Jerry Seinfeld: Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas

20120220-114751.jpg Another post that’s long overdue, almost by a full year. Dad and Melane took me to see Seinfeld on my birthday while we were vacationing in Las Vegas last summer.

These pictures are horrible. Why does it look smaller in the frame than in real life? I don’t pretend to understand.

Anyway, the pictures below may look horrible but the show was great. The man hasn’t lost his edge at all, and I love hearing about his exploits with kids (now that he has them). It’s like finding out what would have happened on Seinfeld had it continued.

Here’s hoping they make a new tv series based on this act.

If you have a chance to go see the show and have some disposable cash, do it.

Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew


A Thousand Words: Francois, NL

Actual context: my hometown of Francois, NL
Actual context: my hometown of Francois, NL

Sitting atop the rough hewn face of the cliff and looking out over the small inlet town and the moors that surround it, Ella felt as though she’d been transported through time. Not just back to her childhood and the last time she had sat atop the hill, but back to a time long ago, when life was simpler and calmer and yet wilder and more untamed.

The rolling green hills that surrounded the town had the same massive awesomeness and beauty of the hills she’d visited in Ireland. She’d heard many times growing up that the hills of Ireland were life-changing to be beheld in person, but when she’d finally made it there she hadn’t felt changed or wowed. In truth, all she had felt was nostalgic.

The water, cool and as calm as slate glass today, carried a soft breeze with it that brought the taste and smell of salt to her face. The gentle lapping of the tides provided her a soundtrack for her hike.

The community center was below her, a tarp over its back entrance flapping in the wind.

The houses below look small and are built on top of one another, fitting wherever they can like Lego blocks within the enclosed space of the harbor. Stairs wind along the rock face if the shone zipping one way and then another at high angles, connecting both low road and high road to the main street that bisects the town.

She realized, suddenly, why she’d felt so homesick in Mexico. All the houses cramped together must have reminded her of home.

The church peeks up over a mound in the far right of her vision, the eyes of its large stained glass windows peering at her secretively. Lovingly. She’d never felt any other church was a real church since leaving. That no church was closer to God than that blue-and-white house on the hill.

She sighed. Down below in the distance, she could see Uncle Tom coming out of the back door to tend to the barbecue. His house was an unmistakable orange, but she didn’t need that to pick it out. She knew the names of every person that lived in every house before her.

She was home.

Story and image copyright 2012 Matthew LeDrew

Never Look Back

eBooks come to the Engen WebStore!

Sci-Fi from the Rock
Sci-Fi from the Rock

The original Sci-Fi from the Rock went out of print last month at the sixth annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention, where it had begun its journey only two years before. Sales reports for the title were impressive, with nearly 200 patrons walking out with the title in their bags. Despite this, Engen founder Matthew LeDrew has elected not to reprint the title, at least not in physical form.

“It’s a matter of logistics. Things have changed since our more to the international market, and this book isn’t going to make the transition unfortunately,” said LeDrew.

Add that to the fact that the rights to one of the stories, Time Diamond, has since been sold to the multimedia company Hann Made Productions, and the possibility of future physical printings of the title seem slim.

But fear not, Sci-Fi lovers! The remaining two stories are available on the Engen WebStore as digital media, as Engen finally makes the transition into eBooks!

Copies of Legacy of the Full Moon (Steve Lake) and Woven by the Thief (Melanie Collins) have been made available in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats, each for the amazingly low price of 99 cents each!

The stores may also be purchased together under the original Sci-Fi from the Rock title for only $1.50.

According to LeDrew, this is just the first of many stories to reach the eMarket.

“We’re going to be adding more, with all of our shorts eventually available as separate downloads for all the cats who just want a taste before diving right in: a practice I wholly respect. Right now all the files are made in-house, but starting with the still-not-revealed August release from Engen we’re going to be releasing digital editions alongside the physical editions,” LeDrew said via his blog on March 29, 2012.

Here’s what other people had to say about the stories:

“[Steve Lake’s] visit to the age-old conflict between vampires and werewolves is a good one, but too brief. I hope [he] will take this tale and develop it, hone it and publish a larger work with this story as an integral part.”
The Telegram

“Lake has the makings of a winning formula in the palm of his hand.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics

“Melanie Collins was the last book to read and I wasn’t disappointed. Melanie Collins has a wonderful way with words. Reading the stories makes me want to write again.”
Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett

“Melanie Collins’ Woven by the Thief is flowery, delicate – yet layered – fantasy that depicts the nighttime relationship between dreamer and dream-taker.”
Jay Paulin, Ink’d Well Comics

“I personally like and approve of [this].”
John Robert Colombo, Colombo & Company.

People may purchase the titles here.

It’s always been there.

20120220-101433.jpg So some things, even though we see them often, we don’t really notice them.

Malls in St. John’s are a weird thing. In Newfoundland as a whole, even. We seem to have different (read: lower) standards of what counts as a “mall”. Our biggest is the Avalon Mall, which is impressive until you step outside the province and realize it’s basically the equivalent of what other provinces refer to as “the lame mall,” and that our “lame malls” are really lame.

Individual stores within the mall are fine or even flashy, but the mall itself is dated and weird. Last term I did a course in themeing and anthropology and now I notice themeing elements within the mall, but they’re all alone. Elements of attempts to theme by each generation of management, ending in a cluster-duck of themes that clashes badly.

One of them is pictured above.

It’s an old three-seater merry-go-round. We’ve all seen them. They’re not special. What is special is how long it’s been there. This ride has been in this spot since before I was born. I used to bug my dad to let me ride it, he even let me once. Now Jess’s daughter H has even outgrown this ride.

I wonder if it works but won’t waste money to see.

To put it into perspective: this ride was put in when the Smurfs were popular the first time. It remained all through their obscurity, and now that they’re popular again this ride is at least relevant.

In that sense, leaving the ride is almost prudent planning.


Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew

New short from Compendium author!


Compendium author Ellen Curtis was again a featured Engen author last month, this time in a collection of short stories titled light|dark.

Like Compendium, light|dark takes place in the grander scheme of the Engen Universe, featuring stories that range from woven between the pages of Black Womb and Infinity to tales that take place well outside the previously- tread ground the authors normally cover.

Unlike Compendium, this time Curtis isn’t alone. She’s working with five other authors, many of them new to the Engen Universe, including Andrea Edwards, Jay Paulin and Sarah Thompson.

“It’s really great to work on shorts again,” said Curtis. “I love writing Infinity and would never stop, but there’s a freedom to shorts that you just can’t duplicate. It’s wonderful.”

Curtis pens the story Omega, which follows the thematic threads of Compendium and serves, in many ways, as a love-note to her fans and to all fans of science-fiction thrillers.

light|dark is available for purchase now, which options for digital download coming soon.