Top Ten Movies of 2016

Well, in most respects 2016 has been a horrible year… but it’s been great for movies!  Here’s my Top Ten:

  1. Rogue One: a perfect movie and a worthy entry to my most beloved franchise.
  2. Zootopia: a perfect movie. I love every single element of this film. Incredibly re-watchable.
  3. Civil War: a flawless culmination of a dozen wonderful movies.
  4. Fantastic Beasts: JK’s magic is still at work with a fascinating new story, setting, and characters.
  5. Deadpool: hilarious fun.
  6. Finding Dory: a wonderful sequel to a classic.
  7. Independence Day 2: it’s not a great movie, but really neither was the first one. but the sheer nostalgia of returning to that world and seeing how mankind adapted to using alien tech and united together after such horrendous losses was really engrossing to see.
  8. Doctor Strange: another solid Marvel entry with enough new elements to keep it fresh.
  9. Star Trek Beyond: a weak villain and plot, but sheer fun throughout.
  10. Moana: another great Disney movie with wonderful characters, visuals, and songs.  It even had a little action.

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My Second Short Story Is Published!

My second short story, “A Poet’s Heart”, is now available in the BARD ACT TO FOLLOW anthology on the Double Dragon website!  Coming soon to Amazon and Barnes n Noble.

It’s a prequel to my recently published novel IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH, a touching and humorous tale of an obsessive loner’s descent from pathetic stalking into true super villainy.

It’s A Wonderful Death Is Published!


TALES OF FORTANNIS: IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH by Derek Beebe (Edited by Michael Ventrella)

A brave knight breaks her vows to fight against a lunatic king calling himself “the Doomsayer” and ends up dealing with unreliable henchmen, political assassins, and a sarcastic disembodied head in a bag.

Can she and her friends save the Hidden Kingdom from an unstoppable foe before her prophesied death?

“It’s a Wonderful Death” is a stand-alone novel in the shared fantasy world of Fortannis. The story takes place after the novels “Arch Enemies” and “The Axes of Evil” and features Terin Ostler and the squires from those stories.

Movie Reviews for Random

I’m pleased to announce I am now writing movie reviews for !

REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond

REVIEW: Suicide Squad

Star Trek Beyond & Finished Editing

STAR TREK BEYOND was pretty good.  I’d say it was just a smidgen below the first two, mainly for a very weak villain and a waste of Idris Elba’s talent.  The story was smaller and more “episodic” this time.  Still, the action scenes were great and it was a lot of fun.  The ending twist was really good, I just wish it appeared sooner.  Special nerd points for multiple shout outs to Star Trek Enterprise; not my favorite show, but still nice to see!

After a long, long month, editing is finally done on IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH!  Coming in September-ish!

Final Final Edits and Mr. Robot

Wow, I said on June 10th I was doing final edits on my book… well, it’s June 21st and I’m STILL doing final edits!  It’s an interesting but aggravating exercise to agonize over every word… for 80,000 words.

I just recently discovered Mr. Robot.  This is an amazing tv series!  I’m completely hooked, and now that I’ve seen all the existing episodes, I’ve had to go cold turkey.  Argh.  An incredible well written show, it keeps you on the edge of your seat even though it’s actually a pretty slow and ponderous story.  And it feels so much like a Stanley Kubrick movie it’s really unsettling (in a good way!).