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Horror Crossover Encyclopedia

11 Apr

The book I’ve been talking about is here. That’s right. It’s the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, the first in a series of books spun off from the Television Crossover Universe. Written by me, Robert E. Wronski, Jr., it also includes a bonus story and preface by James Bojaciuk, and a foreword by “Crazy” Ivan Ronald Schablotski! It also features and amazing cover by Axel Medellin. The book is currently available at AmazonGoodreads, and Smashwords. It is available in print and digital editions. Though not in stores, if you request it at your local bookstore, they will order a copy for you.

More Randomness from the Mind of a Madman!!!

1 Sep
Vampirella Lives #2 (Jan. 1997). Cover art by ...

Vampirella Lives #2 (Jan. 1997). Cover art by Adam Hughes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969). Cover art by Frank...

Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969). Cover art by Frank Frazetta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Halloween II departs significantly from its pr...

Halloween II departs much from its predecessor by incorporating more graphic violence and gore, making it far more like slasher films of its time. This scene depicts a bleeding Michael after being shot in both eyes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Lon Chaney as seen in The Phantom of the Opera...

Lon Chaney as seen in The Phantom of the Opera, 1925. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Tomb of Dracula

The Tomb of Dracula (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Anybody familiar with the Harris Comics Vampirella that can answer a question for me about whether the series was set immediately after the Warren series, or was it set in the present time period of which it was published.

 

I don’t know how to use Photoshop or create memes, but I thought of this today: What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Spanish Inquisition!

 

I’ve doubled my self-assigned mandatory writing per day for the next month. Not because I’m behind schedule, but because I’m now writing so quickly that I’m already tripling my mandatory daily writing quota every day and still finding lots of late night-time with little to do. So I might finish up the book even sooner, or end up writing a 2000 page book. I’m really trying hard to not make my book that long, though, but as I’m approaching 300 pages I haven’t even gotten into modern slasher films, Godzilla films, Asian ghosts, or fake paranormal documentaries yet. I may have to have less pictures than I wanted to fit all the information I want to cram in there. I also have to fit in three appendices, some biographies on monsters and monster hunters, and the forwards. And my introduction to the book. Yeesh.

 

It’s 1 am and I’m contemplating taking a 30 minute walk (and 30 minutes back) to go to the closest place open that sells coffee now. Is that weird?

 

I bought a new mop today, and I’m excited to use it. What have I become?

 

The sun will be up soon. I should be getting to bed.

 

My cat dips his paw in his water dish then taps it on his dry food to moisten it, because he prefers moister food. Pretty clever for a cat.

 

Saw a bunch of stuff on someone’s lawn. Clothes, toys, a bicycle, and a sign that said free. So I took the sign.

 

met my writing goal for today…and tomorrow….and the day after tomorrow. I’m very pleased with myself. It seems that as I can see the finish line at the end, I start building up momentum. Plus, admittedly, now that I’m working on the modern era of horror, perhaps I’m finding it easier to write about the material that I’m more familiar with and have more fun with. I’m on a roll, but I’m getting too tired to concentrate. First thing tomorrow (and by that I mean noonish), I’m working on Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula, and Mexican horror film monsters and the wrestlers who love to fight them.

 

I ran into someone I know on the way home and we stopped and had a nice conversation. After eight years in Northampton, am I actually becoming part of the community? That’s seriously going to mess with my crazy loner hermit image I’ve worked so hard on developing.

 

Not beating your kids does not turn them into monsters. My son has never been hit. He is a straight A student who is respectful, kind, generous, unselfish, and participates in healthy extra-curricular activities. He’s not an anomaly. The secret is that he is rewarded for good behavior, and disciplined by bad behavior. Take away the stuff they love and that will have a more lasting effect than smacking the kid. You smack the kid, and they fear your. But they won’t respect you. Teach by example. Be a good person, and they will want to emulate that. If you hit people who upset you, so will they. Do you want cops to smack you when you’re caught speeding? I’m so tired of people saying kids act like shit because the parents aren’t allowed to hurt them. No, perhaps it’s because you’re shitty parents who act like assholes, and the kids are emulating what they see. Sorry, but hitting your kids might seem easier, while being a good person might actually need some work.

 

Do we really need to honk to let someone know that we’re at this house? For crying out loud, even the homeless have cell phones with texting ability. Can’t we just pull up to a house, then after we park, take out the cell and say “I’m here” instead of pounding on the horn over and over for the neighborhood to hear? I have one neighbor who has visitors come by all day long, pounding on the horn several times each time they come by. Then of course, she can’t go out and talk. Or text them. Nope, she has to scream out the window at them, like she’s a three-year old with no control of her volume and too lazy to walk outside. Damn neighborhood.

 

 

I am a Madman!

10 Aug

I’m mad.  Quite mad, indeed.  Okay.  Nowadays, we like to say mentally ill, but as a fan of old horror and science fiction, I prefer to call myself mad.

I’m better than I was.  I take medication that keeps me manageable.  But once upon a time….

My madness is called Bi-Polar Disorder now, but it used to be called manic-depressive, and before that, madness (or eccentricity in polite circles if you were wealthy).

At its worst, I would overreact to the smallest of situations. I have attempted suicide a few times.   Once because I couldn’t start the lawnmower and I didn’t want to have to explain to my mother why the lawn didn’t get mowed.

I could get so angry I’ve been known to throw furniture at my work supervisor.  I’ve been paranoid.  I’d hear things that didn’t actually get said.  I’d have delusions.  Sometimes the lines between fiction and reality were blurred.

Now, with medication, I can seem to be quite normal….sometimes. I am still pretty introverted, except for the world of the internet, of course.  I have a huge ego, and yet I have extremely low self-esteem.  I don’t like to leave my apartment.  I keep my shades down and don’t let people over very often.  I don’t socialize.  I never answer my phone.  And that’s the way I like it.

I love to write, and at times I will pour myself into research, and in what seems like just moments of research will have been six hours.  I will lose total track of time, which is weird if you consider that I am obsessed with time and schedules and lists.

My mind is constantly obsessing over what most would consider things that don’t matter.  I can’t watch a TV show without analyzing how it fits into various fictional multiverse and shared realities.  I can’t watch something without studying it.

I can’t manage my money.  I’m always over drafting.  I’m extremely poor because I can’t handle money, and because I can’t seem to hold a job without freaking out, which is why the state considers my madness to be a disability.

At home, just me and my cat, I will sometimes pace my apartment at 3am because I’m coming up with great ideas for stories, which I’ll never have the patience to actually write.  Then I’ll sleep for 16 hours.

I often find myself talking to my cat, only because he’s there.  Otherwise, I’d talk to myself.

I’m actually quite happy with who I am, and how I live, though I do get sad and lonely.  I only care about my finances because it affects my relationship with my son.  And of course, there’s the lack of companionship.

The problem of course is first that I’m quite mad, and that’s a lot for people to deal with.  It’s hard to make friends or a girlfriend who can deal with my weirdness, my social anxiety, or my financial struggles.  And then the fact that because of who I am and how I am, I’m also very much used to doing things my particular way, on my schedule, or lack of schedule, depending on if I’m up or down at the town.  Not easy.

I was out tonight. I go to AA meetings, not because I’m an alcoholic, but because there aren’t any good mental health groups so it’s the closest thing I can find, and it gives me some serenity.  But when I go, I find that I’m the only one who doesn’t socialize before or after.  And I’ve realized why.  Of course, there is my own social anxiety, but also, my madness (even when controlled) is still clear.  And people fear me.  Not in the way that they fear getting hurt.  But they fear talking to the weird guy will be, well, weird.

So I am me.  And I’m mad.  Quite mad.  It’s a gift and a curse.  I’m quite brilliant.  (Really!)  And I’m a mess.  But it’s who I am.  It’s how I am.  And that’s all to that.  And tonight, I felt like I had to express that.  Because I’m not really great at talking to people, but I sure love to write.

 

More random thoughts and stuff from my Facebook page…

7 Jun

Rain. Why’d it have to be rain? (Missing my car now.)

Anybody going to the July 4 events at UMass this year? Connor and I go every year but this year without a car, we can’t go. Buses don’t run on the holiday. If anyone wants to go and is willing to bring us along, I’d be willing to pay for your parking.

An Iranian journalist appeared on the Daily Show in a piece that was meant to show that Iran does not hate America nor is it evil. For appearing on the show, the Iranian government arrested and tortured the journalist. I guess the message is that Iran’s government is evil and does hate America, and they really don’t like when their citizens try to debunk that stereotype.

I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be.

Feel like today’s a lay on the couch and watch TV day.

Going to bed. See you all when I get up in the next 5 to 16 hours.

Only five hours of sleep has caught up to me. I think I need a nap. Getting sleepy and really getting bothered by little things like racists, sexists, elitists, classists, and other ists I can’t think of now.

I’ve been way too argumentative today over trivial things. Guess that’s what happens when I don’t get enough sleep. Well, except that I’m always way too argumentative over trivial things.

A problem with being a regular at an establishment is that they never listen because they are so used to you getting your usual. That can be convenient when you want your usual, but if tell them something different, they don’t listen. Still get the usual. I’ve recently come to appreciate onion bagels, but my regular Dunkin donuts ignores me and gives me my usual. I guess I have to start being rude and making them take it back and make the right order, but I feel bad because I know their intentions are good.

Sometimes I sleep for 16 hours, other times I sleep five and I’m fully charged.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but when the guy holding up the Earth dies, we are screwed.

OK, time for bed. I’ve been awake for nearly 12 hours. I’m beat.

I wanna dip my balls in that!

I’ve decided to stop using words like homophobic, racist, bigot. I’ve realized I can replace all those words with one equally descriptive word. Evil.

I’m seriously thinking of deleting anyone who posts “things happen for a reason”. You have a right to your beliefs, but when you say that those I’ve lost were part of His plan, and it’s for the greater good, I really just want to hurt you, and tell you not to worry, because it happened for a reason.

Right. So the first 15 minutes was some of the best Who ever.

 

DC Continuity Series Postponed

1 May
DC Comics Booth

DC Comics Booth (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

 

A while back, I started a series of posts about the history of DC canon, which got some really good feedback.  But then I got really busy with poverty, then the job, and of course writing the book.  So I didn’t get back to it.  I do eventually plan on proceeding with my thoughts on DC’s ever-changing canon, but it’s going to be a while.  So for those who were looking forward to the next installment, please be patient.

 

Time to step it up

1 May

I’ve got two months starting today before Connor arrives.  Two months with nothing going on.  Nothing to do. But write, write, write.

And that’s what I shall do.  It’s time to act like a full-time writer, and push myself to get things done.  

And that starts now.

What I’ve been up to

29 Apr
English: A screenshot from Abbott and Costello...

English: A screenshot from Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Italiano: Uno screenshot del film Gianni e Pinotto contro l’uomo invisibile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Abbott (right) and Costello, 1942

Abbott (right) and Costello, 1942 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

So what I’ve been up to since tax season is over.

 

Well, I tried to get my car on the road, but turned out it needs a new exhaust and that will cost as much as the car itself cost to buy, so that’s not happening.

 

I’ve coordinated for Connor’s visit this summer.

 

Working on updating the TVCU blog.  Several updates have been done recently.  Currently working on the Abbott and Costello blog.

 

Of course, working on my first book, the Horror Crossover Universe, which I hope to have published by year’s end.

 

Been working on keeping my apartment clean, which for anyone who knows me, is aware that’s the task for me.

 

Been attending my meetings, trying to keep up serenity and trying to control my bi-polar tendencies.  Looking for sponsor to guide me through the steps, but so far, no such luck.  😦

 

 

Return of Random Facebook posts Early 2013 Edition

26 Apr
American comedian and television show host Ste...

American comedian and television show host Stephen Colbert. Photographed June 3, 2006 at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Dean Martin Christmas Album

Dean Martin Christmas Album (Photo credit: BGSU University Libraries)

 

steve martin

steve martin (Photo credit: whittlz)

 

Timberlake performing at St. Paul, Minnesota, ...

Timberlake performing at St. Paul, Minnesota, one of the venues of his first worldwide tour, FutureSex/LoveShow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Beverly Hills, 90210 logo

Beverly Hills, 90210 logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’m so fat, I can only buy belts my size if I special order them online.

 

Damn insomnia hits when I have to get up in the morning.

 

So I’m at the register purchasing paper plates, and the cashier asks if I’m doing so to avoid washing dishes. Exactly, my friend. Exactly.

 

“The Boston nightmare is over. Good news! The Yankees can go back to hating the Red Sox again!”–Stephen Colbert

 

I can’t believe I’m caught up on dishes and laundry.

 

Rather than our usual talks of Lego, super-heroes, and Doctor Who, tonight Connor and I discussed terrorists, North Korea, and oddly, the South Korean musician PSY.

 

I guess my posts about shows and films I like and dislike was to point out how much I hate being stereotyped. I’m a nerd, sure, but we aren’t all into the same things. I actually dislike Babylon 5. Never cared for Iron Man or Thor comics. I love camping and suck at computer programming (so I really hate being asked to fix people’s computers. I will only destroy your computer if I try.) I listen to Eminem, the Beatles, and Weird Al. I’ve seen every episode of Beverly Hills 90210 but I’m not into anime. I know almost everything about Superman, have a lot of knowledge about the paranormal, but I’m also passionate about equality and social justice. I was an American solider, an Infantryman. I’m a father. I don’t eat my vegetables, and I love the beach. I’m just me.

 

So I just realized how awkward living next door to my ex will be. Even though she chose to end our engagement, and she didn’t want to commit to strengthening our relationship, but instead wanted to step back to a point as if we had never started dating, and I’ve suffered with pain and heartache, she now completely ignores me when we pass on the street and I say hello. I mean, completely ignores in the childish “Let’s pretend there’s nobody there” kind of way. This is why I will never, ever enter into another relationship ever again. I’m too old and tired for the stupid relationship games, the fights, the heartache. Better to just accept solitude for the rest of my years.

 

Can I be considered a celebrity if I’m walking down the street and someone stops me to settle a batman argument because I’m “the expert”?

 

I know this will come off as a strange comparison, but I think Justin Timberlake is today’s Dean Martin. He’s a great musical performer (even if I’m not necessarily a fan of his genre of music), a great dramatic actor, a great comedic actor, and an overall great entertainer. I could see him hosting his own variety show like in the golden age of television, that combines comedy and music. He’s practically a cast member of SNL already, having appeared about half as many times as Steve Martin, which is impressive considering Timberlake has only been showing up on the show since 2000, as opposed to Martin whose been doing it since 1976.

 

I’m loving the new Griswold commercials mocking the multiple Rusty’s and Audrey’s. Going to be hard to place them in my Television Crossover Universe timeline, but I’ll find a way.

 

 

Back by Popular Demand: Random Facebook Posts, December Week 1

8 Dec

Stop and Shop Old Fashioned Oats are too old-fashioned. They use the recipe from before they invented taste.

3am, and I’m very tired, but unable to sleep. My nightly night meds are apparently doing battle with that coffee I had this evening. I have to learn to commit to either sleeping at night or staying up at night, and not telling my body to do both.

I can’t believe it. A Christmas special that references the birth of Christ and the gifts he was brought as why Santa brings children presents.

When I was in the Army, I had a soldier who believed that he had prophetic visions of the coming apocalypse, and that during those days he would be a warrior fighting against the forces of evil. I don’t know where he is now or what he is doing, but I bet he’s very excited and anxiously awaiting December 21 like a kid waiting for Christmas.

Feeling tired and lazy today. Not really depressed. Just drained. Think it’s going to be a TV and internet afternoon and evening. Guess I’ve been exerting too much energy recently. Or I’m just tired and lazy.

So far this year my son has maintained an “A” average in all of his classes in his first year of middle school. I’m so proud of him, and give kudos to his mom for making sure my son is studious.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but I’ve lost 30 pounds since August.

Who says cats can’t learn English? If I say “feed kitty”, Fudge jumps up and runs to his food dish from anywhere in the apartment every single time.

It’s funny how some nights I need a full 14 hours sleep and others I’m wide awake after a solid three hours.

Today I set out to do nothing but chill out and relax. So instead I was extremely productive and got a lot done. Kind of the opposite of a normal day.

Note to self: When fridge is empty, I can keep it at a lower setting. I froze my leftovers.

 

More Random Rantings from November

1 Dec
English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and B...

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and B...

English: Publicity photo of Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Milla Jovovich at Comic Con 2007 promoting Res...

Milla Jovanovich at Comic Con 2007 promoting Resident Evil: Extinction. Cropped. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Larry Hagman attending the "Nigh...

English: Larry Hagman attending the “Night of 100 Stars” for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA on March 7, 2010 – Photo by Glenn Francis of http://www.PacificProDigital.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Screenshot from the movie "Santa Claus Co...

Screenshot from the movie “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” which has been released as Public Domain: http://www.archive.org/details.php?identifier=santa_claus_conquers_the_martians. Featured are the Martian children characters Bomar (Chris Month, left) and Girmar (Pia Zadora). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...

Image via CrunchBase

Been a long, tiring week. After busing it to West Springfield for the job interview, and walking to the VA for appointments, I’m worn out. Everything worked out though, so it was worth it. Tonight I’m just going to chill out, watch TV, lurk on Facebook, and probably crash early.

I have been rehired to work at H & R Block again this season. I was really happy to know they made the decision to ask me back even though they are still only 1/3 of the way through interviews.

No wonder Batman retires when he hits 40 (according to most future DC stories.) Having walked 10 miles yesterday to my appointments really kicked my ass. It hurts today just to stand up.

I have too much stuff. Especially for the size of the place I live in.

Five years ago, I broke the light bulb in the hall closet and chose not to replace it, but today maintenance replaced it at the request of the guys putting in new insulation. Very weird to see light coming from there.

Who remembers that Milla Jovanovich was in the pilot episode of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose?

There are a few pages that I had previously liked that I’ve since clicked unlike, yet, they continued to show up in my ticker and news feed. So I clicked on “Hide from news feed” but they still show up. I tried reporting them. Still there. I went to help and there was no answer. I’m really sick of seeing these few sites seem every few seconds with a new post with no way for me to get rid of them. I wonder if they are paying Facebook to stay in someone’s feed even after being unlike and such.

There are so many Christmas specials and movies from my childhood that are no longer on the air, even though they were very good, but ABC Family shows mostly movies not related to Christmas for their 25 Days marathon.

I just saw a church for sale. Kind of wish I could buy it.

It’s nice when the transfer buses are there when you get there.

Whenever I go to a job interview I feel like Andy Davis. Perhaps I need a new suit.

Nice timing. Bus showed up at the stop same time I did.

Finished the interview. Pretty sure I’ll be working full-time at block this season.

Despite using a lint brush, I still seem to have brought a bit of fudge with me to the interview this morning. I neglected to consider the inside of my coat.

One a d a half hours early for my interview. Guess I’ll sit here at Burger King and slowly drink this coffee.

Hate taking new bus routes. I get so paranoid about missing my stop or transfer.

Despite the snow, interview is still on.

Tomorrow taking a 2 hour bus trip to a job interview to interview for a job I held just 7 months ago which is only right down the street from my apartment.

Watching the 1974 film Mixed Company. So bizarre seeing Tom Bosley (best known as Mr. C on Happy Days) as the racist opposed to a black child living on his street.

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berne Convention).
For commercial use of the above, my written consent is needed !

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws.) By the present communiqué, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to show, copy, distribute, give, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

I actually like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, but one thing that bugs me is that Santa refuses to recognize that the bad guy is actually a bad guy. What happened to being able to tell who is naughty or nice?

“Christmas is not just a day. It’s a frame of mind.”–Kris Kringle

Tonight’s insomnia brought to me by those three cups of coffee I really shouldn’t have drunk between 7 – 10 PM.

Larry Hagman died yesterday, but I’m just learning of this now. Sort of fittingly, he died in Dallas. Though most know Hagman best for Dallas, I remember him best as Major Nelson/Master on I Dream of Jeannie, but his best role in my biased opinion is as the general who insists on giving Miss Teschmacher mouth to mouth in the 1978 film Superman.

I want a smart TV!!! Yeah, first I have to make sure I can eat, and get my car on the road, ect. But I still want it!!!

The only drawback to not eating Thanksgiving dinner at home is that at 10PM there aren’t any leftovers to pick at. 😦

I have no water. Not sure why. Guess I must investigate. Add that to my list of things to resolve today.

A crazy thing about working for H & R Block is that every year you have to re-apply, re-interview, and re-train for the same place.

“The first rule of being a ninja is Do No Harm…unless you’re intention is to cause harm, in which case you should do lots and lots of harm.” — Master Splinter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Facebook only let me view 10 of the 61 I received. Not sure why.

Either my neighbor’s vehicle’s car alarm is set on a timer, or there is a person whose schedule includes tapping the car daily at midnight.

I love Shark Tank. It’s so exciting, and it reminds me why I could never run my business.

Was so tired, I decided to go to bed early, despite my not really wanting to go to be so early. I guess I should be fortunate for my downstairs neighbor, who never learned about indoor voice vs. outdoor voice in kindergarten for making sure I couldn’t get to sleep. Never shuts up before 1am, and apparently never stops to breath. She’s like a screeching siren for 16 hours a day.

A lot of pages that I’ve “unlike” still show up in my news feed and ticker. I’m wondering if Facebook gets paid by them to bypass the “unlike” and keep sending me ads.

Just saw a grey Ultima proclaimed to be the new general lee.

I know I’ve been out of the loop, but I did I not know there was a new Wonder Woman series introduced on the CW last year?

Having lived in the south, and having lived in Korea, I have to say that both are just as culturally different from the Northern U.S., and so if the south really wants to be a separate nation, I say they already are. Let’s let them just make it official.

For those who want to leave America because you’re upset about the election, I say leave. If you hate democracy that much, you really shouldn’t be an American.

The last three companions went on to become a call girl, an assistant district attorney, and an office manager. What will become of Amy Pond?

How many people will go see Lincoln and be disappointed at the lack of vampires?

Fudge is very happy with me now. Finally can afford some wet food for him.

I’m finally getting a home phone number, but don’t try to call because it’ll never be plugged in. It’s just cheaper to get the bundle than to just have cable and Internet separately.

I cannot express how happy I am to be getting my home Internet and cable back tomorrow.

UMass is once again hosting a mock trial tournament on the weekend of Nov. 16 – 18 and they need people to volunteer as judges. If interested, or if you know someone else who may be interested, please let me know and I will put you in contact with the event coordinators. (Judges should be judges, attorneys, paralegals, law professors, law students, ect.)

Is there something important going on tomorrow?