Not a single one of you could be bothered to pick up a rag and do a little dusting around here while I was gone????? Thank you so much. This room is a complete disaster!!
Oh -- ha ha ha. (The inspiration behind that remark? I woke this morning to discover that a friend of my housemate's was stranded last night and so is now sleeping down in our family room. I can only pray that he isn't allergic to cat hair because I haven't dusted or vacuumed down there since Easter weekend!!)
Okay, well, life has finally resumed around here. I "met" my deadline, as it were. Two weeks late, but at least it is finally done and off to L.A. and now all I have is a ton of other stuff to do. Yay!! But what a relief. I am really happy with the results of the teleplay, but it is also nice to get a breather now.
I actually even took a tiny road trip this weekend. I got in the old trusty, rusty '97 Camry and drove down to that bastion of conservatism on the mighty Ohio River: Cincinnati!! Yay.
You know, in the old days -- and by "old" I am speaking of the Underground Railroad in the days of slavery -- when a runaway slave made it across the Ohio River into Cincinnati it was almost like reaching the Promised Land. It doesn't quite feel like that today, but it is still an interesting thing to consider: What Cincinnati might feel like were it still a place of salvation instead of -- I don't know -- damnation???
Okay, moving along!! How many more days until Dark Shadows opens in theaters nationwide??? Something like 12 or 13. Something like that. At this point, I've stopped reading any news whatsoever about it because all that upfront PR stuff tends to spoil a movie for me, so now I have to heavily block it all out. But rest assured, plans are underway to spirit me to the box office early on Friday, May 11th, to secure 2 tickets pour moi and my stalwart cousin. Then I will return to the theater many hours later to actually have dinner with her somewhere as close to the theater as possible, since every place will be stupidly busy at that point, and see the film with her. (She actually has to do this thing called "work" on Friday so we won't be able to go see the film early in the day. We have to go at the prime time slot, instead; the time when everyone on Earth goes to the movie at the same time. I hate that. But, alas, that's what we have to do since we MUST see this on opening night. She and I, sadly enough, are both old enough to have been HUGE fans of the Dark Shadows TV show. And, of course, we are both huge fans of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp [try hard not to look at the icky picture at that last link!! -- Ed.] so we have both been eagerly awaiting this movie for a lifetime, it seems!!)
Oh, wow, I sense a digression up there, or perhaps a tangent. Not sure which....
I have been wanting to blog about this for days, gang, but was seriously too busy to allow myself to get sidetracked. But now here I am, so here we go: Thank God I did not have a work of fiction nominated for a Pulitzer Prize this year!!!!!! My god, how demoralizing was that, gang??? None of the nominees were good enough this year, and so they did not award a Pulitzer for fiction for the first time in 35 years. It's one thing to be nominated and then not win in your category. At least you were nominated, right? But to have nobody win kind of makes it look like you all sucked!! Big time. Jeez.
Title: Great Moments in History and You Were There, Sucking Big Time
Author [standing somewhere]: "Oh, yes, I was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize once."
Other Person Standing There: "Really?"
Author: "Yes, it was the year that nobody won because we all sucked."
All righty!! See? There are all kinds of reasons to be grateful every single darn day, gang. And you just never know when you're going to be grateful that you weren't nominated for a Pulitzer Prize...
Okay, so what other great news has been going on??? Well, the publishers of the Mammoth Book Series, Constable Robinson publishing house in the UK, is bringing out the first complete, unexpurgated digital edition of Neptune & Surf, as part of their new "classics of erotica" series. Yay!! They are also releasing a digital collection of the short stories of mine that they've published over the last ten years. (Included in this particular Mammoth series will be authors like Alison Tyler, M. Christian, Kristina Wright, Michael Hemmingson, Donna Storey, Thomas S. Roche, and others.) It should be very, very cool, gang!! I will keep you posted.
This is not to be confused with The Muse Revisited Series that I am publishing on my own. And just FYI: Volume Two in the series, The Erotic Novellas, will be coming out soon. This is the cover we are planning on but God knows (!!), some sort of censorship issue is likely to be involved since we can clearly see this woman's breasts, even though she is a painting from well over one hundred years ago:
And in keeping with the censorship topic, be sure to watch for the upcoming 3rd issue of SomethingDark.eu-- as I will have a piece in there about the recent digital censorship fracas. And even if I say so myself (as part of their lofty staff, that is) the 3rd issue of SDk is going to blow you away, gang. Seriously. I couldn't be more serious, in fact. You won't believe it.
Jeez. Okay, well, I guess I've rattled on long enough here, gang. I will close now and let you enjoy your Sunday!! Make it a great one, wherever you are!! Thanks for visiting, gang!! See ya!!
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