Thursday, August 18, 2016

WHY I WRITE RANDOM REVIEWS

When I started writing weekly movie reviews for The Indie in 2002, there was a theater near me almost always playing something new. Here and now, there isn't anything new at all. We used to have Garberville Theater running fairly new movies pretty regularly. For a couple years now though, this hasn't been the case, and the nearest theater is in Fortuna. Consequently, for the last year-plus, I've expanded my movie reviews to suit the real world by including the online world. Freely available on YouTube are words I often write because it's true, and we should avail ourselves of the knowledge at our fingertips. My job is to write an interesting read, informing with detail. In these instances wherein my fascination prompts, everybody wins. From post-WWII cargo cults in the South Pacific to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, from the etchings of M.C. Escher to the professional boxing championship rivalry between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, the array of astounding documentaries I've reviewed for The Independent abounds. Indeed, extending even back into the earliest years, once in a while there wouldn't be a new movie at the theater, and in these cases I usually wrote music reviews. So once in a while I still like pursuing that, as well. And because I've been writing published articles every week for the last fourteen and a half years, I'm looking into syndicating.

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In addition to my weekly column, I work for the paper in other ways, too. Part of the deal includes that I get this juicy ad space most of the time, and so I go through spells of making the most of it to various purposes.



I used to have a band. I was given one, and named us CrowMag, after a guy heard me at a library book reading, bought my book, and read it. Having never had anything to do with music in my life, I wrote and sang a bunch of songs, even getting us a couple songs on the radio.


One of my favorite accomplishments: getting paid for the serialization of a story!







I've hosted quite a bit of radio, usually reading stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Roald Dahl, or Lewis Carroll. On several occasions, I've pre-recorded my movie reviews and KMUD has played those. So far, my crowning achievement in radio is LOST COASTER, the 7-part half-hour radio show of the same novella partially serialized.



These and other experiences helped me teach Creative Writing for College of the Redwoods multiple times.





First of the three print books.

I created a genre, Redwoodpunk.

Weird tales set in Northern California's Humbaba County.


My favorite of the three print books so far is this one, THE MESMERIZER.




Thanks for checkin' in. Stroll around the blog and peruse the stories and articles much as you like.

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog...I am actually just starting one myself & was looking for inspiration & found it here so thank you! I plan on writing legit reviews on random things & wasn't sure it would be interesting enough versus one about nothing but my pets or nail polish lol...anyway I'm following you now so keep up the awesomeness!
    Carla

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