Thinking Out Loud Blog

The Thinking Out Loud Blog welcomes you!

Welcome to author Mark Wooden’s all-new (mostly), all different (definitely) “Thinking Out Loud” blog. Here you’ll find pop culture news and commentary as well as updates to the “Shadowdance” saga. All served with a side of snark!

Why a blog?

Because every self-publishing resource says you should have one, honestly. I never understood why until I realized the difference between, say, an author published by Berkley or Tor and a self-published author like me: Tor authors get money for advertising and a staff to control it.

(Though some argue lower tier published authors still do the lion’s share of publicity, still. I can’t get in Berkley or Tor’s catalog of published authors, they can. Good for them, more work for me.)

Um, it’s just me folks. And the dog, but she sleeps all the time. So yeah, just me.

So how do I find potential readers and/ or employers for my video skills? I make friends! But how to make friends? How about the old fashion way: introduce myself and share info and insights about stuff we all love.

Hence, a blog as the perfect place to do that.

Still know nothin’ ’bout me

I’m sure you looked at the “About” page already. If not, I’ll wait.

Here are some more things to know about yours truly.

I’m not just heavy into TV, movies and comic books. I’m also a fan of Sting (musician, not wrestler; did ya catch the heading above?), Prince, Garbage, pop dance tunes and a bunch of other musicians.

I also tend to speak that which others think, but are too afraid (or too tactful) to say aloud. Those words are also unfiltered (obviously).

Hence, “Thinking Out Loud” blog.

What to expect from the TOL blog

I have opinions, but they’re mostly derived from what I learn from ingesting media. I’ll find something redeemable in even the shittiest movie.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (C) Warner Bros

I mean, “Batman v Superman” had Wonder Woman, right?

In the “TOL” blog, I’m gonna share those insights. But I don’t wanna be a Debbie Downer. I root for the underdogs. This is why I don’t comment much on the “big guns” like the Marvel Studios movies, or mainstream comics, movies and TV. You can get enough of that all over the internet.

Okay, I will post news about that stuff (Twitter anybody?) and I will occasionally comment on that stuff. But I’m more about the indie world.

I’m gonna focus on those little gems you may not have seen. Ones that deserve your attention or, at least, meant something to me. They may be new, old, classic.

Think of me as that crazy uncle who brings that really cool present you didn’t know you wanted for your birthday.

I’m also gonna let you inside the scary place that is my mind. You’ll see the creative process as I continue with my stuff.

I’m presently working on the third “Shadowdance” novel, “Illusion of Love.” Friends (can we be friends already?), it’s kicking my butt. Lots of moving parts. I’m hanging in there, cuz I believe in this story. It’s gonna rock.


I’m also (finally) putting money in the proverbial mouth and flexing my indie-filmmaker skills with a short horror film. More on that in another post.

So yeah, that’s where I am now, what you can expect and a glimpse of where we go from here.

And feel free to use that comment section to let me know of something I’ve missed!


  1. Penny
    • November 26, 2017
    • 4:11 am

    Oh, you forgot to mention your fascination with a batlike vigilante. 😉
    I’m happy the Blog is back. 🙂

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