Hey, hey, gang. Don’t really have a whole lot to write about at the moment, but since it’s been a little while I’ve posted anything. This blogging stuff is part of my job, strange as that may seem.
Ninja Assassin looks like it could be fully awesome. I love the title. No screwing around. No confusion. This is about a freakin’ ninja assassin. Deal with it. I hope it has a lot of butt-kickin’ in it.
The new Clash of the Titans looks promising as well. Monsteriffic, even. I was on board the second I saw the giant scorpions. You can never go wrong with giant scorpions. About the only thing more kickass than giant scorpions is giant scorpion robots. (Note to self: Write giant scorpion robot story. Include mummies if possible.)
Watched Up again yesterday. I love that movie. I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Animated films (from Up to Kung Fu Panda to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) are the current pinnacle of film. Every time I say that I damage my credibility as a serious novelologist, but I lost that battle a long time ago. I’ll probably never be anything more than a “goofy, comic” writer to the general public, and I’m cool with that.
By the way, my people (AKA “Mom”) went to an advanced screening for Planet 51 and gave it a big thumbs up. I’m looking forward to it. Especially since this is apparently the closest to action / adventure that The Rock is going to get.
The other day, I had Chinese food delivered to my new apartment. I know it’s a little thing, but I felt very sophisticated.
Okay, I hate to get political, but I gotta say I’m absolutely depressed by the gay rights struggle. How long can we deny rights to adults just because they like to kiss the “wrong” folks? Apparently, a very long time. And don’t give me that “sanctity of marriage” nonsense. Straight people get divorced every day in this country, have affairs, and step on that sanctity all the time.
Here’s the thing from my perspective. It seems like everyone against gay rights is motivated purely by religious conservatism. I’m sure there are one or two secular individuals who dislike “the gays”, but how many of these people would actually go to the trouble of standing in their way? No, it’s powerful religious groups who fight these fights. But there’s this little thing called separation of church and state. It’s why we don’t have an official state religion. It’s also why we don’t make laws making it illegal to work on the Sabbath. Or worship graven images. Or arrest people for eating meat on Fridays.
I know that religion does a lot of good things, but sometimes I wonder if it balances out the bad. Between failing abstinence-only sex ed, millions wasted on keeping “the gays” from living like the harmless human beings that they are, and the war on science they often wage, it can seem like a wash at best sometimes.
Oh, I hate typing stuff like that. Not because I don’t believe it. But because I don’t want to offend anyone, religious or not. I’d hate to scare away any readers because of differences of personal philosophy. Novelology was a hell of a lot easier in the good ol’ days when nobody had blogs and nobody cared what a writer thought.
I had this discussion with my agent recently. As a writer, I only want to be judged by my books. I don’t want anyone out there to buy my those books because they like me. I am certainly a cool dude, but what if I wasn’t? Would it make my books any less fantastic? Of course not.
Yet these days, when everything is a brand, even a writer has to develop his name into something recognizable, and I suppose this is even more important for me because I don’t write series or sequels. Hell, I even jump around a bit in genre. The only thing linking my books together is me. (That, and tendency toward slime monsters.)
So I guess I don’t really have a choice. If I’m going to blog, I’m going to have to occasionally let something “controversial” slip out. I don’t really think gay marriage is controversial. Then again, I could be wrong.
Well, that’s all. I’m sleepy. Think I’ll retire for the evening. Hope you enjoyed this rambling post.