The Thing of Evil: My New Kitten

Well, one day your shooting a short film and the next you get adopted by a kitten.

I took a drive up to Fresno a few days back to shoot a short film that has been in my heart for three years. It is called The Dragon In The Warehouse. It tells the story of two siblings, a pair of twins in their twenties, dealing with the impending death of their mother by cancer. The sister takes things seriously, preparing for what she believes is the inevitable. Her brother on the other hand becomes somewhat withdrawn. He insists that he has seen a dragon in a nearby warehouse in the spirit of a game the pair used to play. Is he just living out a fantasy to deal with the death of his mother, or is there something more to his story?

It is a little Twilight Zone style story dealing with themes of life, death, end of childhood, and holding on to that sense of wonder that just seems to come naturally when you are young. Time will tell if those themes come across onscreen, but so far we are feeling pretty good about what we’ve shot. Of course that’s not why you all are here. You want to here about the kitty.

We were in the second day of shooting and just picked up our actress when we hear a noise. A tiny meow. We figured it was coming from one of the nearby houses and paid it no mind. Then from around the corner comes bounding a little kitten, just past suckling age, its eyes wide at the sight of us.

 

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The little feline ran over to us and immediatly tried to domesticate us. Didn’t bode over too well for our shots. I had to lean down and pet the kitten so the fucking thing would shut up while we were shooting, though now you can probably hear purring on the soundtrack.

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So then I try to get rid of the kitten and put it back where it came from, nearby a dumpster. I figure it belonged to somebody. It was in too good a shape to not have a home. Maybe it did. But it seemed Mrs. Kitty wanted to adopt me.

I Christened her The Thing of Evil. And she is evil.

Adorable, adorable evil.

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I’m not exactly what you call a risk taker, and it has caused me much regret over the last few years as I approach the age of thirty. I’m also a person of some faith, and I believe certain events happen for a reason. I wonder if this little spawn of Satan is my maker’s way of telling me ‘Here’s a risk to take, kid. Start taking them now or you’ll regret it later.’

So now I have a cat. Wasn’t expecting that, but I was wanting a pet sooner or later. There are many things I want to do in life apart from my art. I want to date. I want to fall in love. I wand to have kids and travel the world before I dry up like an old prune and yell at kids to get off my lawn. Those days are a long way off, but they will come. Life doesn’t last forever, much less youth.

The Thing of Evil will be the first of many chances I’ll take, hopefully leading to a long, happy, and adventurous life without regrets.

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I’m Now A Paid Writer

It was a hectic week. Several job interviews and rejections, going to a temp agency seeking work, completing three chapters on the book I’m writing, blowing through 117 pages of the book I was reading, preparing to patch a hole in the wall of my apartment, some good news and some bad. Today I got some very welcome news.

My application for MoviePilot went through. I will now receive my first ever meager payments for written work.

This had already been an interesting seven days, filled with ups and downs. My existential crisis continues with swings from optimism to bleakness, and I wonder which one I’ll finally land on. Hopefully the former because I don’t want to waste this life being a Bob Bummer.

But it had also been one of my most productive time periods, with bringing my manuscript past 115000 words and completing some 320 pages. With the cover ebbing onward and our next illustration taking exciting shape, I had a lot to be excited for.

Now I have one more thing to look forward to. I will now be able to count writing credits among my earnings. How exciting is that?

I will not be receiving too much for my work, mind you. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 dollar for every thousand views. But it’s still something. It’s still money I would be getting from what I wrote. It is the first step to making a living out of the craft, and there are few things that could make me happier.

I signed the tax paperwork and sent them my Paypal addy. It still doesn’t seem real. Maybe it will once that first deposit comes in.

I wonder what this means in the long run. Will my articles get more views because of this? How much will be added to my monthly income? Is this the second job I’ve been seeking or merely some extra creative work and money on the side? I don’t know. The future isn’t here yet. It’s still very dark outside.

Hopefully this news is the beginning of a bright dawn, and the exciting next chapter in my journey to master the craft.

Indiana Jones vs. Smaug

Greetings from everyone’s favorite wannabe author. As expected, the holiday party for my store left me with one more completed chapter for my book Never Heroes, forty finished pages on the amazing Salem’s Lot, and a belly full of salad, biscuits, chicken and potatoes. As for my free gift, I got an electric iron. Was unaware people still used those things, but I’m sure someone I know will find use for it.

I haven’t done much writing since the party given my increased search for film related work. I have four interviews this week, so hopefully that will lead to something. Given the paperwork I need to fill out tonight, I don’t expect to resume work on Never Heroes until tomorrow. But that doesn’t mean I still can’t have some fun.

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I must once again state my undying love for the Indiana Jones series. To me, that is the standard by which I judge all other adventure stories. Like most of us, I always love to imagine how other favorites would be influenced by an outside character, in this case the Middle Earth saga.

Though I loved Tolkien as a person and learned much from him, I wasn’t really enamored with his work until this last year. Strange considering I’m writing a fantasy novel, but lets move on. Being a fantasy series, there will obviously be treasure, which would be fertile ground for a treasure hunter like the good Dr. Jones, but who could he fight? Not Sauron. I have no doubt Jones could pull off a gun vs. sword miracle in that case, but there was another rival that seemed more fitting. Jones is the ultimate treasure hunter, so he should go up against the ultimate treasure hoarder. Smaug the dragon.

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It seemed like a match made in heaven to me. I made the above meme as a giggle and shared it with friends on Facebook. We all hope a little meme we make will go viral. Apparently though someone already did something similar with Smaug and Kylo Ren. Not sure why other than Star Wars fans trying to stick it to Tolkien, in which case, shame on you Warsies. Stop trying to kick everyone else off the geek mountain. You’re making the other Warsies look bad.

Of course there was another way to indulge in my fantasy, and that is my habit of making fake movie posters.

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I love the art of movie posters, in particular Drew Struzan’s work which I always found appealing. Now I can’t paint to save my life…I think. But I do know a few tricks in photoshop to simulate the look of paint using photographs and a few filters. I did the above poster a few years back as part of my Everything Is Better With Carl Sagan series, and I’m still very proud of it. By the way, I’m a pretty religious guy, so I don’t want to hear anybody say I’m bashing religion with this picture.

I could clearly do a good fake poster, so why not a fake movie poster for Indy’s battle with Smaug? I even had the plot worked out. While studying artifacts in Eastern Culture, Indy is transported to Middle Earth where he saves Gandalf and Bilbo’s party from some baddies. Indy learns that an artifact that may have the power to send him back to his world is in the realm of the ferocious Smaug, so he uncurls the whip and joins the party on what may be the greatest adventure of his life. But some have other ideas. Evil wizard Saruman believes Indy’s world is ripe to be conquered, and wants to use him as a tool that will lead him and Sauron back to our world. Will Indy succeed in returning home and preventing the evils of Middle Earth from following him?

So, without further delay, ladies and gentlemen I give you….

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This is easily my photoshop masterpiece, and it’s hard to say what will dethrone it in due time. Why did I do this? Just for fun. It felt good to take a short break from the land of Haiden to create a blend of the two series that jointly inspired my book.

Come on guys. This would be awesome. Indy and Gandalf would undoubtedly have much to talk about, Indy could call Bilbo ‘Short Round’ all the time and lots of orcs get shot and thrown under carriages. If you wouldn’t pay to see that, you either don’t have the money or don’t have the soul.

Hope you enjoyed today’s random post. Feel free to whore out-I mean share my posters at your leisure as long as you link back to the site here.

Catch y’all later.