Why Am I Smiling?

If you’d seen me this afternoon in real life, you’d have seen a man with a grin on his face. Why?

Because today I had the pleasure of meeting actor Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama on Battlestar Galactica, Gaff in Blade Runner, etc.).

EJO was the original inspiration for the character of Commodore Diego Reyes in the Star Trek Vanguard series I developed with editor Marco Palmieri. Today, I got the chance to tell Mr. Olmos that, and give him signed copies of Harbinger and Reap the Whirlwind. He remarked that he had been asked several times to be “on Star Trek,” and I replied, “Well, in my version of it, you are.”

In case you’re wondering, Mr. Olmos is an incredibly funny, charismatic, and generous person. Gregarious and charming, he energized the room just by being there, and when he smiles everyone smiles with him.

Helluva guy. Glad I had the chance to shake his hand.

And then I came home to find I’d received a residual check from the Writers Guild. Sweet.

Yes, a fine day, indeed. 🙂

Lunacon schedule

Because I know you all care so much about how I spend my weekends, click here to see my schedule for Lunacon.

In capsule form for those of you too lazy to click:

FRIDAY, MARCH 14
7PM – The Year in TV (Grand Ballroom North)

SATURDAY, MARCH 15
11AM – David Honigsberg Life Jam (Mianus River)
2PM – Playing in Someone Else’s Sandbox (Odelle)
4PM – The Author as Sadist: Torturing Your Characters (Poplar)
6PM – Autographing (Westchester Assembly area)

SUNDAY, MARCH 16
12:30PM – Author Reading (Port Chester)

Those of you attending the con, I look forward to seeing you there!

Last Call for Guesses

I am impressed, my f-listers. You all did quite well with the Movie Quote meme I posted. Two quotations were not identified, however:

10. “But it’s absurd!”   “So is our electoral process, but we still vote.” — State and Main

15. “There’s one thing I don’t understand. The thing I don’t understand is every motherfuckin’ word you’re saying.” — The Limey

Thanks for playing, f-listers!

The Movie Meme

snurched from most of the f-list:

The rules:
+ Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
+ Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
+ Post them here for everyone to guess.
+ Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
+ NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

ETA: My original quotation for #5 was not accurate. I have replaced it with a proper quote from a different movie, and I am crediting kradical with coming closest on guessing the botched quote, which was from Living in Oblivion.

1. “Girlie, as far as you’re concerned, I’m the messiah of the DMV.” amysisson, Clueless

2. “I’m not in the business. I am the business.” daytonward, Blade Runner

3. “We’re in Italy, speak English.” paleologa, The Italian Job (2003)
4. “It’s just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.” scrnwrtinghack, The Mummy

5. “I am Jack’s smirking revenge.” deltagrl, Fight Club
6. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” troll_bridge, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

7. “We have nothing to declare—”   “—except a cello!” daytonward, The Living Daylights

8. “Son, you’re about as useful as a cock-flavored lollipop.” daytonward, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
9. “You’re going to give mercenaries a bad name.” daytonward, Raiders of the Lost Ark

10. “But it’s absurd!”   “So is our electoral process, but we still vote.”
11. “Put that coffee down. Coffee is for closers.” trampledamage, Glengarry Glen Ross

12. “Lady, I never walk into a place I don’t know how to walk out of.” kradical, Ronin
13. “Doesn’t it give you, like, a shudder of electricity…to be in the same room with me?” daytonward, Superman: The Movie

14. “There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter.” amysisson, Casino Royale
15. “There’s one thing I don’t understand. The thing I don’t understand is every motherfuckin’ word you’re saying.”

Congratulations to the Wards!

My friend Kevin Dilmore just posted on the TrekBBS this news item:


A new edition, um, addition for Dayton and Michi (and big sister Addison)!

Erin Haley Ward

8 lb. 2.5 oz.

20.5 in.

11:58 a.m. 2/22/08

At last report, all were doing well!


Huzzah! Congratulations to Dayton, and especially to Michi, who did all the hard work (as usual).