September 14, 2017: We can do this!

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In fact, we ARE doing it.  All that online passion – the tweets, retweets, tagging and hash tagging – is having an effect. It’s impressing some, concerning others, but surprising all.  It’s thanks to you that we are where we are, with three potential new partners in deep discussion.  As I’ve been saying all along, pulling this off is still a longshot, but you’ve gone above and beyond the call in raising awareness and letting everyone out there know exactly how much Dark Matter means to you.  And now we need you to pour it on for the big finish.

TOMORROW – at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT Dark Matter is taking twitter by storm.  Follow @DarkMatterFTL for the secret hashtag of the night, and the SLAM twitter at the appointed time.  

Last week saw us hit 210 000 tweets for the event, trending #4 in the U.S…

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January 14, 2018: My Favorite Childhood Writers!

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I truly believe that it’s those beloved childhood authors, the one you couldn’t get enough of back when you were in elementary (primary) school that shape you, influencing your creative and character in those formative years.  Your sense of humor, personality and, in some cases, your artistic output can be traced directly back to these early influencers.

There’s no doubt that these five writers (my favorites growing up) made me the writer (and the person) I am today…

William Shakespeare

Comedy!  Tragedy!  Romance!  Children being baked into pies!  What more can a six year old ask for?  My mother gifted me The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in first grade and cherished that leather bound edition, reading each play and assiduously writing up summaries for every act in a dedicated notebook.

Arthur C. Clarke

Of course I read (and watched) a lot of science fiction and there was no author…

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January 13, 2018: Watch, Read, Eat – Recommendations!

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DARK (Netflix)

A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.

While it’s easy to draw parallels to Stranger Things, with its youthful protagonists, otherworldly portals, and unexplained child disappearances at the heart of its story, Dark quickly establishes itself as a unique, intricately plotted time travel mystery.



Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David’s mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon she embarks on a…

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January 12, 2018: Get your Suji limited edition pin!

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When Akemi designed the above-pictured Suji pin, she figured she would place an order for about a hundred, sell sixty, and keep the rest as gifts for friends and family.  24 hours after putting the pins on etsy, she has less than thirty left!Clearly, Suji’s fanbase is hardcore.

If you’re thinking of picking one up, act now.  Supplies are limited!  Order here

And remember… Suji loves you!

Addressing the negative effects of competition, soccer in Olympia is now being played without the ball.

I personally can’t wait for a time when there will no longer be winners and losers – just ambivalent participants.

I remember going shopping with my former writer partner way back in the day, and having a salesperson attempt to foist a garish suit upon him.  “No thanks,”he told her.  “I’m not a fan of pink.”  “It’s not pink,”she assured him.  “It’s salmon.”  Brilliant.  Paired with…

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January 11, 2018: Six More Of 2017’s Best Books!

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Since someone asked, here are a few of the great books I read in 2017 that just narrowly missed making my Best Of 2017 list…

Marlena by Julie Buntin

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even…

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January 10, 2018: Best Comic Book Covers of the Week!

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My favorites…

Allies #8 (cover art by Denis Popov)

I’m a sucker for sci-fi and this cover is all kinds of intriguing in its premise of discovery.  We are on the inside looking out of…what?  A stasis pod, a ship, some sort of future medical iso unit?  Who are we?  WHAT are we?

Coyotes #3 (cover art by Caitlin Yarsky)

Origami cranes light the way, illuminating the three cross-wielding women.  Upon closer scrutiny, note the one in the foreground sharpening hers, no doubt intending to drive home a point.

She-Hulk vol. 2 (cover art by John Tyler Christopher)

Since watching The Shape of Water, I’m all about the color green and its highlighted here in the hair, the eyes, and what appear to be charges of energy. Closer scrutiny of the eye reveals two interested things: 1) The woman in the reflection appears to be trapped in the pupil. 2)…

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January 9, 2018: Fight! Fight! Fight!

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The first rule of Dark Matter Fight Club is Post About Dark Matter Fight Club! Pictured above: Director Bruce McDonald and Co-Executive Producer Robbie David at the official weigh-in for their big match.

While we’re on the subject, Dark Matter’s Solara Shockley (and Brazilian Top Team Purple Belt and 2 time IBJJF World Champion Ayisha Issa) and her partner’s gym is offering a stunt workshop, “Fighting For Film & TV”.  If you’re interested, check it out here:

In case you missed it, this was a nice little article by SciFiMoviePage’s Chris Suide that does a nice job of summing up the feelings of many Dark Matter fans (though I don’t agree with the take on Killjoys.  Nothing but love and respect for Michelle Lovretta and her crew.)

In Memoriam: 2017 Dark Matter: The Loss Of A Show We Cannot Forgive Or Forget

Also, this article…

Oh No!  Syfy Cancels…

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January 8, 2018: Light Balls? Delayted? Lulu’s picks tonight’s National Championship winner!

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I was going through Akemi’s shopping list this morning when, some five items down, came across: “Light balls?”

“Yes,”she confirmed.

“Light BALLS?”I repeated.

“Yes,”she said.  “To replace the ones upstairs.”

And then, realizing: “Light BULBS.”

She stared quizzically back at me.

“BULBS,”I said.  “Not BALLS.”

“What?!”she said, borderline outraged, as if I just informed her I was kicking her out.  Then: “What???!!!!”

“Yes,”I said.  “It’s light bulbs.  B-U-L-B-S.”

She found this altogether bizarre.  It reminded me of the time I informed her it wasn’t “Happy Delayted Birthday” but, in fact, “Happy Belated Birthday.”

“What?!  What???!!!  Not delayted???”

“No,”I said.  “Not delayted.”

“But delayted makes sense because it’s delayed.  Belated doesn’t mean anything!”

To quote another Akemi-ism: “Jesus Crisis!”

Best Japanese Commercials of 2017

I’m partial to Instant Curry Meshi (Curry Rice) from Nissin.

Lulu’s pick in tonight’s National Championship game…


Honestly, what did you expect?  Those bulldogs stick together!

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January 6, 2018: Mailbag!

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Answering your burning questions…

arcticgoddess writes: “This is a question I asked before regarding your travel to and from Montreal and Toronto. Since they are both so close together, do you prefer air, car or train?”

Answer: I prefer air for the simple fact we’re ten minutes away from the downtown airport and Montreal is only an hour flight away.  I can be door to door in two and a half hours.  Having said that, traveling with the dogs is always a challenge and Akemi is toying with the idea of going by train next time.

missmobius writes: “I’m deducing ur of Italian heritage. Have u ever been back to ur parents’ home towns?”

Answer: My father’s side of the family is from Naples.  I’ve been visited.  However, I have been to the Bari/Altamura area where my mother grew up – but I was three at the time.

cudaker writes:…

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