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 My thoughts on Daredevil a Netflix exclusive series 

Who would have thought it would have turned out so good. 

I have not watched all Netflix originals, but the ones I have watched looked fairly low budget. Daredevil however—even thought Marvel was behind it—turned out a lot better than I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong it is not perfect—we all know nothing is—but even with its flaws every Daredevil fan will fall in love with this series.

There are 13 episode in total, each one about an hour each-give or take a few minutes. I am currently out of work due to having shoulder surgery, so i was able to watch all 13 quicker than I would normaly knock out a sereis on netflix. Let me tell you, it was hard not to go through all episodes in one sitting. I was hook from episode 1, and the hook stuck through all 13. If I wouldn’t of had other things that had to be done, I may have blown an entire day watching this series and not felt any regret doing so. 

I am not going to do a review on the series, I don’t feel that I could do a review good enough to due the series justice. I guess this is kind of a review of sorts, oh well.

Back to the show. The biggest problem I had with Daredevil is that there is no more episodes to watch.  I really hope they make a second season. This first season was a really good set up for more. I’m not sayng they leave you hanging, that is no the case. They did a decent job closing up the story line. This was a first season, it introduced Daredevil to everyone. I do wish it would have had more of Daredevil as the real Daredevil not the guy in the black mask. They did not portray Daredevil to be an unbeatable superhero, he got beat up pretty good through the season. The fight scene choreography was pretty good—sounds were off but no biggy. I think all-in-all it was well directed and well written. As for the casting I also feel that was well done.

What do I want to see in the next season-hopefully there will be one? I am quite satisfied with the first season, so they need to keep up what they got going.  I just want to watch more, so hopefully we don’t have to wait too long for another 13 epsidose.

Out of five starts I give it a full five. 

Well enough of my blabbing nonsence, If you guys have Netflix and havent checked out Daredevil yet, what are you waiting for you won’t regret it.

J. A. Cunningham

Every time I try to get blogs going, I tend to let them go dry. I believe it is because I am not sure what to write about. I mean, I don’t want to bore people, I would like to gain readers not loose them. 

Anyway, I am going to see what I can do to keep this one from drying up. 

I am an artist and everyone loves pictures so here is a pencil portrait I did a couple of weeks ago.  

 

It has been a while—a long while—since I had done any pencil portraits. I feel it turned out good though. 

Oh, about my book The Harvest  book one of the 2013 series. It is going to be out this year for sure. There was some stuff I had to change that set me back some. That and life got in the way. I’m hoping for a solid release date by the first of next week. 

I will be posting something a little more interesting in the next couple of days. 

I just wanted to get on and say HI to anyone still following my blog posts, and to any new followers. 

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Posted: April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

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LIVING SPRING by DiVoran Lites

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Writing on-the-go an iOS adventure

I find myself doing a lot of my writing on-the-go these days. The fun part is finding the right app to suffice my needs. I have bought many paid apps, and download just as many — if not more — free apps. The problem I have ran into is: While at home I use Scrivener for Windows — which I must say is the best program on PC,and Mac for writers of all types — the Windows version does not support syncing with outside apps like the Apple version. Trying to find a good work-around for this has been a fun little adventure.

During my adventure I have come to like the way of Markdown writing, or should I say MultiMarkdown — footnotes are nice. At first I really liked iA Writer, that was until I found out Scrivener only reads/compiles MultiMarkdown (.MMD) files. iA only reads/rites .MD, and .TXT files, so I moved on to Byword. iA has been updated. Version 1.9 now supports most plain text files including .MMD.

Byword is a lot like iA, but reads the .MMD files allowing it to work better with Scrivener. Another plus is the extra row added to the keyboard allowing easier Markdown writing, and doesn’t take away fromthe simplicity of the app. I do most of my on-the-go writing with Byword — especially my blog post. With the current update on Byword you can publish directly to WordPress, Blogspot, and other sites. This is a big plus, and makes it my go to app for writing.

Nebulous Notes is another plain text app worthy of purchase. With the most recent update, Nebulous is becoming one of my favorite writing apps. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked it before the update, but it lacked proper Multimarkdown support – could not display footnotes –
with the new update that has been fixed. Two features I have always loved about Nebulous from the start is the customizable macros, and the scratch pad.

Another good one I came across is Daedalus Touch, I had really high hopes for this one. It has a interface much like Scrivener’s cork board. I do like this app it uses the plain text style writing, recognizes MultiMarkdown, and has the option to export as an ePub. The only thing that is turning me away from Daedalus Touch — for now — it is better to start your writing project in the app than it is to open an existing project. With the way it layers your documents it is a slight pain in the rear to get them organized if you didn’t start it in the app to begin with. If Scrivener for iOS is not out by the time I am ready to start a new project then I will definitely look at using Daedalus Touch. I do love the ePub export option.

I do have Pages, and Document To Go which are both very fine apps with plenty of bells and whistles. I do not use them for my writing because they do not support the plain text style of MultiMarkdown, which I use for easier transferring back-and-forth with Scrivener and iOS apps.

To sum it all up I do like a lot of the apps I have tried, but Byword is my choice for on-the-go writing. That is until Scrivener for iOS finally gets released.

Here I am on break at my warehouse job. I wasn’t supposed to be working today, but high demand for some cake mix has gotten me called in for overtime. The bills need payed so the overtime is welcome, and my writing will have to wait.

To live the life of an author is a dream I hope to reach one of these days. For now my nightshift warehouse job consumes most of my time. Back in February my eight hours a day turned into eleven – twelve hour days, and will be that way for at least another month. The good side to it all — once my overtime ends— I will be switching to a dayshift schedule. My wife and kids are very happy about that, and so am I.

Anyway, enough of my babbling. If you haven’t checked out Sophiebowns you should, she has some really good stories.

A friend had mentioned that I need to write a story about hunting. This is something I threw together for now, just for fun. I have plans on turning this into a full length novel or maybe just a novella. Anyway, I hope you guys like it. ~ J. A. Cunningam

The Hunter

By: J. A. Cunningham

Adam didn’t think he would ever find himself back in the field. Five years ago when his father had taken him on his first deer hunt, his dad stood up to point out the path the deer would travel. As he turned to point, he had lost his footing falling out of the tree stand fifteen feet to the ground. His head had hit the ground first bending his neck in such an angle it snapped. It had all happened so quick Adam didn’t have time to react. That was the worst day in Adams life.

The accident had turned his life upside down. At the age of thirteen it had effected his school life, home life, and social life. Adam spent the next four years living like a hermit. His mom worried about him constantly, forcing him to seek counseling. The counseling was not helping, Adam never said much. The counselor had told Adams mother, if she wanted to keep paying him to babysit a teenager then by all means keep bringing him. Until he was ready to be helped, there was nothing else he could do. That was Adams last visit.

Now five years later Adam had been going through his dads stuff in the shed. Adam and his mother had been putting it off, but now they were moving and it had to be done. Adam pulled a large box down from the loft. When he opened it there was a gift wrapped package. He pulled the package out from the box finding a card attached. It was a happy fourteenth birthday card. Adam glanced over towards his mother, she knew nothing of this gift, she just shrugged her shoulders. Adam hesitantly opened the card to read it.

Happy Birthday to my favorite hunting buddy. I saw you looking at this in the store so I went back the next day and bought it for you. Now we can both hunt deer together. I know how good you are with the rabbits and squirrels, and you are my son so I know you are a born hunter. With this gift I know you will get that trophy buck, maybe even the buck of legend. Again Happy Birthday son. Now go get practicing so we can hunt. Love Dad. P.S. Your mother doesn’t know I bought this.

Adam almost dropped the card, he was shaking so bad, tears began raining down his face. His mother ran to his side wrapping him up in her arms to comfort him. She took the card from his hand so that she could read it. They both stood there in each others embrace crying.

Adam waited a couple of days before opening the gift. He was pretty sure he knew what it was, he just wasn’t ready for it. With the wrapping removed it revealed what he already knew. Sitting before him was the Hoyt compound bow with all the fixings: whisker biscuit, true glow sites, six arrow quiver, and you know all the god stuff. Adam removed the bow from its package grabbing hold of the string drawing it back. The draw weight was to light, and the draw length a little too short. This was expected, his dad bought it five years ago. Adam, for the first time in years actually felt like smiling — so he did. His dad had always surprised him, and even though he was gone, he was still able to surprise him.

“I love you too, Dad!” He said softly as he slowly let the string return, careful not to dry fire the bow.

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For months now he had monitored this spot. Having set up his feeder and cameras, Adam had captured images of a large group of deer. One buck in particular stood out from the rest of the group. Towering above the rest of the group, his perfectly symmetrical antlers looked to be twelve points, maybe more.This one would make a nice trophy buck. Adam could picture the bust mounted in his office, it would go good with log-cabin theme. He could already taste it, the savory taste of a slow cooked deer roast with fresh potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and some of families secret spices. It was decided, Adam had to have that trophy buck.

Remembering everything his dad had taught him, Adam felt as ready as he will ever be. The pop up blind was in place — it sat about twenty yards from the tree stand his dad had fallen from. Adam couldn’t bring himself to take the stand down, he hoped to one-day use it again. All of his gear had been de-scented, he used some raccoon piss scented pads on his boots to cover his trail. Right before getting into his blind, Adam sprayed some Buck Bomb Doe Estrus. The only thing left was to wait for the buck to get into a good shot range.

It felt like a couple of hours had passed, Adam checked his cellphone only to verify he was correct. He began to worry he had done something wrong. According to the time stamp from his cameras, the deer should have shown up already. he decided to give it one more hour before packing it up.

Fifteen minutes had passed when he heard some rustling of toward his right. Adam looked but didn’t see anything at first. Right before he was about to turn away he spotted movement. It wasn’t what had made the rustling noise, but it was a deer. Adam grabbed his range finder, careful not to make any noise. It was a nice healthy doe standing at seventy yards. Too far for him to take a shot, Adam was looking for something in the thirty to fifty yard mark — preferably closer to the thirty yard.

Movement on his left side caught his eye. Three, four, now five doe stood out around the sixty and seventy yard zone. Adam considered attempting the shot although he had never taken a shot at anything over fifty yards. Adam slowly removed and arrow from the quiver, sliding it through the whisker biscuit sliding the nock onto the bow string. He hooked the release to the nocking loop, and began to draw back when it hit him. Adam wanted the buck, not a doe.

Adam relaxed his draw, and scanned around. A few more doe had came into view, but there wasn’t a single buck. He figured maybe another hunter had gotten his trophy buck, he should just take one of the does and call it good. Adam began to draw back on his bow again when a grunt had startled him. He figured it must have been what made the rustling noise earlier. A buck came from the right side of his blind stopping about ten yards in front of him. Adam drew his bow, looking down the sight he froze.

This was his first time taking down big game. When he was younger he had went squirrel and rabbit hunting with his dad. Shooting them was different, Adam didn’t think it would be, but it was. His heart was beating so hard, he hoped the deer would hear it. he was starting to shake, keeping his sight on his target was getting hard. Adam closed his eyes and took a deep breath. When he opened them it felt like his dad placed his hand on Adams shoulder whispering advice to him, as he remembered what his dad had taught him.

Slow your breathing down son. Nice and easy, look through the peep sight and line up your ten yard pin. Keep your breathing slow and steady. Focus on the target, as soon as you feel at one with your arrow and target, trip the release.

Adam and the buck were breathing in unison, he felt at one with his weapon and prey. Tripping the release sent the arrow straight into the bucks heart. It tried to run off but only made it a few feet before collapsing.

“Thank you, Dad!” Adam said looking up into the sky.

After waiting to make sure the buck was dead, Adam went to check out his kill. It wasn’t the trophy buck he wanted — it was only a six point — but it will still look good on his office wall, and taste just the same.

The End

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Chapter 10, Scene 4 from ‘2013: The Harvest’[1]

Herald and two of the gunners arrived at the metal device. Hovering about three feet off the ground it stood roughly twelve feet tall. Herald walked around estimating it to be about twelve to fourteen feet on all sides making it a perfect square. This was most definitely a cage, the walls made of bars just barely enough room for him to stick his hand through.


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Posted: February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

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