Monday, December 28, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

Part 4 of "Peek-a-Boo" is now live on the site.

Enjoy!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas To All

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season's Greetings.

Enjoy family and friends, relax, and have a great and safe holiday.

Thanks for hanging out with me in this little corner of the Interwebz.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another Review

Over at the e-Fiction Book Club, KAT AND MOUSE gets a short review.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Birthday KAT AND MOUSE!

KAT AND MOUSE are a year old today.

On 15 December 2008, our duo's adventures began with Part One of Episode One, "A Family Affair."

Six episodes and four interludes later, we're still cranking along.

I'd like to take a moment to thank some folks:
And a great big huge ginormous thank you to the readers of the serial, whether via the site, RSS feed, or email subscription. You tell me you're enjoying the stories and that puts a smile on my face.

Thanks to all of you.

Monday, December 14, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

Part Two of "Peek-a-Boo" is now live at the site.

Happy reading!

Friday, December 11, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] "I'm the Kwisatz Haderach" Music Video

Here's what I hope to be the first of many videos accompanying the song parodies I've done.

"I'm the Kwisatz Haderach"


And while SciFi's miniseries version was very well done and very close to the book, whenever someone says Dune, I still think of the David Lynch version.

Monday, December 7, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

"Peek-a-boo," Part One, is now posted on the site.

Happy reading!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mermaid's Madness is Marvelous

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jim C. Hines is the shiznit.

Fairy tale tropes continue to be sent ass over teakettle in The Mermaid's Madness, the second outing for that trio of kick-ass princesses. This time Danielle, Talia, and Snow (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White) tangle with Ariel Lirea, aka The Little Mermaid.

No Disney version of the mermaid here.

Unless the Disney version had her go insane and lead an army of merfolk against the human world.

Didn't think so.

Magic. Mayhem. And Talia kicking ass. Of the three princesses, I have to say that she's my favorite.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will love this one. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

Go Jim, go!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Enter Ergofiction

Webfiction enthusiast JanOda has launched Ergofiction, a blog/magazine that's--well, I'll let her explain it:
Ergofiction.com aims to be a magazine (or more accurately, a cross between a blog and a magazine) for readers of web-fiction. What we love about it, what we hate about it, what we read when we have a bad day, what we secretely read late at night, everything has it’s place on the magazine. How we like to support our favorite authors, what marketing ticks us off, and who we would sell a kidney for if they didn’t have enough money to keep on writing. A magazine where readers can discuss their favorite villains, their most hated couples and their most wanted violent endings.

[...]

Ergofiction.com wants to be the central place for readers to find out what’s happening where, and discover the joys and woes of the web-fiction world, together.
Can't wait to see how things progress, Jan.

More Digital Lit Doings

Night of the Girl Scouts is now available as an e-book from the nice folks at Barnes and Noble.

Yes, we're getting a little more high-profile hereabouts.

Up next: me in a white sequined jumpsuit.

Now go and get you a copy and find out what happens when Girl Scouts attack.

Monday, November 30, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

The interlude "A Gathering Storm" is now posted on the site.

Happy reading!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the day, relax with family, and stuff yourselves silly.

(Unfortunately, I have to work today but I'm hoping we're getting out early.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rock the Vote!

If you're a dilligent follower of KAT AND MOUSE, be sure to vote for them over at TopWebFiction.

Let the world know that the Ladies kick butt.

Monday, November 23, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

Part 3 of "Here, Kitty Kitty" is now posted at the site.

Pay attention here, Kids. Certain things will come back to haunt our duo.

Monday, November 16, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

Part 2 of "Here, Kitty Kitty" is now live.

Go read. You'll have fun.

Friday, November 13, 2009

In Which We Return...

But returning on a smaller scale than usual.

The move is pretty much done, was a PITA, have to go back out to clean the old place, and then it'll be over.

Desktops not quite internet-ready so I'm working from a laptop with wireless.

But at least we're connected again.

And we have TV. Huzzah for Big Bang Theory, Ghost Hunters, and BBC America (which we now get)!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Limited Interwebz

Currently in the middle of a move to new digs. As a result, there is no home internet connection at the moment. I've commandered other resources to post this but those resources are limited. As in, secretly using resources.

I will disappear again.

Internet connection is planned for this Thursday. Hopefully things'll be back up and running.

TTFN.

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

We're back from our short break with a new story. "Here, Kitty Kitty" is now live.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

And Then...

And then there are days when you just want to sit in a dark room and stare at nothing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update!

The serial will now take a short break and will return with new episodes on November 9th.

See you in a few weeks.

Monday, October 12, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 2 of "Rest Stop" is now live at the site.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

In Which We Are Reviewed Again...

We have another review of the serial, this time from Eli James over at Novelr.

Eli appears to have enjoyed our duo's escapades.

That's the idea.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Death by Writing...in Real Time

Fellow weblit author MCM plans to kill himself via prose starting Tuesday, October 6th.

Not really kill himself. That would be morbid.

Nah.

He's gonna write a novel in three days.

Crazy bastard.

And I mean that in a good way.

As in "Go Team!!"

If you're on Twitter, follow the craziness at #3D1D.

In Which The Serial Is Reviewed

Frances Gonzalez, weblit author of Tales of Pneuma and the Lighthouse Chronicles, reviewed the serial over at her site.

She had some very nice things to say about our duo. Have a read.

Here's the bit that gets me rather giddy:
The narration of Kat, laden with fluid slang, is on the mark, consistent and quick, and the highlight of the series. By turns sardonic, tough, kind, witty and deadpan, she is more than fit narrator – she’s a riot.
Heh.

Thanks, Frances!

Incidentally, prior to Frances' review, Linda Schoales at the Web Fiction Guide also reviewed the first few installments.

This was several months ago, actually.

You can read Linda's review here.

Thanks, Linda! And thanks, again, Frances!

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 1 of "Rest Stop" is now live.

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Warning About Meeting People Online...
































(via Wil Wheaton)

WebLit Doings

You may have noticed me mention this the other day.

"WebLit."

Short for "web literature." That is, writing published directly to the web.

Since I'm part of that illustrious community (I like to think of it as an illustrious community), I thought it only fitting to do a shout out to my fellows.

Web Fiction Guide catalogs and reviews WebLit. As does e-fiction Book Club, though their focus is more on reviews.

Via MeiLin Miranda we now have WebLit.us, a spot where we WebLiterati can discuss WebLit cross-promotion strategies.

Want some starters? Try these stories for an intro:
Come join us for WebLit fun.

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

"Ghosts of the Past" is now posted at the site.

For those of you following the serial, a few notes:

Like the earlier episode "Life Goes On," this is another filler piece.

These will now take the place of the Interludes I'd been using. The Interludes were meant to be short, filler pieces, connecting running storylines. By the time I got to writing the later ones, they were getting longer than originally planned so I decided I'd give them their own installment.

Enjoy this one. Things are going to start getting even more complicated for our duo.

As if it weren't complicated already...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

In Which The Serial Is Mentioned...

Over at quillsandzebras, fellow WebLit author A.M. Harte posted about heroes in WebLit works.

Our Daring Duo get a short blurb.

Thanks, A.M.!

Monday, September 21, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 7 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live.

Monday, September 14, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 6 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live on the site.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 7, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Trailer

How's this for something fun?

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 5 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live at the site and marks Month #9 of the serial.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Why the Stigma?

I recently ran across this post from digital-media author MCM about self-publishing. It automatically brought to mind another post on self-publishing but from a perspective completely opposite MCM's.

I've heard this sort of thing before, that anything self-published is automatically crap.

But it got me thinking...

Indie musicians and indie filmmakers are typically praised when they don't bow down to the great corporate studio/production company juggernaut. People say "Good for them! They made the music they wanted to make and didn't turn into another cookie-cutter boy band." Or "Good for them! They didn't sacrifice their filmic vision for another cookie-cutter Hollywood piece of garbage."

Yet when people hear someone self-published a book, they immediately say "Oh. Couldn't get a real publisher. Must be because the book is crap. Loser."

Another medium that often self-publishes without any ill feelings: indie comic books. Not everyone out there writes/draws/inks/colors for Marvel, DC, or Dark Horse. Some folks do it all on their own. Just ask Dave Sim, for one.

So I ask: why?

Why is the indie musician praised for essentially self-publishing his album of punk-country-speed metal songs but the self-published novelist is criticized?

What say you?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cyberpunk Opera?

Fantasy has sword and sorcery. SF has space opera.

How about "cyberpunk opera"?

I'd describe it as "cyberpunk action-adventure stories." Stories that simply accept the conventions of cyberpunk and just tell gritty adventures.

KAT AND MOUSE
would be an example of cyberpunk opera.

Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Why?

What say you?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kat Richardson Signing

Last night I headed out to San Francisco and the Borders at Union Square for a signing event with Kat Richardson.

It was a grand time. Kat read from her newest Harper Blaine novel Vanished. "The Funny Section," she called it.

Yep. Very funny. Can't wait to get to it.

Although I have to confess: I knew of Greywalker and the rest of the series but they fell into my personal trap of taking note of a book/series, thinking "Hey! Cool book/series" but then promptly getting distracted by something else and forgetting.

It wasn't until Jim Hines mentioned the new book a few weeks ago that it fell back on my radar.

And learned about the signing.

And picked up the first three books.

Overall, it was a fun evening. I even got the honor of being one of her minions for the evening.

Hmmm. What a fun title. "Kat Richardson's Minion."

Would that be the same as being part of her "street team"?

Hmmm.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Telling a Good Story

Ran across this blog post the other day whilst rummaging the Interwebs.

I'm right there with you, Kristan.

As far as the goals you listed goes, I'm with #1 and #3:
  1. Tell stories that people enjoy.
  2. Earn a living off the work I love doing.
But the important bit for me is the first one. If I've done that, then I am content.

Everything else is a bonus.

Monday, August 24, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 3 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live at the site.

Happy reading!

Embracing Digital Lit

And now, a bit of shameless self-promotion...

The Arcanis Arcanum and Night of the Girl Scouts are now on sale at Smashwords in multiple ebook formats.

Arcanis is a satire on religion, philosophy, and secret societies. This volume collects the holy books of the philosophy/religion known as Gopher. Inspired by The Principia Discordia.

Night of the Girl Scouts is a collection of nine short stories.

You can sample the first 10% of each title for free at Smashwords.

Check 'em out.

And speaking of digital lit, the e-Fiction Book Club will be reviewing KAT AND MOUSE at the end of November. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Now Reading: 8/21/09

I just finished The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe. Excellent mash-up of S&S and hard-boiled detective noir. Sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse takes on a case that forces him to dig up a tragic past in order to solve the present.

Bledsoe gives just the right touch of fantasy tale and detective story and the pairing works. I found his take on the mash-up easier to get through than the Garrett novels by Glen Cook or Simon Green's "Hawk and Fisher" series. The others were serviceable but I had to be in the right mood to read them.

(I'll admit here that I only read the first "Hawk and Fisher" novel and made it a quarter of the way through Sweet Silver Blues before I put it down.)

On the other hand, Sword-Edged Blonde drew me in easily and kept me there up to the last page.

And now, I turn to the 7th book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, Dead Beat.


It's Harry vs. zombies.

Always an entertaining read, that Harry.

After that, I'll be picking up Greywalker by Kat Richardson.
Saw this a while back when the cover illo caught my eye. (Hello! Chick with gun!)

Read the blurb, thought "Nice premise."

Then promptly didn't buy it. Dunno why.

Anyway, I see the series is at Book #4 so I have enough to keep me busy without having to wait impatiently untill the newest book comes out.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] New Song - "Urban Fantasy"

For you urban fantasy fans out there, here's a little number for you.


Happy listening!

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 2 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live on the site.

Enjoy!

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] John Anealio: Sci Fi Songs

Just a quick shout out to John Anealio at Sci Fi Songs.

John's another SF/F fan who writes songs about the genre. His are original songs, as opposed to my song parodies.

Good stuff. Have a listen over yonder.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] More Mentions...

Borderlands Books in San Francisco gives a small nod to me in their August newsletter.

Thanks, guys!

If you're ever in the area, go check them out. Great ambiance, awesome stock, and friendly staff.

Moving the Song Blog Updates

I've decided to close down the "Songs In The Key of Geek" blog in favor of adding those updates here.

So all my latest SF/F song parody atrocities activities will be chronicled on this blog.

Post titles will be preceeded by the label [SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK].

You have been sufficiently warned.

SF/F Anthology Covers

During the Ladyless Anthology Brouhaha, I ran across the term "manthology" from Jim Hines (which was, he explains, him trying to be clever).

I figured such a collection might look like this:

So Jim does it again in today's post when he writes:
In this highly optimistic scenario, you’re already three years behind the trend, which means there’s a decent chance the rest of the world has moved on to Shakespearean Cthulhu.
Shakespearean Cthulhu.

The cover of which would probably look like this:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When Anthologies Go Bad?

Jim Hines pointed to this SF Signal post about an SF anthology that's causing some ruckus among the SF/F community.

The beef with the book comes from the lack of women authors. Of the 21 listed stories, not a one is written by a female.

I stuck my nose into this one by commenting:
The emphasis of this anthology is on "stories that took unusual scientific concepts and developed them in even more unusual ways." (See the first comment to:http://silk-noir.livejournal.com/308817.html?thread=2622289)

My knowledge of current short fiction is severely lacking (I blame it on catching up with the Dresden Files, but I digress). Can those more learned out there provide a list of 20 or so stories by female authors and non-white-guy-authors which deal with unusual scientific concepts and develop them in even more unusual ways?
Maybe if we pass over a goodly list to Mr. Ashley, he might create a sequel to this Mammoth Book? Call it "Another Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF" or "Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF II" or something.

And if Mr. Ashley is unable to create said sequel, maybe we can pool resources and publish a book in response to this. Call it "Beyond Mindblowing SF" or "Better Than Mammoth Mindblowing SF" or "Mindblowing? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Or even "The Other Mammoth Book..."
No reply yet to my list.

Based on the comments thus far in the SF Signal post and in the post I linked to in my comment, an anthology needs a representative sample of female writers in order to be acceptable to the SF/F populace.

Let's take a look at Seeds of Change (ed. John Joseph Adams), The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (ed. George Mann), and the upcoming With Great Power (ed. Lou Anders). Seeds has nine stories, two by women. Great Power will feature 15 stories, two by women (three, if you count a co-author). The Solaris Book, 16 stories, 1 by a woman.

Clearly, these three brief samples must be better than Ashley's anthology because they include women.

But the percentage of women is rather low. A combined 40 stories in all three books and 5 are by women!?!?

This comment will likely draw ire but I'll say it anyway: do we now gauge the worth of an anthology by the number of women authors it features? What should the acceptable percentage be? 50%? 60%? 70%?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Giant Critter Fight Gone Bad


I rented this because of Debbie Gibson and to see just how cheesy it might be.

Good on Debbie--sorry, Deborah--for a movie lead. Bad on Deborah for a bad movie.

Mega Shark is top-grade bad. Bad story, bad dialogue, and lots of bad acting. Not to mention a forced romantic sub-plot that falls on its face and makes rude bodily noises.

Worse than an Uwe Boll flick. I thought Bloodrayne and House of the Dead was bad.

Hell, I thought the non-Uwe Boll Dragon Wars was pretty bad.

Mega Shark takes the cake.

Two good bits:
  • Mega Shark nabs a 747 in mid-air.
  • Deborah punches out a sub officer.
Glaring errors:
  • Half Moon Bay does not have palm trees, a lifeguard shack, or a pier.
  • San Francisco International Airport's terminal is not green and does not have palm trees in the background.
  • Treasure Island has nothing resembling the structure they depict.
  • Their San Francisco Bay has nothing remotely resembling landmarks you'd see if you were actually in San Francisco Bay (e.g. Alcatraz, the Marin headlands, either Golden Gate or Bay Bridge, etc).
And for a movie that touts giant critter fights and assorted mayhem resulting from such, there's a severe lack of either.

C'mon Asylum. I'd bet you had a shooting budget comparable to one episode of an hourlong TV show. Yet even the worst episodic looks far better than your movie. Hell--even NCIS was able to feature a more realistic submarine interior in a first season episode ("Sub Rosa") than your sad excuse.

Rent it/Netflix it if you want a groaner for the evening. Otherwise, I'd encourage you to pass and watch a classic Godzilla movie instead. It may have been a guy in a rubber suit stomping on a model city but at least they did it right.

And Deborah--please please pick a better movie next time. You did so well with your choices on Broadway. You can do the same here, too.

Monday, July 20, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 5 of "Babysitting Blues" is now live on the site.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

On Dollhouse

A short peek at the unaired Dollhouse episode.



Seeing this makes me want to re-watch the show.

I really didn't follow after the first episode.

The Wife and I heard about the show and checked out episode one. I thought it had an interesting premise; deep cover taken to the next level/the extreme. She thought it was sexist/exploitative; women as the ultimate man's plaything.

Friday nights were busy so I taped the next two episodes.

Unfortunately, I never got to go back and watch them.

Rather than miss out on the storyline coming into episode 4 (and I was pretty sure there was an arc of some sort in progress), I decided to pass.

I think I'll be picking up the DVD.

(h/t: Big Dumb Object)

And We Are Live...

Following up on yesterday's post about the song parody blog...

The Song Parody Dude site is finally up and running.

With 3 free sampler MP3s. And a link to join the Email Club where I can send you announcements, the latest news, and any event notifications.

Yes. Event notifications.

The possibility of live performances did begin to speculate about the merest probability of crossing my mind.*

But I think some other things need to be done before I get to that point.


*Thank you, Douglas Adams, for that line.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I Sing the Blog Post Electric...

As you can see from my earlier post, I have started a blog for all my song parody atrocities activities. There might be a cross-post here and there but I'm thinking that anything related to sing-y things will go specifically on the other blog.

The site is called Songs in the Key of Geek.

Dune, Cheesiness, and David (don't)Hassel(the)hoff

(cross-posted at Songs in the Key of Geek)

A few weeks back, SF Signal posted this segment of the musical Jekyll and Hyde featuring Mitch Buchannon David Hasselhoff in the lead.

That immediately brought to mind this little performance.*

At about the same time, my favorite writing forum was discussing Dune.

Which called to mind the David Lynch movie in all its grandiosity.

All four elements then combined in a freak lightning shot to the brain/Victor Frankenstein-Colin Clive "It's alive!" moment to produce this little number.

I now subject you to it.


*Don't ask how I found that. I did. I admit it. And don't look at me like that...

Monday, July 6, 2009

In Which a Song is Mentioned...

Last week I wrote another song parody, this time about Raine Benares, the main character in Lisa Shearin's fantasy novel Magic Lost, Trouble Found. Set to the tune of "That's Amore."

Here's the song.

I emailed Lisa about the song and asked for some assistance with name pronunciation.

Today, Lisa mentioned the song (and linked to it) in her blog.

Sweet!

Thanks, Lisa! You rock.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I'm Doing What?

In addition to working on an upcoming episode of the serial, I've found myself writing songs.

Song parodies to be exact.

These suckers are fun.

Here's a sample.

And yes, that's me on vocals.

Enjoy!

I'll post more as I finish them.

Monday, June 29, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

Part 2 of "Babysitting Blues" is now posted.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Last Airbender - Teaser



I hope to god they get this right.

The animated series is one of the best I've seen in a long time. I'd rank it up there with Robotech, Star Blazers, and Batman: TAS.

The series producers are also involved with the movie so I'm hoping that a good sign.

We'll see come 2010...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blasts From The Past

The Internet Archive is a glorious thing.

While updating the links over on my writing site, I realized that the original pages of those stories were probably living somewhere online (after all, they say the internet remembers).

They live on at the Internet Archives.

I found most of the original sites (or at least the archived versions) and am in the midst of uploading them.

Coolness.

Monday, June 15, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 24 of "Easy Money" is now live.

Today marks the end of episode 2.

The serial is also 6 months old, so huzzah for our heroines.

Episode 3, "Babysitting Blues," begins next week.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fun Links

Random bits of Intarw3bby goodness to share with y'all:

Kelly Meding tweeted about this blog post featuring the best 11 words of the English language. (possible NSFW)

GRRM coming to HBO.

Adorable.

I've just found a new comic to check out. Thanks you, Uncle Warren!

Monday, June 8, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

Part 23 of "Easy Money" is now posted on the site.

Coming up on the close of this episode.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

David Eddings, R.I.P.

David Eddings passed away Tuesday.

If there was ever a fantasy series that really transported me to another world, it's his Belgariad. Beginning with Pawn of Prophecy, the story of young Garion's journey from living as a farmboy to taking his place in the world as the central figure of an ancient prophecy catapulted me into a world of knights, sorcerers, and magic--and colorful, captivating characters.

In the space of a week and a half the summer before my senior year in high school, I devoured all five books. A few months later, I dove into the follow-up series, the Malloreon, at a more leisurely pace.

The Seeress of Kell, the last book of the Malloreon, came out my sophomore year in college and was the first hardcover I'd ever purchased.

I never did get into his later books.

No matter. The Belgariad and the Malloreon were enough.

Oh sure I read others after those. I'd read Papa Tolkien and Terry Brooks's Shannara series prior to Eddings. I'd gone through Asimov's Foundation books, I, Robot, and two volumes of his short stories (including "Nightfall"). Later came Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein, Robert E. Howard, Frank Herbert, Robert Asprin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon, Holly Lisle, even L. Ron Hubbard (his 10-book Mission Earth series).

And the list goes on.

But once a year, I go back to Sendaria and to the first thing the boy Garion remembered: the kitchen at Faldor's farm.

Goodbye, Mr. Eddings. You will be missed.

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday.

Yay me!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Breaking Through

I've had a military SF novel in the works for several years now, going through two versions (including a complete overhaul and associated worldbuilding) and at least three rewrites to its (more or less) present form.

I then began another rewrite, trying to whip it into better shape when I hit a plot snag. Thinking outside the box wasn't working so I set it down, closed the folder, and tucked it away. Perhaps some time away from the writing was needed to let my subconscious work out the issue.

That was over a year and a half ago.

A few days ago, whilst talking shop over at my favorite watering hole, I suddenly had a break.

That plot snag untangled itself and a solution presented itself like a gift from the heavens.

More like a rake handle thwap between the eyes.

Sweet.

KAT AND MOUSE Update

We are now on Part 22 of "Easy Money."

Go and check it out!

Monday, May 25, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Update

Okay, kids.

Part 21 of "Easy Money" is now up on the site.

Things get even more intense for our daring duo.

Go catch all the fun.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

What a crock of sh*t!

Didn't Handley know he just made Baby Jesus cry?
"Naturally, we are very disappointed by this result, but understand that in a criminal case, every defendant must make the decision that they believe serves their best interest," CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein said. "Because the set of facts specific to this case were so unique, we hope that its importance as precedent will be minimal. However, we must also continue to be prepared for the possibility that other cases could arise in the future as a result."
Yeah yeah. "Believes serves their best interest."

Yadda yadda.

But note my emphasis in the above quote.

Remember:
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." (Thomas Jefferson)
And:
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." (Benjamin Franklin)
Not to sound paranoid but...be afraid. Be very afraid.

(h/t: Neil Gaiman on Twitter)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

KnM Update

Part 20 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dr. Jones Buys Comics

I've mentioned before that I'm a really big Indiana Jones fan.

Here's a sample of Indy fandom...


The photos are from Free Comic Book at my local comic store.

And yes, I do go out in public dressed like that.

Monday, May 11, 2009

KnM Update

Part 19 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Closing in on the end of this adventure.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Recent Stuff

Still working on a project I can't talk about yet.

Revived my old blog, The Madman Raves.

Currently reading Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. Reminds me a bit of the Vatta's War books by Elizabeth Moon. Similar concept--MC is daughter of prominent Trader family, troubles brewing, etc. , but set in a nicely created fantasy world. I have to say that Kyle Haven is a right douchebag.

Thumbs up for Punisher: War Zone. Ray Stevenson captures the Ennis/Dillon incarnation of Frank Castle.

Two thumbs up for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Charming. Fun. Go see it. (Incidentally, Kat Dennings sounds oddly like Lori Petty. But that could just be me.)

That's it for the moment.

KnM Updates

Part 17 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Checking In...

Still busy working on something that I won't quite elaborate on just yet. When the time comes, I will share. Don't worry.

In other news, that audition I mentioned the other day? Just got word of a callback.

Sweeeet.

KnM Updates

Part 12 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Snippet

(SFX: Moaning wind)

VOICE #1
Ebenezer! Ebeneeeezer Scroooooge!

(SFX: Rattling of chains)

VOICE#2
Who's Ebenezer? Father? Is that you?

VOICE#1
Oh. Erm. Uhm. Sorry.
(clears throat)
Hamlet! Haaaaamlet!

Light Verse Friday: 3/20/09

Muad'Dib
Paul Atreides
Grew up near seas.
Whose portrayal had it locked in,
Alec Newman or Kyle MacLachlan?

Sandworm
The Arrakeen worm
Lives long-term.
The early bird never would
Last in a meeting with Shai-Hulud.