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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

First the Internet, then the World

Hey, did you guys ever see that movie where Billy Zane taps his sister? It was supposed to  be some kind of noir thing. It was called like First the World, Then the Fireworks or something.

On a related note, did you ever see The Grifters? That movie is MESSED up. It was nominated for like four Oscars. And I don't get it. I love Anjelica Huston and John Cusack, and the movie actually was interesting and enjoyable. It was just John's relationship with his mom that was totally... crazy.

Anyway - I had my first television interview today. It was actually a lot of fun. I wasn't really nervous, and Tom Overlie is a really swell guy. For those of you interested in watching, it will air on KTTC (the NBC affiliate out of Rochester, MN) sometime next week probably. Tom said he'll drop me an email when he knows when it will air. He also said that it will be up online, so people out of the viewing area will be able to see it too, and see what a total goon I am.

Onto a clarification - people have wondered if the hold up with the fifth My Blood Approves book and/or Honalee is because of the stuff that I'm not talking about it. It's not, exactly. I do have other things that I'm working on that have been prioritized above those things for various reasons. 

But here is my explanation for the Honalee and  book five of MBA that I've lifted from my FAQs:
What's the deal with Honalee?
Honalee was almost ready for publication when I decided to rewrite the ending. I haven't done that yet. I've tried, but something is off. So I'm stepping back from it for a little bit and working on other things.

Will there be another book in the My Blood Approves series?
There will be five books total, plus one novella about Peter. I don't know when book five will be out, because I haven't written it yet.

All the info on my FAQs is up to date. So if you have other questions, and you'd like an instant answer, that is a good place to check.

Onto things that make me angry - the Oscars have once again snubbed Chris Nolan for Best Director. Yes, Inception did got some much deserved nominations (including Best Score - which it seriously HAS to win), but Nolan wasn't. The man is brilliant. Beyond brilliant. Even though Inception pissed me off, his direction of the film is spot on. And it always is. He's way better than the Coens.

It was nice to see Christian Bale nominated. Because I worship the ground he walks on. I don't know that I'll ever watch The Fighter because I'm under the impression that I won't enjoy it, even though I love listening to Mark Wahlberg talk. But still. Yay Christian Bale!

The Oscars are like the Superbowl in my house. This is what we get all excited for. We do our Oscar picks and take bets. We buy special snack foods for it even. It's probably never been more apparent that I live with a gay man.

Also, I'm looking for a new car because my car is dead. I found a really nice, surprisingly low priced 2005 Cadillac SRX. Does anybody know anything about them? Pros? Cons? I've done some research on the internet, but I wanted to know if anybody had actual experience with them.


  1. Are you picky about your cars, and can you drive a stick shift?

    I bought my 2006 Chevy Aveo brand new for $10k (13 with loan, that's less than 185/month). The newest models are about 8k right now! My car is a stick, the automatics at that time were 13k before the loan, so I don't know what they're at now.

    I love my car and have good things to say about it! How much is the Cadillac going for? Is it worth buying a used car when so many new cars are so cheap right now?

    J. E. Medrick

  2. I can't really drive stick. I sorta learned how, but I've never really driven it. I'm looking for an SVU, too, because I've gotten my Cougar stuck in snow every winter since I've had it. And I got my Sable stuck a lot too.

  3. Inception was such a cool flick, I absolutely loved it the first time around but on second viewing was disappointed that there really wasn't "more" to be gleaned. I felt it was kind of like a really showy car with nothing under the hood. That's probably not totally fair to say--everything was just there and it wasn't constructed to be able to figure more stuff out on subsequent viewings. Whereas MEMENTO just rocked on all levels. That movie blew me away, the pacing, narrative, one of the coolest films ever. And you could watch again and pick up a lot more stuff. Although it did have a bit of that circular logic that Inception has as well...

    As for driving a caddie, I like the old style ones that make you look like either a 50's mobster or a grandmother retiring to Florida.


  4. Ah, yeah, MN - I can see that. I get my car stuck in Ohio sometimes, because it's very light. I can only imagine it is worse for you there!

    J. E. Medrick

  5. Oscars = party of the year at our house...glad I am not alone.

    As for the mom drives an '07 and L.O.V.E.S. it! She swears she won't buy another car...ever. I drive a Yukon, but have driven hers and it's nice!

    Can't wait to see your interview!


  6. Totally off topic...but will there be another book to follow Hollowland? I just finished it (after gobbling up all of your other books)and after such great character development I was left wanting more! (which clearly was intentional). I just found your blog recently, so I apologize if you've already answered this question before. Your books have been amazing and I've been recommending them to all of my friends, tweeps and facebookies.

  7. Annnnd then I realized I missed your post from yesterday where you did indeed say that you were planning a Hollowland sequel.

    This girl needs help today!

  8. For my hubby and I the Oscars are our Superbowl as well. Hubby's a huge movie fan and always tries to see every movie nominated. Every movie nominated in every single category. Seriously.

    I don't see that many, but I do see a lot. I'm with you on the nomination for Nolan. The man is doing some of the most interesting, gripping work to come out of Hollywood. He also proves that intellectual films can still be highly entertaining to the average movie-goer. (I contend that The Dark Knight is his masterpiece, which might be a controversial opinion.)

    Though, I am a big fan of the Coen Brothers. I'd hate to judge between the two. True Grit wasn't as mind blowing as I hoped it would be, but still a solid story, well-told.

    Despite all that, my money's on Black Swan. Yes, I know Social Network is more relevant, but Black Swan for the win. Love it.

    Nice that during what could be considered a down year, we've still got so many great contenders.

  9. I'm a bit of a car freak, so I'll interject. I was looking at a Lexus, and when I was in the showroom, the dealer had up three surveys of reliability and customer satisfaction. Caddy topped all three lists with Lexus coming in 2nd. Yeah, surprised me, too. (I stuck with my BMW, nonetheless, BTW.)

    Check Consumer Reports for the specific model and model year. Cars are like fine wine...some vintages suck. :-)

    Good luck!

  10. I suggest caution when buying a luxury car of any type--I used to sell them. They might not be insanely expensive to buy, but they are a huge money sink to fix unless you know a guy. If you want something reliable that is also luxurious and relatively cheap to fix, go with a Lexus over a Caddy.

    Also, buy my book!

    Blatant self promotion, right there!

  11. Oh, I forgot to mention; I rented a Caddy (SLK car) last week, during one of my many business trips. It was the first Caddy I'd ever rented. The gas mileage was the worst of any rental I'd ever had or my BMW X3. FYI.

  12. I wasn't specificaly looking for a Caddy. I was looking at a Ford Escape, but the Caddy was cheaper. But my stepdad found a Ford Escape Hybrid that he thinks will be better for me than the SRX, so I'm checking into that.

    I really just need a new car. I'm not super hung up on what one. A newer SUV is about all I've got.

  13. If you know where online we can see this interview you did, give us a link. I'd love to see it!

  14. On a different level, why am I so disappointed that Pete and Alice didn't hook up? There is so much tension between them. I like Jack. He is cool and nice and sweet but petulant at times. Also, he jumps before he thinks.

    I love Pete. He seems better suited to Alice's temperament.

    What do you think?

  15. Christian Bale is amazing but he could have shaved instead of looking rough. Blek.

  16. Life easily gets in the way of the things we all enjoy. Sometimes the other activities we enjoy go forth and poke their heads over the rest as well. However the parts of our lives that need addressing, that have to be dealt with are constantly there. Taking time to settle each matter is a luxury most days, probably a chore others.
    On occasion, I take three hours to shut the world out around me. I turn off the phone, draw the black out curtains closed in my den where I write, and turn on a small string of tiny lights to illuminate the room in a way that is steady and constant. Inside that room, there is not time. I do not look at the clock. I do not set an alarm. If the three hours passes and I go over, so be it. In that space I contend with my thoughts. I deal with the issues that plague me and attempt to work on my passions with as much focus and concentration as possible.
    Having a place, a sacred avenue near to you is crucial. Remember that you may always think you have time to do something. To see a play, to call an old friend, to finish a chapter that is troubling you. But know that there is a set number to the summers one will experience in life. There are only a hundred, if one manages to live that long. Make each count, you are the only one keeping score.

  17. I have a jeep grand cherokee and i love it. I live in ohio and our weather sucks and i know mn 100x worse but my jeep handles amazing in the snow. I'v never had any problems with it (knock on wood) and it does pretty good on gas.

  18. I have a 2006 Lexus 400h (hybrid) and it's an awesome car. It has AWD, so it drives more like a car than a 4WD truck or SUV. Very comfortable seats, averages 25 MPG. If you buy one that is a few years old they are fairly reasonable.