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Aaron Sorkin writes James Bond

(abbreviated version)

Q and Bond are walking down a surprisingly long hallway.

Q: James, did you get the wristwatch?

Bond: What wristwatch?

Q: The wristwatch I sent you.

Bond: You sent me a wristwatch?

Q: Yeah, I sent you a wristwatch. It explodes when you hurl it at people.

Bond: It explodes?

Q: Yeah, it explodes.

Bond: You’re telling me it explodes when you hurl it at people?

Q: Yeah. It explodes when you hurl it at people.

M comes out of a doorway and joins them. They continue walking.

Bond: Hey, M, did you know that Q gave me a wristwatch that explodes when you hurl it at people?

M: It explodes when you hurl it at people?

Q: Yeah. And Bond lost it.

Bond: I didn’t lose it. It’s right here. *shows the watch*

Q: Then why did you...never mind.

They reach an office with a big sturdy desk. Bond leans back against it and crosses his legs.

Bond: You know, Oliver Cromwell used to say this about wristwatches.

*this speech goes on for ten minutes*

The Adventures of Sapphire, Queen of Cascadia - a scootering adventure blog

Hey, I have rebooted my scootering blog.  It can be found here.  I just traded my Piaggio Fly 150 for a brand new Vespa GTS 300, and I am just having a blast with it.  So, if you're interested in ride reports and scootering adventures, head over there and check it out!

Podcast Progress - in which there has been progress on the podcast.

Episode 1 of Write Sinister is recorded! I'm working on editing it and making it sound good. Well, it's recorded using the microphone of a laptop and Audacity, so it's not going to sound fantastic or professional, but it'll at least be audible and not have a lot of weird breathing or other noises.
In the first episode, I read "The Nameless City" by H.P. Lovecraft and discuss the foundations of "weird fiction" and what I hope to accomplish with the podcast.  Look for it...soon...on your favorite podcasting platforms.  

In the vein of "weird fiction," I just found this thing

Secure, Contain, Protect

It appears to be a repository of technical documents relating to anomalous and very strange phenomena, entities, creatures, and other weird stuff observed, cataloged, and dealt with by this foundation.  Examples include: An infinite Ikea in which people get trapped, and a housefly that grants wishes to a victim and then after a set time infests said victim with millions of fly eggs, leading to that victim's horrifying death.

I'm just digging into this now, but it's very intriguing.  Thanks to the geeky people at boingboing.net for putting this on my radar.

Deadlines

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."  - Douglas Adams

Yes, I was supposed to have my first podcast episode released last Saturday the 24th. 
No, I didn't hit that target.
Yes, I do still plan to get this thing released soon.
2017 is the year I follow through on stuff.  It's not necessarily the year I follow through on stuff in a timely manner.  That's a whole other level of following through.  
Here endeth the lesson.

Cthulhu F'htagn

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Just picked up this book. Should be good inspiration for the podcast. Thinking of adding the occasional book review as well. Speaking of the podcast, I should be done writing the first few episodes by next weekend, and some of you who submitted work will hear from me no later than May 22. Also, keep sending me stuff! Episodes 1-3 will be recorded by the end of the month, and the first episode will be released on all podcast platforms (that I know about) (but mostly iTunes and sinisterblog.com) on June 24, with additional episodes released every other Saturday. Cthulhu f'htagn!

NYC Midnight short story competition

Somehow, against all conceivable odds, I have made it into the finals of the NYC Midnight short story competition.  Therefore, instead of working on my podcast this weekend, I'll have 24 hours to write a 1,500 word short story on a subject I will have no idea about until it's time to start writing.

I'm blown away that I made it through the first two rounds.  That means I have two short stories that I think are good enough to send out for publication.  Just need to figure out where to send them.

Podcast is on track still - should be able to record the first few and release them before the end of May.  Those of you who have submitted stories - expect to hear from me soon.

Cheers!