January 30th, 2011


DUH! 28 January 2011

Popped Culture

Crime may not pay, but neither does poetry. Edgar Allan Poe was paid $10 for his famous poem The Raven, which was later to inspire the naming of a professional football team.

Ernest Thayer earned $5 for writing his baseball anthem, Casey at the Bat. Julia Ward Howe was paid $4 for the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
  • Current Music
    "Violence is Golden" by John Fogerty
Mad Men KRAD

my Sunday feeling

SCPD is currently with three beta readers who will, no doubt, tell me exactly how badly it sucks. With luck they'll get it back to me by week's end (if not sooner), and then it can go off to my agent so she can tell me how badly it sucks.....

I sent off two short story proposals to an editor for a shared-world project that I can't talk about yet. He liked 'em both (and how nice to get a response within 12 hours....) with comments on both, and we both agreed to go with the second one, with the first one on hold possibly for later use.

Today, we have to finish digging the car out of the snow (we got 2/3 of it done) and do a shopping run and also head over to the parents' for dinner. Cha cha cha. For those of you wondering, I do still love snow, and I love how pretty it makes everything, but I'm starting to grow very concerned with the multiple storms, as we're running out of places to put it......

Last night, wrenn and I watched the 1969 True Grit on AMC (we're probably gonna go see the 2010 one tomorrow), and it was fun. The charm of the movie was entirely on the back of Kim Darby as Mattie, since John Wayne was mostly useless.

Okay, seriously -- I do not get what the big deal is about John Wayne. You know how most of the time Will Smith winds up playing the Will Smith character? But every once in a while (Ali, Six Degrees of Separation) he reminds us that he's a damn fine actor when called upon so to do. John Wayne always played the John Wayne character, but he couldn't do anything else. And it's too bad, because Rooster Cogburn would've benefitted from an actual actor in the role. There's some stellar dialogue in True Grit, and so much of it fell flat coming out of the Duke's overrated mouth.

Watching the movie, though, made me look forward to seeing Jeff Bridges in the role.

But Kim Darby was awesome.

Then we tried to watch Pineapple Express. I honestly do not recall why I put this on my Netflix queue, and watching the movie for an hour did nothing to aid in my recollection. After that, we stopped it, as the movie was beyond stupid, serving mostly to a) remind me why I never liked Seth Rogen (though he was great in Fanboys) and b) show how badly Rosie Perez has aged.

Okay, time to go shovel snow......
  • Current Music
    "Raspberry Beret" by Hindu Love Gods
nova, spectres

Worst. Videogame novel. EVER! (with four exceptions)

It's amazing the things you stumble across on a Google search.....

Back in November 2009, a gentleman named Michael Drucker wrote a blog piece for GameSpy.com listing the Top 10 Terrible Videogame Novelizations. I am pleased and honored to see that StarCraft: Ghost: Nova made #5 on the list! (The link goes to page 1 -- the listing for Nova's on page 2.....)

I'm so proud!!!!
  • Current Music
    "Transverse City" by Warren Zevon

I'm gonna be in Tales from the House Band

The wonderful Deborah Grabien (debg) is putting together an anthology for her small press -- Plus One Press -- called Tales from the House Band, which will be stories about music.

I'm going to be one of the contributors to the anthology, with a story called "Ragnarok and Roll," which will see the second appearance in print of an original character of mine named Cassie Zukav, and her first appearance since 1997's Urban Nightmares anthology. (Fates willing it won't be her last......... *big evil grin*)

The book will be out in November.
  • Current Music
    "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" by Traffic


I just updated the bibliography to include "Ragnarok and Roll." I also now have four deadlines. (Okay, technically, it's more than that, but I only count one issue of Farscape at a time.....)
    14 Feburary: Farscape #20 script to Ian Brill at BOOM! Studios
    28 February: short story for shared-world project I can't talk about yet to my editor on it
    31 March: Unicorn Precinct to Neal Levin at Dark Quest Books
    1 May: "Ragnarok and Roll" to Deb Grabien at Plus One Press

There were times when I had way more than four deadlines. *heavy sigh*
  • Current Music
    "Hot Cha" by They Might Be Giants