Archives for January 2009
My first published short story was “29 Union Leaders Can’t Be Wrong,” which appeared in Strange Horizons in June 2007. It was the first short story I had ever submitted for publication, and the first short story I had ever written outside of class assignments. I was totally stoked. Then I didn’t sell anything for six months, which was frankly the best thing that could have happened to me, though it made it hard to answer my family whenever they asked, “Where can we see what you’re writing?” Last night… Read more »
So at Tor.com today I’m talking about the new Watchmen portraits and what these might mean in terms of the adaptation from page to screen. The answer is mostly, “It looks good! TOO GOOD. Also, Laurie, go put on some pants. What are you, nine?” However, anyone who has read an X-Men comic knows that Laurie got off easy. You know whose costume really sucked? Casablanca-records-sponsored mutant Dazzler! Who I hate. Let me show you why! That’s not even why. That’s just how the poor thing looks. Disclaimer: I am… Read more »
On Tor.com, I babble about how the Middleman DVDs are actually happening. This makes today much cooler than, say, Monday, when the DVD promise did not yet exist. But if you give a mouse a cookie, she’s gonna want details on the special features. My dream list of special features would be: – Table readings for all the episodes. This isn’t as nuts as it sounds; from ABC Family’s own site, we know they filmed at least, what, five? I’m sure they shoved a camcorder in a corner most times.… Read more »
Questionable Taste Theatre: "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day"
So usually I’m a nerd or a bastard, but sometimes I’m just a huge sap. It happens. Like when I watch Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. There is not even a pretense of objectivity here, you guys. This movie is amazing. It’s like the director woke up one morning and said, “I’m going to recruit a bunch of character actors from Awesome (Sorta-)British Actor Camp and slap them in ’30s England and let them all have happy endings. Every single one of them.” This has not happened since Cold… Read more »
Costumes, family-style.
So apparently there’s a new rage in costumes you can make for the whole family from a single pattern. This is great news, if your family is a bunch of genies. (Um, why does the 20-year-old have a modest tummy-covering sash and the 4- and 8-year-olds are having a midriff moment? Just asking.) It’s even better news if your family wants to reenact March of the Penguins. Let’s hope little Timmy survives the winter so he can be eaten by a seal later, escaping the oil slick that would otherwise… Read more »
My recap of Thursday’s Eleventh Hour episode “Miracles” is up at Tor.com. It has the best thing ever, in that the graphics department slapped a Flash Player pause-button logo in the only corner of the newspaper that was facing the camera. GREAT JOB WITH THE FILLER, GUYS. No, seriously, go look. I screencapped that thing myself, that’s how much I am not joking. Plus there’s the clip where you get to watch Rufus google out of his own head pointing to the Flash Player embedded in his newspaper. SCIENCE!… Read more »

Recent Work

TV Recaps: Elementary, Season 5

TV Recaps: Victoria, Season 1

TV Recaps: Reign, Season 4

TV Recap: Bates Motel, "Hidden"

Fiction: "Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home", Clarkesworld

Film: How many movies about grief this year? All of them, Legacy.com

Book Review: HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic, NPR.org

Book Review: How to Read a Dress, NPR.org

Nonfiction: A Doom of One's Own, Clarkesworld

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On The Blog

  • 03/29/2017 — Beauty and the BeastWell, the live-action Disney Beauty and the Beast remake has come out! And it turns out, I must have been waiting my whole life for this day, because all of March was basically me being unable to shut up about…Read more »
  • 03/15/2017 — What I Wrote: The Year So Far EditionMy first real blog post of the year, and it’s already spring! You can tell from the ice-crusted snow outside. (Weather notwithstanding, I honestly can’t believe it’s mid-March already; it’s been a…well, it’s been a year.) Here’s some of the…Read more »
  • 02/27/2017 — Red Carpet Rundown: The Oscars 2017If you are here, reading this, you know that the red carpet is a bizarre, self-sustaining piece of performance art. In case you’d like a reminder of that before we get started, here’s Taraji P. Henson casually greeting former costar…Read more »