Friday, September 02, 2005


My story "Virginie and the Fool" is now live at Ideomancer. Fair warning; this one contains both sexual and hurricane content.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I tried to use the phrase "next couple of days" a third time but it seemed kind of pointless.

Gone for the next couple of days. If I owe you something--email, a story, thousands of dollars in credit card debt--you probably won't see it in the next couple of days. In the meantime, be good to each other.

"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."

The man who made the most uplifting tragedy of the twenty-first century, Richard Kelly, is working on another film. Southland Tales won't be out until at least 2006, but the website is already there. Most of it isn't active yet, but if you've been to the "Donnie Darko" site you know that it was a very odd, game-like experience which existed in dialogue with the film itself. I'm hoping that the "Southland Tales" website will be as good, and that it works as viral marketing for the film, which I also hope will be good. It certainly looks odd enough. (And odd is good.) I'll be watching for updates.


This blog is Bad News Central lately, and I promise to temper that in future, but you should know that somewhere between 600 and 1000 Iraqis died today when a Shiite religious procession turned into a stampede. Reports say people panicked when word spread that a suicide bomber was among them.

I have no words.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Levee Breaks

I have never been to N'Orleans, and right now I'm not sure I'll ever have another chance. After the mess they've made of the evacuation and the aftermath, it seems damned foolish to rebuild the city without rethinking it in some major ways. (Not that that's ever stopped human beings before.)

I don't have much to say except I hope you and everyone you love got out of Katrina's path and that everything you lost can be replaced. The reports I am reading about the entire region are overwhelming and depressing. I feel most for those people holed up in the Superdome; I hope they get them out of there very soon.

I'm trepidatious about my story "Virginie and the Fool" that's supposed to be going up at Ideomancer in a couple of days, because Virginie is a hurricane. I wonder if this is how Joss felt when Columbine happened right before Earshot was supposed to air. Not that I have that many fans by a longshot, and the story has nothing to do with N'Orleans or anything on the Gulf Coast. But still.

And by the way, folks: it's martial law. Not Marshall (unless you're talking about the comic book misanthrope) or Marshal. Obviously in the larger scheme of things homonym confusion matters very little, but I can't help it; it's really starting to get on my nerves.

Here are some links:

New Orleans Time-Picayune Breaking News Blog

CNN reports that the emergency shelters are being evacuated now.

Teresa and Patrick at Making Light are pulling together some great coverage. Better than the networks, by many accounts.

A couple of N'Orleans reporters are covering the aftermath via blog; it hasn't been updated since this morning, though.

LiveJournal's New Orleans community is on top of things.

Stay safe.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Caused By Satan

What kind of disease are you?


snurri is caused by Satan.

snurri disease causes subject to sing. Subject finds it impossible to stop, however.
snurri can only be cured by quitting your job and becoming a canadian elvis impersonator.

Not So Serene

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Note: Violent content