Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Book of Elizabeth @ Barnes & Noble

The book is now up at Barnes and Noble now too. That image is just a place holder, by the way.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

So Go On

I've read a couple articles lately, including this one and one in the current issue of P&W, that essentially say: fiction is dead, books are dead, so write whatever the hell you want. Take chances - no one's going to read it anyway. It's basically a roundabout way of saying be yourself. It's disappointing that it takes the perceived irrelevance of fiction to inspire writers to do what they want; that may be why fiction is irrelevant to some people. Following the herd will always be an issue in art, as it is in life; art will always be 'dead.' It's died now several times since I've been alive.

My first novel comes out in November, and I have no expectation it will be any kind of success. It's definitely a book I'd write, one I'd like to read. My only hope is that I get the opportunity to keep writing the books I want to, and that somewhere in the storm of voices I'm heard.

Stupid Droid



Got to watch this.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

This Is Christianity?

Pressure rises on pastor who wants to burn Quran - Yahoo! News

It occured to me today it's no accident we see a sudden wave of Islamophobia at the same time there's rampaging doubt in the far right on the President's faith and citizenship. There's an ugliness to all this which is unAmerican but sadly not unfamilair. We've seen this kind of junk before and we'll see it again, no doubt. The only solace is that we've shouted it down time and again. This pastor needs to listen to God when he prays.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Let's Talk About The Building That Really Matters At Ground Zero

After a lot of stops and starts, construction at Ground Zero is on pace to have the memorial finished for the anniversary next year. Just last year, it seemed there may be nothing there for years. The image of the footprint of the building - realized again for the first time in nine years - brought me back to that day in a very visceral way. With all this controversy about the mosque, I wonder what next year will be like, with the memorial there to open our scars, or make them concrete. Will we bleed again next year? Will it let us move on finally?

Friday, September 03, 2010

In Space, No One Can Hear You Gurgle

Scientists discover recipe for water in space - CNN.com

I don't know what's cooler - the possibilities this presents us for the future, or all the stories you could get out of this.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Yeah, That's Sarah Blasko



Check out this really fun video of a the only band bigger (in members) than Arcade Fire, featuring a very Bowie-ish Sarah on background vocals.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Things You Google When Writing A Story

flashing arrow signs

Xanadu lyrics

speed of rogue black hole

mail delivery on the aran islands

big style

kelly macdonald hot (what are you going to do?)

expedited passport

the serpent's lair

home abortion methods

Yes She Did

Time Travel Already Exists - In Fiction

Don't you know.

I like the talk about time as space in fiction - I've come to think of it that way too, especially in my own work. The Book of Elizabeth deals quite a bit with time. All the characters more or less come from different eras, none of which exist any longer, but of course still do; they occupy a space accessible only now by the reader.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friday, May 07, 2010

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Coming Into Focus

A great post over at Slayalive unravels a significant part of Buffy Season 8:

Giles: A Retrospective - BuffyForums

Check it out.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

If Only Angel Had Died In That Alley

SPOILERS

The big reveal of Twilight (the Big Bad of Season 8) went down in Buffy this week, and you can read the fallout here. My only real gripe right now is that I wish they had never done a 'season 6' of Angel in comics. I always felt that the show ended on about as perfect a note as possible. The mystery over whether Angel (and crew) died in the alley in L.A. would have made the reveal of Twilight as Angel that much more shocking, to me at least. It would have sold some of the conflicting emotions Buffy experiences a bit better for some of the people that VIOLENTLY disagree with what happens in this issue.

For what it's worth, here are my two cents:

Buffy does try to kill him first. With a giant tree.

Giles and Angel know something we don't.

If this is Angel - IF - he's found a way around their 'perfect joy' issue (and daylight!) and I can totally buy that he doesn't really mind who dies because of it.

And it would be a lot more confusing/OMG/WTF? if this had been the first time we had seen him since that cut to black in the alley.