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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Interview With Michael W. Dean Regarding Intellectual Property Law

Back in the day, I co-founded the first Film Club ever at Pueblo West High School, along with my good friend Caynen. There were others involved with the project as well, but no one was nearly as consumed by it as Caynen and I were. At the time, we were obsessed with creating not just one movie, but multiple short films. I was writing script after script for all of these different films we had planned, collaborating with Caynen on everything. After we filmed our short On The Shoulders Of Zombies: The Untold Story of the Evil Dead Four, however, it seemed as though I had gotten the filmmaking bug out of my system, at least for the most part. I still yearn to create movies now and then, though not with nearly the amount of passion I had for it when I was younger. Also, at the time I was using a less-than-legal copy of Final Draft, which I no longer have, and to start out in the industry is just extremely cost-prohibitive. Just look at the price of the RED digital camera, which is the first digital camera to break into Hollywood, having been used to shoot films Like Crank and the yet-to-be-released Robocop remake, among others. This camera is often touted as being relatively cheap and easy for studios to acquire and utilize, with a price tag of only $10,000. Film cameras cost much, much more, and don't even get me started on the cost of developing the film itself.
I bring up our high school Film Club adventures because, during this time Caynen and I came across an intriguing book called $30 Film School. Once we saw this and read the description (DIY Film School!), we knew we had to have it in our bag of tricks. Once we finally managed to get a copy of the book, we both took turns salivating over it as if it were our last meal. So much new information about every facet of filmmaking was now at our fingertips. It opened our minds to new possibilities for our guerrilla filmmaking. It even gave me the idea (that I subsequently never followed through on due to my laziness, or something) to apply for 501(c)3 fiscal status. Which is just a fancy way of saying that you are non-profit organization. This was important to us at the time because it would've allowed us to entice our neighbors and community members to invest money in our film because it could be written off for taxes. On an interesting side note, we made fun of the process of trying to get donations from family members in our short film, which you can see for yourself on Youtube.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Day In & Day Out Is Now Free

I've been thinking a  lot about what I've set out to accomplish lately, and I've come to the conclusion that I have been a huge hypocrite. Soon, I will be posting an article here about an interview I recently conducted with Michael W. Dean regarding copyright law. We talked all about how copyright law is bad for society, and how intellectual property rights are actually hurting artists. Also, Cory Doctorow, someone I look up to as an author, has always been against copyright law (at least as long as I've been a fan of him, which admittedly hasn't been long. His website is here).

 Image credit:
 This is the best free image I could find for copyright.

Monday, April 21, 2014

31 Questions For An Atheist

I found this list on and thought I'd respond to these questions as well. She found the list originally here, and after I read her responses I couldn't wait to get two cents in. I hope this encourages debate among both the faithful and the atheistic and those in between. We know who you are you agnostics, don't keep riding the fence!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Miley Cyrus and the Apocalypse: Four Surprising Thing They Have In Common

Today, we'll be discussing a paltry four ways that singer, actress, and performer Miley Cyrus, also known as Smiley Miley, is tantamount to the height of human tragedy imaginable by man. I've delved deep into my darkest thoughts and areas of the internet, scouring them like Robert Langdon: best when he's seen and not heard. What follows are of of the clues I was able to scrabble together hastily in time to warn you of the coming time of Biblical prophecy. Alright then, enough dilly-dallying. It's time to begin.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Horrible Poetry Wednesday #6

This one actually wasn't so hard to post this week relatively speaking. I still think it qualifies as Horrible Poetry, but at least the intent is there. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and I hope you enjoy reading another ugly selection of my poetry. Please leave your feedback in the comments section below. Also, if you have any suggestions for future Horrible Poetry Wednesday Posts, please email me at first name last name 2013 at gmail dot com with your ideas!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exclusive Q&A With the President of Pikes Peak Writers

Recently, I received the opportunity to ask some questions of the president of the local writing group, Pikes Peak Writers. J.T. Evans, President, Author, jack-of-all-trades, was more than happy to converse with me about the Pikes Peak Writers and their upcoming conference. Thankfully he was able to take time out of his hectic day to answer these questions for all of us, so please give him and the Pikes Peak Writers some of your time to find out more about this truly awesome group at large in our community!

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Unconquerable" Published With Flash Fiction Magazine Today

I have a new short story published with Flash Fiction Magazine! The story is titled, Unconquerable," and it's about a public protest and speech that is trounced upon by a ruthless futuristic police force. If you'd like to read it, visit their page here. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to share!
Also, make sure to download your free sample of my eBook, "Day In & Day Out" (For Kindle). It's a science fiction short about a disgruntled customer service representative working at a call center. He hates his job, he hates his boss, and then one day, he gets a call from a mysterious woman. The woman claims to be from another world, and that she has information that can save his planet. What happens next? Find out here (For Android/iOS).

I also want to take a moment to thank you all for your support. I appreciate the feedback I've gotten and the response I've garnered for my short story. Thank you all for taking the time to read my work, and I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know in the comments below if there is anything you'd like to see in future posts from me, or what you didn't like. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Horrible Poetry Wednesday #5

This week's post will be just as groan-inducing and laughable as any other. However, This one is a little special. It has a bit of a hidden meaning to it. Something having to do with the movie industry. See if you can figure it out.
If not, you could always go to Smashwords and download my ebook, "Day In & Day Out," completely free!, just use coupon code CX35X at checkout and you'll have the entire story, free to read and enjoy.
Otherwise, enjoy the train wreck that you knew was inevitable. After all, it's the reason you came here isn't it?