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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Draft Post Bingo: What should I finish? You Decide!

I've been sitting on over 50 draft posts for a while now.  Some of these have been around for years, either because I couldn't complete them (which explains why they are not listed below) or because I forgot about it.  So here's the deal:  I've listed a whole bunch of these posts below, and you're going to help me pick the ones that get finished next.  All you need to do is a leave a comment with your favorites (you can list the numbers; pick no more than five or six, just to make it reasonably).  You're free to offer your reasons, though it's not required.

Here's the list:

  1. A post about the weird "homo/bi-sexuality as deviance" narrative in The Following
  2. A post about the possibility of a Worf TV Show
  3. A post about why self-published books frequently get snubbed by mainstream literary awards
  4. A post involving a poll for writers (asking them if they played RPGs as a kid, if they still do, etc.).
  5. A movie review of Pacific Rim
  6. A love letter to Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan (for Man of Steel)
  7. A movie review of _Olympus Has Fallen_
  8. A post about upcoming remakes (Blake's 7, The Black Hole, etc.)
  9. A post about ideological rigidity from a teaching perspective (with a side of SF/F)
  10. A post of my hopes for SF/F in 2013 (which I can just update to 2014)
  11. A post about why The Empire Strikes Back has gone from my least favorite of the originals to my almost favorite today.
  12. A post about note-taking and citation software (a huge monstrosity of a thing...)
  13. A post on the top 7 geek-related hobbies/jobs I'd love to do for a living
  14. A movie review of The Hunger Games
  15. A graphic novel review of The Coldest City
  16. A movie review of Cowboys & Aliens
  17. A post about whether fiction can be too gritty (dragging up something from a long while ago)
  18. A book review of Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  19. A book review of Dead or Alive by T.M. Hunter
  20. A post about five SF/F books that deserve to be considered classics
  21. A post about five SF/F books I can't wait to read...soon...
  22. A post about the top 10 SF/F anime movies
Have at it!

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  1. I vote for 6, 9, and 10.

    1. Thanks for the comment :). I'll keep your votes in mind for tomorrow.

  2. 13 and 15. Please do NOT finish 5 or 6. The world (and especially the interwebs) could use fewer of those.

    1. You will take what you can get, mister! :P

  3. 9, 10, 13, 18. And from a professional point of view, number 12 ;-)

  4. Replies
    1. Really? Wouldn't have thought you'd want that. Always surprising me, Paul :P

  5. In descending order of preference:

    4 - I'm interested in the gaming/writing connection. When I was in my twenties, I remember reading pointed criticism of the fiction that was landing on slush piles from RPG-influenced young writers, the general sense of which was that it was the most cliched and derivative of epic fantasy (fighter, wizard, cleric, elf and dwarf meet in an inn, etc and etc and more etc.) Now, as writers who are co-generational with me are increasingly strong and innovative voices within genre fiction, I'm increasingly seeing writers who I know to have emerged from gaming being acknowledged as among the best in the field. I'm really curious about that connection.

    9 - This is, you know, one of the vital issues of our time, so it always merits informed discussion.

    3 - Certainly timely.

    2 - You had me at Worf TV show.

    8 - I've been thinking a lot of about the ongoing discussions about the paucity of creativity and the reliance on remakes/reboots in Hollywood. One of the interesting thing from a genre perspective is that within fandom, there tends to be a sense that too much of the really good genre material in film and on TV gets strangled in the cradle and never has a chance. So there's a tension between irritation at the creative exhaustion of mass media and the lack of new ideas, while at the same time there's a thrill at the possibility that, say, Blake's Seven might finally get the attention it deserves.

    1. Wow. You really did have a lot to say, didn't you? Thanks for the thoughts. I'll keep all of this in mind.

      As for #2: Michael Dorn has apparently been in talks about a possible show. I think they're trying to put it in the new universe, but I can't remember if that's just a rumor or not. But it's an idea that I think is worth thinking about, if only because it's friggin Worf!