One of the things I do in my spare time is write. Mostly dead end ideas, to be explored later of course, but recently I have been working on the beginnings of a novel. I had written about fifty pages when I ran into an old friend of my mother’s who used to be a teacher.

I’d never really had a person look over the novel seriously, except a friend, and if you are reading this now, you should know who you are. So I asked her If she would look over it for me, you know, spell check and grammer and all that jazz. I also wanted to know if I was just fooling myself with this writing thing, so I crossed my fingers and sent her the manuscript.

Here was part of her response that I just got today:

I’ve read your manuscript once and am reading it again. There is so
much for me to learn about the various characters and their
cultures/histories. Your writing has a mature voice, and your word
choice is original and fresh. I like the benevolent attitude that
underscores your work; you are not just an observer of the world
you’ve created. The enthusiasm you have for your characters is easily
captured by your readers.
When I complete my second reading, I will go back and make any
suggestions/corrections related to grammar, spelling, punctuation,
etc. I’m enjoying my time with your words.

I was so happy I started crying right then and there. An excerpt from the manuscript is under “book stuff” along with a few character bios.

Stay wierd people and have a good evening!

Ben Affleck to play Batman in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel


While I was driving this morning, I tuned into the radio and heard news that they were doing a Batman vs. Superman movie. I was naturally thrilled, considering the fact and I am a Batman fan from the tips of my ears to my toes, (sorry crown of head, your benched today) and enjoy every oppertunity of seeing Batman beat the tar out of Superman.

So I quickly learned from the radio program that Ben Affleck was set to play Batman. And people were already complaining. So I decided to say this as nicely as possible.

Be quiet. Be quiet and see how he does before you judge him. Because, honestly, Ben Affleck has more experience playing a masked vigilante then Christian Bale did when he started the Batman trilogy with Christopher Nolan. Doesn’t anyone remember Daredevil? Ben Affleck in my opinion, did an excellent job protraying the blind masked vigilante/lawyer out of Hell’s Kitchen.

And while I admit, I do not know much about the actual Daredevil comic, and people complained about Affleck as the man in red, I will reiterate that Affleck did a good acting job. If you don’t like the way he was represented, blame the director, the writers, and Marvel for OKing the script. (Like they did with Iron Man 2….How could they do that to the Mandarin?….I’m not bitter…much)

Also, any experience is good when playing a certain type of character, aka vigilantes. And honestly, I didn’t like Christian Bale as Batman. While he was good under the cowel, he wasn’t convincing as a billionaire playboy philathropist (Yes I stole that line) and he wasn’t at all attractive. But that’s my opinion.

All I’m saying is, give the man a chance to play the Dark Knight. Besides, even if he royally messes up, Batman will always rise again. Remember the George Clooney fiasco?

Stay wierd people and cross your fingers!!!

The Highlights of Gen-Con

For those of us who are gamers, we all know that Gen-Con is practically a utopia. For four days, you can dress up like your favorite hero, game until midnight and beyond, and buy a leather bikini and a d20 in the same room (If you know what a D20 is, pat yourself on the back).

However, there are a few highlights this years Gen-Con that are worth mentioning. For one the was an “assasination attempt” on me while I was dressed as Rogue from the x-men.

I was walking to a game (in high heeled boots, I was proud) when all of a sudden, I look to the side and see this kid in all black with this fake rubber dagger creeping up behind this other guy. Being the chaotic nuetral person I am, I decided to keep going without giving it a second thought.

A few seconds later, how ever, I feel a dagger pressed against my throat (true story, I am NOT making this up). So, being one that minds this sort of thing, I grabbed the dagger and just started walking. Now the kid on the other end hadn’t let go at this point, so not only was I dragging a dagger, I was dragging along the “assasin.” So the kid starts panicking and shouts at his friend, “I killed her! But she’s not letting go!”

His friend immeadiately replies, (again I am not making this up) “Just let it go man! Just let it go!”

So by this time I’d dragged them to the end of the hall, and decided enough was enough. I drop the dagger, turn around, say “Bye Boys”, and head up the escalator at the far end.

I get to the top, realize I’m going through the wrong exit, then go back down. Now these boys must’ve pulled this stunt with other people, because on the way back, a zombie in orange coveralls gave me a thumbs up.

Another highlight was my first go around with the infinate imaginations group. If you go to Gen-Con, try to get some games with them, they do great work, and I was satisfied with both games I played with them.

(Ps: If you are a GM and you want to GM at Gen-Con or Origins or another gaming convention, please do not consume alchohol before or during the game, it makes for bad reviews and irritates playes)

Unfortunately, the Klingon Jail and Bail wasn’t there this year. That was a slight disappointment.

However, there was a magician/showman/comedian who did several great shows during the con. (He was the Captain America on stilts the last day, if you know who that is.)

If you went to Gen-Con, or you went to Origins, or you have a great Gaming story to share, just comment on this post!

Stay wierd people!