Jason Kristopher
On Screenwriting, or Why I Don’t See Summer Blockbusters Anymore

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From the science-fiction giant of a writer, David Gerrold, comes this post from his public Facebook page (note: the title is of my own creation). Take it to heart, screenwriters.

When I was teaching screenwriting at Pepperdine, I used to warn my students that their friends were going to stop watching TV with them, and wouldn’t go out to the movies with them anymore.

They’d give me the look.

Then…

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100 Greatest Movie Threats

100 Greatest Movie Threats

A little different from my post about the 200 greatest insults of every time, but again, as a writer, threats are very useful. These are some of my favorites from the video below.

Needless to say, NSFW.

  • “Whatever you’re reaching for better be a sandwich, cause you’re gonna have to eat it.” — Laughing Policeman
  • “I’ll kick your ass so hard you’ll have to unbutton your collar to shit.” — The Dead…

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200 Greatest Movie Insults (in Two Parts)

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Insults are something we’ve all experienced at one point or another, and usually they’re not very pleasant. But in the movies, it’s a completely different story, and as a writer, I find a well-written insult extremely useful. As useful as threats, I’d say.

Here are some of my favorites, from a couple different Youtube videos. What are your favorites?

My favorites from the 1st video:

  • “I don’t like…

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The Beauty of the English Language

The Beauty of the English Language

I’m looking at this like a writing exercise. See my notes below, but feel free to come up with your own–and share them in the comments! Note, for variations that mean the same thing, I’ve combined them.
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“Only she told him that she loved him.”

Sad, poignant, and yet uplifting at the same time–as it should be when anyone tells you they love you.

“She only told him that she loved him.”
“She told…

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You Can Join BLACKGUARDS! Yes, You!

You Can Join BLACKGUARDS! Yes, You!

Okay, writers all, time to take out those quills and bring your dastardly devilish and deplorable doom-bringers back to life for a chance at stardom… well, for a chance at a paying gig at industry rates that’ll have you published, anyway.

Blackguards is a Kickstarter project for a collection of 20+ stories by… well, I’ll just let their words speak for them. If you’re already familiar with the…

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5 Stars: “Mouse Guard: The Black Axe” by David Petersen

5 Stars: “Mouse Guard: The Black Axe” by David Petersen

MouseGuardtheBlackAxe9593_fFrom Mouseguard.net:

Mouse Guard returns for its third volume: the Black Axe. This prequel set in 1115, fulfils the promise the wise oldfur Celanawe made to tell Lieam of the day his paw first touched the Black Axe. The arrival of distant kin takes Celanawe on an adventure that will carry him across the sea to uncharted waters and lands all while unraveling the legend of Farrer, the blacksmith…

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A Fancy Dinner Party

A Fancy Dinner Party

Jason Kristopher:

“A Fancy Dinner Party” features one of my favorite short stories that I’ve written, “The Art of Steaming.” My friend A. K. Klemm reviewed the book, Grey Gecko’s first short story anthology.

Originally posted on Anakalian Whims:

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Editor: Hilary Comfort

Publisher: Grey Gecko Press

Genre: Thriller/ Horror

Length: 184 pages

For nearly two years now, I…

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Here is my interview with Steven P Locklin

Here is my interview with Steven P Locklin

Jason Kristopher:

My friend and fellow Gecko Steven P. Locklin got interviewed about his novel “Beneath Hallowed Ground” and its upcoming sequel. Check it out!

Originally posted on authorsinterviews:

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Name: Steven P Locklin
Age: 55
Where are you from: Miami, Fla.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: Grew up in New England (Massachusetts and Vermont), graduated from Boston…

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Mouse Guard: Winter 1152

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In the Winter of 1152, the Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many through a cold and icy season. Serving as diplomats Saxon, Kenzie, Lieam, and Sadie, led by Celanawe, traverse the snow blanketed territories to improve relations between cities and the Guard. This is a winter not every Guard may survive.

I’ve been a fan of comics as far back as I can remember. To date, I’ve collected nearly 2,600 comics. That’s not a lot, by most collectors standards, but it fills about 13 longboxes in my closet, so I’m gonna say it’s a pretty big collection.

My oldest comic is a copy of Classics Illustrated: The Corsican Brothers #20 ( [HRN62] for the comic nerds), but I didn’t collect that until I was in my late 20s. It’s also the one that’s worth the most, at least theoretically. But the ones with the most intrinsic value to me are the ones I had growing up, which are… somewhat worse for the wear.

How was I to know that one of these might be worth a lot someday (spoiler: none of them would be, especially after mom got to them and wrote my name on them). But the fifty or so comics I had lit a fire of imagination in me from a very young age, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. Naturally, that led me to comic conventions, where the comic creator is king – with the notable exception of San Diego’s Comic-Con International and a few others. I’m always eager to walk around and check out the great new work by up and coming artists, so when I passed David Petersen’s booth at Comicpalooza 2014, I was immediately enthralled by the quality of his work.

1900380_10152087269150583_8779619439876380281_oThe production value on these hardcovers is nothing short of astounding – hundreds of high-quality pages with even higher-quality art, and the story… I’d never even heard of MouseGuard before I arrived at Comicpalooza, and yet within hours of picking up these books I’d already devoured them. I even managed to snag a bit of art to hang on the wall, too.

What amazed me most about the books wasn’t just the phenomenal artwork, as you can see from the picture here and on the cover, but also the story itself. Often with comics, the story takes a backseat of sorts to the artwork, which is only natural for a mostly visual medium such as comics. Still, every so often, the story is told with a lot of talent, wit, and vision. Now-defunct Crossgen Comics was able to do that across not just several issues, but across titles, spanning their entire line.

The story of Mouse Guard is that of sentient mice on an Earth-like world where humans never evolved. Mice became intelligent and created their own civilization, with everything that entails, including enemies (weasels, owls, and various other animals). In this book, Winter 1152, six issues of the comic are collected to tell us of the fight of the mice to save what remains of their society, decimated by sickness and treachery. Every bit as complex as any fantasy novel I’ve read (except perhaps Wheel of Time and Game of Thrones), Mouse Guard brings us into a world so far removed from what we’re used to that it could easily be alien, but with a deft touch, Petersen makes these furry new friends of ours relatable.

IMG_1815[1]Winter 1152 is about strength through adversity, not just in terms of the weather, or illness, but of moral strength, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and fighting for what’s right in a world of chaos, betrayal, and evil. With wonderful art, a great story, and excellent production value, this book is well worth adding to your collection.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 is available from Archaia Entertainment on Amazon.com and other booksellers.

An innovative and unique comic and graphic novel, MouseGuard gets 5 stars! From MouseGuard.net: In the Winter of 1152, the Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many through a cold and icy season.
Email Direct From Amazon: “Important Kindle Request”

Email Direct From Amazon: “Important Kindle Request”

I’ve independently verified the veracity of this email. It’s legitimate, and from KDP Support at Amazon. This email was received by Grey Gecko around midnight last night. This is the email in its entirety, with no edits, emphasis, or other changes made by me.

Constructive commentary is welcome. Bashing of either side of this dispute by anyone will get you banned (not that I have a big group of…

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