Monthly Archives: October 2012

NaNoWriMo Dilemma

My biggest concern currently for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is not that I don’t really have a plot for my story.  And it isn’t that all I really have is two characters and a few scenes in which the interact.

No, my biggest concern for November is this:  How the hell am I going to work in they romance novel (and personal in-joke) Bedded By Her Lord into a fantasy story?

National Novel Writing Month

The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to ...

The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to be portable. Long exposure lit by sweeping an LED flashlight over the scene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I write this, it is less than 24 hours until the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  In less than a day, I will attempt once more to write at least 50,000 words in the month of November.  It is one of the most harrowing experiences anyone could take on, something just short of working at a television station on election night.  It is also one of the most fulfilling experiences that I have attempted, and one of the few things in my life I am actually proud of.

Needless to say, once NaNoWriMo starts, my daily posts may simply be relegated to posts of word counts and brief status updates.  Picks of the Week will also go on hiatus until the end of the month, or once I reach 50,000 words, whichever comes first.  If I follow the same progress rate as in the past, the 50,000 words will come first.

I may be able to sneak in a couple of Saturday Songs, but, depending on how my story goes, that is a bit iffy at best.

In the meantime, I wish everyone who is going to begin NaNoWriMo the best of luck.  This goes doubly so to those of you who are starting this month of intense writing after being impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Having started NaNo last year in the dark thanks to a Nor’Easter, I can sympathize.  And to those of you who have been loyal followers of my blog, thanks for your understanding.  I’ll see you on the other side of the month.

5 Changes Resulting From Disney Buying Lucasfilm

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Lucasfilm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you all undoubtedly know by know, Disney has bought Lucasfilm for $8 billion.  The biggest announcement out of this has been that Star Wars VII will happen.  But, there are a few other changes that you may not have known about.

  1. Jar Jar Binks will be digitally replaced in all Star Wars movies with Goofy.
  2. Spaceship Earth redecorated and renamed The Death Star.
  3. Howard the Duck gets a sequel, though it ends abruptly when Donald shoots Howard.
  4. The next Indiana Jones movie will be called Indiana Jones and the Search for the Shortest Line in the Park.
  5. Snow White and the Seven Ewoks.

Creative Tuesday – Bleedfeeders Chapter 8

One more chapter to go as we get ready for Halloween.

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Hurricanes and Word Counts

NASA Sees Hurricane Sandy as the "Bride o...

NASA Sees Hurricane Sandy as the “Bride of Frankenstorm” Threaten U.S. East Coast (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

Hurricane Sandy is churning off the East Coast.  It is being called a monster storm, Frankenstorm, and a few other names that look great on a headline.  This will, of course, make this the second year in a row in which a storm has affected the East Coast before Halloween.  Last year, it was a Nor’Easter, dumping tons of snow on the Northeast.

As many readers know, I have been participating in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for a while now.  This week will be my sixth year.  Last year, thanks to the Nor’Easter, I began my NaNoWriMo in the dark with a pad and pen.  It was actually one of my most enjoyable NaNoWriMos.

Now, with Sandy out in the Atlantic, it seems that there is the very real chance that once again I could be starting this year’s project the same way I started last year’s novel.  In the dark.  With a pen and a pad.

I actually look forward to it.

5 Unconventional Picks For Halloween

English: A screenshot from Abbott and Costello...

English: A screenshot from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is possible that you don’t really want to watch a horror film, but you still want something that seems appropriate for Halloween.  What do you do?

Thankfully, there are a few picks that will work just right for the holiday.


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Saturday Songs – October 27, 2012

Granted, I featured Alice Cooper last week as part of the Halloween Saturday Songs.  But, it was too difficult to pass this one out.

In spite of the fourth movie being called the Final Chapter, the Friday the 13th series managed to continue, with Jason Voorhees returning to menace sex craving campers again and again.  This was the case in 1986 when America experienced Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part IV.  It was, let’s face it, yet another movie in a franchise that seems almost as indestructible as its villain.

Yet, this movie featured a little something different.  At least, different from other movies in the series.  And, no, I don’t mean a creative way of killing a camper.  I mean a song, He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) by Alice Cooper.

When you hear this song, there is no question that this song was not something that was appropriated by the Friday the 13th series.  It is very much Jason’s song, and fit perfectly with the plot of this movie (such as it is).

5 Monster Movies For Halloween

Halloween is less than a week away.  And for those of you who are not on the east coast and bracing for a possible hurricane, I have a few suggestions for monster movies for the holiday.


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Picks of the Week – October 24, 2012

Halloween 2006

Halloween 2006 (Photo credit: Terry.Tyson)

Since baseball is keeping me at work pretty late, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a special edition of the Picks of the Week.

And since Halloween is just about a week away, what could be better than checking out a few horror themes classic comics available in trades.

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5 Vampire Movies For Halloween

Le Vampire,engraving by R. de Moraine

Le Vampire,engraving by R. de Moraine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As with my werewolf movies, I applied my standard criteria for these picks.  Thus, while Taste the Blood of Dracula could be one of the best Hammer Horror Dracula movies, I have not seen it, so I can’t recommend it.

I also excluded Underworld since I had included it on my werewolf list.


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