Of course, the BIG news is that tomorrow we are announcing the winner of our Quick and Dirty Valentine Haiku contest. Now Mario was disappointed that there weren’t enough entries that had sex in them and NONE that used the f word. But we had so many good entries that we once again, had to go to our panel of impartial judges and get opinions. Which didn’t help much either because everyone chose different a Haiku as his or her favorite.
As a result, the winner and two runner-ups will be named. Runner-ups will get magnets and pins and maybe some other junk-er-valuable prizes to be determined later. No devil duck, though, that’s reserved for the GRAND PRIZE winner.
Odds and Ends from various loops this week:
The heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien are suing
New Line Cinema, the studio that released the Lord of the Rings trilogy, claiming they haven’t been paid a dime of the $6 billion the franchise made worldwide. Now, I’ve heard how studios use creative financing to “prove” a movie hasn’t made money, but really—this is going to far!
Want a nude Sarah Michelle Geller to hang on your wall? Hop on over to Ebay
and take a look at the photographs being auctioned off for charity. The photos are from a Vaseline Ad photoshoot and the article notes that she wasn’t really nude, the little black dress she was wearing was digitally removed.
A new sci/fi series called Sanctuary
(starring Stargate’s Amanda Topping) is filming for a fall 2008 Sci-Fi channel debut. Watch the pilot at this link.
And you’ve got to love snarky British humor. This from The Guardian
: How to Avoid Author Scandals by Levi Asher
1 Do not use the word "memoir" unless you mean it.
2 If you're not sure whether what you're writing is a memoir or not, guess what? It's a novel.
3 No more than half a page of plagiarism per book.
4 Don't make up exact dates that you can't remember. Instead, be general: "The most important day of my life was the day of my son's birth, in the summer of 2005 . . . "
5 Just say no to sending a friend out in public with a wig as you.
6 If you're in a flame war and you're about to go sock puppet, take a 10-minute break and go to a coffee shop without a wi-fi facility. Maybe the walk will cool you down.
7 Go ahead and make up dialogue. Everybody except Tom Wolfe does.
8 Pick a name. "Benjamin Black is John Banville" is just not a good look.