Scene Composition (in TV/Film)

For those of you who watched SIX FEET UNDER last week (the 7/11 episode, the one where David’s ex-fiance’s father dies), here’s a question:

Could any of you tell he was about to be struck by lightning? There was something about the direction of that scene that told me it was going to happen–particularly, the way the shot stays inside the building while the man exits. I’ve had this same thing happen when I’m watching a scene and a car blows up (or some other type of explosion happens). Though in this case, there were other clues, such as the rain outside and his theft of the umbrella (thus providing a SIX FEET UNDERish irony to his death).

Is this bad/lazy direction/shot selection, or is it just that we who notice these things are astute observers?

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A little love

Check this out — Praise for me!

Dear Editors,

Mr. Adams recently wrote a review for one of our audiobook titles, ‘SALEM’S LOT by Stephen King, and I have to say, I was so impressed by it. It is, by far, one of the best audio reviews I have ever read in my time at Simon & Schuster Audio. His description of the narration is eloquent, descriptive, and truly shows him to be an aficionado of spoken word.

Please send our regards to Mr. Adams.

all best,

Theresa Pantazopoulos

Theresa Pantazopoulos
Publicity Manager
Simon & Schuster Audio

For those of you who don’t read Locus–first, shame on you. But if you don’t read Locus and you still want to read my reviews, they will be reprinted on Locus Online in the near future. Stay tuned.

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A week of slush

This past week or so of slush seems to have been uncommonly good. I set aside quite a few stories over the past couple days, much more than usual.

Was everyone waiting to send their good stuff until Gordon was away teaching Clarion?

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More audio news

More good news!

Amazing Stories has accepted two audiobook reviews by me for their September issue (which I believe will be issue #2). It also looks like I’ll be contributing audiobook reviews to them on a regular basis, so stay tuned. This, of course, being in addition to my Locus reviews.

Not to suck up or anything, but I have to say that I’ve been very impressed with editor Dave Gross thus far. His suggested edits to my reviews tightened up several spots nicely and really improved them overall.

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First audiobook review column published!

Sorry I haven’t been posting more recently. Been very busy with freelance stuff. That and haven’t thought of anything interesting to post.

Some good news in the mail yesterday: I received my July 2004 Locus contributor copy (and payment) which features my first audiobook review column. It should be on newstands soon. Go buy it.

Oh, last week Gordon and I saw TV’s The Bachelor/New York Giants QB Jesse Palmer at Liberty Bar & Grill in Hoboken when we were out having lunch. Palmer was having lunch with another rather large gentleman who I assume was a fellow football player, but I didn’t recognize him (looked to be a linebacker or lineman of some sort). This siting didn’t make my day or anything (I will never watch any incarnation of The Bachelor, and I’m not a Giant’s fan), but it was somewhat amusing.

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Blog Reviews

Here’s a list of reviews I’ve posted to my blog.


Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

I just started doing this, so it’s kind of sparse right now, but I
expect there will be more soon.  Here are some
reviews I’ve had published in magazines:


Audiobook Review:
The World is Flat, in
Publishers Weekly

June 6, 2005


Audiobook Review Column:
Locus
Listens
to Audio #2
, in
Locus Magazine

December 2004 [contents],
reprinted in
Locus Online, February 2005

Audiobook Review:
Dune: The Battle of Corrin, in
Amazing Stories
(Issue #605)
November 2004

Audiobook Review:
A Canticle for Leibowitz, in
Amazing Stories
(Issue
#604
)
October 2004

Audiobook Review: The Curse
of Chalion, in
Amazing Stories
(Issue
#604
)
October 2004

Book Review:
The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, in

Science Fiction Weekly

August 2004


Audiobook Review Column:

Locus
Listens
to Audio
, in
Locus Magazine

July 2004 [contents],
reprinted in
Locus Online, July 2004

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The Etymology of “Slush”

I was having lunch in the city on Friday with a couple other writers and
editors, and the subject of slush came up.  Eventually, we got around to
discussing how the term "slush" came about.
 
No one knew for sure where the term came from, but Gordon recalled something
he’d heard once, that if not true, at least makes sense.  The gist of it is:
 
The term slush came about back in the old days, when writers would actually hand
deliver manuscripts to the magazine’s offices.  When the offices weren’t open,
the writers would toss their manuscripts over the transom (what’s
a transom?
), into the office.  So when the editors came to work (or back
from lunch), they would have to wade through the pile of submissions, which was
in some way similar, apparently, to wading through slushy snow.  Thus, the slush
pile.  This is also appears to be the source of the term "over the transom."
 

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