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one monkey, no typewriters

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Picking Up the Ghost
a YA urban fantasy of ghosts, lies, and voodoo

tone milazzo

one monkey, no typewriters

tone milazzo

Running Wild Anthology of Stories Vol. 2
featuring ‘The Ginger Jar’

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one monkey, no typewriters

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one monkey, no typewriters

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San Diego writer of speculative fiction in prose and comics. Author of the YA urban fantasy Picking Up the Ghost, the upcoming E.S.P. and espionage novel The Faith Machine, and the upcoming graphic novel Dead Woman.

Open to freelance work punching up stories or homepages, script-doctoring, beta reads, or other opinion vendings. Represented by Cherry Weiner

Stories have been with us since the first hunter told another about the one who got away. Stories are what make us human. Stories lead to understanding. Stories are cooked. Fiction, religion, biographies, gossip, gaming, and history it all goes into the pot and out comes as fiction. To those ends I’ve been around, professionally speaking. Marine, taxi driver, teacher, scientist, and coder. This breath of experience has given me a little knowledge about a lot of things, good and bad.

A good story reaches beyond the scope of its words.

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How Star Trekkie is it?

With everyone out there all agaga over the new Star Trek movie I thought I’d take the time to point out that the Emperor, while not naked, isn’t dressed as well as he could be. Because Star Trek is what it is for three reasons:

Action the TV show’s broadest point of appeal and the movie’s strongest point. The characters were strong and moved the plot forward and tension stayed high despite a weak villain and at least two gaping plot holes that I won’t spoil in case someone out there hasn’t seen it.

Social Commentary was the TV show’s strongest redeeming quality. Roddenberry used aliens and spaceships to address contemporary social issues that would otherwise never have been allowed on uptight 60s TV networks. And this is where the movie falls flat because Star Trek’s strongest quality is completely missing, unless the message was “Don’t travel back in time out of revenge because it’s not nice”. And there was room. Nero’s story was flat and could have been fleshed out to be more relevant to the human condition.
Maybe in the squeal, that is if they start making Star Trek sequels…

Science Fiction has always been the show’s weak point. Science Fiction doesn’t age within a few short years visions of the future become dated at best. Yes, some cell phones look like communicators but that doesn’t make Roddenberry a predictive genius like Verne or Clark.
The movie doesn’t try to correct the assumptions the show was based on and Star Trek continues to drift from science fiction into space opera. Except on one point. It was subtle and probably unintended but there’s one little vision of the future that the movie probably has right; 100 plus years in the future commercial radio will still be shoving the Beastie Boys in our ears.

More Messing with Marcus

Marcus is taking a political science class and he made the mistake of asking me to make campaign posters of him.





See? Democracy just does not work.

Keepin’ the Blog Alive!

Moving off of LiveJournal and onto tonemilazzo has made me more careful. Not only am I self-censoring for banality but also for criminality.

For Example, if I had downloaded and watched a certain mutant movie and I found it to be 120 minutes of nonsense. That it played out like someone had read 100 comics about this unspecified character and then wrote down everything they could remember as fast as they could, a steaming pile of crap that I’m glad I didn’t pay hypothetical money to see… Well I’m just glad that I didn’t do that.

In book news, there’s been some promising steps forward but it’d be gauche to put any details in print. Let’s just say that my query letter works.

So there you have it, I didn’t see a horrible movie and I sent letter. I’ll try to get beat-up by cops in the near future so I have something more interesting to blog about.


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