Monday, April 28, 2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Don’t buy The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when it comes out in VHS and DVD this summer. As with The Fellowship of the Ring, the theatrical version will come out first, then a version with a lot of restored footage will come out in November. Why don’t they wait and release both versions at the same time, instead of letting people buy one and then find out about the other? I love LOTR, but what a rip off!

The Two Towers is now one of the all-time biggest box office hits, and will probably perform as well on VHS and DVD. Of course, by the time
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King comes out on DVD, VHS might no longer exist. We’ll see.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

Another science fiction site…

Look for information about my science fiction thriller Degranon at, and my listing on their science fiction authors page. From the webmaster: “ is your Science Fiction book resource on the net. It's the place for news and reviews. You can start your own discussions by posting a story or a review or you can comment on the already existing stories.”

Tuesday, April 22, 2003


I’m currently reading Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams. I don’t think it’s as funny as the other Douglas Adams books I’ve read (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; LONG DARK TEA TIME OF THE SOUL). Still, it’s certainly no less imaginative or unusual! I suggest it for anyone who likes offbeat scifi!

Some of the spring/summer movies I want to see…

It Runs in the Family Opening Date: April 25, 2003

X2: X-Men United Opening Date: May 2, 2003

The Matrix Reloaded Opening Date: May 15, 2003

Hulk Opening Date: June 20, 2003

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines Opening Date: July 2, 2003

Monday, April 14, 2003

Some Cancer-Related Blogs.

Want to learn more about dealing with cancer? Here are some cancer-related blogs that might help with your research, or just provide some comfort.

Breast Cancer Blogs at JeffSidens.Com. Jeff provides blog entries of his wife’s struggle with breast cancer, and another blog with annotated breast cancer links.

Breast Cancer Blog. “Blogging research and updates to breast cancer issues.” Constantly updated with links to new stories, found by Research Buzz, “Obsessed with search engines, databases, and various info-piles since 1998.”’s Breast Cancer Blog. Much like the above. The overall site also covers many other research topics (including HIV/AIDS) as well as sports, entertainment, etc.

Colon Cancer Survivors Blog. “Colon Cancer Survivors journal, for colorectal patients.” Practical advice, within a blog journal format.

You can help with the fight against cancer (and enjoy some great short stories!) by ordering The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer!

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Book review: Seasons of Grief & Grace: A Sister's Story of AIDS, by Susan Ford Wiltshire.

I live in Lubbock, Texas, where much of this story takes place, and I happen to know some of the people Dr. Ford mentions. But that was hardly the only reason I wanted to read this compassionate biography. Dr. Ford shows how her brother bravely faced AIDS and the bigotry related to it.

Despite its subject matter, this book is never depressing. Instead, Dr. Ford captures the inspirational aspects of her brother’s life and how it touched the lives of people around him. I found her poems about his struggle especially touching and hope she’ll share more of those in another book.

I’ve just added Seasons of Grief and Grace to my newly updated Listmainia list Facing Illness or Disability.

If you like Seasons…, you might also like my project The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer.

Monday, April 07, 2003

John Mudd, publicist for The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer, has been an innovator in using blogs. That isn’t limited to publicity. With John’s growing career in real estate, he is now writing a new blog, as well as a real estate website. Visit now to learn the latest about real estate services, to find a new home, or just to see how John keeps making clever use of blogs! Best wishes to John on these exciting ventures!

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