State of the Writing: January 2015

I wrote things in January, mostly reviews and my weekly column, Going for the Goldblum, on Pop Culture Crazy. Plus, I plugged away at a little bit of original fiction, mostly short stories. One written last year was rejected in January with a very nice note by Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, so out it goes again to somewhere else. I sent out a few other pieces and am hoping to hear back on one of them this week. Fingers crossed! I don’t mind the rejections. Some offer great feedback on what might not be working in the story, but I’d like an acceptance at some point. Obviously!

(Not writing, but writing-adjacent: I also produced my first podcast episode for Apex Magazine, a short story by Ursula Vernon​ called Pocosin! The second podcast episode will be out later this week.)

Book reviews:

Movie reviews:

Television reviews:

Going for the Goldblum:

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Going for the Goldblum: The Right Stuff

Here’s the thing about The Right Stuff: it’s great. It’s funny, exciting, rude, and—more than occasionally—cringe-inducing. And it holds up for the most part, even long after my first heady flush of “dang, these fake astronauts are hot” faded. (They were so hot, okay.) If you’re not into desert landscapes, aerial derring-do, or testosterone, you might find the first quarter of the movie skippable, though.

But we’re here to talk about Jeff Goldblum, aren’t we?

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Better Living Through List-making

There’s a lot of satisfaction in making a list of things you can cross off. Or so people tell me! I don’t make those kinds of lists, because I forget they exist before anything reaches a cross-off-able state.

I also don’t think much of New Year’s resolutions. Nothing about the arbitrary turning of one year to the next makes me likely to stick to a new diet, habit, or lifestyle. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. Time off work ushers in the kind of ludicrous optimism that leads to pledges like: no caffeine, no food after 6pm, no TV ever. I’ve known myself long enough to know not a single specific resolution is ever going to stick.

Instead, what I’m planning to do in the new year is step up what I’m already doing.

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Going for the Goldblum: Rehearsal for Murder

Who could ever forget Jeff Goldblum’s early and very minor roles in such gems as Death Wish, or in random episodes of Columbo, Laverne & Shirley, and Starsky & Hutch?

Well, everybody, really. Goldblum pops up from time to time in movies and TV in the mid-70s to the early 80s, without making much of an impression. He’s tall and good-looking, but weird, or menacing, or almost totally silent. But he did get two fairly major early breaks.

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Going for the Goldblum: Jurassic Park

It’s hard to pick a starting point for talking about Jeff Goldblum’s career. He’s been acting steadily for forty years now, but in a lot of those early roles he was little more than glorified extra. Add in a few ensemble movies and minor-character parts, and I don’t remember anymore the first time I actually watched him in a movie.

I sure remember Jurassic Park, though.

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