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19 September 2020

Song mood: Eclipse by Pink Floyd.I totally loved Pink Floyd until one day I completely despised them.This was the song that played in the trailer for Dune.Not done by Pink Floyd, obviously.
Tonight, would have been the night that Oktoberfest would have started.  In Omaha, tomorrow, the German American Society will have the Oktoberfest done as a drive through.  I probably won’t do it.  Just because I’ve gone on to other things.  I’d go, if I had people to go with.  Last year, when I went, I didn’t know anybody, didn’t talk with anybody, it wasn’t much fun.  The drive through, by myself doesn’t give me the experience that I am looking for.
I miss England.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time in England and France.  Even with all the mishaps I had, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.  Watching Inspector Morse makes me miss Oxford.  I miss Oxford way more than I did Cambridge.  Next time I go to England, I will do more research about what I want to see and visit.
Half way through Night of the Manne…

16 September 2020

Song mood: Times Like These by the Foo Fighters.
Nearly finished with Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell.  I nearly forgot how much I enjoy the Wallander series.  Wallander’s emotions are all over the place.
I did a quick list of movies:
Death on the Nile - 23 OctoberBlack Widow - 6 NovemberNo Time to Die - 20 NovemberDune - 18 DecemberWonder Woman 25 December
They are kind of spread out.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do for them.  It would be a lot easier if….  The issue with the pandemic is that yes, you can stream the movies.  But it will cost $20 - $30.  Which, if it’s just me, that’s kind of a high price, if there were others, it would balance out or be okay.  I don’t have a problem donating $20 for the upcoming opera because I tend to spend $45 for a ticket to the opera.I may just go to the theater.  But wear a heavy duty mask.
I haven’t made up my mind on if I will like the new James Bond movie.  The trailer seemed to be all extensive explosions.  I felt the same way about Skyfal…

13 September 2020

Song mood: All Star by Smashmouth.
I started naming characters.
Next step write a scene of a party that has the victim and the suspects.  Write the murder scene.  Write a synopsis of what the characters were doing at the time of the murder.  Brainstorm ideas for clues and air tight alibis.Either the victim or the murderer was a bully.  Who has this nature or this belief: it isn’t enough to just win, the other or the oponent must be humiliated.  I haven’t decided which it will be.  It makes more sense for the victim to be the bully as that would give motive.
I didn’t do much this weekend, but drive around.  Getting stamps on my Nebraska passport.  I like it, reminds me of geocaching.  Yesterday I listened to the Thin Man while driving around.  The book and the movie were very similar.  The movie veered a bit to keep within the 90 minutes.  But I liked the way the movie did the story.  The book had a section, basically a short story, that had no relevance to the book what so ever.  The dia…

10 September 2020

Song mood: You and Me by Lifehouse.I saw Lifehouse twice.Both small venue, which was odd because they had a song that was on the billboard charts for 55 weeks.I saw them in Fargo, ND and in Aberdeen, SD.But maybe small venues were their thing. Hanging by a Moment is one of my favorite songs of all time, mainly because I love the bass-line.
I finished reading Death on the Nile.  I guessed who was murdered and who did it.  I was a bit off on how it was done.  And had I been paying attention to one small clue, I would have been right on how the events took place.  Anyway.  I dare say sometimes Agatha Christie borders on Hallmark type mysteries.  In this book there were two newly formed couples.
Next up on reading: Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones.  I will be going through my books and making a list of books that I need to read by the end of the year.  In this instance I will be physically placing the books in order.
In my dream this morning, I was hanging out with a friend fr…

8 September 2020

Song mood: Manic Monday by the Bangles.This is absolutely the one band I want to see in concert.Which would make me take a trip to California.Not that I would mind, it’s just that California is not nearly as interesting to me now as it was when I was in my twenties.I would rather go to New England.
One of my grade school friends send me texts like: watch Mutha Don’t Want to Go to SchoolToday by Extreme.  And I’m not into hair bands anymore.  When I played guitar, it’s was pure ego fueled by teasing by other guitarists to want to imitate the hair bands.  To be able to play fast scale solos.  If I were to listen to Extreme, I would list to their their album: III Sides to Every Story.  It wasn’t as popular as the first, but they had a symphony orchestra and was much more a masterpiece than anything they did.  I probably listened to that album the most of all their work.I have long realized that it was pure ego that has kept me back as an artist, if that is what I wanted to be.  Ego dictat…

6 September 2020

Song mood: Love is Strange by Mickey & Sylvia.
I watched We Have Always Lived in the Castle.  An adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novella by the same name.  I thoroughly enjoyed that movie.  Merricat is a very interesting woman.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I will.  I’ve read The Haunting of Hill HouseWe Have Always was perfectly done.  Crispin Glover was phenomenal as Uncle Julian, who has the most interesting line in the whole movie.  The book, is a must read, which will go on my long list of books.  Lots of good actors.
I’m two thirds of the way through Death on the Nile.  I’m probably two thirds of the way through Broken Angels.
Next week, I’ll be able to wear my boots.  The weather will be nice.  Which is why I didn’t want to get a new pair of running shoes.  I can buy the running shoes in spring once it gets warm enough to go running again, if I ever go running again.  I may be content with walking.
Tomorrow will be another day, except that I don’t have to go to work to…

3 September 2020

Song mood: Everyone Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears.I would love to see them in concert, if they still do that sort of thing.
So the long weekend is coming up and I don’t know what to do.  Except that I have my Passport Nebraska brochure.  I foresee a trip to Ashland.  I should get some writing done.  We’ll see.
My copy of Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones arrived in the mail.  Currently I’m reading Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie.  Seventy pages in and I’m trying to work out who will be murdered.  There’s one obvious character: the rich socialite who is played by Gail Godot in the movie that comes out next month.  When I finish that I will go on to the book that arrived.Currently I’m listening to Broken Angels by Richard Morgan.
Tonight, I came to the conclusion that I need a writing partner.  Someone whom I can bounce ideas off of and someone who can suggest a poem to write.  Instead I look at some poems on twitter and IG.  But then how do you ask someone …

30 August 2020

Song mood: In Too Deep by Genesis.
It’s been an Inspector Morse weekend.  I’m halfway through the original series.  I think I came upon an understanding.  If the show follows the book closely, it will say based on the book.  After the second season, the shows stopped following the books closely and then it says based off the characters.  Some of them say based off an idea by the author, which would indicate that the author collaborated with the producers for the screenplay.The other thing that I realized is that if they are going to follow the series, Chief Inspector Thursday won’t be in the new show for much longer.  Which this last season hinted at.
I expect to work on my own mystery this week.  It happens in Sandy, England.  My Inspector Trevor is surnamed after the Irish author, William Trevor.  Trevor is one of the biggest names in literature.  Or he was when I attended college for Creative Writing.  I’ve read a few of his short stories.  I think I should listen to a few of his nov…

29 August 2020

Song mood: Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Shilling.The song that played in my head for months.I didn’t know the lyrics, the name, the song writer.But when it played on the radio, I knew it at once.
As my sister pointed out on social media, it’s my grandmother’s birthday.  Or, as I would like to say, the end of summer.  She was a phenomenal cook and fortune teller.  She was also a teacher as well.
Chadwick Boseman.  It was tragic that he died at such a young age.  It came as a shock to many.  For a guy as young and fit, to die of colon cancer in his early forties is a tragedy.  My father died of colon cancer when he was fifty-seven.  He weighed 360 pounds and had a tumor the size of a grapefruit.  He should have made regular doctor visits.I make doctor visits either once a year or every other year.  Because of my family history I have to get colonoscopies every five years.At any rate, it was terrible that Boseman died so young.  I rather enjoyed his movies.
Yesterday, I had an idea for …

26 August 2020

Song mood: Disappear by INXS.
I was way tired this morning and for the whole on account of someone walking around the house in the wee hours of the morning.  Whatever.  Anyway.  So it was a rough ten hours of work today.On top of that the whole right of my head was a bit sore.  Like the eardrum was sore and burning up.  I had a sore throat, but on the right side.  I had a cluster headache above my right eye.  The right side of my skull feels a little sore when I run my hand across it.It’s a weird thing happening.  I think I will be going to bed early, but I probably won’t.
I think I may be taking a break from my main project.  I don’t know.  Sometimes when I take a break from a project, I don’t return until years later and with even more frustration for having not accomplished something.The whole problem with sci-fi/fantasy/horror is being able to describe something without losing the audience.  I admit that I don’t have the self confidence or confidence in my writing.  And yet I can re…

22 August 2020

Song mood: Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days.That song has been in my head for weeks now.And I could easily mistake Nine Days for Third Eye Blind.
Finished listening to Harrow the Ninth.  I will have to go back and reread the fifth and final act.  Gideon Nav returned.  She’s my ultimate favorite character of all time.  I will have to listen to it again before the years over, but I will read the last portion in the book.  So many things happened in the last bit.  It’s totally leading up to the third book.  I loved the book.  It made laugh just like the first one did.
The artist for the cover of Last Stand in Lychford by Paul Cornell stated that this will be the series finally.  First I was shocked, shocked that I actually followed the artist who does the covers for the Witches of Lychford series on IG.  Then a bit saddened that this will be the last of them.  I loved that series.  It had a vicar.  The author had another popular series, that was supposed to be finished about now. …

18 August 2020

Song mood: Just Like Heaven by the Cure.
Last night, I didn’t write a thousand words like I said I was going to.  Instead I worked on identifying works of art for my poems.  Fortunately some of the paintings had the artist’s name in gilt on the frame.  I was able to identify four paintings and I wrote four poems.
I am half way through Harrow the Nineth.  Just like the first, it is a masterpiece.  Last night I listen to a real exciting part.  Tomorrow, I suspect I will listen to a major event in the story.  The tension that had been building up between characters and things that have been plotted between characters.
There was a sale on Audible and so I bought Broken Angels by Richard Morgan.  The sequel of Altered Carbon.  Now I have a backlog of items to listen to.  Next up to listen to is: The Science Fictionof Edgar Allan Poe.  I suspect that will be followed up by Broken Angels.
Tonight, I wrote a thousand words in forty-five minutes.  I don’t know what it is about writing in second pe…

16 August 2020

Song mood: New Sensation by INXS.I figured it out this morning.  I figured out how the Traveler defeats the Dark Prince.  And on the same token, I figured out how Milo de Ford defeats the Dark Prince.It is in the realm potential.  The power of the Traveler, of Milo de Ford is in one of the realms of potential.  One realm is the realm of possibility, the other realm is the realm of probability.  The Traveler is able to trap the Dark Prince within the realm of potential, but in the act of doing it, traps himself.Milo de Ford without knowledge releases the both of them in the series.  In order to defeat the Dark Prince, Milo has to do something similar to what the Traveler did.
I didn’t get much accomplished in writing today.  Just figured something out for the rest of the series.  At the moment, I have my doubts but must soldier on.
I thought about the realms of probability and possibility.  I think I live too much in the world of potential.  Too afraid to move forward because the probabi…

15 August 2020

Song mood: Melt With You by Modern English.
I started writing the second book.  I tried out the second person POV and liked it.  I know who is narrating the story.  So I spun out a thousand words easily.  I probably could have continued, but decided to go on a walk.  I decided to do double steps.  Now I just need to brainstorm what the rest of the story will be and do a quick outline.  I think this will go a little quicker than the previous story.What I do know is that I must make myself write, even if I just write a thousand words at a time.
I’m really loving Harrow the Ninth.  If you read the first one, then most of what you read doesn’t match what was in the first book.  So there is this mystery of what is really happening here.  It’s brilliant.
So the next few weeks will be trying to get more material finished.

New Car

So I did it.I talked with my bank for a personal loan.I talked to a dealership and I decided on a car.If all goes right and the car runs well, I will be buying a 2009 Nissan Cube.It’s a 6 speed manual.  The terms for the loan is for 3 years.  So once everything goes through, I will be super excited.  The monthly payments aren’t going to kill me greatly.  The car has fewer miles than what I have now.Now, that I have made decisions about my vehicle and am getting that all taken care of, I can let go of the worry I had before about not having something reliable to drive.  I can concentrate on writing a ghost story.

12 August 2020

Song mood: I Like It Like That by Pete Rodriguez.Not sure why that song popped into my head.It reminds me of Havana by Camila Cabello.There has been this song in my head that I still haven’t figured out.I don’t quite remember any latching lyric.Something I can google and find out what it is.I know it’s from the 80’s.
I have more issues with my car.  Which is why I didn’t do much for my birthday.  And spending a night at a hotel watching The Office is just another expense.  The issues with my car are stressing me out as I think I may want to get another car.  Not a happy moment for me, but I will do what needs to be done.  I just wish the public transportation was better here.  I wouldn’t need a car.  But here, you more or less need a car.
Down to the last twenty pages of my birthday book: The Garden of Bewitchment by Catherine Cavendish.  It was terrible.  Dialogue is modern.  ‘The Victorians’ in this story are prudish about certain things that in the real time period they wouldn’t be. …

10 August 2020

Song mood: Buddy Holly by Weezer.
Walked around the lake today.
Finished listening to Mexican Gothic.  Fantastic book.  It was well thought out, well written.  I was off on the monster.  That’s okay.  I loved the book.  There was a logic to the monster.
Started reading The Garden of Bewitchment.  From what I read, not that great.  And that’s okay too.  A writer learns from not so great books just as they learn from great books.  The thing I think about is how could I better present the story.There things about this novel, like the dialogue that don’t ring true for Victorian England.  Then there are parts that aren’t likely to happen in Victorian England.  The book should have been set in 1970’s England and that would ring more true.  Although I say that the 70’s tried to imitate Victorian England, it was still vastly different.A few years ago, I wrote a steampunk story.  I read it to a writer’s group.  Seventy five percent of the comments I received said that the dialogue was stilted.  O…

9 August 2020

So I made some changes in plan for my birthday.I decided to get a room at Aksarben Suites.I’ll spend the day in Aksarben and pretend that I traveled.What I will have, I’ll decide tomorrow, although I suspect that it will be Pickleman’s pizza.I’ll read and chill.Maybe I’ll take a bus to the Dundee Dell.So many things I can do.For coffee, I’ll go to the Starbucks on 90th and Pacific.That one has the Verismo coffee machine makes an excellent cup of coffee.I can even take an early walk at the lake as I make my way to Aksarben.

8 August 2020

Song mood: Fix You by Coldplay.  I should really make a list of bands that I would like to see.  Then look them up to see if they are still doing concerts.  It’s been one of those lazy Saturdays where adulting is tough.
Last night I watched Blow the Man Down.  The advertising for it said it had a 99% fresh tomato rating.  I’m beginning to think that rating is crap.  The movie wasn’t real terrible, but it wasn’t that great either.  Twenty minutes in this movie, I thought this was terrible and then it picked up a bit.  It had a Twin Peaks kind of feel to it.
All summer, Harrow the Ninth wasn’t showing up for Audible.  The formats were just hardcover and ebook.  Today, it did show up and I got the audio version, which is over 19 hours long.  Now, I’m going back to the book I bought for my birthday book: The Garden of Bewitchment by Catherine Cavendish.  A gothic horror at 229 pages.  I can finish that one in a week.
The issue I had with the car has been resolved.  I changed oil, I knew it h…