April 30th, 2007

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HEROES: ".07%" (April 23) [SPOILERS]

HEROES was at first a guilty pleasure, but now it's become a show that I enjoy watching. I actually now even start trying to figure out what's going on and what's going to happen. In this respect, it seems fairly straightforward and you get the sense that the writers have a plan. This is opposed to, say, THE X-FILES, where you got the sense that after a while they were just making it up, piling it on, and trying to keep the franchise going (and the fans were shoveling and saying "there has to be a pony in here somewhere...")

My one complaint about HEROES is that there's not a lot of "heroing" going on. It's a pretty dour (at times, whiney) show. Yes, they're supposedly going to "save the world" but what about the little stuff. At least Hiro has the right attitude, which is why I think he's the most popular character.

This week's show, ".07%", starts the buildup to the season finale where the show will deal with the fact that someone is supposed to explode...

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"The Fishing Trip" moves along

Did some more writing in the late afternoon at Peets. Got through about 1500 more words on "The Fishing Trip". Linked the two scenes with the old man, both into the rest of the story and with each other. All that is left is the final segment and I should be able to finish that Tuesday. One revision, and it's off to SacSpec on Friday for next week's session.
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Puzzles Mon Apr 30

Jumble = 0:59 (When he was named "Watchmaker of the Year" he became the -)
Word Sleuth = 2:06 (Famous Baby Boomers)
NEA Crossword = 3:19 (4-30-07)
NY Times Crossword = 4:10 (No. 0319)
Sudoku = no time, error (Easy)

Was having a great puzzle day until the Sudoku. I messed up early and didn't discover it until I was halfway through.
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April is *not* the cruelest month

Overall, April was a rather good month for writing.

The first version of "This is Your Life, Version 2.0" got some good feedback at SacSpec.

Norwescon was fantastic, for both the critiques of "Case of the Killer Dog" and for the Flash Fiction Workshop where I did "Apologies All Around". "Apologies" is out in the slush pile at Asimov's, and I'm full of both hope and dread (my first submission!)

Some good outline work on "Walls of Stars Like Eyes" and a good outline and a nearly complete first version of "The Fishing Trip".

Coming up in May:
- finish "The Fishing Trip" and critique at SacSpec
- revise "Case of the Killer Dog" for submission to Viable Paradise and OSC Bootcamp
- revise "This Moment" for a critique trade with Mary Rosenblum and eventual submission to Asimov's;
- (maybe) get going on "Walls of Stars Like Eyes"
- (maybe) put either "Samsara" or "Padre" into SFF or Critters (respectively)
- mental cooking and breakdown of "The Alien Across The Hall"
- oh yeah, do my taxes, organize financials and clean up the office
- and, of course, family and work and exercise.

A busy month! Busy is good. Hopefully I can get it all accomplished.