Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick Updates - New Articles are Live

Just wanted to quickly list a few new places on the web that are talking about me or Soul Born.

On 12/16/10 a new article I wrote went live called, "Kevin Breaux’s Long and Squirrelly Road" at Tia Nevitt's Debuts and Reviews blog site. New Article Here.

Read how I went from a student with bad grades to an author. See and excerpt below;


"...I did what came naturally and grew a beard. No really, I finally focused on my true love, something I had discovered a long long time ago, but could never quite give the effort needed to, ice fishing! No, I’m kidding, I focused my energy on writing!"


On the night of 12/17/10 I did my first LIVE Internet Radio Show with Suspense Radio. It was fun, and I hope to be featured someday soon.  If you would like to listen Click Here, and Download the 12/17/2010 show.  My part comes on around the 25 minute mark.

A good followup to my article up top there, is one that went live today. Kevin's Ten Years can be read on Dark Faerie Tales blog site Click here.

I briefly talk about it taking me ten years to find my first publisher. Check out this sample;


"...seriously, that’s how much time I have spent honing my skills as an author and I admit there are days my mind starts to calculate all the hours I have invested crafting pretty words and the totals are insane. Oh, not to mention all the hours supporting my endeavors online; tweeting takes time!"



Thanks again to Dark Faerie Tales, Suspense Magazine and Tia Nevitt.
 
Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays Everyone!


Happy Holidays to All!

My best wishes to all my friends and family. I hope everyone has a nice, fun and safe holiday break.

...and if you have a minute, you might want to drop by http://www.soulborn.net/ and take a look at the giveaway. :)



Best Wishes
Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Guest Post: Seán Gardner on Blazing Trails, Friendship and Silly RPG Storylines

Through the years I have had many friends, but those I would consider family number only in the single digits. This man is true kindred. 

I would like to introduce to you all, Seán Gardner, creative genius.

Kevin had discovered it, White Wolf’s very first release of Vampire: The Masquerade, and quickly pointed me in the right direction (this was often how our friendship worked, with he the trailblazer, discovering new places, and I the surveyor, going to those places and learning all the details). I bought my own copy, soaking up the atmosphere. Then I bought the Players Guide, eating the history of the WW universe like popcorn. We quickly realized that Vampire would become a new Saturday night option for our little coven of friends, who spent our freest evening playing games of all sorts well into Sunday morning. The others had been big D&D players before I joined the group, and for Kevin this new discovery was the next iteration.

For me, though, it would really be my first experience with book-and-paper based role playing, and as I often did when something took my interest I really threw myself in with complete abandon. I bought nearly every new guide that WW released. One about werewolves? Check! Ghosts? Check! Mummies? Check! City sourcebooks, universe histories, vampire clans…check, check, check!

There were a few test runs and the Storyteller role, WW’s title for the facilitator of the tale, would be alternately filled by Kevin and I while the others were to immerse themselves in the story without worrying about the details. As a few bizarre storylines unfolded, I plotted an outline of where I wanted to steer the group, and I became the primary Storyteller for out Vampire game. I went as far as to sketch portraits of non-player characters, record as many details about the group’s characters as I could (being able to introduce elements of the story that would play on character weaknesses would always lead to memorable moments), drew maps of key locations…yeah, I got obsessive.

We had jokingly decided that Philly icon Dick Clark was a vampire, because in reality the man never seemed to age, and that he was likely to be a very powerful and old creature…he would be the vampire prince of Philadelphia, a dark haven for vampires more evil than the norm. And to antagonize him, our characters would turn his friend, Ed McMahon, into a vampire and make him the puppet prince of Camden, to control as we pleased.

Sure, the story was silly, and probably not where I would have chosen to take it had I been given a blank slate, but I learned a great deal from this experience: sometimes the story and the characters drive themselves, and they take you places that you cannot deny.

I rediscovered this many years later when I, always an aspiring and undisciplined writer, participated in National Novel Writing Month (again, pointed in the right direction by my supportive friend). I struggled early on, as I tried to hold everything on the path I wanted it to take, but as I dropped plotlines that didn’t matter and let the story unfold organically, I cruised to the finish line and managed a personal achievement that has my surveyor tendencies flowing in full again.

The dynamic of my friendship with Kevin, separated by years and miles, has survived intact and as the stories have stacked up in my head through the years without seeing the keyboard, I get to follow the trail he’s blazed again, and someday hope to see my name on the front of a book cover.


---Seán Gardner, aspiring author for hire and collector of interesting facts. ruaidhri75 @ hotmail.com



Thank you all for taking the time to read a little something from one of my favorite friends.

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Favorite Fantasy Movies

It's no secret I am a big fan of movies of all genres. One of my favorite things is to go to a movie theater and catch a really amazing, and thought provoking film. Through the years my tastes have shifted from side to side, and now I tend to enjoy historical dramas the most. Films like The New World and Red Cliff, which tell the story of an event with amazing cinematography. Don't get me wrong, I still love Star Trek and will go see a silly Comic Book movie at the drop of a hat. I just like to see things that push the limits, like The Fountain - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/, wow what a great movie, and none of my friends have seen it... weird.

Here is a list of my favorite fantasy movies.



1. The Brotherhood of the Wolf - This is my all time favorite fantasy film. It's a great combination of historical events, legends, and fantasy. It takes the tale of the Beast of Gevaudan and spins it a bit adding some elements of fantasy while grounding it in the reality of the time period. This movie is shot so beautifully that you need to watch it twice just to take in all of the amazing scenery and awesome directorial skills. Yes, it's a foreign film, and that does not matter to me. I saw this one in the theater back in 2001, in French, and walked out being completely amazed. I try and watch it once a year, it's that good. If you have not seen it , I give it the highest recommendation. The action is amazing, the story is deep and fulfilling and it has a very scary monster.


2. Excalibur - was probably one of the first fantasy movies I saw as a young child. I was probably not even ten years old when I watched it with my friend Matt (the same friend who got me into D&D and you see playing Atari with me below) I have to imagine that every fantasy fan that has seen Excalibur is haunted by the imagery and music of this film like I am. I can hear the characters like Morgana spit out their lines, like her incantation, in my head. The music when the fog comes in, playing over and over, shiny blood soaked armor, knee deep mud, and the look of pain on the characters faces, it's all right there in my mind's eye whenever I call on it. This movie sparked a long, ten or more years, of research into the myth and legend of King Arthur. I read the Volgate Cycle, Le Morte d'Arthur and Mists of Avalon. This movies is no doubt one of the reasons I write fantasy.


3.Night Watch - is more of a fantasy horror, but still one of my favorites in the genre. Another foreign film, maybe America does not know how to make a good fantasy flick? hmmm...anyway... Night Watch is the story of supernatural beings that have been battling throughout time. The Day Watch polices the good guys and the Night Watch polices the bad guys, both work so neither group crosses the line and breaks a truce. In these movies you have swords and sorcery, vampires, and shape-shifters; all sorts of fun. The film is so interesting and filmed so well by director Timur Bekmambetov, that you get sucked in. The opening sequence, shot in a medieval time period, is great, but the move takes place in current days. Its based on a series of books too!

I can list movies all day.

I loved Curse of the Golden Flower, 300 and Highlander. I even enjoyed Hawk the Slayer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080846/, which was funky-fun late 70's disco music fantasy... but hey... who am I to judge!


Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/

Friday, December 3, 2010

Zombiethon Day #2 and its Beer VS Zombies! (fixed link)

(zombie art by Kevin James Breaux)


I was asked to take part in a Zombiethon. What's a zombiethon you ask? Well, it's a whole month of zombie short stories that are less than one thousand words long.  Since I have written three zombie stories already, all of which were published, I decided to go silly with this one. BEER VS ZOMBIES went live today at Jennifer Joseph's blog;


Read it and let me know what you think.

If you want to check out some of my other zombie work, I suggest getting a copy of Dead History: A Zombie Anthology. It is out in paperback and kindle editions here;


and nook version at BN.com.

Inside you will find my 5,500+ word zombie cowboy story ONLY THE DEAD WILL STAND.


Thanks!

Kevin James Breaux
http://www.kevinbreaux.com/