Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Morning thoughts and a link...

Mark Evanier on Ferguson.

I have a lot more to say about Ferguson, but it's probably all ranting and repeating myself. I believe the process was so flawed that justice is unlikely to be served. But then, the justice system in general is pretty flawed in this country.

School board last night. I was exhausted and a bit confused, and now I need to write about it... which is going to be difficult. And yet somehow I always manage. Plenty of examples at the newspaper's website.

Ok, too much to do to write. I'll try to post something about what I'm thankful for tomorrow... or maybe I'll just spend so much time digesting I won't bother posting.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Morning thoughts

I can't honestly say I'm surprised by the result in Ferguson. The system is messed up. Any prosecutor who sets up an evening press conference, building the tension like that, ought to be driven out of office on the rails. The man was trying to get a negative reaction. It was a national embarrassment.

My own opinion is complicated. I don't know what happened because I haven't seen the evidence. But it seemed to me that an indictment would have cleared everything up. As it was, we basically got a secret trial. No one will have their opinion changed by this decision. If the officer was justified, a trial would have cleared it up. Now? He's going to be forever guilty in many people's eyes, just as the kid he killed will be forever a thug in many people's eyes. It was a dumb choice by the prosecutor. Again, the guy needs to be fired and perhaps ought to pay for all the damage done by the riots he intentionally stoked.

In other news, I had a city council meeting last night. I'm going to have some difficulties writing about it, but then... I usually do. I often end up re-listening to the audio several times to make sure I get things right. It's annoying and time-consuming. But the folks in town deserve to understand what their council-critters are talking about and doing. Hopefully I'll be able to make sense of the nonsense that goes on at council meetings and turn it into something a normal person can read.

Inkwell has been terribly cuddly lately, jumping up on my lap and motioning at me to move my laptop over so he can settle in. Last night he brought one of his toys (a teaser with a long handle!) up onto the bed and settled between Eric and I for the night, but not before meowsaging me by sitting on my chest, purring loudly and giving me a massage with alternating paws stretched out and then pulled in. Eric apparently got a picture of Inkwell on top of my face while I tried to get whiskers out of my nose.

Ok, school board meeting tonight... I can endure the work schedule and get to Thursday... I can do this...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Morning thoughts and links

A New York City high school is teaching kids how to interact with police. I've often thought a crucial element of drivers education should be how to react if you are pulled over by a cop.

Not much to report this morning. It's chilly out, which has led to Inkwell settling on my lap, usually when I'm trying to do something on the computer or iPad. I've turned the heat way down to save money, as medical bills are killing us so far this winter. This is a short workweek, in that I'll be working three days, have a day off, then working on Friday. I also have evening meetings today and tomorrow (city council and school board) so I'm going to not get much rest between now and the holiday.

I'm looking forward to seeing my parent-in-laws Wednesday night. I sometimes get a little too wrapped up in my job... it's nice to see people I'm not reporting on once in awhile.

I'm more than a month behind in reading comic books, and I've got three issues of Fortean Times piled up to read (which will be a joy, but is kind of strange to see because I love reading the mag so much). I've been very busy at work, and not in the mood for much when I get home.

Other than that, I'm surviving, and hopefully I'll have enough energy to make it through the holiday season this year.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Er, hello...

Sorry I haven't been posting. In fact, I'm pretty annoyed at myself for the utter lack of posts. But I guess as a writer, I have trouble writing when I don't have to be writing for work.

I'll try to get back to posting some daily, or at least weekly, content soon. There's so many cool things in the world, this is my spot to spout off about it all.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "In the Forest of the Night" - I knew there would be a tiger in there somewhere. Besides the utterly ridiculous science (which is acceptable in a fantasy show like this, just irritating at times) this was a nice, gentle story with hilarious children. A nice off-story, but I'd hate for there to be many of these in a season.
  • Doctor Who: "Dark Water" - No. No. No. Just... no. I'm so tired of Moffat killing off characters just to bring them back. It's like a freakin' superhero comic. No. Find some conflict other than death or the end of the world. If those are the only way to get enough tension in your story, that's a sign your writing is too weak.
  • Doctor Who: "Death in Heaven" - I guess the only thing wose than killing off a good character only to bring them back is killing off a character for good. I may have disliked the bow tie, but she did NOT deserve that fate. After watching this episode I was uncertain whether or not I would grab a pitchfork and torch and go after Moffat or not. I'm still kind of uncertain. All I know for sure is that some aspects of this story were so clumsily handled that I want to smack the writer and director, while others were done well enough to nearly make me cry. I doubt I'll know whether or not I hate the episode until after the Christmas special. And even then, I may still be unsure.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Sep 24th
  • Aquaman and the Others: Futures End #1 - Um. What? Not the finest story, and I'm not sure what to make of that ending. With this being out of continuity, sort of, I'm not sure I care, either.
  • Sinestro: Futures End #1 - As with so many of the Futures End books, I just find myself not caring much about it. The only thing that bothered me in this one was Soranik's fate before Sinestro left her. Ug.
  • Batman Beyond Universe #14 - Sad ending to what turned out to be a sad story. Poor Terry. Poor Bruce. Poor everyone. Ahem. And set up for the next storyline, which is good. But no Justice League, which is bad.
  • Batman '66 #15 - This is an issue to be avoided by arachnophobes! Fun, as usual. I'm getting a hankering for 60's TV now that I'm reading this book.
  • Groo vs Conan #3 - That wasn't the result I was expecting from that fight, but I guess in a battle of mindless versus powerful, him that gots nothing to lose gots the best shot. No, that didn't make any sense. Neither does this book.
  • Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever #4 - This continues to be an amazing book with significant differences from the aired episode... and yet the basic story is still the same. I'm enjoying it.
  • Future Proof #1 - This is a really strange book. I think we got it because of the time travel aspect. I'm not sure I'm impressed. It needed another edit.
  • Treehouse of Horror #20 - Zombies, zombies, and more zombies. I'm really tired of zombies now. Let's move on to some new horror icon.
  • Steed and Mrs. Peel: Needed #3 - Decent ending to the story, with Steed being his usual self and Peel arriving in time to make for a perfect scene. Not the best Avengers ever, but not too bad.
  • Steampunk BSG 1880 #2 - Still interested in the way this is going. It's a very strange version, but it's got its moments.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz #5 - What the heck did I just read? I wish I could figure out more of what character is what in this. Mostly, I'm just irritated by it.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Halloween 2014 Post Mortem

Ok, before we go any further, watch this:

That was the start of a run that lasted more than 10 minutes. I put down the iPad because Eric was running out of bags and I wanted to give him more to work with. Then I picked up the iPad and took more video a little while later, during the same run of people. It was mad, I tell you, mad! Pure insanity!


Here's the Too Long, Didn't Read version: 933 bags of comics and candy, a big bowl of candy after we ran out of those, and we still had to turn off the lights and close the door at 8:20 p.m.

The longer version:

So, as you all know, I ran an IndieGoGo campaign to get enough money to buy comic books for children this year. We also got candy with the money, and that ended up being important. We also got donations of several bags of candy which all got given away.
  • Total raised: $550
    • IndieGoGo Fees: $49.50 (9%) - refund of $27.50 (5%) = $22
    • Other payment Fees: $10.50 (3%)
    • Paypal Fees: $8.22 (2.9% + 30 cents for each payment)
  • Total for Halloween (minus fees): $509.28 (204% of $250 goal)
  • Total Spent: $481.60
    • Mini-comics: $256.45 (details) +$4.35 (expedited shipping) -$14.97 (refund for missing comics) = $245.83
    • Candy: $121 (fun-size from Safeway)
    • Bags and Candy (Cash&Carry): $112.61
    • Decorations (Dollar Tree): $2.16
  • Leftover: $27.68
Yes, we have leftover money. We haven't decided whether to use that as seed money for next year or not. I'm not sure what else to do with it... Anyway, I want to take a moment to give some people some kudos for their donations:

Thank you Kate Kelsay!!!

Many thanks to Tom Truszkowski!!!

Kudos for the help of Two Brew Review!!!

And thank you for being generous, Shawn Marier, and linking to Anglicon 2015!!!

Also thanks to Stuart, Brenna, The Jensens and everyone else who donated. Two people opted for thank you videos, so in the middle of the insanity I stopped the kids and had them thank particular folks. Here's the two (very short) thank you videos:

Ok, I have a lot more to say, but this was the important bit. So, we got most of the comics in early October, but Diamond Comics Distributors shorted my online comic shop and we didn't get 14 of the packs, a total of 280 comics, in that first shipping. When they did send the comics, I didn't receive all of them, so we ended up short 60 comics. We also pulled out seven comics, one of each type, to read.

There was a lot of candy and we did not eat one piece of it. The candy went to the children. We made packs with the bags and candy - one comic and two pieces of candy for every child. Well, at least the first 933 children.

Next, I'm going to put in a break and post the remainder of the videos, which pretty much tell you everything you need to know, I hope...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Flatline" - A truly menacing threat paired with a decent siege concept. Add in the hilarity of the problems with the TARDIS, and it's a powerful episode. Same writer as last week's strong episode. Get this guy to write more episodes.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Sep 10th
  • Justice League United: Futures End #1 - Wait, Vostok is on the league? Wow, that's unexpected. Oh yeah, and prison on Mars and such. What fun. And the villain isn't who I expected, either, but I'm sure we'll learn more.
  • World's Finest: Futures End #1 - For the record, I'm really bored with Fifty-Sue. I have barely seen any of her, but she's just boring. Let's move on to the next story.
  • Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1 - Um, yuck? The cover telegraphed the ending, and the story... well, not so exciting.
  • Smallville Chaos #2 - That was a tad shocking. As for Eclipso, interesting. But the book is definitely living up to the title... four or five plotlines going every direction all at once.
  • Astro City #15 - Oooh, I really like Ellie. She's got a kick. I do wonder a little at the very end... it jumps and could easily be confusing. Usually this book is pretty solid with transitions. I wonder if the heroes still have Ellie's number? If they do, I hope it's on her terms.
  • Powers: Bureau #11 - Thank goodness there was a review of what happened previously in the book. Fortunately, the review helped it all come back pretty quick... and so this issue made sense. Major events unfolding here, but I'm curious about Walker's history mixed with what's happening now. And who knows what Deena will do with her new knowledge, but I wouldn't want to be in her way right now.
  • Doctor Who 11th #2 - Creepy themepark is creepy. And, although this is a done-in-one, there's clearly a lot more going on.
  • Capt Action Cat #4 - Too... many... characters... way too many to handle. But still, lots of fun.
  • Spongebob Comics #36 - That cover is truly disturbing. As is the power of friendship ending to what had seemed like a decent little Mermaid Man story. Eh, it was fun with some decent art. I'll live.
  • Sep 17th
  • Justice League: Futures End #1 - Vostok is cool in this, but other than that I can't find much to recommend it. Ug.
  • Trinity of Sin: Pandora: Futures End #1 - This was strange and a little off. But it could serve as an endnote to the book, if it was allowed to.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians: Futures End #1 - Oh, ick. This wasn't a terribly strong story for me. It was, in fact, really depressing. I really hope the Future's End books are less real than Elseworlds, because I'm hating most of them.
  • Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1 - Very very strange, but oddly really cool as well. I was impressed with the world-building in general, and loved the way he brought in lots of characters and made them real in a few panels. An interesting book in what promises to be an interesting series of one-shots.
  • Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #3 - Ok, the Two-Faced is a pretty creepy bad guy and Earth-17 isn't on my list of places to visit, ever. I liked Selena's role in this one, particularly toward the end. And Harold likes a ruse, lovely!
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked #9 - Dang, this book is too cute for words. I love that it's the Kingdom Come Aquaman they call on to fight Shadow-Aquaman. There's a twist for you. Overall, this book was a great deal of fun with lots of Aquaman to keep me happy.
  • Fables #144 - Oh dear. What happens to Ozma. Wow.
  • George Perez: Sirens #1 - I have no idea what that was about, but I'm sure my husband will enjoy the pretty art.
  • Peanuts V2 #21 - Fun stuff, as usual. I've always been a fan of Schroeder.

Monday, October 13, 2014

IndieGoGo Update

So... I was surprised that quite a few people didn't bother to respond to my emails asking for more information so I could fulfill my obligations in my goofy IndieGoGo Campaign. In fact, only five people out of nine responded. Because I stupidly waited for more responses, real life jumped into action and I've been unable to catch up.

So, I'm going to start really ramping up now, starting with the name checks this week. Postcards will be sent this week as well. A portion of the comic books have arrived, and we've been purchasing candy. Later this week we intend to make a special trip to get more supplies. So watch this space for more...

  • Total raised: $550
    • IndieGoGo Fees: $49.50 (9%) - refund of $27.50 (5%) = $22
    • Other payment Fees: $10.50 (3%)
    • Paypal Fees: $8.22 (2.9% + 30 cents for each payment)
  • Total for Halloween (minus fees): $509.28 (204% of $250 goal)
  • Total Spent: $277.45
    • Mini-comics: $256.45 (details)
    • Candy: $21 (Snickers and Milky Way fun-size)
  • Running Total: $231.83

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Sunday Review

Oh man, I've had some tough weeks... Hopefully I can get caught up before Halloween...

TV this week:
  • Doctor Who: "The Caretaker" - The Doctor is even more of a jerk than he's been for... well, decades... and while I'm not a huge Danny fan, I think the Doctor is definitely being unfair to him on many levels. The nasty robot thing was an annoying side-story to the main plot, which was really all about the Doctor meeting Danny. This whole episode felt like an episode of Sarah Jane Adventures more than an episode of Doctor Who... which isn't entirely bad, but it made it seem a little off.
  • Doctor Who: "Kill the Moon" - A few things need to be remembered in order to really enjoy this episode. The first is that Doctor Who is not science fiction. Never has been, never truly will be. It's a fantasy show with sci-fi trappings. But things that cannot happen in a genuine universe can happen in Doctor Who. The second is that the Doctor Who universe has had its cosmic reset button pushed. So despite anything that happened before, contrary things can happen. Between the Time War and the Cosmis Reset Button, the Doctor Who universe is not a linear one. And lastly, you gotta remember that at its heart, it's still a kids show. It is to delight and scare the entire family, not just the adult fans. That said, this wasn't a horrible story, but it won't go down as my favorite by a longshot.
  • Doctor Who: "Mummy on the Orient Express" - I love this type of Who. When the Doctor can find a perfectly scientific explanation for a horror that's been wandering the universe for years. And it ties into previous episodes as well, with little nods and memories to reward longtime viewers. The mummy was truly frightening, especially with that twist of who could see it. And a new mystery is introduced? Continued? Who invited the Doctor on that trip?

I've been playing a video game and become completely addicted to it. It's called "Doctor Who: Legacy" and has a bunch of winning aspects. The game itself is a relatively simple puzzle game of aligning colored blocks. Adding to the game is your team of characters, each with a different ability that can affect the puzzle game. The characters are all Doctor Who related, including Doctors and Companions and just folks that have been in the shows. You collect them by going through the game, purchasing them with stuff won through defeating levels or with neat codes available online or through the Doctor Who comic book. So - a puzzle game with a collector aspect.

Then there is another aspect... the story. Playing through the game you are introduced to a massive crossover story in which the timelines have been altered by bad guys, and the problems continue to get worse as the Doctor and his friends rush to gather help to set things right. It's actually a nicely compelling story for the game, and I'm curious to see where it goes.

As if that wasn't enough, during this season of Doctor Who, the game is adding new content every week after the show airs, either on Sunday or Monday. In a recent chat, the developers said they plan to try to go to a weekly update schedule after the season ends, putting in new content on a regular basis to keep things fresh.

Lastly, there's a set of levels just for people who contribute to the game by making an in-app purchase of at least $5. Since I've already gotten that much out of the game, at least, I went ahead and made the purchase. I'm enjoying the fan levels, particularly having Stormageddon as a character. But, yeah, this is a fun app and I want to get Eric an iPad just so he can play too.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Sep 3rd
  • Justice League #33 - Not a lot of Aquaman in this one. We get Jessica's real backstory and more on how the ring works. Now we need to figure out what the threat is, right? Besides Lex becoming a league member. That threat is obvious.
  • Aquaman: Futures End #1 - Not *him* again. Ug. Oh well, I like Aquaman's new look. Although I'm not keen on a future where he and Mera, yet again, have a massive falling out. More Vulko, thinking he knows what's right. I wish he'd go back to being the loyal scribe and historian, instead of the sinister scribe and historian.
  • Earth 2: Futures End #1 - That was so disjointed I wondered if pages were missing. I really don't care much about the leads in this story, so I didn't care much about the story overall.
  • Green Lantern: Futures End #1 - Holy flying monkeys, Batman. That was not even close to what I'd expect to see in this book. I really was figuring on some stupid white lantern thing. Wow.
  • Batman '66 meets Green Hornet #4 - There we go! A perfectly reasonable explanation for everything, and a perfectly goofy ending. Gee, I wonder who will come to the rescue of the Dynamic Duo?
  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4 - Yay, lots of Aquaman! Huzzah! And Manta, and cake! Yay! (is it clear that I enjoyed this issue?) Yay!
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6 - Ok, that was a lot of fun. The ghost idea was silly, and there's one villain missing that *I* would have wanted to see, but lots of good Aquaman and seeing Shaggy dressed as Marvin was great.
  • Twilight Zone #8 - It's all happening at the exact same time. Wow. And we're about to start another story, which is cool, but it'll be happening at the same time as well. Will we ever find out what happens after? Or is that the point?
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2 - And now we see what this is going to be. I can't wait to see how this storyline develops as it moves along.
  • Spider-Man 2099 #3 - Poor Miguel. How do you align your job with your morals when you work for a piece of work like that? This book is nice and twisty. I like it.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Time Heist" - I really liked the shapeshifter character, she was cool. Nicely dramatic episode, with plenty of good moments. Not as quotable as the last one, but still filled with moments that hit you hard. The deaths were particularly like punches in the guts. There were some nice Easter Eggs in there as well... at least twice there were scenes of screenscrolling through dossiers, certainly something fans will be freeze-framing to find out who got name-checked. Overall, not the best, but a fairly solid episode.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Aug 27th
  • Aquaman #34 - That is one of the nastiest villains we've seen. There are lots of aspects that can make this guy worthwhile as a returning baddie, but also as a possible ally. With all those conflicts, this guy could go any which way. A lot depends on whether or not he's sane in the end.
  • Secret Origins #5 - Cyborg, meh. Red Hood, double-meh. Mera! Yeah, that's an interesting filling in of the details of what Mera went through to prepare to kill the king of Atlantis. Pity he's got those ugly sideburns, but hey, at least she falls for him and not for the dip who wanted her at home.
  • Sinestro #5 - Well, that ties up a few loose ends. But those poor survivors. What a crappy life they've got ahead of them with Sinestro as their boss.
  • Batman '66 #14 - Robot Batman, the crimefighter of the future! Yay! Or rather, oops. Fun to see Riddler and Joker playing a Captain Kirk on logic circuits.
  • Batman Beyond Universe #13 - Oooh, we're finally getting into the history that broke up the bat-family, along with some very present pains with Terry's own history and life. This is actually pretty darn good! I miss the Justice League side of the story, but I'll live.
  • Doctor Who 10th #2 - I'm beginning to really like Gabby. The monsters of the piece are also a neat touch. But the thing that made my jaw drop was actually the final three pages of the book itself... a gallery of all the Issue #1s, more than 80, many of them variations for specific comic shops. Really funny. I'm glad I'm not into variant covers, generally speaking.
  • Groo vs Conan #2 - I'm beginning to see how terrifying Groo is. But the Sergio storyline is almost as awesome. Then we get a fantasy within a fantasy within a fantasy when the villager is talking about the fight.
  • Kang & Kodos #1 - If you like the Simpsons aliens, you will probably enjoy this. If you don't... well, don't get it, silly.
  • Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever #3 - This just gets more and more interesting as it goes on. The differences are both striking... and not. I'm eager to see how it plays out.
  • Steed and Mrs. Peel: Needed #2 - Pretty good, but I'm wary of anything that tries to go too far with this pair. I wish there was a reminder of what happened in the previous issue in this one, it was hard to pick up and remember.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz #4 - Yet another book that I think I ought to read in one big sitting, because I'm really losing track of the different characters in this one. Still, it holds together better than the last issue.
It looks like it may be awhile before I get my next DCBS shipment, so comics reviews will be limited over the next couple of weeks. Maybe I'll finally review a couple of trades we've gotten over the past few months.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Listen" - Massive logical error to start the episode. There is no perfect hunter, nor is there a perfect defense. So the following notion doesn't follow. Follow? From that moment on I wasn't sure what to make of the episode. I'm afraid there were a couple of plot holes that really bothered me, so it wasn't a satisfying show... but the dialogue and acting almost made up for it.

    Ok, some thoughts... Danny and Clara are really having a rough time to start, aren't they? I enjoyed the trip into the past. Particularly the speech the Doctor gave Rupert:
    Let me tell you about scared. Your heart is beating so hard I can feel it through your hands. There's so much blood and oxygen pumping through your brain it's like rocket fuel. Right now you can run faster and fight harder and jump higher than ever in your life, and you're so alert it's like you can slow down time. What's wrong with scared? Scared is a superpower. It's your superpower. There is danger in this room and guess what, it's you.
    Pure music. That's something worth listening to. The dialogue was pretty sharp in this episode, with a lot of quotable bits. I also like creepy nursery rhymes, and here's another one for my collection:
    What's that in the mirror, or the corner of your eye?
    What's the footstep following, but never passing by?
    Perhaps they're all just waiting, perhaps when we're all dead.
    Out they'll come a-slithering, from underneath the bed.
    Any time I get some new stuff for my quotefile I'm happy. Ok, there's also some stuff that really bothered me. (SPOILER ALERT!) Also, (END SPOILER) In short there's a few things that weren't answered by the nice little wrap-up that Clara gave. Either there was more going on... or they all had perfectly logical reasons that weren't ever explained to the audience. That's kind of annoying. So, while it's still better than 99.9% of the rest of television, this wasn't the best episode as a total package.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Aug 13th
  • Justice League United #4 - Ok, that's just a crummy situation for Adam and Alanna. But at least the book is beginning to make sense. For some of these books, they are writing for the trade... maybe I should go to waiting for the trade.
  • World's Finest #26 - So they're home, but they left some surprises behind... I get why Helena is more than a little upset at their choice. What's she going to think when she meets Batman?
  • Green Lantern Corps #34 - Well, didn't expect that ending. I thought she'd just kill him. So, all's well that ends well?
  • Smallville Chaos #1 - So... let me get this straight... Lois and Superman are in an alternate universe while Eclipso is becoming a threat at home? Ok, got it. I think DC has been doing an awful lot of alternate universe stories lately.
  • Astro City #14 - I'm pulling for the old lady, which is what we're supposed to do. But I really wonder how she got to the point where the story started.
  • Spider-Man 2099 #2 - Ah, Miguel... two women in your life already and you are barely hanging out in 2014... what a charmer.
  • Spongebob Comics #35 - I am really enjoying the Mermaid Man story, as goofy as it is. The bit with the submarine is really quite amusing. I'm curious, though a little scared, to see what the conclusion will be.
  • Aug 20th
  • Multiversity #1 - Strange but awesome. I want more of Aquawoman of Earth-11.
  • Trinity of Sin: Pandora #14 - That's one of the strangest team-ups I've ever seen, but it works pretty well.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #34 - Wow, that's a bummer. Not to mention fairly gross. It appears that DC may have inadvertently created a great jumping off point for the DCU with Future's End one shots...
  • Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #2 - Oooh, polybagged. As for the story, it's moving along nicely. It no longer seems quite as familiar. I very much like the knight lantern. Just wish there was an Aquaman variant. All the Bat-variants bore me.
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked #8 - Shadow-Aquaman is not nearly as cute as the regular Scribblenaut Aquaman. I would like to see the regular one back again. Oh, and the story is good. Can't wait to see the residents of Limbo in action.
  • Teen Titans Go #5 - Hey, this one starts out with Aquaman being prank-called. A fun little book. Glad to see Aquaman, even if it's just a shadow.
  • Fables #143 - Oh, poor Bigby. But hey, superhero Ozma! There's some fun bits in this one, but it's mostly a severe downer.
  • Litle Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 - I wasn't sure what to expect, but this is really cool. I wonder how the kid will fit in once he finally gets to where he's headed.
  • Steampunk BSG 1880 #1 - I like when a version of a universe takes the initial premise and runs with it. If it sticks too close to the original, it can get boring fast. But it's a fine line. So far, this book is racing right along that line. Fun!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Robot of Sherwood" - I was with the Doctor on this one. It just was too close to the legends to be real. I've seen robot knights on Doctor Who before. They really do make good robots. But the rest, very silly, hard to believe, but fun. I really liked Clara in this one, again. She's a pretty solid person to have around in a pinch. I guess with some episodes I really need to not think too hard, because I enjoyed the heck out of it, but I still have that "roll the eyes" response to the subject matter.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Aug 6th
  • Aquaman and the Others #5 - Ah, mystic pools of power. Just what is needed to melt down ancient artifacts and stuff. But now... who does the seal of clarity belong to? Or is it shared?
  • Green Lantern #34 - Hal gets a break after all the nonsense that just happened. Sort of. I'm not sure what to think of it. I guess the kids will have one heckuva "what did I do on my summer vacation" story to tell.
  • Earth 2 #26 - I do like the Earth 2 Aquawoman. She's got some serious kick-butt attitude. Oh, and the other characters aren't too bad, either.
  • Justice League 3000 #9 - Teri takes on Terry and GL finally loses his temper with his tormenter. Fun stuff there, but isn't this book done yet?
  • Batman '66 meets Green Hornet #3 - Well, there's a twist at the end I wasn't expecting! Still, it was fun to see Kato and Robin duke it out. I think Kato would wipe the floor with Robin if it was a real fight, though.
  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #3 - So, if you yell "Aquaman" at the Rock of Eternity, you turn into Aquaman? Wait, that doesn't seem quite right...
  • Tales of Honor #4 - I am so frustrated by this book. It has the potential. The story is right there. But the execution is so lousy I want to throw it across the room. ARGH!
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1 - Oh man, seeing Jotaro all grown up... *sniff* Ahem, this was a good one, although I question the course of the book, I know I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

Fortean Times #317
Fortean Times #317 (August 2014). Ah, Slenderman. The cover is suitably creepy for a made-up nasty with some real-world stupidity mixed in. I just hope the two murderous brats don't see it, maybe they would enjoy the notority. *ahem* I'm referring to the recent case where two 12-year-old girls attempted to murder a classmate in order to become proxies of Slenderman, a made-up horror character invented via the Internet in 2009. I have my doubts that the two girls were telling the truth about their motive, but that's for other people to decide. What I do know is that anyone who attempts a murder in the name of any fictional character is a dingbat who needs to be locked up for a long time. I could rant about the murder attempt for a long time, but the long and short of it is that I do not accept the event at face value, not with the detailed history of Slenderman available to anyone who has the slightest interest in the subject and access to a networked computer. It's all well and good to talk about tulpas and the way the internet meme taps into darker and ancient fears... but it's still just a made-up horror figure with a well-documented, and short, history. There is something more, something about human nature, that needs to be examined and explained in the Slenderman story.

Moving on to the other main articles of the issue, The Mirage Men is an advertisement article for a documentary that asks if the UFO scares were part of a disinformation campaign. It's a fascinating topic that I really wouldn't mind delving into more, but it's not my top interest. Someday I hope to explore the subject, but I won't be seeking out the documentary.

The final main article was the second part of the feature on Rollo Ahmed, who is a pretty amazing guy, I'll grant. I'm glad I never met him. Still, another look at history, and life, from a different point of view... always a good thing to read.

The Editorial page features a short but sad obituary for publisher Felix Dennis, who founded the company that publishes Fortean Times and many other magazines. Strangedays starts us off with Boko Haram members being attacked by bees possessed by their victims. There's also the story of the great white shark that was eaten by something bigger, and the question of what that thing was. We also get the whale of a tale of a painting that was missing its focus until it was restored and... well, a whale appeared. There's also coverage of the 36th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, which went to How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers' Guide to Toilet Etiquette. We also get pictures of a bear relaxing in a hammock and a giant rat. Fortean Follow-ups are also good.

Archaeology hits on a treasure discovered near the Rhine and the cracking of a Viking Rune code. Turns out Vikings liked wordplay. Classical Corner is about ... um... well... necrophilia. Let's leave it at that. Konspiracy Korner is about the strange way some conspiracy theorists think and their illogical logic. Fairies, Folklore and Foreteana is about shamanism and people who meet fairies. The UFO Files has the usual, more files released by the UK government, Fortean pioneers, UFO art and Hawaii. The UFO Casebook looks at Stockport's history of UFO. Blasts from the Past tells us about girls in rural France who suffered from mysterious falls of rocks.

The First Forteans races through the Fortean histories of H.G. Wells and Lance Sieveking, the latter being really interesting to me because I knew nothing about his history as a pioneer in radio and television broadcasting. The Forum starts with an article that sort of debunks the concept of Hugo Chavez worship as being something unusual for Venezuela. Another article explores a UFO flap in Ireland between 1954 and 1956 that ended with a farmer wrestling a UFO. Yes, wrestling.

Fortean Traveller hunts down The Museum of Souls in Purgatory in Rome, a small collection made with the goal of proving that purgatory exists and hardly recognized by the Catholic Church anymore, since purgatory isn't really a popular concept at the moment. The Illustrated Police News tells the story of Krao, the Missing Link, who was basically just a girl who had a condition that gave her a lot of hair. She seemed to be able to handle the situation well, and grew up to be well respected among her peers. Phenomenomix is about August Strindberg.

The reviews weren't quite as biting as usual, but still nicely done with some slams on some books that really sound like something to avoid. Unfortunately, nothing jumped out as something that needs to go on my to-read list, either. Letters were fun, particularly the one pointing out Kitlers and Cats in Sinks, both internet sites that deliver. There's also a good defense of a negative review of a book about Doctor Who. Bafflegab, indeed! Another letter talks about the real scariest movies, saying that Mulholland Drive and Donnie Darko have The Exorcist beat by miles.It Happened To Me had a couple of tales that weren't too terrifying. Good issue, and the next one has already arrived... must dig in...

Friday, September 05, 2014

I visited the Wienermobile today...

And I picked up two dozen wiener whistles for my co-workers.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Into the Dalek" - Well now. Once we got through the opening scenes and I figured out what was going to happen, I was expecting something entirely different. I really enjoyed what we did get. Clara's appearance was also not what I expected. Top-to-bottom, there were a lot of good bits that really worked in this one. And Capaldi's Doctor is really a jerk in a lot of ways, which only makes the series more interesting. I wonder what Rusty will be getting up to as he goes along. And then there's Missy... she was even scarier in this appearance, to me, than in the first one. Quite a ride.

This week's movie was The Avengers (2012). Ok, so I finally saw this movie, and Eric and I are finally through the first phase of the Marvel cinematic universe. Yeah, we're something like four movies behind, but that's ok. We'll catch up eventually. This was fun. Very long, but fun. I did have to pause the movie in the middle for a break, which I could not have done in the theater, so I'm glad I waited. My favorite bits involved Black Widow's moments of reading people perfectly, Hulk's casual smashing of Loki, and the post-credits sequence. At some point I'm going to have to write up what I liked about the other movies in Phase One, but right now... it was fun. I like having comic books come to life. I just wish DC could match Marvel's quality and output with something other than Batman and Superman.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jul 30th
  • Justice League #33 - Wow, I really don't like this version of the Doom Patrol. Jessica is interesting. Flawed but strong in her own way. I wonder what Victor is going to make of what he saw?
  • Aquaman Annual #2 - Eh, it wasn't a perfect ending to the tale of the giant-born, but it worked ok. I liked having the second tale with Mera as the key. The whole thing was pretty solid. And if somebody needs a bad guy in the future, a stray giant-born could always be wandering around.
  • Sinestro #4 - Soranik is gonna regret teaming up with ol' pa. But it's not like she has a choice. And she's the only reason to actually read this book.
  • Smallville Special #5 - Zatanna and Constantine, in the Smallville universe. It's ok, but I'm not much into that side of the DCU and Brother Blood irritates me to no end.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz #3 - Wow, serious anatomical error in this one. I didn't know Dorothy was a boy (one panel, halfway through the book, she definitely has a package). Anyway, the story isn't terrible, it just isn't well-told and the art detracts from it because it's trying too hard to be a series of pin-ups. Ug.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Deep Breath" - The first new Peter Capaldi Doctor Who episode starts with a bang as a dinosaur is wandering the Thames in London. It slows down a bit in the middle, but there are nice little callbacks to previous events in the history of Doctor Who which the audience may have gotten well before it became obvious what was going on. Clara had her moments in this one, including a massively strong scene in which she stands up to the villain of the piece. There was also a great deal of humor with enough quotable quotes in the first half alone to keep Doctor Who fans quipping at one another for months. Overall, I enjoyed it. There were some flaws, but there always will be. Even at its worse, Doctor Who is generally better than most TV, and this was far from the worst we've seen from Doctor Who.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jul 16th
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #33 - I almost see a potential point to this story. But it's so stretched out that even if it were a good tale, it has taken long enough to tell that it's just become boring.
  • Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con Intl San Diego #1 - Wow. Just... wow. This is meta is so many ways. And you really have to go over each panel to see all the in-jokes. Wow. Impressive. And terrifying. Wow.
  • Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #1 - I've read all this before. I hope it gets original mighty fast.
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked #7 - Maybe it was just because I was recently at the Wizard of Oz convention, but the various Wizard of Oz references in this one totally jumped out at me. Aquaman is so cute in Scribblenaut form!
  • Capt Action Cat #3 - The magic is confused... really? No kidding? This is getting more fun and cute... and confusing... by the minute. I really like this sort of nonsense comic. It's got just enough plot to carry the hilarity.
  • Fables #142 - Yeah, Bigby appears to be in a really bad way. And there's a lot more going on in his family than I realized. Scary stuff, kiddies.
  • Jul 23rd
  • Aquaman #33 - This is all about a growing threat... and one that doesn't generally hold back. I'm glad Salty survived his run-in, but wow, lots of dead in the wake of this new bad guy. And more Vulko, which is both sad and good. Looking forward to the next issue.
  • Secret Origins #4 - Harley Quinn, slightly different than what I've seen before, but close enough. Green Arrow, grim and gritty as always. And Robin, with art that felt so opposite the story I just cringed while reading the whole thing.
  • Trinity of Sin: Pandora #13 - Ah, there's more to Marcus than meets the eye. Well, that's not really a surprise, I guess.
  • Batman '66 #13 - A Batman TV show becoming popular and spawning fads? So implausible! This was a really fun episode issue from start to finish.
  • Batman Beyond Universe #12 - And the two storylines mix it up and finish off in an ending that ties up most of the various little plots. It could have been better, but hey, Aquagirl. Doubled.
  • Doctor Who 10th #1 - Nice set up for a story - Day of the Dead, Doctor wandering around with a non-buzzing device that isn't working quite right, and a girl whose trying to get away from a boring family situation. Good stuff.
  • Doctor Who 11th #1 - And this one was a full story, complete with a fun alien or two, a blubbering prime minister and two really amusing shorts at the end of the book. I'm a bigger fan of the 10th Doctor, but this book was better.
  • Groo vs Conan #1 - I am mostly unfamiliar with Groo, but I'm a bit of a fan of Conan (not a fanatic, I just am amused by the stories). This is a really funny start, mixed in with the "real life" bits and the characters noticing the differences in styles. This is just going to be a lot of fun, I can tell.
  • Steed and Mrs. Peel: Needed #1 - Ah, this is much more like the Avengers I remember. That last series went off the rails more than a bit. This one seems to be following the formula while taking it to new heights. Good show so far.
  • Peanuts V2 #20 - The usual fun. I tend to be able to tell the originals Schulz tales from the newer stuff, but they are all pretty good.
  • Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever #2 - Curiouser and curiouser. This really is a journey into what could have been, what might have been, what ought to have been. There are some really good bits in here that were so far gone from what aired that it's depressing.
  • Twilight Zone #7 - I'm getting more and more curious to see how this story ends up. She's already made a difference in some ways, what else is going to happen now that she's so involved? And the callback to the previous story was also good. It puts this one into a certain timeframe.

My mystery book this week was The Alpine Yeoman by Mary Daheim. A body found in Alpine isn't a local and doesn't arouse much interest, except why is a deputy gone missing and what are these crazy rumors about the high school? Everything sort of crashes together at the end of this one. I was expecting about half of it. Some of the other revelations and events were somewhat surprising. More fun for me was the tie-ins to my region of the state, including prominent mentions of Wapato and Yakima, and Emma getting in touch with old friends who worked in the newspaper business in this region. Heh. Fun. I like the continual complaints about how the newspaper industry is dying from the oldtimers, even as Emma points out that she's still running a paper. A good one, and I'm finally caught up with the series. If you want to start the Alpine series, I strongly recommend starting at the first book, The Alpine Advocate.

A Day in the Life...

Normally, my days are pretty boring. I get up, get to work, write up the police logs, write up any evening events I attended from the night before, then start working on the stories for the next day. A reporter's life is usually scheduled out enough that I often have a good idea where I'll be and what I'll be doing at any given point.

Wednesday was strange.

I had been unable to contact a couple of people I needed to talk to for stories, so I was expecting some tough and probably ineffective phone calls. Added in, I'd heard that a story I was working on might blow up in a big way, although I thought the odds were fairly low of that happening. But because of the potential of being scooped, I had to tell the editor what I heard, and I suspected I was going to have a tough story to write in the morning.

Sure enough, after a quick consult with the editor, the tough story became my priority, followed by the meeting I'd attended Tuesday night, then another story that I was having a little trouble reaching the main person to interview. I was absolutely certain I would not get everything done by the 10:30 a.m. deadline.

But everything fell into place. The extensive research I had done on the difficult story helped me keep the facts straight, and the key interview (that I'd been told likely wouldn't call me back) called just as I finished writing the first draft. I rejigged the story to fit his quote in and handed it to the editor. The second story was practically a puff piece, since the meeting had been entirely about a new piece of municipal code. Not a lot of meat there. My main person from the third story called me back before deadline, and I had my last story corrected and in the system at 10:25 a.m. Whew!

I wasn't entirely happy with the difficult story, and I wish I'd had enough time to do another draft or two. But overall, it was a stressful but productive morning. I stuck around until all the stories were laid out on the draft table to recheck, then headed to lunch at home with Eric and Inkwell.

After his terrifying experience, Inkwell got what seemed to be a head cold. Now, upper respiratory problems in cats are a concern, so I've been keeping a close eye on him. He was eating and drinking, but clearly unhappy and not getting better. So I called the vet and set up an appointment for Thursday. I also took off his collar to give him a chest rub, which he appreciated. In the end, his illness turned out to be a flare-up of his existing herpes infection. He was prescribed rest and normal routine, along with his usual L-lysine treats, and seems to be getting better now.

After lunch I got bombarded with a few more stories by the editor, including the school district budget (AAAAAHHHH!!!!). I have a lot of problems understanding budgets, so I got a quick lesson in budget-reading from him. Then I had a couple more stories to write for Thursday, which I somehow struggled through. Then I went home to wait for my sister and niece.

While waiting, I got online and checked my work e-mail. There were two responses from the difficult story. One was from one of the people I interviewed for the piece, complimenting me. The other was from a local... personality... who blasted me for being a moron and told me I should be ashamed of myself. I was delighted, as it's always good to get a response from readers. It means they are paying attention. I alerted my editor to the e-mails and sent him copies for his own reading enjoyment.

Sister-Lisa and Niece-George came visiting from the Seattle area. They planned to crash at our place for the night, but before that, they wanted to head out to the observatory in Goldendale. It's about an hour or so drive away from here, not particularly close, but not as far as from Seattle. With some trepidation, I asked to go along, since I've never been to the observatory and have always wanted to go.

After a meal with family (ah, Pizza Hut) we headed out. I took my work camera, figuring I might be able to get a good set of photos for a photo page. We chatted on the way, Lisa enjoying the geological formations and George enjoying the horses in the Horse Heaven Hills. The observatory was easy to find, lots of signs pointing the way. It was just getting dark when we got there, so we settled down and listened to Sarah, the interpreter for the park, explain the history of the place and the telescopes.

It was very interesting, and very cold. Next time I go, I'm bringing a coat, even if it's summer. We had to wait for it to get dark, as we arrived at sunset, and Sarah had an alert for when the ISS went overhead. Before full dark it made an overhead pass and we got to watch it sail across a perfectly clear sky. It was oddly impressive, even if it was just a dot reflecting the sunlight.

I also took enough pictures for a photo page, which will appear in the paper in a week or so.

As full dark came on, Sarah aimed a small portable outdoor telescope at the horizon and found Saturn. The folks there stepped up and took a look while Sarah aimed the larger indoor telescope. I got a look, it was tiny but I could see the rings and Titan as a dot just a little bit away. It's oddly thrilling to look at a planet... even though it was not a high-definition photo like we often see. We've been spoiled by modern technology. Looking at the planet with mirrors and a tube was pretty cool.

The view of Saturn wasn't much better in the big telescope, which had to be adjusted carefully. People had to climb a ladder to reach the eyepieces, which were at an odd angle. It was a strange experience to watch a ton of people climbing the mobile staircase and looking out.

While people looked, Sarah gave little speeches outside on other things folks could see in the sky. As the night darkened, the Milky Way became brilliantly visible. My sister wandered off to find a quiet spot and see if she could get her camera on its tripod to record stars. I stayed inside most of the time. Although the dome isn't heated, it is sheltered from the wind. Again, next time I need to bring a coat.

We stayed long enough to see a couple of other sights, including a double binary star and the Ring Nebula. Only a few minutes before the park closing time of 10:30, George came and got me and the three of us headed back to the car to go back to Sunnyside. I was thinking about how tough Thursday's schedule was going to be. I really had no idea.

As we left Goldendale on 97 with Lisa driving, I thought I spotted something on the side of the road. Lisa, however, spotted it more clearly and slammed on the brakes while flipping on her brights. I wish, oh I wish, I had been able to get my camera out quickly enough. In the middle of our lane was a majestic deer with heavy-duty antlers. He knew we were there, but didn't move for a moment, then he sniffed something on the road, and slowly ambled off across the other lane into the brush. All three of us were suddenly wide awake.

The remainder of the ride back was made with brights on whenever possible. We were all wide awake and talking about the deer and other things. As we approached Toppenish, we saw flashes of lightning across an absolutely cloudless sky. It was strangely beautiful and terrifying.

Once home we all fell asleep immediately... of course, I'd have to get up early the next morning to get to work, but I was hoping it wouldn't be a tough day. Except for an evening meeting that lasted three hours and was described by one participant as "a bit brutal", it wasn't that tough a day. It just wasn't an easy day.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Sunday Review

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jul 2nd
  • Aquaman and the Others #4 - Well, that was a slightly different series of events than I expected. How did Aaron get his shirt back? Nice to meet another one of Prisoner's fellow soldiers.
  • Green Lantern #33 - More battles. And then, just when it seems like it's finally over... *sigh*
  • Earth 2 #25 - I like Val a lot, but I also like Marella. Lois had some good moments in there as well.
  • Justice League 3000 #8 - The cover kind of gives part of the story away, although not all of it. I honestly don't know whether I like this book or not.
  • Batman '66 meets Green Hornet #2 - Nope. I guess they don't know each other, based on those events. They will by the end of this story, I'm thinking. The whole "stamp" thing was a little too clever by half... I like it.
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 - Men can't set foot on the island, but Scooby can? Ha! Lots of little in-jokes (Wonder Woman refers to Etta) and a goofy ending. Definitely a fun issue.
  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #2 - Not enough Aqualad, but pretty funny anyway.
  • Twilight Zone #6 - So, she knows a lot now. What's she going to do about it? I like the legend of the coin. That was a fun bit that kind of made the whole tale work even better.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz: Age of Darkness #1 - I don't know what I just read, nor do I know why I read it.
  • Jul 9th
  • Justice League United #3 - This is a really confusing storyline. I am still pretty confused about all the heroes involved and what they are up to. Could be better.
  • World's Finest #25 - The gals wrap up their lives on Earth One as they prepare to go home, and perhaps die. I kind of wonder why Helena is going, since it's clear that she truly believes she can settle on Earth One. As for the bad guy, ug... just send him back to Darkseid already.
  • Green Lantern Corps #33 - And... nope. It's not over yet. More to go. I'm so ready to have no more of this storyline. I think Green Lantern just isn't for me.
  • Smallville Lantern #4 - I can't even remember what was happening in this book. I like the reference to the formidable Ma Hunkle, though. Eh, it's ok.
  • Spider-Man 2099 #1 - This is really freaking confusing for a first issue. Yeah, there's some context and the bits to get readers up-to-date aren't bad, but it's still confusing. I was very much looking forward to this book, but I'm hoping it will improve from this issue.
  • Usagi Yojimbo Color Special - This is a collection of stories from Dark Horse Presents, and I'm glad to see them. I was sure they would get collected and printed separately. I can't really afford DHP for one feature I want to read, so I haven't been getting them.
  • Peanuts V2 #19 - Some really good bits in this one that made me very nostalgic. One story turned out to be a preview of a longer book, which wasn't nice, but at least it mostly held together as its own tale. Not my favorite issue, but decent.
  • Spongebob Comics #34 - Much of the usual nonsense, with the continuing awesome tale of Mermaid Man with Jerry Ordway artwork. Although this issue's story, featuring SpongeBob's take on the tale, was ... um ... disturbing. Still, very fun!

An extra this week is Ozopolis #4 - Eric picked this up at the San Diego Winkie Con, and of course I read it. I enjoyed the previous three issues, but the problem has been a scattered release schedule that means I hardly remember what came before. Still, there was plenty of hints and an overview that summarized much of the previous events, so overall it worked. I like the new villain, but the ending is far too abrupt. I hope we'll see more of this book in the future.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Inkwell is Home

What are you doing with that light switch, Mom?

Inkwell is home and can see. He's still a bit woozy from the medication and his reaction to the dewormer, but he seems to be adjusting now. He's settled into one of his usual resting spots where he can watch me from across the room, and he's stopped obsessively grooming himself. He's got shaved patches on his forelegs where he got an IV tube in and blood drawn. For a little while he was determined to get those spots super clean.

I can't tell if his eyesight is normal, but he can certainly follow my hands when they move around, and that's nice to see. He also attacked me with one of his "let's play" attacks, so that was good to see (if not so good to feel, ouch, kitty! bites hurt!). All-in-all, he seems to be back to almost normal.

As for me, I've got a cold in my head and will enjoy the rest I will hopefully get this weekend. Now that Inky is home, maybe I'll be able to relax a little.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sick Kitty

Inkwell is not happy about spending the night at the vet.