Review: Twilight Eyes

Twilight Eyes

Twilight Eyes by Leigh Nichols My rating: 3 of 5 stars I read this book because I got into a conversation with a carny at a county fair. I asked her about the carny lifestyle. Her response was positive. She said being a carny is like being a member of a family. She then told […]

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Review: The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom My rating: 5 of 5 stars Some stories are so important that they should never be overlooked. The Hiding Place is such a story. In this non-fiction work, Corrie ten Boom lays out what it was like to protect Jews from the Nazis during World War 2. Ten […]

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/22/14

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bout some of the books he has read that have helped him to hone his writing craft.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/19/14

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Craig talks about zoning in on the end of the 4th draft of his upcoming novel.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/18/14

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Craig talks about errors in his work, a common attribute of self-published authors.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/17/14

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Craig talks about the work of creativity and gives an update on his upcoming book.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/16/14

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Craig talks about progress on his upcoming novel. He also talks about Gangrene Games.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/15/14

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Craig talks about the frustration of revising. He addresses the work involved in creating.

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Space Balrogs at Comic Con, Salt Lake City

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Some good author friends of mine put together a performance troupe. They have done a wonderful job of building panels for conventions that are a bit theatrical and entertaining. I was fortunate enough to be invited to become a member of the Space Balrogs.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/12/14

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Craig talks about revising his upcoming novel after receiving edits from pre-readers.

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Salt Lake Comic Con – 2014 | What a Blast

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I had the good fortune of being a panelist and presenter at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 last week. The numbers have come in. Salt Lake Comic Con is now officially the largest comic book/game/pop culture convention in the United States. How cool to be a part of it.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/11/14

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Craig finishes the lyrics to his new album, a collaboration between him, Keith Moon, and Rick Nef. He talks about finishing phases of projects and moving between music and writing.

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Esquivel! The Best Gangrene Film Fest Yet

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Juan Garcia Esquivel cover band, Sparkling Planet, plays an unforgettable show and makes the Gangrene Film Festival shine like never before.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/10/14

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Craig talks about the difficulty of getting back into his recording project after taking a forced break.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/09/14

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Craig talks about being creatively stalled and about his Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 experience.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/08/14

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Craig talks about playing the Gangrene Film Festival as Sparkling Planet, the Esquivel! Experience.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/27/14

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Craig talks about all of the extremely talented people with whom he gets to associate. He talks about The Gangrene Film Festival and how The Gangrene Band as Sparkling Planet: The Esquivel! Experience will hit the stage this Friday night.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/25/14

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Craig talks about the stress of getting ready for the Gangrene Film Festival. He also talks about an upcoming game he helped develop called Shoot Your Friends.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/22/14

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Craig talks about the only autobiographical song he has written since his overdramatic high school poetry days. He includes a link to a minus track on his blog as a preview to the upcoming album’s sound.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/21/14

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Craig talks about the work of creativity.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/20/14

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Craig talks Cthulhu. He rolls a bit of Lovecraft into the lyrics of his upcoming album, a collaboration between him and 2 friends, Rick Nef (sax) and Keith Moon (drums).

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/19/14

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Craig talks about his friend, Scott Halford, a filmmaker who visited the studio.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/18/14

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Craig talks about people who have reached out to him due to his VLOG. He also talks about the upcoming Gangrene Film Festival and Gangrene Creative Symposium.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/15/14

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As a composer, Craig talks about where songs come from.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/14/14

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In this video log, Craig discusses the theme of his upcoming album.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/13/14

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Craig talks about struggling with the lack of objectivity while in the trenches of recording and writing.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/12/14

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Craig finishes horn arrangements for his new album. Now he faces possibly the greatest challenge of the whole project: lyrics.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/11/14

Zombie Sing-a-long 2

Craig talks about how to push through when a project goes cold.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/09/14

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Craig talks about being a “hired gun” bass player in the Kevin Forbush band and about playing with other musicians.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 08/08/14

Zombie Sing-a-long: Whistler and the Children (Part 2)

Craig talks about a rehearsal at mediaRif with Paul Genesse, James Wymore, David Butler, and Carter Reid where they prepared for a killer panel to be held at the upcoming Salt Lake City Comic Con.

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Craig’s Daily 2-min Video Log Experiment – 08/07/14

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Craig Nybo talks about his upcoming album, a collaborative project with his friends, Keith Moon and Rick Nef.

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Something New | A Daily 2-min Video Log

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After a few kind requests for me to become more active on my blog, I have decided to publish a daily video log for 30 days (business days). Each video will be no longer than 2 minutes.

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Review: Night Gallery

Night Gallery

Night Gallery by Rod Serling My rating: 4 of 5 stars Rod Serling was one of the most prolific spec. fiction writers of his time. He wrote continuously. When he couldn’t sit at a typewriter, he recorded stories while commuting, waiting for appointments, and at any other free moment. His head was full of stories. […]

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Review: Misery

Misery

Misery by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars Of all of King’s work, Misery just climbed to the top of the pile. It takes is place along side of Salem’s Lot, The Gunslinger, and The Stand. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of seeing the movie when it came out back in the 90’s. […]

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Always Just a Hair from Sympathizing with the Bad Guy

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Dimensional characters in writing come from studying the gray rather than the black and white. When crafting a “bad guy” one must resist the temptation to hang every terrible attribute of humanity onto a single person.

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Cramming 42 Minutes into 8 Hours: One Of the Hardest Things I’ve Done

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Allied Zombies for Peace is about an undead civil rights group who marches for the 4th year in a row behind the KKK. Zombies of the AZP find this disconcerting because they have been fighting for enfranchisement for years. When they march behind the Klan, their goal of awareness for zombies who are committed to peace is foiled. The Klan marchers rile up the crowd and at least some of that resentment spills over onto the zombies. The whole situation blows up into an out-and-out brawl. And this brawl only takes 42 minutes to run its course.

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Stripping Things Down Musically

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It’s time to cleanse the palate. I do this by composing and recording songs. I have, for about two decades, worked with a set of great musicians and friends on such projects as Funk Toast, Big Sky Country Boys, Wasasquatch, New Wave Dave, and Rustmonster. I have recorded plenty of material on my own. But now I want to collaborate with two of my best friends on a new project. I introduce you to “Mighty,” an album by Nybo, Nef, and Moon.

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Here’s a Writing Tip: Stab Yourself in the Hand With a Pencil

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Only active characters impress readers. It is often said: do it; don’t say it. This goes for character development in your prose. In my mind, it is a sin to disclose a character’s state of mind with anything other than an act. When we are sad, we cry. We sit quietly with our hands in our laps. We look at our shoes instead of people in the eye. We become less effective at work. People around us ask what is wrong. If we are sad for too long, we get on people’s nerves.

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Funk Toast: The Original Demo Video

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During the 90′s I had the good fortune of playing with some of the coolest musicians in Utah. We formed a band called Funk Toast. During our run, we wrote tons of original songs. We played many gigs. We had the time of our lives. I was sad when Funk Toast disbanded. Here is our original video demo. We used to send this out as part of demo packs we called “toasters” to clubs to solicit gigs. The packet contained a VHS video of this demo, a Funk Toast T-shirt, a demo CD and a brochure with bios of the band and show credits.

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Gary Coleman: A Funk Toast Original Song

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Back in the 90’s I played in a band called Funk Toast. We played shows all over Utah and up into Idaho and Montana before disbanding. We wrote many original songs. Sadly, most of them are lost. Here is one that we saved. It’s a joint called Gary Coleman. With most of the band growing up in the 80’s, it’s no surprise that Gary was a big part of our lives. This song was written long before Gary’s passing. Here’s a little tribute we put together for the little man himself.

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Funk Toast Performs Sprach

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I used to play in a band called Funk Toast. In many ways the songs we wrote and performed during the 90’s stacked up to become my most musically fulfilling life moments. In 2012, we got together for a reunion. During this adventure, we played 2 shows. As part of the larger of the two shows, we arranged and performed our own interpretation of Also Sprach Zarathustra, a classic by Strauss, made popular by its presence in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here is the only existing recording and/or performance of Sprach, Pan-Galactic Prom Show Style. Here’s the thing: if someone were to approach us to play another show and they had an enthusiastic audience, I am sure Funk Toast would fly again.

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The Trick to Writing Monsters: Don’t Write Monsters

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Against popular opinion, I do not write monster stories. However, when one considers that my first novel is entitled, Allied Zombies for peace and my second is entitled, Small Town Monsters, it becomes difficult to understand my rationale. Allow me to explain.

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Douglas Adams: The Late Great … Prophet?

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My novel, Allied Zombies for Peace, is the story of a riot that happens during the 1968 Columbus, Ohio, Veterans Day Parade. The bulk of the story follows street brawling between an undead civil rights group called The Allied Zombies for Peace, and the Ku Klux Klan. The entire story takes place in 42 minutes.

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What Makes it Okay for Guys Like Me to Write Horror Stories

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I sat in a panel at SLC Comic Con a few weeks ago with several extremely talented authors. During the panel, I posed this question to the rest of the writers: “What makes it alright for us to write about violence and horror?” I don’t know why I asked the question. I suppose I was interested in hearing the other authors’ perspectives.

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A Time to Gently Close the Door

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I intermingle with filmmakers and musicians as well as authors. I find ego to be a problem among both filmmakers and musicians. That might be because music is comparatively easy when compared to writing a novel. As far as filmmakers, the process is collaborative, which creates an environment for chest pounding and spear shaking.

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Review: Theocracide

Theocracide

Theocracide by James Wymore My rating: 5 of 5 stars This thought provoking novel argues on the dystopian side of Aldous Huxley rather than George Orwell. Wymore creates a world in which people are held in a state of apathy by the powers that be using computer-stimulated addiction. One character rises above the minutia of […]

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Terrifying Lies, Episode 8 – Violence Solves Something

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Landon Green, husband and father, lives an ordinary life. He keeps to himself and tries to behave respectfully toward others. But something lies deep in Landon, a memory in a cage, so to speak. When that cage opens up on the schoolyard of his elementary alma mater, a beast inside him threatens to take control. Could a single memory in the back of Landon’s mind cause him to become something visceral and violent? What other memories sit waiting to change Landon’s behavior? Could they be dormant suggestions? Or are they just Terrifying Lies?

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Terrifying Lies, Episode 7 – The Mechanic

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To the frontiersmen of the late 19th century West, electricity seemed like magic. But in the east, the brightest minds of the century worked to conduct the world into a new era of light, sound, and sensation. In the small town of Breakwater, Montana, when authorities finally close the case on a series of brutal slayings by arresting a local boy, it falls to the community to decide what to do with their prisoner. Should they deal with him themselves or call in an expert from the east? As for the question of culpability, the people of Breakwater seek absolution in their decision. But could any efforts to gain absolution be nothing more than Terrifying Lies?

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Review: Turn Coat – Jim Butcher

Turn Coat

I enjoyed Turn Coat immensely. Butcher knows how to leave scars on his characters. Nothing comes easy for the protagonist, Harry Dresden, wizard/private detective. I’ve always believed that if the outcome of a novel doesn’t permanently alter its main character’s life in some dramatic way, the novel isn’t worth reading. Turn Coat follows this philosophy. Harry Dresden is part Indiana Jones, Part Merlin. Even with his tremendous powers, he faces a stack of odds that threaten to shut him down and put pennies on his eyes once and for all. And in the end, one has to wonder, was it all worth the price paid by Dresden and his friends?

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Terrifying Lies, Episode 6 – Blue Rinse and a Shotgun

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As Mildred Becket sits on the wraparound porch of her quaint rambler, tucked in the heart of a well-kept seniors community, she sips her lemonade and thinks about better days. Days when zombies didn’t walk the Earth. Nearly out of supplies, Mildred must make a dangerous trip to find food. As she prepares for her journey, she feels that she is the last person on Earth. Could she be alone? Was everything around her nothing more than Terrifying Lies?

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