I’m streamlining my online presence, folks! Summer officially begins (in this house) tomorrow afternoon, and between college, writing the sequel to REDD, and helping to produce Survivor: Claytor Lake (#SCL), my plate is pretty full. So I’ve decided to shutter some of my online accounts, including my YouTube page. Obviously, I’ll keep Twitter (until I hand it off to my kids in a couple of years), but pretty much everything else is up in the air at this point.
Long story short: my endgame is to hand everything over to my kids at some point, as they love technology and I pretty much despise it. My daughter has expressed interest in writing and if that continues, I can see a time when I show her what she needs to know, hand her the rights to all of my previous work, and let her have at it.
I’ll continue to write because that’s what I love to do, but the rest of it just isn’t for me. All of the social media, marketing, etc. – I can live without that side of the business.
Summer is quickly approaching and that means different things for different people. In my life, it’s a pretty big deal. I’m finally in that college journalism class (I’ve been waiting for that), I have the summer to finish novelizing the sequel to the motion picture REDD (I’ve waited five years for that), and I’m teaming up with a friend to produce a fan-made show called Survivor: Claytor Lake. Yep, I’be been waiting on that one too. I’m also celebrating seventeen years of marriage to my wonderful wife, heading to the most epic concert of all-time, and planning a massive family vacation.
But there’s something else, something very exciting: We’ll be returning to a small down just west of here – a place that we randomly visited one day and fell in love with. A place with the most beautiful duck pond you’ve ever seen. The people are friendly, and the town’s only coffee shop is, quite possibly, the coolest place that I’ve ever visited. In fact, I even wrote a short story called Brookhaven, which is based on this forgotten little piece of heaven. This summer, we not only return to visit, but also to look at houses for sale.
Yep, it’s going to be a great summer.
Yesterday I heard that Klout is officially closing its virtual doors. During its heyday, Klout was a pretty cool experience in that they sent me all kinds of free stuff for being an “influencer”. In 2018 I still don’t know what they meant by that term, how they averaged our online Klout score, or why gift cards for fast food chains were gifted to people who had been deemed “experts” in the online arena of publishing. All I know is that I spent said gift cards on a lot of coffee and checked my score from time to time.
After a year or so, Klout ended their perks program and I quit being interested. Don’t judge. I started buying my own coffee again and Klout began judging people’s influence across the internet with zero incentive for people to care. This month they are shutting down.
Klout, you had a good run. Now, as you drift off into the digital graveyard (I still miss Netscape Navigator) I thought it would be fitting if I left a blog post dedicated to you. It’s the least I can do. Having you deem me an expert in four different categories will never compare to my DAD OF THE YEAR mug, but it’s still pretty cool.
As I sit here novelizing the sequel to the movie R.E.D.D., something cool is about to happen. Director Patrick Prejusa really wanted a motorcycle chase scene in the original film, but it just wasn’t possible at the time. Right now, Patrick’s having a tough time with his health (but continues to be positive, which is one of the reasons I respect the guy). I thought it’d be really cool to put that motorcycle scene into this novel and the bike, a red Hayabusa, of course, is a perfect fit for Agent R.E.D.D.
I’ve been around the Hayabusa quite a bit and I know what it can do. In case you aren’t familiar, this thing handles completely different than your typical motorcycle. Plus, its sound is second to none. So I anticipate that this will be one (of many) great spots in this upcoming novel.
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Based on the feature film! Alice Little is a super soldier from the future, she just doesn’t know it yet. The GRIMM Corporation has sent its top assassin (Snow) to deal with the last R.E.D.D. agent. After a mishap lands them in the year 1997, Snow formulates a plan to end GRIMM’s biggest threat, once and for all. Meanwhile, Alice Little will enlist the help of Magic Valley’s finest detective, leading to the ultimate showdown of good vs. evil.
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