Monday, August 31, 2009

More surgical goodness....

Again, not blogging because of post-surgical pain. I don't know whether it's early fall allergies or what, but I seem to be having these daily sneezing fits -- sets of a dozen or more big, full sneezes. That feel like they are tearing my guts apart. And I so want to wax ecstatic here about "Blackest Night" and how it's putting Green Lantern at the forefront of the entire DC Comics Universe.

Oh, well. The books aren't going anywhere, and neither am I.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

So Much For Promises....

As I try to build myself back up from major surgery last June, I am astonished that I have so little time and energy to blog! I really wanted to make this a daily thing. I do try to write something every day, and have done so for years, but in a journal form rather than online. Old habits die hard, I guess. All I'll say for now is that I wish I could sleep, and that I wish I could turn everybody on to sequential art -- otherwise known as comics. "Blackest Night" is one of the most thought-provoking series of stories I have ever read, and I will be most interested in seeing what DC Comics continues to do with the idea of all of our dead coming back to, quite literally, haunt us. The thought of the corpse of my mother showing up to rip my heart out in order to further some unknown agenda is truly frightening, and DC's writers are capturing that fear beautifully. It's not too late to hit the local comics shop and get caught up, but if that doesn't suit you, start picking up the collected trade paperbacks when they come out. You will not be sorry.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Obviously, I've been away....

For those not in the know, this summer, for me, has been a summer from Hell. On June 15th I underwent surgery to repair an incisional hernia for the second time. I developed the hernia along the line of an incision from a surgery in the early '90's that became so badly infected that it caused damage to the abdominal wall. The repair for this surgery failed and I had to have it done again. The surgery took almost six hours. I expected a long and slow recovery, but nothing quite as slow as my experience this summer. Here it is the middle of August and I still feel like a bag of broken glass every time I sneeze. A CAT scan in July showed the development of a large seroma, a collection of fluid that was possibly putting pressure on the repair, and I went back to the hospital to have it drained. While I did experience some relief from this "tweaking" of the surgery, it was a lot less relief than I had hoped to get. I'm still pretty miserable a lot of the time, and I can't lift any more than a few pounds, nor can I expect to for quite some time yet. Sometimes, I have trouble even sitting at the keyboard without pain, all of which is why I haven't been checking in here for the past nine days. I hope to do better!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Not that anyone's reading....

Sorry to have been away for a few days. Not that anyone's reading. It's been a quiet week, what with little activity over at DC for "Blackest Night." I did come across a superb YouTube home-made trailer, though, over on my LCS website....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Just watched it again

I just watched "Green Lantern: First Flight" again, this time with my 16-year-old daughter. I actually got misty when at the end of the movie, she recited the Green Lantern oath along with all the Lanterns on Oa. "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power -- Green Lantern's light."

Gets me every time.