Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
The most remarkable thing on the skyline of Seoul is the giant skytower atop a hill on the north side of the Han river. Being from Seattle, I know my skytowers and this thing is awsome. Probably a thousand feet high from the look of it, it has a huge observation deck about as big as two or three Space Needle decks. The deck is in the middle and there's a steel girder tower structure soaring above it. The lower half is a giant cylinder of white. The really spectacular thing about it is the lights at night. Lots of colors and spotlights calmly changing all up and down the tower as the clouds play tag with the very top.
The other noticeable tall thing is the Hyatt hotel but that is hardly as impressive.
A curious and promising thing is the number of red neon crosses sticking up from building all over the skyline. I remember a stat from somewhere that Korea is now over 50% Christian with most of the other half Buddhist and a couple of percent animist/spiritist. This is the kind of ally you want in the Pacific theatre.
I'm headed to Incheon International Airport next and will spend most of the day there before flying back to Hawai'i. Hopefully while I wait I can get another bottle of Pocari sweat. That stuff's great.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
0440- Get out of the rack, get my sweats on, go to the rec tent and check personal email, send out a blog entry.
0500- Male shower hours begin, take care of personal hygiene.
0515- Go back to tent and start getting my uniform on, which for the exercise includes helmet and flak jacket.
0530- Catch shuttle bus to chow hall.
0600- Finish chow and walk over to the command center.
0630- Start turnover briefs
0700- Sit through General's morning brief.
0800- Praise God that the brief is finallly over and the bleeding from my eyeballs can stop.
1200- After spending hours working with a room full of Marines who do nothing but prepare PowerPoint slides, go to noon chow.
1300- Get back to command center and work with PowerPoint some more.
1600- Give my portion of the General's afternoon brief.
1830- Night shift arrives, begin turnover brief.
2000- Get back to my tent, eat a candy bar for dinner
2100- Stop reading whatever book I have try to begin sleeping.
Three more days...
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
The Charnel Prince is delivering everything I expected. I'd say it is the better of the two books. It is much more developed and continues the strong story telling that Keyes started with The Briar King. The detail of the worlds and the characters is outstanding. The stakes are getting higher and higher. The strong themes of love and death are hitting home. The emotional investment that Keyes is creating makes the book well worth it. Looks like the series is going to come in at four books with The Blood Knight and The Born Queen next up.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Of course, things didn't start out that way yesterday. Six hour plane rides are never a good thing. Sorry, no attempt at humor here. They just aren't. (Tomorrow is a ten hour flight. Shoot me now.) Then when I got here I found that the Honolulu International Airport is very cute. By cute, I mean it has a rustic, provincial feeling and tremendous lack of signage. After almost turning the wrong way and having an unpleasant discussion with a TSA official I found the baggage claim. Then I had to find the rental car counter. Then I had to find my way out of the parking lot which was much more difficult than it should have been. Getting to the BOQ would have been easier if I had remembered to print out a map but such is life. A couple of buildings and government servants later I was able to get to my room. Then sleep happened.
This morning was check in type stuff and now I have some free time before leaving for Korea. My observations about Hawai'i? 1)Most of the buildings are standard designs but with a touch of Japanese influence. 2)They have the most amazing birds, one of which is bopping around while I'm typing this and he or she has a peach and brown coloration and looks like a small cardinal. 3)McDonald's transfats taste the same here as they do on the mainland. 4)They spell their state differently than we do.
Stay tuned, more to come..
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
On top of that you get multiple beheadings, Matrix-like fight scenes with severed limbs a flying, and spouts of blood that would make Monty Python blush. What's not to like?
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I have no idea where he gets this stuff.
Friday, March 09, 2007
"We don't publish retelling of Bible stories but your writing is good and we look forward to more from you." Then it is personally signed by the editor.
I knew this when I submitted it but my tremendous ego convinced me that it didn't apply to me. So that's one magazine down and a few more to go. I haven't submitted to Relief yet but I think I may do that next week.
The rejection is not much of a surprise. I realized after doing some research that getting this story published would be difficult. It is a retold bible story. It is not fantasy and it is not science fiction. It is sort of an historical. In short, it is a difficult story to find a market for. But I like it a lot so I will keep on trying.