Sunday, August 31, 2008

Disneyworld!
















These are some of my Favorite pictures from our various Disneyworld trips during the last 3 years. I don't know if we'll get to go again before the end of the year, but isn't this a fun place to be?!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Death Race

My friend and I saw this last night. Good, fast movie. Not a campy comedy like the original, which I also really liked (for different reasons; Stallone IS good at comedy), but a tough, fun action movie. For me the funniest thing about the flick was how fast the camera needlessly moves when shooting the drivers in their cars, and of course I was the only one laughing at not being able to see clearly. But the rest of the film was shot without Too much cameraman motion or too much editing, so I had a good time! What was funny also though was that my new author Ib Melchior got NO credit for having created the original story. Merely that it was based on Roger Corman's film, Death Race 2000. Perhaps Corman owns the story outright? In any case, it was good to see a reasonable sized audience last night even a week after it opened.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

fishin' in Japan
















I can't recall if I posted these photos from last year when Mayumi's family and I all took a little fishing trip. I think I'd been fishing once before in my life, but I can't recall it. However, with the scenery you see here, it's hard to forget, isn't it? Beautiful! And we caught a lot of tiny fish. It was raining that day, and a bit hard to see thru my watery glasses eventually, but we had a really fun time. There was a nice place for lunch right beside this area too. You realize, you can't starve in Japan. It's HARD not to find a good place to eat within 11 feet of Anything.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Snoo-oo-oo-oo-oopy


Mayu and I like Snoopy. One of the best cartoon movies I've ever seen is Snoopy, Come Home, with Wonderful music by the Sherman Brothers, those Disney composers who did a high % of that studio's famous songs. A vastly underrated film and score, I think, since it's a soundtrack that's never been released on cd! If anyone has it or if you work for a record company :) please release it!

Monday, August 25, 2008

while up in north Georgia...


We came upon this chicken. The eyes and beak move. Funny how nature works, isn't it?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stephen J. Cannell booksigning
















I got to meet the infamous Stephen J. Cannell last month in Atlanta because he was at the Barnes & Noble there signing books and giving a Great speech on his career. It was the first time I'd been to something like this and I must say, this man is an Amazing speaker, with that rare gift of being able to inspire people with his story. I bought his latest book, which is Very good. The man is brilliant. You can see him here looking thru John O'Dowd's much-loved biography of Barbara Payton. I introduced myself as the man who's about to publish the massive Hardcastle & McCormick book, and mentioned that there's a person in the UK who's finishing up a Kojak book now who wants to tackle a book on Hunter, and Stephen seemed open to the idea. So glad to hear it!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cheehaw Park, Albany, Georgia




Last year we drove over to Albany's Cheehaw Park, the zoo part. I hadn't been there since I was a kid.

I was just looking at photos we've taken and came across these.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tetley & things


Well, the nicest surprise today just happened an hour ago. Someone in Japan bought 4 copies of my Walter Tetley book! I had to tell the wife who will be surprised and proud, I'm sure. Ah, I'd love to have some books published in different languages, especially Japanese. Actually, we had a fax from a big Japanese publisher about interest in our Private Eyelashes, soon after it won the Agatha Award. So far, it's the only foreign publisher to contact us. If I had more time to go after foreign publishers, I would.

I just finished writing/proofing the Alan Reed book 2 nights ago. Now his son is giving it a final look before the editor grabs hold of it. So now I've passed back to working on Judy Canova and Phil Rapp, which will be the next 2 I'll have out, but next year. My goal is to have these finished before December. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

more Panama City






Paradise, huh? Well, lots of young people/students are in PC. Not as trendy an area as you'd expect. Truly, the Real place to go is Orlando. But we haven't explored all of Florida yet, so I can't say where the best vacation spot is yet!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Panama! says Van Halen





We went to Panama City a few months ago, so I thought you'd like to see a few of the silly things we saw there.

Monday, August 18, 2008

can your wife cook like this?





My lovely Japanese wife Mayu likes to try making different things. Now, to her, this banana pudding you see is different! And to me, an American, the beef stew-looking curry and rice you see is different! She's such a good cook. I've never been disappointed!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

from Disneyland










This will be the last post about our glorious month-long driving trip we took to California in May of this year. I thought I'd share a look at something special we had made for us in Downtown Disney, Anaheim, Calif. You can have an artist draw your names in fantasy characters. Here you see my BEN as pirate items and a dragon (Pete's Dragon being one of my 3 favorite Disney films). Mayu is (of course) the princesses, and the U is Alice and the Cheshire Cat. Nice, huh? We still have to hang it up!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

to sing the praises of Whole Foods








The nicest surprise on our trip back to Georgia was a stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we literally had our first taste of the great and glorious Whole Foods Market. We were blown away by this place. First off, it's ALL organic. Yes, the entire, massive place. Second, we're talking lots of healthy choices. Third, the variety is INCREDIBLE. Hot food, cold food, the usual olive bar, sushi, packaged stuff like you've never seen, and ALL for a Credible price. We shop in Publix here, and their organic section is not only the size of the entertainment book section in a chain bookstore (that means SMALL), but the prices are so high it's silly. Whole Foods is like the Walmart of good food. Whatever you feelings for the corp. evil that is Walmart, I have to say, I'm glad Whole Foods exists. It not only gives me hope that America COULD be a healthy nation, but it's a wonderland for those of us who Dig this kinda choice.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

headin' home










Time to go home! Just a few more pictures of the sites we passed. I know, it's not much, but look at the boid! Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

waving bye to San Diego















Before leaving San Diego, we had a walk around their quaint beach community, where all the shops were original (well, Starbucks was there), so we had lunch in a (gasp!) non-chain cafe. See the food here? Good stuff. Pretty healthy too.

While I went into that Starbucks (not realizing you have to PAY) to check my email via their wireless, Mayu walked around the little shops. She took a snap of me as a penguin.

And we drove up the huge bridge again going back. Heading for AZ, TX and all points southeast.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

George Lucas, a Bickersons fan?

This summer, in Entertainment Weekly, they were doing a big spread on the summer films, with one of the biggest stories going to the new Indiana Jones movie (now easily dwarfed, as is everything, by Batman). In the opening paragraph talking about Lucas and Spielberg (pictured together), the author likened them to The Bickersons, saying they'd both grown up on radio.

My serious question is - are you a Bickersons fan, Mr. Lucas? Do you have my book?

If ANYone reading this is remotely close to George Lucas, please ask him for me, huh? No Clooney or Eastwood or Brooks or people working today have ever contacted me to say "hey, I'm glad you published a book on (whatever)." It sure would be nice to hear that.

Thanks.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

more San Diego!


















When we drove to that island, we parked and had a lovely walk on the boardwalk overlooking the sea, between a huge hotel (which must've been the pattern for Disneyworld's Grand Floridian!) and the pristine sand that looked like sugar (or Splenda, if you prefer). Some giftshops, a nice lunch. A perfect way to say goodbye to California!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

San Diego!


















Okay, back to the trip. Here we are driving into San Diego on a bridge that just kept going up and Up. It goes onto an island, where we spent a nice afternoon's browsing. More tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Fly book!


I wanted to share this with you too. Anyone who's a sci-fi fan will want this book. Great cover, huh? Click on it for more info.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Fred Flintstone and Eddie Cantor


I'll interrupt the trip for a bit of book biz. First off, is there anyone reading this blog who goes to film conventions? I have a bunch of postcards I'd really like to have on the free postcard/flyer table that most cons have. I'd be happy to give you a free book for your trouble.

Also, I wanted to mention my new book on Alan Reed (voice of Fred Flintstone), which is almost ready. I'm proofing it and putting photo placements in it right now, and then it's off to the printer! I'm VERY pleased with this book. Of course, most was written by Alan himself, being mostly an unpublished autobiography, but I did collect up a lot of stuff, with the help of many smart researchers. Click on the picture for more info.

Also ready is Janet Gari's book. She's the daughter of Eddie Cantor and one of the nicest ladies you'd ever want to meet. In fact, you can meet her in Newark this October - and us too! - at FOTR, the big radio convention. It's a book about her parents, especially her mom, Ida, who has always taken a back seat to this comedy giant.

Friday, August 1, 2008

headin' for the ocean!


















After Disneyland, we were really heading back home. But, we wanted to take a different route than the more direct one we came in on, so we headed south towards San Diego. Before that, we got really close to the coast, so of course we had to stop and see the ocean. Who doesn't like watching the ocean for a while? It was quite a sight. Too bad we didn't have chairs with us!