Thursday, January 9, 2014

Geek Goes Rogue...Tribute to Grant McCune...Star Wars FX artist

As some of you may have heard, I am a new contributing writer on the blog Geek Goes Rogue. Follow me there!

(As the next Star Wars Trilogy is being filmed, we here at Geek Goes Rogue are holding our breath. One of the things that made the original trilogy so great is that the worlds looked “lived in”, unlike the shiny worlds of the new trilogy. Here is a tribute who made that look possible, Grant McCune written by our brand new writer, Jo Schaffer)
When my husband,Clark and I lived in LA he had the absolute dream job for two Star Wars geeks like us. Working as Art Director for a Visual Effects shop called, Grant McCune Design put us at the very epicenter of all things Star Wars (and I do mean the original canon not the shiny knock offs that came later.)
Even a lot of die hard fans have no idea who Grant McCune is. In the 1970s when George Lucas started ILM he hired Grant to make the models for A New Hope. Grant had previously been working as a lab technician at a hospital and at that point had only done models as a hobby. But when his buddy, John Dykstra landed his job with ILM he dragged Grant along...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Death In the House of Life by Roland Yeomans

 I've enjoyed reading the mystical adventures of Sam McCord... and he's back. Roland Yeoman's latest book, Death In The House Of Life, is available now. Get it today on Amazon!

Before Indiana Jones ...
   Before Alan Quartermain...
      There was ...
Samuel McCord

Join the cursed Texican as...
   He clashes with the last survivor of an extinct species in the Missouri of 1848.
   He communes with the Spirit of the Earth in the Hawaii of 1866.
   He is betrayed into the hands of the British government in 1895 Cairo.
Thrill to his escapes from ancient death traps in the ruins of the lost city of Tanis.
Match wits with him  
   As he duels grey aliens and seeks to decipher the mysteries left behind by the aliens who were the basis for the gods of Ancient Egypt.
   As he seeks to save the world and his marriage from the monster that is the eternal beauty, Meilori Shinseen …
     The Empress of a race from beyond the stars
    … and his wife.
DOC SAVAGE had no wilder crew to back him up than does Samuel McCord –
Mark Twain … Oscar Wilde … 
The genius Nikola Tesla  
The undead Ada Byron, creator of the first computer language in the 1840’s.
And the incomparable She Who Devours, the model for the Sphinx …
Empress Meilori Shinseen … McCord’s beloved wife.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014

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Hey, Boot Campers registration is open for TABC and you do NOT want to miss this year! We have an amazing line up of authors joining us. Including our fabulous keynote speakers:

 James Dashner is coming to TABC this March. We are super excited to have him hang with us. His bestselling books are climbing in popularity and The Maze Runner will be released as a major motion picture this year!

And we have totally scored to have Ally Condie come too! Her series Matched is a huge hit.

The other awesome thing this year for the attendees...we are having the event privately catered! No more cafeteria food! There will be a yummy lunch served up by The Brick Oven. Mmmm!

SO, if you are a teen who loves to write or know one who can get here...