Thursday, July 17, 2008


For years, various filmmakers/producers have tried to film The Talisman, based on the novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. So far the book has defied adaptation. Now a fan of the novel has produced his own demo scene from The Talisman. The odds are hugely against this guy getting a shot at actually making the film (or mini-series) but it's always good to see what one person with a true passion for a project can accomplish.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Far From Shore

Yesterday we spent several hours on a very large boat on a medium-sized lake.

The weather was storybook perfect, the food was mouth watering, and the sheer notion that we were separated from the rest of the world lent the afternoon a magical quality, as though we had somehow passed through a portal to a past where life’s pace was slower and, most importantly, cell phones didn’t exist.

The best part of the day was the companionship of friends, one of whom we hadn’t had a chance to spend time with in years. I laughed so hard my stomach feels like I did 500 sit-ups. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like I did 500 sit-ups. But, as Peter David says, I digress.

It was nice to live in the moment, even for just a few hours. That’s something I need to do more often.

Along with sit-ups.

Men, Do You Feel Fresh As A Summer's Eve Down There?

Then you may need this.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tip the Blogger

Entries here are sparse, even when I'm not on vacation.

Perhaps I'd be more motivated if I demanded payment for blogging, like Tony Isabella.

On the other hand, I'd hate to financially inconvenience the two readers of this space. Besides, Mom needs that Social Security money for groceries.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Babeeee!

Norma and I were married 26 years ago. And they said it wouldn't last.

No, really, several pinheads I hung out with at the time said, "Man, it'll never last."

It's been a low-key day. We went out for breakfast, did some shopping, then came home to hang out with the cats and watch a movie.

I'm on vacation, and so far I've slept and tried to catch up on the movies I've missed. At the moment Gone Baby Gone leads the pack (so much so that after renting it, I bought a copy), with Juno a close second and No Country For Old Men solidly in third place (and for those who are bound to ask, Walk Hard and 10,000 B.C. round out the top 5).

I also picked up Robert B. Parker's new western, Resolution. It's a quick, satisfying read. Think Spenser in the old west, with no shrinks.

I've also got the new Robert Crais and new James Lee Burke on order. When you can read new releases from three of your favorite writers, that's a good vacation.

Tomorrow, back to the writing.