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!


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.


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

Too many projects and ideas, how to deal with them.

too many idea

I have to be 100% honest with myself, I’m a bit lazy when it comes to creative things and mostly when it involves getting my writing projects started. How can I aspire to be a writer if I feel like that , you may ask. I’m not sure just yet. The more I think about it, the more I realize that all that I need is to be more organized and implement a writing process, stick to it and go from there.

I freaking enjoy writing, the hard part for me is to get into a rhythm, I fully understand that I have to sit down and set up a daily goal to X number of words, and that’s what I will be doing starting today, no more excuses, almost every writer do that and if I’m really serious about writing, it is imperative that I do it too.

As soon as I get into a more productive writing regiment, that will allow me to start getting all the ideas and projects that are bubbling inside my head, into real and concrete things. I have no fear of rejection, I would welcome to be honest, I’m in a stage that anything that I can get finalized and sent as a submission or just a draft of a short story, will be great. Starting a project and seeing it trough, that’s a main goal right now.

So that is my suggestion, do not just let all your ideas bounce around inside your head, get them in the paper, start working on them, if you have to fail, do it fast so you can recover and learn from it, just as fast, and that will make you a better writer in the long run.

J.J Oliveira