The special, 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who is now just two weeks away -- depending where you are in the space-time continuum -- and the BBC has finally released a proper trailer. Check out the clip below to see some old faces and some familiar foes.
Intriguing. Maybe it’s something about vampires that just don’t translate into comic book art. Or maybe it’s that comic books have largely been the purview of nerdy males who (as Kevin Smith points out) unwisely sneer at the fandoms that bring more females into the worlds of comic cons, video games and yes, comic books. But whatever the reason, comic books are not flattering to fandoms like True Blood or, it seems, The Vampire Diaries. Sad, really.
True Blood comics were incredibly lucky to have a writer in Michael McMillian who was a fan, a member of the show’s cast, had obviously read the Sookie Stackhouse novels and was a veteran of the comic book industry. It would be nice if he were the trend for show based comic book. Unfortunately, he’s probably the exception rather than the rule.
The muddying of canon waters does demonstrate that comic book publishers need to look beyond their usual stables of writers or maybe just ask different questions. There have to be TVD fans who write comic books. They should be the ones writing the series, given the scrutiny the details and mythology are likely to undergo at the hands of fans. Consider the hew and cry that would arise if the writer of the Doctor Who or Star Trek comics were unfamiliar with the entire history of those series. TVD comics deserves the same respect.
The smart people are never found on the front page. What we see on the front page is smoke, if you want real answers look past the smoke and read the real articles. This article says it all. Be prepared America and the World. Party lines, race, and nationality won't matter much when the economy blows up and according to these people it will.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your knitting, because there are penguins in dire need of sweaters.
While penguins in sweaters may be the stuff of which viral internet dreams are made, it's time to put the awwws aside, because these sweaters may truly save the lives of the little birds.
The idea of penguins wearing sweaters may give pause to global warming activists, but the reason behind the penguins' need for knitwear is due to a massive oil spill in New Zealand.
I should be howling for joy....
I have sooooooooo many ideas at the moment. Ideas for chapter books, project books, whole novels, improving my webpage and more anthology pieces. So many ideas that yesterday I finished the first draft of my Keepsakes story only to start it again, from scratch with a completely different idea. I'm not getting rid of the first one, but will do this and see which one I like the best.
What a great idea! I have to admit, it never would have occurred to me and until I read this, neither would the idea of dressing up as one of the characters from my own books. Yes, for all my creativity, it seems I sometimes fall short in the marketing department. Fortunately, I have plenty of time to remedy that before the 2014 convention season! Now…who should I be?
A new charitable project makes battling depression seem like a piece of cake.
The Depressed Cake Shop is a series of pop-up bakeries that sell gray desserts created by volunteer bakers to raise awareness about depression, then donate the proceeds to lesser-known local charities devoted to mental health issues. The first one popped up in London from August 2-4 and served up tasty treats like Swiss rolls that say "nutjob," macarons decorated with rain clouds, and even a "fruitcake" -- British slang for a crazy person.
Can real friendships grow out of online acquaintances?
Yes. At least, they can in my experience. And one of those real friends, bc, who I might add is also an amazing friend in the RP verses we share, nominated me for this Award. I have to admit, I’m surprised, but then I’m often surprised when anyone reads, let alone likes, my personal ramblings. Frankly, I’m afraid that if anyone got know the real me, they’d realize I was a fraud about two minutes later. I’m told that’s not an uncommon fear among writers, probably because so much of our lives happen in our own heads.
Fortunately, my friendship with bc, the fascinating lady behind Never Pity the Past, is very real and I am very grateful for that. I tease her that a writer can never have too many librarians in their life, but it’s more than that. It’s more than a shared appreciation of knowledge, books, train travel and the diverse voices in our heads that find expression online. It’s the kind of friendship that supports, comforts, encourages, indulges, grounds, uplifts, teaches and makes the universe a better place. It’s laughter and tears, consoling hugs and Gibbs’-style smacks to the back of the head, silence and endless conversations. In other words, it’s the best kind of friendship to have!
I’m flattered she likes and reads, this blog, but I have to admit, it puts me at a disadvantage, because now I have to come up with seven (actually 14, since she nominated two of my blogs, this one and RolePlayWriter) interesting things about me. Since this is sort of my “real life” blog, I’m going out on a limb and posting real life points of interest. Here goes:
- “Home” is a boarding school in Fairbault, MN. Even though I only spent 2 years there more than 2 decades ago..
- I love my handwriting. It reminds me of my grandmothers. My printing reminds me of my dad. My signature is my mothers.
- I finally started making my own bed every day…this year. I also stopped leaving my clothes on the floor. Better late than never, I suppose.
- I have strong opinions but I hate making decisions.
- When I say I don’t care after being given a choice, I really mean I don’t have a preference.
- I really wish I’d never grown up. In some alternate universe, I am forever in 5th grade, wintering in Key Biscayne, summering in Omaha and living at home without a drivers license.
- I think i am a lousy friend, floating in and out of people’s lives on an irregular basis, yet I still manage to have friends I’ve known since before pre-school and all over the world.
Ok, that wasn’t as bad as I feared. Of course, it probably isn’t as interesting as it could be, though it is a lot most personal and revealing. And no, I’m not telling what I scratched off to get to that list. I also wouldn’t make a character with those traits, which explains why I am stumbling on that advice to treat my life like I was one of my characters.
Now then, for the 15 blogs I would like to nominate for the Versatile Blogger and WordPress Family Award…. In no particular order, they are:
- Gene Doucette
- Upstatetraildude’s Blog
- The World According to Me, Myself and I
- Comic Con Geek
- Harmless Drudgery
- Bug Girl’s Blog
- Epic Fantasy for All Audiences
- Video Game Nebula
- Homecoming Blog
- Playing with Research
- Coffee Talk
- Art of Storytelling: On Writing
So now the ball is in their court. In the unlikely event that I am the first person to have nominated any of them (which even my fertile imagination has trouble imagining given the wonderful quality of the content they produce and provide), here’s a recap of the rules I was given and hope the will work with.
The rules are:
Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
Announce your win with a post. Make sure you post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.
Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers.
Leave them a comment to let them know after you have linked them to a post.
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
That’s all there is to it. Pretty simple, when it’s all said and done. Not to mention a great way to recognize and reward the writers who make your corner of the blogosphere a little more interesting while sneaking a peek at their Muses.
“Even though you have a day job, develop that writing work ethic.”
This comment from freelance writer and first-time novelist Tim Sunderland (he blogs using TypePad btw) got me thinking about my own writing work ethic. Thanks to the Wordcount Blogathon I am back on a daily posting schedule, which I will continue. And like Tim, I’m up early (usually by 5 a.m.) and have published at least one blog post on Informed-Ideas.com by 10 a.m. My evenings (after 5 p.m.) are usually reserved for fiction (RP) or skill building (I’m addicted to how-to books at the moment). What do I do in between? It varies but you can bet much of it is blogging or social media related!