Mediocre Brainwash

Fun. It’s fun to watch. You’ll have a fun time. A very popular term you’ll see a lot of critics use in their reviews when it comes to describing the next Hollywood Blockbuster. It’s a coined phrase that has been instilled to them to pass on to us, to use that key word when others ask us about said film. A film if you watched again, you can start to see the mighty big flaws and it’s force narrative that is jammed down our throat. But we can’t call it a bad film, no we can’t have that, because the masters of Rotten Tomatoes have given it a fresh rating. Thus making our claim highly invalid, painting us as a person who just should watch a movie and not over think. Because overthinking leads to problems, you should just give in to the simplicity. Not think, truly what art is about, right?

Do not think, do not look deeper, do not be different, do not break the status quo, do not pass go. Truly what any artist thrives for.

Hollywood today has found a formula to make a simplistic film with no deeper insight and turn it into a masterpiece. How did Hollywood accomplish such great triumph? It’s a little thing called the critic.

Studios have gotten together, can I have to come up with the conclusion if you get the top critics in line and the others will follow, and it works.

Being a Critic is like being in high school, if you want to be popular you have to love what the herd loves, not what you think is good or not. I have a lot of friends who are critics, let me tell you this, Studios love pampering the fuck out of them. Food, booze, and the after party and guess what, if that critic should say some amazing things for their film, said critic will be put on that nice list for the next special screening. And that’s how it starts, a little washing of the back, a little stroke of the ego, lifted up to the pedestal, in the good grace of a few Executives who will remember or try to remember your name. Such praise can drive the average critic to a delusional state. Because you’re no longer unknown, you’re in with the cool kids. And that’s how it starts the whole brainwashing cycle.

And soon the next phase is initiated. Critics have social media, people who follow without question, people that want simple validation, who want an informed thought that didn’t come from their own mind. Because just like many on social media, people are easily conned into believing words they did not read on their own. If critics feed positivity into a film their followers will obey and feel what they’ve been told to feel.

Before you start saying ” this is nonsense critics have a cold and a duty to their readers.” Well that’s like saying every politician is honest and true because he or she has been elected to office. And if you think about it, both jobs have a lot in common. They both love the sound of their own voice, they both love to feel in power, and they both love to take things from the higher-ups. Both a slave to the corporations. Critics may not get boat loads of cash, but free shit is there bread and butter.

With this in Place Hollywood has no obligation to make smart creative works. In fact it empowers them to make substandard films. Because this has become a genre that has been widely accepted. Because we coined another phrase ” we want something light and fun for today’s Dark Times.” The oldest trick in the book. Paint anyone that wants more truth, more reality, something more deeper as a sick monster. This person that craves more is someone they paint as a joyless soul who wants to make you depressed, who wants to strip the Sunshine from your life. It’s a damn good play in killing anything that tries to take your money away, it forces others to dumb down and water their own work, just to keep with the status quo.

Such tactic is put rigorously to work with the superhero genre, get them young and and they will crave it for years to come. They won’t ask for more if that’s all they know. And it’s a sad truth, Hollywood has turned into a smash-and-grab way of life.

Mediocre brainwashing in full effect.

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Don’t Wake Me

Let me feel your hand
As we come to an end
Our roads shattered in half
This world turns and leaves us
Wish it wouldn’t be
But it’s happening
What happened when we used to be kind
What made this end
I’m falling
But in dreams we stay
We love
We stay together
Don’t wake
Don’t bother
Life is good here
(Jesse Abundis )

Amazon Sets You To Fail

How many people do you think know what CreateSpace actually is? ( of course you can’t add authors or book bloggers) the answer to that may be, not enough. And in the grand scheme of things maybe that’s what Amazon truly wanted. Posing the question, did Amazon set the self-published author up to fail?

Now remember CreateSpace was created to lend a hand to the self-published author, to make his or her book available in paperback or hardcover. Other sites had done this, but Amazon was the only one with enough momentum and fire to really capitalize on this venture. I can already hear the question popping into your mind. “How is Amazon setting people to fail when they’re giving you the tools you need?” So let me get you a little more input in how CreateSpace works.

Once you’ve created your book, and are ready to send it off to the world, the biggest thing comes to play. Royalties. Now your CreateSpace book is going to show up in two stores, Amazon and CreateSpace. Sounds great, till you are given the massive of screwjob of your life. First, the price of a paperback is set ridiculously high, and if your book is 300-plus pages and depending what type of material you use to make your book, you are looking at a $12.99 paperback. You might think that’s not too bad, it’s not. But the royalty you are given for each book sold on Amazon is roughly a mere $0.56.

BUT, if you sell a book on CreateSpace you’re looking roughly around $3 to $4 profit. Enough said, they’re going to sell them on CreateSpace, no worries. The only issue with that is no one wants to buy a book from a site they have no clue ever existed. You would think a giant site like Amazon would promote CreateSpace, they’ve managed to plug it to authors, but not the average consumer. In a way, that really benefited them. Pay the author less, keep more for themselves.

Now there’s news on Amazon phasing out CreateSpace in some ways. First the CreateSpace store is going to be knocked out. You can still publish your book with CreateSpace, but expect Amazon to take the bigger chunk of the profit. The reason for all this, guess, because not enough people purchase via CreateSpace, only authors and a few rare ones.

The more you see things from a distance, you start seeing the bigger cut provided by CreateSpace was more of a taunt, knowing authors chance of selling a book through them would be slim. ( remind you both are still run by the same company Amazon) and with such a tactic, you see the drop Amazon set in place for authors. Knowing full well they could split the profit evenly even with the store closure of Createspace. But then again Amazon didn’t become wealthy for giving money away to the small guy. They’ve made their riches from exploiting them.

Find It In Your Heart

Can you see it in your heart
Can you find an ounce to drop
As I’m shoved
Dropped to the floor
Spat, and robbed of a life
That wanted me
That could of been
Will you save my tattered soul
Will you speak well of my name
As others try to break
Hope the pain
Finally takes me
Will you put yourself in the heat
Of these lies
Those twisted lies
Guilt by association
Will you be true
As I have been true to you

(Jesse Abundis)

The Harsh Truth

You always wonder where you will be after your first novel. I think others dream of being famous, world renowned, everyone with their own ideal fantasy playing in their head. I think a younger me, would go crazy with such thoughts, measuring sucess and failure, like it matters.

Now in my age, being through publishing and promoting, growing as a writer, growing as a person. Where I stand, is in an area called “I don’t really give a fuck.” And it’s a better place than the one I see a lot of authors find themselves in.

I’ve seen the author go mad by wearing themselves thin by social media, always on it, always waking up in the middle of the night to it, seeing them meltdown, seening them be absolutely fake that they can’t stand themselves. I look at my area and thank my lucky stars.

Be careful when you write, figure out what you want, figure out what really brought you here. Before you press sumbit. Was it your passion, was it your dream, or did you just want the ego trip?

So much can go wrong in this field, authors getting consumed with trying to win a race that doesn’t exist. Authors spending time on forums trying to find a way to beat the system on Amazon so their books can climb the top, the RT game, the review for review beg forums. All of it, just the whole life style is a bag of pointless, how much of your life are you going to leave on the table, to win a war with no winners.

A lot of authors are out there sounding more and more like a desperate fool trying to sell a pyramid scheme. Some are buying it, and it’s sad. To win, you just have to be happy and content with what you’ve created, leave the fame behind, we’re not in the olden days of when writers were treated like rock stars. Just write, go home, get sleep, and be happy.

But it’s hard to get that message out to others. True story, an author posted on FB she needed her books to sell because she stopped working because of social anxiety and needed this book to sell or her family would be on the streets. One has to wonder if this is real and if it is, why in the world would this woman put her family so at risk, to lock herself away and write, when knowing the dream doesn’t always pay the bills. Buyer beware.

I work, I write, I live my life. But I never will let myself be consumed to the point where I give my time to bang my head on the wall. Whatever comes I’m ok with it. I have no fears because I’ve found myself tapped with no sales for this month. Because I love writing and I still would do it for free.

A Few comics to read

Here are a few comics you should really check out! 

Batman Earth One Vol.1
Is one of my favorites. A whole new take on the Batman history, it’s darker, it’s edgy, you will fall in love with it! And Vol.2 only gets better.

Superman Earth One Vol.1 
Another whole new origin for the Man Of Steel and one of most human takes you could get on him. Some people have been divided on the series. But I’m sold on this.