A few of the lowlights:
At the end of last year, my grandmother died. At the beginning of this year, my dad had a heart attack, followed by two surgeries. Then, my young son's first pet, a fish, died. So much death around me.
A couple of weeks later, I went to the doctor who was surprised I hadn't already had a stroke due to several medical conditions. He said that if things didn't change drastically, I was going to die, and sooner rather than later. Scared the crap outta me. I've made a lot of drastic changes in my life in the last few months. It hasn't been fun, but if I want to be around for my family, I gotta do what I gotta do.
Spent all that time photographing movies posters I had for sale and didn't sell a single one.
I cancelled my trip to the San Jose Fangoria Weekend of Horrors.
Found out that Heather Storm, who was in my movie UNDERBELLY had a role in NATIONAL LAMPOON'S DORM DAZE 2. Good for her. Unfortunately, I've yet to see a dime from Vista Street Entertainment for UNDERBELLY.
To top it off, Don Dohler, he of THE ALIEN FACTOR fame, a really nice guy and a big inspiration to me, died this month of lung and brain cancer.
A whole bunch of other crap went on this year that I don't even want to get into here. This is primarily a movie blog, so here's the status on the movies I still have on my plate:
TWISTED FATES: "New Neighbor" segment of is still not totally complete - still needs a bit of music. Robert J.Olin is set to direct the "Welcome Sister" segment in spring 2007. I still need to shoot more stuff, but am unsure of when I can pull it together.
DEADLY PREMONITIONS: I made a trailer, but that's as far as I've gotten. Special effects for Link Masters anchorman footage has been cancelled - going to reshoot.
DR. PUDDING'S MONSTER FILES: After hiring him to do so about two years ago, Tom Shaffer was finally going to shoot the TREESPIRIT segment a few weeks ago, but his lead actress was a no-show, so shoot was cancelled. The girl I'd hired to direct and star in a vampire segment at the beginning of the year completely flaked out, not only keeping my meager production funds and custom-made prop, but deciding she wanted to live as a man. I'm not kidding. Still working on the mummy costume.
Let's take a look back at my New Year's Resolutions 2006, shall we?
"1) Finish TWISTED FATES, DR. PUDDING'S MONSTER FILES and DEADLY PREMONITIONS"
"2) Publish an issue of Dr. Squid"
HA HA! Nope.
"3) Go to the June Fango Con in Burbank"
HA HA HA! Nope.
"4) Finish my CREATURE FROM BEYOND script as well as at least one of the other scripts I have half-started all over the place"
HA HA HA HA! Nope.
"I've got other hopes for the year, including losing 50 pounds, paying off my credit cards, and other stuff"
Well, I have lost almost 20 pounds and we did pay off all of our credit cards.
So, I am more than glad that 2006 is almost over. 2007 better be a better year, or I'm going to kill somebody!!!
Resolutions for 2007? Do I dare tempt fate? I think not.
Tell those you love that you love them. Tell them now.
On to 2007...