Wednesday, June 08, 2016

My Mostly Harmless Musings

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
—Ray Bradbury

David Siegel Bernstein

Sorry Mr. Yellow Hat

I know I’ve been naughty by not posting as often as I should. So here is a quickie. Quick because: this is THE week. The perfect temporal storm. What am I talking about? Good question (me). This week is Wizard World Comic Con (June 1-4), the Philadelphia Writers Conference (the PWC is Philly’s Premier Writers conference June 10-12) and interlaced through both is Philadelphia Beer Week (June 3-12). By the way, if you are going to the PWCremember to say hi! We can share a brew.
Here I am combining beer and writing at a previous PWC.  

Here is a message to my writing friends (who are probably (I hope) goofing right now to read this).

I read this headline: Suicidal twin kills sister by accident.

Oh and Speaking of The Philly Comic Con

      Hi From the Clan. We wish you were here        Meeting a friend for drinks (don't judge me.)

Personal Insight: I'm LOLing on the outside while WTFing on the inside when people use acronyms in their posts.

Important news: Trader Joe's took something good (dare I say something perfect?) and reduced it to a joke—a violation of the tongue! I'm sorry to announce Joe's now offers a Sweet Potato and Kale pizza. Yes, I know there are those of you who will run out to buy this (and yes, I question your life choices).

In writing news: I’m expanding the section about extra dimensions in the string theory chapter of a nonfiction project. So yes, you could say the size (dimensions) of the chapter is growing. Sorry, cheap joke. I'm also working on a devilish short story. I think from the adjective in the last sentenceyou can figure out who my misunderstood (or is she?) main character is. 

Books I'm reading (and that I recommend you give a try) 

On deck
That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more.
      And remember

Friday, March 18, 2016

My Mostly Harmless Musings

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words
—Mark Twain

Everyone believes me when I tell them the above—except for my author friends. (Shoot, what do they know about writing anyway?)

I suggest backing away from the fence. Now! Smooth jazz and poetry may be coming.

Science fact: don’t forget, tonight the Moon will be visible from the Earth. The last time this happened was last night.

The musical fact: that there’s a highway to Hell and only a stairway to Heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.

Word of the Post: Namascray  (nah-mas-cray) The crazy in me recognizes and honors the crazy in you.

Here is some writing contest news. The 2016 Spring Forward Contest is now open! It is the Philadelphia Writers' Conference annual spring contest for the chance to win half price registration to this year's conference. If you happen to love writing, submit something under 1000 words. It can be anything. A short story, a poem, a lyric essay, a quick article, a funny little bon mot. Just get in by March 21.

These Comics are dedicated to my researcher friends

This one is for my writer friends

And now for an example of the inhumanity comic book fans have to deal with. Watch a weather presenter *accidentally* tear a rare comic book poster! This is from Good Morning Britain.

Does any besides me think this might be a good gift for Michelle?

Michelle: the answer had better be no.

Here is the only third grader to qualify for the finals of the Geography Bee (Think of a Spelling Bee only in this competition she crushed Geography facts). All other contestants were fourth graders.

Science Fair Domination: the launch of homemade rockets for fuel ratio-altitude testing.
Homeland Security did not show up.

A picture of the project documentarian

Michelle and I caught some interesting art at a Pop Art exhibit.

I'll leave you with some parental advice

Gratuitous picture that combines an attractive woman (Michelle), a golden car, and the football.

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Mostly Harmless Musings

I’d like to begin this post with the Writer’s Prayer:
Lord, give me Coffee to change the things I can change and Whiskey to accept the ones I cannot.

Inspirational Quotes of this month's post
"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books."
- Kanye West

"Whatever. Book's don't give autographs." - David Siegel Bernstein

Guess what is coming up. Give up? Already? That was quick. Anyway, the answer: the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. The oldest writing conference in the country! So come to the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia June 12-14 and embrace your creativity. The festivities are kicked off by the renowned author Sara Shepard. She is the author of the New York Times Best Selling series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, both of which have been made into hit shows on ABC Family. She is both the opening speaker and a workshop leader for a feature on writing for television and movies.

Stephen Fried will put his own unique stamp on the Keynote address on Saturday evening. Stephen has been writing for nearly forty years, and his work has garnered praise and acclaim from every quarter, ranging from the National Magazine Award (the magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), to the Medal of Honor from the Vidocq Society for his investigative piece "Cradle to Grave."  He even is credited with the creation of a new word (fashionista) by the Oxford English Dictionary, coined when writing his first book, Thing of Beauty, which discusses the life and death of Philadelphia born model Gia Garangi.

I'm on the board of directors--so you know it will be good. Besides the usual great workshops: Novel Writing, Short Stories, Writing for the YA market, Non-Fiction writing, Playwriting, and how to be a Social Media Ninja, the Master Classes this year are dedicated to Poetry and Screenwriting. Click on this link for the complete PWC agenda because there is a lot I haven't mentioned.

And as always, if you do come, remember to find me and say hi, or better yet, buy me a beer.

And now for some non-literary musings.

Look at the ads below: first off it is NOT legal to kill a woman (see add #7) and second is "Go Gay" still on the market? (see #8). Finally, what is inappropriate about add #9? My lady Michelle deliberately doesn't store-test so she can be.... oh never mind.

It's time for a dance party! Just don't invite any Noble Gasses (watch this informative video to find out why).

Let's talk about Wizard World Philadelphia (Comic Con Philly) for a bit. The pictures below in particular.

Two facts about the Con: David Tennant was excited (I don't think it was about me) and I'll never tell anyone what Billie Piper saw (which might be about me).

Oh look--Seth and Gwendolyn got chomped up at the Con.

What Con is complete without Summer Glau? Answer: none.

These characters surprisingly weren't popular.


Now that Gwendolyn has met Westley (Caray Elwes) from the Princess Bride... I fear I now have to go around calling her Princess Buttercup. It made her day when he told her, "As you wish."


I couldn't figure out who this guy was. I had no clues. Any ideas?

Who doesn't recognize Burt Reynolds and Dee Snider (unlikely Comic Con guests, but who am I to judge)? 

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more. 

Bonus (memorial) Pic

And then there was only One