what a weekend……


On Saturday we had our First Annual Birthdaversary Party, in honor of the confluence of my birthday (the 18th of April), our wedding anniversary (the 22nd of April), and Wrenn’s birthday (the 2nd of May). About 30 people showed up at various times over the course of Saturday afternoon and evening to be fed handmade pasta with my tomato sauce, Wrenn’s barbecued chicken, cold antipasto from Little Italy (including Italian bread from Addeo’s, cold cuts and fresh mozzarella from Tino’s, and tomatoes and melons from the green grocer in the central market), salad with my mustard viniagrette, and Wrenn’s homemade brownies and whipped cream (both made from scratch, and the whipped cream is tinged with Chambord). Everyone seemed to be having a good time, and they certainly ate a lot of food….

We always start the party at 3, which gives us time for last-minute house prep, and it goes on until the last people leave. Some folks didn’t arrive until close to 9pm, and it finally broke up around 1am.

On top of that, the party was bookended by two karate promotions for my afterschool programs — one Friday afternoon, one Sunday afternoon — which both went supremely well. We also had Meredith for the whole weekend and Nokona and her brood for a chunk of the weekend, and we got to do things with them, also, from breakfast at the local bagel place to dinner at a ramen place on the upper west side.

Meredith also gave me my birthday present, which I wore on Sunday:


That’s Nokona’s daughter Ohana photobombing me. The shirt says, “A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT THAT NEVER GAVE UP.” Especially fitting after achieving my sandan.

Now it’s back to the grind, as I have a ton of work to do on the tie-in novel this week, and it’s also Wrenn’s birthday on Wednesday and I’m doing karate spring camp this weekend, and then I’m going to L.A. for a week next week for a project I can’t actually talk about yet. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


I’m a Scribe nominee for the ninth and tenth time!


I’ve received my ninth and tenth nominations for a Scribe Award by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. Every year, the IAMTW gives awards for excellence in media tie-in writing, and I’ve gotten two noms this year, one for Best Short Story for “Ganbatte” in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, and one for Best Young Adult Novel for Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End.

Winners will be announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July. Let’s see if I can finally break my losing streak, as none of my eight previous nominees won………


4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Elektra


Jennifer Garner turns in a most uninteresting interpretation of Elektra Natchios in a movie that manages to waste Jason Isaacs, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Terence Stamp, Colin Cunningham, and Goran Visnjic. The great superhero movie rewatch snores through Elektra.

An excerpt:

The biggest problem with this movie, though, is that there’s no real engagement with Elektra as a person. Her having died and been resurrected isn’t actually dealt with in any meaningful fashion, beyond explaining how she’s starring in a movie after her character was killed in another movie. Kimagure adepts’ ability to predict the future and resurrect the dead strikes me as something that should be of much greater moment, but these rather major abilities are used solely to facilitate plot mechanics and negate consequences.

I discuss DS9‘s “Tacking Into the Wind” on Enterprising Individuals


Enterprising Individuals is a nifty podcast hosted by Aaron Coker that does in-depth discussions of Trek-kish things, and in episode 6 of season 3 of the podcast, I join Aaron to discuss the fourth-to-the-last episode of Deep Space Nine, “Tacking Into the Wind,” which is one of my favorite episodes. Aaron and I covered a lot of ground, and you should check it out.