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”

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.

 

 

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.

 

The Dark Tower

So, the Dark Tower trailer came out today. Finally, I should say.

The Dark Tower adaption has been doing this dance for a while. Ever since before I came to love it, the adaption of the books have been in development hell, gaining momentum here and there, before finally dying out. This time, it actually came to fruition. And…well.

I’m not impressed. I should start off by saying I had very little faith in this project, its writers, or its relatively unknown director. I do like Matthew McConaughey and think he’s a good fit for Flagg. Idris, on the other hand, eh, he’s okay. I’ve warmed up to him. It would be hard for anyone, really, to step into these shoes. Ever since I began reading the books, I’ve envisioned circa 1997 Pete Postlethwaite as Roland, and sadly he has passed on.

Obviously, I don’t like that they’re not following the books. And now that this trailer has dropped, after being moved further and further back, it really doesn’t look good. Everything I’ve come to love about the Dark Tower is almost absent here. It honesly feels like an action film set in NY. This is not good.

Hopefully I’m wrong? Maybe it is good, and I just can’t wrap my head around all these changes. I still think it sucks, and in my mind, I won’t get my Dark Tower adaption for quite a while. I think there’s big chances this one will fail, and I’ll have to wait even longer before somebody comes along again and tries to adapt in once more.

The gun-reloading here is also putting me off. Isn’t it silly? Is it only me?

Anyway, that’s all from me.

Long days and pleasant nights, folks.

End of April post

That’s right. A post to annouce the end of April. I’m singlehandedly bringing on the arrival of May.

No, of course not. One thing I am doing though, is realizing how fast days go by. We sort of agreed to aim for at least a post every three days, cause our lives are just that interesting, but here we are, four days later, and here’s a new post. Not that it’s fantastically interesting, but there’s a big surprise as the end, so it’s totally worth it.

Writing has been slow lately. Earlier, I have produced more than 10k a week, though this didn’t happen as often as would be awesome. Still, things have gone smoother. I do admit I’ve been spending my free time otherwise lately. Outside of work, I’ve been rather caught up in Darkest Dungeon, which is a really addictive game I recently stumbled upon. If you’ve heard of it, it is quite brutal, and I regret naming my characters after characters in my novel. For they all died rather horribly. Save for one character, who’s still hanging in there.

Phoebe has begun working more, and her time is more limited, though she’s still finding time to work on her art. She’ll probably upload another work tomorrow. That is, if I decide to usher in May at all. (I will. It is the month of Norway’s national day after all. The 17th btw, don’t forget)

Also, look:

 

It’s a mouse. Reading a book. Wearing tiny glasses.

Also, that was the big surprise.

#readingrodents

Alien Day!

Wow, my levels of gushing certainly have a way of timing everything just correctly. My excitement for the upcoming Alien: Covenant film has been brewing for quite a while now, from the point those trailers started dropping and I let go of my disappoinment of it apparently veering away from its Prometheus storyline.

As more and more has been unveiled, however, it may not have strayed too far. Which is good. Anyway, as my anticipation for this film reaches its zenith, which isn’t really now, there’s still three weeks to go, I find myself wanting to post about it. AND LO AND BEHOLD…it happens to be April 26th, which is gaining more status as the official ‘Alien’ day. So that was a neat coincidence.

Ridders is my favorite film director, and he returns to his origins in this movie. Everything I’ve seen of this film so far, and let’s face it they’ve almost showcased their entire film at this point, it’s looking very solid. I like the plot they’re going with, and how they’re tying it into Prometheus. My only complaint so far is the lack of Shaw. One of the things Prometheus managed to excel in, it was creating a strong character I could get behind, just like I could with Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Shaw is not front and center now. And we don’t really know what’s up with her, or if she’s still around. See? There’s so many questions! What’s up with David?? He’s such a douche! I think.

I’ve actually come to the conclusion that I’ve never been more excited for a film release before. Alien is my favorite film franchise, something I realized when Prometheus came out in 2012. It took the reins from the Middle Earth franchise, which is coincidentally the last time I was genuinely this excited for a film, when The Hobbit came out in 2012.

A large part of why Alien trumps the Middle Earth franchise is because I view it as somewhat done. Maybe someone will try to do The Silmarillion or something in many, many years, but done for me. Alien on the other hand though…I can get Alien goodness for the rest of my life.

Alien: Covenant also has something really amazing. It has what I believe is the greatest teaser trailer of all time:

I don’t know exactly what it is about these select few, yet gorgeous shots combined with the musical stylings of John Denver, but it really resonates with me. Also, look! Danny McBride is there. I usually know most actors from one select role, and though it’s not here yet, prepare yourself Dan, cause you’ll probably be Tennessee for me for the rest of my life.

Happy Alien Day, folks!