HBO has announced the premiere date for the eighth (and final) season of GAME OF THRONES.
Mark it down on your calendars: APRIL 14.
There’s a new teaser too (and a longer trailer in the works):
Current Mood: excited
Thats right all you aspiring world builders, this years Odyssey Writing Workshop is now taking applications. Check out their website for all the juicy details:
Odyssey is for developing writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work. Those who attend must be ready to put aside all their other concerns and make a single-minded effort to improve their writing. This is a serious, demanding program. I’m constantly told by graduates that they learned more at Odyssey than they learned in years of workshopping and creative writing classes. You should not apply unless you are ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them. Class meets for over 4½ hours, 5 days a week, and students use afternoons, evenings, and weekends to write, critique each other’s work, and complete other class assignments. Students spend at least 8 hours on “homework” each weekday and 12 hours per day on the weekend. You should come prepared to write new material, either short stories or novel chapters. After the first two weeks, you will not be able to submit anything that was written before the workshop began, unless you have radically revised it since arriving at Odyssey. The only way to improve is to write new material that incorporates what you have learned.
For those interested in financial aid, several scholarships and one work/study position are available.
The Miskatonic Scholarship will be awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. It will cover full tuition, textbook, and housing. A separate application is required to demonstrate financial need. A panel of three judges will select the winner from among the applicants who have demonstrated financial need, using the short story or novel excerpts sent with the workshop applications. A few notes, “we are not looking for Lovecraft pastiches, nor even Cthulhu Mythos stories. References to Arkham, Azathoth, shoggoths, the Necronomicon, and the fungi from Yuggoth are by no means obligatory…though if some candidates choose to include them, that’s fine as well. What we want is the sort of originality that H. P. Lovecraft displayed in his day, something that goes beyond the tired tropes of werewolves, vampires and zombies, into places strange and terrifying and never seen before. What we want are nightmares new and resonant and profound, cosmic terrors that will haunt our dreams for years to come.” For more information contact the Odyssey Writing Workshop at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Mistakonic application, which is due April 1.
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Meow Wolf is conquering America, city by city.
First came Santa Fe, in 2016.
Las Vegas is scheduled to open next year, in 2019.
Denver will follow, in 2020… and Denver will be HUUUUUUUGE.
And now, the latest announcement: Meow Wolf is moving on the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C.
Lots more out there, if you need further details. The story is everywhere.
And if you haven’t seen the Meow Wolf documentary yet, track it down! You will even get a glimpse of me…
Current Mood: bouncy
This really is the Golden Age of Television. So many great shows, more than anyone can possibly keep track of… especially anyone as busy as I am these days. But I love TV (and movies, and books), and when I find something I really enjoy I like to spread the word (“boost signal,” I think they call it nowadays on this interweb thing). Word of mouth is still the best advertising there is, and with so many choices out there, every word helps.
Regular readers of my Not A Blog will know that I’m a huge Bernard Cornwell fan. His Sharpe series was classic (and the television version was the first place I ever encountered the talents of Sean Bean), and more recently I have been loving his Saxon novels, set during the days of the Danelaw and Alfred the Great and featuring another unforgettable Cornwell hero, Uhtred son of Uhtred (who also had an older brother named Uhtred and a couple of sons, one of whom was named Uhtred and the other… uh… Uhtred. It’s complicated). I’ve also enjoyed the hell out of THE LAST KINGDOM, the television series based on the Uhtred books, the third season of which recently appeared on my television. Loved that one too. The show has a great look to it, all mud and blood and dark age squalor. The writing and acting are both first rate. So are the action scenes, though the battles could use a bigger budget. The characters are vivid and memorable and… importantly, to my mind… very true to the novels and the time, not 21st century people dressed up in chain mail and boiled leather. Love that. I am already jonesing for season four.
I am also a big fan of Elmore Leonard, so when I recently stumbled on a series based on his novel GET SHORTY, about a Mafia hitman who goes to Hollywood and becomes a movie producer, I had to check it out. There was a film version of the Leonard novel a few years ago, featuring John Travolta and Danny DeVito, and that was entertaining enough, so… This new television series has almost nothing to do with either the film or the novel it was based on. It does not even include Chili Palmer, the hero of the novel (there is a nod to him when a “Mr. Palmer” drives through a studio gate), and the only “Shorty” in sight is a teenaged girl rather than the famous-but-short film star of the original. In fact, GET SHORTY takes almost nothing from the novel and the movie beyond the basic premise. Normally, I would HATE that, but this show surprised the hell out of me. Truth be told — hold your breath, this is something you will almost NEVER hear me say — in this case the television show is BETTER than the book. It’s darkly funny, brutal, suspenseful, full of twists and turns, and its cast of characters are way more interesting and fully realized than the rather one-dimensional Chili Palmer. Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano star, and they are both terrific, as is the supporting cast.
Looking at IMDB, I see that this show was actually released in 2017. I had never even HEARD of it until I stumbled onto it by accident a few weeks ago, which just proves the truth of what I said: there are so many good shows out there, you cannot keep track of them all. (It also goes to prove that I am very busy and somewhat out of touch, but never mind that). I have only seen the first season of GET SHORTY, but I hear there is a second season out there already, which I will need to track down (that may not be easy, since season two is on a streaming service I have never heard of). I hope it’s as good as season one. In any case, kudos to writer Davey Holmes, who did the adaptation, and to Alan Arkin, who directed a lot of the episodes. Nice work.
Oh… and I should also mention NIGHTFLYERS, which I hope some of you are watching as it rolls out on SyFy. But I’ve posted a lot about that one already. See below. I hope you are all enjoying it.
These are great times for television viewers.
Current Mood: pleased
Here comes the heart pounding horror of the Nightflyer! Don’t miss the premier tonight on SyFy at (10/9 CT Sunday, Dec. 2,) with a new episodes to air every day this week!
Here’s a little bit about the show: On a mission aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, a team of scientists embark on an expedition to make first contact with alien life. Set in the year 2093, their mission takes them beyond the edge of the solar system, farther than mankind has ever gone before. But when terrifying and violent events start to occur, the team and crew begin to question themselves, each other, and their reclusive captain. They soon come to realize that the true horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space — it’s already on their ship.
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Current Mood: cheerful