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GAME OF THRONES SEASON SIX IS ALMOST HERE…   Leave a comment

….AND I’M FREAKING OUT!

...dude, chill....

…dude, chill….

Can’t wait to find out what’s happening with Arya, Cersei, Sansa, Frankenmountain and of course, Mopey Bastard Jon Snow.  Check out my recap over with the good people at Biff Bam Pop!

 

 

Posted April 21, 2016 by Jim Knipp in Catnip

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Five Horror Movie Classics…that I’ve never seen   3 comments

I had the good fortune of seeing Guillermo Del Toro’s excellent Crimson Peak last week.  It’s very good movie with some great chemistry between Loki, Alice, Jax,  and the grown-up Murph; stunning set design, and a taut plot that keeps you moving (if not guessing).  If I have one complaint, it was that the special effects team tried a little too hard on the ghosts.  They were creative and scary, but so stylistic I kind of wish they would have kept them off-screen and stuck to shadows and jump cuts.  Still, I think it has the potential to be considered a classic someday, something people still want to see 20 or 50 years later.  And I almost missed it, because today’s express-lane movie release schedule had it relegated to one screen a mere three weeks after it opened.

...dude, seriously...have you never heard of Netflix?

…dude, seriously…have you never heard of Netflix?

My ‘movies I’ll watch someday’ queue approached infinity a long time ago, so if I didn’t catch Crimson Peak in the theater, God knows when I would have finally watched it.  And that got me thinking of all the horror movie classics I’ve missed over the years.  You can commence mocking my horror creds after the break.

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What Else is Going On?   2 comments

So….interesting story, I’m not exactly ignoring you.  It’s just that I have all these excuses, that I’ve already used here and here and here…so they don’t really bear repeating.  Let’s just agree to agree that I’m working very hard, just not at the things I really wish I were working on.

...keep it classy, Knipp...

…way to keep it classy, Knipp…

And I haven’t been completely silent.  The good folks at Biff Bam Pop continue to defy all reason and logic and are letting me write for them.  In addition to my Game of Thrones duties, I’m recapping a weird (and somewhat disappointing) second season of True Detective.  I also have some interesting things to say about Dungeons and Dragons, Time Travel, and going way back…the private horror that is Rankin Bass.

...oh, the horror....

…oh, the horror….

Those crazy writers at the South Jersey Writers’ Group continue to grow.  I gave my reasons to go to the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference back in April.  Those reasons still hold true for most conferences, so if you have one coming in your area, you really should consider it.

And big news on the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference front.  I selected the black stone from the sacred typewriter case, which makes me president of the PWC!  I’m fully committed to embracing all of the benefits and boons the office has to offer.

...including the "no sleep between January and June" provision...

…including the “no sleep between January and June” provision…

My first correspondence as president is right here.   Our conferees had a lot to say, with reports from SJWG, the irrepressible Kerry Gans over at the Author Chronicles, the always entertaining and uplifting Heartprints author Mary Mooney, and Doreen McGettigan, who was  kind enough to share everything from her pre-confernence prep to the aftermath.  It’s always a joy meeting (and re-meeting) folks at the conference. I already can’t wait ’til next year!

Philly Flash Inferno publisher Catt Colburn and fellow winter issue contributor Elaine Paliatsas-Haughey have started an online community called “Scars and Tattoos: Our Story on Our Skin”  The group will include original stories, poetry, and artwork from and about women who bear the marks of their battles.  It’s an ambitious and inspiring project and well worth a look.

Literary lady-crush Kelly Simmons (One More Day) has a book coming out.  Friend of the Blog Kathryn Craft (The Far End of Happy) has one out now; and fellow Friend of the Blog, Jonathan Maberry released his latest Joe Ledger novel Predator One in April.  Jonathan has not let his move to the Left Coast slow him down, and he’s got more Joe Ledger, a new Rot and Ruin, and an X-files anthology all queued up and ready.

...in the time I wrote this post, this guy finished two more novels...

…in the time I wrote this post, this guy finished two more novels…

(Hopefully) future Friend of the Blog , Fran Wilde, has her first novel, Updraft, hitting the shelves in September.  I had the pleasure of meeting Fran at the 2015 PWC and she’s smart, funny, and possesses an ungodly amount of talent. If she were a baseball player, she’d be considered one of those “high-ceiling” superstars in the making, so be sure to watch her.

The One Who Started it All, Jenn Brozek has had an exciting summer, winning a Scribe award and gearing up for another GenCon.  I think my biggest regret for missing this year’s geek mecca is simply missing the opportunity to chat with Ms. Brozek and talk about what’s changed since she first got me kickstarted in 2009.

What’s ahead for the rest of 2015?  Well the good news is the purple emu is still chattering, despite my inability to let him out of the cage for more than a few moments at a time.  I’m working on a piece now, inspired by Catt, Elaine, and my good friend Sam Lockwood who has done incredible things with HERA.  “Change” is out to market, but I’m going to fine tune the rest of the bridesmaids before I put them out again, and (let’s say it in unison), I’ll be expanding “Jonesing” to novel length someday soon.

...get on it Pop Pop!

…say it like you mean it, Pop Pop!

Until next time, KnippKnopp out!

 

 

 

 

 

KnippKnopp is Five!   3 comments

On January 30, 2010 I wrote this:

“KnippKnopp is going to become my Weight Watchers for writing, my Gold’s Gym for building up the creative muscle.  Idealistic?  Absolutely, but maybe, just maybe, the act of putting hand to keyboard for something other than functional design documents and interface specs (yes, doing this IS as awful as it sounds), will kick-start me and start to get those writing muscles warmed up and moving.” 

I must have been having fun this past half-decade, because it really doesn’t feel like I’ve been writing this blog for five years.  It seems like just yesterday that I took those first tentative steps on this mid-life crisis induced writers’ journey; And it’s impossible not to ask, did the blog do its job?  Did it really “get those writing muscles warmed up?”  Find out after the break.

...oh boy, can't wait!

…oh boy, can’t wait!

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Can I Borrow Your Couch for a Bit?   3 comments

Today we’re going to talk about constipation

…please don't...

…please don’t…

 

And emus…little, purple ones….that wear monocles and speak with a British accent, plus Mark Zuckerberg’s personal quest to keep me from realizing my destiny.

OK, this is coming out all weird, even for me…  Let’s back up a bit.

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Just Catching Up….   1 comment

Lot’s of things happening in KnippKnopp Land. First a shout out to friend of the show Marie Gilbert.  Our favorite Steampunk Granny has released her first novel:  Roof Oasis.  You can catch a great story about the novel at Biff Bam Pop.

 

The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is pulling ever closer.  I’ve been publishing interviews of our workshop leaders.  Check out some great sharing on the writing world by Alma Katsu, Austin S Camacho, and David Greenberg (and many more to come!) on the PWC blog!

 

My career as a Game of Thrones recapper continues.  The Biff Bam Pop guys have shown incredible patience as my word count grows faster than my waistline.  Check out my thoughts on episode six. Can’t believe only four more left!

 

KnippKnopp man-crush, Dennis Tafoya, just launched The Poor Boys Game.  More good stuff from the guy I think is Philly’s version of Dennis Lehane. He and fellow friend of the blog Jon McGoran (author of Drift)  just held a well-attended reading at NYCs popular The Mysterious Bookshop.  Jon’s newest thriller “Deadout” will be hitting the shelves in August!

 

New stuff coming soon.  Interviews with Janice Gable Bashman.  My adventures in garden warfare.  a PWC recap. All just around the corner!

slapdasherie   1 comment

I’m leaving for parts where the wireless don’t roam (or rather, it would roam if I weren’t too damn cheap to pay for it), so just throwing together some things you might want to check out.

French-Fry Master and South Jersey King of the Geeks, Glenn Walker, talks about the selection of Ben Affleck as the new Bruce Wayne in Zack Snyder’s will-be-here-someday Superman/Batman movie.  He reminds those who are screaming about the selection to think back to 1989, when people were up in arms that Mr. Mom was slated to play the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s Hollywood altering film.  I think the only thing that depresses me is the knowledge that many of the younger screamers are asking, who the hell is Mr. Mom?

I was batman before it was cool

I was batman before it was cool

Resident Maberry Novel-in-Nine Workshop kook, likely secret agent, and first time novelist Tom Joyce weighs in on the passing of Elmore Leonard.  He touches on the doors the late, great Mr. Leonard opened, and the occasional mangy dogs that unfortunately were allowed to wander in.  If you get a second, poke around Tom’s blog for a few minutes.  If you don’t find something that makes you laugh, I’ll give you your money back.

payable in Kiss Bucks, of course

payable in Kiss Bucks, of course

Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey, the anthology published by the South Jersey Writers Group and including “No Fun Joe”, the laugh-a-minute retrospective on bachelor parties, drunk driving, and death written by yours truly, is now an e-book.  If you haven’t bought your copy yet, grab a few.  Remember, for every copy we sell a certain percentage goes to the Landbound Orphan Baby Seal Association of Oklahoma.  Or don’t buy a copy, and let those poor baby seals suffer, if that’s the way you want to be.

teaching baby seals how to walk since 2013

LOBSAO: teaching baby seals how to walk since 2013

And finally, since my post last week about the joys of being a pop pop garnered TWICE the hits of any of my post since….well since ever.  Here’s a random picture of my granddaughter!  Enjoy!

Immediately after this shot, she turned green and destroyed Philadelphia

Immediately after this shot, she turned green and destroyed half of Philadelphia

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