Month: February 2017

Role Casting in the Modern Era

As comic book fans — and by natural extension, comic book movie fans — we tend to get a bit passionate about prospective and rumored casting of roles as well as the actual official casting. And in these times of ultra-successful comic-adapted superhero action movies, plenty of actors come out of the woodwork stating a desire to play a superhero in any of the plenty of upcoming movies. Most recently news came out that SUPERNATURAL’s Jared Padalecki has always wanted to play DC Comics’s NIGHTWING character. As this reveal made its way throughout comics media, the blogosphere and social media, fans began to debate the validity of Padalecki’s candidacy as a prospective Nightwing. Some agreed he could truly be a good fit and that he certainly has ‘the look’. Others disagreed, citing his age (currently 34) in relation to a likely mid-20s Dick Grayson alter ego. To that regard even I contented that Padalecki could easily play a character 10 years younger provided he’s clean-shaven. And then a few days later, well today, I came to realize this: it should …

What Happens When We Judge a Book by Its Cover? | Kristen Twardowski

Originally posted on Kristen Twardowski:
People usually respond in one of two ways to the phenomenon of judging a book by its cover; they mourn man’s shallowness, or they consider a book’s marketing potential. But how much does the look of a book matter? How do people feel about book covers? And how do those feelings relate to the scores that books receive on review sites like Goodreads? Several digital technology people went on a mission to find out. A year and a half ago Dean Casalena and Nate Gagnon launched Judgey, an online game that let people rank book covers. The covers used were all modern editions of books, and all (or nearly all) of them were released by a major publishing house. The covers chosen did not belong to a single genre. Books by Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee appeared alongside Twilight and The Hunger Games. Ultimately players of Judgey evaluated over 3 million book covers. Once they collected data, Casalena and Gagnon began to look at the numbers, and they discovered some interesting patterns. The…

The Road to Alexander – 1st Excerpt | Jennifer Macaire

~ The Road to Alexander ~ Excerpt One: War by Jennifer Macaire I stood in front of the tent and watched the men file by. They were grim, holding their long spears and shields, wearing bronze helmets with white plumes. They had sandals and shin-guards made of stiff leather. Otherwise they were nude. This was the phalanx, their thirty-foot spears forming a nightmare porcupine. Following them were the infantry, armed with short swords and wearing skirts of leather to protect their thighs. Their arms were wrapped with leather thongs. After them trotted the cavalry. Their horses rolled wild eyes and snorted, anxious to gallop. I saw my gray mare and hoped she would be all right. The cavalrymen had long, bronze-tipped spears and short swords. Their legs were sheathed in leather, and they carried small, round shields. Their horses had wide leather bands across their chests and under their stomachs for protection. The Hipparchie, mounted archers with bows slung over their shoulders and clusters of sharp arrows in their quivers, came last. Alexander paused in …

Author Q&A with Jennifer Macaire – Part 1

Jennifer Macaire is an expat wife, mother and novelist living in France. The following is Part One of a trilogy of weekly Q&As leading up to the March 9th re-release of her novel The Road to Alexander, Book One of the epic Time for Alexander series of novels. A separate post with an excerpt of the novel will follow each of these sessions as well. Hello, Jennifer! I suppose in introducing you I should start with the fact that I have known you, my fellow scribe, for over fifteen years now and I’m amazed at the literary trail you’ve blazed the last decade-and-a-half in rather prolific fashion with more than two dozen novels (and countless short stories) published. And so here I welcome you, my dear friend abroad, to chat about your latest publishing event.  Hi Brandon, thank you for having me as a guest blogger to talk about my upcoming book The Road to Alexander, the first in a series about a time traveler who is sent back to interview Alexander the Great. He mistakes her for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and …

Question Me – Part 1

So over at Smashwords they have this built-in interview mechanism where they encourage authors to participate in a Q&A that posts on their profile page and gives interested readers a means to learn a little something about the author in question. Since I’m probably as unknown as they come, I figure it’d be a good idea to do an updated version of that 2015 Q&A here on the ol’ blogsite. So what follows is the first weekly installment of the 2017 edition of who the heck am I?, if you will. One question at a time. Q: When did you first start writing? A: I’ll answer this with when I first started writing prose seriously. And that was in the winter or spring of 1993 when after reading my mom’s paperback copy of Dean Koontz’s Watchers (1987) novel in late 1992 (which I still have)  and being deeply influenced by that reading experience and thinking I wanted to be as imaginative and accomplished someday in deftly telling suspenseful stories in a very accessible way. I’d dabbled a little before that (the oldest story …

Hello and Welcome!

Hey there, Dear Readers! I humbly welcome all the new followers this year so far and want to thank you all, new and old, for following and reading. Listen, I sometimes don’t know exactly what I’m doing with this blog space here — hell, I can’t even settle on a permanent name or layout, but I know I totally appreciate you letting it scroll across your eyes from time to time. There are many reasons people start blogs, of course. The general idea for this blog when I started it over on Blogger back in 2009 was primarily to get me to write somewhat regularly and keep my diction and syntax sharp because I learned the hard way that going long periods without writing with purpose regularly can severely affect the quality of prose for your fiction. Yet, little did I know that writing nonfiction (i.e. journalism, blogging and social media) more often than writing fiction would have an adverse affect on one’s own literature. But that’s a separate topic for another day. The secondary purpose for this blog …

Now Reading: The Road to Alexander

~ Bookworm Ruckus | 2.19.17 ~ Something I’ve always dug is alternate history. That’s exactly what my friend Jennifer Macaire’s Time for Alexander series of novels is — a time-traveling trip through an altered history in which a modern  woman from our time becomes the object of Alexander the Great’s affections. Book One in the series, The Road to Alexander is the first to be remastered and reissued digitally worldwide on March 9th, via Accent Press. Available for pre-order now. (US) (UK) I’ve invited Mrs. Macaire to chat about and share excerpts of this intriguing novel here on the blog, so make sure to be on the lookout for that later this week on Thursday.