I had a bunch of unread comic books piling up, so yesterday afternoon I sorted through them, decided that some of them were never going to get read and put them in a box for recycling, then picked through the rest to read something. I wanted to read Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey’s Adler, but … Continue reading Thoughts on Mars Attacks Red Sonja
When I was in college, I read Jean Airey’s legendary novella, The Doctor and the Enterprise. Written in the 1970s, it was a crossover between Star Trek (near the end of the Five Year Mission) and Doctor Who (between “The Deadly Assassin” and “The Face of Evil”). The text had been uploaded by Airey to … Continue reading Remaking an Ebook Cover
Steve Cole’s novel The Knight, the Fool, and the Dead, the first book in BBC Books’ Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious project, was in my shipment this week. I knew from reviewers that the book was short — maybe more novella length (ie., under 45k) than a full novel. I don’t think I was prepared … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Knight, the Fool, and the Dead
Wednesday afternoon, domestic insurrectionists, incited by the president in a false belief that the 2020 election was illegitimate, seized the Capitol building in an act of terror and an attempted coup. I am not ready to write about that yet. I had deadlines to get through this week — especially on Wednesday — and I … Continue reading A Camera Tower
I’m working out of Diamond’s offices this week — publishing deadlines. I happened to walk through the lobby area yesterday, and what did I find? A Christmas tree. Even though there’s only a small staff — less than twenty most days — on site, even though almost no one would see it, they still put … Continue reading Early January
Much as I love the Beatles, I do not need to spend $185 on Medicom’s Beatles Anthology Be@rbrick… Yeah, I like Klaus Voormann’s artwork for the Anthologies. But, I really do not need that. Nice. Don’t need.
A cover of elbow’s “Starlings” on the ukulele. I have a uke. I bought it in the spring. I thought so might learn to play it… and then I never found — or made — the time.
Do I need to say that 2020 was an awful year? Must I? Let’s watch a Carl Sagan video before I get to my annual review of the first post of each month. This is not the “Pale Blue Dot” video I was looking for. I went through my blog archives, I went through my … Continue reading 2020: The Year In Review
I slept poorly last night. For some reason, I couldn’t get comfortable. I tossed. I turned. I had a headache; migraine or dehydration, I couldn’t tell. I yanked the sheets off the bed and, at one point, tossed off blankets, later having to recover them because I was cold. I know it’s a bad idea … Continue reading Hope Christmas Gets You To Me
No, the Beatles did not perform “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” But this video by a French Beatles tribute band, the Rabeats, gives one an idea of what the song would have been like as a Beatles song. I like the idea of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” but two things about the song bug me. First, … Continue reading A Beatle-esque “Happy Xmas”
It has taken me the better part of six years to find the audio for this program, and last night I finally did. On Christmas Eve 2014, BBC Radio 2 broadcast All Is Calm, a program on the Christmas Truce of 1914, narrated by Sir John Hurt. Hurt, while in treatment for pancreatic cancer, participated … Continue reading The Christmas Truce of 1914
We had our first snowfall of the year in Pennsylvania today. It started off with a wintry mix… …before changing over to all snow noon-ish… …but accumulation was nil. It was just a hair too warm, the ground was wet, and the result was a sloppy slushy mess. It stopped about three, and by 4:30 … Continue reading Snow Day! (Sort Of)