Book haul

Heeey,

I do get book hauls every now and then. Rarely do I find one book that I need to have now and get it. Usually I’ll put it on my list and then get it along with a bunch of others at some point.

So maybe I’ll start sharing those. I do have good taste, so if anyone comes by this, then maybe they’ll check out some of the books. Which is always a plus.

Starting off small tho. This haul, I did not get myself, but it’s still my haul, cause they’re all books I wanted and Phoebe got them for me. <3

<3 <3

These three she got me!

The first one is Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer:

Beautiful!

Man, it looks gorgeous. Jonathan Safran Foer is an author I love. For two big reasons. First off, obviously, he’s a fantastic writer. Secondly, and for me the most important reason; Foer is the guy who first got me into reading in the first place. And then in turn, got me into writing.

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2017 books

So, I’ve never really been a fast reader. Mostly, I take my time, and I analyze a lot as I read.

As such, I read…19 books in 2017. Unless I forget some. For me, this is pretty decent though. It’s not like I read a bunch of fast and easy Jim Butcher novels and call it a day. (Not knocking on Butcher; he’s awesome. But let’s face it, his books are sort of designed for easy reads during your commute) In fact I sort of gravitate towards the more literary challenging books.

This year, I don’t know. Didn’t delve that deep into the pile. I still didn’t finish Infinite Jest which has been left halfway read for a about a year now and is still taking up my two favorite bookmarks (!), and I still haven’t cracked open Shantaram. I guess those are my two remaining literary milestone for now. I finish those two, and maybe Atlas Shrugged, and then I grow a monocle.

Anyway, I got some favorites I want to list and recommend, so I’ll get on that:

Started the year off by reading through Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, though the fifth book stopped me in my tracks. Kinda didn’t dig it. Anyway, it’s a really cool series I wanna finish one day, and you should too.

Speaking of King, I really like The Stand. But is it okay to say I think his son would have done it better? Joe Hill’s The Fireman is, like The Stand, a brick of a book set in the aftermath of a plague. Except he writes it better. Yet he obviously doesn’t have that good and evil, black and white effect that King has in The Stand. Which is why I kinda wish his son wrote it. King’s is too long and drags between the cool bits.

I read Maus because of Phoebe. It’s fantastic, go read it. I even got it for one of my brothers this Christmas. I also read some Gaiman books because she’s a superfan of him. The Ocean at the end of the Lane, and The Graveyard Book. Both great, though I liked the former more.

Mentioned it before on the blog, but Eddie Izzard’s biography was funny and inspiring. Which is a great combo.

So, top three books I read this year would probably be Out in the Open, by Jesús Carrasco, Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers.

Annihilation I read because I’ve heard great things, plus suddenly I’m in a hurry! Film coming out and all. Alex Garland making it too. He’s a talented guy. Writes good novels (at least The Beach), great screenplays (I’ll always love Sunshine despite that final act), and directs awesome films (like Ex Machina). This adaption looks very different tho, so it doesn’t look like the end of the world if you see the film first.

Yeah, and here’s some lovely pics, cause I’m pichoe:

That golden, sexy looking thing in the back is a figure of the almighty Smaug by the way. From Phoebe this Christmas. Just saying, Smaug is kinda cool.

Alright, I’m gonna go sleep. So we’ll catch ya’ll later.

BONUS:

Worst book of 2017: The Troop, by some guy. Actually, let me Google that for myself; Nick Cutter. Alright then. Interesting beginning, but after a while you realize you don’t really give a shit about any of the characters. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 

Oh right. I read Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian this year, didn’t I. And it was bloody fantastic. Well, it should be up there, in the, uhh, top three area.

Why do I write at night again?

 

 

A long-awaited update

That’s right. THE update. Maybe even the update to end all updates.

Well, no. It’s just an update. Like, if it was the ‘end of all updates’, then that would mean no more updates then? No more blog? Even tho it’s kinda been like that lately, it’s not ideal.

Anyways, December was rough. Lots of work, lots of being hella tired, lots of managing shabby economy. So that was fun. Tho, I’m continuing into this year with more work hours than last year, which is of course nice, but also not, cause my old setup hours were great in that I’d always work nights, earning more, thus allowing me to have some days off, resulting in more creative nights for my writing.

Not so much this year, it seems. Of course, I’ll have to find some way around that, but yeah.

My manuscript for AA is still out there in the hands of my betas. Some of them have made good progress in it, and I’ve received fantastic feedback so far. Exactly the critical eyes I needed. Once my schedule evens out a bit more I’ll get into more rewrites.

Phoebe has worked a lot with her art. A lot of that has gone into christmas gifts, cause, I mean in my eyes, when you’ve got the talents, you’ve gotta share it. Now that we’re both back home from family stuff after the holidays, she’ll for sure share some new works soon.

Well, for now that’s pretty much it. No more than an update that we’ll be getting into the blog again soon. Plus I’ll end it here with some lovely pics:

Here we are, all cute and whatnot.

My fave gift this Christmas. Phoebe drew and framed this amazing image of BD from Fury for me <3 <3

And here we are on midnight at New Years. Exactly two years after I asked her to be mine. 😉

Project Update

Hey,

Been a little while since I did any sort of update on my book, but I’m essentially finished. After three drafts (four if you count this short one) I’ve ended up with this final draft, which as of now is as good as I myself can make it.

To that end, I’ve drafted the aid of some good acquaintances I’ve met through my writing, and several of them are perusing my manuscript these days. I believe one of them has a Masters in creative writing? So I’m hoping for some good feedback. Included potential query letters.

Tbh, I don’t find query letters to be that difficult. A synopsis on the other hand. That I don’t like, and after considerable time lately checking out agents, I dread the ones that want a synopsis. Like, that’s something I’d want your guide and wisdom on when we get there, lovely agent of mine.

Anyway, one of the other thing I’m doing is a novel swap. I’m having my manuscript looked over, while I go through this other writer’s work. And I choose to do this with this person in particular because they have this really, fun, goofy story with lots of humor in it, some of it similar to my own, which makes it all the more easier to go through and ‘get’.

In short, it’s a novel about a ‘Chosen One’, though it’s flipped on it’s head and the Chosen One is actually an 83-year old grandma who likes knitting and cats, and can’t wait for an opportunity to leave the retirement facility. I like it so far. Hopefully it has demons. I know there’s dragons to come.

Guess that’s it. Here’s a pic of me and Stine. We’re totally cute:

The Star

After rewatching the Linkin Park event honoring the life of Chester Bennington again last night, I found myself eternally thankful for the unwavering courage, skill and compassion Mike Shinoda has shown during all this, already so painful and close to home for the man, and in the late hours, before I drifted off to sleep in bed, I wrote this down on my phone.

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The Star

When things break down,

from weariness and rust.

It’s the shiniest cog in the machine,

that’s left to gather up the dust.

 

But all things get their due.

Nick Cave Concert!

If there’s one artist both myself and Phoebe absolutely love, it’s got to be Nick Cave. In fact, he’s sort of ‘our’ artist, and someday we’ll dance to his ‘Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow’ at our wedding (everyone must participate is the silly/cool dance!)

I can actually take credit for him being our guy. I’ve been a fan since I fell in love his score for the Brad Pitt film ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ (which I think has the record for longest title nominated for best picture), and he was one of those artists I’d periodically listen to often. Then I got Phoebe into him (she knew who he was but hadn’t heard that much of him), and in turn got one of her brothers —the only decent one tbh but don’t tell him I said that— into him, and now she’s a way bigger fan of him than I am myself!

Well, anyway, last night we fulfilled a dream of ours— we saw him live! Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds played Norway’s largest arena ‘Oslo Spektrum’ for one night only and we’ve had tickets since February? March? Around there. I think February cause they were ripped away immediately. Cave is (thankfully I should say) a popular guy in Norway.

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Labyrinth

These days I’m currently hard at work going through my third draft, yet I still thought I should start posting some smaller pieces on the blog, starting with this recent one. I’m no poet, and poetry confuddles me a lot more often than it gets to me, but sometimes I feel it, and I’ll write something, no matter the result.

Labyrinth

At some point I became the Minotaur in my own story,

and reality flickered around me, creating walls that weren’t there,

voices that would not cease, and I the siren amidst it all, calling out,

from within the veritable darkness of my mind, at the center of the labyrinth.

Won’t you come slay me?

Linkin Park & the Evolution of Music

Right, this is something that’s been rumbling about in my head for quite a while. And now, it’s the middle of the night and I’ve been listening to music. For the rest of the weekend it seems I’m home alone, and these days listening to music for hours are pretty much what I do when I’m alone.

Back to the topic at hand though. Linkin Park, the void it’s actually left in my life, the outpouring of love from around the globe and the impact they’ve had on my life, once it’s all simmered in the back of my mind.

Above all though, their music.

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One Year Anniversary

Last night marked the one year anniversary of the day the two of us moved in together!

It’s pretty exciting, folks. Well, maybe not for everyone else, but for us it’s a big deal. It’s flown by, really, and it is only the first milestone of many. It’s been weird, but it has also been amazing, and I can stress to past me about how good of a choice it was. Good job, dude.

For my part, despite that one year I had an (almost random) roommate, I’ve pretty much been living on my own ever since I was eighteen. That is, the year I was ruthlessly and carelessly thrown to the wind in a sort of ‘get out’ sort of fashion. Well not really. But I did have to move out then.

I’d think it would have been harder, but I’ve loved every minute of living with this woman <3

We took the opportunity to eat out:

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Book Haul

As you might expect, I love books. Perhaps even more so, I love the smell of new books. To the point that I honestly wish it was a cologne. It’s evigorating. Almost..sexual, actually I should reel this in right about now…

Anyway, over the years I’ve developed this mindset that I should try to write, just anything, even when I’m not really writing for any of my projects or just generally ‘working’. As I kind of am not doing right now. I’ve written on other stuff periodically, yet at the moment I’m hip deep in editing AA. As such, whenever I write anything, be it blog posts, grocery list, reviews, I feel better. Like I’ve done some writing stuff.

As such, one of the things I could add to the blogging are my book hauls. Despite not finding time to read them all, I do get a lot of books (and we need more shelves) and I often get them in clusters.

So here’s my most recent purchases:

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