Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Help! I'm Losing Followers!

Jesus, I went from 48 Followers to 47!  WTF?  Was it something I said?  I have few enough Followers as it is.  I can't afford to lose any.  What is it you want?  More pathos?  More sex? Drugs? Rock 'n roll?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Literary Agent Scandal!

Hey, here's an interesting article on how Saul Bellow's former agent has disappeared among allegations of missing royalty money.  Something to be wary of, if we ever actually do get ourselves a flippin' agent.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Why Did I Watch 'The Road'?

Just finished watching The Road.  Movie of the book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy.  Post apocalypse.  Dreadfully depressing.  But I knew that going in, because I already read the damn book.  So why did I watch the damn movie?  Spoiler alert: don't read the next sentence if you plan on seeing the movie and haven't already.  Even if they tweaked it with just the teensiest bit of optimism in the movie version, totally fucking absent from the book, by having the kid find a living beetle just before his dad croaks.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Special TMI Friday - Travener Revealed!

Scores of you have been clamoring for a photo of the real Travener (OK, well, Amber has), so here it is!

Now, this is an, uhm, somewhat dated photo of me.  This is not because I am vain (Carly Simon once told me that song is not about me), but rather to protect myself from having to defend myself against the horde of my many fans in the Greater Seattle Area, among them Dawn Simon and Too Cute to be Very Interesting, who will demand my autograph if they see me in the street or at Fado.

This special treat will be up for 48 hours only (that TV show: yes, inspired by an old feat of derring-do of mine), so it comes down at 10:31 a.m. PDT Sunday, June 13.  Enjoy while you can!

Monday, June 7, 2010

I Want to Sleep With Scarlett Johansson

First Roni did it, then musing Amber.  Now, me.  Next: you.

My Favorite Beverage

[Laphroaig scotch]

My Hometown

[Tucson, Arizona]

[current hometown]

Favorite TV Show

[Fey = funniest woman in the world]

My Occupation
[formerly:  big middle-ranking shot at Very Important Organization]

My First Car

['67 VW Beetle - had the new headlights but the classic chrome bumper]

My Favorite Dish

[corned beef and cabbage -- seriously]

Celebrity I've Been Told I Resemble

[unlike William Hurt, I still have all my hair]

Celebrity on My To-do List

[I should be so lucky]

Favorite Childhood Toy

[still have him]

Any Random Picture

[Google "any random picture" and this is what you get]

Your turn!

Update: Changing the title of this post to "I Want to Sleep With Scarlett Johansson" to see if it will draw more attention...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Men Who Write Chick Lit

So, can men write good chick lit?  I ask this because I just finished Beginner's Greek by James Collins, a sort of modern-day Jane Austen-type of novel wherein various people find their way to True Love.  There was a lot of verbiage about what people were feeling, why they were feeling that way, what they might or might not do about their feelings.  The kind of stuff that usually doesn't appeal to, uhm, men.  I found it hard to finish and basically skimmed the last 100 pages just to get to the end.  So, the question stands: any male authors you know who write great chick lit?  Now that I think of it, any women who write great thrillers (as opposed to mysteries)?  And should we care?