Tuesday, April 29, 2008

NP: Megadeth - Wanderlust


A drum beats for me,
it gets louder every day
The cadence tells me that soon
I'll meet my judgment day
Life's an endless showdown,
never knowing when they'll come
I sleep with one eye open
lying with my smoking gun

The game I play
has caused a lot of grief
They were dying for fame,
so I obliged some relief.

--Megadeth (D. Mustaine)

The 30::30 ends tomorrow night.
I'm happy to just be writing.

Been talking to my computer
(speech recognition, not insanity).

It doesn't understand me either.

I work a little next week.
Three days with a new company.
It's good money and may lead to more opportunities.

I'm also working H-SC's graduation.
I just hope the old people aren't too drunk off their asses
like at the football games.
There's nothing more thrilling than waiting
on a loudmouthed grandmother reeking of vodka.
At noon, no less.

Then, Monday, I hopefully go to UVA,
with a smile and a bum leg.
I say hopefully because I just want my leg back.
It sucks balls trying to do anything active
(split wood, mow grass, play basketball)
and every few seconds feel a warm draft,
a pinch, a throb, a reminder that without warning
I could be bleeding like a sonuvabitch.

After that visit,
it's probably a wave of tests,
some recuperation and revision,
another day of work in June,
a big old submission set-sail in the mid-month,
and then lunch with some friends I
haven't seen in a long time.
I promise.

And then?

I guess I finally get my wanderlust on
and roll, roll, roll along like a watermelon,
a plump, juicy, red-meat watermelon,
seeming so green.

Anyway, yeah.
I've got to go get pissed at my monitor, now--
dry-throated with a want to throttle.



Friday, April 25, 2008

NP: Johnny Cash - Don't Take Your Guns To Town

"He laughed and kissed his mom
And said your Billy Joe's a man
I can shoot as quick and straight as anybody can
But I wouldn't shoot without a cause
I'd gun nobody down
But she cried again as he rode away
Don't take your guns to town, son
Leave your guns at home, Bill
Don't take your guns to town."
--Johnny Cash

More soon.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Timewaster Fridays: The Return (sort of)

Just passing along this video for "The Islander" off Nightwish's new album.

This is a very awesome video and after a few listens, a very excellent song. Very sweet and very folkish. It's pretty beautiful.

Great art direction at any rate.


"Now his love's a memory
A ghost in the fog
He sets the sails one last time
Saying farewell to the world"

Writing And Other Assorted Updates

The 30::30 is going smoothly and quicker than usual.
Some good stuff, some crap, some personal stuff, and some bullshit,
which is the point. It's writing.

The short story, untitled, is (finally) in its final third.
I'm still unsure the final bits, but it'll come.

The next story will hopefully be done by June.
God, I write too slow now, but that's the way it is.

Anyway, all this is pushing toward my first submissions period
in eight months. Most of my previous submissions have come back
safe and sound, but I'm still awaiting about fifteen
that range from last February to November.

On June 21, more than 150 poems and 10-15 short stories
will be sailing off into the slushy hands of others.

So, May's pretty much going to be typing up crap
that goes back years, revising over two-hundred-
and-some-odd poems and about twenty stories,
slitting some of their throats for the final time
(or putting them in collection folders),
and putting them in their Sunday best
for at least one more go-round.

Eventually, I'll start putting together a chapbook
(or something) and start trying to get something
a little bigger cooking.

"Poets, We Lie," which is the title of a poem I like and one
that probably left a handful of editors cursing
as they were digging out their form letters, is
its probable title, if any. But I don't even know if the poem
would make it.

But that's it for a little round-up round here.
It's late and it's about time to pass out.
Hopefully, by the end of May I'll know something more about my legs.
And my future.


Monday, April 14, 2008

"Worldviews On A Desert Trail"

"Worldviews on a Desert Trail," a poem, appears in the current issue (#4) of Kaleidotrope. Fred Coppersmith edits this wonderful journal of the humorous and the speculative. As always, Check Them Out!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Video: Hell In The Valley Teaser Trailer

This is the final video I have to post (for now).
It is a teaser for a short subject silent I made a couple months ago.
I haven't decided what to do with it. I don't feel like cutting it to put it on youtube, so I'm just not sure.

All music and images are original and copyrighted and crappily simplistic.


Click here to watch or click the link.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Video: Baby Conan Sneak Peek Preview

This is a video I made last weekend (30th) from footage taken the prior week. This one relies more heavily on the great score by the late Basil Poledouris for the inspiration.

If you've never seen Conan, the central music here is used during the opening rout of Conan's hometown. The one that ends with Thulsa Doom (bad ass James Earl Jones) decapitating Conan's mama.

Here, it sets the scene for the madness of an easter egg hunt.

Stars Calea, Clay, and Harrison, and features Aidan as Baby Conan.


Click this to watch or just click the link at the bottom of the post.


Friday, April 4, 2008

Video: Baby Conan Teaser Two

This is the second teaser I made with my kin in mind. There's this wonderful scene in Conan, during the montage of Conan's training, where Milius takes us back to the days of the Khan. Genghis had a saying about what is perfect in life.

It's such a short cut of awesome, it's really hard to describe.


Here's my little parody featuring Calea, Clay, and Harrison, and featuring Aidan as Baby Conan.

I'm the one who screwed up the dialogue. Trying to go off memory, and if you know me, my memory's been shot for years.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Video: Baby Conan Teaser

This is a teaser trailer I threw together just messing around with WMM and a video I had of my nephew. So far, it's spawned two "teasers" and one that's more like a special sneak peek preview.

This is the first teaser, simple in its parody.



More soon.

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