Sunday, January 21, 2007

Slumber party at mine (come over at nine...)

I'm soooo tired.

It's been a manic week of work and personal things all over the place, and right now I've given myself enough time to write this entry with my feet up, when I really should be focusing on this month's comic series script. And this week's column. And the most recent novel project I'm on. And getting my novelette printed for sending. And paying my outstanding bills, writing more reviews, doing research blah blah blah blah blah.

It's not that things are bad, really. It's more a case of having so much to do that I'm not knowing which way is up. Normally my mind is so chaotic that if I'm not juggling ten things at once then I'm somewhat bored, but I think my brain is going through its regular maintenance period where even the merest of decisions suddenly becomes chaos inducing. Hopefully brain work properly soon cuz all work no play make Corey something something.

So what crazed missives do I have this week? Well given I'm half asleep as I type, my brain is surprisingly cogent enough to remember my original plans, which are unfolding before your very eyes.

Firstly, it's been impossible to avoid the Big Brother bullying/racism saga the past 7 days. A couple friends alerted me to the starting of it 2 weeks back, which at the time justified my position to continue not watching. The reason being is that last year both regular BB and Celebrity BB drove me to wall punching fury because of the racism and bullying of several contestants. I'm a fairly placid person, but after witnessing it during those moments I think I started frothing at the mouth. So the intention was to ignore CBB this year (especially when Jade Goody was announced to be taking part) so my blood pressure wouldn't shoot my blood through my skin and drive me into a seething rage.

What is it they say about Best Laid Plans.

Little did I know Goody's ignorance (spread by her two vile henchwomen) would reach globe spanning levels. So I watched, I raged, felt more outrage, more rage, slept, raged some more and then cheered when a modicum of justice was done and the British public did the right thing (although I cant help but be worried that 18% still voted to keep Jade in… such reasons are far too scary to comprehend). I'm still not watching CBB every night, as the two henchwomen left (despite their apparent realisation that they're not very popular and suffering immense career damage) are still capable of making me smash stuff, but I'll no doubt be watching eviction nights with curiosity. The Jade fallout has suddenly made a lot of people notice THAT REALLY LARGE ELEPHANT standing in the room, but I have enough head banging anger inside me without the cynicism of CBB making me even angrier.

Phew. Okay, back to nicer stuff. I've really been wanting to promote my collaborators seeing as they're the poor souls who have to draw the contents of my damaged mind via the scripts I send them. So they're deserving of some attention, which I'll try and do on a week by week basis, depending on if they have sites/easy examples of their work on tap. The first person who steps into the spotlight is Armando Mendoza, who's currently drawing horror short story, The Twilight Cleaner. Armando is insanely talented and it's a real privilege to work with him; I would imagine he'll end up being a big time pro soon enough and I'd love to work on a series with him one day. Here's an example of his work (hope you dont mind, Armando!):



His blog-gallery is over here (http://bocetario.blogspot.com/). I'll be previewing our collaboration in the coming months (as long as our editor is cool with it).

In my usual personal pimping, I've a couple features that have gone up lately, my weekly WiiChat column (http://www.wiichat.com/nintendo-wii-articles/14857-wii-sports-godfather-hotel-dusk-more.html) and a review of Spider-Man: Reign #2 (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/showthread.php?t=41222) at ComiX-Fan.

I'm sure there was something else I was going to say, but it's gone. Ah well.

Next week?

6 comments:

Jac said...

Ha! Despite the hype I managed to refrain from watching CBB and therefore kept my stress levels at a minimum. *gloat*

The wii article was interesting. Did you see this article http://wiinintendo.net/2007/01/15/wii-sports-experiment-results/
where the guy increased his fitness by playing on the wii. Someone at Andrew work managed to convince his girlfriend they needed a Wii, based on this concept. LOL :-)

Jac xx

Writing Gaijin said...

Lol, CBB will get you eventually... no one can truly escape it :P

Cheers about the article. Yeah, I saw the sports experiement (I mention it in this week's yet to be published and slightly controversial feature), which is pretty good going - I can believe it! I can imagine that excuse to get one will be used over and over now, lmao. Better than any celeb fitness DVD (if a fair bit more expensive) ;)

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Therine said...

No wonder you're tired with all that anger being suppressed.You need to get on the Wii and let off steam using your boxing opponent as a punch bag.Then you should feel a sense of relief--maybe.
Therine

Writing Gaijin said...

Lol, that's a good idea actually - been a while since I had a good boxing match. Have you not brought one yet? ;)
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Crowley said...

Surely you can take some glee in watching a career that should never have happened, founded on stupidity and lies, collapsing in a spectacular and unstoppable style.

Schadenfreude. My close and personal friend.

Writing Gaijin said...

Yeah, my career too, it's great fun ;)

My problem is I'm not totally sure this is The End of Jade. How she managed to get an agent as good as she got I'm unsure, but all the expected spin, bait and switch has happened so far: the exclusive interviews, increased TV presence, sponsored trip to India (although that may be in jeopardy now)… sure, much of the money made from it all will end up for charity and such, but she's getting more publicity than ever before, selling more papers and mags than ever before and garnering more attention than ever before. Rumour was that C4 was grooming her for a talk show before she screwed up, so while that's a no go for now, I'm under the impression she'll be back in some form in the future (like Ron Atkinson, who's taken less than 3 years to recover from his racist tirades in public). The Press loves systematically stripping down the celebs it creates, but I'm getting the impression they're just looking to control the monster rather than outrightly destroy it because she's still a huge cash cow for them and they can still milk her dry (urgh, that metaphor should probably never be used in reference to Jade ever again).

I don’t know.

And that 18% still freaks me out.