Friday, October 31, 2008

happy Halloween!


Oh no, it's Halloween!! And we're back from the convention. Tired. Not sure if we'll do anything tonight. Maybe watch a Michael/Halloween dvd and that's it. :)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

gords and corn
















We're not farmers - I know it seems to be turning into a farmer's blog. But since I'm NOT a farmer, I'm intrigued by the novelty of all this. In fact, we went back just yesterday with my grandmother, got ourselves another soft serve swirl of vanilla and peach homemade ice cream, and a styro cup of boiled peanuts, and watched the people (a Lot of 'em) get in and out of their cars. What a Saturday, eh? Well, it Is different. Colorful place. More photos tomorrow!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

the pumpkin patch!
















Can't believe I didn't post yesterday! We've been so busy with the move - and I got a gold filling yesterday too, so I guess I missed a day!

Anyway, here are more photos of that pumpkin patch. Colorful, eh? We'll be going back again before we leave. They've got homemade vanilla/peach ice cream. Plus the best boiled peanuts around. Why vendors don't sell boiled peanuts outside of the south, I've no idea. I can understand fried okra, but them peanuts is good!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

sunflowers!
















So we went to the colorful pumpkin patch and traded pictures with an Asian family (we took their picture, they took ours - we do this a Lot!) and got the following picture in front of the farm's lovely sunflower field. Mayu was surprised to see it so full this time of year. That's a perk of living in the south. Doesn't get as cold!

And that's me feeling Real cotton. Wow, those seeds are big. And that natural cotton is Soft.

Monday, October 13, 2008

outside yesterday



Beautifully cool, cloudy day to be out yesterday, so we went a few miles from Albany to a "melon patch" which is now a "pumpkin patch"! And we drove past the Georgia cotton fields to...

Tune in tomorrow!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

trailers

My friend and I saw Body of Lies last night, a political drama nothing like the trailer. You think it's going to be about an agent who wants out of the CIA, but it's not that story, and not that dramatic.

The trailer for Beverly Hills Dog (easier to spell) was equally deceptive. You think it's going to be about the dogs fighting back against being treated like toys and dolls. No, it's about a BH dog who gets lost and has to find her way home. I felt Especially cheated by this Disney film, as I couldn't get into it because I was watching the wrong movie.

Well, now I'll be as wary of trailers as I am critic reviews!

Friday, October 10, 2008

the boid!


Everyone gets the boid today!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I finished my zombie novel yesterday!


Yes, yesterday I finished the zombie novel I'd been working on the last 6 months or so. I wrote about 30 minutes on it most mornings (lots of exceptions to that rule), and finally finished.

I became a horror movie fan in 1990 when I saw Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead which I think/thought was Super. There was something about the slowness of the dead people and the continuous growing of their number that really frightened and intrigued me. Yet, my mind took it (and most horror films) like a comedy, because like comedy, it deals in something unrealistic and over the top that you can't really treat as ordinary or "it's going to happen to me."

So, I started watching all the old horror films I'd never seen - which was All. The only horror film I'd seen up to that point (I was 20) was Halloween on HBO when I was a kid. I found the 1980s to be my favorite decade for horror, and the most prolific. Plus, most of it was made for the big screen, with its professional quality and budget, unlike today's mostly DVD releases which are like uncensored TV movies.

So, from Night I discovered Romero's superb Dead trilogy, and Dawn became one of my 5 favorite films:

(In no order, once again, for those who missed the list the first time!)
My Fair Lady
Star Wars
Dawn of the Dead '78
After the Thin Man
The Falcon Takes Over

So, this year I wrote The Bickersons' Love Letters, my zombie book, a couple short stories - ALL unproofed/unedited so far. Not bad for someone also having finished books on Alan Reed and Tim Kelly, plus running a publishing company, eh?

Oh, that picture you see here is just because I couldn't find anything scary on my computer. :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

swan!


I swan. How 'bout you?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

moving to Japan!


Well, for those of you who've heard the rumors - it's true. We're moving to Japan next month! In the next 2 weeks we've got to finish packing up the house stuff, hire a truck, drive it to Atlanta, then come back, load up the car with a last load of books, then drive up to Newark, NJ for one last radio convention, then 2 weeks later, we're on a plane for Osaka, Japan.

I want to calm those who are concerned about the future of BearManor Media. I've even written a story to be placed in Classic Images about this, because my #1 concern in all this isn't for myself being in Japan or any other personal or professional reason. I have all the biz stuff worked out about this move.

My #1 concern is what You all think of this move. I don't want anyone thinking I'm going out of business or I'll be inaccessible or uninterested or busy or doing non-book work. The one question I get the most from authors is: "how can you run a business from Japan?" So I need to explain the situation a bit more.

First, the whole point of the move is because most of what I do - about 90% - is online. I don't talk on the phone much or get many phone orders. Not many orders by post either. Most orders come online. I now have a new phone # which is on the BM website. It's a Calif. # which works from anywhere in the world. So now you call Calif and talk me in GA. Soon you'll call Calif and talk to me in Japan. And it won't cost you a cent more. You're calling Calif!

I have 2 fulfillment companies that pack and ship books for me. The only difference to living in Japan is the perks - for all of us. I will have more time and resources there to build up BearManor Media. The plan is to produce more titles, more ads, more awareness of our company. I'm very Excited about this. That's why it's IMPORTANT to me that every customer and author reading this understands that this move is a good thing. So please feel free to ask me all the questions you like, and start cheering us on! My goal is to KEEP printing books other publishers won't take a chance on. Larger publishers are concerned more with profits than with preserving history. I'm no idiot, tho. I'm always on the lookout for GOOD sellers (we've got books coming on Jaws, Hulk, Dead End Kids, etc.), so that I can temper them with the NOT SO GOOD sellers that deserve just as much to be published, but which are so much more iffy, profitly speaking. Iffy does not = valueless.

Sorry for the speech there. But I hope you see my passion for what I do. This is what I love doing and what needs to be done. YOU can help me, by spreading this message. Tell all your celebrity friends they should write a book. :) And when you tell them who'd be interested, don't say "this guy in Japan," say BearManor Media!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

An American Carol

My friend and I went to see this last night. I didn't think Mayu would like it. But now I know why NO ONE will like this film. There are 2 BIG failures to this film.

1. The hatred of Michael Moore obliterates anything else. I'm not for or against MM, but this film almost seems like a tax write-off which doesn't mind being a failure as long as it gets its HEAVY HANDED point across: MM is an enemy of the USA, a larger threat than any terrorist plot that can be conceived. Now, this doesn't belong in a comedy. Or, it should just be done better. I really like the film JFK. Great movie. And An American Carol is not JFK, though that president is "in" it.

I did like the multitude of sets, camera shots and obvious $$ that went into this film. But it suffers from the same thing that caused Meet the Spartans to fail: sameness. 1 joke, 1 point, in your face, constantly. Which brings me to

2. There needed to be more jokes. Meet the Spartans is a Terrible, terrible film and I never thought I'd say something Good about it, but in comparison to An American Carol, at least it did attempt jokes. Body humor tho they were. Ameteurish/little theatreish and without wit tho they were. Now, in Airplane (which is why I went to see director Zucker's newest in the first place), when Ted Striker is having a conversation, at least he's looking at flowers and painting a nude woman. In An American Carol, when the dialogue is laborious and drowning in its own boring political message, how about some jokes in the background? Something else to laugh at. A reason to see the film a 2nd time, to catch all the goodies. Nope.

These 2 reasons are why the film is going to fall and disappear quickly. Meet the Spartans should've too, but it opened at #1 in its week, beating out Rambo, poor guy.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

today is our 2nd anniversary!


Yes, 2 years ago in Kyoto, Mayu and I got married on Oct. 1st. Then last year we had our ceremony in Tokyo Disneyland - actually, in the hotel overlooking DisneySea, a beautiful area unlike anything in Disneyworld. This is my favorite picture of my lovely bride.

It's been a fast, beautiful 2 years. And I look forward to 222 more.