Review: Blaze

Blaze

Blaze by Richard Bachman My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m confused. In the author’s note at the beginning of this book, Stephen King disclaims it as a “trunk novel,” as in, this story wasn’t good enough to publish on its own merit, so it was left in the trunk. Yet, Blaze offers the same […]

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Review: Eric

Eric

Eric by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s hard to say which of Terry Pratchett’s books are the good ones because they are all good. Eric, however, made me laugh out loud more than may of the others in this delightful series. In this novel, Pratchett uses his wit and handle on […]

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Review: The Lure of Fools

The Lure of Fools

The Lure of Fools by Jason King My rating: 5 of 5 stars To all of you high fantasy fans out there. A new series is in town and it begins with The Lure of Fools. This book has everything one would want from great high fantasy, magic, swords, monsters, love, good, and evil. Jason […]

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Review: The Vanishing Game

The Vanishing Game

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers My rating: 3 of 5 stars This young adult fiction story tries to play in the same arena as The DiVinci Code, with riddles, twists, and turns throughout the narrative. The problem is–and The DiVinci Code shares this problem–the characters seem to have the instant ability to solve […]

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Review: Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

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Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a huge Stephen King fan, I have to say that, perhaps, I like his short stories the best. King excels at character development and getting readers right down into the gritty worlds he creates. Everything’s Eventual offers 14 different worlds […]

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Review: Weird Tales of Horror

Weird Tales of Horror

Weird Tales of Horror by David J. West My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am a big fan of short fiction. It takes a certain sensibility to write good short form work. David J. West has that sensibility. Weird Tales of Horror offers a wonderful collection of stories and poetry that range from turn […]

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Review: Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Great read. Although, Stephen King released this as a novel, it is nothing more than a screenplay. I think it was an innovative notion for him. But screenplays just don’t have the internal reflection and character development of novels. […]

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Review: Miss Peregrini kodu ebaharilikele lastele

Miss Peregrini kodu ebaharilikele lastele

Miss Peregrini kodu ebaharilikele lastele by Ransom Riggs My rating: 3 of 5 stars An interesting book for sure. But I expected a bit more. I have to hand it to Riggs for his innovative use of creepy old photos to craft his story. But it felt a bit gimmicky. I would have liked the […]

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Review: Speckled

Speckled

Speckled by Scott William Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars Scott William Taylor shows his chops as an author with this brief and wonderful, debut book. This collection of short stories and some poetry has a very human feel to it. It is a pleasure to read. I found myself laughing out loud at […]

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Creative Update – 05/28/15 – Ringing Rob’s Bell

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What happens to the mighty Rob Griffin when you try to put him down? The answer: Nothing at all.

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Review: The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars I didn’t enjoy The Tommy Knockers as much as some of Stephen King’s other stories. The Tommy Knockers was a bit over-written for my tastes. It seemed every time King introduced a new character, he felt inclined to write a complete back-story. I think […]

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/29/15 – The Silence of Finishing

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Celebrating a silent, solitary victory when finishing a large creative project is part of an author/musician’s routine.

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/28/15 – Finished Freestyle Gargoyles II

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There is no feeling like the sense of completion on a creative project. I and several friends, authors and musicians have put out another offering to the world: The Freestyle Gargoyles II, an album/video, fully improved and taped live at mediaRif studios.

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/21/15 – Freestyle Gargoyles II Final Mix

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On finishing the final mix of Freestyle Gargoyles II a new album by the Gangrene Band and friends.

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Review: Needful Things

Needful Things

Needful Things by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Great book by Stephen King. King does a masterful job of juggling a huge cast of characters. Perhaps the main character is the town in which all of the players live.This story is a pretty compelling, if bleak, glimpse of human nature. Perhaps a […]

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 04/17/15 – Freestyle Gargoyles Recap

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Talking about the second Freestyle Gargoyles album recording session with special guest authors and director.

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Craig Nybo Creative Video Log – 04/15/15 – Freestyle Gargoyles and The Space Balrogs

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Talking about recording a new album with the Freestyle Gargoyles and The Space Balrogs. The worlds of writing and music collide for one night of fun and creativity.

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Craig Nybo’s Creative Log – 04/13/15 – Playing Bass and Singing

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Playing bass and singing can be difficult. Slowing it down and working it out is the key.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 04/08/15 – The Steampunk Tango (cont.)

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Continuing to compose the steampunk tango. Adding horn lines, bass, and phonetic vocals.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 04/06/15 – Steampunk Tango

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Composing the last song for the Rustmonster steampunk album, a tango.

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Review: Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you read only one Stephen King novel in your life, perhaps you should chose Dolores Claiborne. King, since his first novel, has been a master at writing strong characters. This one stands out as one of his best. Not often does an author […]

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Review: Four Past Midnight

Four Past Midnight

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars Four excellent novellas from the master of horror. King manages yet again to corner readers in the dark and send chills up their spines. These four stories cover everything from murder to deceit to terror to the human condition. King has mastered the […]

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Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you are not a Roald Dahl fan, there is something wrong with you. Sure, we have all seen the movies: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, perhaps even Witches. But have you ever read the books? Dahl expresses his […]

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Spontaneous Recording Session with Joe Henry’s Song, Sparrow

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I was trimming levels in the studio yesterday. I picked up my guitar and played this song during sound check. I decided to post it on soundcloud. Why not. The song is called Sparrow, written by Joe Henry, probably my favorite song writer.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 03/26/15 – On Giving Up and Coming Back

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Talking about how to handle when a large scale creative project goes cold.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 03/23/15 – Steampunk Funk

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From raw idea to song, finishing up the arrangement of the steampunk funk song, ACDC.

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Review: The Replacement

The Replacement

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff My rating: 4 of 5 stars In the face of so much dystopian fiction, this story goes a different direction. Yovanoff presents a gruesome world whose occupants are difficult to understand. Although this novel fits in the YA fiction category, be warned that there is some pretty severe profanity in […]

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 03/18/15 – Rustmonster Gets a New Sound

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The Steampunk Opera continues. Rustmonster gets a new sound tonight.

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Is Always Being on the Verge of Giving Up Part of The Art?

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I create. I can’t help it. Am I adequately compensated for my creations? That is a good question. Like many who create, I work in 2 separate spheres. My profession demands creativity on deadlines, video production, sales copy, industrial scripts, graphics, and event production for live performances. I find this kind of creativity rewarding in a way; it pays the bills. But I have to be honest, I gain little artistic fulfillment from such endeavors. Cliché, I know. But often, truth is nothing but cliché.

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Craig Nybo Daily Creative VLOG – 03/06/15 – A New Song ACDC

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The rif for a new song hits me as I wake up this morning. I rush to the studio to record it before it leaves me.

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The Rustmonster Band Rehearses their Steampunk Song, March of the Fools

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Rustmonster goes steampunk. At rehearsal, Rustmonster rehearses one of their latest songs, an overture called March of the Fools.

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Review: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Do not miss this book. The turn of the 19th to the 20th century sits in America’s history as an important time for business, technological advancement, and cultural progress. The […]

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Creativity – A Messy Prospect

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Perhaps creativity itself also thrives in clutter. For me, whether it is writing, composing, filmmaking, or building a prop for a stage show or movie, the creative process begins with an idea. That idea grows into a mess of junk, rattling, sprawl, and chaos. Just when the whole thing is about to explode, I get to work making order of the mess. This means stacking, dusting, putting things where they belong, and polishing.

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Craig Nybo Creative Update – 03/04/15 – Phonetic Lyric Writing

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About phonetic singing and converting the sense of lyrics into words during song writing.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 03/02/15 – Saw/Theremin Waltz

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Starting a new song feels like a new beginning. This new song will feature a saw/theremin waltz.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/25/15 – Birth to a Brand New Song

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Talking about finishing the score to a new Rustmonster song called Clock Man, also about progress on the custom drum set for the live performance of the upcoming album.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/24/15 – A Creative Doldrum

Regarding creative doldrums where one is tempted to hang it up and move on to a new project. Only discipline can push a creator through to the end.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/23/15 – Composition and the Genesis of Ideas

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Talking about composing music and capturing great ideas as they come.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/20/15 – Found Percussion

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Talking about building a custom found percussion instrument.

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Fly On the Wall – Rustmonster Studio Session

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Fly on the wall view of a Rustmonster recording session from mediaRif’s Studio.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 2/19/15 – Wednesday Night Recording

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Music night with the band, Wednesday night, a tradition for over a decade.

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Three Things I learned from Reading a Sucky Book

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I recently read a novel by a well-known author (who shall remain nameless), a household name. It astounded me at how many rookie mistakes this author made. It has been said that one can learn just as much by reading a bad book as a good one. So, in lieu of my terrible experience wading […]

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/11/15 – Composition For Steampunk Album Continues

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Regarding composing more steampunk music for the upcoming album.

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Review: Vittorio, The Vampire

Vittorio, The Vampire

Vittorio, The Vampire by Anne Rice My rating: 1 of 5 stars Long ago I gave up on Anne Rice. I enjoyed her work when I was a young man. But it seems I grew up. By the time I had given up on her, I had decided she wrote down to me. I found […]

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Review: Thinner

Thinner

Thinner by Richard Bachman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another classic by the master. King infuses Gypsies into American culture with ease. He’s incredible at colliding opposing worlds and smashing his main characters right at the point of impact. A slight warning, however: with this book, like so many others by King, it is […]

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 2/16/15 – Blowing the Dust Off An Old Project

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Discussing the art of resisting the temptation of jumping ship on a current project for another project.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/13/15 – The Zombie Rock Opera and LTUE

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Talking about how the 3rd performance of the Zombie Rock Opera went at LTUE. More LTUE today. And getting down to arranging.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/11/15 – Experimental Music

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Talking about building the steampunk show from the ground up. Rustmonster hires a master welder to create the ultimate found percussion drum kit.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/10/15 – Composition Preview

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A glimpse into the raw composition of a steampunk song. Minus tracks and experimenting.

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Craig Nybo – Creative Update – 02/09/15 – New Rustmonster Song

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Talking about composing the 6th song for the upcoming steampunk Rustmonster album.

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