Photowalk

I took part in a Worldwide Photowalk on July 18th (Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk). Some of the photos have been posted on my deviantart page, but I wanted to share a few black & white shots here. Never used to be a fan of B&W photography, but going to photo school changed that. I gained a huge appreciation for the craft of shooting in back and white. I now tend to favor B&W over color work.

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Check out http://shannonshots.deviantart.com for more photos.

Movie: Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde (1967)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061418/

Bonnie & Clyde poster

Being a big fan of old classics, especially crime films, it’s pretty obvious I would want to see this movie. Of course, one would have assumed I would have taken in it’s greatness long ago, but alas, you would be wrong. Unfortunately, there are many a film on my “must-see” list that have gathered dust through the years. Thankfully, a brief day of sickness from work gave me just the opportunity to sit down and take in “Bonnie & Clyde.”

Right off, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are magnificent in the movie, no question. The duo perform their roles as the outlaws superbly. It’s no wonder the picture took home two Oscars as well as numerous other awards and nominations, as everything about it is amazing.

The film starts right off with the odd introduction of Bonnie and Clyde. Their first encounter is as bizarre as their relationship would continue to be right up until their death, each being hit by forty bullets a piece during the ambush. We get to see their relationship grow throughout their rampage through six states, Clyde’s love for Bonnie never wavering one bit. Their romance was truly like no other.

Definitely worth mentioning is Gene Hackman. He puts on a great performance as Clyde’s brother, Buck Barrow. Buck is as menacing as his brother Clyde, having already been involved in his own criminal endeavors before the Barrow gang days. Hackman, who rarely disappoints in a role, is in my opinion, is best when he is portraying bad guys. He is just one of those actors who you want to see as the villain.

I highly recommend checking out this classic film for anyone who is a crime fan or just curious about the Barrow gang’s rampage during the Great Depression. The movie broke many a “rule” during the 60s when it was made, with all the sex and violence it portrayed, thus making it a landmark accomplishment in film making.

Musings to become 'exclusive'

By that,  I merely mean I’m going to close out my blogger (shannon1.blogspot.com) and blog here exclusively as well as post things that are more “random” and what have you via my tumblr page.  With that in mind, you will definitely see more blogging here about not just my writing projects, but my photography and anything else I’m up to.  Also, I’m going to try to start posting reviews/thoughts on any movies, comics and books I’m watching or reading.

Current state of affairs

As of this blogging, I am presently working on THE LINE, HYPERSONIC, and BLOOD IN THE SKY as well as random other writings. I tend to write whatever I feel drawn or close to on a particular day. I appreciate being able to do that while I’m self-publishing and not having to answer to someone holding a paycheck over my head (so to speak, ha).  It’s nice having the freedom to write when and as you please in this way.

All of that said, I have been coming up with a loose schedule of sorts for myself so as to create some sort of sense of an organizational system. I’m the first to admit that I’ve never been good with always following a schedule more than I had to (oh, is my ADHD showing now?), but we all need a bit of comformity in our lives I think. That’s not to say that I always like to admit that, but it’s true.

THE LINE has seemingly taken shotgun the last couple of weeks here, as Jessi (my main character for those who have yet to read the series) has been at the forefront of my thoughts. I haven’t really said much about the future of the book anywhere, but series artist Eric Gravel has moved on to other projects and friend and awesome artist Derrick Fish (http://www.dandyandcompany.com) has taken over drawing duties as of #4. Originally, he planned to jump on board as of issue #5, but just like the road of life and it’s sometimes crazy twists and turns, plans changed. Anywho, I am excited about this and can’t wait for readers to see what he’s been doing with the book.

More writing updates soon!

So, what happened to Nano?

Job loss and having to move back to Florida happened basically.  I was all gung ho about writing “Blood in the Sky” when my former boss sprung the “your job is going to be gone” thing at me.  That said, November 2008’s Nanowrimo came to a screeching halt. I had to deal with the insanity of life and it’s curveballs.

“Blood in the Sky” is being worked on, it’s my novel “baby” and will get completed. I’ve got a lot invested into it, including hours upon hours of research,  so it’s a work in progress. 🙂

Work, work, work

Besides the 9 to 5 (which really is more like 7:30-6),  I’m starting to write my ass off this month. Presently, I’m working on THE LINE and HYPERSONIC as well as a couple other new things. The plan is to get things back on track so that in November, I can concentrate on National Novel Writing Month. I had a blast last year doing the event, so I’m definitely back in this year. In fact, I’m still working on the novel I started in 2007. I will be finishing it and if all goes well, I’ll try to get a publisher to pick it up. But alas, that is probably a year away or thereabouts.

Anyway, THE LINE #4 and #5 will be out in early 2009. While I would love to put both out for Megacon, it will likely not happen due to financial restrictions. However, it will be out soon after the con for sure. HYPERSONIC #1 will finally premiere at Megacon 2009 as well. Chris McCarver and I have been working on HYPERSONIC for about 3 years now, so it will be a huge great thing to see the first issue hit at the con. I know I’m very much looking forward to it. 🙂