Yay for Hunger Games!

Dystopian craze here we come!I haven’t seen the movie, but I am a fan of Suzanne Collins’ books, and I am happy to see The Hunger Games had a huge opening weekend at the box office.  The Hunger Games series is more than an excellent Young Adult series.  They are excellent books for all ages written by a gifted writer. Collins deserves the success, and bonus for me, since the series centers on a dystopian theme her success can only be good fo the Oz Chronicles, my Young Adult dystopian series. Kudos Suzanne Collins!

Distracted driver endangers everyone on the highway in order to humiliate his wife

Okay, more terrifying than this woman’s failure to grasp the concept of “per hour” is her husband’s need to humiliate her on camera while driving at a high rate of speed.  I’m assuming he’s driving 80 MPH since that is the topic of their discussion.  He’s driving 80, holding a camera, and grilling his young bride about the concept of miles per hour.  And people thinks she’s the stupid one in the relationship.

The final version of Banshee Worm King; Book Five of the Oz Chronicles?

Could it be? Should it be? Will it be?

Are you looking at the final version of Banshee Worm King; Book Five of the Oz Chronicles? I don’t know.  I have to do another read through.  I’m thinking there might be a few minor tweaks here and there, and then I’ll do a couple of rounds with advance readers.  But, one thing is certain.  We are getting much, much closer to the release date!

And the winner of the Kindle Fire is….

My thanks to everyone who entered the Kindle Fire giveaway.  In order to have had qualified for the drawing, you had to answer the following question correctly:

What is Abel Decker’s horse’s name?

The correct answer is:

The name was never given.

A few of you thought “Runner” was the correct answer, but that was the name of Henry’s horse.

And now for the big reveal.  The winner is… Gijzette Strickland 

I truly wish I could give everyone who entered a Kindle Fire, but unless I have a J.K. Rowling type year, that’s probably not going to happen.


Andrew Luck is anything but lucky thanks to Jim Irsay, the Darth Vader of NFL owners

Peyton Manning in happier days a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Indanapolis Colts will cut four time NFL MVP Peyton Manning tomorrow making Andrew Luck the unluckiest man in the draft this coming April.  He’ll likely be starting as a rookie  in place of a beloved legend cut from the team by the Darth Vader of NFL owners.  In essence, Andrew Luck is a Sith Lord in training.  He’s new to the league and doesn’t have any weapons around him which means the Colts are probably going to have another dismal year on the gridiron.

Irsay will be worth following on Twitter next year if Manning’s health holds up and he takes another team to the playoffs.  I encourage all Jedi Masters to use the Force to make sure that happens.

Melissa Hovey Bigfoot synthetic, but not Clawed costume?

Well, this story keeps getting messier and messier, and illustrates why I haven’t done many of these types of stories lately.  There are way too many unknowns, and I should have just watched from the sidelines.  The creator of Clawed‘s creature costume, John Healy, has come forward to say that the subject in Melissa Hovey‘s Bigfoot picture is NOT the creature from Clawed.  This statement is in direct opposition to the director/producer of the film.  Here’s the information I got from Melissa in an email today:

“…Originally the movie “Clawed” was photographed as “The Unknown” … a working title in which many movies start off as. It then became, “The Ghost of Echo Mountain” from what I understand as the first release of the film. Please correct me if my information is incorrect as you may know more about this than I. The Healy FX Studios did in fact fabricate the suit, Mike Fields was a contractor resposible for overseeing the project, and he was the primary sculptor of the body. The suit, as many are mistaken, did not get sold on Ebay. It was left with the producers in Washigton State where filming occured. Due to a contractual issue, The Healy FX Studios retained the rights for any further fabrication at future dates of the costume. Three costumes were fabricated… All were dressed with roughly the same fur, and none resembled your attached photo. In my opinion, if this was a copy of our “Clawed” sasquatch the fur may have been pulled off and replaced with a longer, multi toned synthetic that appears to be on a lace mesh. I have numerous photos from the shoot but none clearly showing the back alone of the costume…”

Credit goes to Dave Canovor for his investigative work on this.  The costume sold on Ebay was a stunt suit for the movie.  I’m not sure what the difference is, but I’m guessing it’s a scaled down version that allows the actor to have much more freedom of movement.  Healy seems to be indicating in his reply that we are looking at synthetic hair on a lace mesh in Melissa’s photo.  Which can mean only one thing, this particular Bigfoot is wearing a back weave.

Once I again, the only one who can clear this up is Melissa’s source.

First edit of Book Five is done

The first edit of Book Five is done. Now to move onto the second round of editing. It’s never ending, but I’m not complaining!

I will be making an announcement in the next week or so about advanced readers. I want to enlist a couple of trustworthy Oz fans to read advanced reader copies of Book Five and provide me feedback. I’ll send you paperback versions of the book to read free of charge. All I ask is two things in return.

1. You can’t leak any of the plot developments, including which character dies.
2. Provide feedback for the final, final edit.

That’s it. Like I said, look for an announcement next week sometime. I’ll aslo be announcing the winner of the Kindle Fire very soon!