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Saturday, June 16th, 2018
12:19 pm
The Master List of Original Words submitted to "One Different Letter"
The thoughtful and dedicated ODL'er ludzu_alus kindly made available this alphabetical list of real words (aka "paleologisms") already submitted to "One Different Letter" as a reference for anyone who plays the game. I'm going to do my best to keep it up to date.


The Alphabetical List of Real Word SubmissionsCollapse )
Friday, October 12th, 2012
4:05 pm
Monday, October 8th, 2012
2:41 pm
My daughter called me something the other day that just squashed me.

She called me a "stay-at-home actor."

And I thought with horror, "Oh my god. That's exactly what I am."

I know what she MEANT, of course, but it was still a jolt. I AM a stay-at-home actor. I haven't done any acting other than unpaid table reads in months.

Shit.
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
12:52 pm
What's the best thing about your kids demanding steak and mashed potatoes for dinner (I also made steamed carrots and corn on the cob, as well as grilled green onions for the grownups), only to have one of those kids declare that she won't be eating because she's going to a kid's night out and they're going to have pizza?

If you said "The chance to make that kid feel guilty by quietly observing that, faced with the choice of cheap pizza or a delicious home-cooked meal prepared with love, you'd make a different decision," well, you'd be in second place.

The BEST thing about the above scenario is that the next day you'll have potatoes in the house - which you normally don't - and leftover steak, which you can combine with onions and peppers and eggs and cheese to make a fabulous fajita-style scramble, and enjoy the sight of your daughter's eyes rolling back in her head with the first bite, followed by the sound of frantic fork against plate drowning out the sounds of Nickelodeon.
Thursday, May 10th, 2012
9:03 am
Just found out that my son, who has the unmitigated GALL to be eighteen (!), was accepted into the college of his choice. Way to go, Chef Jr.!
Monday, April 9th, 2012
9:55 pm
Help me out!
You know those sayings that tell you how a type of person "does it"?

(e.g., "Lawyers do it in their briefs.")

I want to do one for voice actors. Any ideas?

So far I have:

"Voice actors do it over and over until they get it right."
"Voice actors do it with their mouths open."
"Voice actors record themselves doing it."

I know you guys can do better!
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
10:02 pm
meme-age
I promise to make something handmade for the first five people who comment. They must in turn post this and make something for the first five people who comment on their status. The rules are it has to be handmade by you and they must receive it before 2012 ends...who's in with me?!
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
4:35 pm
Remember, I mentioned a while back that I did a commercial for the local ABC affiliate? Well, here it is! (Warning: topless fat guy.)

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
2:49 pm
State of the acting career
I'm on my way to the set of a TV commercial I was cast in! Apparently I beat out a fair number of other fat white guys to get the part.

I've also landed a juicy part in a short film that's shooting next month, and I'm in talks to be one of the main characters in a web series as well.

Hollywood, here I don't come!

(I'm going to stay local -- I have no illusions that I'm going to be a big star or anything, I just want to work regularly.)
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
5:46 pm
Blue today.

Had an audition over the weekend that I thought went really well, for a director with whom I've worked before, the feedback was good, they mentioned callbacks would be this week in the evening.

Just realized this afternoon that it's Thursday late, and it doesn't look like I'm going to get a callback after all.

Crap.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
4:40 pm
God Damn It
Listen, people. (Not YOU people. But pass this on to the idiots if you encounter them.)

You are seriously annoying me when you want to do a big reveal in writing and you spell the interjection "Wallah!" or some similarly phonetic phailure.

It's not a made-up word that you can just spell however the hell you want. It's a French word, and it's spelled "voila." (yes, I left off the accent over the "a" -- I'M not French.)

"Voila," people, pronounced "vwah-lah." Stop fucking it up.
Saturday, April 9th, 2011
8:23 pm
An interesting challenge is coming for me next week. I have an audition for a short film about the conflict between religion and the gay/lesbian community. I'm reading for two different characters, both of which are pretty homophobic (one is blue-collar, the other more middle-class).

I abhor homophobia and find the sort of people who would openly practice it on a bus to be repellent. On the other hand, I need to be true to my abilities as an actor; if I do the kind of AWESOME job I'm capable of, it's going to mean creating a character who's more than just a caricature or a strawman. I want my gay-hatin' character to be human and relatable.

I need to find a way to balance my performance so I stay true to my values as well as my devotion to my craft.
Saturday, February 12th, 2011
12:03 pm
New review up on "50 Books for 50 Bucks." This week's review: "A Measure of All Things: The Story of Man and Measurement," by Ian Whitelaw.

http://bit.ly/i3iEEr
Friday, January 28th, 2011
7:57 pm
So I made it to the finals of the "Tweet Me a Story" contest. My entry from the first round that got me to the semifinals (no more than 140 characters, must include the word "jealous") was:

I never thought I’d be jealous of my fat-ass brother’s body, but 38 days post– plane crash with no food, my priorities have shifted a bit.

It was one of the five that made it past the semifinals -- didn't get the top votes, but it was a judges' pick. So last night I submitted my final three stories (same rules, must include the word "surprise"). Here are the three I submitted:

  1. Oh, man. Just look at all these dismembered bodies. I guess I should have known better than to throw a surprise birthday party for a ninja.


  2. "I just can't believe that lunatic got elected." "I know, right?" "What party is he a member of, anyway?" "The Surprise Party, apparently."


  3. "I slept with your wife last night," I said. "You've managed to surprise me," Jim replied. "I could have sworn she was with Tom last night."


And here are the three that didn't make the cut:

  • It should've come as no surprise — she'd TOLD me that she was no good for me — but she lied about everything. Why'd she tell the truth now?


  • After everything he'd done to her, she'd thought he couldn't surprise her anymore. It turned out he just couldn't PLEASANTLY surprise her.


  • They're jaded; they've heard every pickup line before, you know. If you REALLY want to surprise a stripper, you should compliment her shoes.


If any of mine make it into the top 25, I'll be expecting you all to vote early and often. *grin*
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
12:08 pm
new book review up on "50 Books for 50 Bucks"!

This week's review is of Fay Weldon's memoir, "Auto da Fay."

http://bit.ly/dREA75
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
1:24 pm
I want your vote!
I'm not normally in the habit of flagrantly asking you guys for anything, but I could use your help.

I'm entered in a story contest ("Tweet Me A Story") wherein I submitted three twitter-length stories that include a word chosen by the contest's organizers (my group's word was "jealous"). One of my entries has been chosen to go to the semi-finals! Here it is:

I never thought I’d be jealous of my fat-ass brother’s body, but 38 days post– plane crash with no food, my priorities have shifted a bit.

The semi-finals consist of online voting, and I really, REALLY want to survive this round and make it to the finals. I would really appreciate it if you guys would go and vote for me, and maybe even ask some of YOUR friends to vote, too (if you think the story's good, that is).

Here's the link to the voting page:

Group 20: Jealous

Let me know here if you vote, okay?
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
11:02 am
New review posted to "50 Books for 50 Bucks"
This week's review is now up -- it's about Turning Tables, a chick-lit novel set in the restaurant industry. Enjoy!
Monday, January 10th, 2011
10:24 am
I know some of you don't read LJ on the weekends, so I'm mentioning this again...

In case you missed last week's post, I've started a book-review blog called 50 Books for 50 Bucks (the idea is that each week I'll read and review a book bought at my local dollar store).

Anyway, the first review is up on the blog. For my first book to review, I chose The Devil's Guide to Hollywood, by Joe Eszterhas (screenwriter of such movies as Basic Instinct and Showgirls).

I welcome comments and blog followers -- and if you like the blog, I'd REALLY appreciate it if you'd link to it and spread the word!
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
5:02 pm
My first book review is up on "Fifty Books for Fifty Bucks"
In case you missed last week's post, I've started a book-review blog called 50 Books for 50 Bucks (the idea is that each week I'll read and review a book bought at my local dollar store).

Anyway, the first review is up on the blog. For my first book to review, I chose The Devil's Guide to Hollywood, by Joe Eszterhas (screenwriter of such movies as Basic Instinct and Showgirls).

I welcome comments and blog followers -- and if you like the blog, I'd REALLY appreciate it if you'd link to it and spread the word!
Saturday, January 1st, 2011
4:34 pm
Everybody check out my new blog!
I haven't worked up my New Year's Resolutions yet, but I know one of them will be to read and review fifty books this year. I'm going to be posting those reviews in my new blog, "Fifty Books for Fifty Bucks" (http://50books50bucks.blogspot.com). For more on why I'm doing it, feel free to read the linked post below!

Discount Dreams
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