Star Wars: The MacGyver Opening (video)

Wouldn’t it be… well… cool? I’m old enough to have seen MacGyver back in the day, and even though I was rather young, it was still a show I watched all the time. Reruns, of course.

This video was posted on Facebook (I don’t know who is responsible for creating it) and thought it fun to watch. Brings back all the feels for both MacGyver and Luke! 😀  Hope you enjoy it!

Book Review – Cover

Well, sort of a book review; I’m reviewing the fact that the cover is done for Pieces of Nothing! Squee!pieces_3d_cover This is my third book, but the first to be published. Release date is set at January 31st 2015, and the will be a limited Giveaway between now and then. Pieces of Nothing will be available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF versions, and will be available on Amazon and Kindle, with iBooks and others in the words, including print possibly next summer.

What do unicorns, obnoxious vampires, and a heartbroken guy have in common? They’re all stuck inside my new book of short stories due out January 2015! From now until then, I’ll be posting small exerpts from this book, and links to where it can be found. There will also be a limited Giveaway for those who are brave, in January.

Featuring a taste of horror, speculative fiction, humor, and a short Vampire story (the story is short, not the vampire), this collection has a debut selection for fans of several genres.

Stay tuned for more info, and follow me on Goodreads as well! I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to contact me at:  kvhardy@rabidhorse.com

In the meantime, I’ll be posting thoughts on the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special soon. What I’m expecting, hoping for, and my thoughts on its future. And of course probably about all the stuff I’ll be cooking starting this Friday!

Happy Cooking for whatever Christmas or midwinter feast you might be having!

The Force Awakens… and Takes a Nap Till 2015

Believe it or not, edits are just about done for Pieces of Nothing. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some actual info about it, sharing a few bits and all that neat stuff. I’ll also have a few free bits of downloadable fiction to give away, for those who would like to give my flavor of Kool-Aid a try! There are several people on my Beta readers list, but I’m always looking for a couple more, so if you are interested in getting a free book to read in exchange for a review, let me know! “Nothing” is a collection of shorts, and is relatively short as a whole, so this particular book is not something that will hold the door open while slugging laundry.  Email me:  ingrid.hardy.1@bell.net

For now, back to the Force! I have absolutely any idea if these are real or not, but frankly I don’t much care, especially for the first one. I think it’s great, funny, and that theme music still give me goosebumps after all these years! Ragardless of what anyone thinks, I’m really looking forward to going and seeing this movie. Take a look:

What do YOU think? 😀

EDIT: Below is the one released November 28th…  Triple-squee moment for me! The Force Awakens = The Excitement Awakens!!

 

Spreadsheets and Romance

Wait, can those two things really go together? You know, in the right light, it might be possible. But not today.

Today I just had to share something I came across last evening that just blew me away… A pretty-looking spreadsheet! My desktop basically bit the dust after five long years and so that forced me to upgrade. The version of Quickbooks that I had on that machine was just as old, it had never been upgraded, but worked fine so I thought I’d just move it over to this one. Nope. Shows I was born in in the BC era (Before Computers). The OS on the old machine was XP so of course hardly anything I had would move over to Windows 8.1.

Anyhow, long story short, I am NOT buying a tone of software after buying a new system, so here enter Excel. I have a passing knowledge of Excel, so then entertained the thought of just keeping my business ccunting on Excel. That’ll be fine, right? Well, yes and no. Yes it does the job, but no I’m not able to do all those fancy formulas.

Here comes my great knowledge of the Internets to the rescue! There are all kinds of resources for finding simple templates and bunches of formulas…. It’s almost exciting. Toss in a glass of wine and some chocolate, and that’ll make for a very evening.

But wait! I like to draw stuff and try to make a living with that, so looking at dry, shrivelled lines with numbers is… dull. No torque, no turqoise, no love interest. Yuk. So off I went to search for something interesting to look at while making (a few) invoices. Looks like for once the Earth’s gravitational pull was pulling just right because look what came up! I’m posting links here because I think she does a fine job of her spreadsheets, and she looks to be a pretty fine artist too. And these are easy enough to tweak with your own artwork (or mine, hint hint). Fan of Supernatrual? She’s got you covered.

She put these together for NaNoWriMo, so all you writers out there (I know you’re there somewhere), do check them out. NaNo is almost over, but every month can be NaNo month! I’ll be doing my own probably in February, because this month is dedicated to the final edits of my already-finished book. Yes, I did that plug on purpose. :-)

I intend to use the template to set up my word counts for future novels, as well as for my accounting. I think they are clever, colorful, and interesting. Visit her site and download the templates! Svenga Gosen clearly states they are free to use and share. LINK

Speaking of hot stuff, I just finished reading Michelle Hodkin’s third book in the Mara Dyer series: The Retribution of Mara Dyer. This book has been over a year on the To Be Read list, waiting for it’s release. The books are Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance genre books, and I have to be honest. I really enjoyed the first two, and almost really enjoyed this last one. The story is mostly written from the viewpoint of the main protagonist Mara Dyer, who is basically a misfit in her world. I won’t go into the plot too much as it would be too easy to give spoilers, and so much is revealed in this last book that we didn’t know in the first two.

The Good, from my own point of view:

Mara is naturally not such a strong person so much of what happens makes enough scence. Not everyone can be (or would want to be) Barbarella. She is a sweet girl, but strongheaded nonetheless, and that really came through in this last installment. Really. No kidding. This girl has a backbone underneath that cute white dress.

The voice of the book. I really like Michelle Hodkins voice. Her writing can be poetic and really nice to read, and made the book one that I really looked forward to curling up with (I’m not a fast reader).

The characters. I liked Mara and her friends, and Noah was an interesting dude too. And apparently he has the hair we all dig so much. I liked her friend Jamie a whole lot too. Speaking of Noal, he isn’t in this book much, but counts when he is there.

What I didn’t like (but it’s just my opinion, and means nothing)

This third book disappointed me big time, about two-thirds through. It was really very interesting to watch Mara go down the road she was going – that was the best part of the book for me – and the idea of the enitre 3-book story is actually a good one. What I didn’t like is that it felt like such a departure from the first two books, much like the three Hunger Games books. The first one was REALLY good, the second one as well, but holey moley the third book felt like a different species all together. It just breaks the spell completely apart. Change is good, overhauls need planning.

The idea the author presents of good guys can be bad and bad guys can be good is fantastic, but there was no warning at all (unless I missed it), that certain characters were at first doing the evil-dude things and then whoops! no no, see, it was not really evil. I don’t know… it just made me twitchy that everything was going along well, tense and everything, and then boom. Reasons of stuff. But anyway. I haven’t given any spoilers, and I really do like these books actually.

I just had to get this off my chest. Michelle Hodkin is definitely an author I’ll read again, just please don’t make a u-turn at the end of a series! If you have read the book, let me know what you thought of it!

A bientôt!

Podcast News – Doctor Who and Orphan Black

For all you podcast listeners, there are two new episodes this week, should you feel the need for some Doctor Who and Orphan Black! Terry Tardis and the crew discussed (between coming and going), the finale episode of Doctor Who – Death in Heaven. Quite the end to a very different season of Who. I’ve very intention of re-watching the entire season and taking more notes, but overall, this season is one of my favorites of my time with the Doctor. It was interesting, moving, usually surprising – both in positive and negative ways – in how the Doctor has evolved, and finally very convoluted. Occasionally I thought it was over-complicated for nothing, but that is preferrable to empty episodes.

But anyway. If you wish to hear us chat about the finale, head on over to download the episode directly HERE. Next season, this podcast will be back on iTunes, and will be easier to keep up with.

For Orphan Black fans, the C-Word gang got together with Inter-Dimensional Dave and I to discuss (and have a ton of fun with) the second season of Orphan Black. (download here: iTunes) This show has just come along wonderfully since its debut, and it is almost scary to think of what might be around the corner in season three (supposed air in the Spring of 2015). Honestly, season two was just THAT good, can it keep it up? Only time will tell. Below is a 20 second teaser for next season. In the meantime, download that podcast, have a listen, and send them your feedback.  What is Cosima’s fate? What is Helena’s? How will Felix keep up with all this?

Gallifrey Stands – A Doctor Who podcast: Death in Heaven
Orphan Black season 2 Roundtable Discussion

Till next post – Allons-y! 😀

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