Medic!

My computer died last night and it’s going to take a couple of weeks to get it back. That really sucks because I’m on vacation from my day job this week and was trying to use the time to do some catching up. Sigh.

I’m at the library right now, just shooting off this post and a few emails to let people know what’s going on. I don’t expect to be able to get back here a lot though. I guess that means I’m on vacation from the blog too. I’ll be back as soon as I can.

I’ll miss you, Internet!

Writing is Hard: Inspiration and Breaking In

Inspiration

Comics writer Paul Kupperberg gives the most honest answer I’ve ever heard to the most dishonest question writers get asked: “Where do you get your ideas?” He starts with the notion that “thought is the enemy of art” and goes from there.

Speaking of idea-birthing, I’ve downloaded the transcript of Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan’s creating Indiana Jones, but I haven’t read it yet. It’s 126 pages, but it’s 126 pages of some really imaginative people hashing out the details on one of my favorite characters, so I need to find time to sit down with it.

Breaking into Marvel and DC

Robot 6 helpfully collected some of the advice that Marvel’s talent scout CB Cebulski has been dispensing via Twitter about getting your foot in the door at Marvel and DC. Here are the two I found most helpful at this point in my career:

Yes, working in comics is a lot of fun, but it’s still work and has to be approached as such.

…each pitch is ultimately a unique experience. It will change depending on company, character, editor, etc.

Something I’m focusing more on this year is to see writing as work that I want to take seriously. Up until now, I’ve been enjoying it as a pastime and figuring that if I was any good at it, doors would somehow magically open for me. That’s just not the case. I’ve known for a while that the act of writing is hard, but now I’m getting more savvy about the business of it too.

Something I’ve learned while pitching Kill All Monsters is that you shouldn’t just create a form-letter pitch and send it out to everyone on your list. You can start with a form-letter, but it’s far more helpful to customize it for each publisher. And I’m not talking about just changing the editor’s name.

Music Meme: 1986

Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I’ve been alive.

1986

A-Ha: Scoundrel Days

I resisted picking this one for the year because I didn’t want to choose the same band for two years in a row. “Keep it interesting,” I thought. I tried plugging Music from the Edge of Heaven and Please into the top spot, but as much as I like those albums and Wham! and Pet Shop Boys in general, I just don’t like them as much as this. In fact, song-for-song Scoundrel Days is even a better collection than Hunting High and Low.

Wish I could find the original video for this song, but oh well. Here it is live.

Runners up:
Belinda Carlisle: Belinda
Pet Shop Boys: Please
Pretty in Pink soundtrack
Prince: Parade: Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon
Poison: Look What the Cat Dragged In
R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant
David Lee Roth: Eat ‘Em and Smile
The Stranglers: Dreamtime
Wham!: Music from the Edge of Heaven

Singles:
The Bangles: “Walk Like an Egyptian”
Beastie Boys: “Fight for Your Right”
Berlin: “Take My Breath Away”
Blow Monkeys: “Digging Your Scene”
Chris de Burgh: “The Lady in Red”
Duran Duran: “Notorious”
Electric Light Orchestra: “Calling America”
Janet Jackson: “Nasty”
Run DMC featuring Aerosmith: “Walk This Way”

Looking at those runners up and singles, there’s a lot of pop, rap, r&b, and glam rock. And the last good song from Duran Duran. I didn’t know it yet, but New Wave was dying.

Quote of the Week: The Double-Whammy of Boomer Death

Boomer getting killed = love it. I have no sympathy for that Tyrol-playin’ child-stealin’ Cavil-humpin’ ho bag. I’m an Athena boy all the way. Glad she was the one who got to do Boomer in. It would’ve been even cooler if Helo had run up to her and punched her in the head at the same time Athena shot her. The double-whammy of Boomer death.
Grant Gould, with whom I agree on just about everything concerning the Battlestar Galactica finale.

Ads

As an experiment, I’ve turned on AdSense for the blog. If this is at all annoying to you, please let me know. I’m not blogging to make money; mostly I’m just curious about how well the program matches ads to the kind of stuff I talk about around here.

Thanks,

The Management