Tuesday, May 19, 2009
MAGNOLIA, Ark. — Charlaine Harris was sitting in the small dining nook of her suburban cedar-and-stone home one afternoon last week when she took the call from her editor in New York. After she hung up, she yanked both fists down and let out a triumphant, “Yes!”
Ms. Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire mystery romance novels, had just heard that the latest book in the series, “Dead and Gone,” would make its debut on the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list this Sunday in the No. 1 spot. It was a first for Ms. Harris, who has published 26 novels in nearly three decades and sold the original book in the Sookie series, “Dead Until Dark,” for just $5,000 nine years ago.
When her husband, Harold Schulz, arrived home from work later, he stepped into Ms. Harris’s office in a converted mother-in-law apartment next to the house. “No. 1, huh?” he calmly noted with a smile.
But with their daughter Julia’s high school graduation looming this week, he wanted to know whether all six acres of the lawn on their property had been mowed, and when certain family members would be arriving.It was the kind of juggle that might be familiar to Sookie, the telepathic human barmaid who narrates the novels and lives in the fictional small town of Bon Temps, La., amid an ever-expanding cast of vampires, shape-shifters, fairies and witches.
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Okay, so while we don’t technically have the ability to fly, we can sure jump a hell of a long way. And we’re not really faster than the speed of light, but let’s just say that a casual jog for a vampire might look like a blur to you, dear readers. And while we’re not exactly juggling skyscrapers for fun and profit, we could definitely juggle you.
I can hear you now. “What are you trying to say, Andrew?” Ah, so direct, so to the point. So now, now, now. Fine. What I’m trying to say is that all these abilities add up to one excellent vampire pastime: sports.
Some of you are probably aware of the various professional leagues that are contemplating allowing vampires to play (but only if each team gets one of us, to keep it fair). I’m here to tell you, having seen some of the wild-ass crazy crap that vampires get up to when they’re bored, sports are about to become 100% more interesting
It’s official, vampires have arrived. On television.
Last night, the premiere episode of the L.E.S. aired, the first show to cast a vampire as a primary character. And while nothing’s official, based on preliminary viewership estimates, it won’t be the last.
Take note: nobody’s running for the pile of stakes or lurking moodily from behind a black velvet cape. The vampire isn’t staring longingly in a field of mist and a girl isn’t running through a forest, screaming for help. The show has actually dared showed vampires as they actually are, showing a real life situation many vampires face as they live openly among humans, in this case dealing with a girl’s open admission that it does make her feel differently about him. A brave and honest moment.
Still, I’d rather see him end up with Stacy.
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Loving True Blood in Dallas Blogtalk Radio: Season 2 Spoilers Let's look at Ep 7 and 8 and video promos ( Episode 23)
Blogtalk had tech difficulties last night and ate most of the show last night. So I re-taped it this morning and it's great!
Wow, let's talk True Blood Season 2 and what we have learned from the spoilers and promotional videos we've been seeing!
I want to HEAR from you - what do you think about the show from what you've seen? How much hotter can these video advertisements and print ads get?
Countdown is 27 days ..is it June yet ?
No, but almost!
This is our fourth Season 2 spoiler show, here they all are in case you've missed any of them.
Episode one and two here
Episode three and four here
Episode five and six here
I am doing a two part Sam's chili recipe post. Since Sam was in part raised in Texas, the first one will be a basic Texas chili recipe.
There is an age old debate on whether there should be beans in chili or not you can take them out if you are a purist.
Where exactly is Sam's from in Texas post HERE
Big Bend Chili
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 onions, diced
1 1/2 pound ground beef (or stew meat)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons pure red chili powder
4 Roma tomatoes; blanched, peeled and diced (or 1 large can diced tomatoes)
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup beef stock
1 cup dark beer
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons minced oregano
1 can (15 ounce size) red kidney beans (or pinto) , drained
To prepare the chili, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and onions and saute over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the beef and saute for 7 - 8 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until all the beef is browned. Drain.
Season with salt and pepper, stir in the chili powder, and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock, beer, vinegar, cumin, oregano and parsley and stir well to combine.
Bring to a simmer, turn down the heat, and cook, covered, for 45 minutes.
Add the beans and cook for 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Some more great Texas chili recipes here
William Sanderson is like the bell pepper in the gumbo. He may not be the crawfish or the crab or the andouille, but the mix is made all the better for his presence. The familiar face from shows like "Lonesome Dove" and "Blade Runner" -- not to mention his unforgettable role on Newhart and his trademarked line, "Hi. I'm Larry. This is my brother Daryl, and this is my other brother Daryl."
These days Sanderson is enforcing the law in the HBO hit series, True Blood. As Sheriff Bud Dearborne, he's a plainspoken, grounded southern gentleman -- much like Sanderson himself. The catch: in the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, the latest minority group is starting to make itself known: vampires.
True Blood is set, by author Charlaine Harris, in the deep south, and at it's core is a tale of intolerance. There's a new minority in the world, that being the vampires, and on one level the story is about violent discrimination against them. Speaking as an Arkansas boy to a Tennessee gentleman, why do those kind of stories have to be set in the south? Haven't we grown past that?
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What the hell is Sookie wearing ?
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