I took this Star Trek Personality Quiz and it turns out I’m 95% Riker and also 95% Troi (I’m 85% Kirk.) I guess I have to agree with that. I often feel like a Betazoid! Take the test yourself and see who you best represent in the Star Trek universe.
But what happened to that battery technology that we launched into space 35 years ago? How is Voyager still sending signals back to Earth every 17 hours from billions of miles away and yet I have to charge my “smart” phone every night or I’m cut off from the rest of the world tomorrow?
September 1977 was a long time ago. Farah Fawcett, Starsky & Hutch and El Caminos were the height of cool. Well, along with Bowie of course. NASA was even cool and not considered a waste of money. Little did we know just how much advanced technology we launched into space though. Unfortunately, some of it, like those battery packs, still hasn’t become part of our everyday norm back here at home on our little blue marble.
But, wow, interstellar space. It must be beautiful out there. Talk about limitless horizons!
But, it’s certainly dangerous too. It’s a tad chilly and, what if our little emissary blips on the radar screen of some scout ship for a militaristic, metalized, giant amoeba-species?
It’s a dangerous paradise, indeed. It’s fun to think about, but for the time being, I think I’ll take Venice Beach instead. ;- )
This weekend Paracon 2013 is coming to Vegas! This year it will be held at Binion’s in sparkly shiny, newly revitalized downtown Vegas from August 23-25. Lots of Syfy Channel show stars will be speaking and vendors of cool ghost hunting gear will be on the convention floor.
Two different equipment laden evening investigations are also scheduled!
Writers Exchange is proud to announce our first book by Eric Miller…
TITLE: For Rent Mystery Series Book 1: Dangerous Paradise
Author: Eric James Miller
GENRE: Mystery: Paranormal
Word Count: 116, 918
When Serena Andrews and her teenage son suddenly disappear from their Venice Beach apartment, the resulting vacancy in the building jeopardizes the secrets and lies of all the other residents. Moving from unit to unit chapter by chapter, each resident’s unique point-of-view reveals a spider web of dangerously intertwined lives. This intriguing modern day murder mystery and ghost story will appeal to anyone who has ever had suspicions about their neighbors, or wondered about past residents.
Who killed Serena Andrews and where is her missing son? Step inside 399 Broadway to find out….
FORMATS: PDF, PDB (Palm/Ereader), HTML, LIT (Microsoft Reader), MOBI (Unencrypted Mobipocket/Kindle), RB (Rocket 1100), IMP (Gemstar 1150/Ebookwise), IMP (Gemstar 2150/Rocket 1200), DNL (desktop author page-flipping format), EXE (Windows Executable page flipping format) and epub.
Book Page – buy it here!
RELEASE DATE: 15 August 2013
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Guess who is banned for life from the Venice Drum Circle?
Jerk face, dookey-brains Nathan Campbell.
Forget the arraignment. Save the poor beleaguered California tax payers some money and just send Nate back to Italy with the parents of the beautiful newlywed he ran over.
“Vinnie, Marco, this is Nathan Campbell. He’s feeling a little depressed and disgruntled. So why don’t you take him out back and dump him in a that old well with the lousy acoustics and fa’get about ‘em?”
I just sent the final revision of “For Rent: Dangerous Paradise” back to the publisher a few minutes ago. Now things are really going to start to get interesting! The brave new world of e-publishing is about to have another newbie in its ranks.
I feel like I’ve still been living in Venice Beach for the past six years. My little apartment at the top of the stairs and the courtyard I walked through thousands of times seem in many ways more real to me than the street in Las Vegas where I live now.
I’ve been living so closely with the reflections and shadows of my not entirely make-believe world in Venice that it feels a little strange to have finally hit SEND and released them into the broader world. It’s like the moving van finally arrived, packed me up and carried me (kicking and screaming?) out of there.
Well, time to open a nice bottle of red to celebrate. This 2007 Chumeia Cabernet is from a very special, small family owned winery in Paso Robles.
Here’s the list of characters in “For Rent: Dangerous Paradise”. More to come about each of them soon!
The Modern Day Residents
of 399 Broadway
Unit 1 – Vacant
most recent occupants: Serena Andrews and Mark, her teenage son
Unit 2 – Dana Santoyo (note: the hero of the novel)
27 years old, journalism student, 9 month resident
Unit 3 – David Bernwich
38 years old, artist, 8 year resident
Unit 4 – Pete Connor
32 years old, software salesman, 2 year resident
Unit 5 – Jennifer Barker
29 years old, coffee barista, 18 month resident
Unit 6 – Sara Josephs
24 years old, unemployed musician, 3 month resident
Unit 7 (*) – Max & Francine Popovich
both mid-20′s, boxer & waitress (evicted in 1968)
Unit 8 (*) – Tim Green
29 years old, local reporter (evicted in 1968)
Unit 9 – Spence
34 years old, trust fund baby, 10 year resident
Unit 10 – Jean-Paul & Simone d’Clavier
early 30′s, petty thieves, 4 year residents
Unit 11 – Max & Francine Popovich
now in their mid-60′s, retired, 14 year residents since returning
Unit 12 – Tricia & Alamo Perez
late 20′s, receptionist & her ex-con brother, 2 year residents
Unit 13 – Tohi, Vantu and Kriti
and other ghosts attached to the property
Unit 14 – Jared Doffelsberger
33 years old, amateur astronomer, 8 year resident
Unit 15 – Anita Dobson
42 years old, resident manager, 15 year resident
Unit 16 – Paul Nottingham, Jr. & Fiona Martin
61 year old building owner and his 34 year old fiancée
(*) in 1968 the two self-standing center courtyard units, Unit 7 and Unit 8, were demolished to make room for a small swimming pool.
Today is Friday, January 18, 2013.
We’re well past the apocalypse and things seem to be making a little more sense lately.
Until tonight. I watch this movie called (don’t be alarmed) “Jesus Henry Christ” and it hit me like “Napoleon Dynamite”, “Garden State” and “The Princess Bride” did all those many, many long, consecutive years ago.
Once again, it’s called “Jesus Henry Christ”.
But don’t look it up on Google.
The publicity and web-site are currently terrible. Even the story summary on the home page is in tiny font and unbelievably boring to read.
Stream it and watch it anyway. Decide for yourself if it wasn’t better than watching the evening news.
It’s available on Netflix. It might even still be in some cool theaters in cool big cities.
But, don’t feel bad if you have to rewind to play some parts over again. It’s a good movie, but there are some complicated relationships and one key story point in particular is not emphasized enough.
Other recent movie recommendations: “Craigslist Joe”, “Queen of Versailles” and oh, yeah, once again, “Jesus Henry Christ”.
(If nothing else you might learn where the H comes from!)
Jared Doffelsberger is a fictional, paranoid astronomer who rents an apartment in the dangerous paradise of Venice Beach, California. He’s a big, some might say lumbering nerd who keeps a small sailboat in nearby Marina del Rey. He is known for his awkwardness around other people in the building … and his paranoia about surviving the impact of NEO-487, a big ass asteroid approaching Earth that he found in the night sky.
Today and tomorrow, my fiction crossed paths with our reality.
At 5AM EST this morning an asteroid 120 feet wide passed between the Earth and our moon. Tomorrow, it’s much larger cousin, a 3 MILE wide monster known as 4170 Toutatis, will pass 4.3 million miles from the Earth (which is relatively close in astronomical terms) on its once every 2.7 year swing by our fragile, little blue marble.
A wild, though timely coincidence in light of the still pending release of “FOR RENT: Dangerous Paradise”, which at this point is hopefully next month, aka the post-apocalyptic month of January 2013.
Jared – here’s a shout out to ya’! I hope the world gets to fall in love with you soon!
(In the meantime, here’s a cool reminder why we should remember to enjoy life, even just a little, everyday. Because our celestial footprint is perilously precarious, even when we don’t know it!)