I use Grammarly for proofreading because I, for one, *do* give a f@#$ about an Oxford comma.
So there, Vampire Weekend. ;P
Okie-Doke. It looks like I’m actually starting to get a bit of traffic to this thing, so I should probably update more often and, y’know, say stuff that is important and interesting and stuff.
*The sound of crickets*
Shut up, crickets! I actually have some fun stuff to announce.
First of all, that thing that many of you are wondering about….
Jianghu – Book 3 in the Randall Lee Mysteries!
For those of you who are not signed up to the newsletter (and if that’s true, why haven’t you?! I promise not to spam you!) the book IS finished!
I’m not certain of a release date quite yet, as there are still minor fixes going on here and there, but I can tell you that it will be SOON.
In the meantime, here’s a glimpse at the new cover, by the excellent Lynne Hansen:
Very nice, yes?
It’s a pretty wild ride, and I think you guys will like it.
I sure hope so, anyway!
In other news, some of you may know that I’m a nut for Hong Kong action films. I mean, if you’ve read any of my stuff, it makes sense, right?
This April, Jackie Chan celebrates his 60th birthday. If you know anything at all about the guy, you know that’s a pretty amazing achievement! He’s put himself through a lot, over the years. In celebration of his life and career, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to watch (and, in most cases, re-watch) all of his movies and document that journey, along with whatever events and insights pop up in my own life that relate… here.
I’ve been jokingly referring to the project as “Thursdays with Jackie,” a play on… y’know… that one book about that other guy that took place on some other day of the week. 😉
I’m planning to start this bizarre journey next week. Now, Mr. Chan has been in A LOT of movies (ahem…http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000329/) , starting with walk-on roles as a kid and, later on, as a stuntman, so I’m starting with what was arguably his first starring role in New Fist of Fury. The plan is to give a bit of background on each movie, when possible, and then just to see what else comes up.
If you’d like to play along at home, I’m sure the movies are mostly pretty easy to find. Many are probably on Netflix or Youtube or something. When in doubt, there’s Yesasia.com, which is an excellent site.
It would be a lot of fun if we could turn this into a kind of group experience.
Anyway, that’s about all for now. If you’d like to join me for “Thursdays with Jackie,” drop me a line and let me know. I’d love to know that I’m not completely alone and insane for doing it.
Until next time…