FREELANCERS #13 - 09/03/23
Hope you enjoyed the last short story. Part 3/3 is coming around the 15th this month. Please check out the Newsletter Archive link at the bottom of this email if you've missed any of the previous stories.
Today, I have an exciting progress update, a link to some more free books on Bookfunnel, and some thoughts on movies I've been watching, both popular and some surprising gems (both starring Keanu Reeves).
I did it! Inglorious Resurrection is now available wide across most major online distributors! There are also print version available for print on demand on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I'm very happy with how they turned out. I'm thinking about leaving one or two in some local dropboxes for books.
Here's a universal link to all the various sites where you can pick it up. I know it's common to wait until a series is done before picking it up, but Phoenix Company is gonna be ongoing for a long time, and each one has a satisfying conclusion even as it teases what's coming next.
If you haven't already, please check it out!
I have an animated cover with music to be a quick video trailer on the way. I'll share that when it's ready.
In The Storm is also available on online retailers to help sell the series to people who only search for books online. Let me know if you prefer having a lead magnet story exclusive to joining the newsletter. I can always cook up something special for the mailing list.
With the proofread done for Book 1.5, my perfectionist self is doing one last read through to iron out any wrinkles in the manuscript. I've probably said it before, but I'm very happy with how this one is turning out. The first novella in the collection of 9 interconnected stories is some of my best work so far.
I'm chipping away at the cover and I'm inordinately excited about how the background looks :D
Still plenty of room for advanced review copies if you'd like to check it out before release.
I signed up for another Bookfunnel giveaway! Please click the link and check out some great titles to download for free.
I recently watched John Wick 4! It was an interesting journey that was better than I expected. The series started off super strong with the first one being a very solid movie, beyond just an action film with Keanu doing a lot of acting with very little dialogue. The second and third movies were good to okay, but the formula was starting to get a little tired. I found myself getting a little bored with the action that began to drag a little for me. Also, too many dogs munching on people's crotches. Youch.
They also leaned into the increasingly out there worldbuilding that approached urban fantasy with this mystical world full of only assassins playing their deadly games with magic bulletproof suits and customs fitting ancient orders.
The fourth instalment leaned into the weirdness just enough to stay charming without being silly, and embraced the almost video game nature of the whole thing with the action scenes. What really struck me was the cinematography. There was some every frame a painting vibes going on. So grats to the DP.
All-in-all, it was a very enjoyable ride. I'd say I'd rather they leave the saga there with a nice bow on it, but I spied more entries and spinoffs in IMDB already. Could be worthwhile if they have more quality story to tell, but it could also be too formulaic and recycled.
My wife and I have been searching things we can watch with our 2-year-old daughter. It's led us to check out some movies we might not have checked out otherwise. DC League of Super-Pets really surprised me with how heartfelt it was. There was a cloud raining on my eyes for most of the ending. Also, it's hilarious to me that the animated Batmans are almost better than the live action ones. It was a smaller part they played mostly for comedy, but Keanu did a pretty good job as the Dark Knight.
Let me know if there are any other movies or shows I should check out, or if you have thoughts on the John Wick series.
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Thanks very much for reading. More fun stories coming on the 15th. Have a good one.