1) Christa Desir is the best hugger I have ever met. Seriously. I had formerly considered myself the master of the long, poignant embrace, but she killed me. With style and grace.
2) Ted Goeglein is a certified bad ass. Richard Price would call him a Do Anything Soldier. A Dolja.
3) Andrew Smith is the most sensitive man I know. I love this man.
4) Carrie Mesrobian is my TV Show soulmate. She writes exactly the kind of books I love to read.
5) Amy Del Rosso does not know quite how awesome she is. She also bows out way too early.
6) I love Chicago. Chicago rain tastes like sweet summer wine.
7) Christa called me a really talented writer when she introduced me to her friend. I did not know whether to pump my fist or cry.
8) Twitter is like the lunch room in middle school: the worst of humanity, and the world's most evil and terrifying place (now trumping the former champion, Goodreads).
9) Sabaa Tahir is really fucking sharp.
10) Book people are the best people in the world.
Sadly: I forgot to get a photo with Ted.
Sadly: I also forgot to get a new photo with Andrew.
Happily: here is me and Christa and Carrie:
Bonus: John Green, the sly bastard, somehow managed to photobomb my selfie:
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
The final letter.
Today's 2015 April A to Z Blogging Challenge story for the letter Z:
World War Z
Here's the summary from IMDB:
United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay), Max Brooks (novel)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
That's it! You made it! Congratulations!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Only one more day!
If you've made it this far, you might as well start celebrating.
This is a graphic novel I haven't actually read yet, but I've read other volumes of Neri's work, and he's a very talented author.
So, today's 2015 April A to Z Blogging Challenge story for the letter Y:
Here is the summary, from Goodreads:
In August of 1994, 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer — nicknamed for his love of sweets — fired a gun at a group of rival gangmembers, accidentally killing a neighborhood girl, Shavon Dean. Police searched Chicago’s southside for three days before finding Yummy dead in a railway tunnel, killed by members of the drug gang he’d sought to impress. The story made such an impact that Yummy appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, drawing national attention to the problems of inner city youth in America.
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty relives the confusion of these traumatic days from the point of view of Roger, a neighborhood boy who struggles to understand the senseless violence swirling through the streets around him. Awakened by the tragedy, Roger seeks out answers to difficult questions — was Yummy a killer or a victim? Was he responsible for his actions or are others to blame?
Author: G. Neri
That's it! Please come back tomorrow for the final day!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
If you've made it this far: congrats! X is one of the hardest letters, so here goes...
I remember when the first X-Men movie came out. Huge comic fans as kids, we'd grown out of it a bit by then, but my roommate Nate and I caught it in the theater opening night. At the Cinerama in Seattle.
With a star-studded cast, headlined by the incredible pair of Captain Jean Luc Picard and Gandalf Stormcrow the Grey Pilgrim, it was everything we'd hoped it would be.
So today's 2015 April A to Z Blogging Challenge story for the letter X:
Here is the summary, from IMDB:
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Tom DeSanto (story), Bryan Singer (story), David Hayter (screenplay)
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen
That's it! Only two more days to go.