss my Bella, and right now looking at world without her in it, in word, sucks. I have decided that I’m going to include her in the current Book 5 I am writing and I know of a special way that I can keep her memory alive for years to come in my stories. For now, I’ll just take it hour by hour, then eventually, day by day, until all I am left with are the wonderful memories and not the overwhelming sadness I currently feel. I love you Bella, and I always will.
Thursday Aug 13th 2020
I’ve been hesitant to talk much about this on my social media platforms, although I will mostly likely share the news after Friday. Below are a few pictures of my beloved Bella. The one of her as a puppy was taken in 2009 and probably the same day we rescued her from the shelter. The other is from Nov 2018 and is one of my favorites from before she started dealing with issues. The drive from Southern AZ to MN in 2016 was really rough on her. Then, with our home and multiple flights of stairs, it took a toll on her legs, especially her hind legs. While 2019 wasn’t too bad, over these last few months time and age have taken its toll. We opted early on to not put her through any extensive surgery. Given her age, how attached she is to me, the difficulty she would have had to recover (it would have been torture for her) we decided to simply manage her ailments. Sadly, she’s is in tremendous pain now, even with pain medication. She can barely get up the stairs, she can only move around for so long before she ends up resting wherever she can, and she’s constantly panting through her pain. It breaks by heart beyond belief that this Friday I have to say goodbye my friend. She’s much more than that though which is why I am honestly and simply put devastated right now.
In 2009 I had a heart attack at age 37. That resulted in the 1st of two open heart surgeries. The first to replace my aorta attached to my aortic heart valve and to replace the valve itself. I had a 2nd to close a hole in my aortic graft in 2012. We rescued Bella in mid 2009, and she has been my comfort pet, and best friend ever since. She waits for me everyday to get home from work. She would follow me everywhere around the house when she used to be capable of doing that, she always comes and lays down where I am in the house relaxing. She is the most amazing, loving pet I could have ever dreamed of having. My heart is broken all over again and I honestly don’t know how I am goin to deal with Friday afternoon. I know we are doing the right thing, Bella has been there for me everyday for 11 years and now, as my Mom says, I have to do this for her. I will miss her beyond measure and pray that God will eventually, and I know He will, remove my sadness and pain and that of Melinda, Logan and Kyle and replace it with just the wonderful memories of the gift she has given to me and our family. I love her so much and my life is so much richer because she was is in and for that praise God for the gift of Bella. Goodbye my dear friend.
Wed Aug 12th 2020
2020 is just the worst. But, as George Lucas wrote and Obi Wan said, “what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.” There is truth that hardship can be seen as a positive. A sentiment echoed in The Last Jedi when Yoda talks about the greatest teacher being failure. I write this because bad things can and will happen and it’s what we do with them that matters most.
This Friday I have to put to sleep my beloved dog Bella. She’s been my best friend and by my side through all the hardest times so far in my life. She’s suffering in pain and to try and fix her issues would only cause her more harm. The next few days with her will be filled with both joy and heart break. Friday will be filled devastation that I am not quite sure I am ready for. But her time has come and it’s not fair for me to allow her to continue to provide me with comfort, friendship and joy while she suffers.
I needed something yesterday to bring a smile to my face and found this clip from the show I did in Tucson. I hope you laugh along with it as much as we did.
Saturday Aug 8th 2020
I’m running some promotions as I continue to try and spread my stories to the masses. First off, for the next few days you can get the ebook for EMBARK Book 1 for free. Also,
Just a reminder that the Audiobook for EMBARK The Vanishing War (3) is now available on Amazon
I still also still have a some free codes for books (1) and (2). If you take the opportunity to grab the other audiobooks I hope you’ll leave a review if you enjoyed them and grab the audiobook for (3)
Please enjoy a free audio review copy of Embark (1) & (2), now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo
Treasure in Darkness Book 2 Audiobook codes
Friday Aug 7th 2020
This trailer below looks amazing!!!! BTW for the next few days you grab the Ebook for EMBARK Book 1 for Free!
Now check this out!
Thurs Aug 6th 2020
If you like audiobooks and have not picked up EMBARK: Book 1 and Treasure in Darkness: Book 2, you might want to take a peep at yesterdays Blog below. In the meantime enjoy this video, as I did, showcasing Space Opera films that are not Star Wars.
Wed Aug 5th 2020
I rarely find new music anymore, mostly because I don’t listen to the radio, even if I am on it, just not music radio. So now I find most of my new music via YouTube. I recently discovered Gunship a few months back and they are now my new favorite band. I also found out there is a “new” genre they fall into called Synthwave, of which I am also now a huge a fan of. Much of the their music is 80/90’s movie themed which I personally think is totally rad. Enjoy!
Mon Aug 3rd 2020
I’ve been listening to a bunch of interviews with SciFi authors and something is becoming abundantly clear…I have little in-common with most of them apart from the love of genre. But even then, my views/opinions seem to run counter of what the vast majority thinks of certain IP’s. I want to believe this provides me an opportunity since these differences will certainly stand out in my own stories. However, that also might mean that these successful authors have found their own niches and audiences and it might be difficult, yet needed, for me to find my own specific audience to market to and continue to find success.
Since its a new week I just wanted to add that I hope wherever you are you are healthy, happy, and safe in these troubling times. Now, go pickup my books and get away from reality!
Sunday Aug 2nd 2020
It’s crazy how much our recognition of the lapse of time is so relative. I’ll never forget waiting in line for the opening day release of The Force Awakens. I was living in Tucson at the time and we didn’t have any theaters with assigned seating yet. I got off the air and immediately went to the Foothills Mall and sat outside of the theater for hours before being allowed to enter the theater one hour before the movie would start. Sitting in my seat, with forty five minutes until the movie started it was the longest forty five mins of my life. These days and especially the weekly show, time just flies by. I’m not complaining, the sooner time passes the sooner we get a vaccine (which appears to be the only way we as a society are going to be allowed to go back to our normal lives. Which I do not agree with, but I’ll keep my COVID thoughts to other outlets, this is supposed to be a fun blog.)
Speaking of fun, selling books is fun. No really it is. Trying to figure out the right combination that leads to increase sales, while it can be frustrating, is obviously rewarding if you get it right. With another new month I made some ads adjustments and so far they seem to be yielding positive results.
This week I am going to start my next podcast devoted to the Space Opera genre. This podcast was going to be a self publishing podcast, and while that will still be a part of it, I decided to shift the focus. The term “Space opera” has been around for a long time now, but its not widely used, and I’d like to change that. So be sure and look up My Nerd World: A Space Opera Podcast and give it a listen.
Friday July 31st 2020 (More free stuff!)
Arguably, the worst year ever right? At least from a societal stand point, during my lifetime. From a personal perspective it hasn’t been so bad, stressful, but I’ve personally had worse years. One of the biggest, and not discussed enough IMO negative effects of COVID and the election year is the lack of entertainment to take our attention away from the news of the day. I honestly hope that people have found my EMBARK stories a nice diversion from the harsh reality we live in right now. And while I didn’t know it at the time, the trilogy really did turn out to be very analogous to the current social zeitgeist and subtextually relevant to the struggles on not just a global scale, but certainly America specifically. I know for me, writing has been a welcome diversion. I’m about 20k into Book 5 and the start of the next trilogy of EMBARK stories that will take place 11 years after the conclusion of The Vanishing War and the Gahan Corbijn Book 4 coming out in late Sept. Be sure to join the mailing list for more details TheJonJustice@Gmail.com
I’m going to giveaway some free stuff in this post below so be sure to read to the end. I am also going to talk reviews and speaking of which, I just received this review of the audio book for The Vanishing War. E.L. writes
The ending of the book: it was hard to imagine and felt it will be better as a film for me
They gave the performance and overall score of 3 out of 5 stars and 4 out of 5 stars for story. You might be asking why a post a “meh” review. It’s because I appreciate the honestly and actually like the fact that the listener felt it would work better as a film. If I could be a movie a director, trust me I would. I love films! But mostly I love story telling and if a listener or reader can actually envision my story or even believes the story would be better as a film, I’ll take it. As long people are entertained and felt they got their moneys worth, I’m happy if they’re happy.
This weekend I’m doing some price testing on my ebooks and you can buy Book 1 for just .99cts and Books 2/3 for 3.99. I really need reviews for all 3 books on Amazon so if you purchase any version of the books and enjoyed them please leave a review ASAP. Also if you haven’t picked up the audio books yet, below are more free review codes for Book 1/2.
Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo
Book 2 Treasure is Darkness codes:
Wed July 29th 2020
I’ve been a slacker, not writing here as much as I had planned. In my defense, I did change the blog title, dropping the “daily” from the title. Things have been busy lately, all self induced. I decided to give the AMAZON descriptions a total overhaul after listening to some experts on copy editing. We’ll have to see if it makes a difference in more conversions of sales, which is currently my struggle in selling books. Using AMS ads, I can get a lot of clicks to my pages on AMAZON, just need to convert those clicks to buys. It’s an on going process and second job really. I find writing so rewarding that I don’t mind the extra work.
BTW I believe there are still free review audiobook codes available, so be sure to test out some of the codes below if you haven’t downloaded books 1/2. (also give this weeks Star Wars podcast a listen, you may find a few more that way)
Saturday July 25 2020
If you haven’t taken advantage of the free review copies of the EMBARK audiobooks be sure to scour the posts below. Some, but not all of those codes have been redeemed, so get them while they are still available. Currently I am in the middle of writing Book 5 in the EMBARK timeline while Book 4 is being edited. I love writing and it’s especially rewarding when you know the story being crafted is both fresh and familiar. I am glad I made the choice to continue the EMBARK adventures. In the near future I’ll absolutely write my new fantasy series. But for now, the EMBARK Space Opera saga still has much to be explored. Be sure to check out this weeks A Star Wars podcast out later in the day Saturday and the all new A Space Opera Podcast. I put up a short preview pod of what to expect, just look for My Nerd World where you choose to listen to podcasts.
Thursday July 23rd 2020
So I guess I like giving away free stuff!
As you are (hopefully) aware the Audiobook for EMBARK The Vanishing War (3) is now available.
After a stunning defeat by the evil Supreme Commander Sint Argum, the brave resistance must prepare for the inevitable attack on their homeworld.
Below are a few more free review codes for the EMBARK Book 1 and Treasure in Darkness (2) audio books. First come first served!
I hope if you take advantage of the freebies you’ll purchase a copy of the Book 3 audiobook.
And as always you can get the ebooks and paperbacks for the entire trilogy by simply going here! https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07K9HB7F7
Please enjoy a free audio review copy of Embark, now available on Audible.
When Earth suddenly faces a planet-wide catastrophe, a ruthless and power-hungry enemy emerges. Unwittingly, Taft, Kaytha, and their friends are thrust into the middle of humanity’s fight for survival and future among the stars.
Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo
EMBARK Treasure in Darkness (2)
During a search and salvage mission at the space graveyard near Saturn, an unknown threat attacks! Is this the return of the ruthless Sint Argum and DeCorp or a new enemy emerging?
Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo
Tuesday July 21st 2020
I’ve decided to giveaway more Audiobooks for EMBARK Book 1. (Details below) While I hope you enjoy the book, in return, if you enjoyed the story, leave a review. Also, tell your friends and family about the series and perhaps pickup an ebook or paperback version. If not, that’s totally okay and hopefully at a minimum you’ll buy the audiobooks for Treasure in Darkness and The Vanishing War.
Becoming a successful author requires a good amount of promotion and word of mouth. Help spread the word about the EMBARK Series! Thanks as always for the support and I enjoy the adventure!
Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark Book 1, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at
If a code is taken try another.
Monday July 20th 2020
As I get ready to head to work this morning, always an adventure, I am feeling generous. If you are interested here are a few free review codes for EMBARK: The Vanishing War Audiobook 3. Which means that if you take advantage of the freebies here and in the previous post, you can download the entire EMBARK Audiobook trilogy for FREE! All I ask is that if you enjoyed them, that you leave a review. (it’s not required for the giveaway.) Happy Monday!
Please enjoy one (each) free audio review copies of EMBARK The Vanishing War: (Book 3), now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo (ALL THE CODES HAVE BEEN USED)
Saturday July 18th 2020
EMBARK: The Vanishing War Audiobook 3 is now available here!
In honor of its release I am giving away Audiobooks 1 & 2 free review copies!
EMBARK Book 1
Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark Book 1, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at
These are one-time use codes, if doesn’t work, try another.
EMBARK TREASURE IN DARKNESS (Audio book 2)
Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark Book 2, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at
Wed July 15th 2020
When I wrote EMBARK book 1 I had a really good idea of in mind of where the story would go, beginning, middle, and end. For Treasure in Darkness I had beginning and end, but everything in-between was pure inspiration. At the moment Treasure in Darkness is probably my favorite book of the three, if only because I really had so much fun writing the Taft and Kaytha adventure portion of the story and how everything came together. For the Vanishing War I had a loose idea, kinda of like book 1, but the resolution came in the writing process. I’m mentioning all this because I’ve changed my mind on what the next set of stories will be.
If you read the posts below I had been teasing this new series idea. I have already put down a ton of ideas, planet details, character names etc. I even did something I never do and that is actually laid out a loose plot. I have a title and three subtitles for a trilogy and I was set to start writing the story today. But…After wrapping up Gahan Corbijn’s story I realized I am not ready set aside the world of EMBARK. I always intended, even with this new story idea, to go back and write another trilogy, for a total of seven EMBARK stories. I was, however, having a hard time coming up with a thread and arc for a new set of stories set in the Proxima Centauri system. But then this morning inspiration struck. On the drive into work I recorded into my notes audio app on my iPhone the basic plot elements for Book 5 (book 1 of the new trilogy) and bullet points for books 6 and 7. So, my other series will wait and if you liked EMBARK (and hopefully you’ll love Gahan Corbijn and the Asteroid of Misfortune) more stories are on the way and I hope to have Book 5 The Old World (working title subject to change) out by the end of the year and books 6/7 early 2021.
Monday July 13th 2020
Another week has arrived and just like every week these days I can’t help but wonder what it will bring? This week I’ll be passing off Book 4 in the EMBARK series for editing. The book is a ton of fun and I can’t wait to get it out there. This means that I can start on my new series and I’m thrilled/excited to be EMBARKING (get it LOL) on this new storyline.
Saturday July 11th 2020
I made some updates this morning to the creative content on the EMBARK Book 1 Amazon book description. It’s tough trying to find the right formula that leads to increased sales. My Amazon add teases seem to get people clicking to the sale page, but getting that click to covert to sale is tricky. I change it every month or so to see if one version of the description works better than another.
As soon I am done writing this post I’ll go back to work reading and editing book 4 in the series. As I mentioned below, after my edit and I hand off for an editorial edit, I can start work on my new series. I’m not ready to provide details yet on what I’ll be working on, but, below are some images I pulled as inspiration.
Thursday July 9th 2020
I am really close to landing a number one spot on Amazon and that all important Best Seller tag. With help of my readers, family and friends on my birthday, selling Book 1 at .99cts I came so close! Thank you! I’m pray that the overnight averages will result in my taking that number one spot still. If you can, pick up an ebook for less than a buck for you or/and a friend, enjoy the adventure and maybe push me over the top!
Wed JULY 8TH 2020
Hey look, it’s July 8th 🙂
I need to make it practice to not come up with new book ideas while still working on finishing another book. I’ve landed on story line that I cannot wait to begin writing. In the meantime its taking away from my much needed final read and line by line edit on EMBARK book 4. I think I am almost at a place where I can stick a pin, for now, in putting details down for the next series and wrap up Book 4 so I can pass it off to Melinda for the editorial edit. Needless to say I cannot wait to write these next stories!
I mentioned yesterday the Booksy promotion for the EMBARK series I was running and its going great! In fact I am really close to landing the number one best seller rank in a Space Opera category. If you want to help, pick up an ebook copy of EMBARK Book 1. A few more sales should put me over the top. Right now you can get the entire trilogy in ebook for less than $7 bucks.
Tuesday July 7th 2020
I am faced with a good problem. I have this, what I believe is an amazing idea for story, the one I mentioned yesterday. I haven’t sat down and hashed everything out completely, instead I have been continuously taking moments of the day and putting ideas down. I have a complete three story arc, which includes the finale’s of three stories. The good problem is that I still have to wrap up Book 4 in EMBARK before I can dive into this new tale. This means, the EMBARK series takes a bit of a break, which I am kind of okay with. If EMBARK were currently a runaway hit I would continue with the stories, of which I have plots ready. Since I am newer author and still need to grow an audience, I feel comfortable starting a second series. Tomorrow I’ll write a bit about the only struggle I have with the new trilogy, choosing the right genre. Do I stick with one, or do I attempt a combination of genres that might be less mass appeal?
BTW I am running a promotion with Booksy today, trying out their service. Because of that you can pick up EMBARK book 1 in ebook for .99 and Books 2 and 3 for 2.99!
Monday July 6th 2020
Sitting in the studio, just wrapped up all the prep I am going to get to before the show starts. I say “going to get to” because it’s not all the prep, it never is. I’ll always over prep for the show…always. It’s a long tradition, turned habit, ever since I started doing talk radio back in 2005. Better to have more material and not use it, then run out of material when you need it.
The 4th of July celebration was fun. My boys did their best to unnecessarily burn the house down. They failed, which is good. I intended to do a lot of reading and line by line editing of EMBARK book 4. And, while I did get some of that done, I actually started a new project. I had been detailing a few plot elements for Book 5 in the EMBARK series. Still, I had to force the creativity and story elements, which I never want to do. After watching a few movies with the family, I was struck with a story idea, something totally fresh and far from the first 4 novels. I spent time over the weekend, working out details, characters, and, more importantly, plot. I now have a loose outline for an all-new trilogy. After I release Book 4 in EMBARK, I am going to get working on this new set of stories, and I am as excited I was when I started EMBARK. Currently, the plan is to write all three books at one time and then release them over three months next year. That may change, but for now, that’s the idea.
I’m really thankful for having the inspiration for this new tale. Every day, I pray for the success of the EMBARK series and continue to learn how to best market the books. Ultimately I’ll leave in the Lord’s hands to decide how strong the winds will blow into the sales I have raised in becoming an author. In the meantime, my mind is racing about story elements, characters, and settings in this all-new world I’ll be creating.
Saturday July 4th 2020
Happy 4th of July! I finally wrapped up the Grammarly edit on book 4 so now it’s time for me to start my re-read and make any additional changes before I hand it off for editing. I’ve also started “outlining” the next trilogy. I am more of a pantser (I don’t plot so much when I write, I more write by the seat of my pants) but for the next trilogy I’m going to challenge myself a bit and try to craft an arc of stories a little less derivative than the first three. I’ve written a few thousand words for book 5 already, but I’m thinking I’ll be shifting some of that around too.
I pray you have a great and safe holiday weekend! BTW all three ebooks are discounted this weekend if you haven’t picked up your copy yet of the trilogy.
Friday July 3rd 2020
So much for this being a daily blog. I ended up going out on a “friend of the show” boat yesterday with Drew and Sam (friends and people I work with) and with Friday being a day off I pretty much checked out the rest of Thursday. Honestly, the reason I decided to write a daily blog was simply to get into the habit. This website is really important for promoting my novels and who knows, one day if I were to become the JK Rowling or Alan Dean Foster of newer sci-fi/space opera then maybe people will be interested in my daily musings.
As soon as I wrap up this entry I’m going to get back to work editing Book 4 in the EMBARK series. I’m in the process of running the entire book through Grammarly. After that I’ll be re-reading the book and making changes. I listened to an author give some fantastic advice and provide examples of “showing” not “telling” in a story during a recent podcast. I do an okay job of that, (showing vs telling) but armed with more education I’m looking forward to using the info to better this and future stories.
Have a fantastic July 4th celebration!
Wed July 1st 2020
Birthday month! July 8th to be more specific, but I am about at the point were I might stop paying attention to the day I entered the world, turning 48 and all. Plus, 2020 is certainly going to be a year worth forgetting and yet almost impossible to do so. On the book side of things, I can’t express what a blessing becoming an author has been. The story telling has become my go to outlet to get away from the daily doom and gloom. I look forward to go back long from now and re-reading the first 3 books in the EMBARK series, they will undoubtedly be telling about where my mind set was during these past few years in my life. It wasn’t until I finished the Vanishing War that I realized what I had created was part allegory to the events we have been living through from 2015-the present. EMBARK was crafted during the hype of The Force Awakens, Ready Player One and the Last Jedi. With Treasure in Darkness and Book 3 the subtext was affected more by the politics and narratives of the daily news, even if the stories are not all that political. Hopefully you have picked up your copies! 🙂
Tues June 30th 2020
I hate having to do things after work. I know things have to be done, like rotating tires, renewing drivers licenses and getting the oil changed, but when I have other things that I’d rather be doing, like editing my next book, I would rather be doing the book stuff. Anyhow, here I sit inside Tires Plus. I could be editing book 4 through Grammarly, but unfortunately my laptop can’t keep up with the programs constant updating so I have to wait until I can get on my main computer at home. All that being said, I am really excited about this next story. I am always excited about all my books, but this next one is, a little shorter, a lot funnier, and just different from the first three books. Hopefully it will be available by mid-September, at least thats the plan. Before I go, be sure to check out the home page here. I upgraded the EMBARK Book 1 cover and I love it. Head to the home page and meet the team! Lastly, have you reviewed the first three books!? If you haven’t, why not!? 🙂 It would really help me out if you have purchased Books 1/2/3 if you could drop a review for me. Thanks!
Mon June 29th 2020
Alarm was reset this morning from 2:30 to 2:45a, I’m such a rebel.
Immediately after sitting down at my desk this morning, sipping my really bad first cup of coffee (Its my own fault, I have no idea how much or little grounds I am supposed to use, my goal is to wake up, I always power thru the taste) I cautiously start looking at the most recent headlines. Ugh…I can’t wait for a time like it was pre-covid and a non-election year. I love my full-time job, but this year it’s been kinda depressing.
I’m running ahead of schedule so I’m going to try and get some editing done on BOOK 4 after I finish my notes before the show starts.
Sun June 28th 2020
I wrapped up the first draft for Book 4 yesterday like I intended. I’ll start the first read thru today, probably during the triple header NASCAR races at Pocono. This book, being essentially a spin off story, I had planned on it being around 60k words. The EMBARK trilogy was 120k 90k 10k. I really wanted this story to be more of a fun adventure. I ended up at around 53K, so I might try and punch up a few sections of the story. Alright, I need coffee and pop tarts. Have a blessed and fantastic day!
Sat June 27th 2020
Thanks for dropping by My Nerd World. I decided to start adding a small daily blog chronicling my journey as an author. Some days maybe short (like today) other days longer (not like today).
I just wrapped up a bunch of small updates to the site, probably nothing all that noticeable. I recently added “Join the team…Save the Future!” to the promotional tag line of the trilogy. I’m always trying to find new ways spark potential readers imaginations, you just never know what will work.
As soon as I wrap this post I’ll be finishing the first draft on book 4 in the EMBARK Timeline. If you want more details ( and don’t mind slight spoilers if you have not read Book 3) take a look at the art page on this site for a preview of the cover). This next book will be quite a departure from the first 3 books. I decided to write 4 in first person (the EMBARK trilogy is written in 3rd person omniscient) and its light hearted and funnier than the previous 3. I wanted something more along the lines of Space Opera Indiana Jones and specifically the fun of The Last Crusade. After I wrap up the first draft of book 4 I’ll be recording this weeks Star Wars Podcast.
I hope you are safe, happy and healthy in these strange times. Be sure to grab your preferred versions of the EMBARK Trilogy. They are perfect for binge reading and escaping from the realities of present day.