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Happy 1st Birthday, "I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me"

Happy 1st birthday to my son, I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me. I labored you for 3 years (and it thrilled me) and love you with my flesh, blood, sweat, tears, heart, spirit, and soul. I am proud of you and will be for eternity.

As a special celebration for this milestone, here are 10 trivia about the book.

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#ThinkAboutIt - Are Readers and Writers Secretive?

There was a time when I didn't like watching movies because of one of these two reasons (1) my budget couldn't afford it (2) my stubborn "creation mindset" refused most acts of consumption. Ironically, during writing my debut novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me, watching movies got ingrained into my lifestyle. It happened because I could finally afford watching a movie or two every week by then. Also, I needed to pass some time as well whenever I went to see a film. By the time I acknowledged that watching movies had become a staple of my life, I realised the cinematic act of consumption didn't get in the way of my creation. I'm pretty sure the variety of movies I watched on the big screen (alone, because watching a film by yourself rocks too) helped shaped each and every work I made from that point onwards.

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What The Edge of Tomorrow Made Me Realize

This weekend, as a result of an immediate change of plans, I ended up watching Edge of Tomorrow instead of How To Train Your Dragon 2 with my friends. I had no idea what the concept of the movie was, except that it starred Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. While I had no expectations from the movie coming in, I left the theater with more than I paid for.

In Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage of the United Defense Forces. Against his will, Cage finds himself thrust into combat against aliens called Mimics. With no combat experience, Cage dies after trying to kill an Alpha Mimic with a mine, dousing himself with alien blood in the process.

He wakes up the next day, reliving the day of the combat. But it is already familiar to him, having gone through the same day before. He goes to battle along with the other soldiers with the knowledge on how he previously died only to get killed again in a different scenario. He's stuck in a time loop. Fight. Die. Live. Repeat.

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