June 8th, 2006


"Hey, Wait a Minute, This isn't Paradise..."

Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the coalition's most wanted man in Iraq, was killed in an airstrike near Baquba, jubilant U.S. and Iraqi authorities announced Thursday.

I can't say I'm sorry to see the Master Beheader die, but I would have preferred if he'd been captured alive, flown to New York, and publicly hung in the main room of the United Nations while all the delegates dance around his twitching body. Though I suppose that's a little harsh.

Anyway, can we get bin Laden now, please? Remember him, the one who was actually responsible for the 9/11 attacks? The one who created al-Qaeda? The one the administration was going to capture "dead or alive" roughly half a decade ago but then suddenly labeled irrelevant because they couldn't find him? Yeah, that guy. Pretty please?

Stokers...Meet the Stokers...They're the Horror Writing Fam-i-ly

From leethomas:

For those authors attending the 19th Annual Bram Stoker Awards (and those who want to meet them), we will be having a signing event in conjunction with the pre-banquet cocktail reception. This is a two-hour function, starting at 6:00pm, Saturday June, 17th.

As there is no dealer room or book vendor on site, you will have to bring any books you’d like to sign, or have them sent to the hotel.

To reserve your space or for more information, please contact me at leethomas1 AT aol.com

LJ'ers spread the word! Thanks. Lee

Son & Foe, Concluded

In the comments section of my previous entry on this topic, Jeremiah Sturgill has announced an end to Son & Foe's utterly insane $1 fast-track response program. I guess enough of us jumped on it here and at the Speculations message board that he finally understood why it was a bad idea. Not only has he snatched his magazine's reputation back from the brink, he's saved his own reputation as an editor too.

Thanks for chiming in, everyone. You made a difference.

Because I believe bad behavior should be punished and good behavior rewarded, I have put my money where my mouth is and donated $20 to Son & Foe's funding pledge drive. (Why, that's like 20 different authors including a dollar with their submissions!)

Good luck, Jeremiah!