The Atari E.T. Dig

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about it by now. A group of guys(hired by Microsoft, I believe) have begun digging up hundreds of thousands of copies. E.T. for the Atari 2600, a game so infamously bad that Atari actually buried the massive stockpile before the video game industry’s collapse back in the 1980’s. My question was…why?

I joked with several friends about the possibility of Microsoft burying their growing stockpile of XBOX ONE systems and then covering them back up with E.T. for Atari. But, all joking aside, what is the obsession? In my opinion, the answer is right in front of us. The 1980’s were just so damn cool. I remember those days. Rushing home in the evening and playing Atari 2600 for a bit as I waited for the original V series to air. I believe that our world’s fascination with the 1980’s stems from our longing to get back to times just like that. I feel like we live in such a complex world that anytime we have an opportunity to go back and remember the goodness that was the 80’s, we just don’t hesitate.

There were no cell phones, mainstream internet or apps. These days you have to purchase an iPod, Blu-Ray player or gaming system, connect it to the internet and then update it with software just to have it in ideal working condition. Back in those days, you slapped a cassette tape into a boom box to carry around, hooked a VCR up with a single wire or prepared to game by hitting a switch. Sure, this day and age has its advantages. But I think a lot of what we’re told is important, simply distracts us from important things. Ever seen a teenager zone out on their phone? Ever see a a grown man waste away in front of a gaming system online? Does anyone else grow tired of having society push internet dependency onto them at #every #single #turn?

It’s just my two cents, but I think the retro movement is based on our wanting to get back to basics, though we’ll never admit it. Either way, some very cool 1980’s stuff below!

 

This list is just a sampling of why I miss the 1980’s.

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That Odd Moment

So I’m sitting around the other night writing, as usual. The strangest thing happens. I begin throwing down words about a subject that is completely new to my Gunship series. Purgatory. If you’ve ever read the Gunship series, you know this is a very different concept. Normally it’s all about smuggling in space, carrying a loaded revolver and making sure the whiskey never runs dry. But as I began writing, I soon found myself spewing out ten great pages. Some of the most interesting work I’ve ever written, I must admit.

In some strange way, it almost felt like someone else was slinging those pages as I literally have no idea where the words were coming from. It was a very odd moment that made me question a lot of things. I’m also fearful of what readers of the series will think of the mentioned material, which looks to make up about 25 pages when it’s all said and done. Yep, I decided to leave it in The Fleet #2 and take a chance. If folks hate it, I may lose some readers. But if they love it, it may just turn out to be that definitive moment in my writing career. It’s hard to say.

As I head back into the world of Gunship to do some more writing, I want to thank you for checking out this blog. If any of you have experienced this type of odd moment when writing, I’d love to hear about it.

The Fleet

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The Fleet is scheduled to launch this Wednesday(4/16) and will be available on the Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Kobo and paperback. It’s a direct continuation of the Gunship Series and follows Dalton James as he leads survivors away from the plague of mankind. It has been a long time coming and this entry will certainly not disappoint fans of the series. As always, I appreciate your continued support!

Welcome to life in orbit. After a plague surges out of control, the infected begin to overrun humanity’s cities one by one. Forcing those who survive to take orbit. Commander Dalton James has walked many paths. Most of them in search of whiskey.

As the fleet discovers a brand new race and its horrible secret, however, Dalton may just be the right man for the job. A rugged brown coat to his back and revolver hanging from his side, Dalton James is in no mood for games.
He’s always had a distaste for the undead and it just so happens that Dalton is wearing his shit-kicking boots. It’s about to be on as high-tech weaponry clashes with the zestful tongue of a man who’s had enough.

Guess Who’s Back!

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Yes folks, I’m back! Well, I didn’t really go anywhere, though I’ve been locked out of my WordPress account since June of last year. I tried all of the avenues available to us common author folk. Resetting it via email, pleading with them via Twitter and even burning candles and doing a funny dance. Well, it wasn’t all that funny.

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The point is, when I “left” WordPress, I was working hard on the third Gunship book as well as promoting Zombietown. I’m sad to report that Zombietown didn’t make it to the finish line. I know a lot of people were counting the days, but as I neared the end it just didn’t read well for me. It’s not something I would have proudly put out there for readers, so it was shelved. Maybe one day, who knows?

I did manage to finish Gunship #3 – 6. I also put together a #2 and #3 in the Guardian Angel series, wrote a fantastic short story called The Colony and just tied up book 1 of The Fleet(it’s been sent off for editing). Yes folks, I went out and fetched an editor. He’s good too. Currently I’m about 10% in on book 1 of Immortal, which is a fantasy series that is shaping up to be epic. So, although WordPress seems to think I’ve been sitting on my hands doing nothing for almost a (expletive) year, I’ve been hard at it. Doing what I can to build a core group of readers.

For those of you keeping score, things are going very well from a writing standpoint. I’ve learned so much over the past year and sales continue to climb. I even had a Guardian Angel book hit #2 in its category, briefly, which is fantastic. I’ll be doing a lot more blogging/ranting now that I actually know the password to get in here. Thanks for sticking around guys and gals!

John