Bucs Blog! 2014 Season, Week 3.

The scene earlier tonight, in Atlanta:

Falcons 56 – Bucs 14

No, that’s a real score.

Honestly I have no (more) words to describe what I just watched tonight. In front of a national–nay, global–audience, my beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers basically laid down on the turf at the Georgia Dome and presented themselves, animal kingdom style.

I mean, holy shit.

When I said “I have no (more) words,” this refers to the fact that I used up most of my best ones during the game itself, which I decided to live Tweet (more or less) in a desperate bid to avoid having to go shopping for another bottle of vodka so soon after my last purchase. If the cashier at the store knows you by your name and preferred label, it may be time to rein that in a bit, right?

So, rather than the pointless blather which usually fills this space in place of critical football analysis, I instead give you my Tweets from the game:

After the Falcon’s opening drive to start the game, which resulted in a touchdown:
“I’m guessing the defense is still in the locker room or something?”

Then I started rolling….
“The are making a great case for an NFL version of the Mercy Rule.”

And later, as the aforementioned train came off the rails….
“I love how the Falcons aren’t easing up. 35-0 with under a minute to play in the half, but they’re going for more, because fuck everybody :D”

get the ball first in the second half, so you Falcons just need to buckle up and…..STOP LAUGHING.”

“Backup quarterback Mike Glennon just rushed for more yards on one play than the Bucs offense managed in the entire first half.”

turned the ball over again. ‘It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ‘em.'”

“Dear quarterbacks: Your receivers are wearing the same color jersey you are.

When the Falcons were up 42-0 early in the third quarter:
“I think the have let the whole “Lure the Falcons Into A False Sense of Security” thing drag on a bit too long.”

At which point, I had thrown in the towel….
“I’m pretty sure the are hoping for that global killer asteroid right about now.”

“The ghost of John McKay was just spotted on the sideline, swatting all the Gatorade cups off tables.”

“Jim Nance: “That is an embarrassment, right there.” What, you mean compared to the rest of the game to this point?

Then, all of a sudden, the Bucs were scoring!
“Okay, Falcons. are done screwing around. Really.”

“At this point, I’m just hoping one my Tweets gets picked up by the site’s “Social Rewind” feature”

And then they scored again, intercepting a Matt Ryan pass and running it in for the TD!
“Okay, Falcons. Throw seven more picks just like that.

But it was, of course, far too little too late….
“If I’m Lovie Smith, I’m thinking I open my post-game press conference with a puppet show or something.

And so it goes.

The piledriver ass-pounding loss drops Tampa to 0-3, and in ten days’ time they’ll be traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. The win elevates the Falcons to 2-1 and a possible tie for first place in the NFC South division, pending Carolina’s Sunday night game against those same Steelers. So, you know….go Pittsburgh!

Grr. Argh.

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Batman: You’re the Star of the Story, by Kevin Dilmore!

It’s time to pimp my hetero life mate, Kevin.

Many of you know that my best bud and frequent collaborator, Kevin Dilmore, keeps his days busy as a senior writer for Hallmark Cards. There, he writers all manner of awesome things, from catalog and other marketing copy to greeting cards to scripts for short films and everything in between. This includes some my favorite things that he’s ever written: Kids books!

His first foray into this realm came several years ago, when he penned a gift book for Hallmark: Superdad and his Daring Dadventures, which was intended for kids to share with their dads on Fathers Day. More recently, Kevin developed another character for the House of Cards, Cosmic Ray, and wrote three books which were part of a larger interactive storytelling platform that includes roleplaying accessories for the eager young reader. We’re talking a cape, a back, wrist bands, and medallion module with voice recognition built in that talks back to the young reader as they read aloud and utter key phrases sprinkled throughout the books.

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(Yes, he got me my own set.)

For his latest trick, Kevin has taken on a character near and dear to both our hearts: The Caped Crusader himself, Batman!

Using an approach similar to what was done for Cosmic Ray and another Hallmark creation, Princess Harmony, the first book in this new interactive series, The Joker Is On the Air!, comes packaged with a cape and cowl, and a Bat-medallion containing the VR chip. Kevin’s story for this book as well as the second entry, Riddles and Roars!, is augmented with some awesomely stylish illustrations by artist Peter Martin that evoke a feel that hovers between a classic comic and a more modern animated television series episode.

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So, if you’re looking for a gift for that young reader who might also be into superheroes, give these a look. And for those wondering, “What about the girls?” well fear not! Even though Kevin didn’t write them, there is also a set of Batgirl books, complete with their own cape, cowl, and Bat-story talker thingee!

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My daughters have one of each of these, by the way, and they don’t seem to care who wears what.

Of course, I have my own set.

Get your own.

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Novel Spaces – “When Dreams Meet Reality”

writerSo, hey! It’s the 16th again, and that means it’s my turn in the spotlight over at the Novel Spaces blog!

Despite the fact that I’m still dashing like a maniac to meet a manuscript deadline (and fumbling and stumbling my away along toward said goal), I managed to switch gears for a few minutes and talk a bit about an interaction I had with a hopeful would-be published author. They had a dream of getting their Star Trek novel published, and they had approached me about how to go about doing that.

Don’t be fooled: despite my editor’s continued tolerance of my dumb ass, getting such a book published is harder than it looks, and getting to that point if you’re just starting out in the business of writing is harder still.

I don’t particularly enjoy having to tell someone that the dream they’re chasing will be harder to catch than they already believe to be true, but sometimes the truth is the best answer. In this case, the discussion was a positive one, and the writer came away motivated to channel their time and energy into writing original fiction and perhaps trying to pursue their Star Trek novel goal after they’ve gotten some experience.

Anyway, all of that seemed to make for good blog fodder, so boom!

Novel Spaces – “When Dreams Meet Reality”

So, if you’ve got a similar idea/dream of writing that Star Trek, Star Wars, or _____ tie-in novel, this seems to be a good place to drop your questions. :)

My Novel Spaces archive.

 

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Help Get the British Star Trek Comic Strips Reprinted!

Last year, current Star Trek comics publisher IDW unleashed a treasure trove of Trekkie comics goodness on a grateful fandom when it published the two-volume Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, collecting the run of story strips  which ran in a modest number of newspapers belonging to the L.A. Times Syndicate between 1979 and 1983. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that IDW pulled out all the stops for these books, restoring each of the strips (both the black-and-white dailies as well as the full-color Sunday editions) to pristine beauty.


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Having read the strip only sporadically as a kid, I didn’t think twice about dropping coin for both books, as the strips represented a long-lost artifact of Star Trek comics history. I certainly wasn’t alone, as pretty much everyone I know who’s at all into this stuff was going after their own copies, too, in the hopes of filling that gap in their collection.

As it turns out, there’s still another hole waiting to be filled, and we have our friends across the pond to thank for it.

TrekStrips1Beginning in 1969, before the original Star Trek series had even aired on British television, Star Trek strips began appearing in the classic comics magazines Joe 90: Top Secret, Tv-21, Valiant, and Mighty TV, and would continue to do so for the next four years. For the most part, most of these strips have never been available in the U.S. Following the effort to collect, restore and publish the L.A. Time Syndicate strips, there were tentative plans to release the British strips in similar fashion, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Rich Handley, founder and editor of Hasslein Books and the man most responsible for shepherding the U.S. strips project from dream to reality, has launched a grassroots campaign to see if this idea might be reconsidered:

Hasslein Books: Help Get the British Star Trek Comic Strips Reprinted

The story has since been picked up in a few different of different places, notably TrekMovie.com and DownTheTube.net, a blog hosted by John Freeman, who is a frequent Star Trek comics and novel reviewer for Star Trek Magazine:

TrekMovie.com: TrekInk – The British Aren’t Coming! The British Aren’t Coming! 

DownTheTubes.net: Fans urged to back campaign to collect British Star Trek comics

Of course, Rich is hoping to get the word spread far and wide, so if you’re a Star Trek fan or a comics fan (or, you know…both), then he’s hoping you might help lend support to his campaign. What do you do? Easy: Contact IDW, and tell them you’re interested in seeing this project come to fruition:

Contact IDW via e-Mail
Post on their Facebook page
Talk to them on Twitter

Hey, you never know, right? Ten years ago, I’d have bet you all the money in my pockets that we’d never see the L.A. Times Syndicate strips. Shows what I know.

Good luck to Rich with his campaign!

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Bucs Blog! 2014 Season, Week 2.

Ten-second runoffs are bullshit.

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Rams 19 – Bucs 17

It appears that injuries are already taking their toll on Tampa’s roster and effectiveness on the field. Running back Doug Martin was out, as were two key defensive players and their absence definitely was keenly felt, early and often.

Despite these challenges, the Bucs looked pretty decent in the early going, scoring on the game’s opening possession with a 6-minute, 10-play drive capped by quarterback Josh McCown rushing for the first of his two touchdowns. St. Louis used their first possession to answer with a TD of their own, guided by rookie quarterback Austin Davis making his first-ever NFL start. Davis had a solid first day, going 22 for 29 passes and notching 235 yards in the air, spread across eight different receivers. The Bucs defense managed to get to him twice, but Davis hung tough all afternoon to guide the Rams to their first win of the year.

Despite some critical blunders (an interception, a blocked field goal and punt, a few costly penalties, etc.) the Bucs were in it all the way, really. The final drive was a heartbreaker, with Tampa wide receiver getting injured just as the Bucs moved into Rams territory. Though the play actually ended with 12 seconds left, the officials didn’t realize Evans was injured for four more seconds. With the yards gained on the play, in most circumstances they would be in position to try for a (48 yards, in this case) field goal attempt, but that wasn’t happening. With the injury, the officials had to stop the game clock so Evans could be helped off the field. By rule, that scenario triggers a 10-second runoff, and in this case that wiped out any chance the Bucs might’ve had.

So, while it’s not like the Bucs didn’t have their chances to put the game away before this critical moment, still…you know…ugh.

The loss drops Tampa to 0-2, heading into a short week before taking on division rival Atlanta on Thursday night. Those same Falcons notched their first loss today, so they’ll be looking to tip the scales back toward the winning side. Elsewhere in the NFC South, the Saints lost, dropping them to o-2, and the Carolina Panthers are sitting on top at 2-0. Hopefully the Bucs can turn things around quickly, or else it’s going to be getting really ugly in that division really fast.

:: sigh :::

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Happy Breakaway Day!

Celebrating the 15th anniversary!

September 13th, 1999: And you thought your day at the office sucked.

You’d think there’d be a market for nerdy celebration days like this.

Try to get out and enjoy it!

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The Batcave Podcast, Episode 23!

Holy recorded media, Batman! It’s an all new episode of The Batcave Podcast!

Host John S. Drew continues his review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and for the second season’s fifth story (and ninth and tenth episodes), he’s joined by writer/podcaster/audio drama extraordinaire Jay Smith, he of such awesomeness as HG World and Hidden Harbor Mysteries, as they revisit the episodes that introduce Bat-fans to one of the Caped Crusader’s lesser-known nemeses in  “The Greatest Mother of Them All” and “Ma Parker”

From John’s write-up:

“Ma Parker has made a name for herself throughout the United States as one of the most difficult to capture criminals. When she sets her sights on Gotham City, it doesn’t take the Dynamic Duo long to round her and her “boys” up, depositing them in Gotham State Penitentiary. In fact, it seems a little too easy. What is her grand scheme and will Batman figure it out?”

Tune in to see what John and Jay thought of these episodes: “The Greatest Mother of Them All/Ma Parker

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