Sad groans and whimpers

Yeah, so I haven’t been updating the blog lately. It’s summer. It’s hot. I’m busy. Of course, again, not having summertime, vacation fun times, but rather working.

Phoebe is away at the moment, painting this awesome wall decoration for a nephew, but she’ll be back tomorrow, in time for my birthday, which I’ll be celebrating for once.

Anyway, despite failing to find time to do some blog posts, I was actually drafting this really nice one, all positive and whatnot, when WHAT DO YOU KNOW?? One of my favorite singers apparently passes away, and at such a young age.

Chester Bennington. That’s right. At only 41, the Linkin Park singer apparently took his own life? And on his good buddy the late Chris Cornell’s birthday no less.

I don’t know, but this might be the known death that hurts me the most. For a long time in my earlier years, Linkin Park was my main deal, maybe to the left of Ben Folds. I think Michael Clarke Duncan was the worst up til now. There’s been others too, like Bowie or Robin Williams, but with Duncan I had to cross out something from my bucket list. (#17 – Get a giant ass bear hug from Michael Clarke Duncan)

So then, now begins another round of binging the entirety of LP’s discography. LP is actually one of the few bands of which I actually have CDs. Who uses CDs anymore, you know? Well, I know, I know, presumably people who drive. Those people don’t include me tho. Yet. Actually, I almost have all their albums, save for their two new ones. Guess this is the end of LP. I mean, Mike Shinoda is a great singer, not to mention writer, but what made LP was the chemistry of these two men and their singing.

Weirdly enough I actually rewatched The Raid last night, which has music by Shinoda.

Yeah, just felt I wanted to write it down. Someday in the future I can read back on this and see how down it brought me. You were very sad today, future Christian. Pretty much chrushed.

Probably end it right here, with my fave Linkin Park song:

RIP Mr Bennington, I’ll miss the hell outta you <3

Another update

Heyo,

Yeah, the blog isn’t really updated that often these days. In my defence it’s summer, and while that may mean ‘oh right, right, they’re on vacation, goofing off, having splash-splashy water fun good times’ to a lot of people, then…no. Just, no.

Summer means everyone I work with is on vacation and I work a whole bunch and I miight do a week off in August. Yeah, August. So there’s very little time. Pheobe does has three weeks off soon though, so that’s good. And she’s been working on some really interesting pieces lately, so I hope she’s able to finish them soon.

So, yeah. I’m tired. I’m also hot, and I don’t really want to head out to work in an hour, but I guess the world dictates I have to in order to make a living.

Anyway, there is good stuff too. Like, despite all this work, and various other stuff that has managed to take up all my time, I’ve actually been writing too! In fact, pretty much all my free time has been spent on it, which does please me somehow, that I choose to do that with my limited free time. Maybe I could do this author thing. I don’t know, but I feel good about writing lately.

In fact, as of last night, I have finished the first draft of my manuscript. It clocks in at roughly 116k, which is a lot more than I’d want it to be, so I’m anticipating a hefty, rigorous editing process. So I have that too look forward to.

Eh, I’ve always thought I should at least put out the first chapter on the blog, and I guess I’ll do that sooner or later. I’m just so tired these days, and the heat doesn’t help. If it isn’t tinkering with the project then I’m slow to get around to it, even the blog.

I’ll get on that soon. All in all, the first two chapters are mostly polished and ready as I want them. If anything, there’s only references, smoothing and streamlining to do within them.

Have a good day, folks!

The rodents are restless tonight

There’s a saying in my family, though, well, I am probably the only one using it, so ‘family’ is a stretch, but it sounds better than, ‘Oh, I have a saying, it goes…something something wise sage’.

It goes; “The beavers are restless tonight.” And it means that things are amiss, and you should be on your guard. Especially for rodents, if you live in the city.

This is all just bull. Tho I do use the above line now and then. Mostly in my writing. I do have more rodents though. Told ya’ll they’d crop up everywhere.

This one’s snoozing atop a stack of books. RUDE
This one’s inside a candy jar! THAT’S MY CANDY!

Anyway, writing is still good. I actually passed 100k (103 now but who’s counting) not too long ago. That felt like quite the landmark. In fact, one of the plot lines I began WAY at the start of the book now came back full circle just as I imagined it. Overjoyed at that and how it turned out. Proud even.

So yeah, watch out for them rodents.

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A Project Update

That title makes me feel like I’m about to put on a powerpoint presentation for the yearly fiscal earnings of some low level paperclip packaging company. Thankfully I’m not though. And hopefully this’ll be somewhat more interesting.

And, well, writing’s been easier lately. There was some times last fall when I was able to produce 10k of writing in a week. Good writing, that I liked. I’m not there again now, but I’m in the vicinity of it. So that’s really good.

A few days ago I had the goal of crossing 90k into my first draft. Suddenly I was sitting at almost 95k. It felt good. And it was writing I liked, that I could really get behind.

Continue reading “A Project Update”

On the verge of ringing in summer

Alright, so I’m finding myself watching Wolfgang Petersen’s great epic Troy, and it is a clear indication of what’s going on: Summer is in full swing. Soon I’ll start listening to Will Smith’s ‘Summertime’, and then I’ll complete the ritual by watching Jaws.

Then I’ll complain about the heat, and my face will implode due to allergies. (which have already begun, trust me)

Anyway, on the topic of Troy; I like this film. It’s certainly a favorite, though it’s always been mired with dirt from the critics. Which I don’t understand. The main issues they had with it was the dismissal of the god’s presence. And, honestly, anything other than what they did would have been stupid, I really don’t get the critic’s point of view here. They went with a realistic, gritty adaption here, rather than some overblown spectable of the gods.

In the Iliad, the gods appear seemingly at random and their allegiances and blessings turn at the change of a dime. Continue reading “On the verge of ringing in summer”

Alien: Covenant

So, I saw Alien: Covenant here the other day. It’s pretty much the most anticipated film of the year for me, and I’ve been overhyped for days, cause it was getting good reviews.

And it didn’t disappoint!

Fairly solid film for me. Strong 8/10. I’ve been quite an adamant rater on Imdb ever since I made my account there in 2007? And I always rate films with their 1-10 score. Perfect 10s are among the best films of all time, 9s are masterpieces, and an 8 is a really fantastic film, and so on and so on.

Wait, I guess this will include some spoilers, so yeah, there’s that. Anyway, I’m a big fan of Prometheus. That’s a solid 9/10 for me, so in a way this is a step down, but it still very much delivers. Prometheus is that high for me because it did exactly what I wanted it to do. Create a universe.

I didn’t want just another film where people are in space, there’s an alien, and then there’s a big munching feast. Apparently everybody else did? I don’t know, I was always in that group of fans that figured Prometheus would be looked upon as a masterpiece within sci-fi over the next several years. That didn’t happen. The main issue people have with it is the plot. They don’t get it. What? What is there not to get? It’s not that hard to follow, guys. Continue reading “Alien: Covenant”

American Gods

So American Gods is surely everywhere these days. Why, it’s even on the blog!

We began watching the Television series a few days ago, and it’s pretty good. I honestly can’t say if it does the book justice anymore, cause I read it back when I first got into reading, which was around 2007. (Yes, I was seventeen, real late bloomer)

Phoebe loves everything Gaiman, and actually, now that I think of it, she has shoes she’s painted with art from Gaiman’s Sandman series that she should post. Anyway, she’s onboard with the series as well. Really good, despite the Bilquis (had to look up this) parts being very…um, graphic.

Can’t wait for Crispin Glover to show up, cause he’s just perfectly cast. And Jeremy Davies even shows up as Jesus? Heck yeah! Love that guy. Ian McShane is also excellent as Mr. Wednesday. I originally pictured Harvey Keitel in this role, so this is a good fit.

The reason for this post, however, is because I felt the need to share something. During another trip to my local Outland store, I saw a book that caught my eye. Upon further inspection, I found it to be American Gods, a book I’ve read, and that Pheeb and I both have a version of already, yet I still bought it. Why?

Because it looks fricken’ awesome! Look at it!

I want to stress the fact that this is probably one of the coolest book covers I’ve seen. It’s so retro and striking. It looks as one of those books you’d randomly come across in your local library in the 80s.

It’s medium small, paperback format, which honestly feels like the perfect fit for it. The title is embossed, and the colors are even more vivid in person. You could argue that this picture doesn’t really do it justice, but I like to keep the format of photographing things beside my cool dragon orb lamp.

The spine and back is equally awesome, continuing with the retro theme and appearance.

Hard to tell here, but the back and spine are also grainy, I love it so much. Definitely my favorite cover, for my favorite Gaiman novel. (wait, have I read more than one Gaiman novel? Uuuuh, I don’t think so Pheebs will be so disappoint)

Did some research and found that Gaiman got this version out due to him and his editor feeling that book covers these days were so boring, and the lack of effors going into them. As such, they brought in a guy called Robert McGinnis who is an old-timer book cover designer who went on to design this one. Ace move, cause it looks awesome. Props to you, man.

He’s also done work on some other Gaiman books! Their due out soon. Those books are Anansi Boys, Stardust, and Neverwhere. They look good, but not close to this one in my opinion. Stardust is my fave of these though.

You can check them out here: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2016/09/its-ashs-first-birthday-bare-chin-is.html

Turns out he also has a cute son called Ash. Learned something new today too, thanks Neil’s blog!

Alright, I guess I’ve been gushing over this book cover for too long.

 

 

May 17th!

Mat 17th is Norway’s national day, the date of our constitution. As such, there’s celebrations aplenty. Parades, flags, ice cream, friendly foreign men who sell you very good, cheap balloons my friend.

Anyway, just a short update to honor almighty Norway, the best country in the world. For all other countries are run by little girls. (Ours is run by a large one)

I kid, but it’s pretty great though. We had fun. Here’s a pic:

Phoebe really likes this one, cause it’s a reversal of one we did last year on May 17th. Though, I suspect it might be because she looks damn gorgeous in it.

She also made a cake.

Yes, it’s a brain, what else? It turned out pretty awesome, and tasty.

Yup, so that’s it. See ya around. Fuck the Swedes for trying to rule over us. (Actually, the Swedes are alright, they didn’t last that long. The Danish though…)

Late night scribbles

I write mostly at night. Always have. Creativity…there’s a roughness to calling it up during the day. A lot of this probably has to do with me having worked the night shift at my job for six years now, leaving me to come home fully awake, yet still having that tired feeling in my bones. Somehow it leads to creativity.

It doesn’t go smooth like clockwork though. Which is a shame, but what are you gonna do? I’ll get sidetracked by things, thoughts, ideas.

I backlogged a lot of my scribbles for AA tonight. Reading through all the ideas I’ve had, and seeing whether or not they made it into the first draft of my manuscript, or seeing how much they’ve changed over time.

At one point, this was from last year I don’t know exactly when, I wrote down the line; ‘Trump’s gonna be doing an overhaul on the Penske file.’ And I had a real good laugh, because I don’t remember writing this, and why would I write it in my notes? And wow, it’s definitely me who wrote it, for I found myself agreeing so much with my former self. It’s exactly what he’d do, and he arguably has, right? There kind of seems to be a lot of wacky talk and not much else. Save for firing people, of course.

Anyway, I actually have to go work on my Penske file.

And another thing!

Actually, now that she’s brought up Tim Minchin, I’d like to do the same.

I knew of him, back when he first popped up, but didn’t really check him out. Became a fan due to Pheebs though. Anyhow, the reason why I wanna bring him up again is because of another thing she’s brought to my attention, even if it took me a while to realize it.

I thought the only way to better days was through tomorrow

I’ve heard this in the background in the apartment every now and then lately, and I presumed it was just some new Minchin song. Didn’t really pay any mind to it. Now, however, I’ve learned that while it is a new song of his, it’s a song he’s done for another musical he’s created: Groundhog Day The Musical!

First off, this is better than last time. He’s made a musical adaption before and that was Matilda. Not really my slice of bread. This is though. Despite the fact that either Groundhog Day or Matilda seems clear cut for musical adaptions (why would there be?) it still works, because it’s damn good. At least what I’ve seen of it. If only they’d tour.

Anyhow, the above quoted line is from the chorus, and it really resonates with me. It sounds really good. And now that I’ve learned it is based on the film, and the song is from the point of view of Bill Murray? That is just perfect. Stuck in my head. All day. Along with new Depeche Mode songs. (or song)

Here’s the song. It’s the final endpiece of the musical, and it’s very good. I’m sure the actors do the material justice, but this one’s Tim’s performance at some Awards show. Ignore the presenter who reminds me of a Norwegian Tv anchor. I think he retired. Miss that guy.

See? This is pretty golden, you have to admit.