Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Man, if Cole's character / actor Brandon Buddy doesn't win this week for best performance, I don't really know who would.

How much is the kid getting paid to act like he's withdrawing from drugs and puking into a fluffy slipper?

Not enough, I'd wager. Looks like a lot of hard work to me.


The actor's website is located here:

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Get yourself a copy of Silver Phoenix

The new book Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon comes out April 28th. It is the tale of a woman Ai Ling, who has special powers and must fight the forces of evil. Along the way, she meets Chen Yong. What happens between them? You'll have to read the book.

Enter to win your copy of the book here:

And watch the trailer too. It's very nicely done.

Good luck!


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Horoscope

My Rob Brezny horoscope for this week contains the following gem:

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to my reading of the astrological omens, you now have the potential to be better understood than maybe you've been in a long time. I suggest you take maximum advantage of this good fortune. Make it easy for people to see you for who you really are.

Good Lord! Is the man cRaZy?

I suppose, as a writer, it is our highest intention to be understood. But making it easy for people to see who I am really am is going to be a bit awkward.

I'm so many things wrapped up on one contradictory bundle that I really wouldn't know where to start.

Better get my ass back on the Yoga mat!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Vanishing Seattle Landmarks

Dear Bratty Friends,

Ken and I were just in Seattle last weekend and I bemoaned the loss of the floral shop elephant on Hwy 99. Wonder what ever happened to it. I'd sure like to have it!

Here's a link to a page with photos of Seattle landmarks past, present, and endangered:

Makes me want to cry!



New Peter Jackson De Havilland D4

This exciting bit of news in - Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings director) commissioned a full size De Havilland D4 from Century Aviation in East Wenatchee WA. The plane rolled out of the hangar today for show.

Afterwards it will be disassembled, crated, and sent to New Zealand..... just might show up in a remake of the Blue Max.

Shhh! That's top secret ya know!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Weather - snow snow snow

Dear Bratty Friends,

We drove over the pass this morning and it was snow, snow, snow. Of course it rained from Seattle all the way to Leavenworth.

Happy April!

Here's a screen shot of Stevens Pass from this afternoon:

If it still looks this way in June, like it did in '08, we will of course be pissed!

While in Seattle we did: Sound Publishing editorial meeting in Edmonds, dinner at Costas Opa with Devon and Dan, rode the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston and back, went to the SAAM, had dinner with Tiana, her boys, and Katie at the Old Spaghetti Factory, and then went to the Korean grocery. Then we came home.

La la!

See ya'll soon.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

John Cheever quote

Here's a quote from John Cheever from "The Making of a Story" by Alice LaPLante:

"I don't work with plots. I work with intuition, apprehension, dreams, concepts. Characters and events come simultaneously to me. Plot implies narrative and a lot of crap. It is a calculated attempt to hold the reader's interest at the sacrifice of moral conviction. Of course, one doesn't want to be boring ... one needs an element of surprise. But a good narrative is a rudimentary structure, rather like a kidney."

Pg. 383

And that, I think, sums up the pantster's creed.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Some steampunk links:


Dear Bratty Friends,

Here are some starts for the 2009 garden:

They are broccoli, cabbage and lettuce on the top, and lettuce and celery on the bottom.

And here for your shock and amazement is the damage the outside kitty (Tiger) did to the radish bed by pushing his little paw into it and leaving little divots right after Ken seeded it:

After which, Ken had to resort to these tactics in a an attempt to keep Mr. Tiger out of the spinach, radishes and peas bed:

Sigh.. is it ever easy? Not here apparently. And the weather is odd too. We have a 60% chance of rain or snow tonight, but a high of 62 on Sunday. (?) Is this a repeat of last year's weather antics?