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text 2015-05-07 06:08
A Cold-Hearted Music
A Cold Hearted Phoenix: Episode 1: Dark Love (A Cold-Hearted Phoenix) - Isis Sousa,Clare Diston,Celine Frohn
Dark Love (A Cold-Hearted Phoenix, #1) - Isis Sousa

A Cold-Hearted Phoenix has now entered Global Distribution, and is starting to appear on the bookshops! YAY :D  It is available in both paperback & hardcover.

 

For those fans of Dark Wave, Heavy/Symphonic/Gothic Metal and the like m/, here is a selection of video clips of the music mentioned on Episode 1: Dark Love (A Cold-Hearted Phoenix 1):

 

Classics / from the scenes on the Gothic Rave and Madame Satan club:

 

>> Killing Moon - Echo & the Bunnymen

 

 

>> Butterfly on a Wheel - The Mission 

 

 

>> Friday I’m in Love - The Cure

 

 

>> Butterfly FX – Moonspell (from the opening scene at the Gothic Rave)

 

 

Some of the stuff that VIKKI listens when she is at home:

 

>> Alleine Zu Zweit (live version) - Lacimosa

 

 

>> To Mega Therion (Live) - Therion

 

 

>> I Won't Tell You - Lacuna Coil

 

Source: tragicbooks.blogspot.no/2015/05/a-cold-hearted-music.html
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text 2015-04-12 17:58
A Cold-Hearted Phoenix - Episode 1: Dark Love

So, this 30th April, I have something for you...

 

The first episode of A Cold-Hearted Phoenix miniseries will be out as Paperback, Hardcover and E-Book

 

Here is the book cover:

 

 

SYNOPSIS
 
A Cold-Hearted Phoenix is a sweet-and-sour illustrated mini-series in three episodes. It is written in an experimental style, mixing screenwriting with prose. This book includes 40+ illustrations and a unique layout.

In this first episode:
VIKKI, who is an authentic and successful graphic designer, breaks one of her most sacred rules: to never date a work colleague.

Let’s watch how VIKKI’s life turns to misery and she falls into the misadventures of a DARK LOVE.
 

 

And here is a book trailer:

 

 

Enjoy the misery! m/

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review 2015-02-22 13:07
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need - Blake Snyder

Well, now I understand why Hollywood makes the same damn movies over and over and over again. Also why there's so little diversity in the movies. But there are some good ideas in here, despite the avalanche of cliches, so I'll give it a generous four stars.

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review 2013-11-17 04:25
The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting
The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting - William C. Martell The Secrets of Action Screenwriting isn't a "how-to" book in the style of all the "do this and you'll be famous" books on screenwriting. It's more a stream of consciousness review of the elements of action screenplays, and while it could certainly use a thorough edit, it's also complete and even inspirational -- and it can't help but shorten the learning curve for those looking to start writing (or improve) their screenplays. Martell uses plenty of real-world examples to illustrate his points, and this might be the book's greatest strength; if you had written a screenplay (or were about to start), the examples would make it easy to apply Martell's ideas to your script. This is a good blue-collar screenwriting book -- one lacking in pretension or a suffocating "system." Martell is not exactly the hottest screenwriter in Hollywood, but he's made a living at it for a long time, and knows his stuff.
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review 2013-10-24 00:00
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need - Blake Snyder SAVE THE CAT! is about making money, not about making art. If you want to read about a bag of tricks that will increase your odds of making a ton of cash, this it. If you want to learn about the finer nuances of artistic, passion-filled creative writing, you should skip this one.

I admit, I have never heard of “Black Check” or “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” (4.7 and 3.7 on IMDB, respectively). However, not only did Blake Snyder sell each script for over a million dollars, each, but both movies grossed around thirty-million dollars, each. Despite Snyder’s continuous name dropping throughout this book, he does produce some artistic chops: twenty years in the industry, and (again) making millions in writing scripts.

Snyder’s approach is VERY formulaic—and opinionated. He’s watched and studied countless films, figuring out his own formula for success. The title of his book comes from one of the coined phrases he uses in chapter 6. He says all good movies should have a “save the cat” moment where something happens (like saving a cat) that makes the hero likable. Snyder says “Tomb Raider 2” was a dud because it lacked a “save the cat” moment.

I can’t argue with Snyder because a lot of what he says makes sense. Some people may have difficulty submitting to his logic or confining themselves to his reasoning, but Snyder does prove it works. Just be prepared to follow his exact logic, such as making your “catalyst” moment shows up on page 12—not page 11 or 13. Yes, I’m serious. He tells you how many pages to have and what should appear on which page. All loglines have to contain irony and you must be a slave to the logline. Work the plan, earn the money.

Beside his coined phrases in Chapter 6, Snyder has also gained some notoriety for breaking every movie into one of ten genres. What’s weird is that “Schindler’s List” and “Die Hard” fall into the same genre. Snyder makes sense in his definitions, but it’s going to rub many people the wrong way.

At the end of the day, Snyder proves his merit and shows how a successful script can be done. Personally, I didn’t enjoy his arrogance (he was “shocked” that fellow script writers couldn’t quote lines from their favorite movies) and I don’t appreciate locking down an art form to a formula. Can you make a lot of money following his advice? Sure. Will you feel good doing so? I don’t know.

Three stars for some interesting advice that anyone can cull from. Two stars knocked off for money-hungry structuring.

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