2007 National League Champs
Greetings sports fans—
Okay, I admit, I’m not REALLY a sports fan. Still, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of Colorado’s first ever World Series berth. My loyalties were divided when the Rockies played the Padres. Controversial call aside, even you, Jeff
, have to admit the Rocks are playing world-class ball.
Now—onto other things.
in the NYT last Sunday talked about all the supernatural stuff on television lately. The point I liked best was this:
Nobody really knows where network executives come from or where they go after being fired. Perhaps those neatly groomed suits marching in lock step through Burbank are themselves the undead, demons, witches and vampires who suck the blood of Nielsen pollsters, turn viewers into zombies and howl at the Moonves. They are taking over the planet one show at a time.
And that’s a problem why? I thought Pushing Daisies would win my best of show this fall (I am a Dead Like Me fan and Bryan Fuller was instrumental in both that production and Daisies.) But the more I watch Reaper, the better I like it. The casting director was spot on in choosing the four young leads of that show. The chemistry between them is terrific.
What are your favorites and why?
Shades of Hannibal Lecter—a writer in Mexico City was arrested after police found parts of his girlfriend in his apartment. He had boiled some of her flesh, but apparently hadn’t eaten it. Yet. He is also under investigation for the deaths of two other women. His WIP, also found in the apartment, is titled: Cannibalistic Instincts.
Yikes—That’s taking research to a whole new too-horrible-to-contemplate level.
Two new multi-media writing contests to announce:
Court TV, Borders and Gather Inc are sponsoring a Next Great Crime Writer Contest. It’s for first time mystery/crime authors. First prize is a contract with Borders, Inc and a $5000 advance. Details
Amazon and Penguin are sponsoring The First Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. They will accept the first 5000 unpublished manuscripts between now and November 5. Grand prizewinner gets a contract from Penguin and nine finalists will receive a Total Design Freedom package. Details
The winner of Media Predict’s writing contest is Lori Culwell’s Hollywood Car Wash. Culwell’s entry was chosen over hundreds entered on the Media Predict site. She will be offered a contract with Touchstone Books.
Sly Stallone’s newest Rambo movie, Rambo to Hell and Back, also features Buffyverse’s Julie Benz (Darla on Buffy and Angel.) Sly Stallone has always been one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t care that it’s been twenty years since the last Rambo movie. Look at that face. He’s still a hero in my book! Release date is January 25, 2008. Who wants to go with me to see it?
On the personal writing front, have begun rewrites on the fourth Anna Strong book, Legacy (or The Legacy—the powers-that-be haven’t decided yet.) My critique group, bless them, have the draft now and are working feverishly to help me polish in time for the Oct 31st deadline. Haven’t had to resort to Richelle’s
Mountain Dew diet yet. But it may be coming.