Thursday, April 24th, 2014

On the Radio Free Albemuth Kickstarter

On the Radio Free Albemuth Kickstarter

When I was in college, I did a “binge read” of Philip K. Dick. A “binge read” involved taking an author and, for a semester, reading as much of his work as I could get my hands on.  One semester I did a binge read of Larry Niven.  The next semester was Orson Scott Card.  And then there was the semester that I did a binge read of PKD. I don’t know how I settled... [Read more]


On Shamrock Fest 2013

On Shamrock Fest 2013

To get to Shamrock Fest, I had to navigate a phalanx of Bible-thumpers. Shamrock Fest is an Irish and Celtic music festival held annually at RFK Stadium, and the organizers recommend that people take the DC Metro to reach the music festival.  You take the Blue or Orange line, disembark at the Stadium-Armory stop, climb the steps, and walk about two blocks to reach Shamrock Fest.  The past... [Read more]


On The House of Silk

On The House of Silk

Last weekend I picked up The House of Silk.  I finished it Sunday night after Downton Abbey. Silk, for those unaware of it, is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel written by Foyle’s War‘s Anthony Horowitz that was published in late 2011 and was authorized by the Doyle estate.  The latter point — the estate authorization — seemed to be a very big deal, as the book was... [Read more]


On the Revolutionary Time Lord

On the Revolutionary Time Lord

Today was Inauguration Day.  Barack Obama, whose second term as President began yesterday, was administered a ceremonial oath of office this afternoon for a public inauguration ceremony. Obama’s inaugural speech was strongly progressive in its outlook, but some of the speech’s invocations of god irked me.  I tweeted my irksomeness, and Stuart Ian Burns replied that when Obama... [Read more]


On a Casualty in FOX News’ War on the War on Christmas

On a Casualty in FOX News’ War on the War on Christmas

Were it not for Talking Points Memo, I wouldn’t have known that FOX News’ war on the War on Christmas had begun.  I guess if Black Friday can creep into Thursday, then the War on Christmas can creep into mid-November. And what did I learn? Atheists are attacking A Charlie Brown Christmas in an elementary school in Little Rock, Arkansas! Several Google searches brought up this article... [Read more]


Writing

On a Comic Book Script

On a Comic Book Script

Yesterday I wrote a comic book script. Totally random, that. The idea came to me a few days ago, and it was consuming many mental processing cycles.  I clearned some time yesterday and knocked it out. I took another look at it this morning.  I revised the staging in two panels, and rewrote the description for another panel to clarify something.  I added a Cast of Characters.  In... [Read more]


On Working on My NaNoWriMo Outline

On Working on My NaNoWriMo Outline

Hello?  Is this mic still on…? Ah, there it is.  The squeal of feedback. I’ve been busy.  And writing.  But mostly busy.  This happens to all of us from time to time, but it’s been especially bad of late. One thing I’ve been working on?  I’m finally tackling a revision to the Merlin outline.  Yes, the on-spec outline for a tie-in novel... [Read more]


Comic Books

On Things I’ve Been Reading

On Things I’ve Been Reading

Doctor who: Prisoners of Time #1 IDW Publishing Written by Scott & David Tipton Artwork by Simon Fraser A month after the triumphant conclusion to Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2, the brothers Tipton return to the world of Doctor Who for the first chapter of IDW’s Doctor Who golden anniversary project, Prisoners of Time. When the project was announced a few months... [Read more]


On Things I’ve Been Reading

On Things I’ve Been Reading

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8 IDW Publishing Written by Scott & David Tipton Pencils by Gordon Purcell Watercolors by J.K. Woodward Ten months ago, IDW Publishing announced the comic book I’d waited most of my life to read — a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover.  Yesterday, I read the eighth and final issue. The best thing I can say?  The damn thing... [Read more]