July 22nd, 2005

Doin' the happy Cemetery Dance

Since I just got the contract, I guess I can officially announce now: I just made my first sale to Cemetery Dance (the magazine, that is - I've already got a bunch of stuff in various books published by CD). The story is "Tested", but don't look for it any time soon; we've got until 2006 before it actually sees print.

Now I really need to get my lardass in gear and write some new stuff. Why do I keep procrastinating? Gee, could it be...

BOOK: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There's a new Harry Potter out. Everything else evaporates. What can I say? I'm a hopeless junky.

MOVIE: Tarnation - This is the one that 31-year old Jonathan Caouette made for $200 on his iMac. And dammit - it's great. This isn't just some self-indulgent collection of cleverly-edited home movies; this is a tremendously entertaining, moving and thought-provoking film. Caouette was raised by a seriously disturbed mom, two whacky grandparents and a string of abusive foster homes, and amazingly enough he documented everything with still photos, 8 mm. movies, videotape and audio tape. His editing style is completely unique, his honesty very brave, and his success as an adult astounding, given a mother whose big final scene in the film depicts her dancing with a pumpkin and roaring inappropriate laughter. Caouette himself is an attractive, fascinating central figure, and I will certainly look forward to anything from him in the future.