‘American Werewolf’ and ‘Hellboy’

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Quick post today (lot’s of H-ween work to be done). I just watched John  An American Werewolf in London for the first time. John Landis’ 1981 horror film is a definite high point in the genre. The humor is well deployed and doesn’t detract from the spookiness. Also, it’s streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime right now. Continue reading

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Belshazzar and the Writing on the Wall

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Belshazzar by Rembrandt courtesy of the National Gallery

In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

Daniel 5:5-6

Read My Shoddy Work: Is It not Midnight? (part 7)

Yeah, I’m running on discarded paper napkins right now, but it doesn’t mean you won’t get the shoddy excuse for entertainment you’ve come to expect from this blog. Here is the latest installment of my short story ‘Is It not Midnight’.

If you haven’t been reading along so far. You can catch up here:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  Part 4,  Part 5, and Part 6

Frankel and Winslow exited the shabby doorway of the St. Francis House of Hospitality and stepped into the chill of Autumn. The afternoon shadows were lengthening. The setting sun struck the shelter’s dirty facade, bathing it in gold.

“Another dead end,” Frankel swore. “How is it possible to be homeless in this city and never set foot in a damned shelter, soup kitchen or bus bench. What’s next on the list?”

Both men climbed into Frankel’s unmarked Crown Victoria. Winslow’s shoes rested on an assortment of styrofoam containers and wrappers from local eateries and national chains.

“Listen, why don’t you take off for the day?” said Winslow. “It’s been a long day. Let me check the next place and see if they recognise our victim.”

Frankel turned the keys in the ignition.

“And let some rookie get the glory? Not a chance,” Frankel grunted. “Besides, if we keep pounding the pavement we might just catch a break before the Hungarian gets here.”

Following the conversation with the Lieutenant, Frankel had been grumbling about “foreign influence.” Winslow thumbed through his smartphone for the list of shelters they had compiled.

“The New Day Refuge in Avondale,” said Winslow.

“Is that the one run by that New Age-y drum circle?” asked Frankel.

Winslow tapped and swiped his screen a few more times. The Crown Vic slid into traffic.

“The New Church of the Golden Age,” said Winslow. “They appear to have been investing heavily in social programs lately. They’re building a new pregnancy crisis center too.”

“Funny, I thought all those guys did was dance naked in the forest around a fire.”

When they arrived at the New Day Refuge, the building’s white facade had turned a faded crimson in the setting sun. The surrounding area was a wasteland of abandoned shopfronts, scrubby dead grass, and asphalt. Above the main entrance, some gilded text read, “A NEW DAY DAWNS.” It made a semi-circle above the doorway.

 

Lap it up little kittens. Lap it up.

Words and Phrases I Could Do Without

I’ve been less active on m’blog than I’d planned recently. Sorry. If you want an excuse, it isn’t forthcoming. But what is forthcoming, is some fresh, original, and free content. Yes, free is code for “not very good.” You don’t believe it? Get the free version of something in your app store right now. I dare you.

Anyhoo. When you read and right for a living, you come across certain buzzwords, cliches and phrases that, after the two jillionth repetition, make a man go looking for a pitchfork to lean into. Here’s a few that have been grinding my gears lately.

  1. Enable. Inelegant and unimaginative. Nuff said.
  2. Awareness. Must be the fault of marketing professionals and the non-profit sector.
  3. “That is not okay.” It makes the speaker sound like a child. Call the guy an asshole and move on.
  4. Sustainable. This word is almost magic. It can make you sound like a pompous ass anytime, anywhere.
  5. Competitive Advantage. This is big in the B2B (Business to Business) world. It actually started off as an interesting term for talking about business strategy. The term was so interesting that the marketing folks rammed it into the ground.
  6. YAAASS. I only just learned this term existed and I already loathe it.
  7. Unacceptable. Unless you’re in a position to decide what is and isn’t acceptable in a given situation (like a judge or a boss or something), you are forbidden from using this term. I’ll also a low you to use it in the following context, “Sir, this KFC Famous Bowl is UN-acceptable!!”

So that’s what I’ve got going on right now.

What phrases or words to you guys hate?

Making it Real – How To do Targeted Research — madgeniusclub

A very practical from the always illuminating Sarah Hoyt.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I can get lost in research for years on end. It’s the perfect excuse to climb down a hole and pull it in after me, the hole in this case being interesting factoids that had never come my way, or narratives of exploring strange lands, or… After a […]

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