Sunday, January 20, 2013

Plan D's Horror Hall of Fame - 2013

First, Rich (the podcast legend known as "Richard from Wichita") over at Monster Movie Kid posted his Horror Hall of Fame (and he was inspired by a podcast). Then Barry at Monsterminions posted his Horror Hall of Fame. So why not? I'll take a turn at this.

For his Hall of Fame, Barry defined "horror," and I'll follow his lead by also relying on The Script Lab's Horror Film definition:

Horror film is a genre that aims to create a sense of fear, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience.

I'm going to follow Rich's lead by using 1973 as my cut-off point between "classic" and "modern" horror when selecting the film entries (three "classic" and three "modern") in the Plan D Horror Hall of Fame. I'll be using some of Rich's and Barry's categories while adding some of my own. There will only be a maximum of three honorees for each category.

Horror Film Up-to-1973 (the year The Exorcist was released)
Dracula (1931)
Psycho (1960)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Horror Film Post-1973
Jaws (1975)
Alien (1979)
Halloween (1978)

Actor
Tom Atkins
Peter Cushing
Bela Lugosi

Actress 
Evelyn Ankers
Jamie Lee Curtis
Ingrid Pitt

Director
John Carpenter
Terence Fisher
James Whale

Special Make-Up
Rick Baker
Phil Leakey
Jack Pierce

Writer (Screenplay)
Jack Hill
Jimmy Sangster
Curt Siodmak

Writer (Prose)
H. P. Lovecraft
Stephen King
Richard Matheson

Personality
Elvira
Boris Karloff
Vincent Price

(I had a lot of fun putting this together, and look forward to revisiting the idea next year! What do you say, Rich and Barry? Shall we make this an annual thing?)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Words Up, Weight Down - 1/16/13

Actually started getting on the treadmill . . . two days ago . . . for only 20 minutes at a shot. I'm not surprised that my weight has actually gone up a bit. The scale put me at 328 this morning, and considering my overall energy level, my still feeling a little sick, and that I've not made the time I need to really focus on getting on the treadmill and/or making my own lunch to take to work, I'm not shocked. I'm not going to beat myself up too much about it, but I am going to try harder to reset my routine the rest of this week.

On the writing front, I've been working on a Marc Temple short story which currently has a word count of 2,571 words. I'm hoping for the final count to come in at around 3,000 words when it's finished. I'm hoping for the first draft to be done by week's end.

Speaking of which, I should get to work. I'm on a lunch break, I've got my laptop, and Marc's got a monster to dispatch.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Words Up, Weight Down - 1/9/13 (The Return!)

This morning before work, before breakfast, before the morning cup of coffee, I pulled out an old . . . I don't know if I'd call it a "friend," but I pulled out the scale and stepped on it for the first time in nearly a month.

I fell off of my treadmill-in-the-morning-tracking-all-of-my-food-intake routine at the end of October, and every week since then, I've had a reason or two (most of them good) as to why I hadn't got back into the swing of things. I hurt my back. It's Halloween. I was sick. Birthday. Christmas. Whatever. It's time to get back to it if I'm ever going to hit my goal weight.

I've never publicly shared what my weight actually is on Plan D or anywhere else. But, if I intend to REALLY stick to it, I'm going to go ahead and put it out there. I'd been hesitant because I'm embarrassed by my weight, and (even at my age by others around my age) I've been ridiculed because of it. But I'm going to own it, and let people know that when I first started getting serious about this at the beginning of August 2012, I weighed in at 342 pounds. I managed to get down to 311 pounds last November, and after getting back on the scale this morning, I found I'm at 325 pounds.

I know I'm a bigger guy at 6'4", but this is too much for me, and I need to get back on the treadmill. I hope it remembers me.

On the writing-front, the end of 2012 saw a few things happen that derailed me a bit (some of the same excuses I found/created as mentioned above), but 2013 is going to be AMAZING. I have a support system in place, two short stories in various stages of development, a novel starting to take shape, and a plan. A REAL plan. More on that magical plan later this month . . .

I've had to rearrange some things in my life to make/allow more time for the things that make me truly happy, and writing is one of those things. I was joking with a friend of mine on Facebook just last night and said, "2013 will be the Year of the D."

I've decided that's not going to be joke. I will get to a healthier weight, and there will be more releases "by Derek M. Koch" available for your Kindle this year.

I'm eager to share with you my ongoing progress along the way.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I get Down...

I was going to post something about how disappointed I was with a DC Comics trade paperback I finally read, but ultimately decided against it, but I was distracted when Brenda and I realized the US season premiere of Downton Abbey was on On-Demand.

I love that show. (And, yeah, I can admit it. I'm down with Downton Abbey. Now free John Bates!)

(Tomorrow is Wednesday, and I feel like returning to something familiar . . . stay tuned . . . )

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Thursday Thirteen: Resolutions, 2013-style

 

The Thursday Thirteen is a recurring feature here at Plan D in which I post a list of 13 items/movies/books/etc. of any given category. Since it's the start of the new year and it's the annual time to put resolutions and goals down in some sort of fixed form, that's the focus of this Thursday Thirteen.

- More time and experiences with Brenda. I tend not to do these T13 lists in any particular order, but this time, this really is my Number 1. 2012 had more ups and downs than a roller coaster it seems (I assume so since I've never been on one), but no matter how down things might have gotten, the ups of spending time with and doing things with Bren have . . . more than made up for them? I don't know if that's the best way to put it, but the bottom line is this: I need more Brenda-time. One of my favorite moments of 2012 happened just last month. Brenda and I came home from running some errands or something (I've forgotten, because it didn't matter), and the power was out. While Brenda found as many candles as she could and started lighting them, I ran across the street to buy enough batteries to run our electric lantern while we waited for the power to come back on. Once we had enough light to see, we pulled out an old card game we used to play YEARS ago (when we lived in Montana), reminded ourselves of the rules, and had a lot of fun. It reminded me how much fun playing (non-video) games with my wife is, and since then, we've made it a point to play more games (even if the power was on). And one of the things I've missed in 2012? Not doing as many "things" with Brenda, so I'm hoping in 2013, we can take a few short trips, do some new things, and remember to bring a deck of cards with us just in case.

- Write, write, write. This is also near the top of my list. I'm not going to lay out as many writing goals as I have in the past (I'm trying to avoid setting myself up with unreasonable expectations), but I am taking with me all the lessons I've learned this past year in terms of how I'm the most productive, when I'm not, what my blocks/excuses are, etc. I'm excited about what 2013 will bring!

- Publish. Granted, the writing has to happen first, but I've some exciting publishing planned for 2013, too!

- Stop doing things that feel like "a job" when it's not my job. This is as vague but as specific as I care to get about a lot of things happening in my life right now. There is something to be said for working at something as if it's a job until it can BECOME your job, but sometimes I let things become commitments (or "jobs") that really don't warrant the kind of time, attention, and energy, they end up absorbing.

- Slimming down. I haven't done a Words Up, Weight Down in two-and-a-half months. I'm not beating myself up over it, but I do acknowledge that I've slipped back into bad habits since Halloween. This month, I'll finally weigh in again (slightly terrified of what the scale will tell me), and get back on that treadmill.

- Slimming down our home. We have a lot of "stuff." I grew up with some packrat tendencies, and that's carried over into my adulthood. I have books I'll never read again. Movies I'll never watch again. Clothes I can't/won't wear again. Too. Much. Stuff. I don't quite know what we'll do with it all yet.

- But I do know what I'll be doing with my comics. I haven't touched some of my comic books in YEARS. One half of the closet in the guest room is filled with comic book boxes, and they're a MESS. Nothing's really organized anymore. Comics - some with bags and boards, some with just bags, and some completely naked - have been shoved into those boxes in a mostly haphazard fashion, and I need to spend some time to make some order of that four-color-pocalypse that's weighing me down.

- Continue consuming and promoting media outside of my comfort zone. Because of Mail Order Zombie, I'm known as a "zombie guy," but some of my favorite "discoveries" in 2012 (and previous years) have been shows, movies, books, and even podcasts outside of my "horror brand." And I'm okay with that. It's time to grow . . .

- Cut back on mindless media consumption. If I can do something else while something's on the television and not miss too much or even care, I might want to consider moving my butt from the chair in front of the TV to the chair in front of Scrivener.

- Consolidate/organize my media. This is partly as extension of my wanting to declutter our home, but it also has to do with having too many DVD-Rs stacked beside my computer, not knowing which hard drive has the latest version of my writing-project-in-progress, or forgetting whether or not I've backed up my music collection off on my iPod. It's maddening sometimes to have my laptop but not have the one file I need for whatever I'm working on, and knowing that it's on a thumb drive sitting near my desktop at home.

Finances. 'Nuff said.

- I'm struggling to come up with a short way of describing getting more involved in the local convention scene, working with a film company, connecting with other podcasts in the area, etc., so let's just call it more fuel for my fire. I don't know what that means, really, but 2013 is looking to be a big year for the fan and geek communities in the Portland-area, and I'm excited to see how involved I can be in the various upcoming events.

- Podcasting. This is a big one because it's been such a big part of my/our life for the past four years. It's not going anywhere. I'll continue podcasting. I'm just going to be smarter about how I podcast so that I can make sure it doesn't become one of those "job" things I mentioned earlier.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What I Read in 2012 (offered without comment)

Title - Author
Kronos - Guy Adams
11/22/1963 - Stephen King (ebook)
Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality - Ronald L. Mallett and Bruce Henderson (ebook)
Lucky Southern Star, The: Reflections from the Black Lagoon - Julia Adams (with Mitchell Danton)
Chance in Hell - Patrick Kampman (ebook)
Nobody Gets the Girl - James Maxey (ebook)
Lobo Gray - L. L. Foreman
Drowning City, The (The Necromancer Chronicles) - Amanda Downum (ebook)
Wearing the Cape - Marion G. Harmon (ebook)
Villains Inc. - Marion G. Harmon (ebook)
After the Golden Age - Carrie Vaughn (ebook)
Wild Cards I - George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust (ebook)
Masked - Edited by Lou Anders (ebook)
Assembled!: Five Decades of Earth's Mightiest Unauthorized Opinions, Analysis, and More! - Edited by Van Plexico
Wild Cards II: Aces High - George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust (ebook)
Texas Rangers - James Reasoner (ebook)
Sentinels: When Strikes the Warlod - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Playing for Keeps - Mur Lafferty (ebook)
Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys, The - Mick Farren
Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong - Mark Cotta Vaz
Robert E. Howard Reader, The - Edited by Darrel Schweitzer
Dreams in the Fire: Stories and Poetry Inspired by Robert E. Howard - Edited by Mark Finn and Chris Gruber
Thirteenth Sacrifice, The: A Witch Hunt Novel - Debbie Viguie (ebook)
Laws of Time - Jeff Yee (ebook)
Who Framed Boris Karloff? - Dwight Kemper
Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies - Robert Sklar
In the Dark: A Life and Times in a Movie Theater (Special Edition) - Scott Cherney (ebook)
Skinvestigator, The: Tramp Stamp (Sunshine State Trilogy #1) - Terry Cronin (ebook)
Hammer Films on Location - Wayne Kinsey and Gordon Thomson
Skinvestigator, The: Rash Guard (Sunshine State Trilogy #2) - Terry Cronin (ebook)
Murder on Tiki Island: A Noir Paranormal Mystery In The Florida Keys - Christopher Pinto (ebook)
Horror Show - Greg Kihn
Cabin in the Woods, The: The Official Visual Companion - Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Shadows in the Mist - Brian Moreland (ebook)
Creature from the Black Lagoon - Carl Dreadstone
B-Movie Attack - Alan Spencer (ebook)
Bite Me: Big Easy Nights - Marion G. Harmon (ebook)
Zombi Mexicano - Keith J. Rainville
Monster Aces - Edited by Percival Constantine (ebook)
Sentinels: A Distant Star - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Sentinels: Apocalypse Rising - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Sentinels: The Shiva Advent - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Riders to the Stars - Curt Siodmak

What I Watched in 2012 (offered without comment)

Title (Format)
Attack of the Octopus People, The (Video)
Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (Video)
And She Learned About Dames (Video)
Return from Nowhere (Video)
Night Descends on Treasure Island (Video)
Collective, The - Vol. 2 (Video)
Enter the Dragon (Video)
DeadHeads (Video)
Cry of the Werewolf (Video)
Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (Video)
Three the Hard Way (Video)
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Video)
Hard Rock Zombies (Video)
Pop Punk Zombies (Video)
Dead, The (2010) (Video)
Hollywood Without Make-Up (Video)
I Am Nancy (Video)
Dead Genesis (Video)
Van, The (1977) (Video)
Hollywood Story (1951) (Video)
Shadows of Suspense (Video)
Dick Barton: Special Agent (Video)
Reel Paradise (Video)
Kansas City Bomber (Video)
Zaat (Blu-ray)
Corman's World (Video)
Vampire Lovers, The (Video)
Legend of Hammer - Vampires (Video)
Zombie Apocalypse (2011) (Video)
Man Without a Country, The (1937) (Video)
Night Creatures (Video)
Zombie Doomsday (Video)
Wife's Life, A (Video)
Destination Mars (Video)
Zombedy (Video)
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Blu-ray)
Paranoaic (Blu-ray)
Hunger Games, The (Theater)
Five Minutes from the Station (Video)
FDR American Badass! (Theater)
Chrysalis (Theater)
Felix (Theater)
Hotel - Room 33 (Theater)
Morning Movement (Theater)
Secret Club (Theater)
F*** Was That, The: A Unicorn Documentary (Theater)
Gay Who Wasn't Gay Enough, The (Theater)
Padlock, The (Theater)
There She Is . . . (Theater)
Tooth Fairy Trouble (Theater)
Saving Face (Video)
Hot Coffee (Streaming)
Quatermass Xperiment, The (1955) (Video)
Nightmare City (Video)
Tales of the Contaminated City (Video)
Monster Brawl (Theater)
Night Shift of the Vampire (Theater)
Easter Bunny is Eating My Candy, The (Theater)
ReRe-Animated (Theater)
Copy (Theater)
Cargols! (Snails!) (Theater)
Spider (Theater)
SMBC Theater: BJ Bond (Theater)
The Devil's Toy (Theater)
C-Stand (Theater)
Curtain (Theater)
Blackwater Gospel (Theater)
Hold The Mayo (Theater)
Bear (Theater)
SMBC Theater: Mad Scientist (Theater)
A River In The Woods (Theater)
Bedfellows (Theater)
Vicki (Theater)
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (Streaming)
Return of Dracula, The (Video)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (Theater)
Terror Experiment, The (Video)
Doctor of Doom (1963) (Video)
Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (Video)
Collective, The - Vol. 3 (Video)
Ambidextrocity (Theater)
Bedtime for Timmy (Theater)
Black Pharaoh (Theater)
Cultist Co. Starter Pack (Theater)
Doctor Glamour (Theater)
Midnight, the Stars, and Lovecraft (Theater)
Stay at Home Dad (Theater)
Curse of Yig, The (Theater)
Evil Clergyman, The (Theater)
Tunnel, The (Theater)
Cell Phone Psycho (Theater)
Cthonic Doodling (Theater)
DumbShow (Theater)
Fortuna (Theater)
Nightgaunts (Theater)
Vadim (Theater)
A Lot of Evil (Theater)
Coda (Theater)
GAMMA (Theater)
Re-Animate Her (Theater)
Shadow Out of Time (Theater)
Shine (Theater)
Space Bugs (Theater)
Barbarian Days (Theater)
Old Dark House, The (1932) (Video)
Old Dark House, The (1963) (Video)
King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (Video)
Juan de los muertos (Juan of the Dead) (Theater)
House of Ghosts (Video)
Pirahna-Man vs. Werewolf-Man: Howl of the Pirahna (Video)
Squirm (Theater)
Freakshow Apocalypse (Video)
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (Blu-ray)
Her Honor, The Nurse (Video)
Godzilla (1954) (Blu-ray)
She (1965) (Video)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (Blu-ray)
She's Out of My League (Video)
Robot Monster (Video)
Projection Room (1939) (Video)
Night Intruder (Video)
Crime Does Not Pay Subject, A: The Luckiest Guy in the World (Video)
Dead Want Women, The (Video)
Zombies vs. Strippers (Video)
Dead Hate the Living, The (Video)
Exit Humanity (Video)
War of the Dead (Video)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Theater)
Soundman, The (1950) (Video)
Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle (Video)
Earth vs. The Spider (Video)
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (Video)
Back to Black: The Making of Dracula Prince of Darkness (Video)
Thunder Alley (Video)
Zombie on the Loose (Video)
Cost of the Living: A Zom Rom Com Movie (Video)
Man Who Makes a Difference, The (Video)
Invisible Man Returns, The (Video)
Shop Talk (Video)
Invasion of the Reptoids (Video)
She-Wolf of London (Video)
Total Recall (2012) (Theater)
Desolation (Video)
Negadon: The Monster From Mars (Video)
Daily Beauty Rituals (Video)
Godzilla Raids Again (Video)
Fright Night (2011) (Video (Projected Outside))
Plan Nine From Outer Space (Filmusik Live Soundtrack) (Video (Projected Outside))
Collective, The - Vol. 4 (Video)
Humans Versus Zombies (Video)
Shark is Still Working, The (Blu-ray)
Sin-Copation (Video)
ParaNorman 3D (Theater)
Zombie A-Hole (Video)
Gamera vs. Zigra (Filmusik Live Soundtrack) (Video (Projected Outside))
Twins of Evil (Blu-ray)
Flesh and the Fury, The: X-posing Twins of Evil (Blu-ray)
Living Dead Girl, The (Blu-ray)
Velvet Vampire, The (Video)
Deadly Spawn, The (Theater)
Pharoah's Curse (Video)
Beast of Hollow Mountain, The (Video)
Cruise of the Zaca (Video)
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Monsters! (Blu-ray)
Devil Monster (Video)
Playgirls and the Vampire, The (Video)
Unnamable, The (Video)
Monster Bash Memories: 1997-2000 (Video)
Monster Bash: 2001 (Video)
Monster Bash: 2002 (Video)
You Can't Fool a Camera (Video)
Mist, The (Video (Projected Outside))
I Eat Your Skin (Video)
Zombie Proof (Video)
Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (Video)
Strippers vs. Werewolves (Blu-ray)
Screen Writer, The (1950) (Video)
Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood (Video)
People on Paper (Video)
Destination Hitchcock (Video)
James Cagney: Top of the World (Video)
Blaming George Romero (Video)
Hell is a City (Video)
Fabulous Fraud, The (1948) (Video)
City of Children (Video)
Cabin in the Woods, The (Blu-ray)
Nothing But the Night (Video)
Day of the B-Movie, The (Video)
Girl on the Run (Video)
Werewolf Fever (Video)
Magnetic Monster, The (Video)
Merchandise Mart, The (Video)
Night of the Big Heat (Video)
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (Video)
Fridat the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (Video)
We Never Sleep (1956) (Video)
Dracula: The Restoration (Blu-ray)
Dracula (1931) (Blu-ray)
Creep, The (2001) (Video)
Artifact (Theater)
Brutal Relax (Theater)
In[B]etween (Theater)
Captured Bird, The (Theater)
Shunned House, The (2012) (Theater)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Theater)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Blu-ray)
Crisis in Morality (Video)
Frankenstein vs. The Creature from Blood Cove (Video)
Remains (Video)
Frankenstein (1931) (Theater)
Bride of Frankenstein, The (Theater)
Night Fright (Video)
Zombies and Cigarettes (Video)
Paris By Night of the Living Dead (Video)
Bitten (Video)
How to Make a Monster (1958) (Video)
Mummy's Shroud, The (Blu-ray)
Monster Squad, The (Blu-ray)
Whisperer in Darkness, The (Blu-ray)
Messiah of Evil (Video)
[REC] 2 (Streaming)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Theater)
Milpitas Monster, The (Video)
Bay, The (2012) (Streaming)
Cockneys vs. Zombies (Video)
They Said They Were Here to Help (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Voice Over (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
(se) XX_Z (ombie) (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Big Trouble in Little China (Blu-ray)
X: The Unknown (Video)
Making of The Mummy's Shroud, The (Blu-ray)
Little Bit Zombie, A (Video)
Dead Things Outside Your Door, The - Parts 1 & 2 (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Conan the Barbarian (2011) (Blu-ray)
From Beyond (Video)
Bald Headed Blues: A Doctormentary on Sarcofiguy (Video)
Mini-Skirt Mob, The (Video)
Paranoia en Forumi Vision (Interview w/ Joe Dante on "Matinee") (Blu-ray)
Operation: Nazi Zombies (Video)
A (gore)aphobic (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Consumption of the Heart (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Zombie Soup (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Blu-ray)
Let Me In (Blu-ray)
Gatling Gun (1968) (Video)
Men in Suits (Video)
From the Orient wih Fury (Video)
Spooky Stuff - The Zombie File (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Marauders (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
From Romero to Rome: The Rise and Fall of the Italian Zombie Film (Blu-ray)
Plague of the Zombies, The (Blu-ray)
Raising the Dead: The Making of "The Plague of the Zombies" (Blu-ray)
Smush! A DeadHeads Short (Streaming)
Living Impaired, The (Video)
Lizard in a Woman's Skin, A (Video)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World (Video)
Present with a Future, A (Video)
Pitch Perfect (Streaming)
Mission Bloody Mary (Theater)
From the Orient wih Fury (Theater)
Any Gun Can Play (Theater)
Gatling Gun (1968) (Theater)
Visit to Santa, A (Video)
Emergency Doctor (1956) (Video)
Les Misérables (2012) (Theater)