Got tagged by Frank Creed!
Here are the rules for those I’m tagging. Check the list after my 6 GROOVY HIFALUTIN THINGS to see if you’ve been tagged.
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six-ish people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know he or she has been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
The 6 Random Thingsies (Hehe, that rhymes with Ramses, my new black kitty )
1. My new kitty, Ramses, is now sleeping on my lap. He looks just like Loki did, only he’s male.
2. I woke up one day last week to find three kittens sleeping on me. Go figure.
3. I LOOOOOOVE CAFFFFFFEEEEIIIINNNNNEEEEE!!!!!! WWWWHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
4. A gun was once fired directly over me while I was sleeping. I didn’t even stir in my sleep. What can I say? I sleep like the dead.
5. I once woke up with a Furby in my head saying, “Write me, write me.” He became Gor in “Galaxy Store.” (Ray Gun Revival, Issue 2, wink wink)
6. I…love…guns. MWAHAHAHA!
The six-ish people I tag:
1. Jordan Lapp: http://www.jordanlapp.com/blog
2. Michael Ehart: http://mehart.blogspot.com
3. Taylor Kent: http://thesnarkyavenger.com
4. Chief Squatting Duck: http://twotexaseggs.blogspot.com
5. Alexa Chipman: http://silivren.net/wordpress
6. Merodi: http://merodi.wordpress.com
See, unlike Frank, I CAN to six. ;p
The panel discussions I was on were fun. However, I forgot to bring my soundtracks for the “Great Movie Soundtracks” panel, but that’s okay, the rest of the panelists pretty much had it all covered anyhow. I did discover that there’s lots of SF writers and readers who are crazy over Epica, Nightwish, Within Temptation, and other bands of that metal genre. I was invited by Dan and Jackie Gamber of Meadowhawk Press to Friday night’s room party, and the fine folks at Shroud Publishing let me crash at their suite – for which I’m deeply grateful, for otherwise I’d have been sleeping at the all-night movie lounge.
The readings rooms were cool. Brian Keene shared his whiskey with me and Gary Frank (who I was on the “Writing Horror” panel with) showed off his singing and guitar skills. I also got to meet and talk with Fran Friel and Tanya Huff.
There were lots of great conversations with writers, editors, and artists. I also finally got to meet face to face, for the first time, Michael Arnzen, Maurice Broaddus, Thomas Sigel of Sigel Press, Michael Brendan (the new Managing Editor of Flashing Swords), Alethea Kontis, Elizabeth Vaughn, Deena Fisher, Geoffrey Landis, Chun Lee, Scott Emerson, and…heck…way more people than I can possibly remember the names of (so if I haven’t listed you, feel free to put up a “Hey, dummy! Say my name!” response in the comments section).. But I met John Dalmas again, who I first met at MarCon last year, and this time around we hung out at the bar drinking coffee while he told me some of his memories of his time in WWII. So yeah, while it was cool to share a panel with Mike Resnik (who definitely knows his stuff), I have to say that John Dalmas is cooler to hang out with.
On the writing end, my review of Realms of Fantasy October 2008 issue is up at The Fix. Okay, okay, it came out last week on the 18th; so yeah, I’m behind on my writerly updates. I also need to finish an interview and five reviews, plus get caught up on F&T’s slush pile. And work on The Silverblade Prophecy podiobook, and send some queries, and write more on The Emperor of Vangaard, and figure out the next few episode for A Work in Progress (which has just reminded me that I need to schedule some interviews), and….
I know I’m forgetting something.
Oh yeah. I also came home to discover that Frank Creed just tagged my WordPress blog, so that’ll be popping up soon.
Has Sarah Palin Been Picked as the Titular Head of the Coming Police State? (by Naomi Wolf)
Just when I thought I could go to bed early tonight….
The linked article is written by Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. She learned about the 10-step process used to close down democratic societies after being goaded into researching it by a friend who is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She’s been a part of Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty since and also founded the American Freedom Campaign. For those who haven’t read her book, here’s a video of a lecture she did about it at a university:
And here’s her speech at the Revolution March on DC:
After doing my own research into such things (some of which has been on my blogs, but only some due to lack of time), I can verify much of what’s in both the above clips and her article. In fact, it’s simple basic history folks, and easily found online now. So learn it!
Also, while you’re at it, Google H.R. 1955 “The Radical Home Grown Terrorist Prevention Act”. You know, that Thought Crime bill I keep ranting about?
And if you haven’t already, go to www.campaignforliberty.org, www.americanfreedomcampaign.org, www.impeachbush.org, www.votenobailout.org, and GET INVOLVED!!!! This is your freakin’ country for cryin’ out loud! So don’t even think about putting yourself in a position where you’ll one day have to tell your children that when America was in the midst of its worst constitutional crisis in history you did nothing about it! Or even worse, have to say, “Well, I did vote for the lesser of two evils. How was I to know they were in cahoots all along?”
by Joshua Gage
moonlight drives us all mad…
It all started with “pre-emptive” raids because…
Oh yeah, those anarchists were soooo scary…not.
But of course, in order to have the excuse to crack down, a “splinter group” has to get paid to stage a few riots….
Now that they have their excuse….
http://blip.tv/play/gbAxy6VrhpAg This vid can’t be embedded on this blog, so I’ve left a link.
But of course, they can’t have the real truth come out, so a round-up of independent journalists and citizen bloggers are necessary. Funny how the only journalists that weren’t targeted were the corporate-owned, government embedded “mainstream” media.
And, of course, why waste time denying it, when you can just ignore it?
St. Paul Mayor and Media Mum on Journalism Crackdown
Still think we live in a free country? Perhaps now, IVAW Adam Kokesh’s speech at the Rally for the Republic makes more sense:
And I’ve only just received this….
Paul Police Shut Down Concert, Continue Assault
5,000 Marching Against Poverty Met with Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets
Undeterred by a climate of heavy police repression and threats, over 5,000 protesters took to the streets of St. Paul to march against poverty on Sept. 2, the second day of the Republican National Convention. From the early morning until late into the night, thousands more took part in protest actions all over the city.
The “Poor people’s march for our lives” marched through downtown St. Paul, past the Minnesota State Capitol and to the Xcel Center, site of the RNC. Made up of thousands of young people, the protest was militant and very multi-national. Vibrant chants of “Education, Not Occupation! Education, Not Incarceration!” echoed strongly throughout the march.
On day two, the police continued their intimidation tactics and brutality. Young people on bikes were targeted. The ANSWER delegation witnessed people being knocked off their bikes by police and arrested. Teams of bicycle cops systematically harassed, surrounded and questioned anyone who was walking to an anti-RNC event.
Police in riot gear shut down a permitted free concert at the State Capitol where thousands of people had gathered to listen to Rage Against the Machine. The police surrounded the band’s trailer and informed them that they were being shut down on the grounds that their concert would “incite a riot.
Rage Against the Machine defied the order and played a short acoustic set.
In the evening, police fired large amounts of teargas, “anti-crowd” explosives and pepper spray at thousands of protesters who gathered outside the Xcel Center at the end of the big anti-poverty march. The Xcel Center is surrounded by eight foot fencing and heavily guarded at all times.
On Sept. 2, another 10 people were arrested. The broad assault on the protesters has been coordinated at the federal and local level and carried out by the FBI, ICE, the National Guard, state police, local police and the coast guard.
Showing clearly that the arrests are coordinated to intimidate protest of the RNC, local police have announced that they are planning to hold protesters until the end of the convention. Bragging openly about the police plan of repression, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said, “We know we have 200 of the biggest trouble makers in jail from Monday and they’re not getting out for some time, so that’s a big help.
At the time of this report the majority of the nearly 300 protesters who have been arrested during the RNC continue to be illegally jailed. Minnesota law requires arrestees to be released or officially charged within 36 hours after being arrested. Attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild and other law collective support teams are working to free all those detained during the protest.
Please take a moment and click this link to send a letter to Chris Coleman, the mayor of St. Paul, demanding that all protesters and social justice organizers be released, and that all charged be dropped. The real criminals are the “law enforcement” authorities, who have systematically violated the free speech rights of protesters, and in more than a few cases carried out physical abuse.
Protests are continuing over the next two days with a mass march and rally on Thursday set to coincide with John McCain’s acceptance speech. The Minnesota Anti-war Committee is sponsoring the protest and the ANSWER Coalition along with many other local and national groups have endorsed the action.
http://www. answercoalition. org/
National Office in Washington DC: 202-544-3389
New York City: 212-694-8720
Los Angeles: 213-251-1025
San Francisco: 415-821-6545
And no, I’m not crying. Dust got in my eyes. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
Context Panels and Moi
Here’s the tentative schedule (so far) of the panels I’ll be on at Context here in Columbus Ohio:
[9/26, 11:00 PM] Writing Horror – A general discussion by attending panelists on the hows for selling your work
with Gary Braunbeck and Michael Arnzen
[9/27, 11:30 AM] Great Movie Soundtracks – A discussion of the great music from our favorite movies–bring your favorite CD!
with Doug Johnson (so far)
[9/27, 1:00 PM] Getting Published 101 – This is ground floor publishing information for beginners
with Thomas Sigel, Geoff Landis, Mike Resnick, and Dan Gamber.
[9/28, 10:00 AM] Christianity and Horror – How do Christian archetypes influence horror stories?
with Deena Fisher (so far).
I get to be on a panel with Mike Resnick!