Archive for June, 2005

Vanessa Rose Penney

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Photo of Vanessa Rose Penney

Born: June 28th 2005 9:27am EDT
Weight: 9 lbs 8oz
Height: 21 inches

What’s Up With All These Posts?

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

So most of you who know me, know we’re waiting for something big. It still hasn’t happened. I don’t want to start any more work on my novel until after it happens. In the mean time I’ve had a bit of free time, so I’ve been trying to keep on top of things around here while I can. One I do get back to writing I’m hoping to revise at least one of my short stories before diving into Novel work again. We’ll see.

Review: Appleseed (2004)

Sunday, June 26th, 2005
Product Image: Appleseed DVD

I read the Appleseed manga in the early 90’s and loved them. I don’t remember them too well now, but I knew I wanted to see this movie as soon as I heard it was being made. Then I saw the trailer. Wow. This is not your run of the mill anime. It’s completely CGI. Not “Toy Story” CGI. The backgrounds are fairly realistic looking, and the characters are cell shaded, CGI that is rendered to look like hand drawn cell animation.

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The End of an Era

Sunday, June 26th, 2005
Product Image: Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Chronicles (by Lance Parkin)

After the last book I read, I needed to read something a bit… shorter. This just so happened to show up at my door at just the right time. I have (almost) all of the BBC Doctor Who novels, but I haven’t read most of them. I hope to some day, but it’s mainly a collection at this point.

This one I really wanted to read, for a number of reasons. This book is the end of the block of continuity that started back in August 2000 with The Burning, where the Doctor has lost all of his past memories; I’ve had a renewed interest in Doctor Who due to the show finally coming back to BBC TV (warning, link contains spoilers for the 2005 season of Doctor Who); the book was supposed to make sense to people who have never read any of the 100s of previews Doctor Who novels; most importantly, for me, it was written by Lance Parkin.

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Scary Clown Stories

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
Product Image: It (Stephen King)

I’ve been planning to read this book for years. In fact I did start reading it once back it Junior High, but it was on loan, and I had to give it back before I got to far. This was my only exposure to Stephen King’s writing until I listened to The Green Mile as it was serialized (yes, it was serialized on audio as well). Since then, I’ve read and listened to a lot of King’s work, and I finally found the time to get to It. I’m not going to do this work justice in such a short space, but I’ve collected some of my thoughts here. I’ve been failing to write reviews of things as I read them, so I’m going to try this to see how it goes.

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First Draft Finished!

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

I can’t believe it. The first draft of the novel is done. I started writing the draft from my outline on 07/13/2004, meaning it took 340 days to get here, but it’s done.

Now I need to put it away for a bit before coming back to start the rewrite.

Phew!

Update: Final word count on the first draft was 108,840 (which was 563 pages).

Greg the Bunny Returns!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
Greg the Bunny - The Complete Series

One of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen, Greg the Bunny, is having a “Reunion Special” on IFC. Set your TiVo!

Update: The special is entitled “Fur on the Asphalt: The Greg the Bunny Reunion Special”, in case you were having trouble finding it.

Stranger Than Life

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
Product Image: Strangers In Paradise Pocket Book 1

My friend Dursin has been recommending Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise for quite some time now (not nearly as long as I’ve been trying to get him to read Cerebus, but that’s a different story). I figured I’d eventually give it a try, but the large number of slim collected volumes was keeping me from taking the plunge. Now I have no excuse. I’m a sucker for a large collected comic volume at a decent price, so when I saw this nice thick volume I knew I had to give it a try.

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New Design

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

I’ve redone the page design. What do you think?

The theme is based off of the Gila theme, combined with elements from my old theme, to make it feel more like home.

Please leave a comment if anything is broken or missing or ugly or, you know, if it looks good.