While I Was Napping

First, I would like to apologize to you, reader, for having missed several posts. I have not been feeling well, and getting in front of your computer to write something is hard when you are miserable. Be that as it may, I don’t like long silences from my favorite authors, so I feel I owe you an apology for that. So, I am sorry.

As I’m sure you have already guessed, my untimely illness put me behind on Fayling by a couple weeks. I am going to do my best to make up for lost time, however this may push publication to mid-late summer, rather than early summer as I had hoped. But have no fear, reader. I will finish Fayling. I have already outlined a fair bit of book 2, so I am not losing focus.

On another note, when I am ill I tend to lay on the couch and catch up on series on Netflix. This gives me the opportunity to suggest good things to watch. The first one on my list is The 100. This series surprised me. The synopsis did not make it sound as interesting as it is, but I wasn’t going anywhere so I gave the pilot episode a try. Wow! Pretty awesome stuff. I liked it so much that when I watched the end of season one, I went hunting for information on season 2. I found that amazon has the entire second season available to watch instantly in HD for $24.99.I got it, watched it, and now am waiting impatiently for the CW to release season 3. If you like space stuff, doomsday stuff, or just plain drama, you will enjoy this sci-fi series.

I must have been in a sci-fi sort of mood this week, because I watched another series called Star-crossed. It is about aliens who crash laded on earth, and are being treated badly by the humans. It was also a very interesting series, and I do recommend it- but there is a catch: This series was canceled after the season finale, so there is no season 2, and it ends in a place that makes you want to egg the people who made that decision. Watch at your own risk.

On a less space-based note, I watched season two of The Fosters. This show is about a lesbian couple who have adopted, and are trying to adopt, a bunch of kids. I love this show. I was super excited they put season two on Netflix, and I can’t wait for season 3. If you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend it, but only if you have an open mind.

There is a new Netflix original series (btw, I ❤ you Netflix for your original productions) called Grace and Frankie about two women who have their husbands leave them for one another (as in gay). Interestingly, this story tells about the emotion on every side of the coming out of a closeted gay couple. We see the wives reaction, the kid’s reaction, the community’s reaction, and the couple themselves. Again, watch only if you are open minded.

Another Netflix original series is Daredevil. This had a strong beginning, but my interest tapered off. I like superhero stuff, but I don’t really like the nity-gritty dark ones. (I did not like the batman reboot) So while this is a great series, it did not play to my tastes. I leave opinion on this one up to you.

I watched a few movies as well. The first was Auomata, staring Antonio Banderas. The movie was well put together, the acting was stellar, and the effects were great. The story itself however, meh. I didn’t like the message. I don’t really recommend this one.

Based on watching that, Netflix suggested The Machine (2013). This movie was really good, and made me cry a lot. I strongly recommend it.

What have you been watching?

 

Ode to the Artists

I am a big supporter of other writers and artists. I think it is really important as an indie writer to be part of the community. So in the spirit of that, I added a page to my website for artists to submit a JPEG image to me of something they created based on something I wrote- either from a book or from my blog.

Here is how to submit:

  • Send me a Jpeg of your work to author.al.sant@gmail.com
  • include your name
  • the title if the piece
  • the medium it was created in (digital art, clay, oil paints, etc…)
  • your web address for your own personal webpage, blog, or facebook. (optional)

I will not share your work anywhere besides my website. The artwork is still 100% yours. I just want to encourage networking. I will post the image on my art gallery page, and include a link to you.

Just so you know, I do reserve the right to refuse to post something, with or without reason or notice.  I posted some of my own digital artwork to make the page interesting until I get the word out about including other artists.

Click on the image below to go to the art page where your work could be displayed.

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