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Wow. Jerry Pournelle passed away.
What a character… I’ve got a few Jerry stories from back in the day…
I’ve already shared the Jerry/Ringworld story that his sometime writing partner Larry Niven shared with me about a million years ago, over here Continue reading R.I.P. Jerry Pournelle – And the infamous Ringworld and Squich Stories
All right, so… much as I was late to the amazing “BoJack Horseman,” I’m a little late to the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty.”
While it’s a bit more absurdist rimshot theater than Bojack, it’s a smart and interesting show that traffics in some fun scifi tropes with a wink and a nod, while occasionally dipping into some pretty deep and thoughtful dialog, plumbing a variety of philosophical themes, largely existentialism.
First, a recap:
Continue reading Are Your Characters As Complicated As You Are? The Brilliant Existential Dialog of Rick And Morty
Translators work hard to protect the cinematic vision of the director, and the Literary vision of the author, when bringing film-based novels to international audiences.
Like anyone who loves giant monkeys and scary dinosaurs peppered with humor and buttloads of action, I’m super excited about the upcoming Kong: Skull Island release tomorrow (March 10 2017.) In fact, I’ve been telling everyone I can that the last trailer released for this film (below) is possibly one of the best edited and sound designed trailers EVAR.
Continue reading Kong: Skull Island – How A Professional Translator Brought The Novelization To Japan
Why The Curiosity Gap Isn’t New, and What That Has To Do With My Art School Experience
Here’s a kind of meandering stream of consciousness.
A while back I had a conversation with my good friend Jennifer Cario (author of Pinterest Marketing An Hour A Day, and President of Sugar Spun Marketing.)
We were talking about The Curiosity Gap, and how it works in art and marketing (and the art of marketing. And probably the marketing of art.)
And I made this connection.
Continue reading Marketing, The Curiosity Gap, and Art School
Here’s a couple of sneak peeks at the upcoming book.
What do you think?
Continue reading New Illustrations for New Book
Great to see the awesome feedback on “Hide & Seek With Beverly”
“I really enjoyed reading this book to my little girl as she loves to play hide and seek. The pictures where the characters are trying to hide where funny, so I enjoyed the humor of the illustrations and how it teaches how to count up to ten and the game of hide and seek. Easy to read and read over and over again.”
Read more here… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5QXKKB/
I’m doing a monthly newsletter now, over on my Chip Street Books site.
Join the family, get a free coloring book! 😀
I figure if I put this in writing, I’ll be committed to finally making it happen, so here goes… Continue reading Making my commitment to this children’s story a public obligation…
This is exactly why I wrote Angelico Goes To The Store! What a wonderful review! Continue reading I Love That Kids Love Angelico
This post is probably only of interest to other authors making picture books for Kindle with the KKBP (Kindle Kids Book Publisher.)
If you find it useful and want to pay me back, please consider getting yourself a copy of Angelico Goes To The Store – and please leave an honest review!
Making my first picture book for Kindle was fun and frustrating.
Specifically, understanding exactly how big the images needed to be to display properly on devices, and allow for text to be added.
I did a lot of digging around, and it’s not at all well documented.
Here’s what I found: Continue reading Formatting Images for Kindle Kid’s Book Publisher