Lost Season 2 – Here It Comes!

Just finished watching the whole boxset of Season 1 for Lost. After watching this my opinion of the show has grown even higher. Many great moments of acting, writing, and TV show production continue to exhibit themselves throughout the season and the DVD set itself.

I do not understand som people’s impatience with the pace of the show. It is the journey that is more important, and usually more interesting, than the destination.

Season 2 starts tonight.

Nifty Writing Tools

I have a link article posted over at Horror Reader – http://www.horrorreader.com/horror_reader/linkage/index.html

Check it out. My favourite is Sonar – which allows you to track the submission life cycle of one’s writing. Very cool and best of all – free!

Horror Reader Review Is Up

My review of Kealan Patrick Burke’s – The Hides is up at Horror Reader; http://www.horrorreader.com/horror_reader/2005/09/irish_terror_hr.html#more

While there check out the site. Johnathon Williams has done a great job setting up the site and has attracted some impressive contribtors such as Steve Vernon, Daniel Robichaud, Mark Justice, and David T. Wilbanks.

I am a little cog against some big wheels here and am very fortunate to be included with such august company!

My fiction writing has stalled badly for several reasons, none of which stand up to close scrunity in the cold hard light. Sigh – discipline, dude. Discipline.

Which reminds me, I have to get in a submision to CD ASAP.

Sad Week – Will We Ever Learn From History?

…based on what I have seen in New Orleans with the Katrina aftermath it does not seem likely.

The finger pointing has started, scapegoat(s) have been identified, and so it goes with the end result being the innocents who pay the price again. Everyone knew the situation New Orleans existed in for a long time and nobody stood up to the plate and addressed the issue. Now it is too late….again.

On a personal note my last grandparent passed away at the age of 95. We had the funeral on Friday. My maternal grandmother trickled away slowly in painful decay. It was not a gracious exit and by the end it was the best thing for her. It looks terrible when a thought such as this is put down in words but the truth is not concerned with sentiments. Oma did not have a connection with the world anymore. Her last years were poor due to her failing health and faculties.

She and her husband, Opa to me, went through an amazing period of time. Born before the Titanic sank, living through two World Wars, the Depression, and then moving from Holland to Canada to start a new life where technology advanced to the point that they saw a man walk on the moon. Through it all their values of family life such as love, compassion, empathy, and respect may have taken a beating from changing social mores but they were bent not broken.

A tough week on personal and large scale fronts. These two events will now forever be linked in my memories.

Compassion and hope be with the people in New Orleans.

Bye Oma.

Sept 1st – My New’s Year Day

For a long time I have always felt September 1st was the real New Years Day. When I was younger it marked the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. It also marked the start of the new TV season which was a big deal for me one at one time.

Today start dates on many things have blurred for various reasons as everyone tries to get a leg up on the competiton.

Still the end of summer is Sept 1st for me. And the end of summer is the real year end. The world gets ready for another winter slumber and life slows down to a certain degree even in these now seemingly constant hectic days.

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The Festival of Fear was a mixed bag. Friday was great. The crowds were reasonable and I got to see a lot of celebrities close up and snap their pictures. Also had a lengthy discussion with Brian Keene which was great. Brian truly demonstrated how generous he was time and time again.

Saturday was a bust. My five year old and the wife could not handle the crowds – which were significantly larger. So the day was cut short and I missed hooking up with everyone that night.

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Reworked my short story and got it back on track. I am almost finished it but more edits are in place. My inexperience at writing really showed up here. The original vision I had and the story I was writing, diverged greatly. Till I get a better handle on my visions or story ideas – outlining is a tool I will start using.