January 4th, 2013


I never could get the hang of Thursdays

Today I:
    ---finished the proposal for The Project That Cannot Be Named (Yet), got feedback on it, and then sent it off to the editor
    ---incorporated Deborah Grabien's notes on "Undine the Boardwalk" and The Mom's notes on "Twisting Fate," both stories for Ragnarok and Roll
    ---did a great deal of cleaning the apartment with Wrenn
    ---drove Dale Mazur to his doctor's appointment and went on some errands with him
    ---drove Wrenn to Metro North and picked her up from there and went on some errands with her

And I feel like I didn't get enough done. *sigh*
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penguin1, chin up

Peter David has had a stroke -- this is how you can help

As many of you probably know, Peter David -- author, columnist, all-around silly person, first coming of me, and good friend -- suffered a stroke last week. His wife Kathleen has been providing updates on Peter's blog (and on her own blog), and today she posted a very important update that answers a common question she's been getting: how can we help?

Often with writers, the best way to help us is to buy our books, and that goes double for writers with medical issues. While Peter does have health insurance through his exclusive contract with Marvel Comics, there's still tons and tons of expenses.

In particular, if you want to help Peter out, you should buy the books he's putting out through Crazy 8, as he gets more money per book from those, and he gets it sooner (within 90 days of you buying it).

The titles include:

Here's wishing Peter -- not to mention Kathleen and his daughters, Shana, Gwen, Ariel, and Caroline -- the best in what will prove to be a difficult 2013....
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TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Liaisons"

Three ambassadors show up and drive Picard, Troi, and Worf bugnuts crazy. The TNG Rewatch has some "Liaisons."

An excerpt:
Sadly, this episode is also an abject failure of casting. Eric Pierpoint is excellent, as always, but he also only has a few minutes of screentime. Barbara Hill is simply too bland as Anna, conveying neither the loneliness nor the obsessed craziness the part calls for. True, it’s just Voval impersonating emotions he doesn’t understand, but that doesn’t make it actually compelling as drama. Paul Eiding is nowhere near funny enough and Michael Harris is nowhere near obnoxious enough to make those parts work in the slightest. Tellingly, the best parts of the episode involve the main cast by themselves: Riker teasing Worf about the dress uniform, Data’s advice to Worf, and the scene in the observation lounge where Riker, Troi, and Worf discuss the ambassadors. The actual scenes with the ambassadors, and those between Picard and Anna, are bland and lifeless, which kills any interest the episode might have.
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