The Fifth Element is Story

M. Night Shyamalan had his work cut out with The Last Airbender. Not only did he have to run with a different title than the original Nickelodeon series—thanks, James Cameron—but he also had to somehow condense sixty-one episodes (1342 minutes) into something feature length. Or, the trailers didn’t tell us otherwise, anyway, but let me happily spoil that for you: he doesn’t try to cram all sixty-one episodes into a hundred and three minutes. I haven’t searched it up, but this looks to be at least a trilogy. Wonderful. Only thing that would be better would be, say, a sixty-one installment series of theater releases, where the actors are fed some special hormones to keep them young enough to stay in character.

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Three Movies, One (-ish) Book

Or, “What I did with my yesterday,” yeah.

Book: PARKER: THE HUNTER. Pretty fun; very straightforward, and cool art. Though, the night before I was up until two or three in the morning, unable to look away from the second volume of SCALPED, “Casino Boogie.” I’ve always thought that SANDMAN or Y THE LAST MAN were far and away my favorite series ever — guess Y feels more ‘series’-ish — but, I don’t know. Completely in love with SCALPED. And maybe just because all the INCIDENT AT OGLALA stuff Aaron’s having fun with is familiar, so I’m part of the in-crowd here, getting the jokes, I don’t know. but the writing, the art, all of it — cannot wait to burn through the other volumes. Many many thanks to @Mike Hance for these reads, and for:

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All the Updating that’s fit to Update

ones that got away cover

New/excellent/killer/wonderful cover and isbn for the story collection, now called The Ones That Got Away.

Was lucky enough to be in the fifty stories Brian Evenson selected for Wigleaf.

Clutch of new stories over at Shadowbox, here.

New story “Sunsets Unlimited” at Hobart.

Review of Splice at the San Antonio Current.

I think I’ve got an entry coming up here, soon, about the book I’d like to be buried with. Though everybody else is doing such strong write-ups, maybe I should ask to go back, do better myself.

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Shirley Jackson Awards

So, these judges, they were all huddled together over pizza and beer, and they got to daring each other this and that (I hear there’s pics), and it finally came down to seeing if they could slip a clown into the novelette category, strictly for fun, because who could win again Stephen King and Laird Barron, right?

Anyway, will be my second time to be a finalist here, which is honor enough, really. See all the finalists here (including — twiceBrian Evenson).

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StarFest 2010

Should you need to run me down:

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8:00pm Friday night, that triple feature. The poster’s down below here, or bigger in my “etc” photo album. I’m introducing, in this order, DEAD AND BURIED, THE KEEP, and THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (also: lots of cool trailers). am more than likely going to get some zombie facepaint, too. just because when it’s around, that’s kind of what I do. often even when it’s not around.

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Denver next week

In case anybody needs me next/AWP week, these are the places I definitely plan on being, though of course I’ll be trolling the bookfair for swag as well, and haunting lobbies, and skulking around busstops, and generally making a nuisance of myself in various restaurants. And, no, I don’t know where any of these places are yet. But I’m sure they’re real, or at least real-ish, which is good enough for me.

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