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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

BEA/Writer's Digest Conference

The BEA/Writer's Digest Conference is tomorrow, and I'm gathering all the essentials:

Rope ... check
Blowtorch ... check
Pliers ... check
Pen to sign contract ... check

OK, I think I'm ready. Wish me luck.

But seriously, I'm amazed at how much preparation is necessary. I have a full-page checklist of things I need to do. On my list, oddly enough, is renewing my driver's license, because with my luck I'll get pulled over ... with a body in my trunk. (I couldn't let that one go. I know the joke is getting stale.)

So if anyone is attending the conference this year, look me up. I'll be the clueless one.


The trailer for Cormac McCarthy's The Road is up. Looks like it might have a chance of complimenting the book.


While I'm posting trailers, some weirdo named Rob Zombie has a new trailer out.

Later Fiends,

Friday, May 22, 2009

[Blank] Friday

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, you are here.

Many blogs I visit seem to have some weekly thing--YA-Wednesday, This Week in Publishing, Movie Review Monday, and so on. I've decided in that great tradition of trying-to-get-visitors-to-my-blog-without-being-conspicuous ... pause here for dramatic drum roll ... to create Fallout Friday--No, that's not good at all. Wait! How about Freaky Friday. No, that's a movie. How about Thursday Friday. Now that just doesn't make sense at all. Hmmm. I got nothing.

So instead, here's a stupid video. Actually the Storm Trooper fist bump at the end made me laugh--remember, I amuse easily, dear reader.

Later Fiends,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Field Guide & Fungi

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, please turn on your creepy background music now.

I've managed to blaze through nearly 1000 items between Monday and today and wanted to continue with a few more links o' interest.

A new site called Matthew Corbett's World is up at Robert McCammon's site, which is a cornucopia of information, media and such related to the three-book series. One of the cooler things is a live reading from Mister Slaughter.


Check out The Zed Word for an excellent piece on Killer Fungi. Shroomheads beware!


Because you never know when you might need it, authors Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, and illustrator Tatsuya Morino have put together a survival guide for handling Japanese monsters called Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide.

And that's all, dear reader!

Later Fiends,

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Another heaping pile of ... links

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, if this blog suddenly stops, it is because they finally got me ... Shhh. I think they're coming.

Still running through a gauntlet of feeds, still a 1000+ to go, still more to share.

Today's selection begins with another movie, one that I can't put my finger on exactly. It's the reason I find it so cool. It might actually be something unpredictable ... I would daresay, gasp, different. Here's a clip of 9.


In writing news, The Elements of Style turned 50 this year. Even though you can probably find the book for free online, you won't get the shiny 50th anniversary hardcover addition unless you lighten your wallet by about 14 bucks.


Amazon released a bigger, more expense version of the Kindle called the Kindle DX. Go them.


4 foot worm discovered at an aquarium in England.

My favorite quote from the article: "It really does look like something out of a horror movie! It's over four feet long with these bizarre-looking jaws. Having done some research we also discovered that it is covered with thousands of bristles which are capable of inflicting a sting resulting in permanent numbness."

Later Fiends,

Monday, May 18, 2009

Miscellaneous Debri

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, prepare to be amazed ... just not here.

I've been neglecting the web in order to finish my--hopefully!--final revision of Sowen. This is one of the slower revisions because of other commitments interfering and because I'm finally forced to finish the little details I have been putting off.

The web, however, has not not forgotten me. I've been trying to get through all of my feeds ( I use Google Reader, if anyone cares), and after nearly two hours of reading, I'm still showing over 1000+ items.

So I thought I'd spend the next few entries posting some of the cool stuff I've found. These are in no particular date order, by the way.

First off, the long awaited Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus trailer. And yes, 80s fans, that's Debbie Gibson.


And since I'm doing the whole versus thing, a funny picture by Benjamin Parry titled Alien Vs Predator: Chess.


Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales is a collection of fairy tales told from the POV of the villain. How cool! It's written for my target audience, the very impressionable 8-12 kiddies, but I'm sure it's a fun read for any age.

Table of Contents:

Wizard’s Apprentice | Delia Sherman
An Unwelcome Guest | Garth Nix
Faery Tales | Wendy Froud
Rags and Riches | Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Up the Down Beanstalk | Peter S. Beagle
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces | Ellen Kushner
Puss in Boots, the Sequel | Joseph Stanton
The Boy Who Cried Wolf | Holly Black
Troll | Jane Yolen
Castle Othello | Nancy Farmer
Skin | Michael Cadnum
A Delicate Architecture | Catherynne M. Valente
Molly | Midori Snyder
Observing the Formalities | Neil Gaiman
The Cinderella Game | Kelly Link

I think that's enough for one day.

Later Fiends,

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mister, Mister

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, please deposit one hopeless dream before continuing ...

Over at Robert McCammon's blog , the new cover art for Mister Slaughter is up. Hell Yeah! I'm glad Subterranean has taken over the publishing duties. Pocket Books put little to no effort into the series.

And because I'm talking Mister, I've just finished listening to the audiobook of Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker.

As a story it was just OK. Barker can write his ass off, of that there is no doubt, but this story was a bit light on the fantastic, and after a while of Jakabok demanding the reader burn this book! the concept of making the book seem a living thing got stale. On the plus side, the audio book is read by Doug Bradley of Hellraiser fame, and he does an excellent job.

Later Fiends,

Monday, May 11, 2009

Jonathan Harker's Blog Entry

Whitney Sorrow's doing a most wonderful thing. She is putting together Bram Stoker's Dracula into blog form. It makes perfect sense to take Stoker's epistolary novel and publish it as a blog. I wish I had the time or energy for such a task, and I'm grateful to Mrs. Sorrow for her efforts. The blog will coincide with the actual dates of the journal entries, as Mrs. Sorrow says, "So the audience may experience the drama as the characters would have."

Check the blog out here.


Saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine over the weekend, and there were only two things I liked about it: the trailer for Land of the Lost and Deadpool. The movie even insulted my lowest standards, and that is no small task, dear reader.

Later Fiends...

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