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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Obligatory Dark Tower update

Alright, so despite not really wanting to see the Dark Tower adaption, I got free preview tickets for it, so I saw it a couple of days ago.

To put it bluntly, I predicted long ago that this would be utter shit, and it was. Just…,ugh, terrible. Hated it.

This is a cliffnotes version of The Dark Tower. That is, all seven books compressed into one 95(!) minute film. And it works about as well as one would think. I’m honestly baffled that this thing made it to the screen. This director, Arcel, is said to be a massive fan of the books, but I don’t know, at times I wondered whether or not he’d read them.

A DT adaption could have worked as a gritty, slow-moving series. Trying to adapt it to an action-centric hour & a half movie just doesn’t work. Among the chief issues I have with this is the fact that I’d want it to be bleak. Mid-World is a world that has ‘moved on’. It’s supposed to be desolate, dark and dangerous. I didn’t feel any of that in the film. It doesn’t really help that about a majority of the film takes places in modern day New York.

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Summer & Books <3

Heyo,

So, hopefully we’ll be back to working the blog more regularly again. For my part, I might be having at least a little more free time ahead, and summer is about to wave goodbye. Thankfully. Though it’s still too hot.

Anyway, for lack of better topics to return with, I’ll go over some books I’ve read this summer? Yeah, let’s do that. I have been writing too though. Just not as much, seeing as I’m mainly focusing on editing and working up to a rewrite for a final draft of AA. For reasons unknown I began writing a sci-fi piece concerning androids in the apocalypse.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Twenty-Seven

Alright, universe. I’m anticipating this is the year my Benjamin Button symptoms begin cropping up AND I STOP AGEING! It didn’t happen last year, nor the year before that! Don’t let me down here!

Well then, I guess I made it through another year on this wacky planet. A great feat, I know. Yeah, no, I actually hate birthdays. My own, anyways. Of course, there’s the issue of getting older, but I’ve also never liked the idea of celebrating just one more year of being alive. And then bringing people into the whole thing, to celebrate that fact? Oh god no. Phoebe actually tried that this year. The whole surprise party type deal. It’s a lovely thought, and I’m thankful for that, but once I got an idea of it I quickly shut that down. I’m sorry, it’s just not for me.

Anyway, I did do stuff for my birthday this year. I had fun. Got the whole breakfast in bed deal, gifts, my absolute favorite food dish (which is traditionally a Christmas dish but I got hold of the stuff), lazy day at home just gaming and having fun, and then the theatre. Dunkirk. (Very good, 8/10)

We went camping the day after. It was really lovely too. Nice bbq food, swimming, and hanging out with some friends. It was my first camping trip in quite a while.

Look at her, she a cutie

Lastly, I need to share a picture of the gift she got me. I know this was a really expensive item, and though I was and am overjoyed to have received it and to have this glorious thing in my possession, there is that voice, deep, deep within me, telling me how I don’t want her spending this kind of money on me. I’m just some doofus, please don’t waste your cash on me.

Anyway:

Just looking at this can cause gooseflesh to sporadicly appear on different parts of my body. Sometimes my butt.

This is the Dark Tower Omnibus hardcover two volume slipcase edition. It collects the first five long volumes of Marvel’s Dark Tower series. It chronicles Roland’s past, and we get more of his original Ka-Tet. It fell in love with the two members of his first group in the fourth novel in the Dark Tower series, ‘Wizard & Glass’, and I wanted more. Sadly, King didn’t do more on those, except for one, in the last additional book he wrote into the universe ‘The Wind Through the Keyhole’, which I have yet to read (I am currently stuck one third into ‘Wolves of Calla’. I don’t find it that engaging. Weirdly enough Wizard & Glass is the novel which usually stops readers in their tracks in Dark Tower, but for me it was this one).

So yeah, I’m going to jump into this beast now. 🙂

Also, with my birthday weekend over and all, Phoebe is gone again, continuing that awesome wall art she’s working on for family. I miss her. Summer is kind of lame (and allergies), and I look forward to Autumn.

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