J.W. Kurtz (writer)…what I’m reading, what I’m watching, what I’m playing, & what I’m writing:

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J.W. Kurtz (writer)…what I’m reading, what I’m watching, what I’m playing, & what I’m writing:

In an attempt to keep my ever busy mind occupied I quench its thirst with a bevy of media entertainments.  Recently I watched Whiplash and wow!  Wow!  Wow!  I haven’t watched such an intense film in I don’t know how long.  It was absolutely fantastic.  I don’t much care for the Academy Awards (Oscars) because they rarely if ever get it right.  Well, J.K. Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor was certainly warranted.  I’ve always been a Simmons fan and it’s great to see that not only did he get casted in a role absolutely perfect for him to display his range but that he also received the accolades for his work.  “Well done” all way around I must say.  There is one thing that indie films and books tend to get right when compared to the massive corporate blockbuster world of media entertainment and that is story and heart.  Indie’s time and time again get it rigJK Simmons Whiplashht in a more consistent manner than the big fish.  If you haven’t seen Whiplash you owe it to yourself to do so.  Be prepared…it is rather intense and there is more than a little swearing so if you’re offended by such a thing you’ve been warned.  Enjoy!

Currently I’m working my way through viewing The Last Ship.  I’m more than half-way through the first season and I must say…it is not very good but I can’t bring myself to stop.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s the absolute absurdity of the whole thing.  I feel like I am rubber necking while watching this fiasco.  I need to stop but I just can’t!  And no, it is not a guilty pleasure.  It’s more like masochism.

The Last Ship bookWhat got me to watch The Last Ship in the first place?  Well, I attempted to read the book once when I was about 14.  I made it about 50-pages in and quit.  I put it back on the shelf and moved on.  Then about 6-7 years later I tried again.  I loved the idea of it all but it was just very, very hard to get into.  Then I tried about 5-years after that believing that my stronger background in naval history and end-of-the-world scenarios (I studied such fun things in college!) would better prepare me for one more attempt.  Nope.  Still couldn’t go past page 100 or so.  Now here I am having a rough outline of the story (it is very different from the book) delivered to on the TV and I just sit there shaking my head wondering how it became a series.  I’m shaking my head even as I write this.  Obviously the creators of the series never attempted to read the book the show is based on for if they had they would have gone on to instead make a zombie vampire reality show or something.  Oh and there’s a season 2!!!  Crazy!

What am I playing???  Yeah I’m a gamer.  A gamer that goes back to the Commodore 64 and Atari.  Following those up I gamed on the first Nintendo NES and then I moved into the PC world of gaming.  I’ve built…many, many systems over the years.  Too many to count.  I love games of all genres but especially strategy games.  FPS and RPG games are fun but to me they don’t compare to the thrill I get from a classic double pincer move on a battlefield.  Good times.  The other day I found a deal on Steam for a game I’ve heard about for a while but I just haven’t had the time to check it out.FTL-Faster-Than-Light-Receives-an-Overhaul-on-Steam-for-Linux-2  The game is called FTL: Faster Than Light.  It was on one of Steam’s super discount sales.  I think I paid like $2.50 for it.  How could you miss for the cost of less than a cup of coffee, right?  Well, it was a bullseye.  I played that thing for half the night.  I’m looking forward to playing it later today when I get all my chores and projects done for the day.  It’s my reward.  Check it out.  If you like strategy and supporting indie works you will not be disappointed!

Now what am I writing?  I’m happy to have a great deal of time to work on my writing projects this summer.  I hope to have the sequel to my first book, The Bellerophon: Ambush, completed by the end of the season.  What has kept me so behind on this project?  Well, I wrote about 80-90k words in a side project and then shelved it because work was interfering with my process and a whole bunch of other things were

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going on.  I don’t see it entirely as wasted time because it will be out at some point but I am really focusing now on Bellerophon Book 2 (just my working title).  I do want to thank, again, all the people that have read and taken the time to review Book 1.  There is nothing more thrilling to me than to see my book has been downloaded and that it was enjoyed enough to earn a review.  Even the critical reviews are appreciated because they push me to do better.  Thanks everyone!

Cheers!

J.W.

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7 thoughts on “J.W. Kurtz (writer)…what I’m reading, what I’m watching, what I’m playing, & what I’m writing:

    Lucinda Elliot said:
    June 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    A very interesting post; I’m not much of a film buff, but that does sound intriguing. I can so empathize with that shelved project. . In April I put one of 55,000 words aside in he Drawer of Doom Where No Decent Manuscript Cares to Show It’s Face as having too much contradiction between comic Gothic structure and serious theme. Let’s hope we both go back to those manuscripts and complete them…

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      June 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Exactly! One day…

    noelleg44 said:
    June 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Interesting to know what you’re up to. I do need to see JK Simmons – he’s one of my favorite actors and has been wasted in a lot of minor TV roles.

    @literatewoman said:
    July 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I adored “Whiplash.”As a matter of fact, I think I watched it three times in one weekend, which is not something I tend to do. J.K. Simmons has long been a bit underrated as an actor, and his on-screen tension with Miles Teller was the driving force of the movie.

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      July 16, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Oh I wish I’d seen it in theaters…alone…with the sound WAY up. That would have been one intense experience. As it was I only watched it once (but may end up purchasing it to enjoy again and again) and for nearly the entire film my jaw had dropped except for when Teller catches up with Simmons after Simmons had been let go by the school. I knew what was brewing and very much enjoyed the “I knew it was you Fredo” moment though the response by Teller was much better than passively sitting in a row boat waiting to sleep with the fishes. Cheers!

    Christian Krecks said:
    September 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    It seems we share some field of interest like exploration of space or military aspects. I will have a look into your book soon.

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      September 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Fantastic! I usually post several times a month but I’ve been busy with the start of the school year and editing my next book release. Happy to have you aboard!

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