Friday, March 22, 2013

Exerwriting or Can't We Just Do One Thing at a Time?

I've seen a weird sort of trend pop up among some writers I follow. You might call it exerwriting, if you're into buzzwords that I just created, or just exercising while writing, which isn't nearly as condensed. Basically, they set up a laptop on a desk that attached to a treadmill and work while they walk. It's gotta be walking, as I couldn't imagine trying to type anything legible at a jog.

I only wonder why do it?

I understand the need to multitask and trying to kill two birds with one stone, but it seems rather pointless to me and against the spirit of how I exercise. For me, it's a way to release stress and to clear my mind for a bit while getting in fighting shape. Sure, I might think about some book points while doing it, but usually I just sort of zone out and run. Plus I work up a hell of a sweat, which would make the keyboard rather nasty. And if you're walking slow enough to write, are you really getting enough exercise to help shed pounds or work your cardiovascular system? Maybe if you take breaks and run at a clip for awhile, but walking just won't be the same thing, at least not to me. I'd rather keep the two separate and focus on each at their own respective time, which can be tough if you're juggling multiple jobs and kids, but you can find the time if you try.

As my cardiologist says, the sweatier, the better. For workouts, that is. It's not like it's some mantra she applies to everything. At least I don't think it is.

What say you? Would you hop onto this trend? Do you see exercise like I do as something, while a necessary evil, a relaxing one? Or would you rather try to get something meaningful done at the expense of the workout? Or some other option. like that suit Prince Xizor wears in Shadows of the Empire that tones his muscles for him.

That I could actually get behind.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Liliana of the Mighty Muggs

Another custom I have been working on, Liliana of the Veil, from the MTG universe and based on artwork by Steve Argyle. The base is a Phoenix Mighty Mugg and she sports two different faces that you can switch by. Removing the hair and turning the head around. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Well I Am Crushed

Checked the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award page this morning as I didn't receive an email from them and took that as a bad sign. Turns out I was right. I didn't make the Quarter Finals. That stinks. Ah well. Time to work on another edit of the book and continue writing the follow-up to it. Maybe next year. Unless I sell the novel, which would be awesome.

Monday, March 11, 2013

TerrorVision, In Which I Rant About The Beauty of Diane Franklin

You know when you see Charles Band's name in the opening credits for the film that you're in for a special time, especially when it's for Empire International Pictures, the predecessor to Full Moon. Add in Gerrit Graham and Mary Woronov with a dash of Diane Franklin, and you have quite a treat of a film. Also, John Gries.

Despite the terrifying looking cover, this film is placed firmly in the camp category of horror. From the painted backdrop that stands in for the night sky in the backyard to the swinging single pleasure dome (you'll see), it doesn't really hide this fact at all. In fact, it pretty much oozes it from the get go.

We open with an alien beaming a monster away from his ship at the same time that Stanley Putterman (Graham) is setting up his brand new, fancy-ass satellite dish. The creature, which has become pure energy, flies into the dish and takes up residence in the televisions of the house. Soon enough, it's gobbling up family members and visitors and it's up to the Putterman's young son Sherman and his sister Suzie to try and stop it. Oh, there's also and Elvira wannabe named Medusa that's pretty great as well.

Sure, it sounds like your by-the-numbers horror/sci-fi mix, but it's the execution that really carries it above the rest of it's low budget brethren. Indeed, it's fitting that this movie is available as a double bill with The Video Dead as they both have a similar, campy charm, though TerrorVision's is on purpose and the former simply ends up that way thanks to the amateur acting of the cast.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Slumber Party Massacre

For this week's exercise movie, I decided to go with an oldie but a goodie. Indeed, Slumber Party Massacre is from the Golden Age of slashers and stands as one of the finest of that era.

Don't believe me? Watch it. There's nudity, humor and brutal killings with a drill, all rolled up into a delectable ball of awesomeness that also features a creepy neighbor and a random subplot of trying to find out the scores from the previous night's game. And also Brinke Stevens, one of America's finest scream queens.

And it's also written and directed by women and possibly the world's first feminist slasher movie. It was also supposed to be a parody of the genre but was filmed straight, though some of the humor still comes through and give it a quirky charm. Both of these things come together in the end *spoilers* when the killer has his drill bit cut off, causing quite a look of shock on his face. *end spoilers*

So what's it all about? Well, there's an escaped killer and a slumber party and he starts killing them, hence the title. He actually begins his murder spree well before that, taking out some girls even before the party, but don't worry, there are still plenty of people to kill at the end.

I'm always surprised at how effective the drill is in this movie. He uses it like he's a damn ninja at times, sneaking up on people and then BAM, drilling them to death. It is even used to cut some throats and stomachs too. Mine can barely turn a screw when I use it, so I'm a little envious. Of course, I don't think his spree would be as successful if he had a Black and Decker 9 volt, either.

Also of note is a van scene that I would say inspired the one from Scream 2 that was probably intended to be humorous but instead becomes rather dark. There's also a fun scene that reminds me of the land shark skits from SNL too.

It's well worth a viewing, even though it might seem dated now, the scares are as fresh as ever and honestly it's just a well-made film from beginning to end.

Check it out.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Behold the Glory!

Because everyone needs to see the glory of Guy Gardner riding a unicorn. While wielding the Black Knight's sword. Had to borrow the pony from my daughter, as she has all the best unicorns.