There are few authors for whom my eyes light up whenever I see a new book from them, because I know it’s going to be interesting. Patrick Ness is one of those authors. His first books were the utterly amazing “Chaos Walking Trilogy” (to feature in an upcoming book club) and then he followed it up with “A Monster Calls”. All of his books have intriguing premises and “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” is no exception. The book is a mash-up of two very typical young adult genres: the classic teenage “problem novel” and the “kids chosen by destiny save the world from destruction”. And these stories run alongside each other. Imagine Harry Potter written from the perspective of the muggles. Or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as seen from the perspective of the other kids at school. Mikey and his friends know weird stuff is going on, because something crops up every few years… the undead invasion, the soul-eating ghosts, the vampire romances and deaths. But its alwaysContinue reading »

Every story that you have ever read, every movie that you have ever seen, has a potential backstory to it. Every last one. Now, maybe it’s a backstory that doesn’t need to be dwelled upon for that particular tale…but believe me, it’s there. And if you work to create characters that are compelling enough for your readers to want to know more about them…teasing them with bits and pieces of a backstory can add depth and complexity to your main character and the characters around them. IF it’s done right! So this month…let’s talk backstories. If the characters in your story have any importance at all in the plot, they might have an interesting backstory trailing behind them. They didn’t just appear out of thin air. Something brought them there. Something put these current events into motion. That’s what backstories attempt to explain. They reveal pieces of history that come before, and lead up to, the tale being told. It gives people a detailed idea about that character’s motivations, orContinue reading »

Triple M for April 25, 2016 Awww…how could I forget about this one? I wonder what was going through my head when I saw this for the first time… I have to admit…even waaaaay back then, I can remember my tiny little Comsie heart beating soooo hard during this movie! ::Blush:: Ah, memories. Anyway, “D.A.R.Y.L.” is a story about a robot that was created by the government to see if artificial intelligence can actually work. If it can learn emotion, make its own choices, and blend in with regular society undetected. The strange thing is, a great deal of this movie doesn’t deal with him being a robot at all. In fact, if it weren’t for the trailer, I think the movie was trying to keep that a secret and pass this off as a coming of age movie with a twist. (Don’t worry. I didn’t ruin anything. It’s pretty obvious from the beginning, but…you know, there were no M. Night Shyamalan’s in the early 80’s!) When the boy isContinue reading »

Day 3   *** ~~~ Nick ~~~ ***   It took me about twenty minutes to calm Trevor down enough to fall back to sleep. He told me he didn’t remember what his nightmare was about and I’m glad I could be there for him, if for nothing else than to hold him as he calmed down. As I entered our bedroom, Bobby said something that was totally out out of character… “I really don’t like you babying him like you have been.” He said, with a hint of hostility I wasn’t accustomed to. “I don’t baby him. He’s sensitive, and I am just trying to be there for him.” I replied. Bobby actually laughed as he said, “Now that’s rich! Mr. Sensitive is trying to nurture his adopted son to be just like him!” “Where is this coming from Bobby? You’ve never spoken to me like this, and I don’t like it one bit!” I was getting angry. “Oh, come on, Nick. Since he arrived you’ve been coddling him.Continue reading »

I don’t know where to start. OK, let’s back up a few minutes. Danny appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. Wait. It wasn’t really out of nowhere; it was from the basement door next to the doggie door at the front of the building on Nova Avenue, but he was supposed to be five blocks away at the Summit Avenue building. How did he get here? I was looking at my phone and waiting for him to text me. I looked up when I heard the door open, and before I could react, Chuck was barking and running towards me. Danny had a huge grin on his face and he told me to come with him. + + + Ed: Danny here. Sheesh! Jerry was frozen in place and I had to actually punch him in his arm to get him to respond! + + + “But… But how did you get here? You’re supposed to be at Mrs. Scott’s building!” “Jerry, if you come with me, I’ll explain it toContinue reading »

—— Saturday —— I got a new laptop for Christmas! I’m so excited! Its an Apple!! It has all kinds of stuff preloaded on it. I don’t know what Dad paid for it, but its got art programs and Safari and this cool word processor here called ‘Pages’. ITunes too, but I have to convert all my MP3 music. That’ll be a chore. Its my first one that isn’t a ‘hand me down’! I thought I’d practice and write stuff in here so I can get a head start on writing practice and figure out stuff! Its fucking powerful! Ooops….sorry. Wait…why am I apologizing to my computer screen? ROFL I also got that World of Warcraft game to play on my new Mac. I am only supposed to play it for 2 hours. Its too addicting for that! I was up till 1 am last night leveling my Warlock! I’m SOOOO worn out today, but it was so worth it! I’m up to Level 26 and I only started Wednesday!Continue reading »

This has probably been the longest day of school I’ve ever experienced. I swear, by the end of the day I was surprised I had not melted with my own chair! You can easily imagine the relief I felt when I heard the final bell free me from this prison. Plus, this was the weekend! And who says Friday says… fun at Michael’s place! I was waiting outside the gates, leaning casually on the school’s fence. Peeking at my watch, I knew Max had probably been held back by his teacher again. Maybe if he behaved a bit, we wouldn’t be as late as we usually are. I decided to make the most of the wait and let my eyes wander over the new faces crossing the gates. Among the dozens of teens, my eyes laid on a short, slender blonde girl I had never noticed before. Damn she was pretty. Not a single hair was out of place, her emerald eyes had this mesmerizing glow that would make youContinue reading »

WdotW for April 25, 2016 Say, Nathan…he’s a BIG 21 Pilots fan too! ::Nods:: Hehehe, just sayin’! Maybe you’ll meet him at a concert or something…trade numbers? You never know! 😛 Photos:     Videos: Ya know…the way this demo reel started (along with the ‘title’ of that TV show!!!) I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for here! LOL! >:O

1- “Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest” for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System is the very first video game to have multiple endings depending on how many times you died during the game, and how long it took you to finish it. 2- ‘Slimer’ from the original “Ghostbusters” movie was actually created to be the ghost of John Belushi. Belushi was meant to play a major role in the film, but passed away shortly before filming began. Slimer was a memorial done by filmmakers to parody Belushi’s character from the movie “Animal House”, and to make sure that his spirit was kept alive. 3- The Ouija Board actually named itself! When it was developed, the makers asked the board what it should be called. And the marker spelled out ‘O-U-I-J-A’ as a response. 4- In “New Kid In School”, the character of ‘Ryan’ was based on a boy I went to Junior High with named Stephen. That’s why Randy’s full name is ‘Randy Stephens’. 5- The most popular Nine Inch Nails album,Continue reading »

WdotW for April 18, 2016 Elliott’s actually a little bit older now, but we’ll be seeing more of him soon! Can’t wait! Hehehe, he certainly grew up to be a cutie in the last year or two! 🙂 Pictures: Videos:   Elliot Hanna on IMDB

Triple M for April 18, 2016 How does Thomas Brodie Sangster shave his head AND his eyebrows and still stay so darn CUTE? Hehehe! I know what you’re thinking! “OMIGOD!!! It’s Andy Serkis! And he’s not leading an army of apes, or trying to steal the ‘precious’ from Frodo, or intimidating dark jedi as a 40 ft tall hologram, or getting his hand chopped off by Ultron!” LOL! Yes, he’s an exceptional actor all on his own. This movie is definitely a solid example of that. “Death Of A Superhero” stars Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and it’s about a teenage boy who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and is trying to deal with what that means. Serkis plays a therapist who is trying to help him through hard times as his behavior becomes more angry and reckless, possibly sending him down the road to suicidal tendencies if not addressed. Now, as dark as this sounds, there are a LOT of laughs in this movie, and heartwarming moments thatContinue reading »

WdotW for April 11, 2016 I haven’t seen “King Jack” yet, but it looks cool. A little drama is good for the soul every now and then. 🙂 Pictures: Videos: Charlie Plummer on IMDB

Triple M for April 11, 2016 Inspired by true events? Hehehe…ummmm…okaaaay. 😛 A touch of horror, but more of a thriller with a supernatural theme involved, there’s a nice little theme to “The Entrance”! One of those stories where you se just how the Devil loves to play wild games with the sins of the living. And I’m always down for on of those on a rainy weekend! 🙂 Without saying too much, the movie is about a female detective who comes across a lone stranger who claims that he has spent the entire night being held hostage with a small group of other criminals…playing a series of games to determine who will live and who will die. A demonic series of bizarre events that he managed to survive, and for some mysterious reason…he was released. Allowed to escape. And contact the very detective that caught him. Can’t say much more than that, but it makes for a cool popcorn flick, and I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 BuyContinue reading »

  Prolog   Just after class, the students are walking about from here to there. Chad decides to stop by his locker in the hallway to put his books away. As he is doing so, Ray Torres spots him and walks over to him patting him on the shoulder. “Hey C.K. Guess what?” Ray starts with a smirk and his hands behind his back. “You’re staying well on top of your Bio classes without my help now?” Chad says with a grin. “Well there’s that, as I did learn from the best,” Ray shrugs before moving his hands from behind his back to reveal a fancy blue football shirt, “But you were actually supposed to guess that the coach just gave me my very own special T-shirt to wear for the rest of the season. I think it’s to help me keep in mind that good things are up for me if I keep it up on the field.” “How many times have I told you that?” Chad nods, “IContinue reading »

Triple M for April 4, 2016 Sighhh…what “Batman V Superman” could have been with just a LITTLE more focus… I’m sure that many of you saw my ‘trying not to be a rant’ rant on the board last week about the ‘Batman V Superman’ movie, and now that it’s been out for a while and a bunch of people have already seen it, I thought it only fair to see what it could have been if they didn’t try to cram 100 storylines all into the same movie for the sake of a franchise. This really is an EXCELLENT story! The Dark Knight Returns is, quite possibly, one of the most celebrated stories in all of comic book history! This was during an era where anti-heroes were being brought to the forefront. Daredevil and Punisher and Wolverine and etc were becoming the norm. Have you ever seen the original ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ comics? LOL! They were NOT for kids! But parents didn’t know that! So…yay for the sneaky handContinue reading »

WdotW for April 4, 2016 I don’t get it…is EVERYBODY in Australia just young and slim and blond and cute? How does that work? It’s like they took a Hollywood teen actors guild and turned it into an entire CONTINENT! So unfair! Hehehe! Anyway, best of luck on your Bieber audition, dude! Sneak us some pics of him in the shower if you can. ::Nods:: This is his video audition tape for a backup dancer opportunity… Pictures: Videos: LOL @ 00:55! Well THAT escalated quickly! Should I ask why they even HAVE those blue outfits? Hehehe, I honestly think this should be a whole 24 hour cable channel! Just cute boys laughing and trying to figure out advanced yoga poses on each other! LOL! I could watch that all day! It’s hilarious! Ahhh, boyhood…I remember it well. 🙂