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Random Thoughts Regarding Super Bowl LIV

Random Thoughts Regarding Super Bowl LIV

So, the NFL’s big game happened last Sunday, which concluded the 2019 NFL season. I watched it, and I have some thoughts. I’m hard at work on the next novel, which is why things have been quiet around here lately, so I thought it’d be fun to share.


🏈 Football in General

This was the first full game of football this season that I watched in its entirety. Which is A) a bit weird for me and B) served as a reminder of what I gained by not watching. In past years, on a typical week, I’d watch—at the very least—the Seattle Seahawks play, and usually Sunday Night Football. With pregame coverage and post-game reporting that came to about eight hours of football-related stuff per week. Multiply that across the season and being conservative, that’s 17 eight-hour workdays in total not counting playoffs and such. That’s a lot of time to give up. This year, after cutting cable, I spent that time writing Gleam Upon the Waves and working on some of my map projects. Funny enough, I never felt like I missed out on anything. I still followed the Seahawks. I still saw the big plays. I had my best season in my fantasy football league at work. But I never missed watching football. Funny that.


🙆‍♂️ The Game

These weren’t my teams, and I don’t harbor any animosity toward the Niners despite them being one of the Hawks’ rivals. I like Kittle and Sherman a lot and would have loved to see Sherm get a second ring. That said, I also like Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and Travis Kelce, and it was great to see Reid, in particular, finally get his championship. Plus, the game was excellent. Lots of back and forth. Plenty of scoring. Close the whole time. It was the best part of the entire event, which hasn’t been the case for some years.


💃 Halftime

Meh. Kari-Lise and I both were disappointed in the halftime show. It was too long, and it felt incredibly disjointed. The song cuts came so fast one wasn’t allowed time to get into a rhythm before it was cutting to something else. Remember this song? Remember this one? How about this one? Much of the backup dancer costuming was terrible, as was that weird knock-off Pitbull whom I am too lazy to research. (I’m decidedly not a Pitbull fan, but I’m even less of a knock-off Pitbull fan, apparently.)


📺 The Commercials

Eesh. These were awful. Almost all of them. Outside of a few gems that seemed to bring something new—namely Amazon’s Alexa ad—everything came across as awkward and forced. They were brands trying to be genuine while decidedly being the opposite of that. This isn’t surprising in an era when marketing strategy runs along the lines of “Sunny-D is depressed” and “Steak-umm reflects on society.” These were focused grouped into oblivion, and it showed. Most had an incredible lack of self-awareness and a misunderstanding of whatever culture they were targeting. To paraphrase my pal, Peter, most came across as the dying gasp of an industry format that wants to move towards the organic viral-ness of TikTok but doesn’t understand how to get there. He’s not wrong. (Also, now that I have seen celebrities and brands infiltrate TikTok, TikTok is dead to me. The fun weirdness is gone. Like Instagram, it’s becoming a wasteland of ads.)


🥨 The Snacks

I made a decent spread of food that is terrible for you (Frito Pie! Pigs-in-a-blanket! Jalapeño Poppers!) but are a joy to eat. So the snacks were great. A+ snacks. Will snack on again, just not on the reg.


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Vince Lombardi

If We Chase Perfection…

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

Vince Lombardi


Saw this quote posted over on The Passive Voice today, and I knew I had to share it here. Great advice from one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time. Creative pursuits are always a struggle, but the only way to lose is to quit. Chin up. Shoulders forward. Press through. You got this.

Unrelated: I cannot wait for football to start.

Friday Link Pack 02-06-2015

Hear ye, hear ye! Today is the day of Frigg, or as we now know it, Friday. That means it’s time to share a few links I’ve found over the last few days. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Click here to email me and let me know! All right, let’s get to it…

Writing:

Wordslingers: An Interview With K.M. Alexander
I’ve done a few interviews in the past. But I have to say my interview with S. Lee Benedict has to be one of my favorites. He asks me some of the best questions I’ve ever been asked during an interview, ended up being a lot of fun. Also make sure you check out Benedict’s own novel, The Heart Thief.

S. L. Huang On The Subject Of Unlikable Women Protagonists
Why do the unlikeable protagonists always have to be men? In her guest post for Chuck Wendig’s TerribleMinds, author S. L. Huang makes a case appealing for more varied female characters.

To Kill a Mockingbird sequel Go Set a Watchman coming in July
In what has been heralded as the greatest literary news of the year Harper Lee returns to literature after  55 years. And you thought George R. R. Martin was slow. (I can’t take credit for that joke, this fake GRRM twitter account can.)

Oh Noes, The Sky Is Falling
Despite the hand wringing from Publishers Weekly about the decline in science fiction sales, writer Amanda Green explains how science fiction isn’t dead, it’s more alive than ever. (Also, who cares what the Publisher’s Weekly frets about, tell the story you want to tell.)

The Real Science Of Science Fiction
Great piece from the The Guardian on the co-dependency between science and science fiction and how each influences the other.

Art:

Overlooked Details: An Artist’s Journey
A short documentary from filmmaker Scott Wilson about what it takes to be a creative. It’s not just talent. It will never be perfect. And success is not a destination. Starring my wife, Kari-Lise Alexander, our friend Steve Leroux, and even little ol’ me!

Sam Wolfe Connelly: Winter Selections
If you follow me on Pinterest you’ve seen some of Connelly’s incredible and creepy paintings before. Beautiful Bizarre Magazine highlights some of his latest works and some of his classic pieces. I love this stuff. [Thanks to Kari-Lise for sharing this with me.]

Random:

The Creepiest Things You Can Do on Facebook
Yep, this made me laugh. Also, filed under: things I’m going to try out with my sister-in-laws. (They don’t read my blog, so I’m safe.)

The NFL Cleanse
Over the course of a single week, Ruth Baron ate all sixty-two of the fast-food meals advertised during the playoffs. RIP Ruth Baron.

The Psychological Difference Between $12.00 And $11.67
A fascinating look at the effect of pricing on people. Something to consider when you price your own creative work perhaps?

Royalty, Espionage, and Erotica: Secrets of the World’s Tiniest Photographs
Photo Sharing isn’t a new concept apparently, eat your heart out Instagram.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Crawling Chaos
“It is the end. They have come down through the gloaming from the stars. Now all is over, and beyond the Arinurian streams we shall dwell blissfully in Teloe.”

Opium’s a hell of a drug.

Gif of the Week:
Googly eyes solve everything!

2014 In Ten Awesome Photos

2014 In Ten Awesome Photos

So, a friend of mine challenged a few of us to summarize our 2014 in ten photos. At first I figured this would be daunting, since I spend a large majority of my time in my home office hunkered down and writing, however, in looking through my Instagram account it seems like I had a pretty epic year and it ended up being really hard to choose! So follow along with me as I revisit my 2014 in ten awesome photos…


Shipping signed copies of #TheStarsWereRight to the giveaway winners!I started the year off by wrapping up my first giveaway. In the end I had over 1400 people sign up! It was a great feeling and a great way to start the year. (I ended up doing two more over the course of the year, and there’s one going on right now!)

Southern Hemisphere bound.In late winter my wife, Kari-Lise, and I packed up our bags and flew to Melbourne, Australia for a solo-show at Auguste Clown Gallery in Fitzroy. Love that country.

At Kari-Lise's show! Nearly sold out. :D The show sold-out! You can see the full show here. Was awesome to see so many folks come out. We had a blast.

Today is @karlise and my last day in Melbourne. Amazing city. Going to miss this place.Together, this babe and I ended up spending two solid weeks exploring Melbourne. We met and made some great friends and fell in love with the city. We’re planning a return, and have even talked about making it permanent.

#PacificNorthBestAfter we returned the spring became a blur. I was working on the first draft of Red Litten World and starting edits on Old Broken Road, but we still found time to be among the mountains. (This was taken at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.)

“Going to the mountains is going home.”

John Muir

Incredible holiday weekend here in the #PacificNorthBest. …it was a trend. (This was taken in the Buckhorn Wilderness.)

Let me tell you about #SpoCon. In August I went to SpoCon, my first convention as an author. Sold a bunch of books, met some incredible people and came home exhausted. It was worth it. I’m planning to heading to more in 2015.

UPS just delivered a Fresh box of Old Broken Road. :D Yay!!Oh yeah! I wrote another book! And you can buy it today!

Today (as a surprise) everyone at work came dressed like me. Black teeshirt, jeans, beanie/ball cap. ☺ Feeling pretty loved. Ain't going to lie. Here's a pretty epic selfie from the gathering.For Halloween, everyone at work dressed up like me! It’s a flattering and surreal experience but it made for a pretty epic selfie.

Last day! Photo 5 of 5 for the #5shotchallenge - Go Hawks!Finally, this November, I went to my first NFL game at CenturyLink Field. (Seahawks vs. Cardinals, the Hawks won.)


So that’s my 2014! I’m excited and looking forward to what the next year holds. Why not keep this ten awesome photos thing going? Post ten awesome photos of your own on your blog and leave a link in the comments so others can see what happened in your year. I’ll even update this post to include links to your ten photos!