On Inkshares Horror Novel

Have you guys heard about this? I recently heard about a crowdfunding site called Inkshares. It’s basically Kickstarter or Indiegogo crossbred with Createspace or Lulu. It looks like a site where you can crowdfund a novel that will have an ebook and physical presence in bookstores. Unlike Kikstarter or Indiegogo where you give them thousands of dollars and then the writer keeps a percentage and has to then hire editors and distributors, Inkshares does all of that. So if a project is successfully funded at Inshares, it includes a professional manuscript editor and distributor.

I had no idea how any of this works, so I figured I’d dive in and take a look see with my current manuscript. I’m working on a 90 thousand word novel about three strangers entering the witness protection program when they accidentally thwart a serial killer. They’re relocated to a new state, but their new home brings them into contact with horrors beyond imagination.

You can find the Inkshares page, along with fun FAQs and whatnot, and back this project here are: https://www.inkshares.com/projects/horror-novel

Thanks so much for your support!

This is Elliot Arthur Cross eternally grateful for your support. For any questions about the project, please email me at elliotarthurcross@gmail.com. Thank you and happy reading.


On opening to interviews

Hey gang, I’ve decided that since I have lots of followers (soon to reach triple digits), I’ve decided to network even more. If anyone wants to interview an lgbt author/Game of Thrones enthusiast/Survivor junkie/politics enthusiast/holder of a BA in Film Studies, then let me know. I’m mildly entertaining and I’d love to meet more people and share ideas. We could also possibly do some free book giveaways to your readers, as that’s a marketing approach I need to tap into more. Current ebooks are in YA, murder mystery, erotica, and horror genres.

And it feels weird to just email someone out of the blue. There are some great bloggers who interview people, but I feel odd contacting strangers to see if they care about me. So any interested parties, please email me at elliotarthurcross@gmail.com. I will respond quickly and pleasantly.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross looking forward to hearing from you.

On Survivor: Phillipines finale

I’m exhausted. I realized I wrote about 32,000 words in the last week. My first draft is done and now I just want to play Dragon Age and zone out. So tonight I decided to relax, eat fun stuff, have way too many beers, and watch the Survivor finale.

Yes, I have a confession to make. My name is Elliot Arthur Cross, and I’m a hardcore Survivor fanatic.

“Hi, Elliot.”

Hi, guys. For the first time ever, I wrote a bunch of notes of what I thought during the show.

These are my thoughts during the 2 plus hours of Survivor fun. Cleaned up slightly but still fresh. Have fun.

First off, why must they always preempt it with football, then 60 Minutes? For years, this has been happening. Finally, they planned on starting Survivor 30 minutes late to help DVRs and Tivos and VCRs (if those are still in existence). But that wasn’t enough. It was already 10 minutes past the adjusted starting time, and then there was a breaking news segment.

President Obama spoke for 20 minutes about the tragedy of the latest school shooting. It’s a horrible thing, my heart goes out to those people, but Obama’s televised speech was pointless. First of all, he spoke super slowly and dragged a 10 minute speech out for 20. Second of all, the shooting happened four days ago, and it’s no coincidence that he chose to go on TV when there were guaranteed millions of viewers. He used it as a press opportunity, otherwise why not go on TV yesterday or the day before, or even the day before that? It may sound silly to complain, but there are a lot of people who have to deal with a lot of shit and just want to relax on Sunday night before the week starts, tune out the horrors of reality, and watch some fun ‘reality’ TV without being reminded that evil exists.

But then the show started. Yeah!

There was the fun little recap at the beginning and I’m happy they mentioned Penner’s skills. Did anyone else besides the final four get a little ‘yeah he’s cool’ mention? Don’t think so (Disclaimer: Jonathan Penner is one of my all time Survivor fans and I have a massive TV crush on the talented Jew, and I make no apologies for that!).

We start and of course they mention Denise’s Survivor first of making it through every tribal council. Would they bother if she’s not a finalist? It’s little clues like this that I love picking up on editors. Thanks for giving us layers.

Mike Skupin thinks his story is better from an outsider’s perspective than Malcolm’s. Uh, maybe if the editors showed any of it to us. I always liked Skupin, and it’s very clear that he would have won season 2 if he hadn’t fallen in the fire, but the man’s a klutz and that’s part of the game. Sorry, Mike, you’re doomed to being an almost winner. Worse things to be.

Here’s something stupid. They make a little mystery out of will it be a reward or immunity challenge, then go to a commercial. As soon as they come back, there’s a #rewardchallenge posted on the bottom of the screen while the intense music blares. Guess that mystery is solved.

While we’re at it, what is the point of hashtag stuff like #immunitychallenge or #tribal council? It’s just one more thing taking up space at the bottom of the screen. In five years, that is going to look so insanely dated.

Damn, they are doing a final three instead of two. Don’t know. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it sucks. only 8 jury members, could have a tie, but I doubt it.

And this dragon puzzle is a brilliant example of why Survivor is head and tails above other reality competitions. Their challenge designers are awesome. Wish I could figure out a way to put a picture of it here. I need a site designer/helper/slave.

Malcolm wins advantage and everyone tries not to look pissed. “Oh great, the odds on favorite to win a challenge just got an advantage in the last challenge. Cool…”

Ooop, Malcolm and Denise are gonna talk, and it cut to a spider in it’s web. Good editting for Denise. For those of you who don’t know, the Survivor editors love juxtaposing important moves with animal imagery.

We all remember from Penner’s boot that if someone asks you into a final thing, you agree. Malcolm didn’t agree to Denise, which tips her off…

OMG, as I typed that, Denise said, “I’m getting flashbacks to Penner.”

Malcolm mentions it as a Fallen Comrades walk, something used in previous shows, reminds us that he’s a big fan. I think he called someone a goat earlier, which is a message board term.

Final Four admit Penner would have won in the final three. Hells yea. Fallen Comrades consists of all the booted players talking about themselves, but Pete is just like, “I hate Abi.” Would not mind seeing his body back on another edition.

When it’s made abundantly clear that someone like Malcolm will win, he can’t, right? Everyone’s like, Malcolm’s got it no worries.  So of course he’s first out. And Skupin wins after his “I must win and create the final three” deal,  but editing has shown him to be not the brightest guy around, so let’s see what happens.

Oop, Malcolm is worried, then we see a snake. Then it’s Denise doing her thing. More animal editing for her. Has that been consistent throughout the show?

The jury watches them with the usual angry/bitter/curious looks, and Penner sits back relaxed like he’s sitting at home enjoying an episode of Survivor.

Malcolm’s gone. Is this the oldest final three since season 5?

Fuck Tivo! I lost five minutes while it reset!

Jury starts. There’s three kinds – talk about me, ask about gameplay, or make a speech.

Artis does a pissy speech. Carter asks about himself. Pete stands up and I notice Penner rolls his eyes. Pete throws Denise an easy question. Looking good for her.

RC tells Lisa she’s great and asks Mike if he lied to her. Giggling and happy. Wow. She got a great edit for who she is methinks.

Malcolm… shows that he’s a real bitch. Surprised. Wow: “Don’t nod” what a deuche move.

Jeff kent speaks/asks, good on him. Love Penner’s curious look when Skupin answers. Then Lisa defends herself. She’s giving a good reason for deserving this after all. Damn.

Abi talks about herself, surprise, surprise. Then asks a question about that relates to herself.

Penner saved for last , “let’s end this thing.” Love it. Did he beat Sue Hawk’s speach? I don’t know. Is it one of the greatest jury performences of all time? YES.

Now they cut from past to live. Remember when they used to have a five minute montage of Jeff Probst leaving, and flying across the world and riding a ski-doo to read the last vote? Sure it wasted time and was cheesy as hell, but fun.

Can’t wait to see who gained weight. Every reunion is fun like that.

Ooh, Skupin gained weight. Penner kept it off. Course he only gained it to have some fat to lose on the island. Smart man, that Penner.

And… Denise wins! Skupin and Lisa only got one vote each. Fun. I’m reminded that Denise’s husband looks a bit like the comedian Michael Hitchcock from Best in Show and tons of other stuff who I adore.

All right, gang, that’s it for me. This is Elliot Arthur Cross thanking you for hanging in there for my ramblings, and asking you what you thought of the season. Peace.

On the electoral college

As politically savvy as you may think I am, I’d love to delve into a fun nugget of American craziness. I so hoped that Romney and Obama would split the popular vote/electoral college, just to shed light on how nonsensical the system is. It happened of course with Bush/Gore, but if it happened again so soon, people might actually demand to change it.

Speaking of Bush/Gore, if you’ve seen Fahrenheit 9/11 (don’t get me started on that ‘documentary’) then you’ll remember that early scene when a senator or congresswoman refers to Al Gore as Mr. President to make a point, but he’s like, “Um, I’m not the president.” The woman was trying to show her solidarity, but you could see the single tear trickling down Gore’s eye like the Indian watching garbage on the side of the road.

Of course each state elects electors that go winner take all, barring Maine and Nebraska, which split theirs, but it usually seems to go together. So some massive state like Florida could be 48 percent Dem, 47 percent Rep and 5 percent random third parties. Instead of splitting those 27 all go to the Dem. The 52 percent of people who voted for other people basically lose their votes. Seems a little odd.

So how do you fix that? You make smaller areas that go for one or the other, inside the larger body. But wait, isn’t that the electoral college in the first place? Smaller areas inside America go for certain places? Hmmm.

So how about the popular vote? Instead of campaigning heavily in swing states, every single vote would matter. Only then the politicians would only campaign in cities. Would New Hampshire matter any more in a popular vote election?

So what’s the best solution? In politics, there is none. Elliot Arthur Cross poignantly signing off.

On election 2012

Tomorrow is the big day. My household will be going in at random times to cast our votes. Most New England states, even if officially swing states, will go for Obama, so it doesn’t really matter in this election, but I choose to cast my vote for a better 2016.

Turning my thoughts to four years from now, it dawned on me that we could potentially have a Hillary CLINTON vs. Jeb BUSH. How crazy would that be? Who else would the Democrats or Republicans put up? Bidena nd Pelosi will be too old. Edwards crashed and burned. I think if Hillary wants it, then she’s got it. On the Elephantile side, there’s who, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, and uh, that’s it. Jeb could easily take it if he wants. Paul Ryan may run, but come on.

The sad part is, I bet if you ask most people, they’d probably take a Cinton or Bush over where we are headed.

Anyway, I saw a few polls that suggested Rmney could win the popular vote but lose the electoral college. If that happens, do you think ANY liberals who bitched about the unfairness of the electoral college in 2000 will be complaining? Or will it be a case of, “Oh, this benefits my side now, long live the electoral college!”

If I sound cynical, it’s only because I am.

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you to vote early, vote often, and vote Gary. Peace.

On debates

Why must Romney and Obama insist on the old “I’ve recently met a woman from X town in the great state of Y?” approach. Does anyone really go, “Hey, they just mentioned a specific town I just heard of, and I don’t care that they’re talking about a supporter at one of their rallies, now I want to vote for him!” No, we don’t care. Stick to the issues.

What? The issues? That’s crazy talk, Elliot. Isn’t it easier to just attack the other guy? For just once, I want the candidate to stay positive, tell us what he’d do differently, then bow, and maybe give us a humorous moment or two. That’s it. People would love it. And by humorous moment, I don’t mean using a “The 80’s called and they want (insert joke here) back.” Looking at you Obama.

Instead, we wade through dogshit. Cool. I’d love for there to be a moderator onstage fact-checking them as they go along. That would shut those arrogant egotists up. I don’t care who you’re rooting for, you have to admit that both of them lie through their teeth. Wouldn’t it be crazy if Americans elected a politician who stood for something again? And who told it as it was? If you feel that way, you’d vote Gary Johnson. What’s that, equality for everyone and a smart fiscal plan? Crazy.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross saying I’m leaving on a jet plane tomorrow, wish me luck and I’m on my way. Peace 🙂