May 9th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 8 May 2009

Muhammad Ali was indicted by a federal Grand Jury for refusing induction into the U.S. Army (1967)


"It seems to me to indicate great weakness of mind, when a person permits his peace to be at the mercy of every anonymous scribbler who, actuated by envy or hatred (the invariable cause of such attacks), writes a libel on him. If a person so attacked would but reflect that few, if any, who have ever acquired celebrity, or who have been favoured by fortune, have ever escaped similar assaults, he would be disposed to consider them as the certain proofs of a merit, the general acknowledgment of which has excited the ire of the envious, thus displayed by teh only means within their reach--anonymous abuse."

---The Countess of Blessington, Paris, 1841

The Devil himself had probably redesigned Hell in the light of information he had gained from observing airport layouts.
Anthony Price (1928-)
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strange detractors

more Strange Detractors reviews

The "Things I Like" blog has nice reviews of Farscape: Strange Detractors -- both issue #1 and issue #2.

Money quote:
This Farscape series continues to feel very much like an episode of the show - not a terribly consequential one, but one of the fun ones that focus a lot on character.
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writing plan

Like any plan, this will likely be altered within two minutes of engagement, but it's worth having a plan, anyhow.............

I'm shooting to get ahead of myself with Farscape scripts. Strictly speaking, I only "need" to do one every two weeks, but the comics are in a constant state of falling-behind (an industry-wide problem, as far as I can determine), so I'm going to try to build up a backlog to help ameliorate that. Also: when I finish a script, I can bill for it. *grin*

What this means in practical terms is that from now to the end of June, I've got a Farscape script due every Monday. I'm five pages into D'Argo's Trial #1, and should be able to finish it this weekend. Gone and Back #2 will be due on the 18th, with DT2 due the 25th, GB3 on 1 June, DT3 on 8 June, GB4 on 15 June, and DT4 on 19 June.

The conversation I had with a licensor on Thursday settled on me having to get a proposal and sample chapters written for a YA tie-in project done by 1 June. I also need to get the last chapter of Ghost Academy Volume 1 done, which I should be able to do this week between Farscape scripts.

A Supernatural novel could still happen -- still waiting on final confirmation. I have absolutely no idea what the deadline will be for that, or if it'll even happen. Wheeeee!

I've also got a shitload of other projects I really need to start writing down, but they're all spec work and have to take a back seat to stuff that has money attached to it. As usual.
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d'argo's lament

D'Argo's Trial

Just remembered that I haven't given specifics of the next of the Farscape side miniseries. Hot on the heels of D'Argo's Lament will be D'Argo's Trial. This will be a flashback story, showing us how D'Argo went from Luxan warrior to husband and father to being accused of murdering his wife to being imprisoned on board Moya.

In fact, the next thing I intend to do today is (for about the fourth time in the last couple months) rewatch "They've Got a Secret" and "Mental as Anything," the two episodes that provide much of the spine for this miniseries.....
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studio60, heroes

Peter David on Dollhouse

I watched the first two episodes of Dollhouse. I even reviewed the pilot for The Chronic Rift. Watching those first two episodes did precisely nothing to make me even remotely interested in watching a third, and I never bothered with it again. I found the premise flawed and the situation uninteresting, and the main character unengaging -- what's more, the premise forces the main character to be unengaging.

Peter David, however, is made of sterner stuff and stuck with it to the end. Here's his review, where he makes me feel very comfortable in my decision not to have bothered.
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update to the books for sale

Please note that the following items are now SOLD OUT:

    Doctor Who: Short Trips: Destination Prague
    Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership
    Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction
    Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table
    Star Trek: S.C.E.
    Book 2: Miracle Workers
    Star Trek: S.C.E.
    Book 3: Some Assembly Required
    Supernatural: Bone Key

If you've already ordered one of the above-listed books, worry not, you'll get it. It's future orders that must now be declined. *wry grin*

Also I'll be adding some comic books to the list shortly....
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Simpsons KRAD


I've not got hiccups that vibrate several times throughout my stomach.

This is some weird-ass shit.

For the record, I am now taking -- in addition to my usual synthroid and Crestor for my hypo-active thyroid and high cholesterol -- Clindamycin (an antibiotic), Ultracet (a painkiller), and Medrol (a steroid to help with the swelling apparently).

I just want this to be over and me to be fucking healthy again! *snarl gnash*
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smile wave, penguin2

Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton is working on a new version of Alice in Wonderland. At terri_osborne's urging, I just looked at the IMDB page for it.

It's a Tim Burton film, so of course Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter are in it. That's kind of a rule at this point. But they're perfectly cast as, respectively, the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen. And the rest of the cast is equally magnificent: Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Christopher Lee as the Jabberwock, Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts, and Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Bliss!

This looks like it'll be a must-see....
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