Saturday notes: writing plans are coming together (news comes later) it's not easy I tell you I should really emphasize that anyway, I'm in a spot where if you sneeze they bless you with "bless you" it's true that if you really write for a long period the words flow easier and you can open …

The Black Eyed Peas are one of the worst pop groups in creation. I've already wasted too much energy even mentioning them and shall say no more. Except... Save your ears!

THE KING STAY THE KING (from HBO's THE WIRE) By Episode 3, D'Angelo Barksdale is entrenched in The Pit, monitoring the youngest and least experienced of the Barksdale drug crews and trying to improve their performance. And in a succinct metaphor, we get a sense of the drug hierarchy and everyone's place within that world. …

Played a game with my friend Josh last night. Chess always teaches you something about yourself. In this case, as I slaughtered up most of his army on the field, I became overconfident. This became my undoing. Even as I was able to advance my pawn and promote it to Queen, thus having two queens …

By the way, this year's Halloween was a wash out. Oh well. Seems so often that this time of year, we're broke as hell, or unstable in some other kind of way. Forces me to think in terms of seasons, for sure. National Novel Writing Month, for example, falls around this time of year, and …