Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
-Bridgekeeper, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Okay, so really it’s more like “these questions eleven” than “these questions three.” And instead of a mystical bridgekeeper with wild hair and skin in desperate need of a soothing ointment, we have the delightful and always-pleasant Tami Clayton, who was kind enough to think of me when it was her turn to tag people for some sort of question-themed blog game.
But I couldn’t pass up a chance to deploy a Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference, now could I?
Much of my family is scattered across the country, so I haven’t been able to visit them as often as I’d like. When my grandmother arranged a gathering to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday, I boarded a plane, looking forward to catching up with relatives I hadn’t seen in many years, including cousins I had never met before.
The trip involved a connecting flight in Detroit.
The Eye of Qegu
The ever-watchful eye never closes. Not for sleep. Not even for birthday surprises.
Today I’m happy to share the story of Qegu, the Giant Fish of Wonder, at Gloria Richard’s blog. Qegu’s battle against evil is tireless and eternal, but not thankless.
Be sure to check out the rest of Gloria’s site while you’re there. Friendly and always entertaining, she can be followed on Twitter @GloriaWrites.
When I was working on Kung Fu Theater: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I spent quite a bit of time on YouTube going through videos, deciding which one to post. I ended up going with one of my favorite fight scenes, but I also considered the official US trailer:
Writer-blogger friend Sheila Pierson has bestowed a Liebster Award upon me. Thanks for giving my blog its first award, Sheila!
According to legends that come to us from antiquity, the Liebster is meant for blogs that motivate, inspire, and have 200 followers or less. Its apparent purpose is to summon new followers like some sort of mystical talisman, increasing the power of those of us who are just beginning.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an important achievement in Asian cinema. Released in 2000, first in Hong Kong and Taiwan, then later in the Unites States, it became an unexpected international success, garnering critical acclaim and over 40 awards.
Although an international co-production, it introduced Chinese wuxia films to mainstream western audiences and allowed others, such as Hero and House of Flying Daggers, to reach theaters in the US.
It’s one of my favorite movies and a major influence on my work-in-progress, an eastern fantasy novel.
My writer friend Lara Schiffbauer has tagged me for The Lucky 7 Meme. Thanks, Lara!
These are the rules:
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.
4. Tag 7 authors, and let them know.
So it appears the Lucky 7 Meme is somewhat like a zombie virus for writer-bloggers, except more fun and with less calling out for brains.
Last week I linked to a video in which a crafty octopus perpetrated a heist, stealing a video camera while it was still recording. I also ran a poll so the people could decide Octopus: Threat or Menace?
The poll is now closed and the results are in. As we can see, octopoids are our friends.
Octopus is pleased.
He is so pleased that today we’re going to explore some links that conform to an octopus theme.
This first link came over Twitter from Debra Eve and showcases the Octopus Table by Isaac Kraus. This amazing work of art weighs 500 lbs. and is perfect for tea with Cthulhu. Thanks for the link, Debra!
image via Twilight Saga Wiki
Today I’m happy to be guest posting at Laird Sapir’s blog with a review of the novel Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer.
And while you’re there, check out the rest of Laird’s site. She’s an excellent human and runs a great blog. You can follow her on Twitter at @lairdsapir.
Book cover image via the Twilight Saga Wiki.
When a brutal and unnatural winter threatens his people, a lone warrior braves a forbidden valley to uncover the nature of their curse.
In late 2010 I entered a mythic fantasy piece in the 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition hosted by Writer’s Digest. It wasn’t selected as a winner, but writing it spawned other ideas set in the same world, creating a side-project I sometimes work on when taking a break from my novel–an eastern fantasy project inspired by martial arts films.