I am a disorganized person by nature. I have tried several methods to organize my life but they rarely held. The one that...moreI'm reading this book again.
I am a disorganized person by nature. I have tried several methods to organize my life but they rarely held. The one that has shown the most promise is Getting Things Done (GTD) which I have failed at and yet I keep returning to with increasingly better results.
The big idea behind GTD is that a brain called upon to remember dozens even hundreds of life details, deadlines, dreams and schedules will be too distracted to focus well upon the item at hand for fear something will be forgotten which it invariably is. By creating a system to write it all down and the practice of reviewing it daily, your mind becomes cleared of the clutter and focus improves.
I originally listened to this twice on MP3 player and then I read the book. There are many blogs that devote some of their content to building upon GTD.(less)
This is a revision and expansion of the novella of the same name which appeared in serial form in Cemetery Dance magazine and was collected with the A...moreThis is a revision and expansion of the novella of the same name which appeared in serial form in Cemetery Dance magazine and was collected with the Alan Clark paintings that adorned CD Mag based upon the story, in Escaping Purgatory. I'm excited about this.(less)
As Publisher's Weekly wrote this book "gathers a good chunk of the Bram Stoker nominee's provocative writings on film and fiction, most of which appea...moreAs Publisher's Weekly wrote this book "gathers a good chunk of the Bram Stoker nominee's provocative writings on film and fiction, most of which appeared in Eldritch Tales, The Scream Factory and other small-press venues." What it didn't mention is that this is not a mere collection of reviews. It has those reviews but sprinkled in the context of the author's life -- which informed them -- and his look at the horror genre in general. Like King's On Writing which came later, it is not one thing but a slice of the author's life and personality which gives you the illusion you know him intimately. It took months for me to shake that illusion but I still know Gary better than any other writer.
The book suggested I read a pair of Jack Ketchum stories (which I dutifully did) and then reprint his own Stoker award winning "Duty" and discussed the real-life event that it was based upon.
This is one book I'll be reading a second time, or more.(less)
Marc Andreyko is a Cleveland author who is proving he has more than enough writing skill to stand with the three bald Brians...moreCollects Manhunter #6-14.
Marc Andreyko is a Cleveland author who is proving he has more than enough writing skill to stand with the three bald Brians of Cleveland (Brian Michael Bendis, Brian K. Vaughan and Brian Azzarello).
Taking what was essentially a lame concept -- the idea of Manhunters in the DC Universe -- and revitalized it through characterization. Kate Spencer is a federal prosecutor who is tired of seeing super-powered criminals slip through the justice system. Those who do, become her prey and she is not afraid to kill. In the chaos of the DC Universe this has gone unnoticed for the moment but should this comic survive, and I hope it will, she will get the attention of other super-powered people -- criminals and vigilanties alike.
What sets this apart beside Kate's difficult personality, is the exploration of justice and morality. Andreyko isn't afraid to make Kate a killer (Remember when Green Arrow took a life? Remember that we've almost retconned that?) and getting her dirty. She doesn't feel like a "company character" on which nothing sticks for long (Hal Jordan-Green Lantern, anyone?) but a real character who will change -- or not -- in her own good time.
In this collection, Kate tries to prosecute the Shadow Thief for the murder of Firestorm when members of the Secret Society attempt to kill ST, lest he roll over and talk. Then someone is murdering Manhunters of the past and now their number is down to three . . . oops . . . two . . . one?
This was the first graphic novel by Warren Ellis I read after I learned who he was. I'd read some of his X-Men work, his Druid (which I absolutely lov...moreThis was the first graphic novel by Warren Ellis I read after I learned who he was. I'd read some of his X-Men work, his Druid (which I absolutely loved -- until the rather abrupt and unfortunate ending) and other titles, I'm sure. However, I never really paid attention to the name or followed his writing like I did Alan Moore and Frank Miller.
Then I read Bendis' Powers: Little Deaths, where Warren Ellis gets a ride along with Det. Walker. That and remembering my surprise a short time before when I found out that Transmetropolitan won a Stoker Award years ago, put the writer on my radar. Orbiter kept him there.(less)
This is a reprint of an essay Alan Moore wrote years ago for serial publication in a small press magazine (or was it a fanzine? I'll check). In it he...moreThis is a reprint of an essay Alan Moore wrote years ago for serial publication in a small press magazine (or was it a fanzine? I'll check). In it he discusses writing for comics and gives his unique perspective -- the kind of perspective that created The Watchmen, revamped Miracleman, rejuvenated The Swamp Thing and led to Promethea, Top Ten and other ABC comics.
An afterward, written by the Alan Moore of today discusses how he writes today and how radically different it is from the way he wrote then. He gives a suggestion that writers start out like he did with careful plotting and pushing the boundaries of comics and then evolve into a simple writing as you go and trust your creativity method as you mature.
Easy reading this is not but essential if you want to write comics and leave a lasting legacy. There are many wonderful writers out there and they're raising bar. This book can help you rise to the challenge.(less)