"None will open unless I push them myself." - Val DeWitt

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One Plague to Another

Been a long time since I've posted anything on my writing. But I hadn't been writing much these past few years, transitions, finding a new rhythm to Life, and all that.

After many years of putting it aside, many yellow sticky notes and theme & plot reassessments, Plague of Darkness, which was first conceived eleven years ago during a 40th anniversary mass at my old church and which slowly took shape over what seems like a lifetime (a lot has happened in the last 11 years, including a way-too early version of the novel being published in Germany) I can honestly say it's done, and it is pretty cool. Dark, but I think pretty original.

While I debate publishing options (remembering the literal years of hearing back from every major publisher about Margaret's Ark with praises for the story but eventual decline to publish because they didn't know how to market it, what genre it was - so finally decided these types of books might do better through my own publishing efforts... which they have), I've picked back up the next, partially-written (but fully outlined) book in the Plague series, loose as the series is since the books have nothing to do with each other: Plague of Locusts. This one is science fiction, not suspense/horror - though hopefully it is suspenseful. I really, really like the characters in it and it's been fun jumping back into their worlds (three of them, in fact). So far, 26,000 words down. I've been going through the chapters and editing, mostly to train my muse to the voices and the rhythms of the narrative since I've been so long away from this one. Tomorrow I'll be sitting down to write the first new words (aka Chapter 22) added to the manuscript since I first conceived the idea - again, years ago.

On the horror front, I'll be posting on this blog, and FB and Twitter (yea, I really need to use these venues more) some exciting news about the pre-order launch of a new shared-world anthology, called Madhouse. It features my story "My Dearest Gwendolyn" (under my dark twin's pseudonym G. Daniel Gunn) and it's pretty cool. I share the pages with some other awesome writers. More on that to come, very soon.

Here's to more writing news on these pages and, more importantly, the pages of my word processor. :)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Wheels and Heels Against MS, 2014!

From my brother Paul: 

On September 5 - 7, we will return to the roads and bike paths of Cape Cod for our 50-mile, 3-day journey.  As I enter my 12th year in the event and Anne her 10th, we remain steadfast and determined to celebrate the day when MS is nothing but a memory.


Multiple Sclerosis is a frightening disease that affects the central nervous system.  The symptoms may be mild (such as numbness in the limbs) or severe enough to cause blindness or paralysis. The severity and specifics of the symptoms of MS can’t yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.

Each year, we have looked to you to join us in our fight.   And each year, you have answered our call and proven yourselves true heroes to our cause.  We hope that we can count on you again.  No donation is too small.

Your donations to the National MS Society not only help fund vital research, but also go towards helping those who battle this disease every day.  
   
As in the past, there are two ways you can donate.  

  • The fastest and most convenient way would be to visit our web site at:

and then click on mine or Anne’s name.

  • You can also mail a check to me or Anne, making it out to The National MS Society
Our addresses are:
Paul Keohane                                      Anne Murphy             
2 Jillian Rose Dr                                        13 Apache Way
Oxford, MA 01540                             Tewksbury, MA 01876

Thank you all so very much for your continued support!!
Paul

Monday, June 30, 2014

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Review now up!

Ok, my review of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (2014) is now up at Cinema Knife Fight.

I'd promised to review this one solo because a couple of years back I did the previous Transformers movie with Michael Arruda. Of course, by the time I needed to go see this one I was exhausted and malnourished. Long story.

I talk about it in my rather entertaining slam of a film that probably didn't deserv... well, never mind It probably did. :)



Friday, June 27, 2014

Making Movies in 48 Hours Shouldn't Be This Fun - This Year's Entry: The Running Dead!



My friend Ned Utzig has been an impassioned amateur filmmaker and is the tireless leader of Mad Ned Productions - which consists of him and his family, and a number of talented and just all-around cool people. A few years back he invited me to join his film-making posse. Every year Mad Ned Production enters the New Hampshire 48-Hour Film Project - this happens around the world all year long, on different weekends in different cities. The NH competition was this past weekend.  Here's how it works:

At 7pm on Friday every team is given a character (Alan or Alexis Fleming, this year) and his/her profession (long distance runner), a prop (this time it was an award of some sort) and a line of dialogue (“In my opinion, it’s perfect”) all of which MUST be used in some way (the more central, the better) in the film. Then each team (24 teams in NH this year) is given a genre. We got Parody/Spoof.

From 7pm Friday to 7pm that Sunday (48 Hours - hence the name) you have to write, script, film, edit and score a 4 – 7 minute film and physically hand in the DVD at a defined location. 

Wednesday night they had the screenings of all the films up in New Hampshire. It was the first time I’d seen the finished product. Ned posted the link on YouTube and I've embedded it below. Yes, I actually "act" in this one - I play the sleazy track coach who's always won in past races. Thanks again to Ned and Gloria and the entire cast and crew who spent a LOT more time this past weekend than I did on this puppy. 


Between now and next month all of the entries will be judged and the winners of the NH competition will be announced at the Best Of screenings on July 24th!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

And Now For the Sequel: SOLARIS (2002) on Cinema Knife Fight

My continuation of the discussion on Solaris the novel, SOLARIS (1972) the film, continues with a review of the 2002 remake written & directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney. Check it out at Cinema Knife Fight, and let me know what you think....

Friday, June 13, 2014

SOLARIS (1972) Film Review and Discussion Now Playing

My in-depth review of the 1972 Soviet science fiction film SOLARIS, and the novel on which it's based, is now playing at Cinema Knife Fight. Next Friday, they'll be bringing you my discussion of the 2002 remake. Check it out, let me know what you think. This one took a while but it was very enjoyable to write.