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  • Kurt Brindley 4:15 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #oscarssowhite, , , , Bill Paxton, Casey Affleck, , , , , , reviews, ,   

    The Alt-Oscars* 

    Kanye West** as Crucified Oscar image is courtesy of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

    Let’s do this.

    ALT BEST PICTURE: I’ve only seen one “Best Picture” nomination — “Arrival” and I thought it was mostly Zzz… — so out of all the 2016 movies I have seen, not just those nominated, which still are only a handful… or, would it be an “eyeful?”…my Alt-Oscar for Best Picture of 2016 — and which is one of the best flicks I’ve seen in a loooong time — goes to:

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    • desertradio 8:46 am on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! You saw all of those movies? Where do you get the time???? I think the last movie I saw was “The Secret Lives of Pets” (OK…in fairness…I saw it with my grandkids!). GREAT post!

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    • literaryeyes 9:40 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I was rooting for Hidden Figures because of my fem-sexist bias (also from 70s/80s). When I heard Best Film: LA LA LAND I clicked off the TV. Today I learned best film was MOONLIGHT. Perhaps if I wait another day…?

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:52 pm on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, , , , organized crime, , reviews, Richard Hatch, , , , ,   

    “The Way” of Technology 

    Well, my bold Westworld binge-watching bonanza proclamation turned out to be nothing more than a bunch of ballyhooed BS…

    I only got through the fourth episode before running out of time.

    Consequently, I can’t provide anything much in the way of a review. But I can provide a bit of feedback that might mean something about its watchability

    Which is… I kept falling asleep while watching it.

    Now, full disclosure, I’ve taken some of my best naps during what turned out to be some of my favorite shows so my inability to stay awake while watching Westworld in and of itself doesn’t mean that much.

    As for what I was able to stay awake for… I really like what it is trying to do in concept; however, its execution…

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  • Kurt Brindley 4:03 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Game of Thrones, , In the Heart of the Sea, James Bond, , , , , reviews, Spiderman, Thor,   

    Games of Thrones + Peaky Blinders / Harry Potter = In the Heart of the Sea 

    IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
    FILM | MOVIE | STUDIO | DRAMA
    RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

    At least that seems to be the math formula used to come up with the cast list. I suppose, though, to get the full sum of major characters, we would have to carry the new James Bond movies and take the square root of The Avengers.


     
    I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. I was prepared, based upon its flopping like a whale of a fish at the box office, for it to be a complete dud. However, except for some lame CGI scenes, I found it to be quite… “the bomb*.”

    I especially enjoyed how the tale of a whaling ship being brought to doom by a vindictive whale – the inspiration for Moby Dick, of course – was unwillingly told by the old drunkard of a whaler Tom Nickerson (Mad Eye Moody) to Herman Melville (Q).

    Some other notable cast member characters are:

    Thor – Owen Chase
    Vampire hunter, Abraham Lincoln – George Pollard
    Thomas Shelby – Matthew Joy
    Authur Shelby – Caleb Chappel
    Catelyn Stark – Mrs. Nickerson
    Benjen Stark – Benjamin Lawrence
    Spiderman – Young Tom Nickerson
    Tom Riddle – Henry Coffin

    I guess I’m going to have to give the book the movie is based on another try. I downloaded the audiobook version via my Overdrive app a while ago, but it kept putting me to sleep. But, in the book’s defense, most audiobooks do that to me so it’s best not to judge it solely by its lullaby effect upon me.


    BOOK


    ON DEMAND/DVD

    *In this instance, “the bomb” is used in the spirit of the contemporary vernacular of the youth to mean something good, as opposed to “a bomb,” which, of course and as oddly as it may seem, means something bad… like a dud.

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    Rating System:
    ★ = Unwatchable
    ★ ★ = Poor Movie
    ★ ★ ★ = Average Movie
    ★ ★ ★ ★ = Outstanding Movie
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ = Exceptional Movie

     
     

     
    • Produce Your Freedom 4:47 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This sounds like a movie I should definitely add to my list of stuff to watch. The cast looks pretty solid. I’m a big fan of Peaky Blinders, and I’m not trying to be a nit picky Internet critic here so please don’t take what I’m about to say the wrong way.

      I thought you might find it interesting that it’s Arthur Shelby, although the thick accent makes it sound like they are always calling him Author. I had to watch with subtitles until I got used to the accents so I didn’t miss half of what was said.

      Great work here as always Kurt. Take care.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:53 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ha ha. Good catch! I guess I’ve spent so long fancying myself an author that was just my brain doing won of those annoying incorrect autocorrect things.

        Peaky Blinders, by far, is my favorite all-time show. Not sure why I haven’t blogged about it yet… need to correct that.

        Thanks for the kind, encouraging words, my friend. :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:55 pm on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , forums, , , , , reviews, , VBLOG, , Website Reviews, , xIRATE X VBLOG, youtube   

    The Promotional “Devices” I May Employ To Hook You Onto My Nascent #VBLOG 

    In addition to trying to shake out as many donation dollars as possible from you…

    • I may discuss and further expand upon interesting comments you leave for me in reaction to on one of my Relating to Humans blog posts or pages.
    • I may end each episode with a scrolling credit sequence of all recent submissions to the Relating to Humans open submissions feature with the title of the submission, the author or creator of the submission, and the website address of the author or creator of the submission.
    • I may visit the websites of frequent visitors to my website to provide a “Website Review,” so to speak, of their sites during my shows.
    • I may encourage you to submit questions you would like me to answer or a comment you would like me to respond to via the contact form of the VBLOG page that I may create which will then send them directly to IAMIRATE@OUTLOOK.COM.
    • I may encourage you to send me, via the contact form of the VBLOG page that I may create which will then send them directly to IAMIRATE@OUTLOOK.COM, short video clips of you answering questions you would like someone, perhaps me, to ask you about your book or other project you are passionate about. I may then edit this short video clip to make it seem as if I am interviewing you during the show.
    • I may in my next episode explain why I decided to endorse Trump for president.

    Some of these promotional “devices” may definitely be employed; one of them may definitely not be.

    I guess we’ll find out in the next episode – Saturday… ish.
     

    xIRATE X VBLOG @ KURTBRINDLEY.COM / SATUDAYS


     

    HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

     
     

     
    • Rajiv 7:57 am on March 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have never done a Vlog…

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:58 am on March 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It was an awkward and unnatural experience for me.

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        • Rajiv 12:59 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I think I would be shit scared to do it

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          • Kurt Brindley 1:02 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Yep. That about sums it up. Not sure how long it will last. In addition to overcoming the fear factor, it takes much effort and time.

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            • Rajiv 1:04 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink

              Oh… I thought that they are easier than writing them

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            • Kurt Brindley 1:13 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink

              Well there’s: concept development, research, script development, filming, film editing, sound editing, file conversion, uploading, embedding, and then blogging about it. That may be easier than just writing a blog post to some… but not me. Not yet anyway. I’m sure it will get easier and faster over time – if I stick with it.

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            • Rajiv 1:52 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink

              Maybe someday, I will brave that world

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            • Kurt Brindley 1:15 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink

              Now, I guess if one just wants to shoot an unscripted or loosely scripted, unedited video from their smartphone… then that might be easy enough.

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            • Rajiv 1:53 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink

              That is actually what I did from on top of a wall in Vrindavan

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            • Kurt Brindley 2:27 pm on March 25, 2016 Permalink

              I’d like to see that. Link?

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            • Rajiv 3:37 am on March 27, 2016 Permalink

              Oh, that was my first ever YouTube post… Not strictly a Vlog… But, I will post it tomorrow..
              I spoke into the phone in a sing-song voice. Damn!

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            • Kurt Brindley 8:10 am on March 27, 2016 Permalink

              Now I really got to see it.

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            • Rajiv 2:43 pm on March 27, 2016 Permalink

              It was embarrassing to hear the sing-song tone in which I spoke ..

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            • Kurt Brindley 3:58 pm on March 27, 2016 Permalink

              Yeah, my voice sounds odd to me when listening to it as a recording…

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:00 am on February 8, 2016 Permalink
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    An Introduction to Author MB Bissett 

    In my last post “Hey Reader, What’s Your Angle,” I invited you all to share a link to a book that you’ve reviewed that provides some insight, via your writing, as to how you apply your critical thinking strategy towards the books you read.

    I’m so happy that MB BLISSETT was kind/brave enough to take me up on the offer; for, not only did he introduce me to THE FEVER by Meg Abbott with his interesting and insightful review of her work, he introduced me to a new eclectic world of creativity and intellect that can be found all throughout his website.

    After reading his review that I introduce here, I strongly urge you to then head straight to his About page as it is most interesting and entertaining – I read it and I feel a strong kinship with his outlook toward writing and his literary taste.

    Comments are closed here so that you can share your thoughts directly with MB at his website.

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    MB Blissett

    the-fever

    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs posits that when base needs are met, then your desires become more refined. Which usually means that your fears probably work on the same level. If you’re not risking death every single time that you give birth, then you’re worried that they will live to be healthy adults and when they’re healthy adolescents, you’re worried about any number of factors. Within the haunted house of parenthood and adolescence, Megan Abbott knows where the ghosts live and shows them to you.

    The Fever ably captures the beauty and passion, the terror, the contradictory desire for freedom and privacy, the secrets that women keep from themselves and one another. She uses social media and how it intertwines and defines the worlds of young people subtly and effectively. In the iconography of the modern world, the online video is the sermon, the blowing of the whistle or in this…

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:05 pm on February 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2015chronicles, , book recommendations, , Chronicles of a Blogoholic, , , , , , reviews, ,   

    A Prolific Poet 

    Somehow I managed not to share this (age is a possible factor) very kind recommendation for Poems from the River that was posted by our good friend at Chronicles of a Blogaholic, who, with her daily musings and photography, brings us all a little bit of sunshine and happiness.

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    “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
    and the thought has found words.”
    Robert Frost

    Poems from the River

    There’s a blogger I’ve been following since I began my blog. He’s one of the first bloggers that found my blog and liked one of my posts.

    Ever since that day, I’ve been following him daily. His stories and photographs are an inspiration.

    Last week I ordered his book of poetry, Poems from the River, which arrived yesterday. His collection of poems are tender and beautifully written.

    If you’re interested in visiting Kurt’s blog and buying his book, please check him out at: Kurt Brindley. I believe Kurt Brindley is and will become quite a prolific poet.

    Shine On

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:31 pm on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , cinematography, , , Leonardo DiCaprio, , , revenge, reviews, studio films, , The Revenant   

    THE REVENANT: It’s Really Good (for a laugh) 

    THE REVENANT
    FILM | MOVIE | STUDIO | DRAMA
    RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

    Since I didn’t know off the top of my head what the word “revenant” meant, I had thought, in the spirit of Shakespeare, it was a word created specifically for Art’s sake by combining the words revenge and covenant. Seeing the movie (and the squiggly red idiot line under the word when I type it) only reinforced this belief, because “The Revenant” is a grand, intense, soul-searching, cinematographic dream-scape of movie “inspired” by a book of the same name that was “inspired” by a legend which was more than likely “inspired” by a kernel of truth of the life of a mountain man named Hugh Glass, a contemporary of Grizzly Adams, may he rest in peace (both the real one who died long ago and, more importantly to those of my generation, to Dan Haggerty, the actor who portrayed him and who died recently) and Jedediah Smith (no, Robert Redford played Jeremiah Johnson, not Smith), which is about a father committed to his last breath regardless the odds or obstacles to exact revenge for the murder of his son.
     


     

    In simplistic terms, it’s really, really good. It deserves all the Oscars nominations it has received, especially for Best Picture, Best Director (Iñárritu), Best Supporting Actor (Hardy), and Best Actor (DiCaprio).

    As is typical with any film he is in, Tom Hardy stole the show. In my view, he just may be the best working actor there is right now. He out-acted DiCaprio, who is a pretty good actor in his own right – not great, but pretty good. But it doesn’t really matter as far as awards go seeing that they are up for different ones. But even if they were up for Best Actor, DiCaprio should still win it over Hardy, and all the others I’ve seen, for the overwhelming effort he invested and physical hardship and pain he endured for this role. His performance and commitment to his trade are remarkable.

    As far as the logistics and filming of the movie, I do not know how Iñárritu did it. The movie is so big and so remote with so many moving parts – Mother Nature notwithstanding – I simply don’t know how they put it all together so seamlessly and beautifully, and breathtakingly so. I’m sure it will win for Best Cinematography.

    I already said the movie is about a father’s commitment to exacting revenge for his son’s murder. And it is. But, unfortunately for Glass, the father, he has to fulfill this sad covenant that he makes with himself, his dead son, and his impartial god, after having just about the worst day, week, and however long his revenge exacting takes that one man can ever have.

    I mean, this dude just gets keep getting creamed.

    I mean, there are bears and “savages” and broken bones and infection and starvation and the frigid, merciless elements…

    It’s like… Dude!

    I mean, Death just keeps so relentlessly and rabidly on his ass that it finally became comical to me… and the guy sitting next to me.

    Remember the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail?” Each time another near-death tragedy happened to Glass and his near-death tragic soul, I couldn’t help repeating in my mind that famous and funny line from the movie:

    It’s just a flesh wound.

    I whispered this to the guy next to me and we ended up giggling like two kids each successive time Death pick Glass up and pile-drived his head back into the mat.

    Which brings me back to the word “revenant” and its meaning. Come to find out it isn’t a made-up word after all. It means, “a person who has returned, especially from the dead.”

    There couldn’t be a more fitting word for this movie. In fact, it could be called The Revenant To The Nth Power, Glass returns from the dead so many times.

    There are more things about the movie I could make fun with… like pointing out a cliché or two – yes, of course Glass gets all Luke Skywalker on us when he guts his horse (that had recently just fallen over a cliff with him – he survives; the horse doesn’t) and crawls inside it to stay warm during the night – but I’ll stop with the merrymaking.

    But it doesn’t matter, the movie is good enough, and grand enough, that it can handle a bit of criticism from yours truly.

    Out of all the movies nominated for Best Picture, I’ve only seen this, “Mad Max,” and “The Martian.” Out of those three, all of which I like very much, “The Revenant” is my pick to win.

    If you haven’t seen it, you should.
     


    Based upon the novel by Michael Punke

     
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    Rating System:
    ★ = Unwatchable
    ★ ★ = Poor Movie
    ★ ★ ★ = Average Movie
    ★ ★ ★ ★ = Outstanding Movie
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ = Exceptional Movie

     
     

     
    • cindy knoke 1:11 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good review. Thank you~

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:19 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Cindy – thank you. Seeing how I regard your reviews as the best I’ve read on Goodreads, that means a lot to me.

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    • SciFi and Scary 1:25 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We had totally different views of the movie! LOL. I still gave it a 3 because it wasn’t horrible, but I walked out of it thinking “Oh, dear god, can we just give DiCaprio an Oscar so we never have to sit through 2 and a half hours of him looking hurt again?” Plus, the river scene! There’s no way he would have survived that -.-. Always interesting to see others viewpoints, though!

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:35 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ha ha… we are of the same mind when it came to the movie’s believability. However, If I had to judge just about any movie on believability they would just about all get a one. Fortunately, to me, there is much more to consider when watching a film. :)

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        • SciFi and Scary 1:42 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Oh yes, there is much more. I completely agree. However, its the icing on the cake to watching a man push himself around on his stomach for 45 flippin’ minutes. I mean, if you want to do a survivor story, do the story of Mary Ingalls Wilder in Follow the River. Now THAT was a survivor story. The Revenant took a lackluster book, completely changed some of the stuff in it (Son? What son?) and made it into a potentially more boring movie.

          I mean, if you’re going to change stuff from the book, that’s fine, but at least give us a little more action or something!

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    • Don Massenzio 1:25 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great review. Thanks.

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    • bullroarin 1:31 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      wow…that was a long first sentence! lol! Great review Kurt. :)

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    • wscottling 1:37 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      As soon as you mentioned Monty Python, I thought you were going to go with Life of Brian and the ending song “Always look on the bright side of life.” But having not seen The Revenant, I don’t know how relevant that would be. ^_^

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      • Kurt Brindley 1:44 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ha ha… not even close to being a bright side. In fact I was going to mention this in the review but it was getting too long, but, one of the elements of the movie I like best is how well color, or lack thereof actually, was used to enhance the beauty of the cinematography. I’m not sure if we ever get to see the sun once in the movie.

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    • Heartafire 2:12 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My friend said it is good but disturbingly gory.

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    • Matthew Malin 2:50 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Im so excited to see this movie! If I can find my car keys I’m going tonight. lol

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    • omega 3:17 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Its an extraordinary movie. It is the story of the The Hanged Man, death of the ego. In the Heaven’s Gate scene, you can clearly see all the esoteric symbols on the building. The movie is a soul’s symbolic journey through life. The movie feels similar to King of Cups coming out soon, more Tarot allusions. Its about the death of a man’s ego, lived out brutally through his love, mercy and forgiveness. Amazing really. Thanks for the review.

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    • Meritings 3:22 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Haven’t seen it yet but have watched the trailer numerous times. I hope they had a disclaimer that no horses (or bears) were harmed in the making!

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    • Robert Mitchell 4:51 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great review! I agree about Hardy — that guy’s the real deal. One criticism of your criticism, and that is that “revenant” is not a made up word. Came to English from the French, the present participle of “revenir” (to return). It basically means someone who comes back from the dead. http://www.cnrtl.fr/definition/revenant

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:39 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps you didn’t read the entire review, my friend. ;)

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        • Robert Mitchell 5:52 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Okay, I’m gonna say that was your fault because I clicked the “flesh woound” link and got to laughing at the Python joke! And when I came back to the review I guess I missed that paragraph :-) Have a good one!

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          • Kurt Brindley 6:04 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Ha ha… indeed it is my fault for I considered coding the link so it would click out to a new tab; but I hate it when that happens so I left it to render in place. :)

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    • Mani (A New Life Wandering) 11:56 pm on January 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      When I read “for a laugh” in your title I was afraid I was going to read that you didn’t like it but then I was pleasantly surprised because I frickin loved it and I think it’s by far the best movie in 2015 and it should win all its nominations. Like you said, it’s so big and real because the cast was truly living in those freezing conditions, and DiCaprio was truly eating raw meat (even though he’s a vegetarian)… the whole film was shot chronologically and in natural light. It’s just unbelievable.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:58 am on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Mani. Well said. I feel so fortunate that I saw it in a movie theater because I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a movie that felt so big, so elementally connected to life’s soul. It’s not the most interesting, or even most entertaining, movie of the year in my opinion – I would have to say Sicario is my favorite film of the year – but it certainly is, when all factors are considered, the best.

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    • Illian Rain 6:17 am on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed a movie review so thoroughly! This is fantastic, thank you. 😊

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    • Illian Rain 6:17 am on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Also–I’m committed to seeing this film now…

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    • Rajiv 6:46 am on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am curious about this movie

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    • Alli Farkas 12:28 pm on January 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, not sure I could handle that part about the horse…

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    • NoOneKnows 10:20 am on January 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like your review, it seems fair, balanced without an ulterior agenda, and all said with a respect that did not truck-out honesty.
      I used to be an avid cinema-nut, (was a big Star Wars fan) but it seems storytelling has taken the back seat to sensationalized visuals. The intensity that is hard packed and concentrated in film these days, so the visual thrills can disguise the fact that there is really no creatively new story, (i.e. The Force Awakens is just a retelling of A New Hope, Avatar is Dances with Wolves) just new technology. And I do worry those false images you discussed, can only lead people to despair. That such movies sell a image of human achievements that cannot be emulated in reality. While a real story that tries to make a contribution to human achievements, worth believing in, by leaving something good and positive behind is given the nerts.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:42 pm on January 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your kind, thoughtful response, NOK. I am in, if not complete, then close accord with the main of your sentiments.

        While originality with purpose is always the toughest of tasks, thankfully the Indie’s thrive and its all there for us to discover and waiting to reward us for our efforts.

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    • niaaeryn 12:48 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very accurate. I liked it as well, but there were times it was like DiCapro’s horrible, no good, very bad day. Still very well done and the cinematography was outstanding.

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    • geelinlovesconan 3:12 am on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Kurt! Great review. I had also encountered the word “renevant” in the past, probably in some video game (which I think was Fire Emblem, which portrayed an “undead” creature) but I haven’t bothered to search the meaning, so I just felt nostalgic there for a second. Anyway, thanks for following my blog! I was scanning yours and I believe I’ll have a great read here. Looking forward for more of your posts!

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:53 am on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, geelinlovesconan. I’m happy you like the review and I appreciate you saying so. Yes, revenant does mean returning from the dead or “undead,” so to speak.

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    • meanderite 10:14 pm on February 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know if it was the relentless cinematography, or a broken thermostat in the cinema hall.. But I almost wished I could snuggle into the horse along with Leonardo :/

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:52 am on February 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I don’t know if I’ve ever watched a movie where the setting and cinematography was so present and essential to the its success like they are with The Revenant.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:21 am on January 25, 2016 Permalink
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    What’s On Your Bookshelf? 

    So, I just created a new page called “Writing Resources” where I’ve listed all the books in my library that I consider as resources critical to my self as a writer. Check it out – hopefully you’ll find some use out of it. And I’m always looking for new books to further my development so hopefully you’ll visit the page and post in the comments section resources you find critical to the development of your own writing self.

    Out of all the books listed on the page, this inspiring little book, without a doubt, has had the most influence on me as a writer.
     

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:57 pm on January 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    A Review of Short Verses & Other Curses by Paul Xylinides of theliteraryreader 

    I am very proud and honored to have received such a warm review from the great Paul Xylinides of the theliteraryreader (theliteraryreader.com).

    As you may be aware, Paul’s work is not unfamiliar to this site, as his THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA is reviewed here and is my favorite Indie Author read to date.

    I strongly encourage you – it’s for your own good, believe me – to visit with Paul at both his literary review site and at his author site paulxylinides.com to check out the intellectually intriguing work he does. Make sure you follow his sites so you don’t miss out in the future.

    To read my review of THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA, click here.

    To read more of Paul’s writing found on this site, enter “paul xylinides” in the search box.

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    Short Verses

    Review

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    Short Verses & Other Curses
    (Haiku, Senryū, & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany)

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    A Warrior Poet’s Hard-Won Epiphanies

    Self-made and/or naturally insight-endowed, Kurt Brindley has the soul of a poet; further, he has the soul of a warrior poet. He makes passing reference to the martial tradition that has also been a part of his life in the poem “If I Were A Samurai:”


    I would know

    when to bow
    and when to ignore
    when to speak
    and when to be silent

    when to eat
    and when to fast
    when to think
    and when to meditate
    when to advance
    and when to hold
    when to strike
    and when to parry
    when to kill
    and when to die

    All writers — the serious and the not-so-much — inevitably find themselves in a battle, as often as not Biblical in proportions, for the human…

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:29 pm on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , book critics, , , , critics, , , reviews, thinking out loud,   

    It’s easy to articulate what I like 

    It’s less than easy to articulate why I like…

    #notetoself
    #criticsarepeopletoo

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 8:26 pm on September 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Volume IV Selection for the Indie Author Book Selection & Review 

    You may have heard that Dr. Wayne Dyer has died.

    And you may have seen several of my posts where I discuss how much Dr. Dyer has meant to me over the recent years.

    And you may have noticed that I often referred to him, this man who has meant so much to me and whose wisdom and guidance I so heavily relied upon, as the Greatest of Gurus and as my own Personal Pope.

    And you may be aware, if you, too, are an admirer of Dr. Dyer, that he did not regard death with fear; instead, he looked at death as an opportunity for our everlasting soul to expand out of and away from this material, finite vessel we call our body, and return to and within the infinite and everlasting Soul of the Single Song (aka, the Universe (uni-verse – get it?)… Or something to that effect.

    And you may understand, then, why I am a bit conflicted. One the one hand, I celebrate the release of Dr. Dyer’s Soul back into the infinite wild of its original and natural habitat. While on the other, me being a normal, irrational human being who can’t escape his Ego, ergo, he can’t escape his damning Desire nor his fear of Death, I am very bummed that he is no longer here on Earth, in his aged and deteriorating vessel of the human kind, being all sagacious and wise and a bit more than slightly goofy.

    And you may predict, and rightly so, that, because of all this, I would want to try find ways to stay as close to the Essence of Dr. Dyer’s broad and deep Message and Meaning.

    And you may realize, had you an opportunity to look over the submissions for this volume of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review, that several of the books are closely aligned to Dr. Dyer’s out there way of thinking.

    To be honest, had Dr. Dyer still been with us, I probably would have selected G. N. Boorse’s DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS. Not only do I love the cover and his website and his write-up on the back of the book, I was also ready to read something as edgy and obscure as his book sounds. See, as advertised down below at my #Amreading widget, I #amreading Maupassant’s ALIEN HEARTS. And it’s all about (too much so) love and the psychological implications of infatuation. In other words, I’m having a hard time finishing it. And it was because Boorse’s book seems to be completely opposite from what I am now reading that I was planning on choosing his. That and, to be honest, I was also intending to choose his because, even though I occasionally write it, I rarely read poetry or abstract writing, such as K.D. Rose’s appears to be (it’s all too hard for my feeble mind to grasp), nor do I read, despite my affection for Dr. Dyer, “New Age” (for a lack of a better term) or self-help books, such as Avril Meyler’s appears to be.

    But now, as things stand, the kind of books submitted by Meyler and Rose are exactly what I am yearning to read.

    And out of the three books (two by Meyler – A MULTIDIMENSIONAL PARADIGM and A NEW HUMAN) and one by Rose – HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL), I am selecting for this volume of the IABS&R A NEW HUMAN because it looks to be the closest in content to what it is I want rattling around my brain right now.

    I want to thank so very much all three authors for their submissions. I am very honored and humbled to be in such a position. And just because only one book has been chosen for this exercise of a literary contest of sorts, it doesn’t mean that I won’t read and review the others. I truly intend to do so.

    Now, I’m not sure when my review of A NEW HUMAN will be posted – I still have to finish my current read, as hard as that may be, and review it (it was my intention to review it anyway – we’ll see…). Regardless, I will try to get things expedited and completed the best I can.

    Again, thank you to G.N. Borse, K.D. Rose, and Avril Meyler.

    And thank all of you for allowing me to use this opportunity to express my love and appreciation for the life and work of Dr. Dyer. May he enjoy all the infinite and everlasting heavenly rewards he so greatly deserves.

    Peace.

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:55 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    At least when the robots take over they will be much quicker in rejecting one of my stories… 

    Robot Editor

    You know, seeing how we already have robots writing poetry and composing music, I assume we will soon have robots taking over as reviewers and editors, as well.

    I yearn for that day…

    You see, months and months ago — essentially an eternity in our hyper-paced, brain-frazzling, tele-connected, continually-morphing-right-before-our-eyes day and age — in an effort to enhance (establish?) my writing cred, I submitted a couple short stories to various literary journals in the hope that they will get selected to be published so that when I self-publish my short story collection I can add a highfalutin aside within the book’s front matter that gives a self-congratulatory thank you to these literary journals for their wisdom and insight in selecting my work to be published.

    Can ya dig?

    I bet you can…

    As I’m sure you suspect, I subject myself to the subjective and contrary literary values of these human reviewers and editors because, just between you and me, I (like most other self-published authors I suspect) would like to someday be an unself-published author and be recognized as a “real writer” within the old slow (really, really slow) world of traditional publishing. (A good read on the question of whether one should self-publish or not can be found here.)

    But man* let me tall ya that from all the brain-scattering hyperlinking/twittering/buzzfeeding** I’m now addicted to, I’ve become a very impatient man***, which is why back in 2011, after experiencing how long it took agent after agent to reject my highly exceptional queries (that, and because back then I wasn’t sure I would be of this world too much longer) I began all this ego-degrading self-publishing and self-marketing nonsense in the first place.

    And which is why now, months and months after submitting my highly exceptional short stories to these good-fortuned literary journals I am getting extremely impatient with their less than expeditious responses and am once again beginning to rethink my strategy for literary fame and wealth, all of which is causing me to consider withdrawing my submissions and just go ahead and publish the damn short story collection minus the self-congratulatory front matter aside.

    Big sigh

    Anyway

    Off I go to my Submittable account for the third time this morning to see if the status of any of my submissions have magically changed to something other than “In-Progress.” At this point, I would celebrate even a status of “Declined” just so I can move on in certitude and vigor.

    And, while I’m (over-)indulging in my self-inflicted publishing pain at Sumbittable, I invite you to indulge in a short piece of mine that was actually selected to be published by a highly respected (at least by me) though highly unknown independent publisher, and which can be found by click clicking right here.

    Right on?

    Yeah, write on…


     
    *non-gender specific
    **included for dramatic purposes only – I’ve never actually been on buzzfeed…no, really
    ***gender specific

     
     

     
    • tmezpoetry 1:09 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      haha love it! And I love the story too.

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    • E 1:36 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Seconded on both accounts. (And on lack of buzz feed as well. It always worries me that it sounds like an invitation to stinging insects to feast upon my flesh!)

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    • From The Pews 3:23 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, yes…the age of robots…
      Perhaps then I too may become a writer ;)

      Truly enjoyed your piece!!! And the brilliant artwork too!!

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    • Mike Fuller Author 4:01 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s sort of like hiring someone to take your used car to the scrap yard and sell it for you. Agents are really salesmen, er, I mean sales persons. Really, unless you are famous or infamous and complications ensue around agreement on a publishing contract for the agent to play attorney and smooth out for you, they sell. The scrapyard wants a shiny BMW they can polish and detail and turn around for a nice profit. But mostly they get dented Fords that probably will sit on the lot out front with soaped numbers on the windshield that change downward as time moves on. And the agents tell us that offers on hundreds of crappy cars come to them every week. Too many to deal with and not a shiny BMW in the bunch, only that six year old Taurus now and then mixed in with all the “had to be pushed onto the lot” junkers. But we all think our writing is that BMW and send off to New York to the Ivy and near-Ivy League graduates sitting in tenth floor offices sifting through their three month backlog of e-mails and hitting the form rejection button or just ignoring it all. But alas, times change. Now anyone with a Dell or a Macbook can be their own car lot and put it all out there for good or no. And now that the price of gas has lowered and Kindle is paying by the page, well, we’ll all be in Armani and eating filet before you know it!

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    • maggie0019 4:14 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m right (write) with there with you, human! Woof!

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    • pezoldo 11:45 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like publishing is a real pain… is there any advice you would give to aspiring writers (like me :S) about trying to get published/self-publishing?

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:55 pm on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        If you can afford it, hire someone to do all the technical stuff so you can focus as much as possible on arranging words in new and amazing ways. :)

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    • Senseless Rambler 9:33 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great article, Kurt. Think I’ll just stick to the self-controlled blogging. Might be as much publishing as I can handle. Keep up the great work.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:53 pm on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, self-publishing surely has its challenges. Thanks so much for your kind, encouraging words, SR. Much appreciated.

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    • shehannemoore 9:36 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Only months and months and months and more months? You’ve still a long time to wait then……

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    • Robyn 1:36 pm on August 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, Kurt, Kurt. Where do I begin?! Okay, agents. Not needed. Self publishing is no longer ‘inferior’ to traditional publishing; I’m vegetarian, but I’d kill that particular sacred cow right now! Let the readers make the judgements, not the editors [who often have an agenda if employed with publishing houses]. And behold the contempt that you have been treated with, Kurt, having to wait this length of time for feedback on your art. I guess the question is this: from whom, as writers, do we seek validation? Readers? Check. Ourselves? Check. As writers, we’re living in hugely exciting times; never has there been so, so much opportunity to make a good living from writing. And self publishing – or, as I call it, independent publishing is a fantastic movement and we should embrace it fully. I don’t see it as inferior to trad. publishing in any shape or form. It’s about mindset, essentially.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:24 pm on August 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, three Kurts in one sentence – I must be in trouble. Rest assured, it’s all in good fun, my friend, as I don’t take this subject, or just about any subject – including and especially any subject pertaining to me – too seriously, if at all. That said, you offer some very sound advice, Robyn, Robyn, Robyn… :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:34 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    One of these Fine Looking Books will be our selection for the IABS&R Volume IV… 

    I was going to post this on Saturday, seeing that August 8 was the last day for submissions to this volume of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review, but when I went to check my post office box – something I do only infrequently or when one of you kind folk email me to tell me that your book is happily on its way to me – and what to my wondering eyes did appear on the door to the office but a sign advising that the joint closes at 11:00 am on Saturdays. It was 12:30 pm. Unfulfilled me…

    And so I went and checked again yesterday and found my box chock full of, not books, but junk mail.

    My intention was to then come home to write this post; however, I got bullied over by all the nastiness in the news and ended up writing what I wrote… That gun thing.

    So here we are. And below, I present to you four very fine looking books written by three assuredly fine writing authors. For the next couple weeks or so I will peruse them, mull over them, perhaps sacrifice a pencil or two to the Writing Gods, and then eventually come to a decision as to which book will be selected to receive the Full Monty review treatment as advertised and promised by me (read over various IABS&R pages to get an idea of just what a Full Monty review treatment may possibly entail).

    So, in the interim, how about you also check out the four submissions by clicking through their respective book reveals, the guest posts by their respective authors, and maybe even purchasing one or all of them.

    And if you do happen to purchase one or all of them, it would be pure awesomeness if you were to also write a smoking hot review of those that you read and post it on your site and on Amazon and on Goodreads and on any other place you can think of that will hark a clarion call to all readers of the world what you, yourself, have witnessed.

    Can you dig?

    Because that’s what this is all about…

    Supporting and perhaps even celebrating Indie Authors.

    Right on?

    So here they are as advertised and promised by moi:

     
  • Kurt Brindley 7:26 pm on August 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Need Someone To Give Your Manuscript or Book a Close Read and Provide Comprehensive Feedback? 

    Check out Kurt’s new Literary Consultancy Service:

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    • bookloverbabbles 7:39 pm on August 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Greetings! Is there a way to become part of this team?

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:32 pm on August 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Greetings, blb. You mean as a Literary Consultant? I don’t yet have the clientele base to support a TEAM PROSOCHĒ expansion but that certainly is the goal. If you are interested, please email me through the Contact link at the PROSOCHĒ website. I am keeping a folder of all those who are interested in joining the team and when the time comes – hopefully soon – I’ll begin to reach out. Thanks so much for your interest, blb. Let’s keep in touch. – Kurt

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    • craiglock 11:07 pm on September 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on "I Want to Write a Book!".

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:09 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    I HAVE NO VOICE AND I MUST WRITE: A Guest Post by Author K. D. Rose 

    I love caustic writers. They write how I think except they’re more witty. And incisive. And, um, better writers.

    Here’s an example of what I mean. Check out Chuck Wendig’s piece called Dear guy who is mad because I wrote a gay character in a book.

    Or try John Hartness, entitled: Why your self-published book looks like a pile of ass and won’t ever make you any money.

    Or read any part of Kurt Brindley’s blog.

    Just as important, and sometimes forgotten in bouts of unabashed sarcastic glee, behind the blunt force acerbic trauma these writers actually give a damn about other people. See Chuck Wendig’s week’s long thread where he offers advice to any question from other writers; look at the reveals and reviews that Brindley does and the opportunities he offers for guest posting and exposure; look at what John Hartness is doing underneath seeming asshattery– the advice in that post is golden.

    I just don’t have that cred yet. Or maybe it’s balls. Okay, I literally don’t have balls, but what I mean is I don’t have anything to back up my opinions, and you know what they say about opinions…

    I’m not sure how this devolved into genitalia.

    Some of my writing meets acerbity half-way while trying to point out trends. The Re-emergence of the Book rightfully lambasts publishers but somehow lacks that arrow through the heart. Here it is republished most recently on Literative. The Next Big Thing in Tech asks similar questions on a different forefront. Here it is in Startupdope.

    The title to the post your reading of course is a play on words from the great Harlan Ellison, still one of the best in-your-face writers I can think of. Why did I write that last sentence? Because someone might not get the title. Is this really writing? Or do I just write and forget people who don’t get it; they can just take the writing at face value. Welcome to Heavy Bags of Soul.



    But why would someone who likes authors who don’t pull punches write a book like Heavy Bags of Soul? Half the book is codes.

    Delving deeply into systems of belief requires codes no matter how one chooses to write about them. Each system has its own language, often meant to describe the very same principles or experiences as another system, though you’ll get a swat on the hand with a ruler if you say that out loud.

    Metaphors are also codes. Live with it.

    But I guess it doesn’t matter because everyone hates poetry, right?

    I don’t think or write like many. I contemplate my world in a non-linear way. Putting it all together to make sense to someone else is tough. It’s not even like puzzle pieces; it’s like an invisible puzzle that changes shape depending on the connections you make and the analytical lines you can draw among them, and then you have to draw it for others… And then finally you
    have to:                 SPELL         OUT          THE          CONNECTIONS.
     


    “But I guess it doesn’t matter because
    everyone hates poetry, right?”


     

    Because I think and write like the Tasmanian Devil. You know. The cartoon one. Only…friendlier.

    Oops.

    I mean:

    See? Doesn’t that tornado look friendly albeit slightly confused as to how it’s going to make sense of all the convoluted ideas it pulls in? Actually it looks pretty damn stressed out. Freudian much, KD?

    When I do a shitty job at connecting these streams of what amounts to analytical dots (I was an analyst for the government), the writing is scattered and readers go “huh?” When I do a decent job, you get one of the articles like I mentioned above. When I do a brilliant job, you get a book so tightly connected that no one understands it. Welcome to the world, Heavy Bags of Soul. Welcome to obscurity, K.D. Rose.

    I guess I really am a Jackess of all trades. Ah, you gotta love homonyms.

    If you like that last bit, you’d like Heavy Bags of Soul.

    ***

    I wanted to write a blog post titled: “When Sex Doesn’t Sell.” When you don’t use the words people have come to expect, when you don’t write to titillate but to translate, sex on the page can seem as obscure as Peter Higgs before March 2013. Insert supercollider sexual innuendo here. One day I’ll have to count and find out just how many poems in the book are actually about orgasms.



    I revel in the succinct. Not just succinct but short and dense. And by dense I mean, packing mountains of information or wisdom into forceful passages that stand like mountains in slim volumes of work. Why? Back to the difference in thinking habits. Long and drawn out is the linear norm. A takes us to Z through a series of stops along the way that build upon one another to the conclusion. Slim volumes on the other hand—poetry is one key example— build vertically, with ever expanding circles, tangents, and some linear thrown in. Dense.

    Have you heard of Steganography? Steganography is derived from the Greek words “steganos” and “graphein,” meaning covered writing. Overlay and overlay of information. I liken dense works to steganography and other forms of covert communication, such as the ability to reduce a large amount of writing to a simple point like a dot. Dense works are not covert by intent, their innate structure simply reveals layers underneath. Rimbaud’s entire life’s work could probably be displayed in 50 pages. The Upanishads, a sacred Sanskrit instruction on the entirety of the universe is about 100 pages. The point is sometimes the most efficacious way to communicate complexity and remain effable is to ingrain mountains on each individual word. Terse. Succinct. Vigorous. Forceful.

    There is a very slim book called Flatland. It contains and explains dimensional concepts beyond its format of simplistic satire. The book created a cult following. Check out the brilliance sometime.
     


    “One day I’ll have to count and find out just how many
    poems in that book are actually about orgasms.”


     

    Here’s some of the starkness that is my voice, encapsulated in a picture also currently in print.

    But who wants to read poems of mourning or grief? No one. Who should? Everyone. It’s one of those unspoken things we all go through and never talk about.      TO      GET      YOU      THROUGH.      This one won Reader’s Favorite International Silver Medal Award for poetry. Which doesn’t mean a damn thing. Writing that just now made me feel like a talk show host. I may need to shower.

    ***

    When my first book didn’t sell I started writing mainstream and got contracts with a publisher. Although my first contract was for an NA series, I found out the publisher really wanted romance. I learned about heat levels and equating them to specific naughty bits. I literally had to find a sex scene to read to figure out how to write one.

    When the publisher went out of business I took out the sex though it was kind of hard to do considering each story centered on a sexual situation. The driving force for each was not actually sex, however. Hence the title: Anger’s Children. I have anger now and good reason for it, but I don’t want to release the Kraken so it was interesting to think of how others might experience that energy, tension, and release. The stories are still risqué though. There’s a lot of passion in anger.

    Recently, I took my own advice on new technology, so right now I’m writing an interactive story called Kill Chain. Readers vote on what happens at the end. Chapter 1 is up so far. I managed to work myself into a corner in only one chapter.

    These are free reads on a platform called Storyshift. I wrote an article about the platform and what it attempts here. Beware. The article is written in my “happy writer” voice. Somewhere along the way it became “the voice” everyone online uses. Non-offensive and perky, it makes me want to slit my wrists. After Heavy Bags of Soul, I turned from my own voice on the advice of the rest of the world online. Enter happy writer voice; superficial blogger voice, and Prozac delirium advertising voice.

    I can write kind of normal in a way that doesn’t suck my soul into the abyss of lost credibility. It only took a forced topic for me to do so. Yet, it’s not really me.

    I have an authentic voice. I’m not an exclamation point type of gal. Nor am I a smiley face emoticon breach from a Stepford psyche. My most recent book, The Brevity of Twit is a collection of three years of Tweets. If you dropped twenty believing it’s not the authentic me you’d lose that bet. It’s a thin volume. Apropos, the underlying point shows that communication, even deep understanding, can be conveyed within those 140 character bits. At my best I’m pithy and piercing.

    Heavy Bags of Soul is also piercing. It is the collection and curation of thirty years of work. Maybe one day I’ll break it down and sell pieces to Reader’s Digest.

    ***

    I learned today something worth remembering to me. To me, I say, because I relate everything to quantum physics and watch over science like a hawk. Insert your own joke there to make it Hawk-ing. You’re welcome.
     


    “At my best, I’m pithy and piercing.”


     

    Anyway, they finally found the answer to a question that had been posed since the 1600’s: when two pendulums are hung next to each other, why do they end up swinging in opposing directions within 30 minutes? The answer is sound waves. If you think this meaningless or unrelated to other physics or even, say, Focault’s Pendulum, scrounge up that term on Wikipedia and watch how fast the science moves from Focault’s original pendulum theory in the 1800’s to Minkowski space-time.

    I make a Minkowski joke in one of my dialogues in Heavy Bags of Soul. It’s from what could be considered the most intellectual piece in there. My favorite though is an absurdist short story starring Heisenberg and Schrodinger. I wrote it based on the premise of an old joke but physics humor scares people off. You really only have to go skin deep though to enjoy it. It’s an absurdist play for god’s sake. Not that it’s an absurdist play for the sake of god. Erm, you get the idea.

    Too much of that talk above could get me labeled as a screwball if it hasn’t already. I try to stay away from that. Here’s some down-to-earth science you might want to take an interest in: The Really Big One. “Down-to-earth” would be a joke, but now you’ve read the article so it’s not funny. Really not funny.

    In the meantime, I’ll let physics explain why there is a slight possibility that the chair you’re sitting in could turn into a mushroom at any given moment. Then, as a non-screwball type, you can explain to me why, as I’m writing this, Trump is ahead in the GOP poll at 22%.

    ***

    There. I think I’ve got it all out. Being a Tasmanian Devil Tornado and a pantser to boot, I never know the point to which I will arrive, only that I will get there. Despite doubts, upon arrival there is a cogent thread underneath. So shall we sum up?

    • Skewer Your Readers
    • Erotic Romance Sells
    • Read Heavy Bags of Soul
    • Campaign for Absurdist Humor

    That was it, right?

    Or just:

     

    You must excuse me now, I have to go learn the MFA voice. It’s all the rage.



     

    K.D. Rose is a poet and author who currently has published “Heavy Bags of Soul”, “Inside Sorrow”, “I AM”, “Erasing: Shadows”, “Anger’s Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind”, “A Taste for Mystery: Two Novellas” and her new release, “The Brevity of Twit”.

    Her poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, The Voices Project, The Drabble, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry. With fellow authors around the globe, KD was also a founding member of the e-magazine, INNOVATE.

    K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms.

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Blog: authorkdrose.wordpress.com
    Website: authorkdrose.com
    Twitter
    Tumbler
    Google +
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Goodreads
    Instagram

    PUBLICATIONS

    New Release:
    The Brevity of Twit
    Publisher Three Worlds Press
    (links to all buy sites- Amazon, Kobo, etc)

    Heavy Bags of Soul

    Inside Sorrow

    I AM (Poetry in Motion)

    Angers Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind


     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 7:44 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A NEW HUMAN & A MULTI DIMENSIONAL PARADIGM by Avril Meyler: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal 

    This reveal comes from the second package of books I received the other day from my significant haul at the PO Box. The first package of which I revealed here. Subsequent to this haul I received another package from author K.D. Rose, so I will be revealing her book sometime next week. In the interim, you can check out what she’s got going on by visiting her website at authorkdrose.wordpress.com.


     

    Meyler-package
    Brindley, Bradley…it’s all good. :) Throughout my life I’ve been called many things. The G-Rated names being those such as Bradley, Bremley, Brentley, Brinely, and of course Brinkley. Like the old saw goes: I don’t care what you call me as long as it not late for supper. But in case you were wondering, Brindley originates from a son of a noble family that William the Conqueror brought over to England from Normandy. When the son was married he was given some land that was known locally as the “Burned Leigh,” which, in an effort to be accepted by some of history’s very first French-despising Brits, he took on as his own family name, or something like that. So, essentially I’m a Viking by way of England via France. Long live Rollo!

    Anyway… Enough about me.

    Meyler-books-front
    The first thing I noticed about these books are their beautiful blues and purples that brings with them a universal, spiritual vibe. Which is appropriate, because although these books are rather diminutive in size – A Multidimensional Paradigm clocks in at a svelte 70 pages; and A New Human a bit huskier at 157 pages – they both promise some pretty heavy content.

    Avril Meyler Books

    A selection from the back cover of A New Human:

    A New Human describes the soul’s journey through the awakening of her spirit in human embodiment. This experience sees her perception of life on Planet Earth undergo a major evaluation as she makes a bridge between her human self and her soul…

    A selection from the back cover of A Multidimensional Paradigm:

    Many people are undergoing a huge transformation as they begin to awaken and understand how Orwellian our world is becoming. In the past 30 years the Author has been shown past, present and future; possible futures, impossible presents made possible by mankind’s paralysis in the face of a fast changing world…

    Does that rock or what? And I’m talking here a very heavy rock to accommodate the very heavy content of the books…

    Anyway, she had me at “Orwellian.”
     


    Author Avril Meyler website

    Visit with Author Avril Meyler at her website: multidimensionalreality.wordpress.com


     

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    I know you’re completely intrigued by what’s been revealed to you today so you will be happy to know that tomorrow we’ll have a guest post from the author. Right on?

    Write on, my friends…


     

    Author Avril Meyler is a qualified Aroma therapist, Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who devotes her time to travel, volunteering and writing. You can learn more about her and her work at her website:

    multidimensionalreality.wordpress.com

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 7:40 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    THE CREATOR OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS: A Guest Post by Author G.N. Boorse 

     

    Oscar Wilde, in his famous preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray begins, “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.” But I’ve been struggling to understand what he means by that.

    Do all artists create beauty? Are all of those who create beauty artists?

    E. L. James recently published another book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, merely titled Grey—the story as told by Christian Grey himself, and not through Anastasia’s eyes. According to the Los Angeles Times, following the first four days after its release, Grey had already sold 1.1 million copies, so her publisher printed a few million more.

    Yet we cannot attribute James’ success to a particular artistry or cleverness with words. She appeals to the baser desires of the public, and they snap at the bait. Grey is a butchery of the English literary arts, but it sells copies.

    Meanwhile the rest of the writers struggle to chain three words together in the hopes that they might find something beautiful, that their words resonate deeply from the heart. And in the rare event that beauty occurs and blooms like a violet in a pit of mud, it falls unnoticed by the wayside.

    I’m not saying that you can’t find good writing on the New York Times bestseller list. I’m just saying you’ll have to look very hard.

    Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love commented in a TED talk on questions she’d been asked by fans as to what she was going to do now that she’d met with some success in her creative endeavors. In her talk, which is well worth listening to, she explains a fear that so many writers and creative people have—that either the best of their art is behind them or that they will never reach their full potential.

    The pressure to improve, the burden of producing something marketable—these things hold back the artist like a bit restrains a horse. Try to write something beautiful and the dining room table goes empty while estimated retail value determines the speed, direction, and content of dime novels. No money, no bread. But if there isn’t a dollar in art, where does the industry fall? Places like Christian Grey’s apartment, I would assume.

    So is there hope for the modern publishing industry? When will excellence win out?

    Honestly, I don’t know, but we as both readers and writers have a duty to pursue the unmarketable art. Prose that speaks from the depths of the soul. Quality; not light reads. The involved reading projects, the memoirs and novels and elaborate space operas that maybe no one will ever pick up other than the writer’s girlfriend and his parents.

    Gilbert suggests that we channel a creative genius greater than ourselves, and Wilde remarks, “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.” Bare your souls, artists, and pen not the shallower mass-produced stock. Instead weave your own story on the page, heeding not the agents and presses and houses and focus groups that expect the same plot canned and recanned in shiny packaging. Dare to write selfishly, for the satisfaction of the artist and not the critic. Slave away years on a single sentence to make it perfect or jot down a novel and keep it that way.

    But don’t ever feel that you have to write to please the people. It couldn’t matter less whether they get the bigger picture or not: popularity isn’t the goal. Don’t mimic E. L. James to collect Twitter followers.

    You are a writer and an artist, and your job is to make something beautiful.


    G.N. Boorse is a writer and blogger currently living in the central part of New Jersey. He recently published his first book, Don’t Touch the Glass, on March 3, 2015. Other works of his have been featured in numerous places online. You can learn more about the author at his website asotherswere.me.
     

     
     

     
    • amandagrey1 8:48 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I felt like this post was speaking exactly to me, I loved it. I would be ashamed to write and share something that I wasn’t proud of.

      Liked by 3 people

      • asotherswere 9:57 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! Never be afraid to say what you need to say :)

        Liked by 2 people

    • Ava 9:23 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Loud applause. Par excellent.

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    • Robert Mitchell 5:52 am on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s hard enough to control the words we put on the page, to put them in some kind of order and have them make sense. We can’t take on the responsibility of controlling what readers think and do and buy. So I agree, bravo, we produce and express and let go. Maybe the public puts a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, maybe they don’t. Either way I’m going to gleefully prance my fingers across the typewriter in pursuit of that leprechaun.

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      • asotherswere 8:57 am on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome! good for you :)

        “we produce and express and let go.” I love that.

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    • leebalanarts 10:43 am on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      A very meaningful post. Thanks.

      Liked by 3 people

    • clara54 12:07 pm on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the ‘art’ reminder. I’m trying hard to write from my greater self and step away from the fluff.

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    • Anndraya Blayer aka Laurah Beverly (author) 6:02 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Write from the heart. Tune into that because that’s where beauty dwells. Great article.

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 pm on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by G.N. Boorse: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal 

    IABS&R VOLUME IV BOOK REVEAL
    Quite the haul from just one visit to my PO Box, wouldn’t you say? Makes me feel like a kid at Christmas…

    Well, we kind of kicked off the IABS&R Volume IV with this, so what do you say we go ahead and get this party started?

    We’ll start off by revealing DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by author G.N. Boorse in this post, and then we’ll reveal the other books in the haul at a later date. I will say now, however, that the other books are by author Avril Meyler and you can get a head start as to what to expect from her by checking her site out at multidimensionalreality.wordpress.com.

    DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS package
    I was going to publish this book reveal earlier this morning and then publish a guest post by the author later this evening. However, the sons and I decided to make a quick day trip to New York City (jealous, ain’t ya) so I am publishing this from the road and I will publish the guest post tomorrow some time, Inshallah.

    DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS front cover
    Here is a front view of the novel DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by author G.N. Boorse. It is a very eye appealing, professional-looking cover that is, quite honestly, compelling me to read it.


    Author G.N. Boorse Website

    Visit with Author G.N. Boorse at his website
    asotherswere.me


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    DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS by Author G.N. Boorse by cover
    From the back cover of DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS:

    A record-breaking mudslide traps seventeen people behind the glass front of a superstore. Food and supplies abound, but they yearn for freedom, debating the risks of smashing the windows and breaking free. The days grind on, and Audrey Frost’s nightmares won’t seem to leave…

    Does DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS look rockin’ or what? Yes, indeed it does. The fun and excitement continues so stay tuned for tomorrow’s guest post by Author G.N. Boorse…

    And remember, we’ll leave submissions open for this volume for about a month or so, so if you want your book considered while also receiving a reveal treatment such as this, let me know soonest.

    Right on?

    Write on!
     

    Available at Amazon


     

    Author G. N. Boorse

    asotherswere.me

     
     

     
    • asotherswere 6:32 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Haha thank you! Be sure to grab a copy ;)

      Like

  • Kurt Brindley 9:04 pm on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A World At War Just Like It Was Yesterday: HAWSER – A Review 

    BOOK | FICTION | LITERARY
    HAWSER by J Hardy Carroll
    RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

    To one who considers some of his favorite literary works to be those about World War II – SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE and CATCH 22 being the obvious ones – the war seems to be very present for me, when in fact it is now eighty years in our past. With it now so far removed from us, and with the space filled in by so many countless other wars, it really is quite an accomplishment that author J Hardy Carroll was able to bring the period back to us in such a vivid and entertaining way.

    HAWSER, our selection for Volume 3 of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review (IABS&R), is a finely weaved, fascinating tale of Hawser (don’t bother asking him his real name) as he recounts his time as a B-17 bombardier during the Allies’s bombing campaign against the Germans.

    We meet Hawser in a prisoner of war camp and it is from there he recounts for us all that has happened to him in the war before that point. We learn how he washed out as a pilot to become a bombardier, how he had to abandon his unit because of a murder, how he was abandoned as a child, how he met his arch nemesis, how he became trained in subversive warfare, how he became an expert bombardier, how he became burnt out and disillusioned by the war, and finally, how he tragically became a Nazi prisoner. From there we pick things back up from the present time in the story and we go along with him until the book’s conclusion.

    Within that very rough sketch that I just laid out of the novel, there are so many – too many some may argue – different plot twists and sub plots filled with suspense and murder and love and passion and discovery and deceit along the way that several times throughout the course of my reading the book I had to stop to marvel at Carroll’s ability to manage it all so seamlessly and with such intrigue, all the while bringing out some of the larger and more poignant lessons learned from the war: mainly of the incalculable death and psychological and material devastation that the war wrought across the entire globe, as well as teaching us – or reminding us – that war isn’t always honorable and that not all people go to war to be heroes…some go to war simply because they want to kill.

    And I was equally impressed with all the military and war jargon with which Carroll was able to flavor the story. It it his description of the B-17s and all their guns and ammunition and flight formations, and his knowledge of England during the war and its pastoral settings and its pubs and its quirky dialects that truly bring the story to life. Now I don’t know how much research Carroll had to do – my guess is a lot – and I don’t know how much of the detail he writes in the story is accurate – my guess is all of it – but I don’t really care. I don’t care because it all seems so real and so accurate that it significantly enhanced the story’s ability to pull me into that zen-like space of blissful verisimilitude.

    In the end, the only flaws to be found with the book are in its ambition and achievement. At times the sub plots pull back the tempo of the story and I never really felt that there was that one thing, that one element of the story that had enough heft to bring an immediacy, an urgency of discovery, from the beginning to the end of the tale. But I see that more as a good problem for an Indie Author to have, as it is always better to have too much material to work with than not enough.

    So I say congratulations and thank you to J Hardy Carroll for writing such a powerful story that both entertains and reminds us just how much effort and expense throughout history we silly humans have invested in our seemingly never ending quest to kill and conquer each other.


    Hawser

    jhardycarroll.com

     

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    RATING SYSTEM:
    ★ = UNREADABLE
    ★ ★ = POOR READ
    ★ ★ ★ = AVERAGE READ
    ★ ★ ★ ★ = OUTSTANDING READ
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ = EXCEPTIONAL READ

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:25 am on March 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Let’s give it a go, shall we… 

    I wasn’t planning on committing myself to another IABS&R round just yet; however, I made the mistake of picking up Indie Author J. Hardy Carroll’s novel HAWSER to casually leaf through it during a rare fit of nothing-to-do-ness. Well, you know how it goes – one thing page led to another and before I knew it I was hooked. Carroll gives us a very strong opening that pulled me right into the vibe of the story.

    So, since there’s not much chance that I am not going to read Carroll’s book, we might as well go ahead and make it all official-like and call this the official IABS&R VOLUME 3 KICK-OFF post and away we go…

    Any books that mysteriously appear in my post office box henceforth will be shelved until we complete this round and move on to IABS&R Volume 4.

    I know, I know…I still have essays to write from my first commitment to Emerson. But, as I am not going to do any further Emerson reading until I feel I’ve said all I have to say about Nature, I am in need of something to read (other than the gore and bore of the daily news) so Carroll’s apparently interesting novel fills that void nicely.

    If anyone else has reviewed or intends to review HAWSER, please let me know. I’d like to check it out and maybe reblog it here.

    Righto, then. Off I go…

    Wish me luck!

    (It better be good, JHC…)
     

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