back from spring camp, off to L.A.

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This past weekend was our dojo’s Spring Camp, where a bunch of us spend a weekend in a cabin in the Catskills and do a lot of working out — mostly outdoors — as well as stretching and meditating and other cool stuff we don’t always get to do in the dojo. We also do fun things and enjoy each others’ company.

It was a truly fantastic weekend, filled with wonderfulness. I’m much more relaxed than I’ve been in ages. And I got to learn a new kata! Of the eight active sandans in the dojo, seven of us were there, as was our one and only yondan, and so Shuseki Shihan showed us a new sai kata that we’re supposed to know. A couple of them had done it before, but it had been a while, and several of us had never done it all. By the time we were done, though, we all knew it well enough that Shuseki made a video of all eight of us doing the kata. As soon as that’s posted, I’ll put up a link.

We did workouts, we did intense exercises, we did kata, we did serious stretching, we did meditation, we went running, and we did yoga and some krav maga style self defense. We also played pool, foosball, and volleyball. It was a truly fine weekend.

Now I’m off to Los Angeles for a business trip I can’t talk about. I look forward to the part where I can talk about it, uh, soon……

While I get ready to head to JFK, here’s some more pics from camp:

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At one point during the volleyball game, the ball got into the pond. This is me and Roman trying really hard to get it back. (We did retrieve it eventually, without having to go into the icky water.)

 

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Me watching Senpai Liza take a shot at pool.

 

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Posing with our sais. Left to right, it’s Senpai Liza, Senpai Stephen, me, Senpai Dorian, Sensei GustavoSenpai CharlesSenpai Lucy, and Senpai Karen.

 

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Hanging out at the rocks after going on a run to the river. Left to right: Senpai Pablo, Senpai Charles, Senpai Stephen, Roman, Senpai Liza, Senpai Karen, Shuseki Shihan Paul, me, David, Senpai Lucy, Senpai Vivian, Senpai Dorian, and Sensei Gustavo.

 

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Hellboy

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Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro take Mike Mignola’s most famous creation and bring him to the big screen in all his red-skinned, cigar-smoking, gun-wielding glory. The great superhero movie rewatch takes a gander at Hellboy.

An excerpt:

First of all, Hellboy is just tremendous fun as a character. Ron Perlman is rarely anything but fantastic, and he’s particularly brilliant here. His completely lack of any fucks to give, his snotty commentary, his impatience, his emotional immaturity (probably borne of living away from people most of his life), and his weakness for kittens all combine to make him a very compelling character. It’s always fun to see Sir John Hurt, though I’m amused that in the end it was someone else who had a yucky creature burst from his chest.

now available once again: Unicorn Precinct and Goblin Precinct

The reissue of my “Precinct” series of high fantasy police procedurals is continuing from the fine folks at eSpec Books. They reissued Dragon Precinct last month, and they also reissued Unicorn Precinct not long after, with Goblin Precinct available today!

Just as the eSpec edition of Dragon has a bonus short story in the back, so too do Unicorn and Goblin — those two novels include the Kickstarter stories “When the Magick Goes Away” and “Baker’s Dozen,” the first and second cases of Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione as partners, ten years prior to the novel series.

You can order the books from all the usual online dealers:

Look for the re-release of Tales from Dragon Precinct this month, and either this or next month, Gryphon Precinct will be re-released, with a new story I’m writing especially for it.

This fall, we’ll finally get Mermaid Precinct out, and that will be followed by Phoenix Precinct, Manticore Precinct, and More Tales from Dragon Precinct. (Don’t worry, the existence of two new precincts will be explained in Mermaid…….)

new on Patreon: my spoilery review of Avengers: Infinity War

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Now that it’s May, I finally put up my April movie review on Patreon: a spoiler-filled review of Avengers: Infinity War. The monthly movie reviews are only a buck a month, and if you sign up now, you not only get the reviews I’ve done, but there will be at least two movie reviews in May (Deadpool 2 and Solo).

An excerpt:

One of my absolute favorite moments in this movie is Shuri totally owning Banner and Stark’s asses in science in just one sentence! The next movie had better have at least part of the solution coming from Stark, Shuri, and Banner science-ing the shit out of something, and ending with Stark about to offer Shuri an internship at Stark Enterprises, but before he can, she offers him one in Wakanda.

Also up on Patreon are more cat pics and another excerpt from “House Hunting,” my contribution to the upcoming anthology They Keep Killing Glenn.