Disney Infinity 2.0

OK, so I had to drop the Friends’ look of my blog entries. The folks who handle my online stuff say that it’s killing each blog’s meta ranking? Anyway…

Disney Infinity, folks. That’s my latest addiction. I’m a grown man that now teams up with my two children when shopping in an effort to track down very hard to find figures and discs. I also play the game.

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Originally, my daughter asked for the starter kit and eventually got it(after her report card was nice). I honestly had no idea what Disney Infinity was, but, of course, I sat down to play with her as one of those daddy/daughter moments. This game truly reminds me of a Super Mario World meets Little Big Planet, which is awesome. But the draw here for me is the figures.

There’s something about seeing the Lone Ranger and Tonto sitting above my television. Great movie, BTW. I don’t care if it did score horribly…I loved it. Now I hear the Tron figures may make an appearance. I imagine Star Wars too, once the new movie launches. Some of the figures are solid crystal in design, but are very hard to track down. For a solid week now, I’ve been looking for Jack Skellington for my son. Or as he calls him – The Pumpkin King.

It’s safe to say that my wife likely thinks I’ve gone nuts. But I no longer dread shopping. What’s that? You need to swing into Wal-Mart and pick up a few things? Good, the kids and I are heading through electronics for the gold rush of Disney Infinity. I strongly recommend this game for your kids, or, if you’re the type of parent that loves to find common ground with your kids, I recommend it for you. Warning. Disney Infinity can be very habit-forming.


*BUY DISNEY INFINITY TODAY!

The One With Mystery

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OK, so here’s the deal. Those of you who’ve followed my writing since 2001, likely already know that I’m working on something big. It’s a project that I truly believe in and it will go head-to-head with some of the more prominent science fiction authors. Oops. It seems that I just slipped up and called my project a series.

I’ve been calling it “Fall of Man” via Twitter. The series has a completely different name, of course, and is being branded properly by the handful of folks on the inside. Normally I launch a book and just sling its cover out there without a hint of mystery, and that works pretty well. But this time I wanted to do things differently. I’m dumping money into advertising online, have a professional group working on a series of covers and I’m even in talks for a few other nifty things for this series.

The Fall of Man Project is not Gunship. It’s Gunship on steroids and then some. At launch, I’ll be mailing out a handful of signed copies and several signed flats of the cover art. My way of thanking everyone for their RTs on Twitter. If you’d like a chance at landing a signed copy(before it’s even available to purchase), simply retweet or re-blog. It can’t get any easier than that.

And to those select few who are at the top of the science fiction chain – prepare. Lace your shoes up tight and double-check the chinstrap. The hardest working self-published author on earth now has a team of folks behind him with a plan. And make no mistake about it, we’re coming for you.

The One With a Presidential Veto

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And the madness continues. Three days – three blogs. And yes, the Friends-theme continues as well. Today’s topic is, of course, our president and his recent veto.

For those of you who don’t already know, I’m a part of O.W.N. – One Warrior Nation. One of the key beliefs of O.W.N. is to foc(not focus, foc) on what can be controlled, while ignoring the rest. At no time will you ever see me rallying for causes that have absolutely nothing to do with me. Do I want to see homelessness, world hunger and a stack of other problems come to an end? Yes. Do I think they ever will? Hell no. If history has taught me anything, it’s that the folks in charge do whatever they see fit. It’s why I don’t vote and I certainly don’t involve myself with politics. Because the system is completely broken. Did you make a choice on election day? No. The choice was already made for you and you simply chose between two pre-selected candidates. It’s not rocket science. Corporations control politics and politics control you. Why? Because you continue to allow them to. The only way to beat the game is to refuse to play the game.

It may sound as though I don’t care about the world I live in and I don’t make an effort to change it. That’s a very untrue statement, and here’s why. I make every effort to change my world. The world that surrounds me each day and the world in which my children are brought up in. I don’t slam them with MTV, national media or any other outlets of mass-brainwashing. And folks, that’s what it amounts to. Those in charge mold those beneath them with media.

I’m not some old coot that sits in my house 24-7, mind you. But since I chose to kick mainstream media to the wayside and do my own thing, my happiness and quality of life have jumped tenfold. You change the world by becoming as educated as possible, choosing your own path in life and showing your children a better way. So no, I don’t care if my own president used a veto or didn’t. Neither choice affects my life and worrying about his decision certainly won’t change it in the end. Those who bicker over politics will be proud to know that folks will be bickering over similar issues a century from now. It’s your life. If you choose to spend it arguing over things out of your control – so be it. I plan to spend mine on things that I can change immediately. How fit can I be today? What values do I plan to instill into my children today? How many times will I take a moment to let my wife know how much I truly love her? And what time does the sunset arrive? I always try to make time for that.

The One Without a Cell Phone

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In case you didn’t catch last night’s blog, “The One” refers to my unconditional love for the TV show Friends, which named each episode in the same manner. And yes, two blogs in less than 24 hours. I can’t believe it either. I’m an author and I write books for a living. If this blog appeals to you, then buy the books. If not, at least you know what an 80’s mobile phone looks like now.

I am the one without a cell phone. My wife has one and it’s pretty nifty, I suppose. It provides an outlet for me when standing in the checkout line, as opposed to reading stories about Kim Kardashian’s ass in the tabloids. It’s not that I think I’m too hip and too 80’s to own a cell phone(although I am obviously both). It’s the fact that they simply don’t appeal to me. I don’t see it.

My absolute biggest pet peeve is going out to a nice dinner(which I can distinguish when my wife tells me to spiff up and leave the skull shirts at home), only to see couples on their damn cell phones at dinner. Seriously. What is that? I saw a bit of that recently on vacation. I’m talking the kind of place that you dress up for and wait a painfully long time for a table. Big bucks. Why would someone go through all of that just to sit down, whip out the gadget phone and start Facebooking? It really, really bothers me to see a guy out with a gorgeous woman – sitting on his cell phone instead. It just does. Social networking will be there after dinner, folks.

You know what’s more entertaining than playing with a cell phone during a dinner date? Watching some other idiot do it. I decided long ago to be the one without a cell phone because I’ve witnessed long exchanges(thirty minutes or longer) where couples never pull their eyes away from their cell phone screens. It’s the Matrix, folks, and I’m not getting pulled into it. I’ll stick with my hair gel, 80’s music and boxed sets of Miami Vice. Ah, who am I kidding? I don’t have enough hair for gel to be a factor.

The One That Didn’t Pre-Order

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So as I’m sitting here just past midnight, a great idea hits me. Let’s begin blogging and naming every future entry “The One” in honor of Friends. What does this post have to do with the show? Nothing. But I like the show and it seems like a clever idea at such a late hour.

I visited Gamestop recently and I didn’t pre-order. The sales pitch was there, but I couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger. Honestly, I don’t even remember what game they were trying to get me to lay down $5 on. But as the peer-pressure kept coming, I finally laid it out there with several gamers nearby.

“Women don’t want to be with gaming nerds. Gaming nerds pre-order. I don’t. I play when I have free time, which isn’t that often. Because I have a good woman.”

Crickets. All of the sudden I either became a jerk or a saint of truth. I’m not sure. But as the disgruntled cashier took the money silently and told me to have a nice day, I secretly wondered if the women who’d been dragged into Gamestop that day – cheered for me? Was I their knight in shining armor?

Doubtful. I was probably just a tall guy in a NY Yankees hat buying a WW2 game. But I was the one who didn’t pre-order. I placed a seed of doubt into their heads, perhaps, and made them finally question being put on the back burner for a round of Call of Duty. Most guys rank the games above the women they love these days, right? It’s become pretty commonplace and I believe women have gotten used to being second to gaming. In a sense, they’ve sounded the trumpets of defeat when it comes to warring for their man’s time.

Well don’t give up, ladies. Oh, this Friends’ themed blog is going to get mighty interesting.

iPod Nano (Review)

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So, I finally took the plunge. For those of you who don’t know me well, up until two days ago I was rocking on the original iPod. Yes, the 1st generation. And though it continued to play music, that was the extent of it. It was a beater, to say the least. Scratched silver casing and very dimly-lit screen. It was time.

For a while now, I’ve been thinking of grabbing a new iPod. The biggest reservation here wasn’t the price – it was the fact that I only listen to music. I don’t use the video feature, radio stations or the Nike fitness feature. Which led me to the iPod vs. MP3 player discussion. Ultimately, I went with the 7th generation iPod Nano because the original had lasted me so long and was still alive and kicking(if only every once in a while).

As always, the iPod is small but built very tough. Out of the box, my only complaint is that my Toshiba laptop wouldn’t recognize which model iPod I had, which led to a host of problems trying to sync the music I had previously purchased. Why Apple continues to think that most of it’s users don’t own a PC is beyond me? They live in this perfect little world where everyone owns a MAC. And maybe they should. But in the real world, most of us own PCs and it’s quite painful at first. I actually had to go to websites beyond Apple’s own, just to track down the drivers I needed to install in order to make the damn thing function.

With that small gripe aside, the iPod Nano is now working flawlessly. It’s much louder than my original, which is important for us old men. The screen is larger and much brighter, which means that Lindsey Stirling now sounds AND looks like a million bucks. If you own a PC, prepare to spend thirty minutes or so installing what needs to be there. Aside from that, I highly recommend this device of pristine sound!

The top five on my playlist:

Ascendance by Lindsey Stirling

Africa by Mike Masse

Lost in Paradise by Amy Lee

Yea by Joe Nichols

Love the Way You Lie by Tyler Ward

Go grab the same iPod I own!

Fall of Man

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Gunship: The Ballad has officially launched and the dust is beginning to settle. So far, it’s a hit. Several folks have asked me through Twitter and/or email what’s coming next? Are we getting another Gunship book?

Yes. Eventually, anyway. But a brand new series called Fall of Man is currently in the works. It’s a series that I’m very excited about and I’ve been working with several people to ensure that it’s as fantastic as I believe it can be.

I have no date set for the launch as of this moment, but it’s coming sometime in 2015. Fall of Man centers around a small group of characters who, during the end of days, undergo a lottery drawing(as does everyone else) to determine who will be placed onto the Starforce, which is a massive fleet of spaceships that is set to depart in search of a new home. Likewise, many folks will be left behind to form the Earthforce. A catchy name for humanity’s resistance against a coming push for global domination by a host of ruthless countries which have unified for the cause.

Starforce and Earthforce will each become their own series following Fall of Man, and will chronicle the struggles and triumps of our heroes. How excited am I about this brand new story? I currently have a guy working on graphic designs for the bad guys in each series. I am dumping a bit of money into advertising through various websites and I’m putting my heart and soul into the story, each and every night.

So yes, Gunship fans. You’ll eventually see more chapters of that fantastic journey and its heroes. But for now, I have a lottery to rig. Remember the name and prepare for the launch. Fall of Man is coming soon!