The Spire is out now!

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Just a short blurb announcing that I have temporarily posted my latest short story called The Spire up on Wattpad for free until December 1st.

The premise of the short story is of a memoryless man trapped atop a spire in the middle of the ocean who must cross a temporal bridge that appears every so often. The catch is that a beast awaits his arrival on the opposing side. The man must overcome his fear of the beast and discover the truth of his origin.

It’s a positive story with an empowering ending. If you like fantasy and main characters that triumph against all odds, then you’ll enjoy this quick 4-page read. Check it out now here: The Spire (Limited time only) on Wattpad.

Enjoy!

Tides of War Available Now!

Big news: Injection: Tides of War has just been released by my friends at Nanomyte! If you like post-apocalyptic worlds and heroes/villians with undoubtably cool super powers, check out their page for more stories.

Tides of War isn’t in comic form, however, it’s a novella detailing the events prior to the main Injection storyline. It follows DEITY Shan-Li as she is sent on a perilous mission into the Blackout Zone in order to investigate a trail of malicious genetic experimentation by MALMAL, a rival organization based in Indonesia. And as you might’ve guessed, things go horribly wrong. But by Shan’s side is a rookie spec ops soldier by the name of Rew Durryl, and he surprisingly comes to her aide on more than one occasion. But who is he really? There are many secrets surrounding the mission and Shan-Li will stop at nothing to find the answers.

Interested? The Nanomyte team is publishing chapters weekly. Here’s the link! https://www.wattpad.com/story/91527880-injection-tides-of-war

Nanomyte Studios: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Nanomyte

Tides of War is almost here!

Recently, I announced that I wrote a novella titled, Injection: Tides of War, and that its release date was coming soon. Well, now it is truly upon us. Nanomyte Studios will be publishing the novella – based on their well-received motion comic Injection – on Wattpad, Tuesday of this week.

If you’re unfamiliar with the comic, the story follows a young DEITY named Jinn on his journeys through a post-apocalyptic wasteland as he fulfills contracts for the mysterious organization of Syntech. A DEITY is a specially-trained soldier amplified by powers called Injections which allow the user to manipulate certain aspects of their molecular makeup by way of nanomites. An example of an Injection would be Forynge, which expedites the body’s healing process.

The novella started off as a fanfic, but as I began to work closely with Mike and the Nanomyte team, it was soon canonized as an official Injection story. Considered a prequel, Tides of War begins with Jinn’s mentor, Shan Li, receiving Syntech orders to invade the Blackout Zone. The mission involves infiltrating MALMAL territory – one of Syntech’s rivals. But even Shan isn’t told the real reason for the mission.

As the story unfolds, Shan forms unlikely alliances and questions the loyalty of her own comrades. She must fight against unbeatable odds and overcome a foe unlike anything she’s ever faced before. The mission soon fades into the background as her new and only priority becomes survival.

At 12 chapters, the novella rounds out at about 33k words. I had an amazing time writing it, and I hope those who read it enjoy it as much as I do. It’ll be available on Wattpad over on Nanomyte Studios’ page. Here’s the link: Read Tides of War here!.

Thanks for all the support and I’ll be eager to hear your feedback of the story. Side note, I’m working on editing The Decrepit Forest and outlining book 2. I’ll release more info on that soon enough. Have a great day!

Author Highlight by Duth Olec

Hello! A few weeks ago I had the honor of being featured in a blog post by Duth Olec, creator of the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos series, and was thrilled to read the kind words he’d written about Stormfallen. He had been commenting on Wattpad with critiques and helpful tips, but I hadn’t expected an entire blog post! It’s really wonderful. So thanks again, Mr. Olec. Nothing helps an author more than a shoutout and a review, whether it be a blog post or a retail site.

If you want to read what he had to say about Stormfallen: The Decrepit Forest, the link is below. Also, don’t forget to check out the fun and interesting stories of the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos. It’s a sweet blend of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy. Book 1 which is called Slubes is now available in paperback on Amazon and in ebook on Smashwords!

Below is an odd excerpt due to formatting laws which I’m unfamiliar with, but if you click the link below it will take you directly to his blog. Thanks!

Oh, hello! In less than a week the next Darmenzi chapter is up, but I’m not here to talk about me for once. I’ve recently been reading a lot (or at least several) authors and comics and such things I’ve come across on the internet. I’m still looking, too. I’ve decided that hey, just because […]

Read more: Author Highlight: Winston Malone — Duth Olec’s Cuckoo Cosmos

And don’t forget to check out the world of Injection on Wattpad by Nanomyte Studios!

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Injection: Tides of War Coming Soon!

It’s been several months since my last update and I’m sorry! I like to keep these few and far between but full of juicy details. So to get right into the thick of it, here we go:

Mystery Project: For the past few months I’ve been working on something really awesome. I didn’t want to reveal too much, too soon because I wasn’t sure how it would come out, but now that I’m finished (and because the fantastic individuals I worked with, love it), I can spill the beans!

So, there’s this multimedia company called Nanomyte Studios and they’re working really hard to bring an amazing piece of work to you all in the form of a comic called Injection. I first stumbled upon Injection while browsing new stories on Wattpad. Immediately, I was hooked. The visuals, the world, the animation. All of it simply took my breath away. So, me being super excited about the fun work these guys were creating, I messaged them to see if they’d respond. And they did!

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JordanCon 2016 + Stormfallen Update

So I’ve arrived in Atlanta and booked a room at the Marriott Perimeter Center for this year’s JordanCon! This will be my third year attending the Con, but the first time I’ve come alone. It’s strange not really knowing anyone in a new place. The uncertainty of it all can seem kind of daunting. But, I’m steeling my nerves and moving forward with my head held high. Got to try new things to meet new people!

In an attempt to get more involved, I’ve decided to volunteer. I have 3 volunteer events that I’m excited about, one of which is setting up a writing lecture for the one and only Brandon Sanderson on Sunday. Needless to say, volunteering will be a good way to meet new people and learn new things.

On another note, as of yesterday, I’ve completed the first draft of Stormfallen: The Decrepit Forest. It came out to be 50 chapters and over 90k words. I still have a ton of revision and heavy editing in my near future, but maybe 2016 will be the year of completion. It’s been a long road to completing my first novel and it’s a surreal experience. If you’d like to read the first draft, check it out on Wattpad by clicking the link on the front page of this website. Character profiles and a bonus surprise coming soon!~WM

Character Profiles and Extras

Hey everyone! Malone here with the weekly update. This week has been a fun one, but mostly chill as usually. I got to watch Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ on Tuesday and it was glorious. It had almost everything I wanted from a Dragonball Z movie and more! I’m really excited for the new show to come to the US eventually. I was going to watch Fantastic Four last night at the premiere showing but then I saw those reviews (oh man were they harsh). Hopefully it’s not as bad as the critics say. We’ll see. I still have to get my butt out to see Ant-Man.

I published chapter 25 yesterday on Wattpad. It’s called ‘A Darkness Descends’ (OooOOo ominous, I know haha). But it’s not that dark. The chapter sees Jozz and Myalin making their way to the Lorrallen meeting point to set off on the Liberation. Nevesa meets someone once again in the Khraw dungeon, and some threats are issued. There are 4 or 5 more chapters left in Part 2, then the final act of the story will be underway!

Chapter 25: A Darkness Descends

Another thing, in regards to Stormfallen, I’m creating some detailed character profiles here on the website. They are a work in progress but I will add to them over time. I’m also developing a full Glossary of all the key terms brought up in the novel.

O2 Reviews applicants! I’m still looking for 3-5 people who are interested in writing reviews. If you like movies, games, television, books, or even music and would like to join the O2 team, message me! Looking forward to talking to you and helping you get your reviews read.

Thanks for tuning in this week and I hope to see you next Friday! Let me know what you think in the comments.~WM

New Chapter, New Group

Storm-Fallen is back in action! Sorry for the month-long hiatus from posting, but I’m here now and I’ll be posting once a week, most likely on Fridays. I have several things I would like to announce this week including: the latest chapter of Storm-Fallen on Wattpad, a new Facebook group for unpublished and newly-published authors, and upcoming O2 Reviews.

Chapter 24: Old Blood, New Weapon– This week’s chapter returns with Darlowe and Runa as they continue to wait for the other Liberators to show. Their current military leader, Commander Udgallus, makes an appearance as well, bringing with him a new weapon prototype for them to use against the Storm-Fallen. Here is the link to Wattpad: Chapter 24: Old Blood, New Weapon

The First Novel Group– Last week I started a closed group on Facebook called The First Novel Group. I created it for unpublished authors working on their first novel to be able to connect with others pursuing the publication of their first book. It’s also available to authors who have published their first novel and would like to promote it or give helpful information on how they went about the publication process. We currently have 23 members and gladly welcome any others interested in joining. The atmosphere is very supportive and the members actively provide answers to questions  others bring up. I look forward to seeing some new members so come join us on your journey to publication!

O2 Reviews– I’m currently working on a review for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. I saw it Thursday night in IMAX and it was every bit the adventure the trailer teased it would be. The stunts blew my mind, but more on that in the review. I’m also looking for several people who are interested in writing reviews in order to get more O2 Reviews out there. It won’t be for money, but for the experience and networking. If you like video games, movies, tv shows, or books and would like to write reviews, send me a message. Thanks!

Well, that’s about it for this week. Talk to you all soon, or next Friday at the latest! Hope you like the newest chapter and let me know what you think in the comments.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Trailer is here!

Quickly following the success of ‘Battle of Gods’, Akira Toriyama returns to the helm of his famed Dragon Ball franchise, directing the newest film ‘Resurrection ‘F”, coming to theaters in the US this August, 2015

The trailer showcases the entire DBZ cast, and even some new and returning faces. This new film appears to focus heavily on action whereas ‘Battle of Gods’ mainly relied on the build-up to the final fight. 

Now, here is the trailer! Tell me what you think in the comments.

Resurrection ‘F’ Trailer

O2 Reviews: Jurassic World *Spoiler Free*

Jurassic World-2015

Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Screenplay and Story by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan

Summary: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. (Jurassic World IMDb)

The park is now open! It’s been 22 years since the original dino-flick came roaring into theaters and into our hearts. Now it’s a fully-functioning theme park with jaw-dropping attractions, and they spared no expense! The film is that of a park ride itself, full of action and suspense, horror even, all leading up to its climactic finish that’ll have you gripping your seat out of fear, excitement, and awe. The IMAX 3D experience will leave you extremely satisfied and nodding your approval even after the hefty price. (Ahem, first and only movie I’ve ever felt compelled to clap for once the credits rolled.) But don’t think I didn’t have a few gripes about the movie: it had a few bumps, but none that could overpower the non-stop adrenaline this movie brings.

Cinematography 3/3

The picture quality and visuals were stunning. I had a few concerns going in about the dinosaurs being completely CGI and whether or not it would affect the feel of the movie, as the other films achieved amazing things with animatronics. But once the raptors were introduced, I realized how real they seemed. Not once was I taken out of the movie jurassic2because of bad computer graphics or lack of detail. In an age of green screen, this is a powerful statement and for that alone I give it full credit.

Genre/Direction 3/3

Jurassic World has a little something for everyone. I forgot how scary dinosaurs could be, honestly. This turned out to have real horror moments, more well done than most films labeled as Horror. The Indominous Rex comes off as the most creepy, and brutal, villain to come to the screen in recent years. With that being said, it’s also a summer action movie chalked full of all the great science fiction elements of the first film. I was so thrilled to see the amount of throwback teasers, or easter eggs, woven into the movie for all the fans of the original. I may have to write a separate article just for that!

Casting 3/3

Unfortunately, there isn’t any Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, or Laura Dern, but in a way, it was extremely refreshing. Hot off the success of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Chris Pratt is most likely becoming a household name. His sense of humor is real and you easily welcome it among the screams and chaos of the park attendees running for their Jurassic Worldlives. Bryce Dallas Howard plays an integral role in the film, greatly portraying the common disconnect humans may have from the life that thrives all around them. Vincent D’Onofrio, who most recently played Kingpin in the new Daredevil series, acts very well and is perfect in his mysterious InGen role. And of course Ty Simpkins issues a great performance, bringing back the same level of wonderment that the children in the original film had, and basically portrays the audience in the first row of this thrilling rollercoaster ride.

Writing 3/3

The script couldn’t have been better. With all of the nostalgic easter eggs and fresh experiences of the theme park finally in full motion, the movie moved along at a great pace. It never dragged or felt out of character. It didn’t really try to live up to anything, it just was. And that’s what I love about the latest installment to the Jurassic franchise. They knew what everyone wanted to see, and they brought it, no holds barred, while still implementing a level of mystery and suspense that keeps you guessing. There were a few corny moments, one in which Howard’s character refuses to take off her heels the entire movie, but hey, the lengths we go to for fashion, right?

Sound and Score 3/3

The roars and seat trembling foot steps sound great in the IMAX theater. All of the original sound effects are back, bringing to life the characters of the dinos as you know and love them. The score was of course iconic and nostalgic in certain scenes, while knowing when to fade away for the intense chases, leaving you immersed in the action along with the characters on screen. All in all, a good balance of new and old.

Bechdal Test 2/3bryce-dallas-howard-jurassic-world

If you’re unfamiliar with the Bechdal Test, it gauges a movie’s treatment of women based on 3 criteria: 1) Does the movie feature two or more named women? 2) Do they talk to each other? 3) If so, do they speak about something other than the male characters?

In my opinion, the film passes, but only slightly. Howard’s character and her sister speak several times, and not about Pratt’s character. But the casting is fairly male dominated. I feel like Bryce Dallas Howard plays a strong enough female character to overcome this fact, but it was still an underlying issue. However, I hope that the movie can be enjoyed for what it is: a movie about dinosaurs.

Other mechanics: Editing 3/3 Costume Design 3/3 Set Design 3/3

O2 Verdict: Toxic/Polluted/Thin/Clean/PURE

jurassic-world-super-bowl-trailer-1Jurassic World is now in theaters! I recommend it for those that loved the original and/or love dinosaurs in general. Horror fans: look out, this one ranks up there with some of the best monster/killer movies ever. And fans of science fiction will love the questions about human morality, the advances in bio-technology, and how we see our place in the food chain. If you’ve got spare cash, check out the IMAX 3D experience. I highly recommend it.

If you have any questions, or want to comment, feel free to message me directly, or express your feelings below. I have all the links to my various social media profiles on my website: stormfallennovel.com. Thanks for reading and look for more O2 Reviews coming soon!

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