Craig’s Character Sketches – Orlando DePechio from Bieber’s Finger

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As I wrote Bieber’s Finger, a strange thing happened to me; the characters began to speak. They got under my skin. I found myself rooting for them or hating them. I have written many other stories. Some of which, one might argue, have characters that are much stronger than those in Bieber’s Finger. But as a writer, I have never engaged with fictional characters like I did while writing Bieber’s Finger.

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My Experience with The Wasasquatch Rock and Roll Music Experience

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On September 2nd, 2011, I and some of my very best friends hit the stage at The Gangrene Film Festival, dressed as Bigfoots and armed with musical instruments, intent on playing a killer rock covers show. The show went off well.

That Wasasquatch show became a turning point for me. Believe it or not, I am a pretty inhibited person. I don’t feel comfortable dressing up even for Halloween. I’m more likely to sit in a corner by myself rather than engage in conversation at large gatherings. And when I do engage in conversations, my insides churn with uneasy nerves. In short, it takes me a long time to warm up to people and an even longer time to warm up to putting myself out there with any form of eccentricity. I’m quiet. I’m reserved. I love people, but I’m usually too nervous inside to do much about it.

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What Could Possibly Inspire a Novel Entitled Bieber’s Finger?

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Often people ask me where my ideas for stories come from. The answer is always the same: I have no idea. But all ideas come from some form of inspiration. Often something gets stuck in my head. It can be a situation, a collision of two worlds, or even a single sentence. Occasionally these nudges stick around, sometimes for years, and eventually turn into stories.

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Bieber’s Finger, a New Novel by Craig Nybo, Tells the Story of Death, Resurrection, and Rock and Roll

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The new novel, Bieber’s Finger, tells the story of a super-fan who catches her pop idol’s finger in a car bombing. But death isn’t the end for her when it comes to her favorite teen pop singer. She sets in motion a plan to clone her idol and resurrect his career.

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Review: Jean Archer: The Diamond and the Rough

Jean Archer: The Diamond and the Rough

Jean Archer: The Diamond and the Rough by Jason A. Anderson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Excellent Start On a New Young Adult Fiction Series Jason Anderson’s novel, Jean Archer, sets up a group of characters for many future adventures. Anderson sets this new sub-series in his Soul Chaser world but introduces new players […]

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Review: All the Little Live Things

All the Little Live Things

All the Little Live Things by Wallace Stegner My rating: 2 of 5 stars I found this book a bit pretentious and over-written. It’s about a academic snob who complains about everything and hates everybody. I didn’t relate with the character. I didn’t like him. The prose was extremely descriptive, good in many ways. But […]

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Doing Everything I Can to Make Your Halloween Season Spooky

I’ve always loved halloween. Should be obvious judging by the music and books I write. It dawned on me that I have created everything one needs to make Halloween spooky and fun. So I decided to create a Halloween season bundle of products for a single, low price. I give you the Halloween Bundle. In […]

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Review: The Colony: Genesis

The Colony: Genesis

The Colony: Genesis by Michaelbrent Collings My rating: 5 of 5 stars An Ultra-fast Ride through a World in its Final Throes The Colony: Genesis begins MichealBrent Collings’s epic zombie tale. As beginnings go, this one kicks off at a hundred degrees and only gets hotter from there. With punch chapters and fluid writing, Collings […]

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/29/14

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The last of Craig’s 30-day video log experiment. He talks about finishing projects.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/25/14

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Craig talks about the difficulty and value of deleting scenes and sequences from his novels.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/24/14

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Craig gives an update of his progress on his current novel. He talks about his book-a-year philosophy.

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CRAIG’S DAILY 2-MIN VIDEO LOG EXPERIMENT – 09/23/14

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Craig nears completion of revision 4 of his upcoming novel. He introduces his Halloween season boxed set.

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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

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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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