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BEST OF 2013: a limited perspective

         My view of 2013 was fairly limited as, in all honesty, I really don’t get out much and when I do get out, it usually revolves around the interest of the kids instead of my own.  That said, however, I still had some pretty good experiences in 2013 so I thought it’s only proper that I compile a list and throw it into the pit of countless other mediocre “best of” lists.   Here we go, get ready to have your mind BLOWN.

Movie of the Year:  DESPICABLE ME 2 
minionThis seems to be a popular category, so lets start with that.  I didn’t make it out to the theater much this year and much of what I watched on TV was a mix of fairly unbearable children’s programing courtesy of Netflix.  I did, however really love this movie.  Very enjoyable for absolutely all ages without pandering to any.
Qualifier: I believe I only saw one movie released in 2013 that had actual “real” people, therefore Sharknado scores an honorable mention.

Game of the Year:  TOMB RAIDER
tombI actually played quite a few games in 2013, though very few that were actually released in 2013. Had I played everything, though, I’m quite confident Tomb Raider would still be in my top 5 at least, as it was a fantastic game.  It had everything I love in a game, story, adventure, collecting, and, of course, brutal cut scenes.
Qualifier: I have yet to play what apparently the rest of the world has determined as the 2013 game of the year, so until I play The Last of Us, feel free to add an asterix by my pick.

Book of the Year:  MOON DUST CASTLES
mdcSeriously, what did you expect me to put here? But what isn’t to love about this book? Not one but four…FOUR stories, fantastic writing, unrivaled cover art, great illustrations (aw shucks), you’ll laugh, you’ll cry…you’ll buy it hopefully.
Qualifier: I may or may not have had a hand in the creation of this book and the aforementioned illustrations and cover art…plus, I may or may not have seen the author sans clothing.

Now the lightning round…
Album of the year –  SUPERCHUNK: I Hate Music
Song of the Year – COME ON EILEEN
(31st straight year)
Phrase of the Year – MY BRAIN IS GREEN -Noah
Drink of the Year – COFFEE
Website of the Year – MINE
Meal of the Year – STEAK GORGONZOLA ALFREDO
Natural Disaster of the Year – MILEY CYRUS
(I’ll spare you an image)
Best Gift of the Year – THIS THING…

IMG_4338Yeah, it’s a light up Thomas Kinkade wall tapestry.

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New Direction (not to be confused with One Direction)

Have you ever seen the movie One Crazy Summer?  I used to love that movie when I was a kid. That’s kind of been the story of my summer this year, only with less John Cusack, Demi Moore, bunny drawings, Ferraris, Bobcat Goldthwait, ok…that was a terrible example.

What I should say is, a lot has happened over the summer.  The most significant being the launch of Common Oddities LLC, a creative services business that includes Provision Books and Odd Mr T.  As a result, Odd Mr T (that’s me) has increased in scope to now include not only furniture, but also graphic art geared toward books and publishing.  Don’t worry, the art degree has me covered in both 3-D and 2-D media.  Did I ever tell you about the time I majored in Graphic Design?  Probably not.  Good bet if I stuck with it, I wouldn’t be writing this right now.  Regardless, our first project out the door is Moon Dust Castles.  It’s a book featuring four short stories written by Jessica E Thomas and featuring cover art and a few illustrations from…wait for it…Odd Mr T.  (you can buy it here, by the way: BUY NOW)moon dust cover

There is plenty more in the pipeline for us and I’ll hopefully get around to updating the next time something noteworthy happens.  Next week, perhaps?  We shall see.

On a completely unrelated, yet absolutely relevant side note, I’ve been contemplating writing and illustrating a children’s book.  Before I do, though, I’d like to know, would you buy one?  See the poll below.