December 20th, 2008



One of the local businesses decided to take the shoveled snow in front of their store and make it festive.

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Cool, huh?
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    "Carol of the Bells" by Boston Brass

best note ever

So after Rockne turned in the plot for Farscape: Strange Detractors, the good folks at BOOM! asked me to do a more detailed breakdown of how the action would take place in each issue. I also expanded on a few points in Rockne's plot (basically taking things where he said "this happens," and I went into more detail on "how this happens").

I sent said breakdown to both Matt (my good and noble editor) and Rockne.

I'm telling you all that to tell you this -- one of Rockne's notes is the single greatest note I have ever received on a piece of my writing-in-progress:


I love my job................
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    "Twelve Days of Christmas" by Bob McNally

I've said this before....

...but it bears repeating. I was going to post this elsewhere on teh intarwubs, but then my Life's-Too-Fucking-Short-O-Meter went off, and I didn't post it.

But I saved the text and reproduce it here:

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo was a media tie-in work-for-hire. If Pope Julius II didn't like one of the frescoes, then Michelangelo hauled ass to change it, because the Pope was the one who commissioned the work. In fact, Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor and hated painting, and didn't particularly want to paint the ceiling, but he did it because he was a working artist and Pope Julius was the guy paying him.

The myth of starving artists, and of artists who create whatever they want in order to fulfill a vision regardless of what lesser minds want is just that: a myth, mostly perpetuated by artists who can't sell their work. Most of the greatest works of art in the history of humanity weren't created because the artists had a great vision they had to share with the world, they were created because the artists were paid to do it: the Parthenon, Shakespeare's plays, Michelangelo's ceiling, they were all commissioned pieces. And if the person doing the commissioning wanted changes, then the artist changed it.
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    "Riu, Riu, Chiu" by Andrew Parrott