Monday, July 16, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Bigger and better than these sorry pictures make it look.

Sophie's fireplace... :(

I should have gotten a better shot of the balcony. Too late now.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Called it

Pedophiles have begun publicly rebranding themselves as "MAP" (Minor Attracted Persons) and embarking on their march toward "acceptance" in earnest. Called this when The Brother and I did our KCRW's The Last Thing You Would Expect project in November of 2013, which was inspired by this post from August of 2011.

As I stated in the earlier post (and my opinion hasn't changed):

I don't even have children and I still feel a natural, instinctive desire to want to protect them from anyone who would do them harm, especially from pedophiles and the idiots who defend their action and inclinations. Here's an idea - stop coddling criminals and start sympathizing with people who really need and deserve it: Their victims. And think of the children for a change.

Given how many child porn arrests and convictions I've been seeing in the media recently, I'm really curious what is emboldening them to make this push now. And they're doing it by attaching themselves to the LBGT community. Gotta wonder how that community will respond.

Updated 7/14/18: Because oops, I forgot to include a link to the original story that prompted this post. Just moved last weekend and it didn't go well, so I'm a little scattered right now. Will do better next time!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

The importance of the right font

I agree, as much for the message as the aesthetics.

H/T to Write On! on FB for bringing a little joy to the day before I move to a place that was 117 degrees today.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Maybe next year.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Submitted for your approval - June 2018 edition

Considering I spent the first half of the month blocked and the entire month prepping for a move, I was surprised I ended up getting anything submitted this month.

I submitted a very short story to the Writers Police Academy's Golden Donut Short Story Competition. This is a fun annual contest. They give you a photo (see this year's here) and you have to write a story based on the picture that is exactly 200 words, including a title, which is required. Winner will be announced at the WPA Banquet in August. The award is actually very pretty, with the winner's name etched in it in glass, and not in fact a donut, which I think would be hilarious. Bonus: I submitted it on June 18, a full thirteen days before the deadline. I think that's a new personal best.

There were a couple other markets I wanted to submit to, but packing for the move took over and I had to pass on those. Once I get moved and settled in my plan is to spend the rest of the year submitting as much as possible.

I also found out that I didn't make the quarterfinal cut of the Script Pipeline TV Contest. I had entered my old Better Call Saul spec last December. It was already out of date (but still less than a year old) at the time, and I'm guessing the fact that the contest was open until June 1 of this year didn't help that situation. It's also the second consecutive TV contest where it looks like they much prefer original pilots to specs, as those were the majority of the scripts that made the cut. A BCS script did make it, so I'm pulling for that guy.

Other news: Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles announced that they will reveal the authors and stories selected for their next anthology on July 18, so fingers crossed. And as I type this I realize that when they do, I will no longer be living by the ocean and that makes me sad. Wonder what kind of stories I'll be writing while cooped inside the next few months to escape the scorching San Gabriel Valley summer.

Image snicked from somewhere on the internet. If it's yours please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

June Words of Wisdom

Not a lot of blogging this month as I've been busy getting my move on, but lots of quotes. Enjoy!

As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return life - and travel - leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those mark - on your body, or on your heart - are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.
--Anthony Bourdain (RIP Chef)

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
--Albert Einstein

You know you live in a great country when even the people that absolutely detest it refuse to leave. --Candace Owens

I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated. --Emmitt Smith

Books make such good friends and quiet neighbors. --Catriona McPherson

Most playwrights go wrong on the fifth word. When you start a play and type, "Act One, Scene One", your writing is every bit as good as Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill. It's that fifth word where beginners start to go wrong." --Meredith Willson

Jealousy is a good indication that you are doing things the right way. People never get jealous of losers. --Morgan Freeman

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. --Pablo Picasso

Writing is the best gig in the whole business, as far as I'm concerned. You just sit down and make shit up. --Robert Mark Kamen

I encourage you to look for the good where you are, and embrace it. --Fred Rogers

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
--James Baldwin

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another new dream. --C.S. Lewis

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. --Debbie Hope

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.  --Erma Bombeck

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. --Franz Kafka

and i said to my body. softly. "i want to be your friend." it took a long breath. and replied "i have been waiting my whole life for this". --Nayyirah Waheed

You can't stop people from saying bad things about you. All you can do is make them liars.
--Thomas Sowell

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. --Louise C. Hay

When you're on stage, you don't challenge people's beliefs. You don't challenge their religion. You don't challenge their politics. You're there to entertain.
--Wayne Newton

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about.
--Natalie Goldberg