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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)

 

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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.

 

 

Writing for the sake of writing

3 Sep

I almost always have something to say about something, but now that I have all the time in the world to write, I seem to have none of my usual rants ready.  But I want to keep things going, and perhaps just writing about nothing is better than not writing at all.

I’m having no problem knocking out TVCU blogs though, nor working on the book.  Just not finding anything particularly annoying to go on about here in this blog.  I guess that’s a good thing that I’m not bothered by anything now, but the point of this blog is to express my opinions on things that bothered me.  But fear not.  I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, especially with elections coming up.

So what’s going on?

2 Sep

 

I am now a full-time writer, so expect blog updates often here, and at the Television Crossover Universe.  I’ve also started up the radio show again, and am working away on my first book, the Horror Crossover Universe.

I just spent the last month with my son, but now he’s gone home, and it’s just me and the cat, so it’s all about writing, writing and writing from here on out.  I’m very excited to be living a dream I’ve had since I was little.  I appreciate all the support I’ve had.

Not much else to talk about now.  I’ll keep everyone updated.

 

Everything I do….

28 Apr

I’m a writer in my heart, but I’ll never be a professional writer because I lack something that most artists have:  selfishness.  And yeah, that sounds like I’m trashing artists, but I’m absolutely not.  The point of that was that those who don’t follow their hearts usually do so for others.  I did, and still do.  I didn’t pursue my dreams because my parents didn’t want me to do something risky (and how did my life turn out?)  Then it was my ex-wife who held me back for the same reasons (and again…)  And now it’s because I’m trying to create a secure life for my fiance and my son.

I should be happy.  I have thousands reading my blog daily.  I am working on a book with another author, and we’ve got a deadline in place.  And a published author just asked if I would write the framing sequence for one of his upcoming anthology projects.  That’s not bad considering my writing is just a hobby.

If I could devote my full-time to my writing, who knows what I could do.  But I need to save for my son’s cross-country visits each year, and for an apartment for my fiancé and I, and a wedding, and paying off debts, and getting my car legal, ect, ect.

If I chose the life of an artist, I certainly could survive on my disability until the work started making me money, but that would be if I chose the solitary life.  But I choose not to turn my back on the people who care about me.  Even if sometimes it seems life might be just a little easier living in isolation.  (And I’ve lived that life before, so I’m not speaking in theories.)

But even though my heart tells me to write, I have to ignore my calling, as I’ve done since childhood, because I have other people who need me, and it’s never about what I want.  It will always be about making sure everyone else gets what they want.  But who knows.  Maybe when I’m in my 70s.

The Horror Crossover Universe

10 Mar
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I am co-authoring a book, that is a spin-off of my Television Crossover Universe blog.

The book will be very much in the style of the blog, but it will encompass only horror, or crossovers connected to horror.  It will go beyond the blog in that it will include horror from literature as well.

This will be a must have (I hope) for the horror geek.  The book will encompass many types of horror, from the classic literary tales of Lovecraft, Wells, Stoker, and Shelley, to the classic Universal and Hammer Horror films, to the good old Romero zombie flicks, to modern slasher tales and books from folks like Stephen King.  Even horror related TV shows will be included.  And that’s just the surface.

The book will prove how these stories and characters all co-exist in one very scary shared reality.

I plan to release a series of TVCU related books.  I have started with horror because last summer I took a poll of TVCU fans and this was the most popular one to start with.  Future ones will cover cartoons, sci-fi, and sitcoms.

I’m very excited about the project, and hope that the book will be ready by end of 2013.

The Television Crossover Universe: What It Is and How It Came to Be!!!

1 Oct

I’ve been fascinated with crossovers since an early age.  For those who aren’t sure what a crossover is, it’s when characters from one series are shown to co-exist in the same reality as another.  This can happen when these characters meet, spin-off (one character leaves one series to star in his own), mention each other or events of another series, ect.

My early concepts of shared realities came from comics and TV.  It was clear by the time that I started reading comics that all of DC Comics characters mainly existed in the same universe, while there were some that existed on alternate realities.  This was very cool.  Series like Justice League of America, All-Star Comics, World’s Finest, DC Comics Presents, and Brave and the Bold were like the cement that tied this reality together.

Marvel characters also shared a single reality, and team-ups were common, especially in Avengers, Defenders, Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One.

Even in the other companies, there was Richie Rich and Casper, and Archie Comics made sure to let us know Archie, Sabrina, and Josie all knew each other and even interacted with the Archie super-heroes.

On TV, it was established that the shows produced by Norman Leer were in the same reality.  Frank Marshall’s shows also shared a single reality.

M*A*S*H had spun off Trapper John M.D.  Mary Tyler Moore spun off a whole bunch of shows.  The Love Boat went to Fantasy Island.  The daughter from Diff’rent Strokes went to the school on Facts of Life.  Even my mom’s daytime soaps were interconnected.

At probably age 8 I started putting together the pieces of this multiverse of shared realities, and along the way, found that some of these realities that I thought were separate were in fact linked.  And of course as time went on, more and more crossovers came about.

I though I was alone in my obsession.

In 2000, I discovered Win Scott Eckert’s Crossover Chronology, and along with that, found Toby O’Brien’s Toob World Blog  and Thom Holbrook’s Poobala Site.  I found that not only was I not alone, but I had just barely touched upon the subject.

My crossover research continued as a hobby, and I was never connecting with others who could help me in my research, and the “Crossover Community” was very supportive.  I knew that I wanted to do something on the scale o what the others were doing, without duplicating what they were doing, but didn’t know how to begin.

A couple years ago, Win turned his crossover chr0nology into a successful book, and I noted that even though the book is amazing, he really neglects (and he admits that this was intentional) a lot of television crossovers.  When I told him I planned on expanding on his Crossover Universe in the area of television, he was very supportive.

At first, I was going to write one big chronology, that I hoped to post either on Win’s site, or on Dennis E. Power’s site.

Then after James and I had launched a book club on the Wold Newton discussion forum, he approached me about creating our own website, perhaps to be connected to PJF.com.  I began once again working on the chronology, but I realized how long it would be, and that since crossovers are constantly being created, the project would be extremely outdated before it was even completed.

So making an O’Bservation from Toobworld.blogspot.com, I decided that Toby had a great plan.  So I combined the blog style of Toby (including using Blogger) and applied that to Win’s chronology style and of course, placed my new project within his Crossover Universe as this was meant to be a spin off.

Of  course many know that the Crossover Universe and the Wold Newton Universe were meant to be the same, and my project was also meant to be the same.  But there had been many debates in the Wold Newton Universe about what is valid and what isn’t and I chose to avoid such things by calling mine the Television Crossover Universe.  That way, though my intention was for there to be compatibility, no one could complain if they didn’t see it.

My blogs actually took off, with a small following that an entire Facebook discussion board revolved around.  I’ve had over 12,000 viewers since the first blog in January.  I know this isn’t a lot, but it’s more than I expected.  Because I’ve started a fan base, and this is still only a part-time hobby, I’ve taken on a “staff”, called the TVCU Crew, who also write blogs and update old blogs.  This way the site never will go inactive, even if I get caught up in real life events.  I’ve also had other guest writers, which is a real honor.

So that is where we started, and where we are now.  I hope if you read this, you will check out my other blog.  It’s a lot of fun, and even though we who write it take it seriously, it is just meant for fun.