Thursday, February 20, 2014

Insert Title Here

First, my obligatory announcement that I’ve put a post up over at the Indie Writer’s Monthly blog. This time, since JJ Abrams is so secretive, I’m speculating on how I see Star Wars Episode VII ending up.

Hint… there will be time travel, and possibly a wind up that involves taking the corpse of the Emperor and using it, Weekend at Bernie’s style, in order to fool Vader into… well, you’d just have to read it for more.

IN OTHER NEWS. I mentioned Clay’s Ark in my last post. Octavia Butler’s novel. I typically don’t do reviews here (that’s what Goodreads is for) but since I mentioned it, I figured I’d fill you in on my verdict.

Bad ending! Bad!
What started out as a very good story about an incurable infection and people trying to make a life for themselves in the post-apocalyptic world she created in the book, it eventually descended into something much darker, and in my opinion, almost indistinguishable from torture porn. I was not pleased.

I read the book outloud to my wife as a compromise so we can both read the story together, but after she fell asleep with about 50 pages left, I finished it off by myself and was stunned at the turn there at the end.

I told her that I did not recommend she finish the book, but just leave the happy memories she has of it untainted. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Where I Admit I Have No Ideas... But SPIDER-MAN!!

MANY OF YOU ARE super awesome about the internets, but kids these days, they're all about new things. Like Vine, which has been around for awhile, I just don't use it that much. It's 6 seconds of video and so you have to be very creative to do something there worth watching. Honestly, this stuff cracks me up to no end.

Well, here's a funny example below of how clever folks use the service.

So, I've always wondered what it would be like to be Spider-Man.... now I know. It would be awful (P.S. Make sure you unmute it to get all the drama).

IN OTHER NEWS, I mentioned on the other blog a few weeks ago about wanting to read some SF from Octavia E Butler, I picked up a book the other day of hers (had the worst cover ever, that has to be bad on purpose, because, no one would ever put that out and think it was good) and started reading, I quickly got engrossed and was plowing through it when my WIFE picked it up while I was running into Home Depot for some grout and other assorted project things.
That's ugly, right?

I had it in the car and when I came out she was reading. Curses. Not only did she start reading it, she stole it from me. I'm halfway through a book that I can't read because my wife won't let me have it. I think she'll finish the whole thing today, so I shouldn't have to go that long without it, but damn.

In the meantime, it gave me an opportunity to write this post, so at least there's that. Of course, I tend to only have these sorts of things up when I can't think of anything else to say.

Happy Monday.

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Friday Night Party-Time House Party... Part II

I'm sorry.

I know, the last few posts have just been these things where I just link to what I put up over at the Indie Writer's Blog. Um, this is another one of those posts.

It's Valentine's Day. I have a flash fiction piece up about a girl and her abusive mad scientist boyfriend. With Pictures!

It was a retelling of the story Briane Pagel put up early in the week. I tried to be clever with it. But I didn't have the time I needed to make it as good as I wanted to. I could have, but I'd have posted it the second week of March if I'd done that, no longer appropriate for the holiday.

So, please, go check it out. And have a great weekend. I'll have normal posts up next week.


Friday, February 7, 2014

It's a Friday Night! And I'm Ready to Par - T

And no one throws a party like an a fella talking astronomy. Which I do, kinda, in a rambly, I'm-not-sure-where-I'm-going-with-this sort of way. Please check it out over at the Indie Writers Monthly blog.

Funny, it was supposed to be a 'weekend filler' post, where I put up a picture and a link and then make a barely coherent flippant remark. I was going to schedule it for tomorrow, but then I kept writing, I might have cried once or twice, there was drama... humor...

So it went up this afternoon instead.

Happy Weekend

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

IWSG - It's February! What The..?

The great Alex J Cavanaugh once dreamt of a world where folks like me, the unstable, wishy washy, highly sensitive writer could vent their fears into the world without fear of reproach. Yes, that’s the same Alex J Cavanaugh whose novel, CassaFire, is just $.99 this week.  


As for me, I’ve been waist deep in revisions for some time now. I’ve been piddling with this story for a few years now – and complaining about it for almost as long.


The reason I’ve been mired in endless revisions, which show no sign of ending, is that I have hit upon a story that I like. I mean, that I really like. So I keep rereading and tweaking things over and over again in hopes that it will be to other people, all the things it is to me. Which is great.


But with that, I think, comes a whole new level of insecurities. I’ve been trickling out short stories for a couple of years now, just tossing them out when I feel like I’m not really going to find a better home for them.


But this, this is different, this is my heart and soul, and a (intermittently at least) a few years of my life. Not constantly working on it, but constantly worrying about it. If this is the best that I can do right now, then any less than stellar rating I get for it will be a reflection of me, as an artist, as a human being, and as someone that spent a few years working on a thing that will most likely be met with a collective shrug from the world.


So I’m pensive, nervous, and am procrastinating. Latest target for overall readiness…. End of March. We’ll see how I feel about it then.