Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Catching up on movies

Capsule reviews of a few movies I've seen recently both in the theaters and on DVD:

Skyfall: My hubby and I went to see this for my birthday, and I loved it. The latest James Bond outing had just the right amounts of action and character, with a few nice twists at the end. Javier Bardem has become one of my favorite Bond villains. I didn't particularly like Bond's callus treatment of one of the requisite Bond girls, which made him come across as too Machiavellian.

Snow White and the Huntsman: Awful, awful, awful. Did I say this was awful? The character development is nonexistent except for the evil queen's, the love triangle is completely unnecessary, and there's no resolution to the relationship between the two title characters -- if there's a relationship at all. And Kristen Stewart is miscast.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: Hey, it's Thanksgiving break, my kids are out of school and the local cheap theater had an afternoon matinee. My kids loved it, especially my 8-year-old son. For me, the story felt like a succession of skits rather than a unified plot, but I suppose that works well for kids with short attention spans.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Anthology announcement: Raygun Chronicles

I'm psyched this morning to share some news: My story "Malfunction," which was published last year in Ray Gun Revival, will be included in a best-of anthology coming next year: "Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera for a New Age," edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. The anthology will be a mix of reprints and new stories from folks like Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith and Sarah A. Hoyt. Yes, I'm name-dropping because I am beyond excited to be included among such company. The project is being funded through Kickstarter early next year. I'll post more details as I get them, and you can check out the official announcement here.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Doctor Who minisode

This made my day a little brighter: A new Doctor Who minisode previewing the upcoming Christmas special. P.S. I really like Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

What I'm looking forward to today

Good morning, and it's a snowy one here in Denver. The streets are dry, but snow dusts the trees and grass. It's beautiful. Today is the 36th anniversary of my birth, one step closer to 40, and I'm feeling the years: back ache, stiff neck, sore throat and stuffy nose. But it'll still be a good day. Here's why:

My family: Yes, I have to work today, as I do every Sunday. But at least for a few hours, I'll spend time with my husband and kids. The two little ones have already given me birthday hugs, which is adorable. Maybe we'll go out to lunch. I hope so because I could really enjoy a Sweet Tomatoes salad and strawberry lemonade.

Big damn heroes: Tonight, the Science Channel airs its 10-year anniversary special of Firefly, one of my favorite shows of all time. Alas, Firefly didn't even last a season, thanks to some probable sabotage from Fox execs and a high concept that a lot of people just didn't get. But the 13 episodes (and movie) were awesome and worth celebrating.

Skyfall: OK, this one won't happen today, but the hubby and I will have a nice dinner-and-a-movie date either tomorrow or Tuesday. I can't remember the last time we went out on date, and ... James Bond. You can't beat that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Veterans Day, and that we all do our part today and every day to honor the men and women who have served our country.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Caged" is up at Every Day Fiction

After a week of fighting off a nasty cold and exhausting myself at the day job with election and post-election coverage, I completely forgot that I had a story up for publication today until it landed in my e-mail box. What a nice surprise! So here's the official announcement: You can read my science-fiction flash "Caged" at Every Day Fiction, a tale of family, survival and ... a cage. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

This is it: the climax of 18 months of campaigns, ads on the television, ads on the Internet, ads in the mailbox, ads on the radio and vast amounts of media coverage -- especially if you live in a so-called battleground state. I took my daughter with me to the polls this morning after explaining to her the importance of voting and how, in many places in the world, people don't have this right and responsibility. She's only 5, so it mostly went over her head, but I'll take any opportunity to give my kids a small civics lesson.

So, yes, I voted today. I hope you will, too.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Writers of the Future, Quarter 3

Another honorable mention. Unlike last quarter, when I was happy with that result, this time it's a disappointment. This story is better than an HM. Under the judgeship of Kathy Wentworth, I think it would have been a semi or finalist. What does this tell me? David Wolverton's tastes and my stories do not connect. Writers of the Future is a fantastic way for new writers to gain visibility, but it's not the only way. In the past 24 hours, two people whom I trust have suggested that I need to stop entering this contest and focus my attention elsewhere. Try a different path. I'm thinking they're right. I'll probably enter a trunk story in Q1, just for the hell of it, and that will be the end of it for me. Four years is long enough to be beating my head against this particular wall.

The tally in 15 quarters of entering:
  • 1 semi-finalist
  • 1 silver honorable mention
  • 8 honorable mentions
  • 5 rejections