Hey I’ll be at LTUE this week. So excited! I love this conference. It’s affordable, informative, and it’s where I got my start!
|10 Reasons Why I’ll Reject Your Submission||Sibyl’s Scriptorium Contests Award Ceremony||50 Years of Trekking Across the Stars||Finding Your Audience||Writing Natural Dialogue|
|Th||2:00 – 3:00||Birch||Th||6:00 – 8:00||Birch||Fri||10:00 – 11:00||Arches||Sat||9:00 – 10:00||Zion||Sat||5:00 – 6:00||Birch|
After seeing The Force Awakens four times, and reading the novel (in progress), I think I’m ready to post my SPOILER-FREE review.
J.J. Abrams showed off not only his film making talent, but also his marketing savvy and business acumen with his creative Star Trek reboot, and that same brilliance shines through in The Force Awakens. Abrams seems to hit all the right notes in this deliberate ode to A New Hope, and sets the stage for new stories with characters who are just as fun and interesting as the original cast. I was right at home from the first scene until the credits rolled, and I felt like a kid again reveling in every minute of the film.
It’s clear a lot was cut from the movie as several plot elements are somewhat taken for granted by the characters (the reason I’m re...Read More
I am more excited for Star Wars The Force Awakens than I have been for any movie since The Return of the King—no probably more. I greedily devour every bit of legit news that I’ve read, snack on the rumors, and watch the trailers over and over again—my wife has accused me of being obsessed. Like most fans, the prequels really let me down. Not so much for the bad writing, the unfocused, confusing plot, or even the unintentionally racist slave parody called Jar Jar Binks.
The real reason I felt let down is because there was SO much potential to the story that I felt was wasted.
The Star Wars universe is easily the greatest world-build since Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The plot and character arc possibilities are as endless as the stars in that galaxy far far away...Read More
Brandon strikes the right balance of humor, action, and drama in this emotionally engrossing follow up to Alloy of Law. I love Wayne, and also all the “historical” references to the original Mistborn trilogy. Four stars for Shadows of Self! Another excellent Sanderson offering with a heart twisting ending. Can’t wait for The Bands of Mourning.Read More
Let me just start off by saying Emma and the Banderwigh is one of those books that’s so engrossing, you catch yourself biting your fingernails and praying for the protagonists as if they were real people. Matthew Cox has done a masterful job of replicating the mood of great children’s tales like Spirited Away, or Return to Oz with the right mixture of wonder, fun, and horror. In fact there are some scenes in Emma and the Banderwigh that are downright creepy. Even so, it is still appropriate for young readers; In fact, I plan to read this with my kids (ages 5-11). Four stars for the emotionally immersive Emma and the Banderwigh.Read More