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NaNoWriMo remorse

I finished NaNoWriMo successfully, with a half hour to spare.

I'm not proud of what I've done.

Aside from the uninspired writing of most of it - although once again I have three great, polished chapters -- I also have many, many chapters of straightforward prose directly affected by whatever I was reading that day. Also some musings on the genre in general, and a few pages of me cussing myself out. Finally I just started typing about the novel, instead of actually writing the novel.
"Here's where she'll discover the secret path. Put in some description of the area, mention how gloomy it is, prolly add some mental argument as she tries to decide if its worth it.

"Peter will try to jolly her along but she's still mad about the romantic overtones he's started using (assuming) so she'll fight his suggestions even when they're good, like this one. They'll argue, again, and not notice the demonbeast that has crept up behind them, interested."

"Describe the demonbeast. Be creative and witty, you bastard."

I got my words in, but they're going to need a lot of work to be presentable.

A lot of work. Maybe a flamethrower.

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo

Peeking back into LJ... Still works, everything's where I left it. Time to get some writing done.

“I want to marry Saffron!
I want to be her man.
One of those she’s hitched
and then left ditched.
We are a mighty clan!
I want to marry Saffron!
I want her for my bride.
Even though my tale
will end in jail
You know it’s worth the ride!
You know it’s worth the ride.”

OK, you could do better. And you really, really should.

Over the years fans have written beautiful, funny, emotional songs about Mal, and the crew, and the ship, and the ‘verse. But we’ve never heard any original songs about my favorite character, Saffron. As far as I can tell, there are exactly two: Saffron’s wedding song from the soundtrack (later covered by The Bedlam Bards on their “On the Drift” CD) and “Saffron,” a filk to the tune of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” by the immortal Lux Lucre.

That’s it? I can’t understand this. YoSaffBridge is definitely someone who would inspire songs. Cautionary ones, at least. We’ve seen stories, poems, even limericks, but where are the ballads about this beautiful, deceitful redhead?

Well, they’re here. During June, anyway. I’m announcing “Sing a Song of Saffron,” a month-long contest for great prizes, to be judged by me, The Bedlam Bards, and Saffron herself, actress Christina Hendricks! Send in your best original song or filk and win autographed "Firefly" soundtracks, a Jason Palmer Saffron portrait, copies of the "Out in the Black" RPG, "Serenity" money packs, t-shirts, an autographed picture of the lady in question, even a custom-made Saffron Barbie!

Songs will be posted at http://www.myspace.com/singasongofsaffron, and there will be prizes for Best Original, Best Filk, and a Browncoats' Choice chosen by reader votes. Entries will be accepted from June 1st - 30th, 2007, enter as often as you like.

And everyone who enters will get a pack of 5 different marriage certificates from around the 'verse (with the bride's part helpfully filled in already)!

So get to singing! Go to http://www.serenitystuff.com for more details and submission guidelines.

Watched the last episode of "Heroes" last night, and was left unsatisfied. A season marked with inconsistent but mostly excellent writing build up to an epic confrontation that wasn't terribly epic. So, since I do this sort of thing, I'm writing my own version. DO NOT READ if you haven't seen the episode, spoilers rather obviously abound. Go to www.nbc.com/heroes and watch it first, then come back.


Up till the ending, I would change only two things.

DL is lying, dying, in Linderman's office while NIKI urges him up, as before. Make this bigger, he has to get up and get them out, the guards will be there any second, so he finally drags himself up and PUSHES her through the WALL. NIKI turns, exhuberant, to see that it was his last act to get her safe. Only half of him made it through before he died.

And in the Sylar/Hiro standoff earlier on, I would do this:

So we'll just have to see if you can go through time faster than--

HIRO disappears. SYLAR whips back around to see ANDO gone.

The way it was done, Sylar had all the time he needed and more to kill Ando. The director is showing us too much, it gets harder to accept that the other people in the shot don't have the same time to react.

And then the final scene, with as few changes to the original as possible:

Originally published at ChrisBridges.com. You can comment here or there.

I’m now on Twitter, Flickr, MySpace, LiveJournal, SerenityStuff, and I have my column at News-Journal Online. I’m not sure there’s enough of me to go around.

New column posted

I've gone back to weekly columns at news-journalonline.com, after I realized that while I greatly enjoy many blogs myself, I didn't have the discipline necessary to continually update my own. 

Either that or I'm not interesting in little chunks. Make of it what you will.

Anyway, my first new column is up and awaiting your eager perusal.


Nightcrawler's dad, dead at 63

If you're a comics fan you're familiar with his work. If you're a movie fan you're familiar with his legacy. Dave Cockrum, longtime comics artist for "The Legion of Superheroes," "The Uncanny X-Men," and more, created the looks for many of your favorite characters like Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus. He died of diabetes yesterday morning. The official release from a friend of the family included:

Dave's many creationsâ”including some of the X-Men's staple charactersâ”brought tremendous joy to his legion of fans. For three decades, he was a beloved fixture at comics conventions across the country where he would sketch for a pittance and encourage would-be creators. Those of us who knew Dave personally will remember him as one of the sweetest, jovial, most generous individuals in the comics industry. I'll miss my friend very much.

There are no details of services at this time. Dave asked to be cremated, and his widow Paty is burdened with the news, so well-wishers are asked not to call. Email can be sent to magnetorampant@yahoo.com.

I was never a big Legion fan, but I was watching intently as he helped Len Wein and Chris Claremont redefine a sagging team book into a powerhouse. RIP Dave.

Turns out I am Giles

Rupert Giles
54% amorality, 45% passion, 63% spirituality, 63% selflessness
Utterly calm and resolute in the face of danger, utterly devoted to his loved ones and comrades in arms, and utterly willing to do what is necessary to ensure that good overcomes evil. Giles knows the score, he knows that sometimes virtue relies on good men getting a little messy, and he's willing to take that on himself, largely so that others don't have to.

You might share some of that.

You most closely resemble one of the most popular heroes in the Buffy universe.


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As of today, my weekly column Twenty-Four/Seven is moving to a blog format.

Why, oh why, you may ask. And well you should, although maybe not as whiny. You deserve some straight answers, I think as a reader of Twenty-Four/Seven youâ™ve come to expect them, and theyâ™ll help fill up my blog.

1. No deadline. My weekly deadline for Wednesday publication has previously been âœsometime Tuesdayâ and I have maintained that rigid discipline except for when I havenâ™t. But âœsometimeâ has been getting later and later, until Iâ™ve been seen sneaking into the building at 11:59 p.m. to slide hastily scrawled copy under the office door. Now, at last, I am blessedly free of that crushing pressure.

Of course, since I prefer blogs that update regularly, Iâ™ve just traded my weekly deadline for a constant and never-ending one that demands attention every hour of the day until I can no longer hear of an event, no matter how inconsequential, without obsessively typing it out even if there is no keyboard in front of me.


Live long and prosper. In color!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek and, in the traditional reaction to that milestone date, it's having some work done.

(Yes, I know this makes three science fiction columns from me in a row, but when you get science fiction you get trilogies. It just happens.)

Paramount is celebrating 40 years of relatively successful franchising by having all 79 episodes -- even the bad ones -- of the iconic 1960s sci-fi series digitally remastered to bring back the color, fix some of the more embarrassing FX gaffes, punch up the music, add some depth to the planet scenes (so horizons no longer look like they're 20 feet away), and CG the space scenes so they look more like, you know, space. Purists gave a half-hearted outcry for the unsullied versions, but since the originals are still easily available -- unlike the original theatrical Star Wars movies, which Lucas finally released yesterday under gunpoint -- it hasn't been that big a deal.

Early reviews say that the new episodes are cleaner and brighter, with Enterprise flybys more suited to a high-def widescreen TV, although Paramount has said they have no immediate plans to release the remastered versions on DVD. (Pause now for a hearty laugh.) But will there be any other changes besides the purely cosmetic? One or two, one or two. . .

In the credits, the name "William Shatner" has been replaced with "Emmy AwardTM-winning William Shatner, best-selling author and star of stage, screen, and recording studio, now on Boston Legal, Tuesday nights on ABC." The other credits will be reduced accordingly, to make room.