Friday, February 12, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different...

What seems to be the trouble?
I've... I've just been stabbed by your nurse...
Oh dear.... well I'd probably better have a look at you then. Could you fill in this form first?
She just stabbed me...
Yes. She's an unpredictable sort. Look, you seem to be bleeding rather badly. I think you'd better hurry up and fill in that form.
Ahhh ... couldn't ... I ... do ... it ... later, doctor!?
No, no. You'd have bled to death by then.

From Hagelrat - what to do with your ARCs - Unbound

What editors really want to see in a query letter - Writers in Business

Book publishers beware! ITunes’ higher rates have resulted in slower sales. Will eBooks follow suit? All Things Digital

Katie talks about the in-crowd of the bloggy world! Babbling About Books and More

Bowker’s industry stats through 2008 - Bowker

News of the weird!
My husband found this one. These guys had been trying for months to get into N. Korea to film. They were finally taken in as ‘tourists’ and filmed a world so alien, it’s difficult to believe it really exists here on Earth. When you have time to watch some of the segments, visit VBS TV and watch the Vice Guide to N. Korea 1, 2, & 3
It will stun you beyond words…

Congratulations, Alex J. Cavanaugh!!
Your copy of Personality Plus by Florence Littauer will be in the mail soon!
The Hurt Locker
This movie follows a bomb squad for a month in Iraq, with some incredibly tense moments. There's absolutely no politics involved - it simply shows the situation as is.
This movie is touted as one of the front runners for best picture and it is really gritty. However, there was something odd about it. There's really no storyline - no real beginning or end. It's just a slice of life. The characters are a little distant and few situations where you wonder what happened to the others involved in the scene. It's riveting to watch, but afterwards, it won't stay with you for long.

Now that I have seen most of the films up for best picture, I really can't pick a clear cut winner. (Knowing what the Academy wants in a best picture.) I think Avatar, The Blind Side, and Inglorius Basterds have the best shot at the Oscar.

Just so Rocko doesn't steal the limelight from everyone, let me introduce to you Hobbes! (June 26, 1990 - June 16, 2006)

Mmmmmmmmmmm... Essence of Badminton Birdie!


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Thanks for the links, Diane! And that picture is just TOO funny. I don't think he'll get much badminton playing with it stuck on his face.... :)

Mystery Writing is Murder

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, awesome - I won!
Thanks for the book and the links.

Helen Ginger said...

Okay, Hobbes is so adorable I'm sure Rocko is now jealous.

Thanks for the links. Every day at your blog is fun and informative.

Straight From Hel

Nancy J. Parra said...

Thanks for the links. Love your photos.
I'm not a big fan of slice of life stories. I like beginnings and endings. Thanks for the review. Cheers~

The Old Silly said...

I didn't know you had a cat that knew how to play Badkitten!?

Marvin D Wilson

joe doaks-Author said...

My first book is set in Korea...Seoul. I'd be interested to see what the North is up to. You know, unless something has changed in the past year or so, they are still "officially" at war. They never did sign a peace treaty, only an armistice--for what that info is worth.

Best Wishes Galen.
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Jemi Fraser said...

Great links! Thanks :)

Love that photo!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hobbes was the most photogenic cat I've ever owned. She was also the smartest - understood mirrors and could open doors.

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