Tricks and Treats

Happy Halloween all you Internet pumpkins. My plans this year involve watching scary movies and eating candy till I puke (which at my age is like one Snickers bar). But, here’s a list of Halloween tricks and treats you might enjoy. Stay safe and have fun.

  • 1. Fang and Claw by @GlennKoerner (an anthology)
  • 2. Tricks No Treats by @Cal1018
  • 3. Trick-or-Treat Man by @SebJenkins & @arielklontz (comes with an alternate ending by each author)
  • 4. The Last Vampire by @JEHallows (ongoing story)
  • 5. A Tale for Halloween by Colin Garrow, free at most online retailers
  • 6. An EVO murder mystery, Minecraft YouTubers Netty Plays, SystemZee, Solidarity, and others are invited to dinner at a mansion
  • 7. “How to Beat Michael Myers” by The Flim Theorists
  • 8. “Pumpkin Girl: An Animated Horror Story” by itsAlexClark
  • 9. “10 Scariest Piston Doors in Minecraft” by Mumbo Jumbo
  • 10. Disney’s Hocus Pocus
  • 11. The Haunting in Connecticut
  • 12. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  • 13. And because this is my list, my own collection of scary stories Tails from the Fallen Worlds
  • Fear the Skeeter | COW Oct 19

    Welcome to another “Confessions of a Writer” (or COW for short–FYI, I totally didn’t plan it to work out like that, maybe it should be COAW).

    Halloween continues to inch closer. And then the real horror begins…National Novel Writing Month (but that’s a post for another day). This post is about Halloween and how every year it makes my thoughts weirder than normal. Take this one that woke me up at the Witching Hour this morning.

    I woke up thinking about all the bloodsucking and/or biting creatures of the night. We’ve got vampires, zombies, werewolves, and even more. They all turn you into one of them with their bit or scratch. Suddenly, I became very thankful that mosquitos are not on that list. Could you imagine if that happened? You get bit by a mosquito and you become one! We’d have shows like The Walking Skeeter (though flying could work I suppose). And a half human-half mosquito creature…*shivers.*

    So, what do you think would be the most disturbing thing people could turn into thanks to a bite? What would be the most hilarious? What would be the weirdest? Personally, I think a banana. That’d just be weird if people started to turn into bananas. I’m not sure how a banana would bite someone, but then again there have been killer tomatoes.

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    Grind Work

    After watching YouTuber Grian’s video of him making a Matrix room in Minecraft, it got me thinking. In the video Grian talks about the hours it took him to set up a flat, white area in order to make the white map image for the room. So, I wondered what would it be like if people, like Minecraft YouTubers, contracted out others to do their grinding work. They hire someone to come on and do the mining and the level grinding.

    Wouldn’t that be a weird thing to see on a resume? “I have six months experience as a Minecraft Grinder.” Or what about the job ad. “Wanted: Minecraft Grinder capable of mining diamonds and iron. Must be able to slay mobs for XP.” And just image what it’d be like if it was something taught in college. “Welcome to Grinding 101.” And what about the degree they woul–

    Kkkktt.

    Hello Old Friend.

    Who is this?

    You don’t recognize me? Well, I can’t say I’m not surprised; it’s been awhile. We were only, what was it…eight or ten when it all happened.

    When what happened?

    Doesn’t matter. That is the past, as THEY say. What matters is the future. Because of our old friendship, I’m giving you a warning. 

    We’re coming.

    Who’s coming? Jackal! Is that you?

    Hahahaha-hahaha!!

    Kkktt!

    End of transmission.

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    Recommended 10-2-18

    The following are my recommendations and do not reflect the views of any person or organization. 

    Carter–A TV show about a TV actor who returns to his hometown and begins solving crimes. It’s a funny show with lots of humor and some action and mystery, but follows the usual theme of the “civilian” who solves crimes much like Castle or Murder She Wrote. I found the light-hearted mood of the show to be refreshing. 4.3/5img_2674

    Smallfoot–A movie about a Yeti who comes across the mythological creature known as Smallfoot (aka humans). The movie is filled with tons of humor; there are moments you just don’t stop laughing for minutes. There isn’t a lot of action or violence, which makes it a great family movie. I enjoyed how it had a lesson but didn’t hit you over the head with it. Also, the animation was great–you can see each hair on the Yetis. 4.4/5

    Total Dramarama–A TV show that takes place in a daycare and showcases the crazy adventures of the kids in it. At first I thought this would be a show really directed to very young audiences, but I found that even “older” younger audiences would enjoy it and maybe even “older” audiences. They don’t give you life lessons all the time; most of the episodes focus on the crazy things that happen in daycares but just cracked up to eleven. 4.4/5

    Minecraft Evolution SMP–A group of Minecraft YouTubers (including SystemZee, Netty Plays, and Solidarity) “travel” through the different versions of Minecraft showcasing how it has evolved. On Oct. 1, they celebrated their one-year anniversary, which also was close to the “soft reboot” after Grian’s departure. The Evolutionists were kicked out of their old area and forced to begin again (but not completely from scratch–they were allowed to bring some items with them). Right now, the Evolutionists are building bases and getting started, but I’m sure the pranks and other mischief will begin again soon. In the meantime, they’ve added a Death Counter and the loser will face some form of public embarrassment. 4.3/5

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    Here are some content samples to give you an idea of what we are looking for in the new eZine.

    The content can be image, video, text. You can send in pictures of your latest statue or do a video of you making your famous blueberry pie. You can write up a recipe for stress relief tea and submit a video of you and your friends drinking the tea while talking about the football game.

    These samples have been saved in PDF for your ease, if you submit content please submit it into a Word document, PNG, JPEG, or movie file.

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    Also, a poll to choose the name for the eZine is going up on my Twitter account. The poll ends Sept. 27, so hurry.

     

     

    New eZine Coming

    New eZine!

    I will be teaming up with Tygart Media to produce a new online magazine. And we are looking for submissions. These submissions can be written, video, images, etc. You can submit a story, a poem, a screenplay, and so on. You can submit a poem and then have a video of you reading the poem. You can submit a screenplay and then have a video of it being performed. You can submit a video of your band playing your latest song. You can submit a recipe and have a video of you or someone making it. You can draw a picture and write an article about what inspired you. Movie reviews, an article about your YouTube channel, or just a short article about you reaching 1,000 subscribers are possible too. The limits are your imagination. Just tell your story (within reason—it is a public magazine, so no erotic, mature, derogatory, offensive, etc themes).

    Submit your work here.

    By submitting you agree that your work is your own and you hold all rights to it. You also agree to grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to reproduce, adapt, distribute and publish such content for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting the eZine. You also agree that you are responsible for all issues relating to your submission and will indemnify and defend us against damages and any losses relating to said issues. Meaning, you are giving us permission to use your content for the eZine. You still retain all rights to it. Finally, you are agreeing that you are 18 or older or have a parents/guardians’ permission.

    Also, a poll to choose the name for the eZine is going up on my Twitter account. The poll ends Sept. 27, so hurry.

    Confessions of a Writer 9/13/18

    I don’t know about any other writers/authors out there, but I feel bad about leaving my characters in dangerous situations for weeks at a time while I go through writer’s block or am busy with life in general.

    It kind of makes you feel like you’re being haunted. Even though you’re doing other things, part of your mind is still on the story and you’re trying to finish it. Plus, you’ve grown to like your characters and so you feel kind of like a jerk. You’re like, “Here, Character A, run down this dead end and get yourself pinned against a wall while zombies slowly approach you…Have fun, I’ll see you in a week.”

    It’s kind of frustrating sitting a meeting and thinking, “Come on, end already! I got to get home before my protagonist gets eaten by a griffin!” And kind of fun at the same time.

    Though it would be funny to use that as an excuse not to go into work.

    “Hey, Boss, I can’t come in to work today.”

    “Why not? Are you sick?”

    “No. John’s been tied to a chair by international terrorists and they are torturing information out of him.”

    “Oh my gosh! Have you called the police?!”

    “Yeah. I did that in chapter three but they wouldn’t listen.”

    “Wait. What?”

    And so that brings us to another important question. If you’re characters were real and you just left them in some situation how do you think they would react?

    What I’m saying is that the action pauses and they’re just left there. For example, the zombies are approaching the hero and then you have to go eat lunch. The zombies would stop walking towards the hero. It’d be like some director yelled, “Cut!” The characters are still alive, but they just have nothing to do until you return. Would they get mad at you? Would the character pull out their cell phone and take selfies with them posing with whatever the danger is?