Friday, October 07, 2005

Of Cat People and Cabman Grey or Write, Damn You!

We'll meet again on Thriller
Hoo boy. Got my mitts on The Val Lewton Horror Collection. All nine of the horror films Val produced at RKO, including three of Boris Karloff's best performances and some of the best early work by directors Jaques Tourneur, Robert Wise and Mark Robson. The set also includes a nice documentary with interviews from the likes of Harlan Ellison, Robert Wise, Ramsey Campbell, George Romero and Richard Matheson among others. Included is two personal favorites of mine (The Body Snatcher and Bedlam). Just in time for Halloween, too. Here's the Amazon link (no I'm not afilliated either Amazon or WB). If you're a classic film and/or classic horror fan you owe it to yourself to get this set. Worth it for the Karloffs alone. Elsewhere, I dood it. I committed myself (no, not that kind). I guess this blogging went to my head because I signed up to write a novel at the National Novel Writing Month website. Here's the way it works: you sign up starting in October and you start writing November 1st. You have until November 30th to write 50,000 words (approximately 175 pages, the size of a novella). If you make the deadline, you win. Win what, you say? Well, first off you get, uh, well...here's what it says in the FAQ: Write like crazy for thirty days. If you write 50,000 words of fiction by midnight, local time, November 30th, you will be added to our hallowed Winner'’s Page, and receive a handsome winnerÂ’s certificate and web icon. The adding of your name to the Honor Roll of Winners requires that you send in a version of your novel in text format (scrambled for security) to our site to be counted. That's about it. You write like crazy. Don't matter if it's good, bad or ugly. Don't matter if it's not finished after 50,000 words. You don't even have to win. The point is, you tried. I, who doesn't even like to sign my name, think it looks like fun (we'll see). Anyone else wanna try, you can sign up at the website. It's free, too. If you do it, remember, you can plan, outline whatever you want before Novembe1st but you cannot start writing before November 1st. That's all for now. More interesting stuff later.

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