TV shows and Movies watched this week, some podcasts too.

I have a project to watch more horror, sci-fi and fantasy movies and Tv shows, and that’s what I’m doing in this cold Monday after work. Netflix is an amazing source but I love Youtube too, it has many great content there.

Some Youtube channels that I enjoy are: MonsterMan13, great guys that talk horror and sci-fi books, Tv shows and a lot of cool stuff. Another one is Collider, that talks about movie news and they have a great trivia tournament too.

Some of the movies that I have watched are Sharknado and Cube, both on Netflix. The movie Cube was very boring, I did not like it but Sharknado was what I thought it would be, a very fun horror B-movie, I had a lot of fun watching it and will be checking the sequels too.

When it comes to Tv shows, Netflix is the best place ever, I’m watching the show “The 100”, it is a very cool sci-fi-show and will be starting another Tv show soon, maybe Hemlock Grove or maybe Penny Dreadful. I am still watching Dr. Who of course, that show is amazing, just finished the David Tennant era and will be starting to watch the season with Matt Smith as the Doctor Who. I am watching Star Trek the Original series too, some great plots on that show, great source for ideas to be used when coming out with ideas for stories. Not like plagiarism but I believe that when you infuse yourself with great creativity content, it opens your mind for new ideas and that will make you think better and create more.

Tomorrow, I’ll be doing an update about the books and some magazines that I’m currently reading. Happy Writing!

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Stories to write, Movies to watch & Books to read!

I have been taking too long with some of my projects and that ends now. Not just books are a new passion for me, but movies and TV shows too. I always liked movies but had the habit of watching the same 12 to 15 movies over and over again every year( some of them are Lord of the Rings trilogy ,Blade Runner, The Thing, Alien, South Park, Jaws,Ghostbuster..)  I’ll still watch some of those, they are my absolute favorite movies of all time, but I do want to open my mind to new movies and even new genres. The same goes for many TV shows, I have watched things like X-Files, South Park, The Office, Dr Who, Lost and some others too many times, time to try new ones.

The same thing when it comes to books, I have many novels at my house that I bought but did not get to read them yet, around 40 of them. I have read books like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho or LOTR  and a couple of others so many times, but I can’t find the time to grab a brand new book and dive into a new story, I have no clue why it has been so hard for me to do that but it stops this weekend.

So my project is to write 1000 words a day, watch at least 5 movies a week and find a couple of TV shows that I have never seen before and watch it, every week. I’ll pick a show, watch the first 3 episodes and see if I like it.

When it comes to books/short stories, I have a goal that I set to read at least 15 for the year, We are already in the middle of October and I’ll push myself to read at least 6 novels until January 1, I’m already reading 4 novels that I stopped in the middle of it, so it won’t be as hard as it looks to read a full 6 novels.

Some TV shows, movies and books on my list:

Tempest Outpost, Brad Harmer-Barnes

Swamp Monster Massacre, Hunter Shea

Ghost Story, Peter Straub

The Montauk Monster, Hunter Shea

Planet Leviathan, D.J Goodman

Some TV shows:Hemlock Grove, Sherlock, Luther, Torchwood, Iron Fist…

Movies : Sharknado, Cube, Europa Report, Son of Frankstein, Cloud Atlas, The Road and many others.

 

Read more and be a better writer.

I remember reading an interview with the great Stephen King where he talks about a good writer needing to be an avid reader. I tried that and couldn’t agree more, as I try to read more and more every week, I am becoming a better writer, not just grammatically but a more creatively writer too. It helps your mind open itself to new avenues, possibilities and have new and great ideas start popping out inside your head like some good popcorn being made, hot and delicious.

Being a newbie when it comes to writing has a few advantages ( very few ones ), one of them is the amount of great books, authors and resources that are new to you, waiting to be consumed and enjoyed. My passion for writing came at the same time that I discovered my obsession with movies, I just started watching more and more and still have so many great ones to watch, just like books, I discover each and every day a new author or novel that looks incredible juice to dive into, and that’s amazing.

I recently began thinking about setting up a reading goal for myself, I want to be able to read at least 15 books a year, it might not look like a lot by many readers but to me, a newbie and a slow reader, it’s a lot. This year I already read 3 books, and I’m currently reading 3 more, at the same time, I have a daily goal to read 12 pages of each book, and that way, I’m making some good progress. My daily goal as a writer is to write at least 700 words, I work 2 jobs at the moment so I feel that it is fair goal right now, I will try to reach 1000 words daily in the future, but for that I have to read more and work a lot harder on the craft of writing.

Some books that I read and am reading at the moment:

North Sea Hunters by Brad Harmer-Barnes

Swamp Monster Massacre by Hunter Shea

Only Human by Gareth Roberts ( Dr. Who book )

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A Corey

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

The Baazar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

I highly recommend the Youtube channel MonsterMan that Hunter Shea and Jack Campisi make, amazing book and movie recommendations there.

 

October Poem, love+horror.

redI am getting infused with Halloween stuff and I thought about trying to write a poem, that shows some emotion and a bit horror related at the same time, so here it goes.

Bloody Love

 

Neck is wide open, blood gushing like an open sea,

Wet and warm, taking over my lips, mouth and eyes,

Screams, crying and scratches all over me,

I desired her, loved her, but now I realize, all of that dies.

 

The passion was there, with my bite I freed her soul,

Her veins were sweet, the red juice tender and thick,

She wanted this, she needed that, I feel it, I know,

I am strong and her protector and now she is no more weak.

 

Falling on the ground, shaking, trembling, fever is taking her now,

I see her struggle, fighting the inevitable, the end is near,

My promise to lover her, until death, it was my vow,

Close your eyes, empty your soul, nothing more to fear.

 

 

 

 

 

Horror, a delicious genre.

I love horror, as much as I know how much of a soft horror viewer that I really am, I just freaking love it. Being scared it’s fun, it gives you that feeling that even though during a horror movie, TV show or good book, you want to stop, you find the strength to keep it going a couple more minutes, sometimes grabbing the pillow hard and closing your eyes, but you keep on.

I just started reading horror books, I sure read some Stephen King ones but they were more of the supernatural horror, weird tales and such. I am trying to get more horror gore and monsters into my creative mind, reading stories with Bigfoot, vampires, zombies, deadly virus, killer sharks, spiders, ghosts…..horror fiction is so rich and with such amazing history, I feel like I have lots of fun times waiting for me and many creative juice to help me develop my own horror stories.

Movies like Friday the 13th, The Thing, Dracula, The Hills have Eyes, The Fly and TV shows such as The X Files, Fringe, American Horror Story and so many others, are so much fun and after watching those masterpieces, you can’t help but feel infused with creativity, it is like some kind of drug that makes you high on creativity.

I have a crazy project, to self publish my first ever novel the day before Halloween, it will be hard, almost impossible but I’ll try my best and if I don’t finish this month, it can always be used as the beginning of a new project.

NaNoWriMo is close to, so it is another reason to just stop overthinking and start putting words into the paper, I’ll be looking for some writing buddies to for NaNoWriMo, feel free to contact me if any writer out there wants to push each other.

Happy Writing and sweet nightmares!!!

Poetry, let the heart speak!

I was always curious about Poetry, because of my love of music, I knew that if given the chance, I would enjoy the world of poems and desire to write them too. So I did it, here is my first ever written poem.

 

Struggle

Hard feelings, teary eyes,

New fights, old lies.

She pushes me, she knew,

Can’t move, stay still.

I call her, I shout!

I tried, I fought.

Her gaze hurts,

She knows my lust.

Time has come,

Is this what I become?

A broken man,

Filled up with pain.

She should go, just leave!

I can’t change and she won’t believe.

The open door,

I hit the floor.

I watch her walk,

I try to talk.

She knows my excuses,

I only gave her bruises.

Now she is leaving,

No more screaming.

Closed door, I’m done,

Again the loser, she won!

Short Stories, the road begins!

roadsI’m a newbie writer, and because of that, I catch myself thinking about writing short stories. Not because they are easy to write, clearly not the case, but they can usually be written a lot faster than a novel (usually, not always) and that’s what I need it, to test the waters and if I have to fail, I rather do it fast and learn from it.

I have been thinking about being a writer for a long time, but just in the last month or so, that I really began putting words into paper, literally, I didn’t have a laptop computer before and I just got one because I want to use for writing. The dream of writing has been with me for some time, for a long time to be honest. But it took me too long to start doing something about it, that is a reason to tackle short stories and as soon as I can, so I can submit them to the many magazines and sites that are aavailable.

Short stories will be a way for me to get my writing out in world fast and to have my stories criticized too, I have no fear of rejections or bad reviews, I just need to write and learn, it has been too long already, the ideas inside my head are bouncing for far too long, time to get them out in the open and see what happens. 

So if I could give any newbie writer an advice, it would be that you should write short stories as soon as you can, get all the characters, plots and ideas that you have for that big novel and try writing a couple of short stories, that will make you learn a lot about your writing, keep your creative juices flowing and open new possibilities for you as a writer.

J.J Oliveira