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What I've been working on. [Aug. 4th, 2007|10:29 pm]
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That 7 Things Meme [Jul. 9th, 2007|03:40 pm]

Tagged by bookbear  :

Instructions: Each player starts with 7 random habits/facts about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged & list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged.

1.  My father was the first Japanese-American Officer ever in the US Navy.

2.  Since working at my current job, I have had to call the cops three times.  I've never had to do that before, and I've worked in both a bank and a gun store.

3.  Possibly the first R-rated movie I ever saw all the way through was an exploitation movie called Trip With The Teacher.    If I had to guess, I must have been seven or so.  My mom was staying overnight somewhere, and he was watching it--and there was a spot in my old house that you could see the rec room TV (which was the one that had cable) from the second floor (which is where my room was) without getting spotted by whoever was watching.  As a result, I saw pretty much the entire movie (only missing a little of the beginning).  What I remember of the movie is that it was about this all female class on a field trip (to the desert for some reason) who gets kidnpped and terrorized by a group of bikers (one of whom is played by Zalman King!)  The teacher, I remember, doesn't look all that much older than the students.  Anyway, the teacher is stripped entirely naked for pretty the whole movie (the evil bikers won't let her put her clothes back on).  Eventually, the teacher gets her bloody revenge--and I didn't sleep for a week.  I remember my dad telling my mom the next day, "Don't see 'Trip With The Teacher.'"  To this day, I've been trying to find a copy.

4. I actualy used to like Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers.

5. My late grandmother on my father's side, Shige Matsushita, had somehow gotten through her whole life without ever hearing, saying, or knowing what the word "fuck" meant, until she heard me say it.  I was 14 at the time, and I said it a LOT.  She went up to my mom and said, "Um, Geri?  what does the word 'Fuck' mean?  The kids seem to be saying it a lot."  (In truth, I was the only one, and my cousins complained to me later that my language was out of control.  Glad to see all of that has changed.)

6. I make my scrambled eggs with milk, honey, and MSG.  Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

7. My first attempt at creative writing (not for school) may have been a 8 page (or so) children's book I wrote (with crayons and construction paper, of course) when I was about six or seven.  I don't remember what it was about, but I remember my impetus to write it:  In the Sunday funnies, there was a cartoon that had a note suggesting that you could cut it out and use it as a bookmark.  I didn't know what a bookmark was, and when I asked my mom, I misunderstood what she meant, and thought it was something that you glued into the book (for reasons unknown).  Not wanting to ruin any of my books, I decided to just write one myself, just so I could "use my new bookmark."  There's something about this whole story that sums up my creative direction, I think. 

Okay, I tag: 

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How You'll Know [Jun. 17th, 2007|11:39 pm]

The latest vlog from me.

(And in case you're wondering, mrsveteran, yes, I do miss Spudnuts.)

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The My Soundtrack Meme [Jun. 17th, 2007|10:10 am]
I just couldn't resist.  Stolen from mrsveteran.

My Soundtrack
So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool..

so here it goes

Opening Credits:
Nookie (Daffy Duck Remix) - Limp Bizkit

Waking Up:
Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim

First Day At School:
Creep - Radiohead

Falling In Love:
The Stuff - Reefer Madness Soundtrack (Oddly appropriate.)

Breaking Up:
Requiem For A Dream (Lord Of The Rings Trailer Remix) - Clint Mansell  (This sounds like the worst breakup EVER.)

Chateau (From The Matrix Reloaded Soundtrack) - Rob Dougan

Life's Ok:
Sympathy For the Devil (Fatboy Slim Remix) - Rolling Stones  (Hmmmmm.)

Mental Breakdown:
You Know My Name - Chris Cornell (Apparently, my nervous breakdown takes the form of me thinking I'm James Bond.)

I Feel Fantastic - Jonathan Coulton (This really IS my driving song!)

Getting Back Together:
Diggin' Your Scene - Smash Mouth

Wedding Scene:
Down At The Ol' Five And Dime - Reefer Madness Soundtrack

Birth of Child:
In A Gadda Da Vida -Iron Butterfly  (I don't know who I feel worse for--the mother or the child)

Final Battle:
Beethoven's Fifth Gold Digger - Beethoven vs. Kanye West (I am totally setting a final battle to this song.)

Death Scene:
Then The Morning Comes - Smash Mouth (Mrs. V and I both have Smash Mouth songs playing at our deaths?)

Funeral Song:
Reefer Madness! - Reefer Madness soundtrack

End Credits:
My Blanket And Me - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown  (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  Somewhere, Kelly Kiorpes is smiling.)
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In a world where Kelly and Emily beat the crap out of each other... [May. 3rd, 2007|05:11 pm]
This is a trailer for a movie that doesn't exist, written by Doug Reed, edited by myself, starring Emily Mills, Kelly Kiorpes, and Kathy Lynn Sliter, and directed by Nick Drake. Visual effects by Detonationfilms.com. It's basically what I was doing all last week.

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Upcoming up and coming. [Apr. 18th, 2007|12:31 pm]
This week on 'Plaint, I plug Revenge Of The Mini-Musicals II, Short Shorts, and even present the full script to the pilot episode of my new Short Shorts series, entitled "Disarming." It's sorta like Moonlighting, but with really awful people.
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The first chapter has been sent... [Apr. 1st, 2007|11:17 am]
Okay, has anyone not gotten the first chapter?

At least one person didn't get it, but that may be because of whatever spam filter you're using.  Yahoo's even sent my mail to the spam folder.

Let me know, and we shall fix.
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Two Days 'Til Tony. [Mar. 29th, 2007|04:05 pm]

I just sent out a test email (with a jpeg "cover" for "Knock Knock"), so if you've subscribed (we're up to 43 of this writing!), and you didn't get it, or if you want to sign up before everything gets going in two days, email me at mr6@yahoo.com.

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30 Days Of Mystery [Mar. 26th, 2007|01:32 pm]
Hey, everyone,
Sometime last year (okay, the year before), I wrote a 30-chapter mystery novella called "Knock Knock," that I'm just dying to share.
The thing is, I feel that when you hand someone a huge stack of paper (and a prose one, at that), it becomes this albatross in their house--that thing that they want to read, but will never get to (I'm sorta guilty of this one myself).
My solution?  30 days in April.  30 Chapters.  A chapter a day.  Cliffhanger-style.
"Knock Knock," incidentally, is about Anthony Phillip Grover, a.k.a. Tony Bompicelli, a.k.a. "Tony The Bomb," former mobster from Claymore, New Jersey, now living in the Witness Protection Program in the pseudo-liberal town of Iver, Wisconsin. 
When a sex offender moves into Tony's neighborhood, Tony does not react well to that.  Not at ALL.   After over a decade of keeping a low profile, Tony's ready to start some major crime again...
If you're interested in joining my email subscription list, just send me an email at mr6@yahoo.com and let me know. 
Again, this will start April 1st, and you'd receive a chapter a day for the whole month.  Almost every episode ends with a cliffhanger, too, so this'll be a fun read--if you're familiar with my writing, you'll know that I'm kind of a meat-and-potatoes kind of writer--don't expect boring, pretentious, and flowery prose--and DO expect profanity, violence, and all the other stuff your mother warned you about.
Feel free, during the process, to send critical or encouraging emails--there may be a good chance that the pages I send out will be revised based on comments and such.
And, if all goes well, later this year, you'll see the sequel, tentatively titled "Soccer Moms."
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My first NYC review. [Mar. 12th, 2007|12:47 pm]
No time to talk, but check this out:
Note to self:  Try not to alienate the NYC critics.
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