Friday, November 07, 2008
Here’s a Quick Couple of Things
Thing 1: Pretty historic election year, no? It was very cool indeed. While I did not vote for either McCain of Obama (I’m independent and voted accordingly – what can I say, I believe that there should be more than two generic parties representing the whole of American society) you just can’t let this moment in time pass by without saying something. One of the best quotes I heard concerning the results of the election came from an African American man on the streets of Philly. He said, “I can now look into my children’s eyes and finally say that they can be anything that they want to be.” How amazing is the weight of that sentence? Although I didn’t vote for Obama I do stand behind our President Elect and wish him (and all of us for that matter) a prosperous four to eight years.
Thing 2: Michael Crichton passed away earlier this week. Wikipedia says the following about Mr. Crichton, “(October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author, film producer, film director, medical doctor, and television producer best known for his science fiction and techno-thriller novels, films, and television programs. His books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide. His works were usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He was the author of The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Disclosure, Rising Sun, Timeline, State of Fear, Prey, and Next. He was also the creator of ER, but most famous for being the author of Jurassic Park, and its sequel The Lost World, both adapted into high grossing films and leading to the very successful franchise.” For yours truly, I loved Jurassic Park, Eaters of the Dead, and Timeline; great reads all. If you haven’t read him, put him on your list. I recommend that you start with Jurassic Park. If your only experience with the story is seeing the movie then you are in for a treat.
Thing 3: I need to get back to writing this month’s novel for NaNoWriMo (see previous post or click on the link to the left). Due to circumstances unforeseen by this writer my word count is falling behind and I should be hacking away at unresolved plot points.
I’ll talk to you later, Gentle Reader; I must now apply nose to grindstone.