October 2008 will go down in my personal history as one of the most eventful. I’d rather not mention the more sordid events, but I can say that I was horribly sick at the start of the month. It took me more than a week to recover. A week later, my wife Ilyn fell sick with fever, coughs and cold. A week later I caught her bug and was sick again. Only now am I really recovering again, but I’m still a bit woozy from the Mucobron.
Because of this I missed my Timawa deadline. Less income this month.
The nail on the pinky of my left foot came off when I kicked a box.
Arlan Esmeña, my artist for “Where Bold Stars Go To Die” was confined to a hospital for an operation. I’m not 100% certain of it’s release at Komikon now. But I’m glad my friend is OK.
A couple of fund raising things for Elmer #4 fell through, bumming me out. Important messages I sent to people went unanswered. I’m being ignored and don’t think I don’t know it. Ignore me all you like, but in the end you still owe me. In fairness, there are messages I don’t reply to as well. Just because. Rest assured that if it’s important, I’ll get back to you eventually.
I met the unofficial “acting” mayor of San Pablo City. I got interviewed on Cable TV. My pets are featured in a local pet magazine. I learned to cook Scampi Ala Calabrese (or was that last month?) I met old friends and classmates in Facebook. Stephen Fry is following me on Twitter. And I can’t believe I’m actually corresponding with Robert Llewellyn.
I saw “The Incredibles” and “13 Going on 30″ and “Enchanted” one after the other and while I enjoyed The Incredibles, I enjoyed Enchanted much much more.
I read the The War of the Worlds by HG Wells and I thought it was fantastic. I heard the original 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ adaptation of The War of the Worlds and it’s brilliant. I saw the 1953 adaptation starring Gene Barry and I thought it was great. No tripods though. I saw Spielberg’s version and I thought the effects were excellent although I didn’t like how the aliens came to Earth. Tommygirl was tolerable. I saw a War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave starring C. Thomas Howell. It had some good ideas, but the execution was bad. By far the most faithful adaptation is from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II, which I also browsed just to reassure myself.
I saw Independence Day and and when Randy Quaid sacrificed himself it made me cry. Other things that made me cry: Nathan Stark dying in Eureka, the last episode of Three’s Company, And Extras Christmas Special 2007.
My new favorite TV show is Dead Like Me, although I discovered it 4 years after it went off the air.
I received some awesome hardcover graphic novels from France in the mail from my pal Dejan including Travis Charest’s Meta-Barons and a couple of Incals drawn by Ladronn.
When I was sick I dreamed of Martian tripods.
October 28, 2008