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The Man with No Fortune March 4, 2011

Posted by bobv451 in conventions, fantasy, food, iPad, movies, sci-fi, science fiction, writing.

Yes, that’s me. The man without a fortune, and that’s not counting money (I’m working on my second million dollars since getting the first million didn’t turn out so well). While in AZ, Mike Stackpole took me to a marvelous Chinese restaurant, George and Son’s.

Shrimp with honey glazed walnuts is superb. But the no fortune part. Traditional end of meal, fortune cookies. Mike gets his and I don’t remember what it was. Something about him wanting to be a writer, maybe. Mine was a thin strip of paper with a black smear along its length. I have no fortune.

Or is this some existential message about fate, kismet, karma, predestination not existing? Do I write my own future and to hell with some Hallmark Card reject’s cryptic missive? The scene out of Lawrence of Arabia about making your own fate has always stuck with me. Nothing is written that you don’t write yourself.

Good advice for an author.

I suppose I’ll see Adjustment Bureau sometime, maybe when it gets to the dollar theater. I suspect that my admiration for Dark City will remain unshaken as the premier “we’re all pawns” movie, though the same might be said of Bladerunner.

Lots happening out there. The iPad2. Rumor that the iPad3 will be out for Christmas, though from the iPad2 comparison to Motorola’s Xoom, Apple is a couple laps ahead, the odd competition here notwithstanding.

Most exciting at the moment is the autographing with Walter Jon Williams, Jane Lindskold, John Maddox Roberts and Daniel Abraham tomorrow. For you Albq locals, Page One, 2:30, Golden Reflections

Be there or be somewhere else.

A last look at the 2011 Arizona Renaissance Faire, through the mast of the pirate ship.



1. Chuck Heintzelman - March 4, 2011

Maybe the black smear fortune indicates you have written too much. Like a typewriter where one types over and over on the same line. Or a jammed piece of paper in the printer.

Just saying 🙂

Although, it could be interpreted as you have many fortunes, all overlapping.

bobv451 - March 4, 2011

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy….

2. Nalyti - March 24, 2011

If you wanna play movies on Xoom, just try Free XOOM video Converter or Handbrake

bobv451 - March 25, 2011

Haven’t seen Xoom or the new RIMM PlayBook but intend to. Since the price is the same as the iPad2, and I love the “old” iPad, I suspect it would be a hard sell for me to witch brands. Apple got there firstest with the mostest. And is still there.

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