March 28th, 2008


here comes the weekend.....

Didn't get much done yesterday, mostly, I think, because I was down regarding the one-year anniversary of dochyel's death. I did get all the laundry done and get stuff at the supermarket and throw garbage and various other domestic things, and went to karate, and started cogitating on the tie-in novel plot. I also chatted with Andrew Harris at IDW about some stuff, and also got an e-mail from one of my other comics editors, who reminded me that I need to get on the stick with that plot.

So, while the apartment cleaning has made big strides (particularly in the living room and dining room), attacking the office needs to wait until Monday, as I have a ton of plotting to do, none of which I've actually started. *sigh* Plus, I've got commitments at the dojo this weekend: the usual Saturday class, plus there's a kids' tournament Sunday morning that I'm assisting with.
  • Current Music
    "Be Still My Beating Heart" by Sting

tentative I-Con schedule

I'll be attending I-Con 27 next weekend, and this is more or less my schedule. I say "more or less" because the music track has yet to have the final word on what the Boogie Knights are doing. *sigh* Assuming the tentative times they gave us are accurate:

7-8pm: "Tie-Ins: Putting a Personal Spin on Shared Worlds" w/Terri Osborne, Robert Greenberger, and Aaron Rosenberg
8-8.30pm: autographing
9-10pm: Boogie Knights concert (tentative)
11.30pm-whenever: appearing on WUSB's Destinies: The Voice of Science Fiction w/a cast of dozens, hosted by Dr. Howard Margolin

11am-12pm: "Did We Sell Our Souls?: Writing for Star Trek" w/Peter S. Beagle, Norman Spinrad, Peter David, Terri Osborne, and Kat Hankinson
2-3pm: Boogie Knights concert (tentative time)
3-4pm: "Mixing Mystery and Speculative Fiction" w/Charlaine Harris, Adam-Troy Castro, Drew Henrisken, and Jennifer Crawford (might be late for this, depending on Boogie concert)
8pm-whenever: cabaret (the Boogies will be among several acts performing)

1-2pm: "The Agent-Editor-Writer Relationship" w/Joshua Bilmes, Terri Osborne, David A. Kyle, Terry McGarry, and Liz Gorinsky -- so we've got an agent (Joshua), an editor (Liz), an author (Terri), an author-editor-agent-publisher (David), and two author-editors (me and Terry)
2-3pm: Boogie Knights concert (tentative time; may need to scarper from previous panel early)

More updates as they happen -- or not.
  • Current Music
    "Locomotive Breath" by Jethro Tull


Judge Stephen G. Larson has judged in favor of the descendants of Jerry Siegel in their suit to regain the copyright of Superman.

Money quote, from the judge's decision:

After seventy years, Jerome Siegel’s heirs regain what he granted so long
ago — the copyright in the Superman material that was published in Action Comics,
Vol. 1. What remains is an apportionment of profits, guided in some measure by
the rulings contained in this Order, and a trial on whether to include the profits
generated by DC Comics’ corporate sibling’s exploitation of the Superman

It looks like DC retains control over the character--my initial thought was that the judgment would give Siegel's heirs that control, which would've been disastrous for Daddy Warnerbucks--but it looks like it'll "only" take the form of financial recompense. Given the prominence of Superman as DC's flagship character, this is not insignificant.....
  • Current Music
    "Potter's Field" by Tom Waits
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tagged by shadowravyn

I have been tasked with listing my ten favorite things that begin with the letter R.

In no particular order:

1. Robbie Robertson. The former guitarist/primary songwriter for The Band, one of my favorite groups, his solo material has been equally magnificent, from his rocking-but-soulful eponymous album to his exploration of his Indian heritage Music for the Native Americans, to Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy, which combines the two along with some Tom Waits-style musical experimentation to provide an amazing musical experience.

2. Renting cars. We don't own a car -- we don't need one very often, living in a city with a spectacular mass transit system, plus parking is a bear, insurance is horribly expensive, and have you seen what gas costs? -- but when we do need a car, we rent one. We rent with Enterprise (fitting for a couple of Trek writers, no?), and they've been very good to us.

3. The Ragpicker's Dream. A Mark Knopfler album that I'm particularly fond of. In particular it has two favorites, the hard-driving "Why Aye Man," and the ethereal "Fare Thee Well Northumberland," a song that always makes me think of the late David Honigsberg.

4. Real Gone. Probably my favorite Tom Waits album, as there's not a bad song on it. Of particular note are the intense "Hoist that Rag," the evocative "Don't Go Into That Barn," the rock/bluesy "Baby Gonna Leave Me," the ballad "Trampled Rose," the jaunty "Metropolitan Glide," the almost-danceable (hey, we're still talking Tom Waits) "Shake It," and so much more.

5. Reservoir Dogs. My favorite Quentin Tarantino movie. Simply a movie that works on every level, as it's a series of vignettes, yet manages to maintain an impressive coherence. A beautiful example of non-linear storytelling where the unfolding of the plot is perfectly executed. Plus Steve Buscemi's Mr. Pink is one of the finest movie characters ever.

6. "Reunion." One of my favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, despite the fact that it kills of K'Ehleyr, one of the finest Trek characters ever created. Simply a magnificent episode, building in intensity and drama, from Picard's meeting with K'mpec all the way to Worf gutting Duras like a fish. That last is one of the things I love about the episode: TV in general and Trek in particular would lead you to expect Worf to spare Duras at the last minute, possibly alongside a tired speech about vengeance not solving anything. But vengeance is a right in Klingon culture, and bravo to the writers for staying true to that. (It's also a gloriously cathartic moment.)

7. A Renaissance Christmas. Yes, another album, this being my favorite Christmas album, in particular for a spectacular version of "Ríu Ríu Chíu."

8. "Recurring Character." This was a short story I did for The Further Adventures of Xena Warrior Princess, and it's one I'm particularly proud of, as it used the fact that the extras on Xena were all played by the same six stunt guys in New Zealand. It's about a guy who encounters Xena on several occasions, each time he gets beat up badly by her, and she never remembers who he is from one time to the next. I'm inordinately proud of that story, though it doesn't get much play....

9. Resident Evil. This movie franchise has been good to me, as I've novelized all three films. In particular, I enjoyed novelizing Extinction, as I was given tremendous freedom to flesh out the storyline. It was probably the most fun I've had novelizing a film (yes, even more fun than Serenity).

10. The Randy Bandits. A wonderful local group that I've been privileged to guest with on percussion twice, they're still a favorite band to listen to with their multifaceted instrumentation, their phenomenal harmonies, and their impressive lyrics.
  • Current Music
    "For My Next Trick, I'll Need a Volunteer" by Warren Zevon