Maybe I should learn from Iceland . . .

Perhaps indie authors such as myself might consider drawing inspiration from an Icelandic translator of Bram Stoker’s famous horror novel ‘Dracula’. See, the Icelandic version of Dracula, what is called “Makt Myrkranna” or “Powers of Darkness”, isn’t a little different from the English version. It’s a LOT different. I’m not talking about the difference between the comic book Spider-Man and the movie Spider-Man; I’m talking about the difference between the comic book Spider-Man and Nelson Mandela. Somewhere along the line, the story we think we know got crossbred, vivisected, electroshocked, reanimated, and taught karate. And it’s awesome. First, the Count now

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Sunday morning music

Let’s try something different this morning.  Moroccan music is a unique blend of Andalusian (i.e. southern Spanish), Berber, Arab and African influences.  It’s developed a strong following in Europe and North Africa, although it’s less well known in the USA.  Unusually for me, because I tend to listen to music rather than play it as background noise, I find it excellent as music to write by.  I don’t listen to the words (or even understand them):  it’s just a comforting, relaxing underlay to the words I’m writing. Here are two compilations of Moroccan music for you to try.  If you enjoy

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Spelling it out

This cartoon made me laugh, and not just for its humor, but because the underlying problem is so real.  Click it to be taken to a larger view at the strip’s home page. The difference between English-English and American-English can be startling – and they’re often scatological.  A couple of examples: I was having breakfast with a family in the Baltimore area in 1996, during my first visit to this country.  There were the father and mother, their teenage daughter, and myself.  I noticed that the daughter was picking the cherries out of her fruit salad and placing them on

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Heh

It’s nice to encounter officials with a sense of humor now and then.  The Kennebunk Police Department in Maine put out this press release on their Facebook page this week (clickit to biggit): After that, what can I do but post this? Peter

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Oh, lord, the memories

The anonymous blogger at HMS Defiant made me laugh out loud this morning when he posted this video montage of the “wisdom” of the legendary Chiun, the Master of Sinanju, from the “Destroyer” series of pulp novels.  It’s an excerpt from the only film made from the series, “Remo Williams:  The Adventure Begins“. I remember those books very well.  They, along with other pulp series such as Mack Bolan (“the Executioner”), the Survivalist, and others were staples in almost every military base in which I found myself, along with Westerns by Louis L’Amour, J. T. Edson and sundry other writers.  Copies were circulated in barracks around the nation, many of them so

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Truth in (modern) relationships?

This cartoon from Stephan Pastis made me both laugh and think over the weekend.  Click it to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It’s amusing, yes . . . but it’s also sadly true of what a lot of people look for in a relationship these days.  People seem to have lost sight of the fact that a romantic or courtship relationship (the latter not necessarily romantic) is for two people to come together to make one family;  two parts of a whole;  two faces of a single coin.  It’s not just about feelings, or

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Sunday morning music

Some of you are going to hate me for this . . . but do you remember bubblegum popmusic?  I do, with a cringe or two as I think of some groups who were very popular in the late 1960’s and early to mid 1970’s.  One of them was a British outfit calling themselves “Middle Of The Road“.  I went to one of their live performances in South Africa in the early 1970’s, for reasons that escape my adult self (put it down to what was, at the time, a less than mature musical taste, if you like!). At any rate,

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Honoring Tim Conway

I was sad to learn that Tim Conway is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and is coming to the end of his life.  His comedic timing was impeccable, and he gave me (and millions of others) a great deal of enjoyment in his acting career. I can’t think of any better way to honor him than his famous Elephant Sketch from the Carol Burnett Show. A timeless comedy classic! Peter

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