Lately I have been busy with work, and too tired to do anything else after. Except finishing a shoe order I had. But this weekend I decided to surprise Christian. He has been really into LP lately, and that band means a lot to him. So he has asked if I could draw Chester bennington for him..So on thursday when I came home from work and saw the ugly rug we have in the hallway (which christian had spilled some orange juice on which left a stain) I started googling ideas to pimp up a rug. I didn’t have textile paint, only acrylic and oil.
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.
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
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.
and I’m just putting out a short post here to prove I’m still alive and whatnot.
And to show off this gift I came home to not long ago!
So Christian, being all sneaky deaky, left this wrapped gift on my desk while I was at work, and opening that badboy up revealed…
A brand new quill!
It’s a Harry Potter theme house quill I’ve been drooling after for a while, so I was super happy to receive it. Things like this reminds me why I keep this doofus around.
Anyway, it looks fantastic and is awesome to use. Lettering looks amazing, and it’s fun to doodle with. Christian liked how the page numbering in his manuscript looked so much better now, after the age of the quill.
Lastly, as promised in the title, here’s a quick doodle I did the other day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.