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Movie Review: Wolf Creek 1,2 & Series

Wolf Creek 1 & 2

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Wolf Creek the Series (one season)

 

I took a day to myself to re-watch some of my favorite movies from Down Under. Australia puts out some really great horror movies, and movies based on actual events.

 

This review covers the Wolf Creek movies and the single season series. Each starts with the mention that it is based on actual events. And its is pretty accurate. Australia has a large amount of serial killers that have never been caught.

 

Young people flock to the Outback to take in the brilliant scenery and hitchhike around the country. Hence, so many go missing. Predators hone in one this, making these young ones easy targets. Included in the opening credits of the movies is the line ‘30,000 people go missing in Australia every year, 90% are found, 10% are never found.’ So, foul play runs rampant.

 

There are proven ‘backpack serial killers’ that have been caught, but how many copy cats go unchecked? And some of those that have been caught are so brutal to their victims. Australia is a vast land, as harsh as it is beautiful.

 

So, on with the reviews.

 

Wolf Creek movies 1 and 2, and the short series are some of my favorites. It is the villain I seem to root for, because, in my little head, he is just the best. Mick Taylor is a relentlessly brutal serial killer. He targets tourists. He views them as pigs that just need to be eliminated from ‘his’ country.

 

Mick has the absolute best maniacal snicker/chuckle I have ever heard. Actor John Jarret captures this character so well, I could never picture the character of Mick Taylor played by anyone else.

 

The good news is, Wolf Creek 3 is in post production.

 

Wolf Creek introduces us to Mick. It shows his relentless pursuit of those he deems as trash and a mar on his country. Foreigners are not welcome in his country. So, as a ‘pest eliminator’, he does his job. He takes great joy in this endeavor.

 

Wolf Creek 2 is much the same, showing just how gruesome this man can be. He is hilarious, however. Creepy, but hilarious. Some of his one liners had me in stitches, but, you have to remember, I am a fan of villains. Also, that snicker/chuckle. It makes me smile.

 

The short Season of Wolf Creek that was developed was also so perfect. This time, we got to see what drives Mick to do the things he does. We learn of his past, getting a glimpse into why he does what he does, and just how his mind got so warped.

 

The movies and the series are quite gruesome for the faint of heart. There really isn’t a fear factor as far a jump scares. It is more about sitting on the edge of your seat as the gore happens, because you can nearly feel the pain of Mick victims as he does what he does. He is quite creative and twisted. No one really gets a ‘clean death’.

 

So if you are up for a really charismatic villain and a lot of gruesome edge of your seat gore, I highly recommend checking these movies and the series out. You wont be disappointed.

 


Threadbare : 100 word challenge

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You broke her heart on so many levels. Devastation and despair prompting her to do dangerous, foolish things.

The physical things will heal. The bumps and the bruises.

But the inner scars will remain forever.

You took her love and used it against her. She wanted to help you so bad, only to lose herself in the midst of demons of your own design.

Now you’re gone. She is suffering. Her heart is broken, the edges of her soul tattered and torn, threadbare and frayed. She’s unraveling.

We are here to pick up the pieces, needle and thread in hand.


Out of order…

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Yes, I know, I didn’t make a post. ~sighs~

I really enjoy posting at least once a day, I really do. But I got tied up in some other business yesterday and just didn’t get to it. I did check my mail a lot, just to be sure I didn’t miss anything mega-important. I haven’t even looked at my Facebook in the last 24 hours. Well, okay, I do that quite often. I despise Facebook. And Twatter, erm…Twitter…Tweeter…whatever…

I have a very good post on the way, however, thanks to some back and forth mailing between Patricia and myself. Its going to have to go on the back burner for now though.

Some pressing family matters have come up, and my daughters grandpa (not my dad) is in the poorest of health. They are not expecting him to last the week.

So there will be a trip to Montgomery today, and then again if anything further happens.

She is not close with her fathers father. He’s not the nicest person in the world. But he is her family. Its only right she pay respect.

So my head is getting an ‘out of order’ sign slapped on it just in case I go missing for a few days. Montgomery isn’t far from here at all, but who knows on how much time we’ll have to spend up there and how much time I’ll be able to sit at the lappy to compose anything.

The only thing I managed to accomplish today was making myself look decent. Meaning I touched up my hair. I really gotta get the kid to trim it for me. Ugh.

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks spotlights and are checking out my new friends! Remember, if you are interested in being in the spotlight, don’t hesitate to contact me!

~snugs you all~


Spotlight: Blogger Ray from The Unsimplelife

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Ray – The Unsimplelife

Ray is in our spotlight this week! He is a fellow wordpress blogger and all around great guy to talk to. You can catch him on The Unsimplelife.

On with my torture of the man!!  😀

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?

I try not to have, or stick to any particular process. I find I get the best results when I let just write. I try to let the moment im in take the lead, when I am not thinking about it too much I read back over my work and it seems to have a much more organic feel. When I am writing something of some length, I do have a kind of timeline for main events and I try to write in between them, but I don’t plan the rest. If that makes sense at all.

2. What do you read for pleasure?

I read all sorts of things, fiction and non-fiction. My partner and I both love reading. Personally, I like RA Salvatore, John Marsden, George RR Martin. Right now I am reading The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Otherwise, I love reading science / physics type books, must be the nerd in me. My partner is trying to get me to read some Tamora Pierce, but it isn’t really my thing to be honest.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?

Hard question to answer really, I write for many reasons. I guess I started writing for myself a long time ago, I never really showed my writing to anyone. My wife got a hold of a notebook a few years ago without me knowing, and she enjoyed it. I guess since then my confidence has grown a bit, hence why I have a blog now too I guess. With both, I really enjoy seeing a reader engaged, positive or negative, it is just lovely to know you have made someone think.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Umm, I guess so. I am in my late twenties, I live in Australia. I spent most of my early adulthood travelling with no money and no direction. I now have a wife and a young boy (3yrs) and have settled down somewhat. I had a pretty crappy for years, I watched one of my friends get eaten alive, my mother died suddenly soon after with cancer, and am now just on the back end of that. Check the blog if you want to know more detail.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

My strength, and my weakness, is my mood. I can go weeks, months even without writing so much as a word, but I get into moods when I just can’t stop myself. I have been trying to find / think of ways to balance this out a little and try to have a little more consistency to my work, open to suggestions if anyone has any!

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

Not really… umm, I seem to find a pen to chew, even when I am typing. 🙂

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?

Getting the aesthetics of a blog / post right. I procrastinate a lot with that side of things… I never actually proof read, or edit any of my work as such, probably explains the weird dyslexic moments you may have come across.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

I used to make my bed of a morning, then we had a kid.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Space, ever since I was little the universe has amazed me.

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

Zombies, is this a real question?

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

There is actually a local group in my town that has a zombie apocalypse plan, and a location, supplies and everything ready. I am a member, bring it on! 🙂

I love the down to earth-ness of Ray, and his blog. First time parenting is tough! Please scoot on over to The Unsimplelife and check him out!


Spotlight: Author Courtney M Wendleton

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Courtney M Wendleton

I met the lovely Courtney through Google+ and she’s an awesome young woman. Bright, intelligent and fun. She supports her fellow authors and bloggers and just has a dynamite personality.

So, lets get the show on the road and see a little insight Zoe style…

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?

My writing process takes place at my Command Center. I have my laptop and speakers set up to watch a movie and use my tablet to actually do the writing. I have the movie going basically for background noise, and something to keep me focused on my writing. Instead of getting up and doing something when my mind begins to wander, I watch the movie for a few minutes and then I’m back to writing.

2. What do you read for pleasure?

Anything and everything on my Kindle. I have horror, sci-fi, Learning Language books, Romance, etc. Usually I read Harry Potter series and Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy once a year.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?

My greatest joy of writing so far has been when I put my first book, Touchdown Interruption, for sale on Amazon. As for blogging, I have not had a stand out joy yet.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in Ocean View, Hawaii, Hawaii. I was born and raised in the northwest corner of Missouri. I love to read, write and play video games. With my small obsession to write, I have an even bigger obsession with names. I can sit for hours coming up with names for my characters and not know it. I also love to travel and have lived in four different states, including Alaska.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

A strength would be focus. My focus is sharp when I am in the groove and even if I lose focus it is only for a few minutes before I’m back at it. A weakness would be editing while writing. I can’t stand those little red and blue squiggly lines under words or phrases. They bug me to no end and are part of the reason I lose focus until they are made to disappear.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

I don’t think I have any strange writing habits, but my dragon Kevin (he’s from Pillow Pet land) might say I do. Everything I write goes through him.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?

Marketing. I enjoyed writing the book, and enjoy blogging but marketing is tedious in my opinion. A necessary evil to push through.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

There is no point in making a bed, it is just going to be messed up later. No one is going to see the bed, unless you go around showing your room to everyone. Plus I’m a “nester.” I burrow and get the pillows and blanket into just the right position for Kevin and me to write. Then fall asleep as I do most of my writing at night when others are asleep.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Ireland

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

Vamwoldezoms. I love vampires, and demons but am just discovering the world of werewolves and zombies that I can’t choose.:)

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

Unfortunately I’m not. I am out of shape, I have no preferred weapon of choice and I live on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Plus the island happens to be an active volcano…I’m screwed.

You can visit Courtneys website and take a gander or check out her Google+ page and Facebook!

You can find her books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, just click the pic! 😀

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Thank you so much for this opportunity Courtney! 😀


Todays accomplishments!

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So…I’ve recovered from this mornings bout of insane silliness. I still lack an A string, so I cant be all musical.

I took a much needed nap, then got up and opened some word documents to stare at them a bit to see what they had to say to me.

I started working on one that I haven’t touched in, like…a year now. And was promptly told by spell-check that it didn’t have a clue as to what word I was grasping at.

THESAURUS.COM time!

I haven’t gotten any actual work done on the book I’m SUPPOSED to be working on. I seem to keep going back to older works and fleshing them out a little. Some could be posted here on the blog I imagine…they aren’t graphically smutty or anything. Just kind of long, and I don’t know if a blog post would do them justice.

My truck is in the shop, I’m stranded at home. I hate that to no end. I love to just be able to get up, toss my laptop in the truck any time the mood strikes and head to the coffee shop. Hopefully my truck will be fixed by next week.

I do more productive work at the coffee shop.

I’m trying to stay away from Netflix or I get sucked into that vortex.

So I am letting music guide me. Now that I cant practice my own, I have a killer playlist lined up.

I could always go back to bed. Everybody complains I don’t sleep enough. I feel like I might miss something. What? I have no clue…lol.

So, today’s accomplishments so far….ZIP! NADA! NUTTIN’! Not a thang…~head desks~


Early morning head-banging part II

WWWWWAAAAHHHH!!!!!

I snapped my A string.

Its 7:31am, most music stores aren’t open yet, and my truck is broke anyway. I have no wheels. I HAVE NO VIOLIN!!!! NO SPARE STRING!!!  WWWAAHHH!!!

On the plus side, I could use this time to, yanno, actually sleep, since I haven’t done that since like…hhhmm…5am or so yesterday….

Oh…funny story…

So, a few months ago I drag out my violin to practice and I do a warm up. My cat loves to try to catch hold of the bow, or any loose horse-hairs. So I’m warming up and she’s in the way and I shoo her off. I’m ready to dive into something.

I decide on Beethoven…Ode to Joy.

Start playing.

Cat looks at me and promptly pukes on the floor. >_<

Worst. Audience. Ever.

Everyone’s a critic. -.-


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Just something I wrote…

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This is just something I wrote as I was thinking of my gaming character and her feelings and actions at the time. I may write more on it…I dunno. It may never go anywhere but here. Anywho…enjoy. 🙂

She had confronted him after hearing not a word from him in so long. So much silence, yet they lived in the same home. So much silence, especially for two who were just married mere months ago.
He didn’t even seem concerned for her recent absence. She definitely noticed his. His constant coming and going.
She asked if he was having an affair. That question seemed to irritate him.
She asked what happened to the man who used to leave her flowers, notes, snarky and witty comments…
She asked if he even cared what she was going through since this new life had been bestowed upon her. The transition was hard. So hard.
Instead of concern, he seemed to turn things around. His own concerns, his own problems, his own darkness and dark thoughts.
There was no emotion for her. No concern of her well being. No affection.
No love.
He said he’d see her later that night. She shook her head as she started walking away. “No, you won’t…” She had said.
He didn’t follow. He didn’t seem concerned in the least.
He might have well just shoved a blade in her heart and gave it a twist for good measure.
True to her word, she didn’t return ‘home’ that night.
She roamed. She was used to the night. She was comfortable in the darkness.
She went to a small pub, finding it blessedly empty for the most part. There were a few surly looking patrons watching some form of sport on the television above the bar.
She went to the tables, finding one that was nice and secluded. A waitress made her way through the empty tables and chairs to take her order. Blue eyes scanned the elder woman. She was probably the barkeeps wife. This looked like a family run establishment. It was very calm and homey.
“A bottle of tequila. Gold. Lemons and salt.” She said to the waitress. The woman gave a nod. “Okay honey, coming right up…” was all she said as she made her way back to the bar to fetch the order.
The liquor, fruit and salt was delivered and paid for, as well as a hefty tip to ensure she was left alone for the remainder of the evening.
She poured her first shot, licking her hand and placing a sprinkle of salt there before licking it off, kicking back the shot, then cramming the lemon wedge in her mouth, biting and pulling the meaty citrus fruit from the rind. She squint her eyes and scrunched her nose. Wow…nice.
She thought back to their first meeting. Despite her instant physical attraction to him, the two were more likely to kill one another than actually work together. But they pushed past that initial disdain for one another and worked on.
They overcame great things together.
He gave her a night of utter bliss. She lingered on that memory for a moment. The passion, the heat. The way their bodies moved together in fluid motion in that delightful dance. The pulsing, the pounding and the writhing. The heated kisses and the swollen lips. Their tongues had graced one another as if they had known each other since the dawn of time. Fingers explored and brought forth immense pleasures.
She suddenly became aware that she was sitting there blushing, but smiling faintly as well. She sighed, pouring another shot, lining it up like the first and taking it in.
When their mission was complete and they found themselves with this strange unique bond with one another, he took her home with him. ‘Their’ home. ‘Their’ bed.
But nothing felt like ‘theirs’ to her. It was all his. And everything was on his whim, his desire, his time.
Then complications arose from an outside matter. It was such bad timing.
She seemed to be pushed off to the side as he dealt with his own personal things, without so much as a single concern with how she was faring and coming to terms with the trials she had just faced.
So here she was, in a bar, sitting in a darkened corner trying to get drunk. What purpose would that serve?
None.
She wasn’t going to be going back to ‘their’ home this night however. Thankfully she had plenty of ‘safe houses’ all over the world. She could go anywhere, really.
She didn’t want to give up on him. She didn’t want to give up on them.
He was the first man to make her feel this way. So torn up inside that she actually wanted to break down and cry. She hated it. At the moment she hated him.


Spotlight – Author Lisa Rayns

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Lisa Rayns

Author of Adult Suspense and Romance…with a Paranormal Twist!

Lisa was wonderful enough to humor me with my silly ’10 questions’. I feel humbled, as here I am, just a small time girl with a book to my name, and she’s written so many! I have met some really great people since kicking myself into public view! So, lets get down to the good stuff, shall we?

10 Questions, Zoe style…
Thank you so much for having me, Zoe!

1. What is your writing process?

My writing process is pretty simple. When a muse hits me for a story, I write down as much of it as I can. When that process finishes, I look at the story, the basic plot, and find ways to make it better. I plot out the story and get that written out. Then I go back to writing. At this stage, I mostly cringe when my characters don’t want to follow the wonderful plot I’ve created, but I let them be who they are and adjust as I go until finished.

2. What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like anything with a romantic storyline it. That could be anything from romantic suspense to sci-fi, comedy or horror.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is when someone leaves an amazing review. It’s like a confirmation that someone else shared my vision of the story. They get me, and the warm, fuzzy feeling is incredible.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in a small town, and I work full time. I have three beautiful boys at home, two dogs, and a Siamese cat. Spending time with my family is important to me, and it’s also a lot of fun because we all share a similar interest in the paranormal.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My strength is that I love to create stories. It’s my hobby, it’s my job, it’s my passion, so luckily I’ve never had to force myself to write. My weakness is finding more time.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Hmm. That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure if it’s strange or normal, but sometimes I abandon one story to work on another. No matter how badly I want my current one finished, I follow my muse.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Marketing, for sure.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I’m laughing as I answer this. No, I don’t make my bed in the morning because I’m normally in it! I’ve been working nights at my “day” job, so my hours are a tad screwy.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
It’s hard to choose just one. I mean, hot guys with accents are awesome, but I think I’d like to visit a real castle with ancient stone walls. Hey, if it comes with hot guys with accents, that’s okay with me!
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Vampires. Always.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I think I’m pretty prepared. I’ve brushed up my skills on Left for Dead 2, and I have several swords in the house. I always have an awesome day after a zombie dream. I love them!

As mentioned before, Lisa has many books published. Her most recent is a finale in a series:

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Summary:

When Annabelle Cox is forced to return to her hometown of Medford, she is anxious to tell a certain vampire he’s had her heart for years. Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to marry her mother the moment her father dies.
Ignoring the complications, she’s determined to tell him how she feels in hopes of changing his plans for the future. But the closer she gets to him, the more powerful a hidden adversary becomes, and their sizzling attraction may not stand a chance in Hell.

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