William is in the movie ADDICTED — a re-telling of the movie with Diane Lane where she has an affair with Olivier Martinez. William is the “Sancho” on the side.


Soccer — even when it’s bad, it’s good.


This is a popular post. I don’t know that people are looking for this specifically, but they are usually looking for Carlos Hathcock or Ron Szpond.

Art & Articles of Faith: Brand and Perugino

The English Premier League is in full bollock-swing. Manchester United Wee Devils were seriously bitch-slapped by Leicester (pronounced “Lester”) 5-3. ManCity is taking on #1 Chelsea at the mo. Frank Lampard is sitting this one out so far. Good call, I think. When you don’t have to go to Champion’s League and the World Cup, you come back pretty damn fresh. Half of United were at the World Cup, then their club tours. They are seriously in need of a rest. The Prem is a marathon, not a sprint, so let’s be patient and see what happens after Christmas break. And is anyone really scared of United anymore?


My LOL collection. They’re funnier than they sound.

  1. Plato and Platypus Walk into A Bar — Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein
  2. The McSweeney’s Joke Book of Book Jokes — McSweeney’s, eds.
  3. Yiddish with Dick and Jane — Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman
  4. It All Started with Nudes — Richard Armour
  5. Punctured Poems — Richard Armour
  6. She’s So Funny — Judy Brown
  7. Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren’t As Scary, etc. — McSweeney’s Books, Ted Thompson, ed.
  8. The Classics Reclassified — Richard Armour
  9. A Bit of Fry & Laurie — Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry
  10. Lanterns and Lances — James Thurber
  11. Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists
  12. A Feast of French & Saunders — Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
  13. Coyote vs. Acme — Ian Frazier
  14. Conversations with S. J. Perelman — Tom Teicholz, ed.
  15. The Party, After You Left — Cartoons by Roz Chast
  16. Theories of Everything — Cartoons by Roz Chast
  17. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? — George Carlin
  18. Poetry for Cats — Henry Beard
  19. Without Feathers — Woody Allen
  20. Blackadder – The Whole Damn Dynasty (UK edition)
  21. Matt Groening comics: Work is Hell, Love is Hell, How To Go To Hell
  22. Dilbert comics
  23. Calvin & Hobbes comics
  24. Happy Bunny

Skippyjon Jones: A Siamese Cat Who Thinks He’s a Chihuahua

How freaking adorable is this kitty! This is a popular post. You should see all the ways that Chihuahua has been spelled. It’s pretty funny. has all of the Skippyjon books, but make sure you’re getting one of the story books. I picked up one that turned out to be some weird kid’s game. It wasn’t a storybook. Caveat emptor.
These books have an endearing innocence. I say bring innocence back to childhood.

Context clues that a series is in the works

7 years later and every time I read this, I think “Nailed It!” Every one of these has come to pass. Series continue to be the hot format this last decade. Not all of them are good, though. In fact, it’s fair to say that there’s a glut of series in the market now. Romance writing tends to go from glut to glut, have you noticed? What will be the next trend after series? Also, the whole alpha male thing is glutted, as well. The next trend would have to be antithetic — like nerds in love or something.

  1. the hero/heroine has lots of close friends/relatives who figure prominently in the story
  2. comments about friends’/relatives’ love lives are interspersed throughout the story
  3. sometime during the story, a gauntlet is thrown down about how the F/R will fare when they (3a) meet their soul mate; (3b) meet their match
  4. F/R declares that they will never fall in love then become sappy and swoony about it
  5. F/R declares that they want someone completely different from the person their friend fell in love with
  6. F/Rs of hero/heroine are thrown together
  7. F/Rs of hero/heroine have a history
  8. F/R is due to do business with someone who will turn out to be a love interest
  9. hero/heroine inform on one F/R to another F/R
  10. hero/heroine take on yenta duties
  11. an elder character or authority figure character takes on yenta duties



William Levy is making his way in the world. He lives in Miami. He’s starred in an American B-list motion picture, a couple of tv shows, and his biggest American hit so far — Dancing With The Stars. He was the only reason that I watched that show. Haven’t looked at it since. He and his partner got 3rd, I think. It’s all over the YouTubes.
This is a popular post, which is why I’m re-blogging it. His best telenovelas have been Cuidado Con El Angel and Sortilegio. The rest are pure rubbish ( La Tempestad, Triunfo del Amor). There are older ones — Pasion, Accoralada, and Olvidarte Jamas. There’s so much of him to watch. Not like Travis Fimmel — whom I love, but had to wait for years after WB’s Tarzan for something of his to watch.
William is on Facebook and Twitter.


This post has been getting a lot of attention lately. I don’t know why, but I’m guessing that readers are looking for intel on the character of Utah Blackthorn. Sadly, there will be no Utah story. That ship has sailed. Boo.

Connect with my Italy blog

I’m writing a blog about a literature class I took in Italy.  Check it out. Frankly, it’s a miracle I got anything done once the World Cup started.


First thing I saw as I walked out of the train station in Rome!


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