Thursday, August 31, 2006
Ooooh, Scary Restaurants
Ooooh, Scary Restaurants
Burger King Kong
White Castle of Blood
TGI Friday the Thirteenth
Fuddruckurse of Frankenstein
Marge Schott's Red Hots (only in Cincinnati)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane-A-Burger
Waffle House on Haunted Hill
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Okay, maybe not. But there is another Wilbur Hucks post up at Scenes & Beans.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
A woman pregnant with twins gives birth Oct. 29, 2006. One child is delivered at 1:59am, the other five minutes later. Because daylight savings time ends a minute after the first delivery, the second takes place at 1:04am.
Imagine the ensuing hilarity as the children fight over who's oldest.
(Of course, if the children were born in Hawaii, Arizona or parts of southern Indiana, they're exempt from this quandary.)
Monday, August 28, 2006
- Animal / Vegetable / Mineral / Other? other
- Is it flat? no
- Is it hard? yes
- Could it be found in a classroom? sometimes
- Can you play with it? yes
- Does it require specific knowledge to use it? no
- Does it come in a box? no
- Can it bend without breaking? no
- Does it roll? yes
- Do you use it at work? sometimes
- Is it used by the police? yes
- Is it found on a desk? no
- Can you open it? yes
- Does it weigh more than a duck? no
- Does it contain a liquid? no
- Is it made of metal? yes
- Is it multicolored? no
- Is it something you bring along? yes
- Is it used in traveling? sometimes
- Do you use it in your home? sometimes
20Q got it right, though. Can you? (Bragging rights to first person to figure it out in the Comments.)
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Cannibal Cows ... Good Times
I mean, really, they could have said that just to spook us. It may have been Lawrence Welk's place for all we knew. But we dutifully hiked along, certain that at any moment one of the cool staff would jump out and say, "Boo!" (They never did.) At one point we passed some cows. "Cannibal Cows," someone said. Probably someone destined not to be cool no matter how many midnight hikes they took, as someone else -- was it me? -- said, "Then we have nothing to worry about; cannibal cows only eat other cows." If it wasn't me it was probably Lynette; she was snarky like that, too.
Eventually we reached the end of the road. Y'know that giant gate in Jurassic Park? There was a gate that felt about that big. We peeked through and saw a very big house.
Hitchcock's? I've always* wondered.
Last night I started reading Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco. In the introduction, mention is made of Hitch's S.V. estate. I found the section of the book dealing with it and sure enough, the estate was right where we went.
None of the photos looked familiar, but then again none were taken at one in the morning. Still, it's nice to know that we did in fact break a bunch of camp rules -- not to mention trespassing (private road) and defamation of livestock -- and hadn't been on an updated version of a snipe hunt.
<sigh> Good times.
*Well, not always, as I probably would've Googled it by now.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Because Nothing Says "Happy Anniversary" Like
We've got the out 18th anniversary coming up next weekend and I thought I'd check and see what's going on at some of our favorite haunts on the Oregon coast. Turns out Yachats (YAH-hots) is having their 8th Annual Labor Day Pie & Ice Cream Social next Saturday afternoon. The following morning is the Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast (AYCE pancakes with eggs, ham, sausage, coffee and milk).
Unbelievably we're still looking for something to do to celebrate the big one-eight.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Welcome West Lane News Readers
Free nickel tour* of the blog:
Scroll down in the sidebar to the left to find the stories mentioned in the article (What I've Written). Just above that is a graphic link to Brandilyn Collins' Kanner Lake/Scenes & Beans blog (also mentioned in the article). Scroll on down a little further to find the Amazon reviews; most of these are a year-plus old, so if it's for a popular item my review may be buried under the more-recent posts.
Then you've got the blogroll. Most of these are to friends I've met online and/or places I've learned things. Odds are the people at the blogs will be willing to be your friends too.
Finally, the archives. Click a link and take your chances. Never know what you'll find.
That's about it. Keep your arms and legs inside the car until this sentence reaches a full and complete stop; nope, that was a semicolon--the full stop is here.
Thanks again for the visit (sorry about the punctuation joke). Please come again.
*The nickel tour is free. No nickels will be handed out at the tour's conclusion.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
It's All About Me
Yes, the article I've been squawking about is now in print. Head on over to the West Lane News website. Click on "Suspense writer emerges from Triangle Lake" (like I'm some kind of Creature from the Black Lagoon -- I wish!).
[Sept. 1: West Lane News has graciously allowed me to archive a copy of the article online. The above link will take you to their current issue; to read the archived story, click here.]
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Phil, on Oedipus/Electra Complexes
--the pre-first grade six-year-old this afternoon out of nowhere
As long as he’s skips the whole “kill your father” part, I'm good.
Where'd Everybody Go?
A couple of days ago I went from having 70, 80, 100+ first-time visitors per day to having only 9 yesterday and 13 the day before. As far as I can tell, visitors who used to be counted for clicking through to an image referenced in the blog are no longer being counted. That's a bummer because 99% of my traffic from foreign countries came via image search.
Anyone out there have a lot of image search traffic that didn't appear to drop off after switching to Blogger Beta? What stat-tracking service are you using?
Monday, August 21, 2006
So Long, Scratches
I'd read that Brasso could get rid of (or at least reduce) such scratches -- a fact I remembered today at the store instead of on my way home as is usually the case.
So, after half an hour Q-tipping Brasso 'round and 'round, what's the verdict? Two scratches completely gone. Can't tell if the third (and deepest) is reduced or not. It still rainbows, though without the other two running parallel to it, it's less noticeable.
Also, I'm quite buzzed from the Brasso fumes. Wheeeeeeee!!!
Sunday, August 20, 2006
We talked about how I started writing, what the goals for my writing are, how Brandilyn Collins' Scenes & Beans blog works, life here at the lake and at the camp/conference center, and what are some good steps for a new writer to take on their way to publication. We helped a wayward traveler find his way to some public waterfront (I think there may be a Wilbur Hucks story there, but handled more curmudgeonly-ly). We talked about freelance possibilities with the WLN.
Early in our meeting he took a few pictures of me sitting at a picnic table typing on the PowerBook with the lake in the distance. What'd I type?
I’m acting as if I’m typing something that is serious , but really I’m faking it, kind of like murder she wrote.Not sure what that means exactly--except that I'm not going to be trying out at Writer's Improv Nite--but maybe it'll come in handy some time.
Overall a painless process. No embarrassing Tom Cruise furniture jumping. Brushed my teeth beforehand so no leftover tomato or lettuce bits stuck between the cracks. Don't think I oversold myself, or sold myself short for that matter. Gave props to faith*in*fiction, Mount Hermon's Christian Writers Conference, Brandilyn Collins, and the various venues I've been published at.
Rob ('nuff about me; Rob was great, too!) has a Tuesday deadline, so park yourself near a West Lane News retail outlet now and beat the crowds.
I'm Getting Old
Then today I ordered a BLT Ranch chicken sandwich at McDonald's. I was almost halfway through it before I realized they'd forgotten to put the chicken on the bun. Upside: I got one-and-a-half-times the bacon and tomato on the new sandwich. Score!
Saturday, August 19, 2006
So Long Summer
- Phil with Mr. T and Goof
- Phil with Beckham and Berry
- Phil with Daisy and Froggy
- Phil with Raven and Skipper (and Beckham again)
Phil had a great time with all the counselors and campers this year (as is pretty much the case every year). He had a good mini-session at the beginning of the summer and was bummed off and on throughout the past six weeks that he couldn't be a camper again.
To everyone who made this year one of the best (by sending kids, working (esp. volunteers!), and keeping us in your prayers), Thank You!
Thursday, August 17, 2006
If all goes to plan the story will appear in the next week's paper. With a photo. And a Pulitzer for Mr. Lafferty.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
And a few more that have absolutely nothing in common with the preceding vid:
The Wittenburg Door has a couple doozies in their Godstuff collection this week. Anyone know if they ever devoted a whole segment to Jonathan Bell? That little guy tops Bob Tilton and Dr. Gene Scott. What a hoot. (And if you need more Bob Tilton, behold: Farting Preacher 1-5 at Google Video. What a -- dare I say it? I dare -- what a gas.)
I understand that not everyone who enjoys dead bodies in a hot tub will also get a kick out of religious satire -- and vice versa -- but if you're one of the "eclectic" few, consider exploring Brandilyn's catalog and taking out a Door subscription.
Another Wilbur Day in Kanner Lake
Check it out.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Win with 50 Words a Day
Or you can go nuts and crank out 375 words at once and have to whittle away 31.25 words a day...
*No cash, but attention from some big names in Christian-fiction publishing is always good.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
What Phil Did Today
- Phil and Beckham in the boat: 1, 2
- Phil and Beckham in the lake: 1, 2
- Getting the tow rope
- Kneeboardin' Phil: 1, 2, 3
- Getting sideways
- Returning to the boat
- Innertubing with Froggy: 1, 2
- Think he had fun?
Next time Dina can have the joy of winging cardboard boxes into a 10-foot high dumpster.
(More video was taken, but it needs some hefty editing. Stay tuned.)
Captain James T. Kirk is my new wallpaper. Sarek is on deck.
Check 'em out.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
It's a good read. Really good. Guys named Chris write well. And if your last name's Well, doubly so.
Check it out!
2:00pm: Evelyn hit #1 at Technorati. Congrats and happy extended birthday, Chris!
Not a fluffy bunny story. Probably gonna make my mother wonder where she went wrong. (I blame family dinners where liver was served.) Still, enjoy ... if you dare. Mwaaah-ha-ha-haaaah!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Forgiving Solomon Long is at 24,638.
DUfE is also #17 on Technorati's Books List.
But maybe you're asking yourself, Can this guy write? I can eat pretty good off the Taco Bell value menu for the $9.83 Amazon's charging. Why should I order the book and wait 5-8 days for delivery when I can have a mess of Pintos and Cheese right now.
First off, Well's book isn't going to give you near the gas you'll get from the pintos. Your loved ones wanted me to point that out right off the bat.
Second, you can read samples of Chris' writing online. A try before you buy sort of thing. (Try asking for a taster spoon of nacho cheese sauce at the Bell.) Check out the first chapter of Evelyn.
What about the Freebies? Are they worth the money I'm not paying for them? Here's a sample of one of the short stories: Naked Truth (involves no actual nudity, some actual truth).
Lists? Bread, milk, eggs. There's a list; can't imagine anyone getting excited about that, though. Here's one of my favorites, along with STUFF WE HOPE WE NEVER SEE IN CHRISTIAN RETAIL STORES and BAKED POTATO TOPPINGS WE'LL NEVER TRY (AGAIN):
SIGNS YOUR NEIGHBOR MIGHT BE A LEPRECHAUNFunny stuff there.
1/ You thought he was an elf until you heard the accent.
2/ Hoards potatoes like they’re going out of style.
3/ Always wears green, even after Labor Day.
4/ Sure, he grants all your wishes, but there are always horrible consequences.
5/ Leaves St. Patrick’s Day lights up until the middle of July.
Comics? Whatnot? Check out The Miller Sister drawn by Chris's wife, Erica. This is someone with skills, not that person who had you guessing "snake bacon" when you were playing Pictionary. As for Whatnot, hey it can't all be SIGNS YOUR NEIGHBOR MIGHT BE A LEPRECHAUN.
Plus, the party's not just about what you get. It's about what you're giving, too. Chris is hoping for his book to hit #1 on Amazon before the event is over. As of 2pm it was at 1,133. He's got a ways to go, but it's possible he can make it. If you join in the fun. (note to my nephew, Nick, whose own birthday is coming up in a few months: consider yourself in on the fun. happy day to you, too.)
If you need some suggestions to run your tab up to $25 to qualify for free shipping, consider Well's first novel, Forgiving Solomon Long, and Tony Hines's thriller, Waking Lazarus.
20 Foreign Countries
Canada, Australia, Greece, U.K., Finland, Mauritius, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Colombia, Mexico, Viet Nam, Netherlands, Serbia & Montenegro, Switzerland, Jordan, France, Spain, Thailand, and Austria.
Jordan -- first time the country's showed up in my stats -- came looking for this picture of Phil getting a flat-top hair cut (originally, here). Most visitors (25%) are still coming for the shark attack picture. 16% come for Phil giving Thomas the Tank Engine two thumbs up.
So now ya know.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Don't yet know if I'll enter, but "The Revelatory Love Song of Arthur J. MacArthur-Prufrock" has a nice ring to it...
Monday, August 07, 2006
Whaddya Mean, You Don't Read Peter Chianca?
This week he takes a look at kids' "educational" TV and what lessons are being learned.
From the article:
..."Dragon Tales," the show about two kids who travel to "Dragon Land," where all their playmates fly around and breathe fire; it’s like sending your kid to day care at Cirque du Soleil.Also sent up in the article: Bear in the Big Blue House, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, and The Wiggles. The Blue's Clues comment is the best of the bunch.
Funny stuff, Maynard.
Thanks Wilbur and Brandilyn for letting me play along.
[Remember, if you post a comment over at S&B--and you really should--you're talking to Wilbur and/or Bailey Truitt who runs the coffee place. Not me.]
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Brown Like Jazz
Are they good? Mostly. I found if I thought about strawberries while drinking the Strawberries & Cream drink it tasted like strawberries. If I just picked up the bottle and drank it, it tasted like cough syrup (not as bad as Berries & Cream Diet Dr Pepper, which Phil likes for some reason -- <shudder>). The Black Cherry/French Vanilla flavor was always good, though.
I've only seen it in 20 oz. bottles, which makes for a spendy drinking habit. Hopefully BC/FV will come out in 12-packs. (S&C would be fine in 12s, too, but I suspect I'll stick to the Cherry/Vanilla.) Diet Coke has BC/FV in cases; it's currently my preferred flavored name-brand diet cola choice, but the local Wally's Superstore almost never has it in stock.
Check 'em out.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Come Join the Party
- Although Chris turns 40 on the 9th, the party begins at 6pm on the 8th and continues until noon on the 10th. Anytime during those hours, buy the book at Amazon and e-mail Chris your order confirmation code to get in on the fun.
- One lucky party member will win $144 worth of mysteries and thrilllers from Chris's publisher, Harvest House. When you send in your confirmation code, be sure to say "Chris Mikesell sent me." That way if you win, I win, too.
To recap: Between 6pm, August 8 and noon, August 10 buy Deliver Us from Evelyn at Amazon. Before the end of August 11 (Tennessee-time, where Chris lives, just to be safe), e-mail your Ammy confirmation code to Birthday06@StudioWell.com with the message "Chris Mikesell sent me."
If you already have DUfE, consider buying it and Forgiving Solomon Long as a Christmas present or birthday gift for a friend or family member. Anniversary present spouse-to-spouse, not so much--but the first anniversary is paper, so if someone asked you to be in their wedding party a year ago, now you know what to buy them.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
My first Door submission was accepted about this time last year; it ran in the Nov/Dec edition.
And So It Begins ... Again
If I ever get the whole season/series it'll be on DVD, but it was worth $1.99 for "B^2." Some pivotal plot moments plus Zathras (or was it Zathras? or maybe Zathras; I'm not sure).
Looking forward to future seasons and "Passing through Gethsemane" and "Intersections in Real Time."
Good stuff, Maynard.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
On a Tangent
On Sunday they posted reviews of stories in DKA's June edition, which included my piece, "The Fortunate Purgatory of Arthur MacArthur."
Here's what Tangent had to say about TFP:
Mikesell's writing is strong, having a distinctive voice and a facile eye for viewing the (under)world. "The Fortunate Purgatory of Arthur MacArthur" is both a lighthearted and a sad tale, and Mikesell is able to successfully switch between both without losing a step. There are plenty of interesting descriptions here, and the originality of it is something to appreciate. The ending is appropriate and satisfying.Not too shabby.
(tip o' the hat to Mir for the heads up)