Monday, February 25, 2013

MMGM: Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

When I saw that James Patterson had written a Middle Grade novel, I got to admit, I groaned a little bit. After all, Patterson has already proven his domination over every other genre of literature. And now, here he is, flexing his muscles in the Middle Grade land.

Then I read it. And...wow.


First, the description:

Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class–5,000 points! Running in the hallway–10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm–50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding."

Yeah, that premise sounds pretty awesome by itself. But then you read it and you realize this book is something even more than that. 

It's heart-wrenching. 

Not to give away anything, but there are many twists and turns that you should have seen from the beginning but you don't, and then you get used to the twist, and then...BAM!...another twist. And you love it.

And you realize that's why James Patterson is a beast.

Sure he co-writes and there's the question of how much he actually contributes.
Sure he seems to drop in on trends like a junior higher adopts new fashion styles.

But the man is a brand. And his brand means quality.

So I'd suggest you read this book, because it's good. And because you'll enjoy it.

And, yes, because it's a Middle Grade book by James Patterson.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Oscar Predictions


I love the Oscars. I've watched the Oscars consistently for longer than I've watched the Super Bowl. And that's been a while.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions (which will most likely be wrong) of where the little fella will be heading in the 2013 Oscars.

Best Picture:
Argo

Best Actor (lead):
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Acto (supporting):
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress (lead):
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress (Supporting):
Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables

Best Animated Feature Film:
Tim Burton...I mean, Frankenweenie

Best Cinematography:
Life of Pi

Best Costume Design:

Anna Karenina

Best Directing:

Ben Affleck. Oh, wait, he's not in this...

Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.

Best Documentary Feature:

Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short:

Open Heart

Best Film Editing:

Argo

Best Foreign Language Film:

Amour (I mean, really, it's nominated for best picture. No brainer)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

The Hobbit

Best Music:

Life of Pi, though I loved Argo's music. But Life of Pi was something in a class of its own.

Best Song:

Skyfall by Adele

BestProduction Design:

Anna Karenina

Best Animated Short:

Paperman (without a doubt. I will break my TV if this doesn't win)

Best Live Action Short:

Curfew

Best Sound Editing:

Django Unchained

Best Sound Mixing:

Les Miserables

Best Visual Effects:

Life of Pi

Best Writing (Original):

Django Unchained

Best Writing (Adapted):

Argo

And there it is. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am, or to gloat on Monday!

Excelsior!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Big News


The news dropped today, and I still can’t quite believe it’s true.

Yes, that’s right, I finally found a box of radioactive spiders.

Just kidding. I actually finally reconciled oil and water. Let the new entity of woil last for another millennia!

Ok, nope, that’s not it either.

Instead, it was this news in Publisher’s Weekly:



Yeah, that’s me. And that’s my book. And now I shall proceed to dance.




So many people helped me get here, some of which I already mentioned in my blog about WriteOnCon. One more time, from the bottom of my heart, thanks to everyone.

So, keep your eyes on me here, on twitter, and on facebook. I’ll post updates as I get them.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day to my wife! I think I win this round. ;)


Excelsior.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Eve of Valentine's Day

It may make me appear to be a hopeless romantic, or a sappy son of a gun, but I LOVE Valentine's Day. It is, seriously, my favorite special day. (Note that I did not say "Holiday." Sure, it's named after St. Valentine, but I think we've fairly successfully forgotten all about his gruesome demise in favor of romance and ... other things.)

At any rate, I have a slight problem this year. My wife has already outdone me on romantic gestures. Gifts, Compliments, Little surprises here and there, she has upped her game and raised the bar like crazy.

So I say, Challenge Accepted, wife. I will come up with something by tomorrow that will make this new phone you gave me look like a toothbrush.

Just you wait.

Execelsior