NSFWednesday Night Trailer
(Alternatively Titled: Stilwell, Have You Seen This?)
Note that I'm not kidding about the NSFW part. I mean, it's a teaser trailer for something called Wax On, F*** Off. Do you really need me to spell out that third word for you? =P
Now for the "State of the Cheddar" Address I like to sneak in under videos that make everyone who doesn't actually want to be here go away.
And please note that if Ralph Macchio's two F-bombs didn't put you off, my incessant talking about myself will--and that is what you shall find below.
June has been one long experiment in serious book blogging. (I'm letting someone win a free book, for crying out loud!) Well, it's still June--and so the experiment is still on-going--but now all I want to do is watch Horror movies! And then write about them! Who needs to read, anyway???
The Horror blogging community is more "Indie" than the book blogging community. Aside from the occasional "Midnight Warriors" challenge from The Mike, there don't seem to be any memes or linkups to help one get started. That's probably because those who really want to blog about Horror just go ahead and do it without letting anyone tell them what to write. (And come on, Enbrethiliel, you had another blog for almost seven years, with nobody mentoring you at any point, and now you want to blog by someone else's conventions??? It's messing you up so badly that now you're talking to yourself in your own posts! Please get a grip . . .)
But even the most independent Horror blogs have nods to good form in their regular features, which follow some sort of template. And as a writer, I find that very attractive. That's why I like playing "Word & Question" even though I don't write poetry on my own--and why, when I say that The Introverted Reader's "Character Connection" and my own "Locus Focus" remind me of homework assignments, I'm revealing what I love about them.
Now, I already have a few features that seem to work. In fact, the only thing that's keeping me from doing the "Sylvester Stallone Movie Smackdown" is the knowledge that Rocky will win in the end, the way the sun rises every morning. But I still regularly argue (with myself) that the "Final Four" round, not the crowning of the winner, is the real heart and soul of my tournament brackets. Moreover, since I can't predict, at this point, what the other three movies will be, I should go ahead and do the whole thing, anyway. I'll give myself until The Expendables comes out to decide.
Then there's a feature I've yet to launch and am quite excited about--but I'm still "waiting on" the badge. There's a whole story behind that, too. Another blogger recently got her whole blog redesigned, and when I commented on the new look, I mentioned that I found the designer talented but that she had done so many Twilight-themed blogs that looking through her portfolio made me have to go wash my eyes out with bleach. And my luck with discretion on the Internet being what it is, the designer read my awful comment and set me straight with her explanation that it was thanks to the Twilight community that she had broken into professional Web design at all.
She was very nice about it, really. In fact, she wasn't offended at all and even had a good laugh at my open aversion to RPattz. So I contacted her and asked her to design a couple of new buttons for me, to match my header and "Locus Focus" badge. She was still very nice when she replied to ask why I didn't just commission my first designer again: "Don't take this the wrong way . . . I'd love to help you, if that's what you want . . . but I also want you to be happy with your badges."
And I explained that I had realised that my thoughtless comment on the blog she had just designed could have lost her a prospective client--which was not my intention. Jokes are fun, but sometimes they go too far; and just in case that joke had gone too far, I wanted to help her get more clients by showing off her work on my own blog.
She was genuinely touched that I, being a stranger who didn't owe her anything, would be so sweet (her word)--and I was genuinely surprised that I, being The Punk Catholic, would be sweet at all. (I'm more poisonous, you know. Taste optional.) I think that was when I started talking to myself, saying things like, You won't give certain Catholic apologists a break even after you get some free doctrinally sound books, but you'll give a complete stranger who likes freaking Mormon Twilight up to US$25 you can't really spare because of a joke that didn't even offend her?!
Anyway, the new feature will be ready at the end of next month, when I get to the top of her waiting list. In the meantime, there is a new Punk Catholic Thought of the Week all set for tonight--though that is a feature whose days, I am fairly sure, are numbered.