Monday, November 24, 2008

One Piece at a Time

Today there are a couple of guys cutting down this huge tree in my backyard. It's in a really bad place, wedged between the garage and the storage shed. Any way that it chose to tumble it would hit something. That's why we called in the pros.

I was nervous about the whole process because I couldn't see this ending well. But I've become more optomistic as I've watched them take it down. One piece at at time. Sawing away at the smaller pieces and taking much care with the larger chunks.

It reminds me of writing my novel. It's a task that looks impossible. No matter where you start it seems like a bad place. But if you whittle away at it bit by bit, eventually the task is accomplished.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Goodbye Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton died of cancer November 4th at the age of 66. He's probably most well known for his book and subsequent movie Jurrasic Park. But he also wrote the Andromeda Strain, Congo, Sphere, and West World which were also made into films.

Even though he held a degree in anthropology and was a medical doctor he was also a writer. And, in fact, actually wrote novels while he was in medical school. For those of you out there who claim you don't have time to write, perhaps you should reconsider.

There has been no word as of yet how or if his death will affect the upcoming Jurassic sequel titled Jurassic Park IV: The Extinction. The film was slated for release in 2010. It seems that a Westworld remake is also in the works.

I love to watch the original Jurassic Park on a day when it's rainy with a little thunder in the background. My next rainy day I'm going to watch it in honor of Michael.

Monday, November 3, 2008

20 Agents Who Blog

Ever wonder how an agent's mind works? Then check out some of these agents who blog.