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Straight Outta Compton was an emotional ride. I'm not even into NWA but I can appreciate a good story and this one is just so damn good. You can always tell when a story has a wealth of content when it moves so fast that a 2.5 film feels like half that. Having Easy E as the main character was the right move, even if his screen time is minimally greater than Dre and Ice Cube.

I'm so excited about October. There are a lot of cool things in the works and October seems to be when all of it is falling. Given that October is my favorite month, that just makes it even better. It'll also be my last month of creative exile before I go back into the real world. Can't believe I was actually able to take time off to be creative. Now it'll be all about making money to do something with all of those creations.

Scream Queens is the best comedy of the Fall. And I really wasn't expecting that. I knew it'd have comedy elements but I didn't realize how far it'd go with the absurdity. It's all really entertaining and I'm really looking forward to the next episode. I have a feeling it's going to have a really good payoff and with the incredible cast it has, I'm expecting great moments.

Go watch My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. Both of these shows come from Greg Garcia and while both fall off in quality by the end, they provide at least a season each of fantastic television. I kind of forgot how good My Name Is Earl was because I was a little tainted by the third and fourth season where Earl went to prison/was in a coma/living in a sitcom. It was the epitome of a show jumping the shark. Hope unfortunately goes down after season one and by season four, the main character Jimmy is relegated to a side character while his parents Burt and Virginia take center stage and the show never recovered. Still, I think all four seasons of both shows are worth a watch because the character's are so good that it's still fun to follow their journey, regardless of the lower quality stories being told. I just wish either show was given a proper finale.

I had to shut It Follows off after ten minutes. I'm sure I'll give it another shot at some point but I was so annoyed at how full of itself it was throughout. It seemed like the director didn't understand what kind of movie he was making. The long static shots accompanied by generic music gets annoying after the third or fourth time. And that seemed to be all the movie consisted of which triggered my "pretentiousness" gag reflex.

Still watching wrestling. In fact, I'm going to Texas for Wrestlemania in April. I've got a pretty big (5000+ word) article in the works for my previous experience at Mania 31 this past April. Most of it is written but I'm waiting until closer to Mania to release it, because I may try and guest publish it on a wrestling website. We'll see.

I just love that football is back. Tom Brady and The Patriots are on a roll and looking like the team to beat. I'm 2-1 in my Fantasy Football league. I've had the most consistent team and I've scored triple digits every week so far which makes me think this will be a pretty decent season. It's still early so everything could fall apart on all fronts but things are looking good so far.

It's really weird seeing my first novel come to a close. I only have maybe a week or two until I hopefully have a final edit on Crimson Summer (I hope). I've been really anal about it and changing things last minute but I think the book is better off because of it. I edit in weird sections so I still haven't read the entire book from start to finish but that'll be what's next in the cards once I get a draft I'm happy enough with. Those that read the first half online will be pleasantly surprised with the changes made to those chapters, with more cohesion to the overall story.

I'm not even sure when I'll go to the theater next. I feel like we're in a little bit of lull after such a good summer. Then again, I could just be mad that it's yet another year without a horror stocked Halloween. Why can't we just get a couple horror movies during October? Is that too difficult? The Green Inferno is already out (and I have very little interest, given it's sub-genre) and Paranormal Activity has never been my thing.So what's a horror junkie to do? This is why people do horror marathons...

I need to make more time for reading. I'm not sure how people do it. They must have no interest in television whatsoever because I always find that calling my name before a book ever does. I've been going through Amy Poehler's "Yes, Please" and while I love it, I find myself forgetting it exists. I should really start setting aside an hour to read before bed or something. Ugh, that sounds like something a mature grown-up would do. Next please.

It's been weird not reading comic books weekly. I'm pretty much to the point that I've stopped reading anything ongoing. I go back and revisit some of the stuff I already have, but otherwise I have no interest in getting back into collecting. I talked before about the reasons, but I was really hoping something would change in order to keep me on board. Nothing really did and now I find myself saving a ton of money a week. Not too bad.

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