Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Triangulation: Morning After

Hey everyone. This is letting you know that the first anthology for which I've been on the other side of things -- i.e. assistant editor -- is now for sale in paperback and in e-book. This newest offering from PARSEC Inc. is "Triangulation: Morning After" and we have some fantastic stories to share. In reading submissions, I was amazed at the imagination of our writers in how many ways they found to interpret the theme. You can buy your copy on Amazon here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

EW cover

In the midst of many months of Doctor Who drought, Entertainment Weekly comes along with a gift. I am so looking forward to getting this in my mailbox.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Writers of the Future, Quarter 2

I was bracing for a third straight rejection in a row, but I was pleasantly surprised this evening to find out I received an honorable mention in quarter 2. The running tally in 14 quarters of entering:
  • 1 semi-finalist
  • 1 silver honorable mention
  • 7 honorable mentions
  • 5 straight rejections

A few words on Aurora

No one I knew was in the theater about 20 miles from here Friday night when a madman shot more than 70 people and killed 12 of them. That doesn't make it less heart-wrenching. My prayers go out to the family and friends of those who were killed and injured. I have hugged my children that much tighter the past couple of days, especially my 5-year-old daughter, who is only a few months younger than the shooter's youngest victim: an adorable little girl named Veronica.

Every time a tragedy like this happens, it shatters a perception of safety. Movie theaters are a place to have fun, be entertained and spend time with friends. No longer. But you can't live in fear. Pick out a movie and go, and send a message.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Geek happiness

This photo from the Entertainment Weekly party at Comic-Con fills me with nerd joy. Who else thinks the Doctor (a k a Matt Smith) and Captain Tightpants (a k a Nathan Fillion) should do a project together? Maybe Matt could get in on Doctor Horrible 2 as a sidekick to Captain Hammer or the new superhero in town. Oh the possibilities ...


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Firefly: 10 years, really?

Hey, the Science Channel is going to give me a birthday present. They're going to film the Firefly cast's Comic-Con panel this Friday and also do an in-depth roundtable, and then show the special along with a Firefly marathon on Nov. 11 -- my 36th birthday. The Comic-Con appearance and the special are marking the 10th anniversary of the show. Ten years, people! And I'd venture to guess Firefly is more popular today than it was when it originally aired. Ten years ago, I wasn't married (although I was engaged), and I certainly wasn't a mother to three. What was life like before marriage and kids? Sometimes it's hard to remember. But I do remember a friend and I going over to her house once a week after work to eat popcorn and watch Firefly. I loved that.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fireworks

Most Colorado fireworks displays were canceled this year due to the state being a tinderbox. One wrong spark, and we would be dealing with a wildfire in the middle of the Denver metro area. Of the few displays that went on, one happened to be right across the street from my work building, so my husband and I packed up the kids and went to watch from the Denver Post's 10th floor balcony. The show lasted about 20 minutes. My 5-year-old loved it. My 8-year-old was disappointed that the show didn't go longer.

At least we weren't in San Diego, where the display malfunctioned and every firework went off in a span of 15 seconds. My son really would have been disappointed. Then again, I can't imagine the chaos of the Denver display, being set off from the top of the City and County Building in the heart of downtown, going off all at once.