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New Fiction from Stahr Magazine

In American Radio, fiction, writing on 09/26/2012 at 15:38

There are excerpts from two stories I’m starting to shop around, a process I will detail in tomorrow’s post. As always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

The first, “Killer,” is a standalone short story. “Avi’s Room” is an excerpt from a novel I am working on.

“Killer”
After she decided it would be far kinder for her sister to never be born, it was only a matter of planning. Luce sat on the highest level of the driveway’s retaining wall and waited for Kathy to come home. Kathy Dahl kept no regular hours, making quick work of her children’s plans, but for now Luce was happy to sit and wait, kicking pink sandals against the rain soaked limestone—by her count there were six months still, and to a ten year old six months is a lifetime.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Autumnal Occasions

In sports, writing on 09/25/2012 at 14:37

Fall has been here almost a full week. What do we have to look forward to?

10. Sports
NFL

Fall is one of the best times of the year to be into sports. The MLB World Series quickly turns into the start of the NBA season, with the most exciting parts of the NFL schedule forming the backbone of it all. Not to mention the Tennis Masters Cup in November. What, I’m alone on that one?

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Movie Monday: Chico and Rita

In movies on 09/24/2012 at 17:07

Chico and Rita is a 2010 Spanish animated film that looks like “The Boondocks” mixed with the stories of Junot Diaz.

The characters are charmingly simple, fluidly working their was through cheery, storybook backgrounds. Chico and Rita move with startlingly human mechanics in scenes alive with movement: wide shots of the city and a particularly sensuous scene of Rita dancing highlight the movie’s warm and brilliant direction.

At times the animation looks amateurish, the victim of a stunted budget. While the voice acting is top notch, the script mismanages pacing frequently.

“Chico and Rita” 3/5

And the Emmy goes to…Modern Family. All of them. (RANT)

In Uncategorized on 09/24/2012 at 12:35

I woke up and wrote this entry in my brain while I showered, wrote it down quick as possible. Will fix it up later, pictures and etc.

It’s a running gag at award shows, how they are Hollywood gathering to celebrate each other, and for some reason the rest of the country watches. There’s no better example of this than when you get an “award show darling.”

For example, when the Academy selects the most obscure film to win Best Picture and says “Nuts to all you who don’t know where your closest independent theater is!” Or better yet, when Meryl Streep is nominated for anything. It’s as if the same dusty group of gentlemen get together and say, “We still adore Meryl, yes?” Everyone else nods, and they hand over the loot without a struggle.

Last night at the Emmy’s, I watched award after award handed over to ABC’s “Modern Family.” Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy “Modern” quite a bit. However, for the third year in a row the Emmys have called “Modern Family” the funniest show on television. Read the rest of this entry »

SPORTS SUNDAY: New England Falters Late In Home Opener

In boston, sports, TV, writing on 09/16/2012 at 23:31

The New England Patriot’s streak of ten consecutive winning home openers ended Sunday at the surprising hands of the Arizona Cardinals.

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SUNDAY SPORTS: USA eliminated from 2012 Davis Cup

In sports, TV, writing on 09/16/2012 at 22:53

The United States were eliminated from 2012 Davis Cup competition Sunday, losing 3-1 to defending champions Spain. Davis Cup began in 1900 and is one of the premiere annual team competitions in sports, held every year between February and November. The United States is the most successful country in Davis Cup history with 32 titles, the most recent coming in 2007, while Spain has reached the final round for the fourth time in five years.

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Saturday Night Live Premieres 38th Season

In Uncategorized on 09/16/2012 at 16:41

Last night marked the return of a staple in American culture. Saturday Night Live resumed its storied run on NBC, premiering its 38th season with host Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, “Ted”) and musical guest Frank Ocean. This season is one of transition for SNL, who saw veteran performers Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg part ways with the show over the summer. Stalwart Jason Sudeikis will likely depart come January. How would SNL deliver a winning season premiere in the face of all this change?

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FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS “Feel Inside (and stuff like that)”

In music, TV, writing on 09/14/2012 at 15:27

Flight of the Conchords, the self proclaimed “fourth most popular folk band in New Zealand,” broke a three year hiatus to record a children’s charity song for Red Nose Day: Comedy for Cure Kids. The song, “Feel Inside (and stuff like that)” was released in August, and this week the band released an extended version of the music video that helps explain where the out of left field lyrics came from.

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LOUIE Season 3 Episode 12 “Late Night (Part 2)”

In TV, writing on 09/14/2012 at 14:49

The last two episodes of “Louie,” the initial entries in a season ending three parter, have been agonizingly stretched over three weeks, and with the season finale looming on the horizon, one can’t help but have a sinking sensation in their gut over what is to come: Louie’s career hangs on the precipice of glory and obscurity. Knowing Louie, and “Louie,” the latter is almost guaranteed.

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FANTASY FRIDAY: “Everworld”

In fiction, writing on 09/14/2012 at 13:58

After the wildly popular Animorphs serial finished its run in the late 90s, KA Applegate turned her attention from science fiction to fantasy, and more specifically to the ancient gods and religions of the old world. The result is the 12 volume series Everworld. While not as popular as Animorphs (technically speaking only 2-3 Young Adult series thus far have been), Everworld surpasses its predecessor in many ways.

Everworld

Everworld ran from 1999-2001 and told the story of five teenagers from Chicago: David, April, Christopher, Jalil, and the mysterious Senna. Sound familiar? The similarities between Animorphs and Everworld don’t end there, but they certainly take an abrupt fork in the road.

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