Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscars tonight, aka this is much longer than I had intended

I will be tweeting throughout the Academy Awards tonight. Usually I attend an Oscar party, but I'm still stuck in Tallahassee for another couple of weeks, so there we are.

Most years, I make it a point to see at least all five Best Picture nominees before the Oscars. But then the Academy had to go and expand to 10 nominees this year. Between that and having fewer opportunities to see the smaller-release films (I mentioned I'm in Tallahassee, right?), I'll go into tonight having not (yet) seen An Education or Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

(I just had to use the whole title because, fine as that film apparently is, that's a remarkably stupid title).

(And yes, I know poor Precious had to change its title from Push so as not to be confused with a dumbass action flick starring Dakota Fanning and Johnny Storm, but dammit, I'm not cutting it any slack.)

(This sentence has no reason to exist; I just thought it would be funny if I had another parenthetical comment.)

(Apparently I was wrong.)

Anyway, this is where I'd usually be talking about the film I'd like to see win Best Picture. I usually blow off other people's opinions on this subject, for one simple reason: If you haven't seen all the films, you're in no position to judge. So shut your hole.

And I used to feel awfully goddamn superior because I had seen all the Best Picture nominees. But not this year. So I'm going to follow my own advice and shut my hole.

Well... mostly.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Flash Fiction: "This Is the Note..."

This is the flash fiction (that's a story of 500-1000 words, if you didn't know) that I spontaneously wrote tonight. I'm not sure why; I've been so busy with nonfiction writing lo the 15-or-so years I've never even completed any fiction in that entire time. I figured 1,000 words was easy enough to get back in the swing, so... what the hell, I might as well.

In any event, here it is, after the jump: