The Cinematic Superverse

I invite you all to explore the Cinematic Superverse, available at the following link:

http://interactrapp.com/share/5d9796d43de5e

This is an interactive video project that I have been planning for about 2 years and finally put the finishing touches on last week. It incorporates every superversive book trailer I have ever made plus some additional extensions, enhancements, presentations and menus to transform the whole ensemble into an multi-world experience to explore and enjoy. Various elements and easter eggs within the initial video can be clicked on to take you to other videos and menus, or to the given book being overtly advertised or subtly hinted at. (If any of you remember the old easter-egg-filled homestar runner flash presentations, then this is a similar concept on a grander scale)

For those of you with slower connections, a lower-quality version can be found here:

http://interactrapp.com/share/5d9b6adb4a609

This presentation can be simply embedded into any web page that supports scripts (unfortunately, my hosting solution here does not, but it can be viewed over at superversivesf here):

The Superverse

If you would like to embed this presentation on a page at your own website, please contact me for the embed code.

 

Enjoy

The Light Beyond the Window

I came up with this one during my many recent visits to doctor’s waiting rooms.

The Light Beyond the Window

The light beyond the window shines
Into this murky room
Sparing me the horror
Of life in utter gloom

It dances on the floorboards
And sparkles on the tiles
Lifting me onto my feet
To go that extra mile

Without it I could never see
The beauty on display
In flowers, trees, in birds and beasts,
In life that finds a way.

I press against the window
And shield my eyes to view
The source of this great radiance:
So pure, so bright, so true.

Defining and uplifting all
To be their greatest selves,
With courage to keep going
And eagerness to delve

Into the noblest mysteries
Of being, thought and deed;
Not shirking from the questions
Of our lives’ deepest need

For meaning, purpose, value, hope,
When all arounds seems lost;
What core thing we should cling to
When all else must be tossed

The fortitude to see it through
And keep our solemn vow
Ensnaring vanities avoid
Until we humbly bow

Before the throne of judgment
When our works show their worth,
And our heads will lift to see
New heaven and new earth.

7 days left to Up Your Writing Game

With seven days left on the campaign, it has reached its second stretch goal of 200% funding, so at least 8 educational videos will get made. Since no-one has yet taken it up, the perk to receive a specially commissioned poem by myself in addition to all educational videos has been reduced from $60 to $50. Take a look and invest in improving your craft, or help make more of these resources available for your favourite authors so they can improve theirs and in time you’ll get an even better product from them.

How did I deserve to know?

Today is my wedding anniversary. Here is this year’s poem:


How did I deserve to know?

How did I deserve to know
A girl that’s so good for my soul,
With wisdom, passion, kindness, love
That I am so unworthy of?

It’s such a joy to wipe your tears,
Discuss your thoughts, your hopes, your fears,
For these eventful, treasured years
That we have been as one.

So with His strength and with His heart
Until it’s our time to depart
We reinforce these bonds of love
That fit us better than a glove,

To face the world and all its whims,
To cleanse our hearts of all their sins
And teach our children to become
Strong enough to overcome

The storms that surely will one day
Sweep across their narrow way
To purify them to their core
As they prepare for evermore.

A Young Man’s Soul


A Young Man’s Soul

When unseen forces press upon a young man’s soul to find his place
In something so much grander than his daily wants and woes,
What foolish quests and sophistries will the world place in his way,
And how can we direct him to a far more worthy goal?

With stories and examples that inflame his spirit’s noblest fires
Of faithfulness and prudence, vitality and craft,
Courage and discernment, love that wades through mire,
Of fortitude in service with purity of heart

To the One who loves us more than we can ever know
Who invites our souls to soar above the vile flow
Of sewage that this world pretends is culture, virtue, truth;
But really serves the foulest ends and drains away their youth.

He heals our deepest scars of shame and cleanses us of sin
Burns off our dross, shares in our pain, and asks to be let in
That we may tread the narrow way and scale the holy hill;
To bask in bright refreshing day and find our rest until

We’re called to fight beside Him and destroy the Devil’s hordes
Renew what does delight Him and find our great reward,
That all might see true justice done, infused with mercy grand;
The cruellest tyrants are cast down, the humble asked to stand

And look upon the One who gave himself for one and all
Hung upon a brutal cross and given bitter gall
That we might know the joy that He gave up for our own sake
And share in the great glory that was His alone to take.

He knows us, yet still fills these jars of clay with treasure lavishly
And has prepared above the stars a place in His great family.
Where all our virtues are perfected, our flaws are washed away,
All is seen with new perspective, and we are here to stay.

You Really Are Too Good to Us

This year’s bithday poem for my wife:

You Really Are Too Good to Us

 

You really are too good to us,
So we have to thank you thus
(Plus of course in other ways,
From time to time and day by day).

There’s no one in the world that we would rather know
To hold us as we cry and watch us as we grow,
To celebrate our victories, commiserate our falls,
Encourage us that next time we will surely scale that wall,

Warn us when we wander from the straight and narrow path,
Hand us holy soap when our spirit needs a bath,
Hold us to higher standards than the world around us does,
Show unexpected kindnesses, simply just because

You love to give, to understand and help us lift our heads,
Gently kiss our foreheads when we’re tucked up in our beds,
Loving mother, daughter, friend and sister to a throng
Of souls who’d surely join us in singing you a song

To celebrate all that you are, the difference that you make,
The many blessings you provide, delicious treats you bake,
The comfort and encouragement your simple presence gives
Are heaps of shining evidence that in your heart He lives.

Up Your Writing Game – The Art and Craft of Writing

If you’re a writer looking to improve your storytelling craft, then renowned author and editor L. Jagi Lamplighter is ready to share the lessons she has learned over more than thirty years in the industry in the form of practical steps, principles and exercises to improve the quality and impact of your writing and increase the enjoyment and satisfaction that your readers will gain from it.

The best way to gain a core of fans is to write a good book. The best way to improve your books is to learn from one of the best in the business by supporting the campaign to produce this course.

All sorts of perks and rewards are available, including having a personally commissioned poem for a special occasion, or your own book trailer created by yours truly, having your own short story or novel turned into an audiobook or having your novel fully edited by Jagi herself.