First things first: Osama bin Laden is sort of dead ... So, to the soldiers of the US military: Thank you for blowing him straight to Hell. Expect "Osama tapes" to keep being broadcast on al-Jazeera for a few more weeks, at least. I suspect that, like Stephen J. Cannell, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Parker, bin Laden still has a postmortem career ahead of him.
However, I talked about Osama yesterday. Let's move on.
The rest of post will be short. There's a death in the family. Please, no condolences; I have a strange reaction to death: there's either Heaven, Hell, or Nothing. If Heaven is the option, the dead have it better than we do. If there's Nothing, then, well, the cancer is over. If the other option ... well, then, there's nothing to be done about it, is there?
Moving on ....
I had partially considered starting my "Evil Religions" series, which I had mentioned before Lent first started. However, after the whole Snarky Theology series, I think I'm going to take a break from posting non-fiction. You'd be surprised at how work intensive it can get.... also, my first "Evil Religion" post is ten pages long, and that's after constant editing and revision.
I had considered the latest Disaster to Marvel At ... and it's not a Marvel disaster. For once. No, it seems that Quesada disease has infected DC. In an attempt to be relevant, they are having Superman renounce his American citizenship to join the United Nations. Because "truth, justice, and the American way just isn't enough anymore" ...
Funny, "the American way" didn't work very well for Osama, when it landed on him in the form of a SEAL team.
I have plenty to say on the Super-idiocy, much of it utilizing words that are inappropriate for a PG-rated blog.
And I wanted to discuss that Pope John Paul II is on his way to becoming a Saint, and that his day will be ... May Day. Funny, that a guy who fought the Soviet Union until it's dying day now gets to take over their feast day. How's that for a souvenir of war? But, non-fiction is rather work intensive. Maybe next year.
So, that leaves me free to mention a few upcoming items.
1) This upcoming Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. I will be posting an online short story called "One Way to Stay Out of Jail." The star of this story is one Sean Ryan, who appears in A Pius Man and has already had a few short stories all his own: The Pirate King, the surprisingly popular Boys of the Old Brigade, and God Hates .... Superman?. He's one of my more colorful characters. Unlike Scott "Mossad" Murphy, who likes to go unnoticed, Sean has a tendency to leave behind evidence of his presence. One can usually follow him if one just runs towards the screaming.... Oh, wait, wrong blog.
And, for the record, the complete list of stories is here.
2) Now, a while ago, I had mentioned that I try to keep busy. I do this mainly by writing other novels. And since I've written a whole trilogy around A Pius Man, there's only so much I can do since the first book may or may not survive its first form.
Right now, it's starting to look like vampires might be a good idea. How many people would like to see a novel of vampires where: A) It all makes sense? B) Vampires all follow the rules laid down in Dracula? And C) THEY DON'T SPARKLE?
I'm going to talk with my agent about it, obviously, but I would like to know: if I write this, will you, kind reader, want to come and play? I can promise you that I will make fun of certain cliches running rampant right now. I can promise that I will include philosophy, history, theology, and enough action to make the Blade movies seem slow and ponderous. And I try to make fighting vampires practical in a modern age..... I just really wanted to use the Throwing Stars of David and Vatican Ninjas.
So, what do you think? Please comment below.... and keep it clean.