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?

 

 

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.

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?

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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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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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.

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