Apparently there’s a Space Invaders movie in the works.Reminds me of this bad, tongue-in-cheek exposition I cut out of Gladiator Girl:The highlight of the afternoon team practice was Space Invaders, an exercise that grinds hard on the guardians. It was named after an old silent movie. In the movie a lone hero discovers plans for … Continue reading Space Invaders
Dude, I Just Watched Lucy
I usually don’t give numerical ratings, but they’re a handy way to show my polar-opposites reaction to Lucy. I give it 2/5 if I’m watching a movie that takes the cringe-worthy 10% of your brain premiss seriously. Early on I involuntarily looked away from the screen, too embarrassed to watch, while Morgan Freeman speaks inanities … Continue reading Dude, I Just Watched Lucy
Hey, it was My Birthday
My birthday was yesterday, July 14th, also Bastille Day. These are the highlights of my 64th birthday. Generally, I don't celebrate birthdays, but thanks to internet commerce, I did two significant things today: one silly, one profound. Try and guess which is which.Marco's Pizza; the local franchise is two blocks away; sent me an email birthday … Continue reading Hey, it was My Birthday
Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2014
Note to self: Never try to foretell, at the end of a blog post, what the next post will be about — it never is — and never claim to predict when the next post will appear — in never does. Camp NaNoWriMo starts in less than a half hour from now, from just now, … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2014
How to Follow My Current Project
My current novel project is called, Forgotten Memories: A Fantasy, of Sorts.As I'm discovering the shape of the story, I'm dumping the progress into this PDF file on SugarSync. (I'm not using SugarSync anymore. For now, I'm not making the PDF available.) If you want to follow along, you can check it now and then, … Continue reading How to Follow My Current Project
After NaNoWriMo 2012
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It's a challenge to authors to get off their feet and onto their butts and write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.The challange started small, grew, and became international. International or not, since almost everyone shortens the name to NaNoWriMo, it looks like they're stuck … Continue reading After NaNoWriMo 2012
Genies, Botnets, and State Security, Oh my!
I just finished reading a wonderful new book, Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. It takes place in a fictional contemporary Arab emirate that's on the boiling point of the Arab Spring. Alif is a young guy, a hacker, who makes a shady, but honorable living hiding his clients'---bloggers of every subversive type: Islamists, … Continue reading Genies, Botnets, and State Security, Oh my!
I Guess, I’ll Have to Write It
Years ago, back in the dimly remembered (nineteen) Eighties, I read and delighted in Norman Spinrad's science-fiction novel, Child of Fortune. Two years ago, for the 2010 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) thirty day dash, I desperately grabbed ideas from Spinrad's book to get something---anything---started, and ended up with a collection of hacked together chunks of plot and bits of … Continue reading I Guess, I’ll Have to Write It
I like to work under the illusion that my ideas are original. Really though, I assume many people have had the same ideas, and I assume some of them have already done something with them, but I doubt they used them to tell the exact same story I'm telling, and most certainly not in the … Continue reading On Originality
Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro, How Could You?
Movies based on good books, even when they are themselves good, are never more than shadows of the original work.I bought and downloaded the Kindle version of Never Let Me Go, and read it over the weekend, finishing it Tuesday morning. My reaction was even stronger than to the movie. I put the book down … Continue reading Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro, How Could You?