Saturday, July 25, 2009

#212. Social Media Whore


Updated the links listed on the right, since I just started a Twitter, where I'm going to be writing a new story. Two down, two million to go?

And I've also got a Facebook, which I started in January but didn't really get behind until about a month or so ago, plus MySpace, which I've been on for a couple years now.

But, Blogger's the oldest!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

#211. Hearing Issues


Okay, so here's a bit more personal:

If you want to come off like an asshole about it, you can feel free to use negative connotations when referring to the fact that you can't hear me. I don't care how much I like you, you're basically saying that whatever else you might think, you think it's my problem and that it's a stupid problem. Well, it's stupid of you to think that way, and it's never pleasant to find out that someone who seems nice isn't always so nice, and more than not nice, can't help but conversationally being, well, an asshole. And I'm talking about an otherwise nice person. It sucks to know they really think I'm just a nuisance, whether they realize it or not, because they can't possibly see, for the smallest part of it, that constantly being told they you can't be heard isn't pleasant.

And that's just a rough idea of it...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

#210. Conformists, Fall In Their Place, Finnegan, Lance Nolan, Smackdown, Main Event Mafia, Ken Anderson


It's funny, the more I prepare the outline for The Conformists, the more detail I find myself wanting to fill in. Normally, I'm pretty happy with far less than what I've done already, but this is the first time I think I might actually have a chance at getting a comic book published.

It's had the effect of blocking up a lot of writing projects. I've been doing a lot of reviews and my regular weekly column, HYGOTS, at Lower Decks, but have been unable to motivate myself to get back on the Fall in their Place edit/entry due in a few weeks, or work on the script for the first Conformists, or for that matter, Finnegan (which I've decided I might just skip out on "Line of the Dead" as part of the title).

But I did make a pretty big decision recently, and that was that my long-gestating Lance Nolan project, which I really don't talk about very often, might be a single book, in the form of Cloak of Shrouded Men (or The Stand, to use a slightly more famous example), rather than a trilogy, which it only really ever was conceived as because that's what sci-fi epics typically come as, at least in film. I'm liking that idea more and more...

To get back to wrestling talk (yay!), I'm pretty glad that I ended up with My Network TV after the converter conversion, because it's helped me familiarize myself with the latest Smackdown roster, which is the most cohesive it's been since around 2003. CM Punk, John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio...They've been working so well together in recent weeks that it's like they're reinventing the wheel. Exciting to follow!

TNA, meanwhile, finally advanced Sting past the Main Event Mafia, which is just perfect. The promotion finally seems to be running on all cylinders. Tomorrow's PPV, Victory Road, ought to be a good one.

All that and Ken Anderson counting the days to once again making history? Couldn't be a better time to be a wrestling fan.

Friday, July 17, 2009

#209. Reading List: The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid


The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid by Pat Garrett, not the edition I'm currently reading, but there you are with an equivalent one all the same. I guess I could also recommend the two Young Guns films as supplemental material. But yeah, after these outlaw books (two books ago, it was "ecoterrorism" A Friend of the Earth from T.C. Boyle), I'll be finally moving on to a new topic, three books from Neil Gaiman. Should be fun!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

#208. Reading List: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


Currently reading:

 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Having seen the movie (and loved it), I was eager to read the Ron Hansen novel, and it has been an absolute pleasure. This is the first of many updates concerning that reading list I mentioned before.

#207. Randy Savage, Edge


In addition to those other DVDs, I've also recently gotten the Randy Savage and Edge sets. I can't help it. I'm a nut for those things, so I'm looking forward to the WCW and Smackdown ones as well.


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