Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
(Those of you getting a third emailed notice from me tonight have seen what happens when you reach for the "backspace" button and hit the "return" twice.)
Anyway, in honor of the Spring Chorale Jamboree, which we just enjoyed at Arnold High School, and which our daughter participated, that second word above is Today's Word.
(And as a further aside, the last time I typed "chorale," I tried to spell it "chronal." That probably says something about me.) Time, what has become of me?
Today's Pick: H.G. Wells versus Jack the Ripper, after traveling by time machine to "modern" USA. Nuff said.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Whatever. I lost a day's work at the office by traveling with the new boss to consult on web updates at the Port St. Joe office. Just means there will be that much more to do in the bright-and-early.
Meanwhile, I'm working tonight on a super-secret project that does not involve my day job. If I told ya, I'd have to kill ya. So let's move on.
As I've tried to explain to my friend(s), I don't like BAD movies. I like B movies. They don't believe me because I also say to them things like, "You should watch Barbarella." That, and I named my truck after this movie because I like the Scott Weiland song of the same name. Did you know Duran Duran was named after the scientist Barbarella searches for in this movie? ANyway, this is not a classic for nothing. It's a classic because it is so terribly bad that it goes all the way around the bend and becomes entertaining again.
This pick's for Marisa. She sat mesmerized on our couch one evening and watched it with me when nobody else would.
Today's Word: Metal Hurlant.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"Yessir, the check is in the mail."
The best movie about a clueless trucker fighting ghost ninja gods for the sake of a green-eyed girl ever made.
Today's Word: Trouble. With a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool, right here in River City!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
In the afternoon, we went to Mardi Gras at St. Andrews. Many beads were caught. Here are a few pictures:
Today's Word(s): le bon temps roule!
Today's Pick: (Just happened to see this tonight on IFC.)
Friday, February 20, 2009
Eric and Seth talking about the shoot in the garage set.
Lou and Eric go over camera settings.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
We had Chinese for dinner, and my fortune cookie told me, "You will be fortunate in everything you put your hands on." If only.
Today's Word: Fortune.
Today's Pick: A dozen 1960s movie stars in search of a big W.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Meanwhile, way too busy at work, covering for two people (or at least one) who have been out sick for a couple of days.
And actually got some work done outside the house this afternoon.
So, short and sweet:
Which I recently borrowed from the Bay County library. Great visuals, and a compelling storyline that made sense, unlike what I can make out of Grant Morrison's recent runs with Batman RIP and Final Crisis. (If you're a comics nerd, that previous sentence will make sense to you. If not, then you're about as lost as comics nerds were in Morrison's version of "event" comics.)
Today's Word: Metafiction. Think "Stranger than Fiction."
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
So what does it mean when I go home for lunch and watch a few minutes of “Enter the Dragon” (starring Bruce Lee), then get in the truck to go to work and hear a guy on the local radio station calling himself Kato, then check my email at work and see that I’ve gotten a newsletter from Moonstone Books featuring their upcoming release “The Green Hornet“?
You might think it means nothing. Just coincidence. Random happenstance.
But I’m trying to read between the lines.
What is the universe telling me?
Today's Word: Synchronicity.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Today's Story: The Tree That Learned Everything. This is one of the tales from my Arturo Fuente collection. It's one of my favorites. Hope you like it.
Today's Word: Auteur (You won't see Whedon's name on the list, but he's developing something of a reputation. Maybe one of these days...)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today's Pick, as it were.
And that reminded me of this video, in which someone took lots of images from various films and video games to create a fake trailer for a movie version of the comic:
Today's Word: Morpheus.
Today's Story: A Chapter from my serial novel, "The Traveler," in which Cain enters the Sleeping City in the land of Nod.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Today's Pick: Global Frequency. I was talking to someone the other day about the free-runner in that Third Eye Blind video I linked to, and it got me thinking about an "episode" of the 12-issue series by Warren Ellis, and the best TV series pilot you never saw. At least you can still get and appreciate the source material:
Today's Word: Frequent.
Updates and Followups:
There are some things I made promises about that haven't been seen through yet. Here they are:
On a Weird Friday, I mentioned a report of a local high school girl who got stalked by an inmate because she put her info on the Inter-tubes. Not so. Her brother was an inmate and had given their address to fellow inmates so they could keep in touch. So the lesson becomes: Don't have a brother who's in jail.
That same day I promised to link to this video of Matty J talking about "Nothing."
Another night, I wrote about a video of the Unitarian Church's art night I would link to when it was live. Here it is.
And as a follow-up to yesterday's post about being home sick and wishing my Uncle Eddie would bring me some new comics: When my friend Brady got to work today, he was toting a handfull of old comics. Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, various minor characters and independent titles. Not new comics, but new to me. If I had a heart, that would've warmed it.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I'm thinking about this because I'm home sick today. And while I have plenty of comics in the house, I don't have anything new. I thought about sneaking out to the comic shop, but that would be wrong.
However, I have been reading "Slow Way Home" by Michael Morris, and he was right to suggest it for me. (It has to be today's pick.) It's beautifully written, and it's set in a time I'm familiar with (apparently the late 1960s, early 1970s) or at least is told by a boy who is young in that time and relates things in his life to Buffy and Jody from "Family Affair" or thinks someone reminds him of Endora from "Bewitched." He's growing up in a small town in North Carolina, which could as easily have been a small town anywhere in the South. I recognize the folks who live there. I am so loving the book, and when I finish it, I'm going to go out and get his earlier book, "Wiregrass," also.
Today's Word: Homesick.
Today's story hasn't been written yet. Write one of your own and send it to me instead.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Or maybe a better word would be irony? Anyway, at work there's a daily recognition given out for the writer who uses words that one of the editors likes. Some of them are actually quite interesting words. Some of them are just your basic verbs like clap and washed. And while we laugh about the "contest," here I am listing words of my own. Make of that what you will.
Today's Pick: Three Doors Down. Again, say what you will, but I like this band, especially their recent song "Not My Time." Yes, I've seen that National Guard ad at the theater a few too many times, but it's still a good song. But in their defense, I say, "Kryptonite." But back to the newer song: Follow that link and watch the video, which is about someone racing against the clock to change the course of history. It's not my time. I can dig that.
Today's Story: Moonage Daydream.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
I have been privileged for several years to be invited to participate as a moderator, introducing one author or another. I got to meet John Dufresne this way, and Tiger Edmonds, and got to know Janis Owens better, and made some weird connection with Michael Morris. That first time we met while he talking on the veranda with Barbara Clemons last year, we actually seemed to be on the same wavelength, and really hit it off. He pretended we were cousins this year when Kathie Bennett was introducing me to other authors.
That's Michael Morris, Janis Owens and Jeff Shaara above.
This time around, I had a moment to rub elbows (literally) with Jeff Shaara, author of Gods and Generals, shake hands with Ron Rash, author of Serena, and bump into (again, literally) Michael Curtis, fiction editor for the Atlantic Monthly. I also spent time catching up with Carol and Lee Lapensohn, Becky Saunders, Bettina Mead, Janice Lucas, John Robert Middlemas, Sandra Pierce, George Vickery, Ann Houpt, Ann Robbins, Wayne Garrett, Chris Arrant (who sold his last copy of Comic Book Tattoo to Janis Owens for her daughter), and so many more.
That's Ron Rash, Kathie Bennett, Michael Curtis, Elizabeth Cox and Masha Hamilton
(Last year, Janis purchased a copy of Welcome to the Dawning of a New Century, and she was so tickled by the back cover, which featured an image of a 1980s-era parade with someone wearing a Piggly Wiggly mascot costume in a convertible, which she said described her image of her smalltown childhood.)
Today's Pick(s): Here's the latest from the folks listed above. I can't pick just one.
Today's Word: Aspire.
REMINDER: If you aren't going to the blog, you aren't seeing the picks and links. Check it out.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
I finished neither project. Yet.
Today's Word: Closure.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Ironically, today I saw my doctor for a checkup regarding my ticker, and let's just say he wasn't thrilled with my progress. My cholesterol numbers went in the wrong direction this winter, I've put on 10 pounds (when he already wanted me to lose 5, so I'm 15 too heavy), and I've been off my exercise regimen most of the winter to boot. So I've got new prescriptions, orders to get on the South Beach Diet, and to go from just walking to "intergral" training, which he explained to me is slow/fast/slow/fast (walk/run) to really get my heart working.
Today's Word: Cabbage.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Discussing the Centennial, however, I can't help but think about my book, which took place during the centennial week of Century, Florida, in 2001, fictional though it was.
And of course, the James Michener miniseries and novel, Centennial.
And, even more appropriately, the second volume of City Limits, which is dedicated to the memory of my good friend and daughter in spirit, Marisa Joy Williams. Perhaps its more than coincidence (and I don't believe in coincidence) that the official date of the Centennial is Feb. 23. It's not a day I will feel like celebrating, as it's also the anniversary of Marisa's death.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
See you tomorrow.
UPDATE: Favorite ad was HULU. (My brain was so mushy it took a while to decide.)