Sentential Links #269

Targets acquired. Linkage commencing.

:: In the meantime, I’m thankful to first person shooters, not only for helping me write the novel that put me on the map, but also for giving me a way, at the end of the day, to shut off my brain, run around and shoot the crap out of everything I see. (I love this ongoing series that John Scalzi has going on: a Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, wherein he writes about one thing each day that he’s thankful for. Great stuff!)

:: We’ll see about that — I’ve been hearing my whole life that a manned Mars trip was only a few years off — but after all the melancholy and apparent loss of direction that accompanied the end of the shuttle, it’s good to hear somebody talking seriously about a human presence up there in the black… (You can’t take the sky from me!)

:: Snow Canyon is truly an undiscovered jewel. It’s close to a few national parks and because of this, people just pass right by. If you are ever in southern Utah, it’s a must see.

:: That is why I have decided to call my first draft a ‘discovery’ draft from now on. It is much more encouraging. (Ah yes, I need to do a writing update. I hope to find out how well I relate to this in a month or two, once I have a completed draft of a book to process!)

:: It’s a good strip! And it’s funny! Maybe this is it, guys. Maybe this is where it all turns around, and Funky Winkerbean steps away from the abyss. Maybe things are finally looking up! (Three guesses as to how this turns out, and the first two don’t count.)

:: One hopes that he remains so focused on her that he doesn’t notice Billy making a wholly inept attempt to summon up the Prince of Darkness by reading the hymnal upside down. (Wow, I didn’t even notice that. I confess to reading Family Circus religiously in hopes of seeing what it is that Comics Curmudgeon will mock it for!)

:: Physics! It’s not only cool, it can also save your $100 billion science project.

More next week!

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4 Responses to Sentential Links #269

  1. Jason says:

    "You can't take the sky from me!"

    Heh, so you caught my reference! But of course you did…

    You know, it's kinda funny: I don't consider myself a huge Firefly/Serenity fan. I enjoyed them both and think it's a shame Fox didn't give the show more of a chance, but I've only seen each episode and the movie once, and in the end, I don't understand the devotion of the Browncoats for a show that lasted less than a full season. Nevertheless, "the black" is such an elegant and evocative turn of phrase that it wormed its way into my repertoire almost instantly.

    I tend to use "atmo" quite a bit, too.

  2. Kelly Sedinger says:

    I think the devotion is based partly on the quality of the show (it's awfully good, with smart writing and one memorable character after another; in its short run there are no 'clunker' episodes; and the show was successful in a short time in establishing a larger universe with recurring characters and story arcs) and partly on the fact that it's a genre that just doesn't exist much these days in filmed entertainment. It seems that these days space opera turns up on teevee or movies once every five or six years or so. Heck, I'm reduced to tracking down space opera from Japan now if I want to watch one.

  3. Jason says:

    That all makes perfect sense. As I said, I did enjoy it, and would have liked to see more. (I strongly suspect the Serenity movie is basically what we would have seen in season two, compressed into two hours; I think that would've been a kick-ass year of television!)

  4. Kerry says:

    Regarding a "discovery draft" — my kid informed me that the first draft of his 2nd-grade writing projects is referred to as "sloppy copy." I like it.

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