Believing the Unbelievable

One of the things I like to do on my days off from work is to pop in a movie that I haven’t watched in a while and have it going in the background as I go about chores, taking care of the little one, and making sure that the dogs don’t burn down the house. Past weeks have included cinematic gems such as Atlantis, Big Trouble in Little China (THE greatest b-movie ever made!), and Demolition Man– I’m all kinds of high-brow, yo. Anywho, as I was browsing my movie collection recently, I came across two movies that I’ve come to appreciate quite a bit, and that I find myself rewatching from time to time- The Fifth Element, and The Chronicles of Riddick.

Hey, stay with me. I see you trying to press the ‘Back’ button.

Now on the surface, you’d probably think that it’s because both are sci-fi flicks right up my geeky alley. Yeah, maybe that’s part of it, but the thing I’ve always liked about both movies has been the way each one managed to craft a living, breathing and believable (at least in the realm of science fiction) world. That goes a long way in anything that’s got some sort of fantastical setting. I’ve seen too many movies that, regardless of the circumstances, never felt real. Take Dungeons & Dragons, for example. On paper, that should have been an easy movie to nail. I couldn’t begin to tell you how much lore and history that they could have pulled from to make a movie work. Despite all of this, D&D really just felt like a bunch of dudes hanging around the local Renn Fest. I enjoyed it for what it was, but it never really drew me in.

Of course there are a boatload of other problems to consider with D&D, including (but not limited to) a wonky script, little attention paid to the source material (guards using Beholders as sentries? Riiiight…), and Marlon Waynes screaming like a freshly-snipped eunuch. But I digress.

Anywho, Chronicles of Riddick had some source material to pull from, that of course being Pitch Black. But those movies were two totally different beasts all together. Despite this, the world crafted in Chronicles felt very much like a part of the mythos of Pitch Black. Now I admit I’m not totally a fan of the whole Necromonger thing, but the world at least felt real. Same thing goes for The Fifth Element. It really was about the little things, and after watching the movie you could notice fashion trends of the future, as well as futuristic pop culture. Things that seem familiar to us today, but at the same time are so out there that and unique that it totally fits into the setting. I mean, everyone thinks that Ruby Rhod was totally out there as a character. But isn’t he just a futuristic version of Lady Gaga? I’m just sayin’ =)

Alright, bedtime.


Pet Projects

Well, I’m glad to get past that awkward first posting. Something I remember from my webpage days is that it’s a little difficult to get started posting stuff, but it gets easier over time. =)

So What Exactly The Hell Are You Working On?
My brain’s the equivalent of a Sarlaac pit- a huge gaping maw filled with so much strange crap that its nearly impossible to tell where it all came from originally. Even so, I do have a few projects that take up the majority of my time once Real Life (TM) is taken care of, and Lily is put to bed. First and foremost, let’s get something established- I’m a huge honkin’ geek. Granted I think I’ve achieved some semblance of balance in my life where I can masquerade as a pretty normal dude. Even so, my roots will show from time to time. I’ve been known to bust out random movie quotes rather naturally and unsolicited, there’s a lightsaber hanging on my sword rack immediately to my left, and I’m listening to an arranged version of one of my favorite songs from the video game Chrono Trigger as I write this. With that being established, it’s probably not really surprised that I’m designing and writing a fantasy-based role playing game.

Yup, a role playing game. Thank God I’m already married and have spawned.

Glenshire Abbey has been my pet project for a couple of years now, and I suspect that it’ll actually see the light of day before the year is done. I’ll get into the details on a later update, but it feels good being able to see that light at the end of the tunnel as you come close to completing a project. Of course part of that excitement is knowing that you’ll be free to pursue another idea, buried somewhere in that Sarlaac pit I call a brain. We’ll see what comes up next.

I’ll make it a point to post up a few tidbits of work here and there. And I still need to make myself an actual logo…

The Newness!

Hi there, everybody.

So, I’ve been talking about getting a blog for the better part of forever, and I finally sacked up and did it. So, who am I, and more importantly, why do I need a blog?

To be blunt, I’m a pretty disorganized dude trying to keep up with the dozen or so ideas floating through my head at any given point in time. I’m a writer, an artist, an unrepenting geek, and a guy that can rant about any number of random subjects at the drop of a hat. In short, I’m just a guy that has the audacity to think that he has something worthwhile to share with the masses, with the hopes of being at least somewhat entertaining. I’m here to embrace my creative side.

Actually, scratch that. I’m not looking to merely embrace my creative side; I’m here to get to second and/or third base with it.

OK, I’ll write more later, I promise. It’s getting late, and I need to get something up before I delay this ANOTHER night =)

First task- make a new logo!