My wife and I celebrated American Mother’s Day with her mom and step-dad. We had a lovely brunch at Scrementi’s, a popular Italian restaurant in the south suburbs, and got to spend some quality time all around. Life is short, a fact I’m reminded off more often than I’d care, so take advantage of it while you can.

In film related news, the nice people at Azoth Khem are partnering up with FREDITS, an internationally respected editing firm, to create a “Tone Reel” for The Brittle Riders. Due to the fact The Brittle Riders is such a unique universe, several companies were reluctant, I say that politely, to take this on. However, FREDITS had some solid ideas on how to bring this to life. It doesn’t have to be exact. It can’t be since no characters exist like these. But, if it can get close, and I believe it can, then investors and others will have a better idea of what they’re getting involved in.

To help that along, I have been assembling a Pitchbook as well. Think of it as a Power Point presentation, but without some rando droning on and on about annuities. In essence it’s a collection of images tied to a longer synopsis of the film. When used in conjunction with a tone reel, investors and others can have a solid grasp of what’s involved in under fifteen minutes. Given the nature of the entertainment industry in general, being able to make a complex presenttion in a a brief manner, is a blessing for all involved. Also, in the case of something this different, giving people a solid place to work from is needed.

Also, this week, we got a nice little present in the form of a professional review. Allow me to share.

The Brittle Riders Book One, by Bill McCormick, is the first book in a thrilling science fiction and fantasy trilogy. It takes readers on an intriguing journey through a unique and imaginative world. The story begins when a daring scientist, Edward Q. Rohta, created multiple species successfully to aid humans. The created species are used solely for slave labor. However, a chain of events that leads to an apocalypse begins when the created species, due to slave labor revolt, causing the death of every man, woman, and child on the planet.

The book takes us on a post-apocalyptic journey after the brutal end of humans with a new way of life entirely different from the world previously led by humans. But this new world comes with its own pain and suffering as a merciless ruler, which births the need for change.

I love how the author vividly describes the new world with attention to detail, weaving a thrilling tale infused with bits of dry humor. I thoroughly enjoyed how learning about the characters; from Geldish, a mysterious creature with great power who assembles the most unlikely yet dedicated group; Sland, N’leah, R’yune, and BraarB, all fringe dwellers who are quite used to living a life with no purpose beyond food, shelter, and clothing answered a call to embark on a journey along with Geldish to end the reign of a tyrant ruler, Xhaknar. This group of five embarks on a journey that tests them individually and as a group tyrant and learns to trust one another on a mission where one wrong step has catastrophic consequences. McCormick offers a refreshing and engaging reading experience for fans of the genre, weaving the tale in a way the readers can connect to the characters and the world they are in, while including using humor; the book explains serious events.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 rating. It is quite descriptive and well-explained, with bits of dry humor that help us understand our heroes better. The author, McCormick, skillfully develops their personalities, motivations, and backstories, allowing readers to understand the characters. I also admired how he ensured that the terms created for the book were well understood.

This book is recommended to fantasy and science fiction lovers as the author’s expertly an organized and detailed world. It’ll also make a fantastic read for lovers of thrillers and adventure.

Anthionette Ejimofor
Publishers Weekly

In related news, the entire Brittle Riders series has now been re-released as second editions. The companion series, Goptri of the Mists, has its first book out, the second nearly finished with editing, and the third is on my computer begging for its sweet release.

As things become more real I will continue sharing links and information on who we’re working with.

Until next time, stay safe and sane.

Oh yeah, and thanks for your support.

Bill McSciFi