Thursday, March 28, 2013

HORSE CHARMER Anniversary Tour

I am coming up on the two year anniversary since HORSE CHARMER was first released. It seems hard to believe it has already been two years. To celebrate I am going to be doing a book tour and several giveaways. If you would like to participate in the book tour by hosting a stop on your blog you can sign up here -

Friday, March 22, 2013

Chronicles of Prince Charming

I know it's been a while since I've done a post on Prince and there's a very good reason for that. I don't have a lot to report except that I hurt my back and neck in January and reinjured them shortly after they healed in February. I've been pretty much land locked since then.

As so many of us athletes do (you know who you are) I tried to ignore the injury, doing everything I would normally do, living with the pain and when it would get too intense take some advil. That went on for a couple of weeks until my body had enough and I had to ground myself since I could barely function. Went to a massage therapist and chiropractor who helped a lot and got me back on the right track. But it took a lot longer than I guessed for my back and neck to recover.

I've ridden a few times, short test rides, to see if my body is ready. And so far, no.

But Prince remains in half-training at his stable so he is still getting ridden a couple of times a week by the trainer. And it is going well. He's a lot less spooky than he used to be for the few minutes I've been able to ride. I have hopes April will have lots of riding and if we get a real spring without any snow I might even be able to bring him up the mountain and see how his schooling will translate to the big bad world of riding on real trails.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Power to the Fans - The Veronica Mars Movie Project

I was cruising Facebook yesterday evening and came across something very interesting. A post for FANS to help fund a Veronica Mars Movie. My first thought was scam and why would someone target the fans of VM? But then I looked around and found out this was actually Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell asking the fans to make a Veronica Mars movie happen. They had pitched the idea to Warner Bros. who had agreed to let them make a movie if they met a minimum donation amount - $2,000,000.

The Veronica Mars Movie Project at Kickstarter was born. As of this minute (9:55 AM PST, 3/14/2013) they have raised $2,695,311 from 44,523 backers (fans). They hit their goal of $2,000,000 in less than 11 hours after going live. Rob wasn't even sure they would hit the $2,000,000 within the 30 days of the drive.

If you're a Veronica Mars fan, be sure to watch the pitch video that many of the cast members and Rob made.

I find this entire thing fascinating. Imagine the possibilities of fans funding movies. What about other TV shows that were canceled too soon? What about movies that didn't make enough trillion dollars to warrant a studio sequel? What about those books which have a huge fan base, but the studios don't think it has a huge ENOUGH fan base? What if we the people can dictate the movies which are made?

This is all very exciting and I hope you can imagine the possibilities.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lessons from Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Doom - Siblings

Content warning: Both of these movies are R and contain swearing and lots of gross violence. Though none of those images are displayed or talked about in this post.

I was touched and inspired by the relationship between Hansel and Gretel in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Though you know they're siblings going into the movie I was surprised at the fondness and devotion they have to each other. The actors and screenwriters do an awesome job showing their dynamic.

Though there are several scenes where you can see their siblingness. My favorite has to be about halfway through the movie. Hansel and Gretel have been separated during a night raid and both stumble across the same cabin in the middle of the woods. They attack each other at first (not knowing who they have run into), but quickly realize who they are fighting. Hansel looks clearly into Gretel's face and sees that someone has attacked and beat her. The injuries are focused on her face and not from a normal scuffle. He asks at first if she is okay, then you see his anger rise, and he asks who did this to her. She doesn't answer - her reluctance clear. And he hugs her in relief - even though injured, she's safe with him now. It's a short interaction - maybe one minute - and shows the devotion they have toward each other.

This movie got me thinking about sibling relationships in the action/adventure. They bicker a little, but are mostly a well-tuned team who know each others strengths and weaknesses as they do the one thing they believe they were put on earth to do. 

Shortly after the movie I got to thinking about another action/adventure movie that had two siblings working together toward defeating a great evil. In fact, despite the movie's faults, it is one I really like, because of the sibling relationship. In this one, they aren't a well-tuned machine, but estranged.

Doom features Reaper and Samantha. The soldier and the scientist. They argue and bicker and are coming to the problem from two different angles. But in the end they are a team and you know that they will each do whatever they have to do protect the other despite their differences. This is another sibling devotion relationship that is shown through subtle mannerisms between the actors and key lines from the script.

I have yet to write a story where the sibling relationship is the focus of the story, but both of these movies give me plenty of inspiration and lessons for when I have a story where a brother and sister will be center stage.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Read an E-Book Week

It is Read an E-Book Week. What are you planning on reading? I have a book on horse and human personalities that I'm currently reading on my Kindle.

To join in the festivities, I'm going to be offering my books 50% off to Free through Smashwords. Just follow this link and pick what books you want.

Have an iPad, a Kindle, or Nook? Smashwords offers all books in the formats of the popular ereaders. You don't have to buy your ebooks only from their stores. Check your help to see how to download directly on your ereader. With Amazon each Kindle device has a special email address that you can email any files to.