Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yeah, pretty much

Oh good, it's not just me.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How to write good

If you've read even only a few of my blog posts, you know how guilty I am of number 6. Like writing death penalty guilty.

H/T to PAGE International Screenwriting Awards on FB for the image.

Monday, October 9, 2017


That sound you make when you discover you have an author page (however paltry) on Goodreads.

Baby steps.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Not much new to report around here. Threw my back out of whack earlier this week, so I haven't been able to get much done that doesn't involve me being in a sitting position or laying on my side. That heating pad is getting a workout.

Today would have been my Dad's 77th birthday, so here's a happy, beachy picture of him.

Kona Jim

A beautiful weekend is wrapping up and it's making me feel really at peace with the world. Except for the part when I walk around I shuffle like a little old man. That part kinda sucks.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Writing tips from Harlan Coben

I got a chance to see best-selling author Harlan Coben interviewed by Michael Connelly last year at Bouchercon New Orleans. He was an interesting guy. And here are his awesome writing tips.

It's all good advice, but I think my favorites are #3 and #5. They also give you a good idea of what an interesting interview he was.

H/T to Publishers Weekly on Facebook.

Monday, October 2, 2017

20 Window Seat Book Nooks to die for

I wouldn't kick any of these out of bed, but some of them are downright the stuff of dreams: 20 Window Seat Book Nooks.

My favorites:
#1 - By the sea
#7 - On a boat
#13 - Pemberley
#20 - Spectacular mountain views

And the winner...

#17 - String lights. Seriously, I could live in this nook.

H/T to BookBub on Facebook for the heads-up. Also, check out the comments at the link - interesting to see which ones everyone is picking.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

More Kids? HECK. YEAH.

So word is out that the Kids in the Hall might be getting the band back together: Kevin McDonald Says Group is in Talks for New Miniseries.

Although this is great news, it may be a while before we actually see any episodes. Per the linked article:

McDonald emphasized that the talks are in very early stages, since it's tough to get all five members together at once. "It's so at the beginning, we're not able to even get conference calls together. There's always one or two of us that are kind of busy. 

I don't care, it will totally be worth the wait. In the meantime, I'll have to bust out the DVDs of their show and Brain Candy.

I was thinking of putting some of their videos on this post, but there's too many to choose from. Just go to YouTube, search Kids in the Hall, and kiss the rest of your day goodbye!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Words of Wisdom

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. --Albert Einstein

No matter how many times a snake sheds its skin, it will always be a snake. Remmber that before allowing people back into your life.  --Unknown

One of the risks of being quiet is that other people can fill your silence with their own're bored, you're depressed, you're shy, you're stuck up, you're judgmental. When others can't read us, they write their own story - not always one we choose or that's true to who we really are. --Sophia Dembling

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead. --Thomas Paine

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. --Robert Henri

Don't bend; don't water it down/ don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. --Franz Kafka

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. --Terry Pratchett

Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady. --Edith Head

Being a little weird is a just a natural side effect of being awesome. --Sue Fitzmaurice

The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit. --Bryant McGill

I have a lot of respect for genuine people. They might not be perfect, but at least they're not pretending to be. --Anthony Gucciardi

The best revenge is always just to happily move on and let Karma do the rest. --Unknown

You're under no obligation to be the same person you were a year, month, or even fifteen minutes ago. You have the right to grow. No apologies. --Unknown

Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on. --Alan H. Cohen

The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people. --Stephen Hawking

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world is upset. --St. Francis de Sales

Term limits would increase the likelihood that people who come to Congress would anticipate returning to careers in the private sector and therefore would, as they legislate, think about what it is like to live under the laws they make. --George Will

If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. --Roald Dahl

My dreams did not come true. But I worked really hard. And I ended up building an empire out of my imagination. --Shonda Rhimes.

I think Bette Davis is one of the most beautiful women I know...She's coped bravely with so many things. She has a wonderful face. --Elizabeth Taylor

Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you're in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you. --Deepak Chopra

What is broken can be mended. What hurst can be healed. And no matter how dark it gets, the sun is going to rise again. --Unknown

Be brave enough to live creatively. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: Yourself. --Alan Alda

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. --Ray Bradbury

Because there's nothing so beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away. --Sarah Kay

You believed in Santa for 8 years. You can believe in yourself for 10 seconds. --Unknown

Every five to ten pages I want a big fist to come out of the screenplay and punch the reader in the gut. --Allan Durand

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Before and after pics of Hollywood

I love looking at pictures of historic Hollywood and Los Angeles. If anyone ever invents time travel, forget the future. I'm going back to old Hollywood.

I have this really great coffee table book called The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History. It's a beautiful book with hundreds of pictures of period buildings, and after almost every caption, in parentheses, is the word "demolished".

From Curbed L.A. comes before and after pictures of Hollywood. Each shows a historic building alongside what currently stands there. It's almost impossible to imagine how rural and beautiful it was back then. Yeah, I need a time travel machine.

Snicked from the linked article.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Gotta admit, I'm pulling for the Vegas Golden Knights to do well this season. They and their fans deserve it.

Their Twitter account has been loads of fun since it was launched and the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL's newest franchise, has shown itself to be a first class organization at every turn. Last week they had players delivering season tickets and jerseys to season ticket holders. This is just another example: Golden Knights Inscribe Names of Season Ticket Members in Ice.

Pics snicked from the article:

This is a very cool nod to their fans. Check out the article, it has video of the process.

I can see hockey here in Southern California, but when I'm in Vegas, I think I'm going to have to add a Golden Knights game to the to-do list. Well done, guys.