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This Week's Comics Haul, etc.

Posted 12/17/2014

We pulled 11 hours Monday night and I was barely aware enough to function yesterday and totally spaced out the TV-talk post, so here's the gist: The MasterChef Jr. finale was last night.  It's on the DVR.  I'll get around to watching it soon, but I'm not impressed with either of the finalists.  Abby should have made the finale, she came out on top a few weeks ago with only TWO fucking ingredients, are you kidding me?  Yes, she screwed up last week, but come ON, man, won the night (okay, she was #2 that night, but still) on TWO ingredients?  That has to count for something.  And at only 8 years old!!!

But today is Wednesday, and that means new comic day.  Here's what came out for the Moores:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And since we're still on comics, I finished American Born Chinese last night and today will start:

Imagine a universe where the Nazis schemed another layer to their madness--using human sacrifice and necromancy to invoke bloody "gods".  Picture a world where technology has been trumped by magic and the human race has literally become the food of the Gods.

It is a world in which Eisenhower's troops, wading ashore at Normandy to put down history's worst evil, are met by towering beings who stir cyclones, hurl lightning, and laugh in the face of any opposition short of an atomic bomb.

But can such creatures actually exist?  Are they really the living embodiment of Norse mythology, alien invaders...or something else?

Either way, it was still D-day.  D for disaster.  For doom.

But, with the help of the rogue god Loki, one man would fight back, and in doing so discover the horrible secret of the Aesir.  This selfless act of unbridled bravery and sacrifice will inspire a people and perhaps alter the course of history.

It's a time for heroes.  Armed not with superpowers, but courage.

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Comic Talk-Monday: Currently Reading

Posted 12/15/2014

I'm probably going to start reading this tonight on break at work:

 

Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.
 
American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring and a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Book Talk-Sunday: Back on the Audio Bandwagon

Posted 12/14/2014

I used to be addicted to audiobooks.  I checked as many out from the library as I could at one time and would listen to them in the car on the way to and from work.  Then I got a different job and was able to listen to them all day while I worked.  When I left that job and got the office job I worked for almost 10 years, I tried audiobooks now and then but could never focus because I had people in and out of my office all day.  Now that I'm out of that job and have a new one out by where my old job, I've got a decent drive to and from again (about 20 minutes, which isn't much but it's more than my previous 2 minute drive, and 20 minutes here and there adds up), so I've downloaded some audiobooks to my phone.  One of them I've listened to already, about half a dozen times, while the other two I plan to start this week.  Click the links to buy them for yourself:

  

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Writing Update, 12/13/14, 3500 words and counting.

Posted 12/13/2014

After a truly terrible week for writing--mostly caused by car trouble, partly by day job stuff--I'm happy to say "Flagpole Sitta" is back on track to be done in first draft by next Friday's deadline.

It started with a late night at work that left me too exhausted the next day to do anything but doze off over and over at my desk until I gave up.  Then I spent part of the morning getting the battery in my car replaced only to discover a bad battery wasn't the problem.  The battery WAS bad, I had it tested twice, that just wasn't the source of all my problems.  So I took it in on Thursday to have it diagnosed to discover I had TWO sensors going bad.

I couldn't afford to leave it with the guy that day, but was able to take it in the next morning.  However, that also turned out to be the day work had decided we would work 5 hours instead of our usual 9-10.  Which was awesome.  Except we had to go in at NOON.  Not so awesome, as it meant I couldn't pick up my car before work and would have to do it afterward, which of course meant going down to pick up my mother (I had her car for a few days because mine was just dying too many times on the 17-minute drive to work every day), bringing her up to my house where she followed me while I drove my car to the garage, then took her home and came home myself, all of which left me about an hour before I had to leave for work, and I still had to eat before I left.

When I got off last night, I picked up my son and took him with me to pick up my car, then we drove both cars back down to my mother's to drop her car off and I brought him home.  It was a hectic few days, but thanks to the diminishing structure of my story here, I only needed to write 750 words today to be back on track.  Now I only have another 1500 words and the first draft is done.

This SHOULD be pretty simple as it's two scenes of 500 words each, then a final two scenes of 250 words each.

If I can find a damned day without distractions of one kind or another, there's no reason I couldn't have that done in one day.  But I'm allowing myself until next Friday, the 19th, which means, again, provided there are no distractions, I could do one scene a day and still take a break in the middle for new comic day on Wednesday.

Either way, however I get it done, I will get it done.

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Movie Talk-Friday: Time Runs Out

Posted 12/12/2014

A few movies coming off Netflix streaming within the next week, so get em while you can:

   

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Music Talk-Thursday: Writing and Music, so far this week.

Posted 12/11/2014

I used to listen to music constantly.  If I was writing, I had music blaring.  My very first attempt at a full-length novel, RITE OF DAWN, was written almost exclusively to Nine Inch Nails and Jimi Hendrix (THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL and THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE respectively) while Marilyn Manson's ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR informed a lot of THE THIRD FLOOR.  Then one day, I just couldn't do it anymore.  I don't know what happened, but I found myself totally unable to write to music.

But it wasn't the biggest deal in the world because I had a desk job where I listened to music for 8 hours a day.

Now that I don't have that job anymore and instead work the line in a factory, I don't get to listen to music all night, and I began to miss it.  So this week I've been trying to get myself used to writing with music again.  Not sure what to go with, I just started at the top of the list in my music folder and worked my way through.  I started with a free sampler I'd downloaded from Amazon some time ago called "25 SONGS OF SUMMER".  Yesterday I played AC/DC's BACK IN BLACK (an album I haven't listened to in ages but which I used to have on repeat when I was in high school), and today was Amanda Blank's I LOVE YOU.

The writing went pretty well yesterday, but Amanda just wasn't doing it today.  Nothing against her, I LOVE that album.  But the scene I was writing needed something different.  So I wrote 750 words today (allotted for the required scene) to Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta" on repeat.  After all, the story is called "Flagpole Sitta".  It's only natural that song be the soundtrack to the writing of it.

Thank God that's one of those songs I don't seem to be able to get tired of, and the louder I crank it, the better it is.

Now I have 8 days before my first draft deadline if I hope to get this story published by the end of the year.

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This Week's Comics Haul.

Posted 12/10/2014

This week's comics haul is more a hopeful one than an actual one.  Car trouble is keeping me from daring to venture forth, but I called ahead and had them hold them back for me.  I called later than usual, though, and I'm sure a couple of these, if not more, are already off the shelf.  So whatever I miss, when I am finally able to get out and get them, I'll just read digitally.  As long as the kids' books are still there, everything will be cool.  My son gets 3 this week, while my daughter has 1.  Mine come to 15, but I know for a fact a few of these (Green Lantern Corps and Spider-Verse Team-Up, as well as Spider-Man & the X-Men #1) will definitely be digital reads no matter what.  But enough rambling, here's the haul:

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

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TV Talk-Tuesday...not exactly. Writing Update instead.

Posted 12/9/2014

Not much TV talk today.  A lot of what I watch is either on the winter break (a downright stupid concept; this is the time of year people most need the distraction!), is almost over for the season, or I'm a few episodes behind on.  So instead I'll talk about writing.

I'm currently working on "Flagpole Sitta", a new Angel Hill short story.  I'm keeping notes every day on what I need to get done, where the story will go, to help me sort it out.  I don't usually do this, but I think this story needs it.  It's a different type of story with alternative points of view and I thought I'd try something I've never tried before.  I'm going to predict the word count to the final word at 5000 on this one.  How can I be so sure?

It's by design.  The first section was 1000 words, so I wrote the next section, a different POV, at 1000 words also.  Back to the first POV, I'm going to do 750 words, then 750 on the other POV.  The next round will be 500 words each, and finally I'll wrap up the story with two sets of 250-word alternating points of view.  I'm excited about this, and so far it's working really well.

This is going to be a cool story.  I think.  I hope.  I'm liking it, anyway.  I guess that's the most important thing, at this stage in the writing.

Today is the 9th, so I'm gonna say I'll have the first draft done by NEXT Friday, December 19th, which will give me about a week and a half of editing and revision to get it ready to publish at the end of the month.

I was supposed to be writing The Werewolves of Green Lake this month, but this story took over, and I let it.  Gotta trust the instincts, and mine said to write this story first.  I'm glad I listened.  It's been a while since I've had that first draft rush of trying something different.  I'm digging it.

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Comic Talk-Monday: Two New Posters

Posted 12/8/2014

The two newest comic-related additions to my office:

 

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Movie Talk-Friday, Book Talk-Sunday, and Saturday's Writing Update, all in one.

Posted 12/7/2014

Dammit, I was doing so well, keeping a consistent blog for months, and you miss one day, and that turns into two days later in the week.  To be fair, I worked 12 hours Thursday night and, after getting a mere 5 hours of sleep, had a ton of stuff to do Friday before work.  Yesterday, I just forgot until I was done for the day, then I had to drive my daughter around a few places before doing the grocery shopping.  But I'm here today, so let's catch up.

Friday was movie talk, but I haven't watch any movies since A Haunting in Salem earlier in the week, so instead I'll talk about one of the DVD packs I haven't watched yet, but keep wishing I could find the time to get to.

I'm looking forward to getting to this one because I do love the idea of outbreak movies.  After reading The Hot Zone nearly 20 years ago, the thought of a global outbreak of anything that might kill most of the world's population has always terrified me.  Another reason I made sure to pick this up was the inclusion of the movie Blindness, which I'd already seen but wanted to see again.  This disc includes:

Quarantine

Blindness

Autumn

Acceptable Risks

Adrenalin: Fear the Rush

The Dead Outside

 

 

I wound up at the library a few days ago, wanting to check out their graphic novels.  This is part of Book Talk-Sunday--I'm skipping the Saturday writing update, but for a good reason, which I'll get to soon--and as I've said countless times even though graphic novels are considered comics, their still books dammit and I want to mention them.  So I ALMOST picked up Blankets again, but I knew there was no way I could manage to read that one again, it already ripped me up once before.  But I did find a handful that I haven't read before, so I grabbed these and, once I'm done with the Walking Dead books, I'll get to them:

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another book, this one on audio, that I've been listening to a LOT--listening to it again right now, in fact, is David Bain's "Ten Short Essays on Writing".  This book is only making this past week even more frustrating, however, because he's making me wish I had all the time in the world to just write, even though as he points out very clearly here, you don't need all the time in the world, you can write in 5 minute sessions if necessary and still get the work done.  But, dammit, I wish I had all day to immerse myself in the work.  It's an excellent audio book, narrated by the VERY talented Daniel Penz.  I HIGHLY recommend this one:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, the writing update.

This week has been friggin' hectic and I haven't done a lot of new words, BUT David Bain and I are doing an Eight Days of Christmas sale in a couple of weeks, offering eight of our titles for $0.99 on a rotating basis.  If there are any of mine you don't have but have been wanting, it may be included, so here's the schedule of which of my books will be on sale, and when:

 

THE THIRD FLOOR - Dec. 20-26

 

 

THE AMERICAN WAY - Dec. 22-28

 

 

ALTER - Dec. 24-30

 

 

FLUKE - Dec. 26 - Jan. 1

 

 

 Also available for $0.99 during the entire run will be "Carlotta Valdez", "Welcome to the Trust", "Aftermath" and "The Power & the Gravy"  So keep this list and these dates handy and, come December 20th, start getting some cheap books.

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