The blog for The Solitaire Rose Experience. Yes, the blog revolution is utterly and completely over. However, I haven't figured that out yet, so I'll be listing articles, ideas, links, and other internet debris. Now, you can join in! And be mocked mercilessly!

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Not bad for the White House dog

I'm pretty sure everyone on the right who says that "liberals always resort to personal attacks" forgets that Rush Limbaugh, on his TV show produced by FOX News Chairman Roger Ailes, had his own "stand up comedy" bits in a lame attempt to be Jay Leno...and one of his jokes was that the White House had a new dog, showing a picture of Chelsea.

Now, it seems that a city counselor in Kenya offered 40 goats and 20 cows for her hand. Oddly, the Clintons haven't accepted his offer, even though it would make his wishes come true. So much for those bastards claiming that they want to help in Africa.

I agree with Limbaugh and other right-wingers who say that we shouldn't be personally attacking people based on their looks. And, you can't use the "New White House Dog" joke with them.

You can, however, call them unemployed, skanky, problem drinkers.

Because that has to do with their ACTIONS, not their looks.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Back from pokerfest 2005!

I've written up a post about Pokerfest, but it has to wait until I figure out how to get it off my Pocket PC (deamn me and my experimenting), but it was nice to be away from the Internets for a few days. Of course, I come back and read this opinion piece that I recommend highly to try and underestand why the White House went so over-the-top to discredit someone who was pointing out that they were blowing smoke about Saddam Hussien restarting a nuclear program.

It's also worth noting that the way the White House is trying to kill this story is by telling the American people that Karl Rove is a hero for trying to stop this immesely powerful ambassador to a country NO ONE CAN NAME.

Friday, July 15, 2005

I know they are famous and all

But don't the Power Line bloggers look like the creepy guys who hang out next to the women's locker room at the gym hoping to get a cheap peek?

I also see by their page today, they like Shawn Colvin. Who works for liberal causes so much she can't get decent distribution.

I love conservatives who like songs with liberal lyrics. Reminds me that their heads ARE full of cement.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

First BIG news from Sandy Eggo

Darwyn Cooke to do a new on-going Spirit series.

Darwyn Cooke is so amazingly talented that it might not suck.

The Nerd Prom has begun!

San Diego is the home of the comic convention that ends all comic conventions.

There will be tons of comic book news that comes out of it, press releases, preview art and the like.

Be warned.

I was going to write about...

The report from Gitmo about torture that came out yesterday. AndrewSullivan does a better job than I ever could, and he's a conservative. I don't think my outrage could be as persuasive as his.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I'm getting the word out!

In the "big change" from last week, one of the reasons was so that I could get my work out to a wider audience.

So, I was able to get set up with - The Aggregator. This means that I will actually have to run my spell check and make sense when I post something.

Oh, the horrors I inflict upon myself.

For those who haven't read my page before...I'm a struggling writer, and I also work in Sociall Services to pay my bills. I write reviews of comic books, not because I want to WRITE comic books, but because I figure that if I'm going to spend so much money on them, I should have something to show for it. I also write a news parody that I have had trouble finding time for recently, and fiction. I talk about all of those things, as well as my endlessly policital stuff. So, have fun, comment and expect that I will jump from subject to subject in my postings, but I won't be posting "gee, I had a great AIM conversation and here's some quiz results."

And if I do, you know I've either been hacked or have suffered a brain injury.

Mitch Hedberg in EW

No, I'm not linking, as you have to have some kind of subscription to read most of the story, and no one should subscribe to any magazine that you can finish during a half hour ride on an exercise bike, but they had a nice article on Mitch Hedberg this week.

I saw Mitch a LOT of times down at Acme Comedy Company while he was building his audience and loved his work. It reminded me a lot of Stephen Wright, whose work I adore with witty one-line jokes that play with words and ideas. If you go to the doctor or dentist over the next couple of months, go ahead and read the article as they attempt to recast his life as Kurt Cobain's.


I'm am back to researching my radio novel, and have set a deadline of July 15th for finishing chapter 6. I am also setting a HARD deadline of October 15th for finishing the novel so that I can work on my NaNoWriMo novel (4th one...I guess I'm committed to that process). So, soon, I'll be blogging how many words I've written, which is just ever so exciting. Almost as exciting as the CornCam.

I also have a review of the graphic novel The Birth Of A Nation on Bartcop-E today. Go there, then e-mail Marty and tell he how much you love me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

BlogRolling - Members Home

I'll be adding this just as soon as I figure out just how the flaming blue hell to add it to my blog.

Face it, people, I'm internet stupid.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Really don't mind if I sit this one out

This was, quite possibly, the worst day of my life. I spent the entire day repeatedly getting hit with bad news and horrid information that I had no control over.

Many people say that bad news and depression can make for a better writer, or "that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Tell that to a heart attack patient...

I also feel incredibly heavy guilt over the fact that my novel stalled about 6 months ago. I still love it, and WANT desperately to write it, but have not be able to get in the frame of mind to sit down and enter that world. It's an odd tightrope, as you can't just sit and pound out a serious's all about being able to get the proper way of thinking, and knowing how a complex character will react, dialogue that is more than just exposition, and making sure the themes you want to hit are just beneath the surface instead of hitting the reader int he face.

A action novel isn't hard. It's all plot, and dialogue flows pretty quickly. Same with a mystery or the "occult detective" novels I write. Those are almost a vacation.

But, if I ever want to grow as a writer, I have to push myself beyond where I am comfortable. I have to try and grab things beyond my reach. And it's harder. Lately, it's been too hard.

So, I'm going to try and find that center again so that I can get back to "That New Radio Show" and finish it. I owe it to the characters, the idea and themes that still hold true.

And now we see that Republicans and Democrats aren't that different

Conservative pundits still make bank ont he fact that when cornered about his affair, Clinton used legalese to attempt to weasel his way out of lying. It was ugly, and it made endless jokes about his saying "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is."

Now that the Valerie Plame story is back and gathering steam, Karl Rove's lawyer is saying that Rove told the reporter Plame's role and that she was Joseph Wilson's wife, but didn't give her name. And none of the people who are saying that Clinton was wrong to parse words is saying a damn thing.

Clinton was wrong, and Rove is wrong. However, Clinton was talking about sex, and Rove was outing a deep cover CIA operative, destroyed all of her intelligence gathering capabilities and put the lives of everyone she had ever worked with at risk. I don't know about you, but I think there is a bit of a difference between the two. I feel the story is a good litmus test.

If you think that what Rove did is more serious, you have a firm undertsanding of ethics and their use in government. If you think what Clinton did was worse, you are a brain damaged moron in a vegetative state who needs to have their feeding tube removed and spouse investigated by Jeb Bush.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Byron Priess passes away

JIm Steranko writes up a solid obit here. Priess was one fo the frist people who thoughts comics could go mainstream, and did a lot of book projects that seemed strange at the time, but now seem perfectly normal. He was ahead of his time in almost every way, so it is sadly ironic he dies ahead of his time as well.

Saturday, July 09, 2005


I'm switching over to using the blog more from a different system I used to use, mostly because this forces me to do it in a more....professional isn't the word. I mean, have you looked at this site? Half-assed is the BEST thing I can say about it. But, I want my on-line blogging to be more than just "gee, I don't feel good today, and my friends treated me like crap."

I fiddled with some design ideas for the new look of the site last night, and they weren't half bad for someone with no design sense or knowledge of HTML. I barely know English, so writing in a computer language would be a pointless waste of time. But, it's a cleaner, more professional design, and I think I have some other good ideas for making people realize I change the site up a lot more. I'm also going to be sending off the next 3 years worth of scripts to the artist of the online strip I write. It would have been a year's worth, but since it's now weekly instead of three times a week, they'll last longer. I just need to strip out all of the topical references (which is probably a good thing) and tighten the jokes.

I'm also going to be getting rid of a few sections on the site, like letters, and merging all of the different essays into one page.

As for what is going on in the world...I have no clue. I heard about the bombings in London, but other than the initial reports on the BBC, I know nothing. I would imagine that Bush is beating it like a dead horse, but...

The current justification for the war in Iraq is "We fight them there so we don't have to fight them here." "There" seems to be getting a lot closer to "here", so that plan doesn't seem like a very solid one to me.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Love is in the air

If by love, you mean change, then yes, it's in the air. After waiting over 2 years for someone to redesign my webpage, I have given up and will be doing it myself. I have also killed my Livejournal, as I not longer feel that sort of community is interesting enough to be worth my time.

The new page will be done in a few weeks, and trust me, it's a pretty radical change.

More, as they say, to come.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Solitaire Rose Experience: Comic Books: Threat or Menace!

The Solitaire Rose Experience: Comic Books: Threat or Menace! has been updated. I am not done with it, so it's not on the main page yet, but...there you go. I've been at work 90 of the last 96 hours so I'm pretty fried, but eventually, I'll have the time off I've been promised.

And eventually Bush will show compassion, too.