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79 Years Ago Today

February 14, 2008

On the morning of February 14th 1929 — while Al Capone was vacationing in Florida — five members of George ‘Bugs’ Moran’s gang, a gang “follower”, and a mechanic who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time were lined up against the rear inside wall of the garage of the SMC Cartage Company in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago’s North Side. Then, four members of Capone’s gang — two of which were even dressed as police officers — shot and killed the six men lined up against the wall. One of the victims, Frank Gusenberg, was questioned about who had shot him before succumbing to his mortal wounds, His reply, “I’m not gonna talk — nobody shot me.”

That event in history became to be known as The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Hugs and kisses to everyone.

Miscellaneous Musings

January 11, 2008
It’s a slow day around these parts. Well, not really… I’m just busy with trying to wrap up a comic book script, or two right now. I’m also lining up a few other projects.
  • No Flash Fiction today. I was too busy working on the two scripts that I’ve currently got first and foremost on my plate that I need to wrap up in order to pay rent.
  • I also think I may have started my first novella — “novel” sounds to ambitious at this point. It’s based on an idea that I had for a comic book awhile back, but I think it would make a good pulp-style detective story. And no, it’s not Chase.
  • Speaking of other projects… My Side Project Press effort is still in the works. I’m just waiting on a few writers for their contribution to the first volume of the Short Attention Span Reader. You guys know who you are. I’m also trying to find sequential artists to fit an an idea that I have for a Sci-Fi Anthology-Thingie — but that is very much in the infancy stage.
  • I’m still mulling over whether or not to give Zuda Comics a shot. I’ll need to find an artist to collaborate with because I don’t think my artistic chops can cut it, but I’ve got a couple of ideas that I think would make good 8-page endeavors. Maybe I should’ve gone that route with Ninja Bandito.
  • I’ve been adding a few links and such to the right side bar — forums I visit, more artists and writers that I dig, etc…
  • I also added a Comic Books page with more detailed information on the various comic books that I have contributed to and how to get them.
  • I’m itching to start a screenplay as well. Although I’ve written eight in the pass, it’s been over a decade since I started a fresh script and completed it. I think I have the concept that I want to give this a go with — I just need to wedge it in with everything else I’ve got going on.
  • I’m hoping to announce Hero Happy Hour happenings soon — stay tuned.
  • I think I’m officially jazzed for Cloverfield. I woke up this morning thinking it was out today for some reason. But alas, I still have to wait another week. Everything that I’ve read or heard from folk that have seen has given my high hopes for this flick. It’ll also be my first opportunity to see the teaser trailer for Star Trek. Since it is a Paramount movie, seeing a trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would be a pleasant added surprise.
  • The other day I read Boom! Studios new post-apocalyptic comic book North Wind — which has sold out — and rather dug it. I read it online, and you can too.
  • And, finally… Maila Nurmi has passed away. She was best known for her creation and portrayal of the character Vampira — in both film (The Vampira Show) and television. Her most notable film appearance was in Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space, as well as undoubtedly being the inspiration for Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She passed away in her sleep at age 86.
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Monday Morning Musings

October 15, 2007

I’m in two fantasy football leagues. In the “Big Money League” I did alright this week. In the “Keeper League” I need Warrick Dunn to rush for over 60 yards and score a touchdown in tonight’s game.

I’ve been doing a lot of eBaying lately — mostly nerd stuff like comic books and action figures. Apparently the market has bottomed out with the Star Trek action figures. Some old role playing game books are going up next. If anybody is interested in my auctions I use the pseudonym venusmerchant. My apologies if you happen to see a gift you gave me up on the auction block. The original gesture was much appreciated, but both cash and space are tight.

Over the weekend I re-watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End for the first time — seeing how I’m sort of on a pirate kick right now with Pirat Tales. I gotta say that I think the first of the three Pirates of the Caribbean flicks remains the best. The second installment was a bit long and seemed just to get going story-wise when it abruptly ended. The third installment had some “wacky” elements that seemed jarring in relation to the story. But, all in all, I dug all three flicks.

I finally got the staples out of my back from when I had the basal cell carcinoma scraped out of my back three weeks ago. Oh, it feels so much better know. I’ll still have a nasty scar, though — that I can claim was the result of a shark bite.

I didn’t get nearly as much done over the weekend as I had hoped. So, here’s to a productive week ahead!