Interview – Creating SFF (Episode 36)

It has been over three months since MAG Fest, but I can finally share something from that event; I was  spontaneously interviewed for a podcast!  Cris Alvarez, host of CrisAlvarez.com, recognized my cosplay, having taken my photo at a previous convention.  He asked if he could interview for me for his website; ask me about my writing process and about the novel.

Listen to the interview here or click through the photo below.

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Awesome Con & West Chester Film Festival

I was planning on going to Awesome Con 2018, anyway, but this year is set to be even more exceptional. Star Wipe Films is headlining the Horror, Action, Sci-Fi Block with our short film, Apocalypse Rock!
But what is Apocalypse Rock about?

Tom Harper runs a radio station. By himself. At the end of the world. Surviving alone in an emergency radio station, he broadcasts rock and roll fueled show every day, hoping that someone out there might hear him.

This will be the first trip to Awesome Con to others on the Star Wipe team, so I’m stoked to be our guide. Showcasing Apocalypse Rock at this convention will definitely ‘level up’ the experience.
Apocalypse Rock will screen on Friday, March 30th, in the block starting at 5pm-6:30pm in Rm 101 – Screening Room. If you’re in the Washington DC area, come and see the film – and the Star Wipe Films team!

New ‘Do

HaircutIt has been a LONG time since I posted in my blog, but since I’ve been publishing my novel, Resistance Rising, I’m hoping you’ll forgive me! As a way to ring in the new year, as well as embrace a new phase of my life, I decided to make a MAJOR change by way of a haircut; parting with 12 inches of my hair, which I am delighted to donate. For years, I thought I was unable, since I dye my hair, but the salon I’ve been going to use non-synthetic dye and no bleach, so I am able to donate after all!

2017 was as much a whirlwind for me as it was for everyone else; I was a bridesmaid, I celebrated my one-year anniversary with DUO Media Productions (coming up on two years this month!), I pushed my cosplay limitations, and I’ve gotten a crash course into becoming my own, personal book-marketing team.

The process of publishing the book was an extremely enlightening process and pulled my priorities into sharp focus. I am giddy with pride over the finished product, but I also had to learn to let a lot of things go. One of my colleagues (over at DUO Media Productions) likes to say, “you’re never done, you just run out of time.”

I’ve had long, nearly-waist-length hair my entire life, so this was a significant metamorphosis. I’m adapting to this new hairdo far more quickly than I expected, and I find that it is, indeed, very reflective of who I am now.

Don’t you love it when everything falls into place?

2018 Reel

In addition to publishing Resistance Rising, I’m approaching my two-year anniversary with DUO Media Productions and Star Wipe Films and I wanted to showcase some of the great work we’ve been producing, and of which I get to contribute. It really is a blast to work with such a fantastic team.

Work included (in order of appearance):

  • Sophia – 72 Hour Film Fest Film (Star Wipe Films)
  • Choices – a short film
  • “After the Fact” : 2015 Gala Video for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes 
  • Game of CAD, Promo for SOLIDWORKS World – Winner of Gold TIVA Peer Award
  • DUO Pop: Montgomery Parks – Behind the scenes of DUO Media Productions
  • World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day Promo
  • Genre Wars: Resistance Rising – web series
  • DUO Pop: TIVA Peer Awards – Testimonial from DUO Media’s team
  • MCS Pro: Success Stories
  • Montgomery Parks, It’s All Here! Commercial Series
  • Dance For Change: UHS Dance Company
  • SOLIDWORKS Promotional Series
  • Sally Pacholok – Independent Feature Film
  • SOLIDWORKS Draftsight Training Videos
  • Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story – Independent Feature Film
  • Collective Church Promo
  • The Great American Wheat Harvest – Documentary Feature Film
  • School Of Creative And Performing Arts (SOCAPA) Virtual Tour
  • SOCAPA Actor Reel: “French Kiss”
  • The Stranger – Independent Short Film

More on DUO Media Productions and Star Wipe Films

 

Shakespeare Live

I am far from a Shakespeare aficionado, and I’ve never been an especially big fan of poetry, but I’ve always been captivated by the Bard’s stories.  I enjoy the scholarly challenge of reading Shakespeare’s plays, but I really love seeing them performed live.  As such, one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had was the privilege of going to see Shakespeare Live with H.L. Shepler when it screened in theatres over the summer.  It was absolutely marvelous.  It’s screening tonight on PBS and I am so excited to see it again!

If you have even a slight interest or curiosity in the Bard, don’t miss Shakespeare Live.

Great performances, indeed.  Not to mention hosted by two of my favorite people, David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

If you can’t watch it when it airs, you can watch episodes of PBS programs at pbs.org/video.

Author Interview & Prologue Narration

Update the first on my Inkshares crowdfunding adventure!

Genre Wars production still; Mobsters v. Fantasarians.  2013.

More chapters will be posted on the Resistance Rising project page soon, but, in the meantime, I wanted to share a special update.  Last week, I sat down with writer and book reviewer Barbara Brutt to shed some further insight on the novel: what it’s all really about (plot, characters, themes) and what makes it special, why I’ve chosen to crowd-fund through Inkshares and the evolution of the Genre Wars story from online filmmaking contest to indie web series and, now, to novel.

 

Embodiments of genres all living in one space as co-existing cultures ignited my imagination. Yet, that concept wasn’t the narrative.  The story is how the characters deal with losing their world structure and facing reawakened cultural tensions.

Read the full interview here.

I’m also happy to present an audiobook sample of the book’s Prologue, narrated by Benjamin Cairns:

If you’re still on the fence about this book, then I hope that this interview will help convince to make that pre-order!  If you’ve already pre-ordered, you can still help by leaving a review.

Cheers!

The Genre Wars team at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, 2014. 

***Photos taken by Jenna M. Miller Photography.

Medieval Fare and Fiction

Cafe Book Bean

38de0f422fffb271a3f9006077becc55I love historical fiction and I also love fantasy fiction, so this showcases a little of both. Thanks to a little prompting from Robin C. Farrel I decide to compile a list of well known and highly rated Medieval & Fantasy fiction. I also shared a few drink pairings that I thought would compliment these books and do justice to their era. I hope you enjoy what I’ve come up with, and add your own favorites to my list!

Here is my Friday list of fabulous Medieval Fair and Fiction:

The Sunne In Splendour
By Sharon Kay Penman

A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III; a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history

In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Penman redeems Richard III; vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews.

Rated 4.7 on amazon.com

The Inheritance Cycle
By Cristopher Paolini

An…

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Awesome Con 2016

I recently wrote up a piece on Awesome Con 2016 as part of the DUO Media Productions blog.

DUO Media Productions Blog

written by Robin C. Farrell

My first convention was Baltimore Comic Con in September of 2013.  I knew about cosplay and I marveled (no pun intended) at the skill and detail some folks put into their work.  I have always been very at home in Geek Culture, but privately and had never seen that world up close.  It always seemed somehow out of reach; as a textbook introvert, I couldn’t see how I would be able to participate, but in my experience (both in costume and civvies) there is room for everyone.

IMG_20160604_090935 Two Disney Ladies; Rey and Steampunk Ariel.

Some debate still remains in the cosplay community, but it’s my belief that Geek and Con culture as a whole is an outward manifestation of fandom and creativity, no matter the form or skill level.  Halloween was always my favorite holiday growing up.  Tremendous creative opportunity can be found in dressing up for Halloween (or…

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