Sunday, February 22, 2009

We all got it comin', kid

Name that line!
If you answered, Clint "The Main Man" Eastwood from Unforgiven, then you'd be right. That's one of those movies I always have to watch whenever it's on. I was about to go to bed and I caught it right in the sweet spot, where William Munny and The Schofield Kid kill Quick Mike in the shithouse. That's right before the speech containing tonight's line of dialogue and before the shootout finale which I think is still one of the most captivating gunfights ever filmed. Can you tell I like this movie?

I used to be the same way with Tombstone. I love that movie in so many ways, despite the cheesy Billy Zane moments. Unfortunately, there was a stretch where I couldn't flip through the channels without seeing it on one or sometimes several different movie networks. After a few months of such repeat business, it wore me down and I got a little sick of it. Needless to say, that didn't last too long. Even so, it didn't feel right to turn away from Tombstone at all.

My newest Compton is coming out in a bit. April 7th to be exact. I was at a bookstore today and saw a good number of my books on the shelf. That never gets old, to be sure, but a professional writer needs to always think about the NEXT book. That's the problem with not having a day job. It's a blessing to do this for a living, but I don't have the luxury of sitting back and savoring every little nuance. I need to make sure the books are out there and then I need to write some more. Such is the business. That said, I will still pick up that new Compton in April, smile down at it, and make sure it's facing out on the shelf just like all my other babies. Yeah, the bookstore employees just love it when I do that. To anyone reading this, be sure to keep up the tradition!