Recommended #17

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

Searching (movie): A man’s daughter goes missing. As he searches her online history, he learns that he might not have known her as well as he thought.

I found seeing the movie through the perspective of a computer screen unique—although a little like those “home video” movies. I also enjoyed how the confrontation with perpetrator at the end was closer to how it would happen in real life.

The Soulkeepers (book one of “The Soulkeepers” series) by G.P. Ching: A teen’s mother goes missing so he has to leave his home and live with an uncle he never knew he had. Over time, the teen learns there is more to his family and himself than he thought.

The story was a good read. I had trouble putting it down until the end. Near the end, I started to feel like “how much longer.” The book is very religious with the main character struggling to accept God and his role in protecting the world from fallen angels. I did like that the ending seemed like an ending. The ending answered all the questions and felt like the adventure was over but still left it open to another tale.

Recommended #16

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

Wattpad Stories

Fugitive by 8lydia14m99

Red Petals by music_ally

YouTube Videos

Dad Vs The Internet by It’s Alex Clark

PUSHEEN’S VALENTINE #pusheensvalentine by Jess the Dragoon

Comics

The Adventures of the Super Sons #7 (DC Comics)

Movies

Tolkien Trailer #1-(2019) J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic posted by IGN

SHAZAM!-Aquaman Sneak Peak by DC

Books

Brother’s Keeper: A Surreal Short Horror Story by Richard Denoncourt

Contract Killer (The Short and Scary Series) by Cathy Pace Matthews

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Invasion from the Appleverse by JasonGreenfield (ongoing story): The evil and goateed Henri, an anthropomorphic apple with an attitude, wishes to destroy Henry, an anthropomorphic banana from another reality.

Rhino Charge | Miles Morales #2 by Caped-Joel (YouTube review): The hero Miles Morales must team up with the villain Rhino to solve a mystery. This should be interesting…

History of NINTENDO CONSOLES: From the FamiCom to World Domination! by FootofaFerret (YouTube): A look at Nintendo and how they changed the gaming world (or more accurately kept it alive).

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  • Incredibles 2: Action-comedy movie for the whole family. 4.5/5
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit: A 10-year-old boy plays through his Saturday morning. You get to chose what he does. Free demo for the new Life Is Strange series. 4.7/5
  • Minecraft Summer Camp series: New series by SystemZee, Netty Plays, and others on YouTube. Each team gathers equipment needed to battle the Wither. Interesting so far, but has only had one episode.
  • The Verdant Mark by dracollavenore: A lower-class girl wishes to be a member of the upper-class and she gets her wish–by being transformed into a boy. Not a complete story yet, but still 4.6/5

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Ready Reviewer One

I finally got to see Ready Player One. My journey to it seemed rougher than Wade’s quest to get the three keys and save the Oasis. My journey was full of scheduling conflicts and troubles with getting tickets (namely my coupon being declared expired even though it clearly states it expires April 18, 2018). And there were a lot of phone battles while trying to straighten everything out, including being told they would contact me in 24 hours–*cut to me still waiting 25 hours later.*

But, like Wade, I was triumphant. Sadly, I didn’t get the girl or become a part owner in a trillion dollar company.

However, once the lights dimmed and after the one movie trailer aired (so glad I made it to the movie on time), I was able to relax and enjoy the movie.

The best part of the movie was, no surprise here, the Easter Eggs. Just about every pop culture reference you could think of was in the movie at some point. I felt sorry for those that were keeping track, such as IGN, who found about 138 eggs (too bad they weren’t candy ones).

My only problem with the eggs is that most went by too fast or they seemed blurry. I don’t know if this was because of copyright issues or style or just the filmmakers being in a hurry.

I did like how they added some modern pop culture, such as Overwatch and Hello Kitty. It wasn’t all 1980s references that younger people wouldn’t get. Even when mentioning 80s culture, the filmmakers did a good job of choosing ones that everyone would know about. There were still some lesser known ones but they either hid them or explained them–I didn’t feel like I was lost in a sea of pop culture references that only gamers or comic book geeks would understand.

What about the book, you might ask? Where there changes?

The answer is yes.

One change is that Wade didn’t seem as cynical as he was in the book. Also, his aunt was nicer, not loving-homemaker nice, but “better.” The movie was also less post-apocalyptic, depressing world and a bit more…friendly. A character who died in the book does not in the movie. In fact, there seemed to be a lot less deaths…correction, real deaths–there were plenty of virtual deaths (or “Zeroing Out”).

In the book, when the Stacks are attacked, it seemed more destructive, with more people dying. In the movie, it was less destructive. You can see this as a negative or a positive as you wish. I found it to be a positive.

Another, I found, positive change is that Wade “clans up” faster in the movie. In the book, it was close to the end before he really joins the others. While they are friends, they still are in competition. In the movie, the Hi-Five seems to form sooner, though Wade doesn’t really make it “official” until the end.

The movie definitely was geared to a “younger” audience (like teenagers) while the book seemed more targeted for older teens or adults.

At first, I was hesitant about the changes but as the movie progressed, I found I enjoyed them. I still like the book, but I also like the movie. Instead of feeling like I was just watching the book in movie format, I felt like I was getting to go on another adventure with Wade while at the same time fulfilling that want for a movie adaptation. The movie followed the book, but not so much that I felt bored waiting for the best scenes to happen or felt like I knew the ending before the movie began.

I do have to say that I felt the plot was a bit fast. It seemed like within seconds they’d found all the keys. It was kind of like it took five years for the first key to be found and five minutes for the rest. And Wade’s evolution from wanting to win the contest for the money to wanting to stop IOI seemed quick too.

But, I have to agree with others who say Ready Player One is like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory but with pop culture candy and a scoop of childhood memory ice cream.

Overall, I’m going to have to see it again. And looking forward to doing so. I have to give it a 4.8 out of 5–mainly because some of the camo characters looked blurry, otherwise it was a nice, fun action movie that made you feel like you were on an enjoyable ride filled with your wildest dreams instead of running for your life.

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Yolonda Elliott, author of Her Lover’s Face

Photo taken from Yolonda’s Wattpad profile.

Recently, I had a chat with Yolonda Elliott, the author of Her Lover’s Face, a soon to be published book by Black Velvet Seductions.

Yolonda currently has no website. “My old website provider shutdown so I have to create a new one,” she said. But she can be contacted via Wattpad under PatriciaElliott8.

So, tell us a little about yourself:

Hmm, author bio. I’ve never written an author bio, but here we go:

Yolonda Elliott is a certified legal secretary and a licensed security guard. She lives with her family along the West Coast of Canada.

She started writing fanfiction as a youngster, and then progressed to writing her own stories in her mid-twenties. Her debut story, Her Lover’s Face, was recently picked up by a publisher.

At 39 years old, she continues to pursue her writing career with her family’s support.

Why did you start writing?

I was bullied as a child. Writing poetry and stories became a way to share my thoughts, escape reality, and become everything I didn’t think I was.

How long have you been writing?

I can remember sitting on the railing of my back porch writing. I must have been around ten years old.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

My brother for pushing me to write original stories, instead of just fanfiction. My parents and husband who support my desire to write. Also, my old high school sweetheart who was the inspiration for my first story.

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

Hmm, a writer first and foremost. I became an author because of my desire to write.

Who’s your favorite author?

Nora Roberts

What’s your favorite genre?

Romance

What’s your favorite story/book?

The Bible

How did you get people to know about your stories?

Currently I use Wattpad, Twitter, and Facebook to promote my work.

How do you judge if you are successful?

If my work can make someone laugh or cry, then I feel successful. That means my story came alive to them and drew them in.

What is Her Lover’s Face about?

The reader will follow a widow who runs into a man who looks like her deceased husband.

Needless to say a few ghosts rise from the ground as they work to uncover the mystery behind Her Lover’s Face.

Who is the target audience?

Anyone who loves a good romance novel.

Do you know the release date or the price?

Not yet, but hopefully sometime in the next three years.

What stage of the publishing process are you in?

In the editing stage.

Do you have other books published? If so, which ones and where are they sold?

Her Lover’s Face is the first to be published; but, if anyone would like to check out other stories of mine, they are welcome to visit my profile on Wattpad. They can also read a free sample of HLF.

What are your plans now that “Her Lover’s Face” is going to be published?

Continue writing, as well as, increasing my online presence.

Any plans for future books?

I am currently writing two new romance novels and have a number of ideas for future works.

Will there be a sequel?

That is still to be decided, but I’m working on ideas to turn it into a saga.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Stare at the blank screen until something comes to me?

Seriously though, the only time I had severe writer’s block was when I backed my character into a corner with no way out. I ended up having to change something in my character’s past. Sometimes all you need to do is slightly tweak your story.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

Writing “The End” on the last page my novel. The book took over two years to write.

Where did you get your inspiration from?

I was reading a Harlequin romance and thought, “Hey, I can do that.” After spending a short time thinking, I came up with a “what if” question inspired by my old high school sweetheart and his twin brother.

What if a widow ran into a man who looked like her deceased husband?

What character would yo want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

Hmm, from my stories or overall? Madison from Splash. I’d love to be a mermaid and live in the sea.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Never give up and always be willing to learn.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

“If you believe it, you can achieve it.” That’s the motto I live by.

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it—William Arthur Ward

Thank you Yolonda for taking the time to do this interview. Good luck with your book and your future endeavors.

A sample of Her Lover’s Face can be found here.

Seb Jenkins, author of Life After Death

Recently I had a chance to interview Seb Jenkins, author of Life After Death–a story about a man in his late 30s who is “plunged into an apocalyptic world of the undead” (quote taken from Life After Death description).

Let’s start with a little background.

(Photo courtesy of Seb Jenkins)

Seb Jenkins is a 20 year old student from Bedfordshire, England. His recent works are described as dark, gritty, and atmospheric which he attributes to a lifetime of immersing himself in endless horror books and gore-fuelled tv shows/films. When he isn’t writing, you can find him banging his head slowly against a brick wall, or desperately trying to think of that best-selling idea he came up with at 3am last night.

As of 2015, Seb is currently attending the University of Kent to study journalism and hopes to carve a career out of his passion for writing.

Why did you start writing?

It kind of just happened after time. I grew up reading series like The Maze Runner, Cherub, Darren Shan, and young teen books like these. I’d always wanted to have a go myself. After reading/watching a load of zombie type stuff, I just made some random notes and ideas, kept adding to them over a few months and eventually had this really detailed idea for a book.

Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?

I consider myself a writer rather than an author as most of my work is unpublished. I think you make that step between the two once someone picks you up and/or you start making some money off your work. At the moment I just do it because I thoroughly enjoy it.

Who’s your favourite author? What’s your favourite genre? What’s your favourite story/book?

It’s impossible to choose one favourite author or book, but studying Brighton Rock by Graham Greene is something that leaps to mind. Usually picking a book apart and writing essays on it kind of kills the enjoyment side of things, but I loved that book from start to finish. My favourite genres are horror/thriller, so obviously anything by Stephen King is always a good shout. At the moment I’m reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

I’m not a big fan of “picking a book apart” either. I like to keep the enjoyment alive too.

How did you get people to know about your stories/books?

I pretty much just upload my work to Wattpad and talk to other authors on there. Eventually you find people who want to read your work, or they just stumble across it.

How do you judge if you are successful?

Personally, I would consider myself successful writing-wise if I could ever make a career out of it, but different people have different goals.

How did you find Wattpad? Why Wattpad over other sites? Are you on other writing sites?

Wattpad is the only writing site I use really, after a friend recommended it to me. I love it just because there are so many similar writers, in similar positions, with similar problems, all in one place. It’s a great tool to swap tips, improve your writing and read some other great work.

Have you been published, such as self-published or through a publishing house? If so where can people find you books?

I have self-published my first book Life After Death, however it is currently going through an extra stage of editing before I re-launch it. People can find all my work by following the links on my website, or checking out my Wattpad account.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Sometimes I have to just put my laptop away and go do something else for a few hours. I find that torturing yourself over details that just aren’t coming to your mind in that moment is extremely annoying. Usually I’ll just go watch some Netflix, or hang out with some mates and often the idea I was looking for kind of pops into my head eventually. Forcing writing never works.

What is your proudest moment as a writer?

I would say finishing Life After Death was probably my proudest moment. After a couple of years of writing and editing, finally finishing the final chapter was so satisfying. Then once started getting amazing feedback on Wattpad, it just amplified this even further.

What book/story has been the most fun to write? Which was the least fun to write?

So far, Death After Death (book two of Life After Death) has been the most fun to write. I’ve kind of found my groove with the story now, and added some really cool, fun characters to the second book. I’m really happy with where it’s going so far, and there’s so much less stress after the first book in a series is done. My least favourite would probably be There’s Been Another One, purely because sticking to a maximum word limit was so incredibly difficult.

What character would you want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?

I’d love to have a crack at the apocalyptic world in Life After Death, and I’d probably choose JJ from book two as the character I’d most like to be. I think he’s the one I modelled on myself most.

Imagine you could do anything you wanted—“in the real world” (you had enough money, time, etc), what would you do?

Unlimited food would be nice. If I had enough time and money I would love to create a huge immersive world like George R R Martin has done so beautifully with Game of Thrones.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?

Don’t be put off by negative comments, or bad reviews. Just take what they say on board, go back and edit your work, often they will be making good and honest points. Your writing is always going to be a bit crap to start with, you just have to improve as you go to be honest.

What advice do you have for other (or new) writers on Wattpad?

Join some kind of group or book club to get you started. You’ll meet new people straight away, and find readers for your work. It’s the best way to get involved in a variety of circles on there. Don’t be afraid to message someone and say hi, or ask for help, or whatever. Most of the time they will be friendly and helpful.

Thank you for your time Seb Jenkins. Good luck in your future endeavors.

You can learn more about Seb on his website or contact him here.

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