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Weekend Editing Blitz

The bad news: I had to put my 30-day-notice in today at my place of residence. But as they say, sometimes such things are actually blessings in disguise, and I'm certain this is one of those situations. The good news: This month was my first full month conducting sales operations for the search engine marketing firm I work for, and I absolutely killed it. The better news: Things are full steam ahead regarding Dawn of Legaia cover art design and final light revisions. Even though I've been wanting to publish this debut sci fi novel of mine for years now, it's kind of crazy to think it's actually only 5 or 6 weeks away. Can't wait to hear people's thoughts on it once they've had a chance to re

My Gaming Rigs

I built my first gaming computer about 5 years ago. I wanted something the consoles just couldn't give me. It was a very rewarding experience, and I've been a PC gamer ever since. I just offloaded the 3rd gaming rig I ever built to a coworker of mine. So what's next? I'm not into 4K or multi-monitor gaming just yet, so my next set up will probably consist of a really solid 27" 1080P monitor. Great response time, the latest tech, with a thin bezel. All my past rigs have used quad core AMD CPUs, and although they deliver great bang for the buck, I'm definitely going K series i5 on the next one. A **80 or **70 series geforce gpu, 16 gigs of RAM at 2133, and we're in business. Sharp, effortless

Goodbye, Alhammarret's Archive

You weren't the easiest card to utilize. It took 5 mana just to get you into play. But when I drew cards, you doubled them for me, and when I gained life, you doubled that for me, too. Alhammarret's Archive is the card I will miss the most as far as this Standard Constructed Rotation is concerned, with Dragons of Tarkir and Magic Origins rotating out, and Kaladesh rotating in 9/30/16. Not quite Siege Rhino :::tear drop::: but I still liked ya. Be good in the modern world. I will miss you. -A.C.H. Image: Alhammarret's Archive | Richard Wright/Wizards of the Coast

"Portals"

Astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology, are in an amazing place. They say our universe has 11 dimensions. That our universe could be part of a multiverse, or that our universe could be a sophisticated hologram. A distant civilization's experiment. Or perhaps the cosmos as we know them are nothing more than a young, alien prince's toy. Do you ponder what our elite scientists are pondering? Or do you prefer to put your own creative twist on science's latest questions pertaining to space? Are black hole's the highways of the cosmos? Is each solar flare a space traveler entering our neck of the cosmic woods? We may not have the answers to most of these questions today, but we're blazing a trail

The State of Sci Fi: 9/25/16

Good Evening, Fandom! Here's a quick Dawn of Legaia update: I'm really enjoying what's happening with the manuscript. I'm 35% of the way through this final review. Additionally, I'm glad I'm taking the time to conduct this 5th and final draft. I wouldn't have been satisfied printing it after round 4, but I think I'll be content (enough) releasing it after this go around. So IMO, this is time well spent, and it will certainly result in a more fluid and enjoyable novel. In other sci fi and pop culture news, SpaceX was able to hone in on the source of their most recent rocket failure. They believe "a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place".

Success Spits In The Face of Complacency

Yahoo! came first. Google came second. Where Yahoo! failed, google succeeded. Google is now King, and Yahoo! isn't even good enough to be its jester. Sony and Microsoft have turned Nintendo into a pathetic afterthought. It's one thing to achieve success. Keeping it, is an endeavor of its own. Yahoo! and Nintendo are perfect examples of companies that allowed themselves to lose focus, among other things. Their initial success could not have been achieved without initial vision, and what they have been able to accomplish in their respective fields is commendable, but anytime somebody else comes along and pulls the rug out from underneath your feet, there are questions that come to the surface.

Raising The MTG Bar

As with anything else I attempt, I'm constantly striving for improvement. As far as Magic the Gathering is concerned, the best I've been able to do was finishing 4th out of about a dozen Friday Night Magic players. The deck I was playing at the time was Mardu Warriors, and I could be mistaken, but I think the newest set out at the time was Dragons of Tarkir. I won every match except my first one, and I don't even think that loss was the deck's fault. More so user error, as I made a dumb play or two and wasted a crucial removal spell on a token, only to have Wingmate Roc AND its wingmate enter the battlefield on the next turn. Either way, you live and you learn, and I won my remaining three m

Hello, Moto!

What a busy evening! But it was well worth it. Why, you ask? Cause I got a stellar deal on this little bad boy! Trips to the coffee house for writing and editing will be just a little bit more fun moving forward. -A.C.H.

Beyond The Forefront

I saw a tweet earlier today about Judge Dredd, and it reminded me of a lot of great sci fi that I've seen that hasn't been a Disney property or epic blockbuster. Ex Machina is a great example of a recent film that falls into this category. As great as our favorite books, movies, video games, and television shows are, I think its important for us to periodically ponder less mainstream work. Work from the past, and work that has to sometimes live in the shadow of other great work. -A.C.H. Image: Paramount Pictures

8 Solo Films That Make Sense

People enjoy talking about the idea of giving characters in prominent films their own movies. Sometimes, these suggestions are revered, and other times, they're downright blasphemous. The silliest one I've heard lately is Scarlet Witch. The Scarlet Witch from the comics may be awesome, but as far as the MCU is concerned, a solo film about her wouldn't be good enough for a 2 buck Redbox rental. Off the top of my head, without much consideration at all (because that's how I operate, especially when it comes to important things...lol) and in no particular order, here are 8 solo film suggestions that, if backed by the right teams, would have my attention. Gambit - We're still waiting... Jango or

The State of Sci Fi: 9/18/16

Wasn't very surprised to learn comic book distribution and sales are at a 20 year high. Superheroes kicking ass at the box office has a lot to do with that, and I'm not complaining one bit about it. A couple of awesome Rogue One international movie posters were released a few days ago. I'm definitely going to see this film and it's going to be good. Will it be really good? Will it be great? Those are much tougher questions. Margot Robbie struck a deal or two with Warner Bros., most interestingly, for a Harley Quinn spin-off. Suicide Squad was great, her rendition of Harley Quinn was pretty darn exceptional, and I will gladly pay money to see that Harley Quinn film in theatres. Disney and TBS

The Writing's On The Wall

This is what stares at me each night before I go to bed. No turning back now. Top: My Dawn of Legaia Copyright Certificates. Bottom: My Dawn of Legaia Concept Art. -A.C.H.

Dawn of Legaia's Initial Sketches

I was going through my thumb drive today when I came across several concept art sketches. These sketches were the first thing my concept artist, Arotin Hartounian, shared with me before we selected a sketch to have transformed into a painting. Definitely a bit nostalgic, as Dawn of Legaia was much newer to me back then. There were many firsts with this novel, and I feel like it's been a long time and a blink of an eye, simultaneously. Now that I'm 5 years into this science fictional universe, it feels like my second home. And here's the best part of it all - I get to go through this entire creative process at least two more times! If you haven't seen the painting that resulted from this roug

The Art of Cover Art

As if playing artistic tug-o-war with what to put inside a book isn't troubling enough, the indie author has to also rack their mind deciding what sort of imagery, text, and design, is going to be on the outside of their beloved project. The dynamic surrounding how cover design affects an indie book can differ from its brick and mortar counterparts. Indie novels don't sit on wooden shelves among thousands of other books as often as traditionally published books do. Most people with indie novels leverage the internet, live events, or word of mouth to spread their literary children. The moral of the story is that although it may be slightly less important, it's still very much important. Besid

Mid-September "Dawn of Legaia" Update

11/11/16, a.k.a. the release date of my debut science fiction novel, "Dawn of Legaia" is less than 2 months away. On that day, the world stops turning for 24 hours. Animals and humans alike will gather near bonfires. Temporarily able to speak one another's languages, they will discuss the epoch that is "Dawn of Legaia". "Where were You when 'Dawn of Legaia' was released?" The future generations will ask one another. To which I'd most likely reply, "Del Taco drive-thru, gettin' 2-for-1 chorizo breakfast burritos." So obvious when a blog post is pre-dinner. Haha... Seriously though! If you're not careful, the days turn to weeks and you're suddenly like, "Oh, Crap." Not on my watch... Dawn of L

6 Science Fiction Films On My Radar

Since this year's box office selection has been slightly on the :::moonlit swamp at 3AM noises::: side, I thought I'd ponder a few upcoming films, give us all something to look forward to as well as to help us forget about how :::ZZZzzzZZZzzzZZZzzz::: this year's films were. Here are the first 6 sci fi movies that came to mind. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 - 5/5/17 - The first one was a surprise hit, and I'm real curious to see how they plan on topping that. Blade Runner 2 - 10/5/17 - Dear Sci Fi Gods, please, please, please don't let them F*** this up. Justice League - 11/16/17 - Failure is not really an option here. Suicide Squad helped recover some lost ground, but we've still got qui

Social Media Madness!

President Camacho is at his throne, rippin' automatic fire while I'm being chased down by wolves and Mad Max vehicles. Okay, maybe it's not that serious, but my social media management efforts have been totally krazy, kick-ass lately, Scro! Although I'm enjoying seeing progress as far as fans, followers, and impressions are concerned, this sort of marketing blitz is certainly not sustainable. And we haven't even factored in the time it takes to create and edit these lovely blog posts. I do genuinely have a passion for marketing and advertising, so there's definitely a part of all this that's fun, but like, you know, life consists of other things, too, like, going out and doing stuff. Today's

The State of Sci Fi: 9/11/16

Can't have a blog post on the 15th anniversary of 9-11 without taking a moment to acknowledge our brothers and sisters that lost their lives senselessly, 15 years ago today. You are gone, but seldom forgotten. Here's just the tip of the iceberg concerning science fiction and pop culture goodies from this week: Game of Thrones became the most awarded drama in Emmy history. Genre-fiction, winning! All sorts of Star Trek 50 goodies were available this past week. 50 years is a long time. And only a truly superb work of fiction can withstand a test of time like that, so hats off to you, Mr. Roddenberry. Looks like HBO is really banking on Westworld's success, as an article came out stating the ne

Interview with A.C. Hachem - The PanFuture Society Podcast

A few days ago, I spent some time chatting with Sean from the PanFuture Society Podcast. We primarily discussed science fiction, my upcoming debut sci fi novel, "Dawn of Legaia", and artificial intelligence. Here's a link to the interview. The future is now! -A.C.H.

Sci Fi Lawlz

Here's a little story about one of the funniest things I have ever seen, in relation to science fiction. I had gone to the movies with a buddy of mine. It was a slow night and we didn't have much going on, so we decided to catch a showing of X-Men: The Last Stand. The theatre must have been about 25-33% full. Then, it came...the infamous Juggernaut scene that was parodied in a youtube cartoon that consumed us for nearly half a decade. Here's the strangest part: my friend and I, burst, and I mean burst, into laughter. However, we were part of only a handful of people that were laughing. It's like the comedic Gods had frozen time for everyone but us, and maybe a couple other peeps scattered th

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