10/1 - I'm now an official "Literary Guest" at NY ComiCon. (maybe
someday they'll have a "Pulp" category)
10/2 - U.S. publication day for BOOKS TO DIE FOR. Fly, little book,
fly! There's a sample here: I did a piece on Richard Stark's THE HUNTER
10/3 - Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber debate tonight with no
liberatrian to add intelligence and original thought. I've got a DVR
loaded with "Copper," "Fringe," etc. I'll watch those instead.
10/4 - this supposedly tells you what kind of a writer you are.
Gah! I'm Toni Morrison!!
10/4 - in Cleveland for Bouchercon - went to a pre-con party at Erin
McCarthy's, then opening ceremonies at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
10/5 ? I drummed for Slushpile at the Cleveland House of Blues for a
10/7 - Awful pun dept: Gotta say, I didn't see this one coming.
10/8 - Geek time: The Scale of the Universe (a font of info - someone
did a HELLuva lot of research on this)
10/9 - "And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or
thinks anything that is unusual." - H. L. Mencken
10/10 - Tonight I got to hang in NYC with authors named Abbott, Child,
Connelly, Coleman, Gaylin, Lutz, Rose, and Rozan to talk about BOOKS
TO DIE FOR (though the Century Club required a raised pinky on the
wine-holding hand). ;-)
10/11 - went to publisher 47North's party expecting to know next to no
one but ran into one familiar face after another. Publishing is a
10/12 - based on statistics (movie reviews and critic ratings) this is
the worst movie of all time http://bit.ly/UGpySY#Sp
10/13 - the train to New York is full of geeks going to NY ComiCon.
10/13 - great turnout for the Comicon panel, then signing free copies
of THE TOMB till they ran out. Reeeeally crowded. And some of those
costumes, like Pyramid Head, are freakin dangerous.
10/14 - hung out with Ron Goulart at the annual Paperback Expo today.
And check out the fantastic mirror a reader made for me. Even ebook
covers are there!
10/15 - 70 years old and the Stones still ROCK!
10/16 - Now HERE's a crop circle http://doubtfulnews.com/?p=14893
10/17 - Consider that all the galaxies in this tiny peephole view
average 200-400 billion stars each. We are not alone. We can't be.
10/18 - Okay...carving a jack-o-lantern with a .45. I'm impressed.
10/19 - Hard to believe something this beautiful isn't the work or
some airbrush maestro. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121017.html
10/20 - "Never read anything by F Paul Wilson" ...an in-depth
10/21 - I never heard of "Thankskilling," and now there's a sequel?
How can this be? http://tinyurl.com/9hayptz
10/22 THIS kind of a debate I'd watch:
10/24 - passed the halfway mark on the edit/revision of DARK CITY
today and I'm thinking, "This ain't bad." Which is gratifying since
we've had, shall I say, a troubled relationship up to this point. The
middle book of a trilogy can be trying.
10/25 - Wow. Sort of a roving EMP. Not near my house, please.
10/25 - Get your geek on: What if HPL wrote "The Phantasmagorical
Four?" I thought it pretty cool. http://tinyurl.com/93yut8t
10/26 - hurricane Sandy's coming - gathering necessities: beer, wine,
gin, JD, vermouth, prosecco, oh yeah, and batteries and candles. Maybe
some food too.
10/27 - from Rio Youers: Six minutes of sushi awesome. Trust me on
10/28 - Can a movie synopsis be totally accurate and yet totally
10/29 - Hurricane Sandy has hit. I just motorvated thru Asbury Park
and environs. At the moment she's pretty much like a brawny nor'easter
- except for the tidal surge. Shark River inlet was well into the
parking lot of the boat basin and the surf is up under the boardwalks
and running across the road in south Belmar. Tonight's high tide and
full moon will coincide with Sandy's landfall and should be much worse.
10/29 - Wind has picked up here at the Jersey Shore and the lights
have flickered a few times. A healthy looking tree just snapped in
half outside and the rain is horizontal. Typing away while the power
lasts. My laptop waits in reserve.
10/31 - the power went back on at 1:30 a.m. (I'm one of the lucky ones
? I live on high ground near a substation)
10/31 - just watched 40 min of devastating aerial footage from the
Jersey Shore on News 12 NJ - the Atlantic Ocean is flowing into
Barnegat Bay at the Mantoloking bridge. At 17 I cut bait for crabbers
at the marina there. Shakes you up. The Shore will never be the same.