Please stop giving the Royals Attention! #EpsteinDidntKillHimself #ABC #AirTheInterview #Megxit

Readers, this is not a post about writing advice. If that’s what you’re here for, please feel free to browse my site.

For everyone interested… Some may consider this a breakage of my self-imposed rule of being a bastion of escapism where people of all walks of life are welcome and politics is not. If you feel that is the case, I’m sorry for that and would encourage you to not continue reading this post.

With that out of the way, everyone who knows me even marginally well, knows that I’m a child welfare advocate. I’ve donated copies of my age-appropriate books to Children’s Hospital in Boston, I’ve lobbied for better treatment for children in our social services system, and I put my career on hold for three years to work with abandoned/abused youths. I still donate to those causes in both money and time, as well as make large contributions to places like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital , The Ronald McDonald House, as well as many others.

As such, the welfare of children comes above any other ideal I hold. As such, I have to say this… PLEASE, PEOPLE… STOP WORSHIPING THE UK ROYALS! I know there are a lot of other people guilty of this that should be under investigation, but this is a pretty big one. Not only is Prince Andrew’s exploits rightly under heavy suspicion, his family also helped quash the ABC Interview  that would have aired the dirty laundry of an elite pedo cult and saved multiple children.

Among other rotten things the family has done, this is pretty damning. So please, these are not good people. I thought, given a lot of the comments I saw surrounding the Royals following this, that maybe the world was waking up. Yet since the whole “Megxit” situation we once again have news agencies both in the US and aboard absolutely swooning over these people.

But Jim ABC claims that the Royals didn’t threaten them. 

There’s something to be said for ‘spontaneous sincerity’. It’s been my experience that you learn more about people in the heat of the moment than you’ll ever learn from prepared remarks that have been vetted by PR and attorneys. They’re also saying that the story didn’t meet their journalistic standards… yet we’ve seen many MANY other stories they’ve ran with even less corroboration.

But Jim, they’re looking out for a member of their family. Are you saying you wouldn’t do the same…

I’m going to quash this question right now. No, no I would not. If I had a family member that I knew was doing stuff like this, and I could prove it, no I would not attempt to run defense. Sorry, blood may be thicker than water, but it’s not thicker than tears.

Okay, that’s all I really wanted to say on this… I dunno, I may not even leave this up. I might just delete it later. We’ll see… I’m also not going to put my typical book plug at the bottom out of principle.

Anyway, thanks for listening to me rant.

From My Writing Playlist #Metal #Avantasia #Writing #Storytelling

Got a request to recommend a good ‘rock opera’ song. Really it doesn’t get any better than Avantasia and in particular this song! The Great Mystery has everything; chorus, amazing instrumentals, guest performance by metal legend Bob Catley from Magnum… oh yeah! This has to be on my list!

When to listen:  I’ll give you a hint, skip to 9:19. Then picture your favorite Disney animated classic. Yeah, this is an ending song. When you’re ready to close up your story, THE INTENSE ENERGY at the end of this song is what you want!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

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Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

From My Writing Playlist #Amaranthe #Metal #Sabaton #82nd #Music

I actually love this more than the Sabaton version. I’m a huge fan of Elize Ryd and am actually going to meet her this coming August! This song also reaches me on another level because… well… My grandfather was All American 82nd. So yeah, big time love on this one!

When to listen:  General playlist, tons of positive vibes and multiple places where this would work for writing! SIT BACK AND ENJOY!!!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

My Thoughts on the Rise of Skywalker SPOILERS!!! #StarWars #LucasFilm #Fans #TheMandalorian #RiseofSkywalker

 

/SPOILERS AHEAD, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!! 


 

I CALLED IT!!! I called it long ago! Rey is a Palpatine! I knew it! Total bragging rights now! I practically cheered in the theater when I heard this! I wanted it to be the case so badly! I am so thrilled they went with this!

Okay… calm down Jim, calm down. Seriously, it was hard to do. There was a lot riding on this movie. First they had to course correct from the disastrous Last Jedi, then they had to figure out how to bring Carrie Fisher into this respectfully, then they had to finish out the series in a way that not only made sense, but would satisfy the fans. Did the accomplish this?

The answer is… it depends on whom you ask…

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This is typically a sign that the movie is going to be good. After seeing how they rate movies like The Last Jedi, Ghostbusters 2016, and a few others… I’ve actually been more motivated to see movies that the critics didn’t like vs. the ones they did. I don’t even pay attention to them anymore. The audience scores are more apt to be correct.

Okay, back on topic. In my opinion, the Rise of Skywalker succeeded… but not without a few missteps. In some cases, I did feel it was rushed. The scene jumps were something that was tough to follow. I thought Wedge deserved more screen time than 1.5 seconds, but neither here no there.

So what did I like? I thought it wrapped up most of the story pretty well… though I still don’t know what Fin wanted to say to Rey. I loved seeing the old ships mix in with the new ones (Anyone else see the Ghost?).

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I also really loved how they gave Leia her sendoff and managed to fit in a Han Solo cameo (seriously, how’d they get him back again? He does not like the character!). I love the way they did the Emperor and showed more of what the Sith cult was. Finally, the way they brought Ben back to the light could not have been done any better!

Oh yeah, and yellow light sabers are now canon! YAY FOR ME!!

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So what didn’t I like? Well… nothing’s perfect, right? Here goes…

They sort of glossed over how Palpatine survived. Was he cloned? If so, was the Palpatine Vader killed the original or a simple clone? Not enough info there. Did I miss something? If so, please tell me in the comments.
No cameos by Yoda, Anakin, or Obi Wan! Okay, okay, this is on me, not them. We were never promised cameos, but it was hinted at! That’s kind of a tease, and allowing Darth Vader one last glorious moment would have been greatly appreciated.
Dark Rey get’s very little screen time. Okay, I knew this was going to be the case, but I had still hoped for a little more than we got.
The connection between Skywalker and Palpatine wasn’t fully explained. Okay, this is a criticism because yes, we do know that it is explained, but not on screen. In other words, this movie kind of expects you to know the extra-canonical material to understand this.
Though, based on the story, Palpatine was responsible for Anakin’s creation. So technically.. Ben and Rey are connected… like Cousins… I think? I dunno Palpatine is Ben’s great grandfather while he’s Rey’s grandfather… what does that make her? Grandcousin? Someone help me out there. Either way…

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Ewww… Good lord, what is it with Lucasfilm and incestuous plot lines!?

All right, so overall, what did I think of the film?

Well… I loved it! I was on the edge of my seat smiling the entire time! I was absolutely thrilled and was happy with the final product. This is now my list of the franchise as it stands, from most favorite to least…

1. Return of the Jedi (Non-special Edition)
2. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Revenge of the Sith
4. A New Hope
5. The Force Awakens
6. The Rise of Skywalker
7. Rogue 1
8. The Mandalorian
9. The Clone Wars
10. Rebels
11. Phantom Menace
12. Solo
13. Attack of the Clones
14. Ewoks: Battle for Endor
15. Droids Cartoon
16. Ewoks Caravan of Courage
17. Ewoks Cartoon
18. Original Clone Wars Mini series.
19. The Last Jedi.
20. Holiday Special.

I’m giving this movie an 8-8.5/10. I loved it. It had it’s problems, but for a movie that had everything going against it, it rose to the occasion. Between the untimely death of a key actor, to having to course correct from the Last Jedi, to finally wrapping up a 9-movie-franchise, this movie was set up to fail… and it didn’t. My only regret is that I wish I could see what this movie would have been had The Last Jedi not been made… or at least not been made the way it was. It’s a divisive movie and has the critics and fans split, though the division seems to be more on the critic’s side, but it seems the majority of the fans loved it and I’m one of them.

Is it up there with the original trilogy? Eh… no, but it’s close. A New Hope wasn’t the greatest movie of all time either and frankly, Empire Strikes Back was the Golden Age of Star Wars. So honestly, I’d put it just under A New Hope, which is tied with The Force Awakens. (Yeah, I said it!!)

Anyway, have you seen it yet? What did you think? Let me know down in the comments and let’s get a conversation going!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

From My Writing Playlist

Got a request to recommend a good ‘rock opera’ song. Really it doesn’t get any better than Avantasia and in particular this song! The Great Mystery has everything; chorus, amazing instrumentals, guest performance by metal legend Bob Catley from Magnum… oh yeah! This has to be on my list!

When to listen:  I’ll give you a hint, skip to 9:19. Then picture your favorite Disney animated classic. Yeah, this is an ending song. When you’re ready to close up your story, THE INTENSE ENERGY at the end of this song is what you want!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Off My Writing Playlist

I can’t believe I’m doing this…

 

You’re a stronger person than I am if you can watch this video and still take this band seriously. All I’m going to say…

When to listen: DON’T!!!! Hahahaha Just kidding. This is a psych out song. Don’t listen to it while writing. You kind of have to watch the video to really get the full effect. It’s sort of a pallet cleanser to clear your mind (yes, it has that affect).



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Off My Writing Playlist

I can’t believe I’m doing this…

 

You’re a stronger person than I am if you can watch this video and still take this band seriously. All I’m going to say…

When to listen: DON’T!!!! Hahahaha Just kidding. This is a psych out song. Don’t listen to it while writing. You kind of have to watch the video to really get the full effect. It’s sort of a pallet cleanser to clear your mind (yes, it has that affect).



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim