Friday, March 09, 2012

Friday! Omnibus!

Note to self: don't talk about college basketball. It seems to scare off readers.

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Here. Have a song while you read:


If the name Ken Andrews seems familiar, it's because he was in a band called Failure that you might have heard of in the mid-90s. They had a moderate hit with a song called "Stuck On You" that's really worth seeking out. The rest of the Failure oeuvre is worth listening to, as well. I love it a lot. He's done a lot of solo work but under various band names like Year of the Rabbit and On to name a couple.

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This story is beating the hell out of me. I'm coming up empty on a solid ending. I mean, I know the last scene, the last line, the last thing I want the reader to know but it's getting from that 85% done mark to 95% and then the bits I mentioned that's killing me. I think I'm just going to have to blast through the thing and go back and fix whatever may be wrong. I'm spending too much time thinking. Not enough writing.

Listen to me get fired up. Where's the scotch?

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Can we talk politics? I don't know if I should, but I love this season where there's so much rhetoric being thrown around and there's so little actual work being done. Perhaps that's what's inspiring me to just get this story Done. There's so much hot air on both sides and I'm feeling like my side is winning but I'm concerned for the country overall.

The whole idea that "it's my way or the highway" is the way to get things done and that that's what excites the base of both parties is not at all appealing. Things used to happen in Washington. Things used to get Done. We need to elect leaders from both sides (or a third or a fourth side, too) who are willing to work with one another, who are willing to bring the country together. There has been so much deep division that it's disheartening.

Maybe we shouldn't talk politics until that happens. I don't know. Where's the scotch?

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Speaking of Scotch, ol' Dr. Whisky hasn't been stopping by a lot lately because I've been sick. Fighting off sniffles then a flu then more sniffles has been maddening. I'm ready for a hard freeze that's the equivalent of a hard reset. Let's get Mother Nature to get this done, all right?

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Just finished watching the only season of the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. I've seen it before but now that I'm through and current on the Eleventh Doctor, I'm going back to see what I missed. It surely seems that the statement in Season Six that "time can be rewritten" was foreshadowed pretty well in Season One, most especially in the episode "Father's Day". I had a conversation recently where the idea of the meta of Doctor Who is actually staggering if you start taking it apart.Anyway, some very clear lines are being drawn and I'm excited to see what's coming next. I heard a rumor that Captain Jack might be coming back in the next season, and that would make me happy. Especially since Torchwood: Miracle Day wasn't all that satisfying.

I don't watch Doctor Who for the science. The science is shaky, but the story is there. Looking forward to seeing David Tenant again.

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Yes, I'm excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch as The Master in next season's Doctor Who 50th anniversary throwdown. I'm also excited to see Sherlock season 2 when it finally hits PBS. I know a lot of people who've already seen it, but I've been studiously avoiding spoilers. Also, Cumberbatch (whose star is not just rising but is already way up in the sky) in Star Trek seems like a good match. I'm glad I like him as an actor. I'm really curious to see what he does with Smaug in The Hobbit, too.

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While I'm on the subject of watching things, we just saw Terence Malick's Tree of Life with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in it. I'm not sure what to make of it as a story, but as a film it's spectacular and strange and beautiful and unnerving and surReal. I capitalize the middle 'r' there because it seems to have a hyper-sense of reality to it that takes it to a new level. I think it's brilliant but I suspect I need another half dozen viewings to be sure.

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It's Friday and I have a post up at The Confabulator Cafe. Talking about taboo things this week. (That is, if the site is restored. We got hacked something awful the other day, so it may not be up and running but it will be soon if we have anything to say about it.)


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That's all I've got, folks. See you on Monday.

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