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Elisabeth Sladen and Colin Baker were the main guests at that same convention. Lis called Cait “sweetiepop,” held her hand for the photo, and commented that she must be at least nine, since she looked such a lady. Caitlin grinned, and preened, and generally was really excited to meet Lis (she’s also a big fan of The Sarah Jane Adventures). When we got Lis’s autograph, I happily paid for a glossy, but she insisted that Caitlin pick out a second one, gratis, from Father Christmas, and signed both photos extra with kisses on them just for her. Lis also went out of her way to say goodbye to Caitlin as she was checking out of the hotel while we were in the lobby.

Lynne M. Thomas, “Marrying Into the TARDIS Tribe,” Chicks Dig Time Lords

We're gutted. We haven't felt this sad about the passing of a celebrity since the world lost Jim Henson. Lynne and I both cried many times yesterday. Lis played the most iconic Doctor Who companion. She was my first. She was also Caitlin's favorite. Lis's performance as the plucky adventuress reporter Sarah Jane Smith transcended the show. She was a role model to my wife and daughter. Numerous essays in our book are love letters to Lis and her most famous character.

She will be missed. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family.
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Real life is managing to be as real as possible.

1- Entropy visited our home again. This morning the fridge started to make noises like the Tin Man with an upper respiratory infection. It's been a loud fridge for a long time, so its immanent demise comes as no surprise. Luckily, Lowe's had a nearly identical fridge on sale and in stock. Nice people will bring it here tomorrow while taking away the old one. Other than the dryer, that means every appliance in our household has been repaired or replaced in the last month (plus a kitchen sink repair). Homeownership is fun!

2- Caitlin is doing much better. She made it through the last few days of school without any screaming fits. Her brain has also been stable. Hooray for good Caitlin health!

3- Pink Raygun gave Whedonistas a good review.

4- I like my new short story (so far).

5- The week started off with the deaths of comic book creator Dwayne McDuffie and Doctor Who Brigadier actor Nick Courtney. They both will be greatly missed. I keep tearing up from all of the wonderful remembrances.

How are you?
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How the hell is it 2011 already?!?! Seriously, it feels like we just did that whole Millennium thing. I am not a fan of this whole time-moving-quicker-as-I-get-older thing.

We had a quiet evening last night. Caitlin spent most of the morning crying every 20 minutes due to cramping and soreness. Thankfully, she felt better by the afternoon. Lynne and I "celebrated" New Year's Eve with Chinese food and awful television. At least we were together and not in a hospital. We should have friends stopping by today and tomorrow. That will be nice.

2010 was a phenomenal year for us. Like any year, it had highs and lows.

The bad:

1- My grandfather passed away.
2- Caitlin's hip surgery.
3- My big nonfiction commission was put on indefinite hiatus.
4- I didn't write anything good enough for publication.

The wonderful:

1- Caitlin stayed healthy and had a successful surgery.
2- We continued to have amazing friendships and met some new wonderful people.
3- Chicks Dig Time Lords was a major success for Lynne and Tara, leading to book signings, our first Gallifrey One convention, fanart, fanvids, interviews, convention guest invitations, and fantastic reviews. We even impressed a few famous people who worked on the show. It's been an phenomenal ride.
4- I met all of my writing goals and completed another novel.
5- Lynne and Deb finished Whedonistas.
6- The NIU SF collection grew and Lynne was even interviewed for Locus.
7- Caitlin rocked her communication device and had a smooth transition to a new school.
8- We went on an amazing Make-A-Wish trip.
9- Lynne started two SEEKRIT PROJECTS that will be big deals in the next couple of months.

2010 was a magical year for us. Let's hope 2011 continues this trend.

We couldn't have done it without all of you. Thank you for your love and support last year. You made us feel like the richest people in Bedford Falls. :-)
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Happy Fathers' Day to all of my fellow fathers out there. :-)

This will be a strange one for me. It's the first without my grandfather. I miss him.

My father passed away 11 years ago last weekend, so this is pretty much a solo holiday now. It's kind of weird to not have to make any phone calls.

Our plans involve eating pancakes, watching DVDs, and packing for the next couple of days of hospital/airport shenanigans.
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Musician Alex Chilton passed away yesterday. He was known as the lead singer of The Box Tops and their hit "The Letter" in the 1960s when he was only in his teens. For aging hipsters like myself, he's best known for being the main creative force (after Chris Bell left) of the extremely influential band Big Star in the early 70s. They were unknown at the time, but influenced bands like R.E.M., The Replacements (they did a tribute song called "Alex Chilton"), and Matthew Sweet. Most people know their song "In the Street" after it became the theme song to That 70's Show.
Thoughts about Alex and my life... )
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Very early this morning, my grandfather Hugh passed away. Everything good about me as a man I learned for him. He was always there for me and my family. He was kind, loyal, honorable, funny, and loving.

I have a million good memories of him. I can't think of a bad one.

A world without him doesn't make sense.

I love you, Pa. Thank you for being such a big part of my life.

:-(

Mar. 8th, 2010 09:20 am
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We spent the weekend at the hospital. My grandfather was in acute pain on Saturday, but I got to talk to him a bit. On Sunday, they increased his pain meds to the point where he's fairly out of it. He didn't talk much, but he recognized me and held my hand.

My uncle and his family are now in town. It was nice to see them.

The doctor doesn't think that Pa will make it through the week. Even though I always knew this day would come (he's 86), it's like learning that the moon will disappear forever next week.
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We were having THE BEST WEEK EVER. The Gallifrey One Convention was fantastic, Caitlin received her communication device, the early buzz about Chicks Dig Time Lords has been amazing, and we had a wonderful time with [livejournal.com profile] mirrorthaw and [livejournal.com profile] truepenny during their stay in DeKalb for an author event.

Well, that's over.

My grandfather's bladder cancer took a turn for the worse. He's in excruciating pain. The doctors say there is nothing left to do for him other than heavy drugs and hospice.

My grandfather has been like a father to me. He's a phenomenal man. Even though he's 86, none of us are ready for this. It's especially hard to have his razor-sharp brain dulled in his final days.

Please keep him and my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Death

Feb. 11th, 2010 10:18 am
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Emo about death and dying. )
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Kage Baker passed away over the weekend. Lynne wrote a very nice post that covers most of what I would say. Kage was an amazing, funny, intelligent woman and a fantastic author.

She will be missed.
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This entry has been bouncing around my brain since Saturday night. I felt about a dozen different emotions during the memorial. I missed Scott and was sad for his passing too soon, but I also felt a joyous warmth from the celebration of his amazing life.

The event itself was perfect. It encompassed all of the good memories I had about IMSA's open mic night of music, readings, and cheesy, derivative sketch comedy. Scott would have loved it.

I went into the memorial with a great deal of anxiety. I'm not very proud of the spazzy teen version of me. I made a lot of mistakes. IMSA was an intense experience. At the time, I didn't possess the maturity or mental stability to handle a residential school for the gifted-- thus my flaming out after a Junior year of DRAMA. These people saw me at my worst.

It seems that all of that crap doesn't matter. Caitlin and I had a wonderful time. I reconnected with friends and buried the hatchet with some people who I left on bad terms. I'm glad I went.

Scott had one last gift for us all; he made sure that our friendships would last forever.
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My high school friend Scott passed away last night.

There was never a time I knew Scott when he didn't have life-threatening health problems. It infused his teenage life with a level of passion that I've rarely seen in other people. He had total commitment to every opinion, both positive and negative. He was extremely intelligent, loyal, and witty. He drove his scooter around the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy campus as a genuine rock star. I was in awe of him.

I had a rough time at IMSA. I didn't possess the maturity to handle a residential high school for the gifted. Scott took me under his wing (I was Sophomore when he was a Senior). We spent countless hours hanging out, talking, and listening to music. He introduced me to the albums of They Might Be Giants. He brought me into the IMSA clique that formed around Club Pseudo, the monthly open-mike night. When I was really down during my first birthday away from home, he gave me the gift of a Tom Baker glossy.

After Scott graduated, we kept in touch for the next couple of years. Then, like most high school friends, we drifted away from each other. A couple of years ago we found each other on Facebook. Unfortunately, we never found a time to meet for lunch.

I'll miss you, Scott. You made my life better.
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Patrick McGoohan passed away.

Not only was he a fine actor, he created, produced, wrote, directed, and starred in The Prisoner, one of the greatest shows in television history.

He will be missed.
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I just found out from my sister that my Aunt Marie passed away. She was my late father's sister. Since she lived in Arkansas, I didn't really know her all that well. Still, she was a large part of my childhood vacations. Aunt Marie and her husband owned a rural general store and were the center of all of my Arkansas family activity. She was a sweet woman who was very much loved by all of her family.

Fuck

Sep. 13th, 2008 11:10 pm
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David Foster Wallace committed suicide.

I only met him once, but I was very close to his mother. She was one of my mentors in college. I'm just shocked and upset.

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