September 6th, 2013


Friday fanfare: "All Along the Watchtower" by the Mission UK

Wrenn's favorite band is The Mission UK, and they've gotten back together recently, with 3/4 of their original lineup and done a new CD (The Brightest Light). They're touring to support the new CD, and they were in New York Thursday night at Irving Plaza. It was my first time seeing them -- Wrenn's lost count of the number of times she's seen 'em -- and they put on a fantastic show.

One of the highlights for me was their superb cover of "All Along the Watchtower," which they have started doing the past year or so. This video is from last September, and while it's not quite as high-energy as the performance last night, it's a pretty amazing cover of a great Bob Dylan song.....

  • Current Music
    "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" by Bob Dylan & The Band
dragon precinct


On Tuesday, I wrote 1700 words of Gryphon Precinct, some on the plane, some at home. Yesterday, the only writing I got done was on the DS9 Rewatch for "Shadowplay," but today I wrote another 1100 words, bringing Chapter 18 to a close, and the book to 50,665 words.

All that's left now is the epilogue...........

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  • Current Music
    "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan & The Band
sucks, penguin5

Ann Crispin, RIP

A few days ago, Ann Crispin (who wrote as A.C. Crispin) posted on her Facebook page that she was losing her battle with cancer. This morning, she lost the battle.

I last saw Ann at Shore Leave, where she and I were on a panel with Christopher Bennett, Joy Wynick, and Peter David on the differences between writing tie-ins and original novels. She was in bad shape then, and I knew we weren't going to have her for long.

Ann has been a good friend for a long time, and she did an amazing amount of good for the writing community with the Writer Beware aspect of SFWA, as well as the Emergency Medical Fund, with which I've assisted in the past. We never actually worked together, though we both toiled in the tie-in mines for years, including both of us doing Star Trek at various times. Her novels Yesterday's Son and Sarek were particularly excellent examples of the breed -- ditto her Han Solo trilogy of Star Wars novels.

Fuck cancer. *sigh* Rest in peace, my friend.
  • Current Music
    "Dark Side" by Tim Minchin