Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

On July 16th the world celebrated The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever. Groups from 21 cities around the world recreated the iconic Kate Bush video. I'm up for anything fun so, of course, I was there.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Necessity of Writers Conferences: Christina Discusses The Authors Combat Academy

My bio at the end of each piece I write says it all.  I am trained for only those particular things and honestly I am not interested in learning anything new at this point in my life.  You can tell by what I usually cover that Nerdom is my headquarters, the martial arts is my place of Zen, writing is my eccentricity (writers are by nature insane while yet still being sane,) and motherhood my meaning of life.  So blend that together and it makes for an interesting human with a flair for pieces that range in various directions.  At least I can say that much about myself. 
There are many out there that want to bust into the world of writing and haven't found their voice yet.  There are many that have and they still struggle with one or more aspects:  fight scenes, sex scenes, dialogue, the muddy middle, etc.  Some are not even sure how they want to get their work out there.  Do they want to work in magazines or fanzines, novels or short stories, self-publishing or a standardized house?  These are valid questions.  They need answers.  You can't always depend on your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate for the answer (see what I did there?  Ah....Spaceballs: The Needless Things Article!)  But there are places that you can go to find this information from reputable sources.  Places with writers, publishers, agents, editors, etc., who know the game and can help you navigate the waters.  I'm talking about writers conferences, and you will never find a more valuable tool than they.  Today I'm going to discuss one that I frequent yearly:  The Authors Combat Academy.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 117 – Big Trouble in Little China

It’s time for the Needless Things Podcast to pay tribute to Phantom Troublemaker’s all-time favorite movie!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

He was a jaded, sarcastic reporter who was looking at a career as a newspaperman that was in serious decline. He had an abrasive attitude- complaining about a myriad of things and butting heads with anyone who disagreed with him -that would probably grate on anyone who had to spend time with him on a regular basis. Yet, somehow, likely due in large part to Darren McGavin’s portrayal of the character, he’s one of the most beloved characters from television’s history for a huge number of genre fans.

"I promised I'd show up with a haircut, a new hat, and pressed suit... but I lie a lot."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Toy Tuesday – Phantom Toy Thoughts

Here are some thoughts I had about various toy-related topics over the weekend. They were spurred by my dissatisfaction with Mattel’s 2016 Ghostbusters figures, but branch out from there.

Also, I like them better in their own shoes than in the boots. There’s something charming about Abby’s Chuck Taylors and Holtzmann's Docs.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Papaw Troublemaker Versus Battleforce 2000

Image from SerpentorsLair.com
As I was compiling information for my music for 1986 post I realized that many of these songs evoke memories of one of my all-time favorite places – the Jungle Rapids water park in Wilmington, North Carolina. My family is from Wilmington and we would visit frequently during my youth. I called my mother’s father “Papaw” and I don’t think I’ve ever loved anyone more in my life. He passed away when I was a young teenager and I never got to know him as an adult, but there was nothing I looked forward to more than going to visit my grandparents because I knew it meant I would get to spend time with Papaw.

He would take me all over Wilmington while we were there. We’d spend whole days together – just him and me – and they were the best times ever.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 116 – Ghostbusters

Thirty-two years after the original supernatural comedy made history and created a pop culture phenomenon, there’s an all-new Ghostbusters movie set to reignite the franchise! It’s time for the Needless Things Podcast to talk about the history of Ghostbusters!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Random News and Thoughts – 7/14/16

There’s a lot of interesting stuff happening recently and lots of interesting news breaking. An older game has been given new life, some interesting crossovers are coming down the block, and we got our first look at the new speedster on the block’s costume among other things.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Toy Review – Ghostbusters Select from Diamond Select Toys

I wanted to focus this review on DST’s Ghostbusters action figures and their inherent quality, but there was no way around the fact that I was going to be comparing them to MattyCollector.com’s releases from a few years ago.

Those toys just never sat right with me and left me wanting better. As a matter of fact, I wrote a whole post about how Mattel’s Ghostbusters line could have been better. My issues were with the character decisions, the price points, and the accessories. And then their laughable proposal for a $260 Ecto-1. Ghostbusters Classics was a line fraught with poor decision making that would forever stain it for me, regardless of the objective quality of the figures. And some of them were quite good. But every time I looked at that portion of my shelves, I saw missed opportunities and wasted potential.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Game of Thrones Seaon 6 Recap

Well we're a few weeks out from the end of season 6 of the most traumatic show on television, and I feel like that's enough time to be able to talk in depth about it. I mean, if you haven't finished the season by now then you probably shouldn't get too upset by spoilers. Since I wrote about everything I wanted to see (or just thought would happen) after the first episode I thought it'd be good to look at whether or not those predictions came true, and see where we might go from here. And if you'd like to remind yourself what those predictions were you can check out what I wrote after the first episode of the season here.