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Thursday, August 28, 2003
The Finger Fuck you, MTV. Here's to the real "best video of the year" -- quite possibly the best video of the last five years: Johnny Cash's "Hurt."
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
The Wind Warren Zevon's latest, and last, album came out today. On a first listen, it's nice. As much as the supporting cast of star musician friends is nice (Springsteen's solo is amazing), I would have preferred a more laid-bare Zevon, just him and a guitar/piano. The slow songs are the clear winners (has Zevon recorded a truly great all-out rocker in the last ten years?), but even they seem over-produced. Although at the end of the day, the heartbreaking honesty of "Keep Me in Your Heart" will remain worth the price of admission alone.
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Mr. Zevon Just watched the VH1 special on Warren Zevon's last album and his struggle with cancer. I'm deeply saddened about his inevitable passing. I breathe a deep sigh, comforted by the tenuous fact that while I've not met him, he is still with us. So I poured myself a tall glass of vodka as I sit down to write for the rest of the night. Gotta keep working -- that's what Warren would do.
Saturday, August 23, 2003
Beginning and End Tonight I went to see Chris O'Riley play Radiohead covers for solo piano. During his interpretation of "Motion Picture Soundtrack," I suddenly figured out the perfect first line and the perfect last line for the Disney novelization I'm working on. All I wanted at that moment was to write ... I almost pulled out a pen and started jotting notes on the back of the ticket. Funny how inspiration works.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Fun Facts They say you learn something new everyday. Well, today I learned that "mucous" is an adjective, but "mucus" is a noun. Go figure.
Monday, August 18, 2003
Feast, Famine, Focus Got the Morphine blasting on the stereo, and just got off the phone with Sean Doolittle. We're in the very final phases of sending his second book to the printers. But here's a little confounding thing that happened during the call. He said to me: "How's your book coming?" And, believe it or not, I had to pause and say, "which book are you talking about?" Seriously. I'm working on my second novelization for Disney's TV show Kim Possible. Tom and I are outlining our third mystery (Codenamed: Red Hat). I have an outline for a stand-alone mystery/love story. Add to that a recent comics gig from Dark Horse, a DVD project with DZN Design Studio, and my monthly column with Smart Computing Magazine, and I kinda feel like it would be great to have the focus (and the means) to answer Sean's question with "the book is coming along quite well." But I must remain confident that doing as much work as I can is the path to greatness. It occurs to me now that while my focus isn't on any single project (as I sometimes wish it were), my focus has been -- and remains -- on living under a work ethic.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
Power Of course the East Coast blackouts are not terrorist-related. They were carefully orchestrated by Gray Davis to divert attention from the recall election. They are NOT blackouts, they are Gray-outs.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Bang Bang So I just got back from writing at the all-night coffee shop that is my home away from home, and while I was there, a guy wearing a bandana over his face like Jesse fucking James comes in and holds up the place at gunpoint. Thank God he didn't take my laptop or the $27.78 I had on me. And people wonder why I love Los Angeles.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Thnaks Thanks to all the folks who have been supporting UglyTown through our new online store. Sorry I haven't been very vocal here this past week -- I've been crunching numbers, looking to the future, and listening to the new WEEN.
Monday, August 04, 2003
UglyTown store now online! Getting your favorite UglyTown book just got easier. Head over to the UglyTown online store and support independent writing and publishing. Heck, buy a T-shirt and wear your colors proudly, yo.
Friday, August 01, 2003
The Devil's Footprints If you liked the art from my illustrated Buffy novel, Creatures of Habit, done by the fabulous Brian Horton and Paul Lee, you must check out their new horror masterpiece, The Devil's Footprints. Written by my Buffy editor, Scott Allie, this graphic novel is a modern-day tale of magic that lovingly harkens back to Crowley and Lovecraft. This is Scott's baby -- he's been talking about it almost as long as I've known him, and he's done an amazing job of researching the lore of black magic, the authenticity of which comes through on every single page.
Brian, Paul, and I are talking about a new project ourselves. Until then, this is your much-recommended fix. Drink up.
Audiopad Want to have a look at the future? Check out the Audiopad. It will blow your mind. Now if only I could get my hands on one!
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