Thursday, April 24, 2014

Arrow 2-20: “Seeing Red”

Well. I’m trying to find just the right phrase to sum up this episode. After giving the matter long and careful consideration, I think I’m going to go with “shit show.”

Yes. Indeed. ‘Twas a shit show.

So Roy’s still in a coma after Slade used a whole lot of his blood to create his army of mirakuru-enhanced super-soldiers last episode. He’s just been lying unconscious on a table in the lair beneath Verdant for, like, days or whatever, while nobody bothers to seek medical attention or at least take his shoes off and throw a warm blanket over him. Roy wakes up and goes utterly berserk. He tears up the lair, scaring the pants off of Felicity and Digg in the process, then embarks upon a citywide rampage.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fun With Keywords: Zombies of the Apocalypse Version

My book Lonely Satellite has reached the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). As many of you may recall, I’ve been to this dance a couple of times before: Bias Cut was an ABNA semi-finalist in 2012, while Charlotte Dent was a semi-finalist back in the competition’s debut year in 2008. I haven’t won ABNA yet, and I don’t expect that will change this year (Lonely Satellite is meeting with a cool reception, which is weird; it's like readers maybe aren't looking for a post-apocalyptic alternate-timeline gay romance?), though anything's possible.

If you like, you can head over to Amazon and download the first five thousand words for free. If you’re feeling especially inspired and/or pro-Morgan, go ahead and post a review. Be sure to check out some of the excerpts from the other contestants while you’re there; there are a slew of talented writers in the mix. Like Thomas Mays, whose book A Sword Into Darkness just might win it all. I’d be okay with that. He seems like a thoroughly cool guy, even if he did proclaim us archenemies on Twitter.

Enough ABNA talk. Let’s do some keywords! Because nothing is ever private on the internet, here are some of the search phrases people have entered into Google to find this website over the past few months:

zombies of the apocalypse duran duran
Eh, zombies, preppies, close enough. You’ve found the right place.

Friday, April 18, 2014


So... I have a new book out.

As many of you know, the name for this site comes from a very old screenplay I wrote in 1999, which I then adapted into a young adult novel in 2001, which I then adapted into another screenplay in 2008. I have now adapted that second screenplay into another novel, which is now available at Amazon. The gorgeous cover is the work of Morgan Dodge.

It's more a novella than a novel, actually--it comes in at just under 44,000 words, which is pretty short. You can read it in a sitting, probably. It's priced accordingly: only $0.99.

It's a young adult fantasy book. Probably a little grim for small kids. Probably just right for adults.

Here's the synopsis:

Still reeling from a devastating tragedy, Kit Garrett struggles to adjust to his fancy new prep school. When his estranged older sister Ivy starts undergoing a frightening physical transformation, Kit embarks upon a quest to save her. He follows Ivy into a cave near his school and finds himself stranded twenty years in the future, after a mysterious catastrophe has obliterated almost all traces of human life.

Accompanied by his nemesis Ashley, the star of the school’s lacrosse team, Kit makes his way across a destroyed land in search of his sister. Defenseless and in way over their heads, Kit and Ashley face off against a succession of dangerous and bizarre creatures: vicious imps with a taste for human flesh, telepathic cockroaches, and a gorgeous but lethal glass dragon. While Ivy struggles to come to terms with her ghastly birthright, Kit unearths the long-buried secrets of his own dark past. Kit’s mission becomes clear: rescue Ivy, find a way back to his own time… and save the world, if he can.

Anyway. Ninety-nine cents, right? You can purchase and download it here.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Arrow 2-19: “The Man Under the Hood”

Thanks to Isabelle’s devious machinations last episodes, the Queens are in imminent danger of losing their vast family fortune. Couldn’t happen to a better bunch of amoral jerkfaces. (Not you, Thea. You’re golden. Oliver and Moira and the late Robert Queen, though? Amoral jerkfaces, all of you). Their lawyer convinces Oliver and Moira to sign over their assets into a new trust that Isabelle can’t touch. They’ll need Thea’s signature to make it legal, which is tricky, seeing as Thea wants nothing more to do with them.

This episode seems to think viewers will feel keenly emotionally invested in Oliver’s looming financial troubles. This episode is dead wrong about that.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Arrow 2-18: “Deathstroke”

Slade Wilson, everyone. Slade Wilson.

So Slade picks up Thea, who is heartbroken and morose after her breakup with Roy. Slade seems kindly and sympathetic at first, acting like everybody’s favorite uncle and telling her, “Heartbreak is something I know all too well.” Then he stops the car in a dark alley somewhere and orders her out. Shocked, Thea runs for it… and promptly gets nabbed by Sebastian Blood.

Total dick move, Slade. I approve.