Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Geek Vs Jock why IM a Geek

So as the big sports season begins with Football and Basketball starting I wanted to take a minute to talk about why I'm a Geek not a Jock. Look I once would spend my Sunday's glued to a TV watching my team go all the way, toss food at the screen and cry when they lost. But as I grew I came to understand the real me the guy who carries his Dice in his laptop bag, who knows what it means when someone says I think that guy just rolled a 1. The jocks are those guys and some girls who talk about the game Monday and spend hours and hours watching a bunch of guys run around chasing a pig around 100 yards. I do not miss those days at all, I do though miss the Friday nights hanging with my friends pretending to be a Elf, or Dwarf. Grabbing the dice and the pulling the sword from its sheath (taking my hand to my hip and thinking there really is a sword there) kissing my dice and begging for that 20 when I so need it.
Walking around a town looking for that one shop that can fix my busted staff of the Magi only knowing there is not a soul who can. You may have your couch and remote, yes you have the jersey that with your name on the back and dream that someday you will play on your teams field. Crying my team lost last night, or screaming my team won even though your not really a member, or have ever played for that team. You keep believing someday you will live out your dream of passing the ball to your sports hero, I for one will live my dream and kill that red Dragon with my +2 long sword, I will and have roll that 20 on my die that has never ever failed me or screamed as my die rolled that 1 and I tossed it across the room. I have spent days trying to finish an adventure, traveled the worlds of J.R.R Tolkien and seen the inside of the Green dragon so what if it was only in my mind what have you the Jock done watched a few games sitting on a couch even some of you have been lucky enough to spend hundreds of dollars to get a seat at a real game, only to drink stale beer and nachos that cost 50 bucks and gives you heartburn so you miss half the game.
Take your long lines to go to the bathroom, or squeezed in some seat with two guys next to you with their shirts off painted in some team colors.
I will spend days at cons with people dressed in their hero's and no matter what anyone says girls dressed like slaves from Star wars, I will drink my high caffeinated soda so I can get one more hour in of game time. Yes and finally the main reason Geeks will always be better than Jocks we have always looked like this where the Jock well they just get fat and ugly with age.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A monster hunter, Dragon Huter, the Devil, and a hairy dwarf

I have in the last two years been invited into a click, yes I said it just like in high school the jocks, the rich kids, and those ones you stayed away from. Well the click I have been hanging with are the ones who played the strange games, who walked down a hall and saw the story that could have happened or would happen in the hall. Yes I'm talking about authors. I have always loved books and love to read even more one of my dreams would be to have my book published and to sell at least one, this year I made that dream come true and it has gotten me into this very speical and closed click or group, writers. Yes I have been to many book signings and spent time in line waiting for my five seconds to ask one or two questions and have the author put a small message in a book. But today I went to a signing for eight authors six of them I know and two I am proud to call friends. Larry Correia, and Paul Genesse,two the greatest and nicest guys you will every meet. They have introduced me to this little private club that not only love to write but love the people who read their work. SO today I put in my hands Larry Correia's second book Monster Hunter Vendetta and just like the first I found myself not wanting to put it down after the first page. I also spent a little time with a new and growing closer friend Riley I would call him the coolest Dwarf you will ever meet, IM not talking about someone who is short Riley like me is a huge geek and yes we play that game Dungeon and Dragons and trust me Riley is the pure Dwarf. I love this guy as a brother who has a great humor and is a big teddy bear, hanging with these three friends I could not think of a better way to spend time in a book story.
Later tonight I spent time with some other friends, no not on a ghost hunt, or walking around some old building we went to dinner and a movie. Russ, Stephanie, Ralph, Ralph's wife Chris, Jules, and my lovely wife Staci. Dinner was BBQ Famous Dave's movie was the Devil.
Many hate M Night Shyamalan, I for one love his films. I love the shock and the twist, the way he tells a story with not only the actors but the camera have reminded me of horror films that do not need to use gore to shock or scare the watcher but use the idea or thought to mess with your head. The Devil is one of those films, lets face it we all have fears I for one can walk around a dark building alone looking for ghost but if you put a clown holding a snake in that same building you will see me run out screaming, with that said I will let out one more fear. Being locked in an elevator stopped between floors, add a few other people in that elevator and you are just adding fuel to my phobia. The Devil plays on everyone's fears not knowing what will happen next. Like so many horror films today they turn to the blood, the crazy killer, or the just guts to make you sick as you wonder if you should have passed on the popcorn. This one lets your mind wonder what just happen with moments of noting but black scree and sound. Who did it, what just happen, and what will we see when the lights come back on. Leaving you wanting to see more but turning the lights off just as you think you will find out. The end gives you the real feeling behind M Night Shyamalan films the moral the real reason we believe what we just saw could happen to us tomorrow, as you walk out and the lights come up you say WOW. The devil is a fantastic look at the evil we all have, the way we judge ourselves and others. I have to say few films today make you look inside your self and wonder could I look the devil in the eye and say yes I have been forgiven. All in All was a great Saturday even if I was not looking for a ghost.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A night in the Dungeon

So I had the best time tonight hanging with the guys from Dungeon Crawler Radio tonight. I was a guest on their podcast with a good friend and fantastic author Paul Genesse. We talked about putting Roll Playing back in RPG, and than They spoke with Paul about his books the Iron Dragon Series. We moved on to Horror films something that I just love. If you are a fan of Podcast you need to check out these guys http://www.dungeoncrawlersradio.com/ and if you are looking for something great to read go to www.paulgenesse.com.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Extra Credit Makes one of my dreams come true

As I slowly grow closer to the tender age of forty, I look back at my life like so many of us do and say what have you done with your life. Call it a midlife crises, or just time for a life change, but as a teen me and many of my friends would grab the camcorder (you know the one so big you had to put it on your shoulder) and go make short films, we had so much fun but really they were for us and many of these films I hope never come to the surface but over this weekend I was able to take one more thing off my bucket list.
Around two months ago I was approached by a new friend Tim Conyers, we were asked to submit a short film to the Salty Horror Film fest being held in Salt Lake this November. Taking this with a rush we talked and tossed Ideas around. We had the location, and the cast, now we need a great idea. Not wanting to give to much of the story away let me say this is not your typical horror film and even though its only going to be ten to twelve minutes long after watching Paul Wheeler Tim's Production partner shoot and line up these shots this is going to be the start of a continuing story, with talks of the sequel. The working title was extra Credit and the cast crew and location made this film.
Friday was day one most outside and we were done in four hours, anyone that has been on a film set knows the issues just the sun can bring. But the open shots were fantastic and it just set the tone for the rest of the weekend. Saturday began around noon most do not know this but horror films are shot in the day time, and the night is added in post. The cast was great and we started with day two. Walking around the Baron Woolen Mill shooting a horror film turned out to increase the activity in this great haunted location. By midnight most of the cast would not walk around alone and some of us ghost hunters just wanted to grab our equipment and go investigate. The shot wrapped up at 3 am with an ending the comparable to the original House on Haunted Hill. It was such a joy to work with a great cast and crew, and I look forward to seeing it all put together after almost an hour and half of film I just feel sorry for Tim and Paul having to cut it down to twelve minutes.