Nov
21
2017
1

NaNoWriMo, Day 21: 1679/30560.

A little tricky to calculate this one, because I added to two different chapters instead of starting a new one. But I think that I added up everything right. I wonder if I’m going to get more, or less, done over Thanksgiving break?

30.5K words. [expletive deleted], I’m writing a book. I’m actually writing a [expletive deleted]ing book. Sorry, but for some reason that hadn’t sunk in for me until I was on my way back from picking up dinner for my wife.

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Nov
21
2017
0

My mini-review of Justice League.

Short version: Justice League, perhaps surprisingly, did not actually suck. There is even a hint of a suggestion that the people who put the movie it may have tried to have fun in the process. I dunno just how much each one of you have felt betrayed by DCEU to date, but this is at least matinee-worthy.

Somewhat longer version: ach, well, it’s not a Marvel film, for better or for worse. I’m not going to get in on the relative merits of DC vs. Marvel comic books (largely because I was always on Team DC, so I’m obviously prejudiced there) but there are things that one IP can do more easily than the other, and vice versa. It’s hard for Marvel movies to achieve gravitas, and it’s bloody difficult for DC ones to shed their excess. If Justice League was trying to do anything else, it was trying to get out from under the gloomy nature of the DCEU films that preceded it. And I think that it did a better job than I expected it to.

Also: the movie actually rectified a nigh-constant complaint that I have had in the past. I won’t say more because spoilers.

Nov
21
2017
0

Album of the year (2018): Dr. Demento Covered in Punk.

Don’t look at me like that. I am absolutely buying Dr. Demento Covered in Punk when it comes out next January. I absolutely will. It’s got Weird Al covering the Ramones in it!

Straight up. No gimmicks. And Al knows his Ramones.

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Nov
20
2017
1

‘Poor Poor Pitiful Me.’

It’s not the best cover in the world, but it’s good. Although Linda should have used that original verse of Zevon’s. You know the one.

Poor Poor Pitiful Me, Linda Ronstadt

Nov
20
2017
0

‘The Great @ajabernathy Shuttershockvela.’

Got sent the Twitter thread via email, and I had to Storify it.

Nov
20
2017
3

NaNoWriMo, Day 20: 1666/28881.

Had to take a break from the narrative to actually write out some of the scriptures from this death cult.  Because they have to have some, right?  …Yeah.  It was kind of weird and disturbing, doing that. Go figure.

Still, getting close to 29K. I didn’t exactly expect not to get this far, but I’d not have been surprised if I hadn’t. You know how that sort of thing goes.

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Nov
20
2017
2

Life hack for reheating mashed potatoes.

Toss ’em in a saucepan with a generous amount of butter, stir them periodically under medium-low to medium heat until smooth, and then trust that they’ll heat up properly.  This last bit is the hardest bit, of course.  But it’s good comfort food for your spouse when s/he has a cold.

Nov
19
2017
0

‘Mr. Bad Example.’

I was listening to sad Warren Zevon songs for a bit there, and then I decided that Zevon would have found that ridiculous.

Mr. Bad Example, Warren Zevon

Nov
19
2017
0

Patreon Microfiction: “Save a Penny, Save The World.”

Save a Penny, Save The World exists almost entirely for the last line.  Which is funny, because I thought that I didn’t really know how to end it, at first. Apparently, I had — I just hadn’t told myself yet. …Well, that explanation makes sense to me.

Nov
19
2017
1

NaNoWriMo, Day 19: 1757/27215

Had a thought, today: if I’m waiting to get to writing the next good bit, maybe my readers would be waiting to get to reading the next good bit. So why not jump ahead to the next good bit, and then throw together a couple of sentences that cover the boring parts in between?  It seemed to work.

27215. At this rate, I’ll be eventually running out of book to write. Seems… unnatural, somehow.

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Nov
19
2017
4

The ‘Incredibles 2’ teaser trailer.

As God is my witness: this had better not suck.  You are on notice, Disney/Pixar. You guys have no margin on this.

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