So, with NSSM over, look soon for reviews of Timothy Schaffert’s The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, Amelia Gray’s Isadora, and Guy Delisle’s Hostage and most likely a week or so from now a review of the Everett novel so it will be right before publication date. The Jac Jemc’ The Grip of It, we’ll hold off until July probably and the same with the review of David Abrams’ Brave Deeds. Hoping to score an interview or two in that time as well. And also turning an eye back toward discussions with a couple of smarter than myself author/readers of Dana Johnson’s latest collection (I was afraid that was going to get lost during NSSM and so bumped it out a bit). And don’t forget, Dzanc Books has recently published fantastic books by Peter Markus, Amy Benson, Lance Olsen, Josh Emmons, and Emma Smith-Stevens and has more great titles coming soon.
All Heck Breaks Loose on
The 2-Hour Season 3 Finale
Of “Gotham” Next Week
Monday for the
“Heroes Rise” episodes
after we had the ones
for “Mad City”, which I’m
still a fan of the show on
FOX 11 since 2014 and
the previous seasons are on
Not to mention this episode from
Monday of this week in
the last parts is very
similar to the ones they
used in The Season 3
Finale Episode of “The
Strain” that’s been on
F/X Network since 2014,
which The 4th Season will
be it’s last when it premieres
This Summer but in July
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Another solid evening of reading in the sun (and finishing up on the couch). Percival Everett’s So Much Blue, coming from Graywolf Press two weeks from today falls somewhere in his top five or so for me. It’s broken into three time specific story lines from one man’s perspective that continually open more to intertwining for the reader at a steady, intentional pace. It might be Everett at his funniest for a novel that doesn’t seem to be intended to have humor as its main focus (as opposed to say, God’s Country, or I Am Not Sidney Poitier). Now on to Mr. Abrams’ novel!
I’m reaching out to all my friends, colleagues, compatriots, and co-workers in the L.A. area.
While I am currently working on a few freelance writing and game design projects, my “day job” (freelance copywriting for a company that manages rental properties) is just not delivering the monies we so desperately need right now.
Over the past few weeks, I have applied for copywriting, writing/producing, production coordination, and copy editing gigs around town and while several of those have been PERFECT fits for me (amazing when you read job descriptions like that), so far I’m batting a big, fat “0.”
If anyone has any leads for possible work (even short-term), I’d love to hear from you!
And not only am I a published and produced (and award-winning) writer/producer and copywriter, I’ve also proofread DOZENS of published products, designed games, worked as a voice actor, produced audio content, and worked in the practical special FX industry as a mechanic and puppeteer!
Thank you! Now back to the kitten pics. 🙂
Happy release day to the super-talented (and awesome) Helena Hunting for SHACKING UP! EEEEEK! She’s one of my favs!
See the deets below!
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2qzbkED
Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.
Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.
Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.
Goodreads TBR: http://bit.ly/2j5CxM6
Listen to chapter one on audio: http://helenahunting.com/books/shacking-up/
Read Chapter one: http://vilmasbookblog.com/excerpt-shackingup/
Read an excerpt on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1988054226
Enter the Goodreads Giveaway (US only, sorry) : https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/238587-shacking-up
We demand war.
It makes us feel big and strong and powerful.
Our rockets go higher; our bombs deeper; our booms louder.
Our destruction unspeakable.
Unspeakable in the abomination of desolation.
Unspeakable because we wish to remain ignorant of costs.
We slaughtered hundreds of thousands of unarmed innocents in Iraq.
We obliterated their schools and churches and homes and roads and bridges and water systems and electrical grids.
We sent 5,000 of our own to completely unnecessary deaths and catastrophically wounded 30,000 more.
We denied PTSD claims, painting sufferers as “weak” and watched the suicide rate explode.
We effectively denied medical care by unreasonably delaying it and refused food stamps and housing assistance, caring for the war more than the warrior, the same way we care for the fetus more than the infant.
There is no shared sacrifice. No war tax. No gas rationing or sugar rationing or shortage of metal. We go about life as usual, not wanting to be bothered by the thought of it all. We carry on with football and baseball and NASCAR, all staffed with the biggest and strongest and healthiest warriors among us.
Until President Obama reversed it, we even had a Bush executive-order forbidding the press from photographing flag-draped coffins as they unloaded at Dover.
We didn’t want to know.
But one day each year we pretend to care. We shut the book about “man lying with man” and “men putting on that which pertaineth to a woman” so we can grill with abandon the unclean meat of the cloven-hoofed swine.
We swim and bike and golf and play. And light firecrackers. And waive a flag. And que up Trace’s “Arlington” or Toby’s “American Soldier.” Misty eyes all around.
We need to just stop with the “Memorial Day.”
Call it “Summer Kickoff.”
And let’s have some real memorial days.
Every time we indiscriminately kill innocent civilians in another country, let’s take a day and ponder the value of life.
Every time a soldier comes home in a coffin, let’s take a day to contemplate the costs of war.
Every time a soldier takes his own life, let’s take a day to mull over the indirect hidden costs.
No lake trips, no beaches, no golf courses, no grilling, no hooting and hollering.
But in the quietude of our souls, find an increased devotion to peace. And a selfless recognition that when war becomes inevitable, its burden must be borne by all.
That these honored dead, shall not have died in vain.
Memorial Day honors men and women who died in freedom’s cause. I’d suggest that hearing those we disagree with is a part of remaining free. I remember G. Gordon Liddy speaking at my college. Boy, did I disagree! I was first in line for Q&A. My verbal clash with him (I still have it on cassette somewhere) helped me test the logic and expression of my own young opinions. Liddy told me I was wrong, and why. I did the same. But we listened to each other and said “Thank you” at the end. It was memorable and formative, and never would have happened had he not been able to speak, or to be heard.
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For my Grandparent’s Anniversary
back on Sunday May 21, 2017…
We did Trivia Questions about
my grandparents, which it did
include one on what was my
Tutu’s favorite movie of all time
and it’s all 3 of “The Godfather”
movies from 1972, 1974 to 1990
since I have a good photographic
memory on what he likes, which
I do recall the 3rd one from 1990
that was a Christmas Hit after the movie “Goodfellas” came out
in the Fall of September back
in that year. (True Story!)
Also we did songs for singing
to them, which at first I couldn’t
come up with one but then I
did by singing “Love Is…” By
Vanessa Williams & Brian McKnight
and then I also did my all-time favorite
song “That What Love Is For” by
Amy Grant from her 1991 album
“Heart in Motion” and had a duet
with my cousin Tyler Miller who
didn’t understand the lyrics, but
then he did follow along from
singing with me…
I would imagine if some other
family members or family-friends
from Church would dedicate a song
to me from “KOST 103.5FM” as
a love song if they even listen
to that radio station that I’ve
grew up with all my life since 1991,
way before we even had SIRIUS XM
later used in come cars and on
DISH NETWORK also!!!