Two things, one quicker than the other.

First of all, a huge congratulations to the very talented Traci Tyne Hilton (author of the Mitzy Neuhaus mystery series) for winning the Phoenix Rattler Contest’s Mystery/Suspense category for her upcoming novel Good, Clean, Murder: A Plain Jane Murder Mystery! Her other entry, a proposal for a vampire Amish novel called Transylvania Dutch was a finalist in the Speculative Fiction category.

So, how upcoming is Good, Clean, Murder? That depends on something else. She’s got a blog of her own, and all the details are over there.

With that out of the way, it’s time for an Old Man Rant.

PC Magazine has an article about Netflix’s new streaming deals with Turner and Time Warner. At the end of the article, after teasing things like Fringe, The West Wing, and Adventure Time, they go on to mention that ” … its reboot of Arrested Development will premiere on Netflix in May.”


No. No. No.

Arrested Development on Netflix is not a reboot. A reboot would that they’re starting over, with a new cast and probably new story elements. Sort of what DC Comics does when they periodically bring their continuity to a close and start over (as happened in 1986 and 2011). No, this is a revival; bringing something back from an extended absence with as many of the previous elements as intact as possible. It’s like what FOX and the BBC tried to do in 1996 with the Eighth Doctor. It might involve a bit of retooling, tweaking what might not have worked so well to create a fresher product–like when Tim Burton was replaced as director of the Batman movies by Joel Schumacher (nobody ever said a retool had to be successful).

See, words mean things. The problem is Casino Royale and Batman Begins. They were both described (and rightly so!) as reboots of their respective franchises (James Bond and Batman), and they were wildly successful by any definition. So everything gets called a reboot, especially if it’s not.

It’s lazy. It’s stupid. And it’s one sure-fire way to make sure I don’t take anything you have to say seriously, ever again.

Now get off my lawn.