Finding an OST – Ghosts Of War

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When I write I just need to have some music playing and I like to think about my projects like movies, each one with its distinctive soundtrack. A pity I ain’t a musician, so I’m not in the right condition to create an OST from scratch. Thanks to two good friends of mine, Davide Mana and Lucia Patrizi, I’ve found a very useful service – totally free of charge – to create the right musical companion of my series.

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Under A New Sky – Aftermath

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Last Sunday I’ve posted the epilogue of my blog novel “Under A New Sky”, that was the end of a journey started this April, the 28th. This novel is a little project of mine but it has been quite useful for me to explore and understand more about my actual limits of developing and writing a story in english.

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2MMN – the making of the final chapter

This week ends one of the most interesting project of collective writing in the italian section of the blogosphere; yes, the second season of 2MM is over and it was up to me to write the final chapter.

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This is my boomstick (award)!

My good friend Cristiano Pugno awarded me with the “This is my boomstick award” last Monday (here). Then another friend, Sam, awarded me again the same day (here).  I have to say, I’m nonplussed.

Addendum: today my long time pal Nicola Parisi added his prize to my lot (here). Thanks!

Never heard of this prize? No problem, I’m here to explain it.

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As you may have understood from the image, this prize is based on the iconic figure of Ash, the main character from the “Evil Dead” movies. The idea is to give the prize to the bloggers you like most, with three basic rules. The award has been created by the italian blogger “Hell”, the host of this site.

First rule: you have to give the same prize to seven other bloggers. No more, no less. No “honorable mentions”.

Second rule: the post you will use to present the prize (this post) doesn’t have to include any kind of apology to the bloggers you didn’t choose for the prize.

Third rule: you have to justify the prizes. No need for a Ph.D. thesis. It’s OK to adduce a simple excuse.

What if you choose to refuse the prize and/or you violate the above rules? Well, then you get this award.

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Who’s the man in the picture? An italian politician named Camillo Benso, count of Cavour. Now, this is a different story, a long tale. Maybe “Hell” will explain it one of this days.

And now the awards!

The boomstick goes to… (drum roll, please!)

Alessandro Forlani, because he shows no fear in the darkest hour (by the way, he’s a very talented writer, you will find him here)

Enzo Milano, because he’s got to do everything HIS way (guess what, he’s another good writer and here’s his link)

Coriolano, because he needs to think, and think, and think again… (watch out for this guy, he’s working overtime. find him here)

Massimo Mazzoni, because he’s the only cosplayer in the world to show the costume of Stakanov (What? You never meet Stakanov? Find him here.)

Mauro Longo, because when he shows me the ways of Amazon (He’s a skilled blogger, with a deep love for roleplaying. Check him out here)

Mitvisier, because passion and skill can be in the same place (Look at the art, don’t forget the post! Look here)

Raffaele Serafini, because he’s one step forward. Or behind. Or both. (find the reason why here)

Verso Nativity

Ci siamo, si riparte per la seconda stagione di “Due Minuti a Mezzanotte”. Sono a bordo anche questa volta e il buon Alessandro Girola, il ringmaster di questa avventura virtuale, mi ha riassegnato la puntata di chiusura.

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Diverse novità rispetto alla prima stagione. Meno componenti nel roster di partenza, questa volta sono 27; un parziale ricambio tra chi scriverà le varie puntate e, fattore da non dimenticare, un po’ più di spazio per sviluppare le proprie idee.

La prima puntata andrà in onda il prossimo mercoledì, il 13 febbraio. Da lì in avanti, ogni mercoledì, avremo una nuova puntata. Dalle premesse questa stagione promette di essere molto più dark della precedente (che già non scherzava, vi ricordate il bodycount finale?)

Nativity. Europa. Uno scontro che promette di andare decisamente oltre le trame dei fumetti che conosciamo.

Pulp-o-mizer

Se come me amate la grafica vintage e avete un posto speciale nella vostra memoria per i pulp magazines ora c’è un service di cui semplicemente non potete fare a meno. A questo link trovate pulp-o-mizer, ovvero un modo molto intuitivo per creare finte cover di riviste pulp e chissà, forse per trovare l’ispirazione per scrivere qualcosa sul genere. La segnalazione deriva da un articolo su io9.com, uno dei luoghi da visitare se amate il fantastico declinato in tutti i modi.

Di seguito un’idea, una delle tante che si possono realizzare, bastano due minuti.

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