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Sorry I haven’t been posting much…

June 25, 2010

Some stuff has been going on pertaining to family and medical issues (not mine, but requiring my involvement), so that, along with my efforts to refocus on DTI, has been keeping me occupied.  In short, there’s not much going on with me right now that I can talk about publicly.  Some people don’t mind blogging about personal, family stuff, but I don’t think the family member involved would appreciate that.

I’ve been slightly concerned that this situation might have to take priority over attending Shore Leave, but everyone involved is assuring me that’s unlikely.  So I will probably be at Shore Leave in two weeks’ time, but I can’t absolutely guarantee it.  I hope I’ll make it, not just since my bus ticket is nonrefundable, but since I’m looking forward to getting to see my friends and colleagues again as well as my fans.

Let’s see, what’s been going on that I can talk about?  I saw Syfy’s The Phantom miniseries on Sunday, and it was much better-written than I expected and fairly well-cast (especially the love interest), but its attempt at an “improvement” over the classic Phantom costume was hideous and needs to be changed if this goes to series — which I hope it does, since it would be a nice middle ground between the goofy comedies of Eureka and Warehouse 13 and the heavy space dramas of Caprica and Stargate Universe.

Also, Futurama is back!  The first two new episodes of the season debuted last night on Comedy Central.  The first, “Rebirth,” was excellent; like the best Futurama episodes, it was driven by strong science-fiction concepts and strong character dynamics in addition to the jokes and spectacle.  It had moments that were moving and heartfelt and plot twists that were startling, and was quite a ride.  The second episode, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela,” was less enjoyable, since I’ve never been fond of Zapp Brannigan, finding him more annoying than funny.  And he sank to new depths here.  Still, it had its fun moments, especially the cheesy black-and-white-serial dream sequences and the alien death sphere that managed to be a parody of Star Wars, “The Changeling,” and Star Trek: The Motion Picture all at once.

I put off doing my laundry until yesterday evening, so I was trying to take care of it and watch primetime TV at the same time, which would’ve worked okay except that one of the washing machines took forever to get out of the soak cycle.  I actually realized I was putting the whites and colors in the opposite machines (in my apartment building’s laundry room) from the way I’ve always done it in the past, so I shrugged and figured, what the hey, let’s give it a try.  I’ve always found the one I usually use for colors to take too long on the low setting, so I thought I’d try the other one for a change.  And it took something like three times as long.  Eventually, when it had been sitting there buzzing for an hour with no change, I just took the waterlogged clothes out, did a halfhearted job wringing them out during a commercial break (and during the next act of CSI), then flung them in the dryer, on high rather than permanent press to compensate for the excess moisture.  They came out hardly dry at all, so I had to spend extra for another drying cycle, this time on permanent press, and they still weren’t entirely dry then, but it was the best I could do.  (I used the bedroom ceiling fan to finish drying off the bedsheets, which meant I had to stay up late to give it time to work.)  And in my haste I accidentally put some of the whites in with the colored, wet laundry in the dryer.  With the upshot being that my mismatched white pillowcases now nearly match the blue sheets.  Although a brown hand towel is now more of a bluish-brown.

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  1. Charlie
    June 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Im very sorry to hear that you are having some family health problems. I hope it all works itself out in the near future. When you get back from shore leave…do you think there will be more information about future star trek books and projects? I know there is the trek wiki site that shows it all but wasnt sure if anything extra would be announced at the shore leave…anyway.hope you have fun there as well and blog and let us all know how it goes…do you think the list of books in 2011 is a full and complete list or do you think there maybe some additions to it as 2011 approaches?

    • June 26, 2010 at 9:18 am

      The health situation seems to be improving somewhat, thanks.

      As for Trek news, the full 2011 schedule announcement was made in Star Trek Magazine recently, since there’s not going to be an official editorial presence at Shore Leave. Those of us who have books coming out in ’11 are talking about holding a panel to take the place of the usual Pocket Books Preview, most likely on Saturday instead of the usual Friday evening slot, though it’s not definite yet. I doubt there will be any new projects announced there, though there may be some additional details offered about the projects that have been announced.

      As for whether there might be additions to the schedule later on, that’s always a possibility. In particular, trade paperbacks tend to be on a different production schedule, so if there were any more of those being planned, they might not be ready to be announced yet. I’m not aware of any such projects myself, but you never know.

      • December 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

        I’m closing comments on this thread because it’s getting spammed with Russian porn links for some reason.

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