It’s sort of the end of the first week of Visual Reflux. I soft-launched with the Captain Marvel post last weekend (a few days before Stop Button got it) and I’ve been pretty good about getting up a post a day. Until today. Well, until yesterday. I was a little burned out yesterday, which—as I write this post—is still today for me. I started to write this kind of a post—the nothing post—yesterday (meaning Thursday), but wanted to write that Robocop: Last Stand #1 post instead. Mostly because I wasn’t sure how I was going to write that post. I know how to write these posts; you just type until you hit the word count and then you wrap it up real quick. I thought about doing some link posts but I don’t have much to say at length about the new Avengers: Endgame trailer or poster. I hope they don’t screw up. I have no reason to think they will. Kevin Feige’s turned into a fine producer, regardless of the PGA thing or the whole cappie situation.

I also have nothing to say at length about James Gunn being back for Guardians 3, other than a tweet about hoping Marvel somehow screws WB over—Gunn is making “TheSuicide Squad for WB before he makes Guardians. Given the first Suicide Squad is one of the few recent films I detest more than Guardians 2, it’ll be interesting to see—on home video—what Gunn does with that crap pile.

I don’t think there was any other significant entertainment news. There might have been some comic stuff, but nothing worth discussing at length. Even at the link length, which I haven’t really figured out yet. I’ll probably come up with word count guidelines for every post type (spoiler: it’s mostly 350; 350 for these “Summing Up” posts, 350 for the “Focused” comic—and eventually TV—posts). I don’t actually know how long the Robocop 2 or Alien 3 comic posts went. I should probably figure that data into the mix.

And look at that red indicator… I’m done with this post.

It’s early days with Visual Reflux. Really, really early days considering it’s self-hosted and not even getting the spam hits off So I’m trying to establish writing behaviors without doing anything too themed. Like, it’s not worth the time to link to all the Robocop movie posts on Stop Button or all the Robocop comic posts on Comics Fondle—which I considered—because the eyes aren’t there. Here. The eyes aren’t here.

I once wrote a story with no Os in it. I tried to write it without any Is first, but it was too hard.

That story was weird.


Announcing the New Amazing

Amazing being subjective. And not even all of it. Not all of the new amazing is mine alone.

But things are finally decided. So now for scheduling them.

I’m finally committing to a TV blog, albeit one with numerous caveats. It won’t be anything as it airs, not to get too much into how the sausage is going to be made, but there will be recent shows discussed. Probably go old, new, old, new, old, new. I only know it’s going to start on old because the first topic is going to be “Fawlty Towers.” The blog’s called A Televisual Feast. It’s live but empty. I assume I’ll make an opening soon post, now I have it planned. Posts starting there at the end of April.

As for Comics Fondle, which has been very quiet, with the occasional post from podcast co-host Vernon. We’re still putting together the “Best of 2018” show for the Comics Fondle podcast; by putting together, I mean we need to record. Life gets busy. But as for what I’m going to do with Comics Fondle going forward after the Love and Rockets readthrough? Issue-level posts still, but nothing incomplete. Or if it’s incomplete, it’s forever incomplete. Collected or completed stories, examined individually. Something I wish I had done with Love and Rockets, but what can I do. I’m not going to go back through them (unless someone wants to pay me, of course).

Comics Fondle I’m going to aim for end of March start-up. It’s taking me longer than expected to get mentally prepared for it—one of the big factors was getting more comfortable just using the old iPad Air again. Nicely, my cheapish keyboard stand is working out fine. And even if I can’t customize iPad Ulysses as much as I can the Mac version (I haven’t actually tried on the iPad version, I’m just guessing but who knows), it’s a good writing environment. I’m comfortable writing on the iPad again. And at greater lengths than before. Back when I first got the iPad Air and moved my blog-writing over to it, I was doing the constraints on Stop Button and Comics Fondle, so I’d rarely be typing any more than 250 words at a time. But my average post length for Stop Button is closer to 900 these days. And Love and Rockets posts were usually 400 to 500 words. I keep it loose with Summing Up, but 350 is the target. Because Ulysses makes targeting easy, which is cool.

As for 2019 and The Stop Button… I think I found a project. I’m not completely sold on it yet, but it requires something like a $4.99 app and resizing some art. But it’s not going to affect the site itself at all. I was thinking of doing monthly Sum Up posts—just freed of the previous constraints I was using—but I’m not sure. We’ll see after next month’s Luise Rainer post.

Well. There we go. Five hundred words justifying not starting the new blogging projects for at least a month. Score.


I was giving myself a twenty percent chance of getting through all the movies I wanted to get through over the weekend. The weekly Criterion Channel movie of the week thing didn’t happen because Criterion Channel did two movies of the week this last week (two Albert Finney pictures, as he’s recently passed). I’ve got a screener I need to get watched. Sooner than later because not too much later it’ll be released and then won’t be special.

I’m no closer on the new project than I was the last time I thought about it. I mean, I’ve had some thoughts about it, but haven’t done anything with them. Even when I had a big chance. But I’ve got more to think about.

I did write something like 3,500 words on Friday, which is a whole lot of words. Like, just typing 3,500 with that comma makes me tired. I did write a couple things I was worried about but then really liked in the editing. I haven’t made the revisions I need to make on a draft of something, which isn’t quite a timing problem—post is for a blogathon Friday—and I need to do some massive edits. New opening, new ending, addition, subtraction, restructuring, lots and lots of edits. And I haven’t gotten them scheduled. I’d like to get two more drafts in before publishing.

We’ll see.

Of course, I still haven’t decided if I’m going to go with the drastic tone I’ve got in the draft. I haven’t had time or made time to think about it at length. I’ve even tried passing the buck on the decision. I may still pass that buck, because it’s more time effective.

I’ve done all right with all these writing goals I’ve set for myself—even if I didn’t realize Ulysses posts a draft instead of publishing a post (I need to fix that setting for this one)—but I feel like I’m still in a rut.

I mean, I don’t even know if we’re continuing a podcast after next week.