I think this is a duh statement. But I’m going to say it anyway. Dora the Explorer is dumb. It’s a horrible show to watch. Nowhere near as imaginative as Sesame Street, nowhere near as classic as Gargoyles, and nowhere near as dweebily fun and old school as Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Almost equally stupid is her animal loving cousin, Diego. He gets a slight bump up because occasionally the animals are cute. Seriously though, I wish that Swiper would just stuff Boots into her backpack backpack and then beat Dora to death with her map, while singing, “It’s the map, it’s the map, it’s the map, it’s the map, it’s the map and it’s fucking killing you!”
Anyway, in the writing world, I sold another piece to Mirror Dance magazine, and it should appear in the Summer 2010 issue. Also, the edited manuscript of Sleepwalk Society is on its way to me via postal mail. So there’s that to do this weekend. The website is going up too this month, regardless of missing content. And Puppy J demands that he make his video debut. So there’s that too.
The project that I continue to work on has passed one climax and is working on a quick rebuild. I’m at that spot where the rest of the book is fairly action-laden, and the pacing is hard to control. Also, I have to keep on telling myself it’s okay to go slower, writing only 1000 or 1500 words in a sitting. I can feel it when the words start to go south. And what point is that? I just have to delete it all the next time I write, and be embarrassed because I composed two pages of yokel.
Saw Zombieland last weekend. If you go in with no expectations, you won’t be disappointed. And since I had less than no expectations, I was pleasantly entertained. Although the kid who plays the lead is just the kid that you get when Michael Cera is busy. But if you’ve got some spare time, it’s worth it just to see Bill Murray if nothing else. I did however get there late, because Dylan was apparently making out with the ATM machine, and I missed the preview for the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street. I caught it later on imdb. Hey, I love Freddy Krueger as much as the next guy, and ever since Little Children and Watchmen I’ve been a fan of Jackie Earle Haley. But this shit looks terrible. You can make Freddy scary. Sure. But you can’t make him truly menacing. He’s evil, but also snarky. He’s a big, flesh-burny pile of evil snark. And that is why we love him. Also, I always enjoyed the idea that Freddy wasn’t actually a child molester, but only a child killer. I think they might ruin that for me.
Anyhoodle, back to the grind. Puppy J isn’t with me today, and so I am enjoying the freedom.