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My Writing Year: The March Numbers
Month three of my little experiment to write a half million words in a year
has come in like a lion (see? That’s March!) and now we’re moving into April.
Before I start pranking people today, I thought I’d report on the results for
March. Here's the stats: ...
Month three of my little experiment to write a half million words in a year has come in like a lion (see? That’s March!) and now we’re moving into April. Before I start pranking people today, I thought I’d report on the resul...
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Good song. Great video. I don't want one, myself, but I'm glad people like you do. Gives me a little hope for the future.
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An Excerpt from a Work in Progress
Author's note: This is part of my novel-in-progress, Replacement Gorilla . Currently about halfway through, at sitting at 25K words. I'm really having a ball with this story. Finally. It took a while to find the voice. And the plot. And all of it. There's s...
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Replacement Gorilla is the best title I've heard in a long time.
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Work In Progress: Replacement Gorilla
This is literally just a sliver from Chapter One. I'm in the middle of Chapter Seven now. If you like this, and want to see more, just let me know in the usual manner. Hope you dig this little peek. -Mark   Joe
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My Writing Life: February’s Epic Fail
Last month I mentioned my goal of a 500,000 word output in a
single year. I think a report card like this every month will keep me honest
and accountable. February was a short month, and I was starting a new project. How
did I do? Let’s go to the stats: Pro...
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One of the reasons why the Hugos travel is to pick up new regional influences. That's why there's a lot of Texans, including myself, on this list. Also: it's very healthy to try and knock out some of the entrenched people and groups on the Hugo ballot. Won't you do your part with some of these modest suggestions?
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Some Unapologetic Hugo Ballot Campaigning
Yeah, I know, the Hugos are Broken, awards don't mean anything, insert-your-personal-gripes-here. That said: if the system can be gamed, then let's game it. I'm not telling anyone what to do. But there are a lot of blanks on the Hugo Awards nomination ballo...
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You got this one wrong. There's a LOT of the original cartoons in this movie. One whole scene is nothing more than a "lost" episode with a bigger budget. But that's beside the point. Here's where you got it wrong:

What the Jay Ward cartoons had going for them was the writing. What they couldn't do in Mexico for pennies a day, they made up for in the scripting. That's why half of the jokes in Rocky and Bullwinkle went right over my 7 year old head, and I didn't get them until years later. The Sherman and Peabody segment was all about the pun at the end. That and the modern-day asides, although Fractured Fairy Tales covered that angle better.

This movie has all of the big, garish 3D nonsense you'd expect. But it's also got the voice-work and the scripting that captures the feel of the Jay Ward properties better than anything else to date. Yes, there's a bigger story, and it's very endearing in that "appeal to the family" kind of way, but so what? You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.

Don't be a putz. Go see the movie. Be the only one laughing in the theater (like me) when Peabody makes a groaner. Go "Oh OH!" at the screen (like me) when they rip something straight out of the original series. And stay for the end of the credits, where you'll get one final little tiny love note for the true Jay Ward Fans.

This movie is better than you think. Certainly undeserving of your ire in this case.
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Mark Finn is an author, actor, essayist, and playwright. He is recognized as an authority on the Texas author Robert E. Howard and has written extensively on that subject. His biography, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, was nominated for a World Fantasy award in 2007 and is now available in an updated and expanded second edition. When he is not kvetching on the Internet, he writes comics and fiction, dabbles in magic, and produces and performs community theater.  He lives in North Texas with his long-suffering wife, too many books, and an affable pit bull named Sonya.
         
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I write lots of different things. Some of them are available for sale right now. I can also be googled. It will likely take you to my Wiki page. So, I've got that going for me...which is nice.
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