Geeky Writing Goodness


My ROW80 check-in:

For all my proclamations about what I planned to do with my outlining and writing, etc., and how I had a plan to not be overcome by the end-of-year, holiday season slackerness that often hits me…I’m slacking a bit.  So this week I set a goal to just read through the rest of K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel Workbook without doing any of the exercises, making notes, etc.  Just read it through to help myself get a general vision of my book.  Hopefully next week I’ll be reporting that I got that done and am actually back into doing the outlining.

I am still playing with the Bullet Journal technique, making notes and getting a good feel for the system so I can translate it into a novel-planning system.  I have to say, the more I look at this stuff the more excited I get by all the possibilities.  I haven’t even started officially using it yet, and I’m already a huge fan.

And now the just-for-fun stuff:

Reading: On to the third book in Seanan McGuire’s InCryptic series, Half-Off Ragnarok, where we get to meet one of the Price boys, Alex.  I’m having lots of fun with this one and really hope Shelby is going to be sticking around.

Watching: Marvel marathon!  So far, in the eleven years since we started planning our own Thanksgiving weekend viewing marathons (before that I just went with what was on Sci-Fy/SyFy), this one was my favorite.  We watched all of the Marvel (not animated) movies plus all of the Marvel One Shot short films inserted in the appropriate places.  For a great list of the movies, the short films, and the TV episodes in order, check out this list from

Listening:  I’m still catching up on the StoryWonk Sunday podcasts.  Appropriately enough, I am on “Episode 97: Every Part of the Pig.“  It’s about superheroes and there’s lots of talk about the Marvel universe.

For the coming week, I’m going to keep reading and then working through the outlining book, and I’m going to gather the best posts, etc. about Bullet Journal to share.  And there will be more Seanan McGuire in there, because I’m on a kick now.  What do you have planned for the week?


100 Movies

I started this website because I love stories, especially stories with mythic underpinnings.  When I was little, I called them spooky stories, and I still love my spooky stories.  And monsters and magic and mystery, a fog-shrouded moor or a dark, abandoned mansion, and yet I don’t have a place to share my favorite stories.

I have my website, MuseCraftâ„¢, where I write about my writing process, coaching, and other creative pursuits.  But I don’t have a place for my first love, stories.  I’m going to work on fixing that, starting with this list of 100 movies I really like.  After the first three, these are in no particular order.  Those three are the movies I will watch every time I run across them on TV.  The rest are movies I really enjoy watching.

I will probably add to this list because I know I’ve forgotten some, probably even movies I really love.  But this is a good starting place.  Later I’ll write about the story lines of some of these and what it is that makes me like them, but for now here’s a list of pure enjoyment.



  1. Halloween (Original)
  2. Independence Day
  3. The Fog (Original)
  4. The Fog (New)
  5. The Thing (1982)
  6. Fright Night (Original)
  7. Fright Night (New)
  8. Lost Boys
  9. Alice (mini-series)
  10. Tin Man (mini-series)
  11. Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp)
  12. Grease
  13. Star Trek (2009)
  14. Iron Man
  15. Iron Man 2
  16. Iron Man 3
  17. The Avengers
  18. Mary Poppins
  19. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  20. Inception
  21. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  22. Sherlock Holmes
  23. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  24. From Hell
  25. Alice in Wonderland
  26. The Breakfast Club
  27. Alien
  28. Aliens
  29. Prometheus
  30. Predator
  31. Dirty Dancing
  32. Army of Darkness
  33. The Usual Suspects
  34. Airplane
  35. The Matrix
  36. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  37. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  38. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  39. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  40. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  41. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  42. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  43. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  44. The Cabin in the Woods
  45. The Holiday
  46. X-Men
  47. The Wolf Man
  48. The Wolfman
  49. Species
  50. The Others
  51. Underworld
  52. Constantine
  53. 1408
  54. Tremors
  55. Zombieland
  56. Rose Red (mini-series)
  57. The Woman in White
  58. Halloween H20
  59. The Lost Room (mini series)
  60. Men in Black
  61. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
  62. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  63. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  64. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  65. The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
  66. The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines
  67. The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
  68. Signs
  69. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  70. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  71. Pitch Black
  72. Van Helsing
  73. Serenity
  74. The Mist
  75. Night at the Museum
  76. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  77. Wanted
  78. Eagle Eye
  79. 30 Days of Night
  80. House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  81. Hellboy
  82. The Wizard of Oz
  83. Friday the 13th (Original)
  84. The Howling
  85. Dracula (1931)
  86. Frankenstein
  87. The Legend of Hell House
  88. 13 Ghosts
  89. Cloverfield
  90. Creature from the Black Lagoon
  91. Cursed
  92. Darkness Falls
  93. Jeepers Creepers
  94. Pumpkinhead
  95. Night of the Living Dead (Original)
  96. Shutter
  97. The Awakening
  98. The Mummy (New)
  99. The Prophecy
  100. Transformers