This will be a short update. I have been fighting a nagging back problem that every attempted remedy from chiropractic to massage has only made worse (I am now trying the leave-it-the-hell-alone approach, which seems to be working). Back and neck trouble is a common one for writers, though mine dates back to high school football injuries and hauling band equipment for fifty years.
Right now I am in the middle of the new Hammer, KILL ME, DARLING, and to stay on track, I am devoting as much of my creative energy as possible to just writing about half of what I usually produce per day.
Quick movie notes.
GODZILLA is very disappointing after a strong start, lots of fake conflicts, uninteresting characters and illogical plotting.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST defies all odds and has no right to be the delight that it is, with so much back story and complicated plotting that a good screenplay should be impossible. The actors are spot on, plus it’s a movie starring Picard with a Captain Kirk reference – what more could you ask?
My recent Huff post article on aging and dying fictional detectives has received a lot of internet play, including at Bill Crider’s great site.
And here’s another, from the UK’s Crime Fiction Lover.
Here’s a positive if odd write-up on the film of ROAD TO PERDITION, claiming that Mendes is doing Frank Miller more than my graphic novel. Excuse me while I pretend to sneeze and say “Bullshit.”
Finally, here’s a rare short story review (for the Hammer tale, “A Long Time Dead”). You have to scroll down for it.