Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Story Updates


I finally finished The Killer Contract Agency rewrites, and now all I’m waiting for is to have en editor look at it, get the cover, and republish. It’s been a long journey with this book, and with it done I can finally work on other projects. I am typing up the first Scarlet book in the meantime, and I’ve written the second half and I’ll finish it so I can edit them both together and work on the third after the first and second are published. I know I’ve been promising those books for years. Life has gotten in the way more then once, and I find it hard to concentrate on writing with VCU and working part time at the same time. I need to take it more seriously. I want to quit retail part time so I can write full time instead I’ll need to be more on the ball with it.  I can’t sit there, and not write and publish the stories I want people to read. Hence why I have enough stories to write full time, and make my dream of it come true. I’m hopeful about it because it’s something I really want to do for the rest of my life. I’ll write a blog post about the story when it comes out, and put the links there too.
Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jurassic World Review



Today, I saw the Jurassic World movie, and I enjoyed it. I’ve seen the movies before, and when I heard it was getting redone I knew I had to see it. I did notice they included a few features in the story that they did not have in the original like the Indominus Rex. I thought it was interesting how they created their own dinosaur, and I loved the role Chris Pratt played as the dinosaur it made it seem like the dinosaurs are more human. It was a good story, and at times I found myself on the edge of my seat hoping certain characters survive. At times I found myself wanting the dinosaurs to eat the bad guys, and I loved the ending too. It is a movie worth seeing again, and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for it. I know there will be a sequel since it did so well in theaters. I loved seeing the dinosaurs and what it would be like, and I loved the Gyroscopes added to the story.I loved the role of technology in it too. The story line is good, and it reminds me why I was meant to be a writer. I even loved how some characters changed from bad to good. I loved how the ending involved a last stand, and it was a good movie. It even threw in items from the old Jurassic Park. The ending left me wanting more dinosaurs, and I loved the possibilities that can come of it. 

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MRE Review: Menu 7 Brisket Entree:


This will be the second MRE or Meal Ready to Eat Ive tried. There will be more reviews to follow since Im actually enjoying these reviews. It comes with a brisket entree which is gravy seasoned with beef brisket slices.  Crackers, biscuit, BBQ sauce, Cheese spread, Cocoa beverage powder.  Toffee cubes, Raspberry white chip cookie, a flameless ration heater. A spoon idea tea drink lemon flavored, salt, Towellette, toilet paper, chewing gum and a butter packet.  To eat the entree you have to put it in the bag with the flameless ration heater, and put water up to the fill line. Just let it heat up for ten to 15 minutes and enjoy. Or dont if you dont like the taste of them. I did put the salt and the butter in the entree.  Just dont put too much salt and the entree tastes good. I like it and it does not taste like it came out of a can either. Yum. The biscuit tastes like the weird wheat snack bread, but it does take some getting used to. Its a good meal for being out in the field and it would be good to use for camping  too and overall a fun thing Ive been doing lately.
*The second MRE I got which is the same one has garlic mashed potatoes in it, and those are some of the improvements they made to it. And a chocolate chip cookie with Twizzlers Nibs.For more info on mres go to MREInfo.com. 

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

MRE Research or Meals Ready to Eat:


For my writing research it led me to find out as much as I can about the military. When doing research you have to observe take notes and even do what they do. The research led me to research MREs which are military rations they give troops going into battle. It’s hard to get your hands on them unless you use Ebay or know someone in the military. They can last for a while too. This one is menu 6 Beef Roast with Vegetables. They come with an entrée and a side dish this one is called Cherry Blueberry Cobbler with the Beef and Roast Vegetables as the entrée. It comes with a cocoa beverage powder bag. A spoon, wheat snack bread, chocolate chip cookie, hot beverage bag, flameless ration heater (just add water for the reaction), Salt, Splenda, coffee, creamer, moist towlette and toilet paper. And lastly is the chewing gum which is a mild laxative. It even comes with the chocolate peanut spread to put on the wheat cracker. After heating the main course by following the instructions using the heater. I tasted the entrée which is not too bad, but it did taste like it came out of a can. When I added the seasonings it tasted better, and not too bad. The Cherry Blueberry cobbler did not taste that bad either, and even the cat loved the roast and begged for more. The wheat snack bread just tastes like bread and when the spread is added it tastes like a piece of bread with chocolate and peanut butter. Overall not too bad of a meal for being on the field, and definitely nothing fancy. Just one of the fun facts to use in research for my stories.

If you have had an mre tell me about your experiences with them and which ones you’ve tried?

Until next time,


Wolfdreamer25

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review of Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi


I got this because I’ve read other books by Mancusi and I love her writing style. I jumped at the chance to pick it up when I found it at a library to buy. It’s about a high school girl  named Maddy who writes manga to escape reality. Then she receives a game called Fields of Fantasy for her birthday. She turns into Allora a strong elfin princess  and everything she wants to be in the gaming world.  It shows how immersive video games can be, and how they can take over and collide with real life. They can be used to escape reality just like books, and drawing manga which allows her to escape the real world and live in a fantasy world. I loved how it included online chatting in the book too. I enjoyed seeing her get lost in the gaming world. The book realistically portrays what it’s like going through a divorce when the relationships between parents don’t work out. It showed the harsh reality of going to a new school and making friends. It shows  the struggle of how a bad first day can make a lasting impression and the  struggle of fitting in. I love how Maddy calls the gang of bullies Haters since it reminded me of when I went to high school. I like how it turns around for her after she forms her own manga club, and then finds a group of friends with common interest. It showed how a crush not turning out the way she wanted to was the end of the world. It is a young adult book, and the writing is simple which is good for a book like this. I loved the twist and turns the story took. It showed the consequences of bullying . It was a good read and I kept turning the pages to see what happened next. It showed what friendships and relationships are all about since it made me laugh and cry at times when she went through certain experiences in the book. It made the story relatable. I loved the mix of manga and video games in the story. I definitely recommend this to friends since it is a good story to get into. I enjoyed reading it, and it’s definitely a reread for me.

Until next time,
Wolfdreamer25

Friday, May 15, 2015

Beta Reader Notes/Editor Notes for The Killer Contract Agency:


After you write a novel there comes the editing phase, and several rough drafts to go before it is polished. I have very good feedback from the people I gave The Killer Contract Agency too. It doesn’t need any major rewrites just grammar issues, and expanding parts of the story to make it longer and more filling. I figured I would write a blog post about this phase to let people see what it is like to work on a novel, novella, or short story. Everything needs to be edited before publication since you want the best possible book out there. There is no such thing as getting it perfect because you are not going to catch everything. As I go through it I check to make sure it makes sense, and to fact check the issues that don’t. I had to change the first scene from tar to mud because it made more sense for it. I have to make the hospital scene more realistic as well.  The ending needs to be longer and I have to fix the switching from past to present issue better. I need to make sure the customer stays a certain form in the story, and make sure Salina’s dad is named Steve through the entire story. I also need to put in more of Carter’s back story since he is a part of the story in a big way. You will definitely see Salina and Carter in Retribution is Mine which is the second Scarlet book. I’m halfway through it too. It might take less time for me to edit The Killer Contract Agency and then after I get the cover I’ll have it republished. I’m also working more since school is over, but I hope to have it republished by the end of summer.

Until next time,


Wolfdreamer25

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Research:


It’s one of the things I love about writing a story. You have to look up the things you are interested in if you need to put it in a story. It’s one of the fun things about being a writer. Looking up information, traveling places, and reading stories to get ideas on how you want to spin myths and legends. One of the things I’ve been researching a lot lately is the military life. I want to base The Killer Contract Agency on it, and make it better then the military which means going to bases, watching Youtube videos which is helpful in research, and even doing tons of research on military res which are meals ready to eat. I even got a hold of a few of them and in turn doing a few reaction videos on Youtube of them. It’s all pretty cool since I’ve been talking to them and discovering that the military is like a different culture since they have their own words for things. It’s all interesting to me, and research is the best part because you do want the details realistic and true. At the same time you can know the facts to twist them  a little bit. The summer gives me time to read writing books and write reviews on them. I love the summer time, and eventually I want to write full time too. I’ll be blogging at least three times a week and writing blog posts on the things I’ve learned. The first book I will be talking about is Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb. I’ll even be doing writing exercises and putting them on the blog as well.
Until next time,
Wolfdreamer25

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