Mourn Their Courage

Making a Book Trailer

And since I NEED something else to do (snorts), I will now make a book trailer. Anyone have LOTS of images of Chinese warriors kick-***ing each other? LOL

I do have a genius of a husband willing to help, but this may strain our marriage. ;D

Chapter Two Is Available For Flogging

Check out Sandi Rog’s excellent website this week. She’s helping me clarify some concerns I have over chapter two and anyone is welcome to comment.

On a side note, it’s not the whole darn chapter! It’s five hundred words.

Flogging Requested

If you’d like to flog my first sixteen lines, check ’em out at Ray Rhamey’s Flogging the Quill Blogspot. The link is in the title. He made some excellent suggestions. Back to the Umpteenth Final Draft after work!

Red Cliffs Trailer

For those of you who are not familiar with my book or with the history it’s based on, the John Woo movie, “Red Cliffs” covers the pivotal battle of the Three Kingdoms period. I thought you might be interested in seeing this trailer of the movie. I have seen the movie on DVD and it ends on a cliffhanger. I’ll warn you, the first ten minutes or so is bewildering to the unitiated who knows nothing of these characters or their struggles. After that, the movie is an excellent character-driven story based on two strategists from Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Red Cliffs has not been released to theaters in the U.S.

Here’s the link to the trailer: http://www.examiner.com/x-1378-LA-Foreign-Film-Examiner~y2008m10d25-John-Woos-epic-Red-Cliff-marks-monumental-shift-in-Chinese-cinema. I’ve also embedded the trailer at the bottom of the page.

Variety Magazine reports that this is the highest grossing film in the Chinese movie making industry’s history. What’s more, it’s only part one.

Miss Snark Competition

Well, I was #15 in this week’s Snark-a-Thon. Not to say I came in 15th. That was my poll position, as it were. The comments gave me some good polish stuff and I’m pumped now. The Secret Agent was hooked, though she also wanted some cuts. Cuts are good. I can do cuts.

I’ve got three Alternative Beginnings to the book, now. I like the one I used in the competition (with the cuts), but I am flexible. We’ll see. I still haven’t heard from Russell Galen or Jill Grinberg and I suspect that’s a good thing. At least now I’m a little more prepared.

I’ve found good reading in Outlaws of the Marsh, but I’ve not yet found a story I’d want to re-make like I did Mourn Their Courage. I’m not that far in yet, though. There’s time.

ADDENDUM:

I received an honorable mention from Jenny Rappaport! I made her suggested changes last night, but I’ll go back through some of it now.