Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Interesting...after debacle of the 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot, Jason Reitman directing new film set in original universe

I always laugh like a hyena when the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man shows up.

Hopefully this will get the bad taste left by the most recent incarnation out of our mouths for once and for all:

Entertainment Weekly has learned exclusively that Jason Reitman will direct and co-write an upcoming film set in the world that was saved decades previously by the proton pack-wearing working stiffs in the original 1984 movie, which was directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.

And it's making a lot of people very happy.

Reitman is playing coy as to the updated storyline and also said the obligatory nice things about the horrific Paul-Feig directed version that crashed and burned a couple years ago. But he did make it clear that this Ghostbusters will not be a reboot.

You can read the full article, which includes Reitman reminiscing about growing up as a Ghostbusters fan, here.

Image snicked from imdb.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

You had one job...

Kids are so screwed these days.

Common Core math?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A laughable, ridiculous, distant memory...or your go-to villain

One of the many great things about being a writer is that there are no such things as useless information or useless experiences. Sooner or later, it's all story fodder.


Tip 'o the Hat to Mermaid Musings on FB.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Someone didn't love it like I did

Last night I was feeling a bit maudlin and made the mistake of looking at my Marina del Rey apartment's website and found this:


1B233 is internal code for my apartment #233 at Mariners Village. I even checked it against my old tenant ID (which I can't bring myself to throw away) and confirmed that yep, it's my old place. It's my apartment. Mine. And it's available, and I can't imagine why.

It's only been six months since I fucked up and made this apartment available to someone else, and what happened? How was this beautiful home not enough for you? Who the hell moved in there, and then left only six months later? Having left after six years still makes me want to slit my wrists. I should still be there. How was that not a home enough for you??? I'd give anything to still be there. Anything. I should never have left. What the fuck?

Also, it's not going for much more than they were going to charge me, but not anywhere near as much more as I thought it would be. Given the location, I thought they'd rent that place out for three grand.

I miss you Apartment 233. Desperately. I want to go home.
My loss.

I loved that place so much. I'm so homesick.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Somebody send me...

Today would have been David Bowie's 72nd birthday (and two days from now will be the third anniversary of his death). I was just thinking recently how odd it feels to live in a world in which David Bowie, Prince, and Tom Petty no longer exist. Yeah, it makes me nostalgic. I don't care if it makes me sound like a cranky old broad yelling at the kids to get off my lawn, the 80's were so much better for so many reasons, and chief among them was how much better music was back then.

I remember watching this one on MTV constantly. Loved the song, loved the visuals, loved the effortless performance.

Somebody send me...

Raise your hand if you've had one guy OD in your home in the last year and a half

Much less...TWO???

Second body found in West Hollywood home of Democratic donor Ed Buck.

Two. Within a one and a half year period.

What. The. Hell.

One is unfortunate. Two is a pattern. Three, dude is a serial killer.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially given the politics involved.

Also, talk about story fodder.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Just look at the time

This popped up on my Instagram feed, and I can't stop laughing:

I'm going to hell.

H/T to mericasupplyco on Instagram.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Voice of immortality

This popped up on the Secretariat Facebook page:

...a tremendous machine...

It's a well-deserved award. You can read the entire article, originally published last June, here. Not only is it beautifully written, but it serves as a reminder of a something that is so intertwined with Secretariat's astounding Belmont run, but often overlooked in terms of giving credit to a guy who found himself in what turned out to be a legendary moment in sports, one that, as the article emphasizes, he could never have seen coming and therefore could not possibly be prepared for...and yet rose to the occasion while maintaining a boggling level of poise and professionalism.

You can also watch and listen to the immortal race and call at the link. I watched it live as a child, have rewatched it countless times since, and it still gives me goosebumps.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Some great writing advice here

Of course we know we could all learn something from The Bard, but it doesn't hurt to have the occasional reminder: 10 Things Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Writing Thrillers.

Some gems:
Get right to it: Shakespeare doesn't waste time getting things moving. Any book should do the same.

Story is character: In the bard's world, the props and costumes are kept to a minimum. The plays can be performed on a bare stage. It's ll about the interaction between character and how the characters speak.

Begin scenes late and end them early.

All scenes must have external and internal conflict: It's not enough for the door to be locked. The character has to have a reason to not want to open it.

Shakespeare was all about output: You want to learn from Shakespeare? Write a ton of stuff. (The article mentions this and I've heard it pointed out elsewhere - the entire Shakespearean era was only twenty years.)

Do check it out - it's a short read, but has lots of valuable writing advice.