Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Perched on the Post Office Porch

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(formerly) Century High School

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The Big Empty

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Nathan and Terry Jones at SunDog

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Friday, March 25, 2005

What a way to start Spring Break!

Nathan and I drove to Seaside this evening to hear Terry Jones (of Monty Python) discuss -- of all things -- Chaucer. He has a new book out, co-written with a UWF professor, called Who Murdered Chaucer? Now, you'd expect this to be a pythonesque take on the Canterbury Tales, maybe, but no. It was most scholarly, in fact, punctuated by his particular brand of humor and the occasional funny old woman's voice. (Help! Help! I'm being opressed!) ANyway, we were right up front, could've kicked him in the shins if we'd wanted, but we didn't want to, and got to do silly stuff like shake his hand and hold the door for him and say hullo and talk about the why the ground had puddles on it and so forth as we walked with him, his escort and a UWF professor after the talk to the rear entrance of SunDog books where he was signing. I took several pictures, bought Nate a copy of Terry Jones' War on the War on Terror for his Easter present (we buy easter presents in our house -- it's something his mother started), which Jones happily signed "For Nathan, Hi! Terry Jones," and then I got him to sign my autograph book. We had pictures made with him, too. (Nate's will follow.) All in all, a way cool way to start Spring Break. Tomorrow, we're off to Century for the Easter weekend. There will be pictures from there as well. Heads up. And Happy Easter.

At SunDog Books with Terry Jones

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

End of a long dry spell?

Not really. Just a note to say hello to those who remember that this blog is still out here. Seems like I forgot it too. (Ha! You should be so lucky.)

Meanwhile, I'll be talking to members of the Panama City Writers Association tonight at the St. Andrews Civic Club, 6:30 p.m., reading a few columns from the book, and answering lots of questions, I'm sure. I've spoken to the club before, in my capacity as the features editor for The News Herald. They're a sharp group of folks. I'll be selling books as well. I think I'll probably sell out of the last box we have here at the office, which I hope will mean that Nicole will order more.

No news on the Welcome to the Dawning of a New Century front, however. I've recently sent a revised copy to River Jordan, she who travels to cities of sin and meets Mitch Albom (a story she has yet to relate on her blog), though she dropped the name in a phone conversation. But the writing continues.

I'm deep in a revision of my lifetime project, Caliban, which is a Southern-occult-Christian-police-thriller-ghost-multigenerational-whatever of a novel. Lynn and Carole have read a version of it that was a nonlinear mess. This version has learned from earlier mistakes and ten years of growth as a writer (and human being). And I've started a new project that's super-secret. And I've written a script for a short film that Nathan's going to star in and we're going to shoot on Spring Break, edit this summer, burn onto DVD and enter into fall film festivals. And in between, there's been 40-plus hours of work each and every week.

So, totally not sitting around doing nothing. It's a busy time.