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.
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!
Fun facts about the Gunship series and its author
- John’s favorite character of the series(so far) is Vladris.
- The original story was written(in John’s head) during the early 2000’s while working midnight security.
- The original Geartown cover featured Whiskey. The lovable pooch was removed days later and replaced during the re-branding of the short story, which became Gears and Spears. A longtime fan of the series(and burlesque dancer) now graces the cover.
- Originally, Sarah Blaine was a brunette. After a chance encounter with an old friend, John discovered that Amanda Elizabeth was professionally modeling and asked her to become Gunship’s leading lady. Amanda eventually landed on cover 1(Gunship) and cover 5(Legendary). Sasha, for all intents and purposes, is modeled after Sarah’s original character in the first draft.
- Scott McGregor(Adam) landed on the the cover of book 2(Glimmeria). He was also the beta reader and Glimmeria remains the highest-rated book of the series. Scott can also cook some mean BBQ chicken.
- John’s favorite Avenger is Captain America(obviously). That said, he’s a DC Comics fan.
- Prison Break, Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis are John’s favorite 3 shows on television. His favorite movie was Top Gun until recently, when Brad Pitt and Fury bitch slapped it with awesomeness.
- John is pretty much a World War 2 historian.
- John’s favorite Gunship moment(so far) is during book 3(Reflections) as the Benzans are waiting in the snowy fields for their Vampire adversaries. It was influenced by Savage Sword of Conan, which John remains a huge fan of.
- John’s favorite sport and team are NHL Hockey and the Habs.
- Gunship’s hero, Dalton James, is named after John’s cousin, Cory James Dalton, who passed away far too early. The series is dedicated to John’s uncle, Eddie Gallimore, who was a huge Gunship fan and also passed away far too early.
- John professionally boxed out of Roanoke, Virginia, with a record of 10-2. Afterwards, he professionally wrestled under the stage name Miami Smooth. John has never been to Florida.
- Prior to writing professionally, John worked several wage-slaving jobs. Among them, Wal-Mart, Dish Network, armed security and home oxygen delivery. It was during the delivery job that he met Amanda Elizabeth and they often talked about doing something more important in life. Amanda continues to model and has been cast in several commercials and films. To this day, John considers Wal-Mart the dark side.
- John has had three books land into the Amazon Kindle Top-5 in their respective categories. The Fleet, an extension of the Gunship series, landed in the #1 overall spot briefly.
- The Gunship series had been downloaded and read(hopefully) by nearly 80,000 folks in some fashion or the other. Among them, a few recognizable names.
It’s official. I’ll be making the journey over to Western Pulp Fiction and writing about cowboys, outlaws and the Wild West. Coyote Creek will be the official brand and the first entry into the series will be ‘The Return of a Legend’. As the book progresses and the launch approaches, this page will see massive updates while becoming the official online home for Coyote Creek. Stay tuned!
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.
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!
Each time I release a new chapter in the Gunship saga, fans of the series jump on like starving hounds onto a crippled Christmas turkey. With that in mind, I give you The Ballad. Everyone’s favorite whiskey-swigging renegade is back, though this story centers on a cast of new characters.
Can Dalton James put the past behind long enough to join forces with a former Legion soldier? He’ll need to, if anyone plans to escape Geartown alive!
Download Gunship: The Ballad on: KINDLE and NOOK
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Now that the original Gunship series is finished and officially on sale in the Gunship: Omnibus Edition, it’s time for Space Rebels and Dalton James’ son, Gabe. Set a couple of decades after the final chapter of Gunship, expect a completely different ride. Except for the whiskey. There’s always room for whiskey.
Grab the entire Gunship series and get caught up. Space Rebels is coming soon!