Sunday, March 22, 2009

Another hiatus

Sorry, guys, been very, very busy. Somebody asked me why I only talk about the weather, but on the internet, when you put stuff out, its public and you are done for. I don't put anything out there that's worth pirating, but hey, who knows? Since last post I put in some time at the Regal money pit. Saw Last House on the Left and Watchmen. Last House was really good, even though it started slow. Now, I make a distinction between bloody and gory. It's a fine line, so here's the deal. Bloody means a lot of people die hard, but to me, gory means that people's innards are spilt all over the place and vital organs float around like Macy's Thanksgiving balloons. I put Last House in the bloody category. The last scene was borderline gory, but your mileage may vary. The rest of the shootings, stabbings, bludgeoning and hand stuck in the garbage disposal (you didn't see anything, just him screaming until his hand came out and it was only gashed). The hardest thing was rape. A young girl gets brutally raped then shot. If rape upsets you, don't go see this movie. While I felt bad for the girl, it was the key to the plot. My wife and I sat through the whole thing and we both enjoyed it as a good thriller with a good ending.

Watchmen was a different story. Ironically, there is a rape scene in it also, but its dealt with less explicitly and again, its central to a plot point. Having said that, the movie is too long and too complex. I read the original story in the 80's and had to really concentrate on all the stuff because the plot explodes in all directions from superhero psyches to alternate history (Nixon elected 5 times????). It does paint a more realistic picture of how the world may have been if there really were super-powered beings, but it is not a black and white story like Batman or Superman where the good guys are good and the bad guys bad. I think it should have been done in two parts, like Lord of the Rings, that's how much story is in it. Having said that, it is a fairly faithful adaptation of the comic series, the effects are cool and it makes you think not only about good and evil, but about the greater good.

On the home front, I am working on a sequel to Ghosts of the Eastern Shore and have been visiting a remote area where the owner is not only haunted, but hexed. That's right. More info coming out of this area as it seems to be a hotbed of activity (which may explain no cell phone service).

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A beautiful day on Delmarva

This has been a week of roller coaster weather. First snow, now near summer-type temperatures. Not sure whether to believe in global warming or not. I am hot and cold about it (snicker). OK, its been a week since the last post and so let me see what's been happening.

I had a great time at the Outdoor Show. Everybody was very friendly and the food was delicious. Met some great folks, including past and present muskrat skinning champions. The show made the newspapers coast to coast and I barely had time to leave my table. It was great! It was drizzly all day, but not too bad. Sunday it turned nasty and I stayed home Monday (hey, I'm getting too old to play on ice).

Friday I taped another chapter of the Write Stuff for PAC-14. I interviewed the crew from PLB comics and Gianni interviewed Tom Taylor, the president of the Writer's Bloc. We need a webmaster bad. If anybody reads this, drop us a line.

It was a blah week in politics. The Stock Market continued to tank (I used to think 2000 was a high number, now I am scared we may end up back there.), no peace in the Middle East, and the Obama haters said he was too ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man. So, are they all, all honorable men. I guess we'll just have to stay tuned. This week's message is short. I don't have much coming up, but keep an eye out for the PAC-14 shows and drop me some comments!