The other day, while hopelessly scrolling through titles on a major video streaming service (rhymes with “flamazon grime”), I kept coming across movie and television show selections that offered no rating.

At the time, I found it annoying.

That’s when I realized content ratings can be useful. And so,
voi​là!: False Positive‘s content ratings:

RATED TEEN – May contain mild violence, mild horror creature imagery, language and/or suggestive themes. Think PG-rated movies like Spirited AwayStar Wars: A New HopeParaNormanMonster HouseSomething Wicked This Way ComesBeetlejuice, and Twilight Zone: The Movie.

RATED TEEN PLUS – May contain some violence, gun violence, mild profanity, moderate horror creature imagery, moderate body horror imagery, and/or suggestive themes. Think PG-13 or 80’s-PG-rated movies like DuneGremlinsPoltergeistJawsRed DawnDragonslayer, Temple of Doom, and Princess Mononoke.

RATED MATURE – May contain intense violence, graphic horror imagery, drug use, partial nudity (butt nudity), some profanity, and/or mature themes. No full nudityNo sexual situationsThink R-rated movies like The ThingAlienPan’s LabyrinthFinal DestinationEvent HorizonThe FlySlitherEvil Dead 2Creepshow, and Scanners.

So, what do you think?

Helpful?

Pointless?

You really just want to know when False Positive starts up again? 

Well, I can speak a little to the last one immediately.

Dude.

I know.

It’s been forever since new stuff. So, lame.

Here’s the good news: I’m writing. And scheming. Plans get revised. And revised again, but all for the better.

And I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’m having a blast. I love, love, love crafting new stories—especially, new stories that I adore. There’s nothing like it.

I don’t talk about this much because my attempt at description can sound painfully corny, but I live with the stories for ages—in them. The characters stalk me and the worlds surround me while I explore. I push. I reshape. The stories, whole or in part, play on an endless loop behind my eyes, with experimental settings, new characters, or alternate endings. On occasion, I will corner friends or family to talk through a version of a story as I shape it. The tales get polished.

For months at a time, no external entertainment can compete.

Maybe on another occasion, I’ll elaborate more on that.

In short, while it may not seem like it, even now, I’m working on making more False Positive—working to translate the ripe stories haunting me into something that I can share with you.

The bad news is: I don’t know when I have things ready to relaunch.

Let’s see what we can get done before year’s end.

Cheers!

Big Mike

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