Featured, Theater Thursday

Theater Thursday: Acting 101

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As someone who constantly downplays his own successes and skills in an effort to never deny the opportunity to improve, I do recognize that I am composed of some measure of talent when it comes to performing on stage. And as I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought.

And so this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside. Every Thursday for the first couple months of Spring, 2018, we'll be looking back at my history with Brainerd Community Theater, and how it has helped to shape and define what it means to be Nicholas Kory.

For the first post in this series, there is no better place to begin than my final semester of my two-year degree at Central Lakes College, in the Spring of 2013...

Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - More Thoughts and Deeper Reflections

This isn't as cut-and-dry as Jurassic World or Alien: Covenant. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has really torn a rift in the fan-base, and I number myself among those torn. It should not be surprising that I am having more difficulty that originally expected coming to terms with my opinions on this film. That is why I decided to write a second article, rather than amend my original. I want those original thoughts to still exist, as they are important. But there are other things I need get down, other conclusions and discussions had around this film that have altered my views.

I started overwhelmingly positive, and then turned fairly negative when I wrote my last article. And then I went positive again, and now I'm... Somewhere in the middle? Maybe?

Oh, and this article will have TONS OF SPOILERS. The last article was fairly ambiguous, almost to its detriment. So be prepared to have The Last Jedi spoiled if you read on.

Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Thoughts and Reflections

Last night my wife and I got a rare date night away from the kids, and so we decided to go and see a movie. And when Star Wars comes out, really, would you go see anything else?

Very little preamble needed here. We saw it, so here is my SPOILER-FREE thoughts on the film. Although, as this is the mid-part in the new trilogy, I will be discussing details from the first 30 minutes of the film, simply because if I devoid this article of any specifics, it'll be quite a boring read. Anybody who read my thoughts on The Force Awakens - and later on Rogue One - will likely have a good idea of what to expect from this article. But for those of you who haven't, or those of you who just like to read me ramble on, I'll pen them as well. There are enough new ideas in here to make it worth your time, I promise.

Writing, Featured

Check-In: Let's Talk About December...

Hey folks! It's been a while since I've checked in, and an even longer while since I've written about my writing. Truth be told, 2017 was a year full of challenges unlike any I've ever experienced before, not in their gravity but in their overall impact to my day-to-day life, and that of my family.

That being said, it's not like I haven't been productive to some degree. I assisted with the production of Street Masters from Blacklist Games (which I should be getting my copy of hopefully before the holidays!), I wrote a short story to add to a science-fiction anthology of an author friend of mine, I've launched Season Two of The NovelCast, and I've written the beats for the next three books I'll be penning. So while the amount of work I've completed is a far cry from what I know I'm capable of in a calendar year, it is still things I am proud of, and things I've never done before.

But enough about that, let's talk about the future.

Writing, Featured

Another Story Revisited, Another One Left Behind

Creatively speaking, my life took a small leap forward this last week. Feeling bad for having not embarked on any writing projects since we moved earlier this year, I decided to recover from this two-fold. First, I began laying the groundwork for a new horror novella, especially since Behind the Locked Door did so well in its first few days of release. I wrote the beats and got the pre-work established for this new book. Then, I followed it up with starting work on Season Two of Enter the NovelCast, including recording chapters for the new audiobook and starting a Patreon to help make it even better (you can find the Novelcast Patreon HERE).

But I wasn't prepared for the two opportunities that would come my way via social media nearing the end of the week last week, both of which will help spur along my career as a self-published author and game designer.

Movie Review

Alien: Covenant - Thoughts & Reflections

The last movie I got to before this was Star Wars: Rogue One (which you can read my thoughts about HERE), but when my friend offered to treat me to a late night viewing of Alien: Covenant simply to hear my thoughts on it, I agreed (not before clearing it with my wife first, of course). What follows here is a SPOILER-FREE review of the latest installment in the Alien franchise.