I almost didn’t watch the election coverage on Tuesday night. I couldn’t imagine watching all the talking heads trying to come up with something interesting to say for hours on end whilst waiting for results to come in. I picked up my iPad, intending to read while my wife watched. But then I got caught up in it. Being on Twitter at the same time helped. It’s a little like Mystery Science Theater 3000, a peanut gallery making witty comments as things happen. Poking fun when people say things like “almost exactly similar,” comparing this year’s results with the 2008 results. I have a theory: the networks didn’t call some states because they knew that if they did, the outcome would be obvious and people would switch over to watch Law & Order reruns. Still, it was exciting, and I’m now one for one in presidential election votes. Didn’t fare so well on the state races, which was to be expected.
Even though the election was called on Obama’s behalf, and I had a lot of faith in Nate Silver’s predictions, just before I went to bed they updated Ohio and it was suddenly tied again. I knew intellectually that the unreported votes would heavily favor Obama in all the remaining states, but I didn’t sleep well worrying that some cataclysm would occur overnight. Finally, I got up at 4:30 a.m. to confirm that the outcome hadn’t changed. The right torch had been extinguished.
The cover here is for Chilling Tales 2, which contains my story “Road Rage.” Pretty nifty, huh? You can see the table of contents here. Nice blurb from David Morrell, too.
Speaking of covers, for those who like jigsaw puzzles, check out this little stealth announcement.
Last night’s Survivor was one of the most exciting in a long time. I can’t remember ever seeing so much scrambling leading up to tribal council. It looked like twelve alliances were forged in about ten minutes. Then both hidden immunity idols were exposed during tribal (what was Abi thinking?), and neither one was played. And baseball Jeff got majorly blindsided. It looked like half the tribe was blindsided. Can’t say I’m sorry to see him go. He seemed like a bit of a jerk. Even at Ponderosa, where he complained that no one else was playing the game. This after he got out-played. All of a sudden, this is a competition.
I remember the song “Dominique” by the Singing Nun playing on the radio a lot when I was a kid. Now it’s on American Horror Story, playing constantly in the background at the asylum. I wonder if the actors have to hear it as much as we do. It’s starting to get annoying! The idea of having someone claiming to be Anne Frank show up is interesting. The show is a joyful mishmash of violence, sex, and insanity.
Burn Notice is back with a two-hour episode. Should be fun. I expect things to explode.