November 20th, 2013


suckiness on parade

After going through three in-depth interviews over the course of three weeks, all of which went phenomenally well (the CFO even took her out to lunch after the third one), Wrenn did not, in fact, get the job she applied for.

We knew there was a chance she wouldn't get it, as there was a second candidate, but she really was perfect for this job in every way. And the other guy didn't get it either, which is just mind-boggling.

Needless to say, we were kinda sorta counting on this. Not that we were 100% expecting it, but our hope levels were absurdly high because the job really was perfect.

And because the alternative, which we're staring down the barrel of, is too awful to contemplate. I have more prospects than I did the last time we went through this in 2011, but right now they're just prospects. How-some-ever, Wrenn's still looking, and I should be able to contribute more than I did two years ago.

But man, the holidays are going to totally blow. The only way we were going to be able to have a good holiday season was if Wrenn got this job. Now we're going to be struggling to pay rent and put food on the table.

(To that end, it'd be really helpful if some of y'all would buy some of my autographed books and/or comics.)
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doctor who

get Steven Moffat's first Who story (and also mine) -- Decalog 3 on eBay

Back in 1996, Virgin Publishing still had the Doctor Who fiction license, and they put out a series of ten-story anthologies called Decalog. The third one was subtitled Consequences, and it included two stories of note. One was my "UNITed We Fall," my first piece of Who fiction, and marking me as the first native-born American citizen to write official Who narrative fiction.

The other was "Continuity Errors," a brilliant story by a fella named Steven Moffat, whom you may have heard of. *wry grin*

I found copies of the book in my garage when I cleaned it out, and I put it up on eBay. Let the bidding commence!
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ds9 rewatch

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Fascination"

Lwaxana's back and she's in lurve with Odo which, thanks to telepathy and the flu, means everyody is in lurve, but with entirely the wrong people. Plus bonus O'Brien marital strife, and both Terry Farrell and Rosalin Chao looking really hot. The DS9 Rewatch gets up to wacky hijinks in "Fascination."

An excerpt:
I was dreading watching this episode again, so I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that it didn’t make me actually vomit. In fact, I found many parts of it rather amusing. Credit to Avery Brooks both as director (keeping a light touch) and actor (it’s a delightful performance as he tries to fend off Dax, talk sense into his son, and generally maintain order in a chaotic mess), and also to director of photography Jonathan West, who brightened the sets a bit and gave the whole thing a festive atmosphere, fitting both for plot reasons (the festival) and story reasons. Plus Rene Auberjonois does a wonderful job playing Odo as Margaret Dumont to Majel Barrett’s Groucho Marx, and seeing Kira and Bashir all over each other when the actors were dating in real life is a hilarious in-joke.

Having said all that, it’s still just an awful episode. We’ve seen this theme before with Lwaxana several times on TNG (with it only working in “Dark Page,” because that was actually about something instead of doing “let’s play the eccentric old lady for laughs” again), with the added not-a-bonus of lifting the plot of “Sarek.”
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I obviously didn't get to do much writing today, as there were distractions galore, but I am now up to 16,457 words. That's a hair under a thousand words. I'll take it.

An excerpt from tonight's output:

But, while recent events contrived to make Bruno realize that he was being criminally underpaid for this job, he was still getting paid for it, and he only got seventy-five percent up front.

So had to finish it.
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