Archive for September 29th, 2008

Calling Cthulu…

The next story for my class is an up-in-the-air piece – the only restriction is that it needs to be in third-person, limited point of view.

In the spirit of of it being turned in during October, I have decided to go a little gothic. Jonathan, a member of “my” writing group (from the script class I was in) mentioned that he never had anyone actually submit a ghost or horror story as part of the class projects. This little bit of information has been floating around for the last couple of months, and I thought it would be a great way to get a story out for both (class, and group).

So I am going with something that I am loosely connecting to both H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. I can’t quite remember how all of it came together, but I started writing it last Thursday night, fleshing out three pages of setup & opening. I made notes, generally outlining the story I was aiming for, on a 5×7 notepad… looking at the current writing when compared to the notes, this one could be about fifteen pages.

Now, I need to make sure I get it actually finished this week – the first draft – so I can start combingthrough the editing process (tense shifts, etc.)…

Ah… to have things moving!

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Remembering Paul Newman

As I was going through my “morning routine”, I read one of the headlines on USA Today that Paul Newman died on Frinday.

I knowthe name, and know the personality (and, yes, I think I have even had some of the dressings at some point over the last few years). Cinematically, though, my experience is sorely lacking. I have seen Cars, in which he voices “Doc” Hudson. His “classic” films, though, no I have not seen them.

Color of Money, with Tom Cruise, is one that I know I have seen (most of, if not all). At the time, I did not realize that it was actually a sequel (of sorts) of another of his films, Hustler, where he played the same pool-shark character. After finding this out (only recently, actually) I am tempted to try to set upa double-feature and watch them both…

I plan on trying to see several of his movies, but based on the commentary I have read, he was a true legend in the business, and well respected for his deeds outside of it as well.

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"Hitchhiking" Again…

I am a bit mixed about the news that there will be another “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” book coming out, sometime in 2009 (October, I find out after a bit of Googling).

I remember getting wrapped up in the original series, getting and reading all of them over various trips to the public library when I was younger. I remember thinking that some of the ideas were cool (in my thirteen year old, wild imagination) – like always having a bag packed and ready to grab – but always having a towel inside!

I haven’t read the books in years, but it generally finds itself being, even somewhat obliquely, mentioned at least once a week. (Granted, it is usually when someone ask, “Can I ask you a question?” To which, I reply, “42” before they really get a chance to articulate the question.)

So, now that another book is coming, written by someone other the Douglas Adams himself. Having never read any of the Artemis Fowl books (but I have thought about it), I am not quite sure how the styles will gel – more to the point, I don’t know if Eoin Colfer already writes in a similar tone (he is a comedian, from what news bits I have read). The book is approved by Adams’ widow, so I don’t have any issues there…

I guess, it’s just part of the emotional disconnect… the “but you’re not him” thing, with the mixed enthusiasm of a new book in the series, but concern over how well the book will actually fit in with its siblings…

Time to begin the wait for next October, so we can all see…

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Fantasy Football

This is my third season playing Fantasy Football. I have managed to maintain a decent record in all of that time… I haven’t won a “championship”, but neither have I finished last, either. In that time, I have managed to pick up a few pointers to keep the season from going down the toilet.

In addition to the basic “get the best people you can for the positions” (which goes without saying),thereis one other key piece of advice/informationthat needs to be followed: Cover your Bye weeks.

Simply, look for players that can cover the weeks that your “A” team members are not scheduled to play. Also, try to avoid having too many players that will be out in the same week. I say this after “tentatively”* winning my game from this past weekend… my opponent had three of her starting line-up on their “Bye” week, and a fourth player out… and she also has four players on her bench (two on “Bye” weeks, and two that are listed “out”)…

With that said, I will gladly take the win, and chalk it up to a rookie mistake (on the other person’s part). And the season continues…

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