Back, and Still Bewildered

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Long time no see, dear readers! Have you missed me? I know, I’m a terrible, horrible, evil blogger–the worst there ever was, really– for abandoning you all these long months. I have no excuse, apart from real life interfering as it is wont to do and whisking me away in its flurry of pressing matters that needed attending to: looking for work, meeting a Boy, kind of finding work, trying to write my novel(s) (yes, there is more than one now…maybe), using work/Boy/insertnounhere to avoid writing.

You know, the usual order of business for a Bewildered 20-something Writer.

But I missed blogging through all of that, and so, dear readers, I’m back. Hopefully for good this time. If for no other reason because Boy is starting to get annoyed at having to hear me whine about how hard and bewildering writing is all the time.

Happy Thanksgiving from Alex and Zim!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! I hope all of you have a wonderful day today eating far too much food, spending time with your loved ones…and, if you’re like Zim and me, switching back and forth between football and the national dog show (go goldens!). It’s the quirky little traditions that count, right?

Regular content will be back up again tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s a fun little comic in honor of Turkey Day. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!

Feel Good Post of the Day: BatKid Saving Gotham City (San Francisco)

I know I don’t normally do this, dear readers, but I just wanted to take a quick break from my usual content to take a moment to showcase something truly wonderful that’s going on in my area right now. Today San Francisco has been turned into Gotham City so that 5-year-old Miles, a leukemia patient whose cancer is currently in remission, can spend the day as Batkid fighting crime.

The entire thing was put together by the Make-A-Wish Foundation along with the city of San Francisco and over 11,000 thousand volunteers who’re currently cheering him on as he saves Gotham from The Riddler and Penguin. If you ever needed to have your faith in humanity restored, today is the day for that! Events are still going on, but here are some of the pictures trending on Twitter to give you an idea of just how great this is and hopefully bring a tear or two to your eye. It certainly did for me.

Batkid getting ready for his big day!

A special edition of the SF Chronicle that ran today; note that the articles are written by Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Perry White, and Brenda Starr

The crowd coming out to see Batkid save their city

Batman and Batkid with one of the Batmobiles, ready to save Gotham!

The two Batmobiles, one for Batman, the other for Batkid (not too shabby, I must say!)

Batkid saves a damsel in distress from The Riddler’s diabolical plot to run her over with a cable car

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Write If I Want To (and I Do!)

Well, dear readers, one more year of my 20-something life has come and gone. That’s right, it is indeed my name day today (i.e. it’s my birthday for all you non-Game of Thrones fans; it’s my birthday, I get to be as nerdy as I want today!). Happy 24th birthday to me!

Birthday wishes? Birthday wishes! D’aww thanks you guys (wink wink wink 😉 )

This means that as soon as I hit my 2k word deadline (NaNoWriMo rests for nothing, not even birthdays…though I may be bad and shorten it to 1k. It *is* my birthday after all) I get to celebrate with a nice Thai dinner, a glass of birthday champagne, and tasty, tasty cake. Woot! Not a bad Tuesday in my book! Now, back to work so that I can maybe sneak a little fingertip of frosting in before dinner. I may be 24 now, but I will always be a child at heart!

100th Post: The Liebster Award

Well, dear readers, this is officially my 100th blog post. I didn’t even realize I’d done that many! Time sure flies, doesn’t it. In honor of hitting this milestone, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and write about another big milestone that has happened: Wise Woman in Training nominated me for a Liebster Award! Woo! Best Tuesday ever!

A pink award with a German name? You had me at pink.

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RIP Oscar Hijuelos

The literary world has lost yet another voice today, dear readers. Gotham publishers confirmed that Pulitzer Prize winning Cuban-American author Oscar Hijuelos has passed away today in New York at the age of 62.

Hijuelos won the Pulitzer in 1990 for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which is the story of two Cuban brothers who emigrate to New York in 1950s to try and make it as musicians. He was the first Latino to win the prize. The book was subsequently adapted into a movie in 1992 called “The Mambo Kings,” which starred Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.

RIP Oscar Hijuelos. You will be missed.

RIP Tom Clancy

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Today is a sad, sad day, dear readers. The Penguin Group announced this morning that spy thriller writer Tom Clancy passed away yesterday at the age of 66. The cause of death was not included in their statement.

Clancy first gained popularity in 1984 with the publication of his Cold War thriller, The Hunt for Red October, which was later turned into a highly successful blockbuster in 1990 starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. Other blockbusters based on his books include Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of all Fears. Additionally, the video games series “Splinter Cell,” Ghost Recon,” and “Rainbow Six” were inspired by Clancy’s writings.

He published twenty-eight books in his lifetime, seventeen of which appeared on the New York Time’s bestseller’s list. His last book, Command Authority, will be published this december by Penguin Group imprint, G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

You will be missed, Tom Clancy.