Movie deal in progress…

Currently starting to work out the details on a movie deal. Not the whole thing, at least not at first. Currently exploring the idea of pitching a scene with two or three different budget funding levels depending on how much can be raised for it, with various “extras” depending on interest, etc. If only a shoe-string budget gets raised, we aim for more “proof of concept” and a short version of the scene. With more money we get more length, better location, better costumes, better actors, and especially the special effects improve. With enough money, perhaps enough of a Tajemnica set and F/X modeling can be built to allow for shooting a number of additional scenes at minimal extra cost.

Still early in the negotiations, but the fact that it’s being seriously considered by someone in the industry is exciting. Once something like a formal agreement has been made, pitch and production budgets outlined, and proper right option signed, I can post more, along with links to product demo reels from the people involved, where to go for fund-raising donations, etc.

Script to movie?

I’ve exchanged a couple of emails with Michael Neal, an indie movie-maker, and he’s reading TSCB now. He came this way via comments on a post at Vox’s blog about the latest Star Wars flick. He’s not a big-name media-mogul powerhouse in a big-name studio, but he’s got connections, currently working on Swords of the Insurgency (FB link). (trailer here, episode here, series website here). The first foot in the door is always the hardest one. No idea if anything will come of it, but even the potential prospect of getting the story on the screen is a exciting.

Given that the latest Star Wars episode appears to be more aimed at the Chinese market than the American one, making a movie aimed at the American market is due, especially after the election and ascension of The God Emperor (yes, that’s said tongue-in-cheek).

1+1 Sale, Today Only (now expired)

A shameless plug of self-promotion post. Today only (14 Dec).

Castalia House is running a 1+1 Christmas sale: buy one physical book (hardbound or paperback) and get one free Castalia House e-book (details at the link). In fact if you want to buy more than one physical book, you can get an equal number of e-books without limit (well, other than the number of titles they have out, of course). Since Back From The Dead (the first half of The Stars Came Back) is now out in print it’s an eligible item. So if you are a reader, or know readers and are looking for a gift, here’s an opportunity.

A good-sized list of books, and I have yet to read a bad Castalia House product.

Election day

One of the themes in TSCB is that elections only work with informed, intelligent voters. If they are ignorant, either by choice of by gaslighting, delusion, illusion, sloth, or any other reason, then bad people can gain power. Democracy isn’t a panacea. At the end of TSCB, Taj, Helton, and the crew were sending out an information blast that couldn’t be ignored, a massive and targeted information dump to enlightened the abused.

I’ve been following this election for a while – being unemployed has given me a little extra time to watching things – and I’m of the opinion that such an information blast would be unlikely to work. It’s too much, too fast, too big. It presents too much of a change in world-view. People pull back from a hand extended to help them if the hand being put forth is too big, gnarled, and dangerous-looking.  Short of divine interventions, people don’t react well to paradigm shifts; they don’t do so well even with divine intervention. They need to be brought around slowly, shown things a bit at a time, things they can buy into, things they can believe, from people they find credible, to slowly build a foundation.

Two weeks ago, Alex Jones of Info Wars was some conspiracy nut-job. Now? I’m not so sure. In fact, I’m sure he’s right about some things. Yet I talk to people and they simply assume that because the FBI didn’t get the DoJ to press charges, there must literally be nothing but a witch-hunt there in any of it, and Hillary is a dream candidate. They look at each little billow of smoke, for years and years and year, and see no possibility at all of any fire because they see no convictions. If you try to cut straight to Satanism and child trafficking, they laugh at you. If you even try to point out Ortel’s take-down of the Clinton Foundation, they just dismiss it saying “if it’s so bad, why are there no charges filed?” They can’t even entertain the possibility of the DoJ, the FBI, and a few high-ranking politicians being in the scheme together. It’s not possible, they say, “checks and balances” they cry, when it’s more “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.” You can’t reason them anywhere.

They will not believe until there is not just blood in the streets, the blood will need to be on THEIR street. It’s amazing how closed minded “open-minded” people can be. And while that presents a lot of opportunities for plot-lines, it also makes for some real dilemmas in real life.

The day the wheels came off

History is a lot of routine events following simple trend-lines, interrupted from time to time by wild panics with much screaming and shouting. At the end of TSCB, a relatively stable human-space was suddenly destabilized and thrown into an uproar by Tajemnica and her crew.  What had been well-understood space was suddenly inhabited by a drastic alteration of power that seemingly nobody really understood but everyone feared. They wanted to protect their own position and perks. Suddenly, a great many plans were thrown into disarray.  (The sequel, BTW, “Insanity’s Children,” picks up exactly where TSCB left off, and they run into some of the exact same problems that we have today with nobody believing the Dem Machine is this bad). Continue reading The day the wheels came off

Of fonts and numbers

I got around to making a font / number system for the Planet Mover text in the book. The original was deliberately low-res, specifically because I don’t have great artistic talents, and I wanted to give no more than a general impression of what they were. For print, I really need something higher resolution. So, after experimenting a bunch with pen and calligraphy pen, I stumbled upon a basic theme that seemed to work, and did the drawing for them in PowerPoint, not so much because it has great drawing tools, but because they are adequate and I know how to use them.

The PM message is in a constructed language (or at least the script and basic structures are), so it’s more regular and less flowing that something like Elvish.

Just the numbers and basic arithmetic symbols so far. Possibly more later. Continue reading Of fonts and numbers

A step toward Armadillo

Flight-sim AI beating good AF pilots. One step (not sure if it’s big or small) with interesting possibilities. A human “captain” in a fighter, with a “personal squadron” of AI fighters flying as his wingmen could be a game-changer. Or at the very least, very difficult to beat. Human for the operational/strategic decisions on the spot, and two or three (or a half-dozen?) unmanned AI “drones” with guns, lasers, missiles, and bombs, to carry out the details and defense.

Skynet, anyone?

H/T to Kirk