Dealing with Disagreeable People

Wonderous blog reading people, we have finally crossed the 4000 word mark and are moving along in the second part of the story “Mist and Memories”. Jack has finally boarded the Strange Inquisitor and gotten away from the miserable Scroop. Scroop is the type of person that makes even the shipboard AI dislike him.

From here I have the AI lead Jack to his room and give him some pointers about his life for the next two weeks. Then Jack will have to socialize a little as he gets to know the group he will be guarding. Also, he will need to get his suit prepped for landfall.

Finally, I will need to describe the journey to Erindi II. This should get the story to six or seven thousand words, making it a solid anchor story for my second collection. Again I am happy with the flow of the story so far. Thanks for reading these updates.

Stumbling into Danger

Well hello there wonderful followers. It has been some time since I gave any updates on the horror story “Mist and Memories” so today I will.

We last left Jack meeting the Cargo Master of the Strange Inquisitor and being smitten at first sight. Now he has had a mild scare concerning his large amount of luggage. After some discussion, he manages to secure space for his large environmental suit and wins another winning smile from Cargo Master Cassie.

With all the particulars worked out, Cassie hands Jack over to the lazy disagreeable Scroop. As they enter the personnel lift Jack learns Scroop’s ugly views of the ship and especially Cassie. This is as far as I gotten but it is the first movement I have had on the story in months and I am happy with it.

If you are wondering about the name Scroop, look up scoop and its synonyms. One of the problems I have writing is that the major scenes are easy and exciting so I don’t have the patience for the character and story building parts that make for a memorable story. This is the biggest reason I haven’t been able to write a novel. I hurry too much to get to the end.

Anyway, I wanted to share the progress on this project with you. Hope everybody has a great week.

Alien Mutton

Well wonderful followers, from time to time I have shared comical insights into my mind and how it works, usually through something I have seen that generated a series of thoughts. Today is another one of those days and is the reason for the title of this post.

As you may know, my work requires a ridiculous amount of driving and, as a result, I get to see a lot of vehicles, including the various stickers placed there on. One particular pickup that passed me had a curious looking animal sticker in its rear window. I believe it was supposed to be some kind of horned animal; however, to me it looked like a four legged animal with a head of an Alien from the movie Alien. So, unfortunately, my mind took a left turn.

My first thought was what if a face hugger had grabbed onto a miniature goat? You would end up with this little hopping Alien that could not kill you outright because it was so small, but it would be taking chomps out of your ankles and shins, bahhhaaahh, chomp.

Well, of course I could not stop there, what if the thing had grabbed onto one of those sheep that faint when you scare them. There would be this little sheep Alien trying to menace you and all you would have to do is yell at it. Boom, the thing is lying on its side, legs kicking, chest heaving, and its little second set of teeth popping in and out. Awwww, poor cute little thing drooling acid on the ground. Bah, chomp, bah, chomp.

I may have just described the next Alien trilogy. I hope you all enjoy the images I have just implanted into your minds like a mental face hugger. Shhhhh, shhhh, it will all be over soon when the egg I stuck there burst out of your chest. Bahhhhhhhssssssss.

Play Misty for Me Sam

Hola, amazing followers. Has been a while, but I could use your help making a decision. I have been toying with adding a hazy background to Banished God: Winter and finally created a decent effect after a number of mis-steps and restarts. What I want to know from you is whether you like the image with or without the effect. Here they are:

Let be know what you think. There isn’t a huge difference by design because when I first tried this I used much more of the light haze color and it looked way too washed out. Thanks for your comments.

Visions of 8,000

Hey all you wonderful freaks, I need help. My deviantart page https://www.deviantart.com/search?q=Gkarlives is almost to 8,000 views. I need 11 more views to get there and I am asking for your help. Please go take a look at my art. I know 8,000 views is a small number as viewership goes but it is a big one to me. Thank you so much for supporting this blog and my art.

Belly Scrapping to the Sea

Hellooooo wonderful followers.  Sorry for the lack of posts but work has had me pretty worn out the last month or so.  I did; however, have an enjoyable ride home yesterday.

I was coming down a mountain road that opens up to a great vista towards the end on a stormy evening.  The kind of evening I enjoy, full of dark fast moving clouds and lots of wind to fill your ears and shut out the world.  Walking on days like that used to be a favorite of mine.  Anyway, I thought of writing a little something of my feelings about such a situation.   So here goes.

Clouds heavy with their plunder from the rich lands ran fast before the reaping winds.  Before them stretched mountains bursting with new growth guarded the ways to the sea and freedom.

Thieving clouds full of plunder smashed against these mountains forced to drag their swollen bellies through the tree branches.  Some so low that they turned the world a misty white for any unwitting traveler.

Ghosts of former clouds reached upwards with gossamer streamers, trying to join the heavenly pirates in their retreat to the sea.  Soon a crack appeared at the end of the march of clouds.  One could denote the roof of the world clearly split from the drenched and battered floor of the world.  A wall of evening light giving hope of a better night.  The denizens of the earth watched as the last waddling clouds dragged itself over the barrier mountains.

Hope you enjoy.

Big Thank You to Our Asian Immigrant and Their Asian American Progeny

Hello wondrous followers. Today I want to express my heart felt thanks for our Asian immigrant who are being unfairly targeted for something they had no hand in. Sounds so fimiliar, like there was this war we fought to stop some other ugly people from doing the same things to a set of peoples. It was the second one and I think the bad guys people started with the letters Ger. Well, no matter since nobody seems to care about repeating history.

Anyway, I wanted to share some Asian and/ or Asian American people I am very thankful for. These are people without which my teens, twenties, and today would have been less wonderful.

The first is James Hong. He is an Asian American actor who has brought my joy into my life by playing many great characters in Hollywood movies. Where do I begin. First off, he play an eye maker for Nexus 10 Replicants in my favorite movie Blade Runner. Next, he played the over the top baddie David Lo Pan in one of my go to movies for just plain fun “Big Trouble in Little China”. It was so fun to see him switch from basket case in a wheelchair to ten foot tall demi-god to crazed wizard through out the film. Finally, we can’t forget Po’s father Mr. Ping in “Kung Fu Panda”. The loving humor he portrayed was wonderful. All these characters added the right zest to all these beloved movies.

Next is the actor known only as Mako. He was a Japanese American that took part in some of my favorite fantasy films and tv shows. First of all, he played the wizard in both Arnold Swarzenegger Conan movies. He played the unexpected sidekick for Swarzenegger’s magic phobic Conan. The next character he voiced had an indelible impression on me. Mako voiced the main baddie in one of the best cartoons ever made IMHP. He was the perfect voice behind Aku from the Samuria Jack series. So evil, fun, and doomed to fail. I wish he could have been there for the ending. Finally, and most unexpectedly, he played a pivotal character in a great old movie my dad and I love. The movie was “The Sand Pepples” starring Steve McQueen. Until I researched Mako for this post, I had not realized that a loved character actor hand also played such an impactful dramatic character. He played a lowly worker on the American Ship McQueen was the mechanic on. McQueen’s troubled character befriends him and teaches him but unfortunately has to kill him to save him from torture by locals after an incident with other foreign ships. A real tear jerker.

Of course, I cannot forget to mention Bruce Lee whom has had such an impact on American film and Television. Without him I would have never got to watch the tv series Kung Fu. I loved that show in my youth. It is sad that he did not get to play the main character since he actually created the series. He was also, I beleive, the impetus behind a favorite Kung Fu movie “Circle of Iron”.

So, when you feel the need to hate Asians living in America, stop and think of all their wonderful contributions to our cinema, television, and culture. We are better for them then without them.

Note: this was finished on my phone so I do intend to add more clips to this post and better editing.