The unbearable likeness of being Micro

Hey All,

As usual thanks for stopping by.  After literally tens of requests for some more micro stories that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.  So for around the next seven weeks I’ll be posting micro stories.

My goal with these stories is of course to attempt to tell a complete story in a paragraph or two.  However, they will also collectively tell one whole story…hopefully.

Once I’ve posted them as individual stories I’ll do one final post of all of them together so that the full story is laid out.

The two big, key words to keep in mind here are attempt and hopefully.

All the links to my other useless crapola will be after the story.  Hope you guys like it.

Best,

Jonathan

SOLACE

The wooden gate creaked only slightly when he opened it.

The smell of the blossoms was both intoxicating and relaxing.

For the first time in a long time he felt safe.

With every step toward the door, the shadows of his past fell further behind him.

The singular lamppost, glowing a soft yellow in the moonlight welcomed him home.

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Movin’ Groovin’ and Youtubin’

Well things happen and don’t happen in this town. Such is the way of the working writer.

Life, if we stop to relax and think about it, is a pretty good thing. Sure there are ups and there are downs but overall this little blue marble aint a bad place to hang out, all things considered.

My recently optioned screenplay seems to be going nowhere relatively quickly. The second option is coming up and I’ll have to decide on what to do with that. I’m really proud of this one and don’t want it to languish. I also really like the producers who are attached and don’t want to walk away from them, if they feel they just need a little more time to set some meetings. It’s a conundrum every writer faces at some point. Do I trust myself, or these people who have shown interest yet are unable to move it along?

Usually my answer to this is trust the other people. I tend to make bad, irrational choices for many different reasons, but am learning to control those self-destructive impulses the older I get.

My pulp novel continues to grow in popularity which I am incredibly grateful for. It will never be considered a classic of literature, nor should it. It’s a pulpy, hyper-violent and semi sexually explicit bit of fun. But, people are having fun reading it and the feedback warms the small, dark, thing that rests where my heart would be. If I had a heart, but I don’t, that thing is fucking useless.

And you do need to be heartless when it comes to writing. I’m not saying you should wake up every morning, have a hearty breakfast, a nice strong cup of coffee and then go find the nearest puppy to kick. You shouldn’t do that, that’s not cool.

The kicking the puppy part, not the hearty breakfast part, you should definitely eat breakfast.

I had the really awesome opportunity to speak at Whedoncon this past weekend and I have to say for my first time speaking at a sci-fi con, I had a great time.

One of the things I did was give a short seminar on writing and creating strong mythology within your work; which is incredibly important. I also talked about being heartless and how important that is.

By heartless, what I really mean is that you cannot grow so attached to your characters that you refuse to do things for the greater good of the story simply out of “love” for this fictional person or persons you’ve created.

I’ve received emails and DMs from readers who seem incredibly shocked about the death(s) of certain individuals within The Geek (that pulp novel I was talking about…out now!) and how these deaths broke their heart and they didn’t understand how I could kill them off.

My response is always the same. “Do you feel it worked for the story? Do you think their deaths were necessary?”

And luckily, for the most part, their answers are the same. “Yes.” They didn’t like it, they thought perhaps a narrow escape would have been better for these characters, but all admitted in the end, that the overall story would have lost quite a bit of its realism and intensity if these two characters had survived.

Now I will say that while I didn’t mind killing off one of these characters, because I wasn’t all that attached to them. This other character’s death in the book was troubling. I loved him (or her, no spoilers). I really did. I wrote a few chapters where this character survived or got the upper hand in a few different ways but it just didn’t work.

Within the mythology of The Geek, if this one specific character had survived, it would have changed everything. Gary (the main character) would not have been as affected as he was. The world would not have felt as real and/or desperate as it does.

If I had betrayed the mythology I created, because I listened to my heart, it would have been a disservice to the ultimately, poor, dead, son (or daughter) of a gun whose death, while evidently tragic was incredibly important.

Heartless. One must always be heartless. Break the rules of the world you create and you break the story.

Speaking of which, next week I’ll be starting a series of micro-stories, which I haven’t done in a while and people have been asking for. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them.

In the meantime, why not go grab a copy of The Geek. It’s available on Amazon.com in paperback and ebook. It’s also available now in paperback in both the UK and Canada on amazon as well.

Of course it’s available as an ebook from every place you can get an ebook, be it itunes, B&N and Kobol to name a few.

Here’s a link to amazon.com http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

And Amazon.co.uk http://amzn.to/1NM5GUN

Wanna ask me a question? Wanna nerd out together with all us cool book nerds. Well then come on over to goodreads and hang out.  http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

Would you like to hear me whine, complain and bitch? Well then the Stuff n Stuff podcast is exactly what you’re looking for. Once a week, for about thirty minutes I sit down with my bro-host and we pick a topic to discuss. We then stay on topic for about 30 seconds before the whole thing derails, it’s quite fun.  http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

I’ve launched my incredibly mediocre Youtube channel and continue to work on programming and content for it. I hate to say it, but I really am having fun so come on by I’m doing a myriad of things, none of which make any sense.

Here’s a link to click  http://bit.ly/1Sf9MXN  and then why not subscribe and like my videos, don’t cost nothin’

Follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless you’re a porn bot or trying to sell me followers.  http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And there’s facebooking to be had cuz that’s still a thing.  http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

And hey, why not instagram which I occasionally post on, when I’m not looking at pictures of food or cosplay hotties (don’t judge me! Don’t you dare judge me!) http://bit.ly/1XgDJfc

I really appreciate you stopping by. I hope you have a great rest of the week, an awesome weekend and a “not suck as crap” Monday.

I’ll see you all here next week. For now I’m off to kick a puppy. Shit! I mean breakfast, I’m off to have a hearty breakfast…um….yeah.

Best,

Jonathan

A quick rant and then on to the usual whoring.

Hey Everybody,

We know it’s always inevitable.  Or more accurately almost always inevitable.  Given enough fame, attention, money and power almost everyone turns into kind of a dick.

I’ve made no secret of my love for Amy Shumer’s brand of comedy.  I’ve been a fan of her standup for a long while and an even greater admirer of her Comedy Central show.  Which I personally think is one of the best sketch comedy shows in a very long time.

But recently (at least in my view) she’s been going a bit Chappelle.  Perhaps taking herself a little too seriously.  I can certainly understand how all the pressure can get to a person.  Hell we all deal with pressure every day and sometimes it feels like it’s going to squash us flat.  But when you add fame, power and money (lots of money) pressure can turn into dickishness.

I still think she’s funny, but this most recent incident with the supposedly rude fan taking a selfie with her (and the stories of how it went down are in dispute) to me seems to be a turning point for one simple reason, and that was her statement regarding the incident.

I’m not going to go into detail here because a quick google search will bring up more than enough links for you to make your own decision, but I will say that when I hear a celebrity of Amy Shumer’s caliber and level say “I don’t owe my fans anything” it really does rub me the wrong way.

There are lots of incredibly talented people who wallow in obscurity.  Some never find any recognition, some find niche recognition and others gain levels of fame and success to varying degrees.

No matter how successful or famous an artist is, it is their fan base that makes them, it propels them.  In short a performer in fact owes their fans and owes them big.

Does this mean she needs to bend over backwards and take every selfie with a fan every time they want one?  Of course not.  But it isn’t just talent (which she has plenty of) that makes someone successful, it’s their fans, it’s the people who watch your show, read your books, listen to your music, buy tickets to your concerts.  Without them you’d be the most brilliant performer at the local coffee house, while hoping you can still cover your rent with your job at the box store, restaurant, or Uber time.

It’s hard to say if what we’re witnessing is in fact the true nature of Amy Shumer that’s been hiding underneath this whole time or if this is a person who perhaps is a little too full of themselves and feeling more important in the scheme of the world than is warranted.

So, does Amy Shumer owe her fans absolutely everything?  No, I don’t think so not everything.  But does she in fact owe her fans nothing?  Hell no, she owes and she owes big.

I hope the statement was partially made out of frustration and perhaps being pulled in a billion directions at once but if this is a sincere belief she holds, I think it could spell trouble for not only her fans but for herself as well.

You are only ever as successful as your fan base.  Many centuries ago Dave Chappelle had what many would agree to be one of the best sketch comedy shows of all time.  Not only was it funny, it was poignant, brilliant and boundary breaking.

Yes it was in great part due to Dave’s talents as well as his writers.  But the main reason it was so big was because the fans kept coming back week after week.

Then Dave went nuts.  He began to succumb to the pressure and blaming everyone around him while never taking responsibility himself for any of the things that happened.  He began to see racism everywhere, he saw enemies everywhere and even to this day conspiracy theories abound as to what really happened.

Dave of course still does comedy and seems as brilliant as ever, however his fan base has mostly moved on and regaining them to the level he once was is most likely impossible.

He may not have owed his fans everything, but he owed them a great deal.  When he walked away the fans moved on, the bulk of which will never come back.

I doubt the same thing will happen to Amy Schumer I doubt she’ll snap like Dave, and I for one certainly wouldn’t want to be under the pressures she’s under.  However, if you piss off the fans, if you discount their innate power and cache you will end up the most powerful and popular entertainer people used to care about.

So does Amy owe her fans everything?  No.

Does she owe them nothing? Hell No.

Does she owe them something more than comedy?  Yes, she owes them the respect they deserve.  Without the fans a comedian is just a person talking to his or herself.

I’m still gonna watch her show though, that shit is funny.

Well enough of that let’s get to the whoring.

Speaking of owing fans…this happenedScreenshot (4) Yeah not only am I on the same list as Chuck Palahniuk on good reads for best transgressive fiction I’m tied with him for the number five slot.  Okay sure he also takes up slots 1, 2 and 4 but hey my little pulp novel The Geek is tied with his amazing Burnt Tongues.  That’s crazy.

You know that thing I was talking about earlier with the whole fan base thing?  Yeah, I owe, I owe big time.  So thank you to everyone who buys my novel and enjoys it and then votes for it on one of the listopia lists it’s on and/or leaves a review or rating.  Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And hey if you want to see the other lists it’s on or checkout the reviews and ratings head on over to my goodreads page. http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

You can also check them out on amazon.com where you can also pick up my ebook collection of short stories http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

Due to popular demand The Geek is also now available in paperback in both the UK and  Canada through amazon, so again thanks fan base for the interest http://amzn.to/1NM5GUN

Over on podbean and iTunes there’s a new podcast up and available for streaming.  This week the bro-host and I discuss our adventure to the heart of hipster territory and our encounter with the great mystery known as The Sphinx of Los Feliz http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

My youtube channel is up and running and I’m beginning to post more every week.  New video up today, then a new one Friday and of course every Sunday is Soda Pop Sunday where I taste test a different soda…oh and I’m posting a new sketch on Monday so check it out.  http://bit.ly/1Sf9MXN

And hey why not follow me on twitter because…I have no good reason http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And the facebooking http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well I’m off to try and do things that make me seem important and productive…maybe even relevant.  Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s a losing battle.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and a fun weekend.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Going all in.

Hey All,

Thanks for stopping by the mother ship.  It’s pretty crazy around here still and I’m trying to keep my head above water while juggling my personal and professional life.

I still feel confident in saying that I’ll be on schedule in launching my next series as a kindle exclusive and am aiming for an early July release date.  I of course will keep you all posted as the time approaches.

I’d like to thank everyone for the mostly warm reception my pulp novel The Geek has received and would like to also answer the question I get asked the most.

Yes, I am planning a sequel to The Geek…of sorts.  The next book in the series will be called Stillwater and is centered around the character Marion Stillwater who seems to be a fan favorite from The Geek.  Gary will play a prominent role in that story as will the goings on of “the family” but it will most definitely be Marion’s story.

I am fleshing out the details as time permits and will most likely go whole hog into the writing process of that one sometime in August for a January/February 2017 release date.  I know that sounds far off but it’s really not.  Again I will keep everyone posted.

My sci-fi screenplay “Ur Perfekt” has started making the rounds to producers and studios.  As with all things entertainment industry that will either end in triumph (payday) or misery(with still a possible payday)

Now let’s get on with the whoring.

I’ve gone all in with the social media insanity and continue to grow my online presence which evidently is a thing now and even though it’s a lot of work I am enjoying it.

The most recent addition to the mediocre empire that is Jonathan Latt Amalgamated is my Youtube channel  I am slowly beginning to upload videos and there will be a new one tomorrow and Sunday.  So go ahead and check it out if you’re stuck between cat videos and people getting hit in the nuts.  http://bit.ly/1Sf9MXN

There’s a new podcast up and streaming over at podbean and ITunes. Amongst other insanity I regale the audience with my attempt at intergalactic diplomacy by engaging in this thing humans call intercourse with a proud Klingon female. http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

My novel is continuing to trend nicely and if you’re interested in seeing what others have to say stop on by goodreads where you can check out the listopia, ratings and reviews of The Geek before you buy. http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

If you’re not into goodreads you can swing by amazon.com http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6 where I think there are over 20 reviews for it at this point, mostly positive ones.  That may not sound like much but for an indie writer it’s not bad.

If you’re in the UK I’ve got some good reviews on amazon’s UK site as well, and it’s also now available in paperback and ebook.  No reviews yet on Canada’s amazon but it’s also available as paperback in Canada now and I was told this morning that people seem to be ordering it in paperback which is cool.

Or, if you live in the Los Angeles area and just want to take my word on how awesome The Geek is (sucker!) head on over to Skylight books in the Los Feliz area.  It’s a great indie bookstore and those really need to be supported.

And hey why not follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless your a porn bot or trying to sell me twitter or instagram followers http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And let’s facebook because that’s still a thing http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well thanks for stopping by, I’m off to do some shooting for Youtube so that should be fun.

I do hope everyone has a great rest of the week and a fun weekend.

See you all next week.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Batman, Superman and Hate Boners

If I may I’d like to start this post off by stating the obvious; I’m a geek.  Everybody who knows me knows this.  Anybody who’s read my pulp novel titled (oddly enough) The Geek certainly knows this.

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I am a life long lover of comic books, sci-fi and fantasy.  The only video games I tend to play are either sci-fi or fantasy games.

Once I was a part of a ridiculed minority, now of course the 21st century becomes more and more, everyday, the century of the geek.  We’ve gone mainstream baby!

There are currently (roughly) at least ten shows on television that are either superhero based or based on a comic book.  I am including in this things like Netflix with Daredevil and Jessica Jones as well as the broadcast networks with shows like Supergirl, Lucifer, Arrow and Flash.  Add into this mix the most excellent show Powers that streams on the playstation network and we’re barely past the tip of the iceberg on what’s out there and what is yet to come.

I did not go see Batman versus Superman when it first came out, rarely do I go to movies on opening weekends anymore.  This is due mainly to my schedule more than anything else but it is what it is.

I did finally see it last week and quite frankly I’m a little confused about all the hate.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a great movie and not even close to perfect, but it is a good film.

Perhaps, because of all of the shit talking and negative reviews I saw on youtube and online my opinion, by the time I went, was so low that it would have had to truly be a suck fest for me to hate it, but I didn’t.  This of course doesn’t mean I didn’t have problems with it, because I did.

First I think we can all agree that Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was a terrible choice and the choices he made in regards to how he portrayed the role were very much wrong.  Lex Luthor is not The Joker.  Lex Luthor has a very well established history.  His traits and character are so well defined over the past sixty some odd years that this never should have been allowed to happen.

I like Jesse Eisenberg as an actor.  I enjoyed him in Zombie Land and Social Network but this was just a wrong move.  But I don’t blame Jesse Eisenberg for this, I blame Zack Snyder for this.

Jesse may have actually been a good choice, if the director had a clearer idea of how Lex Luthor should have been portrayed.  But I can only assume, since Zack Snyder is not a push over, that he liked this portrayal of an iconic character, in which case I just feel it shows a lack of respect and understanding about Lex Luthor’s history and motivations.

Of course Zack has gotten a lot of crap for what he’s done in regards to the movie but for me it was the Lex thing that I found most annoying.

I think we’ve all read the blog posts and seen the outrage videos by people who can’t believe that Zack killed off Jimmy Olsen without even mentioning him by name.  Quite frankly that didn’t bother me.  Jimmy Olsen is not important to what Warner Brothers and DC are trying to do and killing him off, while possibly disrespectful to the history of the Superman universe is not a huge loss.

The other problem(s) I had with the movie I think are pretty much the same as everyone else.  The retelling of the Batman origin for the billionth time seemed a bad choice and every interview I’ve read or heard by Snyder about his reasons for including this are freaking weak.

The only reason he included this origin scene was so that the audience would hear the word “Martha” come out of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s mouth.  This was to be “paid off” nearly two and a half hours later when Superman says the word “Martha”.

For me as for most of you, this did not in fact work.  It was the weakest, thinnest and quite frankly laziest way for Batman to find some sort of solidarity with this (Super)man he’s been hate bonering on for the entirety of the film.

However, I will say that it did not bother me as much as it bothered pretty much everybody else I’ve talked to.  I get it, I know why they did it, I just think it was kind of lazy.

I’m gonna get to the good stuff in a second but I’ll just finish up my criticism with my own analysis of why DC and Warner Brother’s approach is doomed to failure if they don’t take a breath and rethink their strategy.

I understand that Marvel is absolutely crushing it when it comes to their cinematic universe and that DC is late to the game to compete.  However, playing “catch up” is not (IMO) the way to go here.

Marvel made a decision early on with the first Iron Man movie about their long term game plan in building their universe.  DC/WB trying to throw everything into basically one movie to jump start their own cinematic, all encompassing, universe is a potential disaster just waiting to happen.

Not that Marvel hasn’t made any missteps, but for the most part they’ve really done this right.  I still have a serious problem with them not doing a stand alone Black Widow movie; which if done correctly would be freaking incredibly.  But for the most part they’ve been really smart.

If DC doesn’t do things right from here on out, they are just going to be wallowing in suck.  Having said all that there is hope, and I do hope it does work out because I grew up reading the books these cinematic characters are based on and I want to see them live on film.

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It looks like they are giving Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman movie the respect it deserves and doing it properly and that’s great.  When I saw her in the Wonder Woman outfit on screen in B vs S I was singularly impressed with how bad ass she looked and have no doubts that she really can pull off the complexities of the character.

The comic books have really done a lot over the past twenty plus years to make it very clear who and what Wonder Woman is and if they respect the source material I think they’ve really got the potential for a serious hit with the stand alone movie.

Wonder Woman (in the books) is just about as powerful as Superman, she is a force to be reckoned with and can hold her own against that baddest of the bad.  Hopefully this will shine through as she was certainly one of the highlights for me in B vs. S.

Unlike most people I know, I was actually very excited when I heard Ben Affleck had been cast as The Dark Knight.  Early on the rumor mill swirled with how Ben would be playing an older, more war hardened Batman based on Frank Miller’s amazing The Dark Knight Returns book.

For me the thing that makes Batman work is if the actor understands what Bruce Wayne really is.  Michael Keaton understood it best (IMOagain) but Ben Affleck seemed to grasp it strongly as well.

Simply put, Bruce Wayne is the costume, the fake identity, Bruce Wayne does not exist, he’s a cover, a paper doll.  Barman is the real personality hiding under the Bruce Wayne costume all the time.

I think Ben Affleck is a really strong Batman because he understands this.

I’m not gonna go back and start nitpicking all the things wrong with this movie because I understand that while they’re going about it in a possibly stupid way, I know what the end goal is.

If Aquaman, Wonder Woman, the next Superman and Batman movies are all done right it’s going to be okay and all shall be redeemed.  From what little I saw however, I do think Cyborg could end up being the most interesting character.

But, there is one member that for me needs to be included in the Justice League for it to truly be The Justice League and without this member, it’s just always gonna look half assed to me.

I’m talking about The Green Lantern.  This is of course incredibly personal since The Green Lantern is my favorite comic book character of all time (tied with Daredevil and Spider Jerusalem).  If they don’t figure out a way to include him, it’s just not going to work.

And when I say Green Lantern I’m not talking about John Stewart, Guy Gardner or Kyle Rayner, I’m talking Hal Jordan.

We all know the catastrophuck that was The Green Lantern movie with Ryan Reynolds was an embarrassment.  I know it, you know it, Ryan Reynolds knows it.  But much like The Hulk films on the Marvel side (first one sucked, second one was an above “meh”) it deserves a second chance.

I was really excited about Green Lantern when it came out.  I even thought casting Ryan Reynolds was okay.  I like Ryan Reynolds, always have and was hoping he could pull it off, but everything from the tone to the story was crap, and the little gushy power battery I call my heart was crushed when I saw it.

Though I’ve never sported a hate boner* for Ryan Reynolds I do think he was miscast in the role and the tone was wrong.

In short, the movie was terrible for many reasons but it should be given a reboot.

Hal Jordan is iconic, he brings a skill set to the league that it needs and should be included.

I think I’ve gotten off on a ridiculous tangent here but, let me just sum up my feelings on this and why I think the haters need to take a breather, chill and go watch B vs. S again, which I plan on doing next week.

Keep in mind what they’re attempting to do and where they’re trying to go.

Try not to think about how they’ve combined both The Death of Superman storyline and elements of The Dark Knight Returns which should never be combined no matter how loosely.

Considering TDKR was one of the greatest Batman stories ever written by one of the greatest writers to put pen to paper, it deserves far more respect than Zack Snyder and Warner Brothers gave it.

There were parts of B vs S that I really, really liked and I felt the two and a half hours went fairly quickly.  As someone who’s been reading comics since I was seven years old I’m about as big of a fanboy as they come and I think the hate is really unwarranted.

Disappointment sure but hate, no.

We have a solid foundation here people.  A very strong Batman played by Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill has done a great job humanizing a god like alien and of course Amy Adams as Lois Lane is fine and Gal Gadot truly has Wonder Woman down.  Jason Momoa is absolutely perfect for an updated Aquaman.

As for Cyborg and Flash that remains to be seen but I’m open, especially about Cyborg.

So go give it another try, no I’m not being paid by Warner Brothers or Zack Snyder.

Though a t-shirt wouldn’t kill them.

Next week, why Suicide Squad is really important and why I’ve been excited from GO!

In the meantime why not head on over to goodreads and check out the (mostly) awesome reviews and ratings for my pulp novel The Geek http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

The Geek is available online everywhere, but you can get paperbacks from Amazon.com, UK and Canada.  It’s also now being carried by Skylight Books here in Los Angeles on Vermont.  Skylight is a great independent bookstore and we need to support those.  So if you’re reading this and live in L.A. then head on over and pick up a copy.

But hey if you’re not http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

There’s a brand new podcast up today.  This week the bro-host and I are talking food, it’s our second biggest passion next to nerd things http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

And why not follow me on twitter…don’t cost nothin’  http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And we’re still on Facebook because I haven’t done anything with my tumblr account yet   http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Here’s a couple of reviews for The Geek, because it helps my self esteem:

http://bit.ly/1MAAyZQ

http://bit.ly/1nimk7v

http://bit.ly/22s8hw0

Thanks for stopping by everybody, see you next Wednesday and I hope you all have a great rest of the week and fun weekend.

Sincerely,

 

Jonathan

*Yes I used the phrase Hate Boner twice.  I did it for no other reason than I wanted to use the phrase Hate Boner.  I also used catastrophuck, but that one I think was warranted.

With that small paragraph I’ve now been able to use the phrase Hate Boner four times.

Now five!

What the hell….HATE BONER!

 

 

 

 

Good Days & Bad Days

Hey all thanks for swinging by the mother ship.

So I’ve been very fortunate so far with my little pulp novel in that it has received mostly positive reviews and at times even mind blowing amazing reviews on websites, blogs, amazon and goodreads.

I’ve been preparing for the inevitable bads and have received a couple and will receive more but as prepared as I am, it doesn’t mean they don’t sting.

It is part of the deal I made with readers and I knew that going in.  However, I will say that there is a big difference between negative feedback when it comes to a screenplay and negative feedback when it comes to a book.

With a screenplay you may not ever sell it and people may in fact tell you why they think it’s shit, but this tends to be a private affair between the writer and the executive or producer who has read the script.

It still hurts and will always happen way more than hearing about how much someone loves your script but it doesn’t end up on the internet.

Not so with books.  And it is in fact this public praising/shaming that leads to a roller coaster ride of emotions (and occasionally about a half dozen doughnuts).

For example here’s a great review I got for The Geek http://bit.ly/1nimk7v  When I read this review I basically lost my mind.  I mean this is one hell of a love letter for a book I poured so much of my soul into.

But then I woke up yesterday and this was waiting for me http://bit.ly/1M7bs2F  Yeah, ouch!

The tweet of this review was retweeted like 12 times and that stung even more, but such is the world we live in.

Did I take the reviewers opinion of my book as a personal attack?  Of course not.  Did it suck to be me yesterday?  Oh yes, it sucked big sweaty donkey balls.

This was basically my expression all day yesterday 20150926_151118Tell me, honestly, do I look happy to you?

So now here’s the big question, which review is right and which review is wrong?

Unfortunately, they’re both right.  Which sucks but it’s the truth.

A sincere review is an opinion and you can’t invalidate a person’s opinion just because you don’t like it.

Now if I may be uncharacteristically optimistic for a moment there is in fact something positive I took away from the bad review and that is simply this:

The person (Ben Walker) didn’t just write “This book sucks don’t waste your money” in fact that’s not what this review is at all.

Ben obviously read my book and it seems to me he certainly didn’t skim through it, but actually took the time to read it from cover to cover; and man he did not like my book that much.  But then, he wrote a very thoughtful and detail oriented review of it.  He didn’t just shit on it, he really seems to go out of his way to explain why the book didn’t work for him.

And you know what?  That’s totally fair and quite honestly, greatly appreciated.

He gave it a four out of ten so yeah not thrilled but at least it wasn’t a two out of ten, so hey, positivity!

Suffice it to say I really like the review by The Two Gay Geeks a lot more than I like Ben Walker’s review of my book.

But I honestly respect both reviews equally.

Tomorrow I’ll wake up and there may be another good review of my book, the day after that another bad.  The roller coaster will never stop and this is the life I have chosen.

And even though yesterday was not an amazing day to be me, it’s still better than having a real job.

Seriously those things suck.

So if you’re a writer or thinking about writing just keep that in mind.  A good review is great but a bad review (while not so great) is just as valid.  Unless the bad review is just filled with personal attacks in which case you can probably take that personally.

Anyhoo if you’d like to take a shot at reading The Geek it’s available in paperback from Amazon in the USA, UK and Canada and is also available as an ebook from amazon worldwide, ITunes and pretty much everywhere you can get a wifi connection.  But hey here’s a link to my amazon author’s page http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6  I also have a tiny short story collection available from Amazon.  It’s ebook only but is free if you have kindle unlimited and only .99 cents if you don’t.

You can also stop by goodreads and check it out over there.  There’s links to lots of different outlets other than amazon from that site.  And if you have a question, feel free to ask I’m always happy to interact.  http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

Over on Reluctant Joy I’ve posted the last original post on that site as I begin to move everything over here.  It’s a little micro-story called STATION and I hope you like it http://bit.ly/1CzTcZn

Currently over on Podbean and ITunes we’re talking about JFK, 9/11, aliens and masturbation…don’t ask http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH  A brand new podcast will be up and available next week.  I certainly appreciate how much everyone loves the new format and hope you keep coming back.  We’ll be switching back to a weekly schedule most likely in May as my personal schedule should allow for that by then.

I’m almost done with the initial recording session of the audio book version of The Geek (which is one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever had…ugh!) and that should be available by the end of the month and I’ll keep you all informed.

I’ve also been asked to speak at a local con here in Los Angeles in mid-may and once that’s all set in stone I’ll let everyone know what it is I’m doing and how you can get involved if you’d like.

And I’ve finally set up my Youtube account and will begin posting videos in April.  They will be a mix of vlogs, sketches (if I’m being honest mostly masturbation and fart based humor) opinion crap and a few other random things I find fun.  The goal of the channel is to simply be a place where a viewer can come and watch something to take their mind off the stress of the world and hopefully have a laugh.

In the meantime why not follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless you’re a porn bot or trying to sell me twitter followers.  Seriously people, if I wanted to buy twitter followers I’d have way more twitter followers.  http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And hey, let’s do some facebooking because it’s there and I made the bitly link for it http://bit.ly/1CuSZqA

 

All right folks, thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone  has a great rest of the week and a really fun weekend.

See you next Wednesday.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Spring time in winter

Hey All,

I hope everyone is having a great week.  Things with me are well and life keeps chugging along.

It’s near perfect here in Los Angeles, like we’re heading into summer already. Which quite frankly is a bit terrifying since it’s early February and we should be drowning in rain and freezing our collective butts off…well what we consider freezing, but it’s all relative so don’t judge.

I’ll be heading to Las Vegas for a few days next week which honestly I’m a bit nervous about.  I’ve never been to Las Vegas sober and the last time I was there I was still drinking and as usual shit got crazy.

For the first time ever I’ll be staying in a hotel with no casino and far off the strip just to hedge my bets.  I’m going in taking care of business and getting the hell out pronto.

I’m quite happy and secure in my sobriety but why make things harder on myself by visiting old haunts and tempting fate.

Well let’s get on to the fun stuff.

I had the tremendous pleasure of sitting down with Ben and Keith of the Two Gay Geeks podcast recently.  We spent about an hour talking and it felt far less like an interview and more like a conversation you’d have with old friends.

We talked about my pulp novel The Geek and also nerded out on various topics from Dr. Who, to Blake’s 7, comic books and more.  It was a lot of fun and is available here for your listening pleasure http://tggeeks.com/blog/2016/02/08/tg-geeks-webcast-episode-59/

They also took the time to review my novel and quite frankly I’m a bit overwhelmed with how much they enjoyed it.  Many kind words from two very kind gents.  If you haven’t picked up a copy and would like to read their review it’s available here http://tggeeks.com/blog/2016/02/08/the-geek-violence-death-and-geeks-oh-my/

As for my usual shenanigans, there’s a brand new post up on my blog Reluctant Joy.  This week I have written the most incredible, politically correct, love story ever told.  It’s called 42.6 Shades of Tumblr and you can give it a read here http://bit.ly/rljywp

The current episode of Stuff N Stuff is up and available for download or streaming.  You can catch it on iTunes or go straight to the source at podbean.  There will be a new episode next week about things that should be mandatory in relationships, but if you’d like to spend a half-hour listening to two morons complain about toxic food that’s all right here http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

I’m always stopping by goodreads where all the cool book nerds hang out so swing on by, ask a question and browse the virtual stacks http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

My novel The Geek seems to be making readers happy which is great.  We’re just about out of first editions and will be going to a second printing which is very cool.  If you’d like to pick up a first edition paperback you can do so on amazon.  It’s of course also available as an ebook pretty much everywhere.  We’re also going to be expanding and making sure that the book is available as a paperback in both the UK and Canada due to the demand. http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

I have a small collection of short stories that is exclusive to amazon called D’jinn and Other Stories.  It’s only 99 cents, but free with kindle unlimited.  HOWEVER!  The ebook will be free for everyone on Monday February 15th in honor of Presidents Day.  Why Presidents day?  Mainly so I can use the tagline “Hail to the Cheap”.  What?  That’s clever I don’t care what you think.  http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

Of course you can follow me on twitter if you’re so inclined http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And don’t forget the old facebook http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone has an excellent rest of the week and a super fun weekend.

See y’all next Wednesday.

Best,

Jonathan