My Inner Poet

So yesterday, I took one of those silly internet quizzes. (If you follow me on Facebook, you know I take a lot of silly internet quizzes.) The topic of this one was “Who is your Inner Poet”. After I answered questions like “pick a color” and “who would you rather smoke a bowl with Che Guevara, a bored llama, or Cthulhu” and “Pick an cute animal”, I received my answer: Charles Bukowski.

Now before I explain how I had no idea who Charles Bukowski was, let me in my defense say, I am not ignorant to world of poetry and poets. I like most people was exposed to the classics in school: Whitman, Cummings, Poe, Dickinson, Shakespeare, etc. But also like most people, I was to young to appreciate poetry when I was in school. I have grown a greater appreciation of poetry as an adult, but I have found that I enjoy the work very few poets. Most recently, I have found myself reading (and enjoying) the work of Michael A. Arnzen, Robert E. Howard (yes, Howard wrote more than just Conan and Solomon Kane stories, and he was an excellent poet), Milton, Dickinson, and Poe. All that being said to say I am not ignorant of poetry, but I had never heard of Charles Bukowski.

Now because it was an internet quiz, I could have just said “whatever” and went on with my life, but so some reason I became intrigued and headed over to the knower of all things the NSA, er… … I mean Google. Google lead me to Charles Bukowski website (http://bukowski.net/) where I learned that Bukowski was poet, artist, writer, postal worker, and odd, provocative character who’s life reminds me a bit of Earnest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson. His site also has a lot of poetry, a bibliography of his books, his FBI file, interviews, articles, etc. I read a few of his poems there. I enjoyed a poem titled “Locks” the best.

Based on all I have learn of Charles Bukowski may actually be my inner poet (curse you internet quizzes for knowing me so well), but as Mojo Nixon said about the Elvis in Joan Rivers, “but he’s trying to get out, man! He’s trying to get out!”

2010 Recap

Well, this year has been a challenge, especially the last couple of months. You will have noticed, if you are a regular reader of this blog, that I have me absent here for a while. This is for a number of reasons, none of which include Minecraft (which I have not played since the end of October), that I will not go into an great detail here. Everything kinda fell apart during NaNoWriMo because of an assume opportunity that came up at the Digital Drive In (http://digitaldrivein.crossroadpress.com) and my “day job” getting crazy.

There was much good in 2010. I met some great people (many of whom I interviewed) like David N. Wilson, John Skipp, Craig Spector, Steve Savile, Tina Murphy, Mary SanGiovanni, and Kate Jones to name a few. I put out 31 plus shows in October to entertain people around Halloween. Got a couple of articles published at Abattoir Magazine. Read (and listened to) a lot of books many of which I reviewed (or will soon). Watched a few movies. Worked to many hours for “the man”. Joined a writing group. Played some D&D and Gamma World. Lost over 30 pounds and got into a lot better shape. And spend time with my wife. So I can’t complain too much. (I will anyway).

In 2011, you will see a lot more of me at the Digital Drive In (there will be more info on this over at the Digital Drive In shortly I am really excited about what is planned for Digital Drive In for 2011 and beyond), and, if everything goes right, the return of the The Adventures of The Snarky Avenger web comic. I also intend to focus more on writing especially articles, short stories, and The Adventures of The Snarky Avenger.

All that being said, I am going to leave you with my top three to five picks (those that I enjoyed the most) in a few categories for 2010:

Movies:

TV Shows:

  • Top Gear (The original not the American abomination)
  • Better Off Ted
  • Walking Dead

Books (both print and audio):

Short Stories (both print and audio):

Computer/Video Games:

Board/Card/Role Playing Games: (Okay… I didn’t play a lot of Board/Card/Role Playing games this year.)

Podcasts:

Best Magazine (Print or Electronic):

Mill Creek Entertainment

I recently picked up a collection of old horror films titled Night Screams (a collection of 50 classic horror flims on DVD) produced by Mill Creek Entertainment. I picked it up for a for a few reasons, but one of them was it contained a film titled Manfish, which stars Lon Chaney Jr. I saw the film as a kid and really enjoyed it, and wanted to relive the magic for Halloween. Unfortunately, when I got it home I discovered that the DVD containing Manfish was missing and I had received a duplicate of another DVD in the collection. Needless to say I was disappointed.

I decided that I would see if I could find contact information for Mill Creek Entertainment online in hopes that maybe they could replace the missing DVD. I didn’t have high hopes because I have purchased other collections like this from other companies that have contained defective DVDs only to find no recourse other than returning it to the place of purchase, which much like this case, is not always possible. But good fortune was with me and I found an email address for customer service on their website.

I sent an email explaining the situation, and to my surprise I receive a prompt reply the next business day. The customer service rep, who I will not name for privacy reasons, explained that they no longer make the Night Screams collection, but that they had the film, Manfish, in a different collection and asked if I would like that DVD instead. I agreed.

Within two business days, I received the replacement DVD with the film Manfish on it and another collection of 20 films from Mill Creek Entertainment titled: Undead: The Vampire Collection. That is great customer service. Not only did they find a DVD with the film I was interested in on it, they gave me 20 more movies to boot. I have been made more than whole in this matter, and would recommend Mill Creek Entertainments collections (which include more than just horror films) to anyone.

Thank you very much Mill Creek Entertainment, you rock!