May 23rd, 2009


two anthologies I'm in

There are two anthologies I'm going to be in later this year, one a fiction anthology, one a collection of essays. The former is More Tales of Zorro, edited by Richard Dean Starr, the second of Moonstone Books's anthologies of short stories featuring the Fox. The latter is Assembled! 2, edited by Van Allen Plexico, the second of White Rocket Books's essay collections about Earth's Mightiest Heroes (I provided the introduction to Assembled!, released in 2007).

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My Zorro story actually focuses on Zorro's nemesis, Captain Monastario, and is entitled "Letter from Guadalajara." My contribution to Assembled! 2 is an overview of Marvel Comics novels.

Both books should be out in the fall. Don't worry, I'll let y'all know the microsecond they're available. *grin*
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    "Faraway Girl" by the Subdudes

Schott's Miscellany 22 May 2009

The Wright Brothers patented their "flying machine" (U.S. patent #821,393) (1906)


Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.

Since British passports are issued in the name of Her Majesty, the queen does not possess one, although all other members of the Royal Family do--including the Duke of Edinburgh. IN other states where the queen is Sovereign, similar wording is used, except that the request is made in the name of the queen's representative in that realm, such as the governor-general, or the minister of foreign affairs.

Never have children, only grandchildren.
Gore Vidal (1925-)
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    "Fortunate Son" by Bruce Hornsby

well, FUCK!

The CD/DVD tray on my laptop just came off its track -- well, one of its tracks, the other one's just fine -- and I can't close it. Which means I can't play DVDs on the laptop or do screengrabs (which is something I provide in some of my Farscape scripts).

Yet another reminder that I need a new laptop. This thing has busted hinges (so it's wholly nonportable, a problem that the nonclosing DVD drive just exacerbates) and runs obscenely slowly.

The problem, of course, is that it's going to be a looooooooooooooooong time before I have the spare cash to get a new laptop.

It's not critical just yet -- I can still write and check e-mail and surf the web and listen to music on this thing, and that's all I critically need it for. But it still sucks.

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    "Joe Hill" by Pete Seeger