Chim Chim Cher-ee

If you had to pick one theme from the wonderful Disney stage production of Mary Poppins playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, it would be a line from the new song written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. “Anything can happen if you let it,” Mary Poppins sings to the children, ...

Justice quote

Listened to the 2nd episode of Mr. Moto, which aired on NBC radio on 27 May 1951. It was a rather stark depiction of addiction and included the use of a story telling device not often heard in old radio shows: in media res. The story opens with Mr. Moto holding vigil over a young ...

Writing and Running

The last two weeks have been intense for both writing and running. I was in the final stages of training for the Austin Marathon, which takes place in Austin, Texas, on 14 February. I’m in the best running shape of my life. I ran 60 miles the week ending 17 January, and topped that by ...

As You Like It

I’m not sure of the reasoning behind the title to this play. I’ve never really given much thought to the titles of Shakespeare’s plays before, actually. This one is, I believe, considering one of his middling plays. Not the greatest, a mediocre work, though still containing some memorable lines. “All the world’s a stage, and ...

Book “lending” costing publishers

First, read this article from Publisher’s Weekly about how online book piracy could cost the Publishing industry up to US$3 billion. Then read this tongue-in-cheek rebuttal. Those darn government sponsored lending spaces.

Halfway there 1

Today’s word count: 2024 Total word count: 25,348 This NaNoWriMo is beginning to feel more about the backstory of the novel, even just development of the characters, more than the novel itself. I think some of what I’m writing may find its way into a final product, but not all of it. I’m more than ...

Lead With Your Left by Ed Lacy

Lead With Your Left by Ed Lacy My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t know why I’ve only read one other  of Lacy’s novels. His stories are pulp, that’s for sure. The mystery is relatively simple, the plot straight forward. But he’s got some interesting characters, and the lives they lead don’t always wind up ...

Biking on a Rail

Biking on a Rail
A slow day at work means I browse the web. There was a brief visit by some clowns to my office, and I actually made them laugh. Feels good when you can make a clown smile. Then I found this. Kolelinia is a concept for riding a bicycle on a steel wire above city traffic. ...

JanNo update

Today’s word count: 2192 Total Word Count: 21,747 Not quite halfway there, and not quite halfway through the month. Looks like taking a day off on Saturday didn’t put me that far behind. I’m right on target for 50K by the end of the month. I plowed through my NaNoWriMo tonight so I could move ...

I knew I’d seen this movie before

I knew I'd seen this movie before
Thanks F-Yeah Na’vi