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Showing posts from October, 2021

31 October 2021

  Song mood: Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles. I think we need love life as much as Francis Bourgeois loves trains. I love watching his videos on trains. The joy he has about the trains is palpable. I didn’t do much this weekend. Last night I watched House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price. Which is more of a psychological horror. Then I watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown . I realized that I’m not much into gore. I will probably watch mysteries for the rest of the day. Then tonight, I will probably finish listen to the rest of Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman while walking in place. It’s been another no bones day. Actually, it’s been a no bones day week. This time of year, I just seem to lose a lot of energy. Tomorrow is All Saints Day. I added the ebook: Fool Proof Outlining by Christopher Downing to the list of books I’m studying. I really want to get a writing project finished despite myself. So far, I lost 2 pounds and am down to 194. I try t

Watching your Live Chat

I watched your live event last night and I feel guilty for not jumping in and saying hi. I feel guilty for not going on and saying that I think that you are amazing.  I really do think you are amazing. You have the patience of a saint. I was impressed by the way that you handled people’s questions. People want to tell you things and that is a good thing. I want to tell you things. I think about a message that I want to send you and my thoughts go off in a tangent because I want to tell you so much. Where I say to myself, this kind of letter, it should be about her. Live events are kind of like parties. I’m never sure of what I should do. Which is probably why I don’t jump on, but watch. I had my one and done beer earlier, and though I wasn’t drunk, I tend to err on the side of caution these days. So I don’t blurt out things like I love you. Which, is true. But should be said first in a conversation while sober. People say the weirdest things. I hope no one is catfishing you, that is a

28 October 2021

  Song mood: Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette. It’s been a sluggish week for me. I had sleep issues Monday morning. My alarm didn’t go off and so I started work an hour later than I usually do. I tried to multitask while being a zombie, which lead to burning rice on Monday. First time ever. It was a wretched smell that lingered for days. Monday was also my father’s birthday. I thought about him and realized that’s been a couple of years since I went out for his birthday. Usually I go get some greasy steak hoagie, something he would have liked and think about him. These days, I’m trying to eat healthier, and so don’t eat real greasy food that often. It rained hard on Wednesday, as it had rained for this whole last week. One of the days, I walked at the mall with my face mask on. Every year, about this time, I experience a total drain of power. I think it may be that I’m further away from the sun. And the cure for that would be for me to live in the southern hemisphere for half a

24 October 2021

  Song mood: Life on Mars by David Bowie. Today was like a no bones day. It rained all day, I couldn’t get my walk in. I listened to Joanna Penn’s Productivity for Authors , it’s something I’m listening to while I’m driving around doing my Sunday thing. Currently I’m listening to Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman. I decided to switch things up at the end and listen to another short story collection by him. Sometimes it is frustrating because I can’t quite figure out what the supernatural being was in the story. Next up will be Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I saw Dune this weekend. It was phenomenal. Visually spectacular. It follows the book closely. Through out the movie, they foreshadowed the ending of the movie well. Like, I knew before watching it, where it was going to end, or what would the most logical place to end the movie. I think there will be only one more movie to complete the series. Which will be a good thing. I thought The Hobbit should have only been one movie

19 October 2021

  Song mood: Just like Heaven by the Cure. The no bones day pug is super cute. There I said something was cute. I would love to have a pug. They are a breed of dogs that have moderate to low amounts of anxiety. They’re okay with being left alone. Or, at least, the ones I’ve been in contact with have. A bit tired today. A bit in a sour mood because I’m tired. Wrote three lines in my mystery last night. I didn’t like them. But that was a good thing, because I thought of something I did like. I will need to do a little bit more planning. This time, I will need to make a detailed timeline for the story. I plan on starting in the middle. My new phone came. The transfer of data was amazing. Once it was done, the phone was more or less a clone of the last. Everything was in the same place as it was in the last phone. Though, I was a bit disappointed that there were no headphones that came with the phone. And, there was no charger. I was surprised on how the screen resolution on the n

Travel Writing

This morning, while I was on my walk, I remembered a project that I was going to do. I was listening to The October Country by Ray Bradbury when the idea struck me. The short story in this collection was The Wind . One of the characters of that story was a travel writer. The moment, the narator mentioned it, everything sort of clicked. I had been working on a project before life got all messy with COVID and stuff. And the project was a travel book about London and Paris. I already started the project and posted on the website. Though, I have very fond memories of that trip, it was horrifying trip. The scariest part of the trip happened the first night.  What happened was, the owner of the bed and breakfast I had booked for half the trip told me that he no longer does the bed and breakfast. I walked through the rough streets of Islington looking for a place to stay that night. I found a hotel, but because it was same day booking, it cost 150 quid. While there, someone pointed me to Tra

16 October 2021

  Song mood: I Melt with You by Modern English. I’m thinking of a movie called Whatever It Takes , where the protagonist plays the song on his accordion to the damsel next door. I did Tai Chi right away, before I did my Saturday thing. I think I should be doing it in the morning, just for the main reason that it’s done and out of the way. Anyway. I’m currently watching Picnic at Hanging Rock with Natalie Dormer. It’s a bit longer than I was expecting. I was thinking it would be three episodes and it turns out to be six. It’s a change of scenery. I plotted out my story. I have a cast of characters. I’m reading A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup. She goes through all the poisons used in the Agatha Christie books. What the effects are, and more importantly, what the antidote is for each one, if there is one. Now, I just have to write. I need to finish writing it by the end of the year. No pressure right? I think I need to write a letter to someone

14 October 2021

  Song mood: Africa by Toto. I figured out my mystery novel. Or the basics, I have yet to name the characters. I know the back stories of three characters. The protagonist is a freelance photographer. His wife is a mystery writer from England. He’s kind of famous as a photographer, but hardly anyone knows his name. She’s famous where everyone does know her name. I like that idea in a couple, where you have two people who are good at what they do, but the wife has far more recognition for what she does. Anyway. The book will be in two parts. Where the first part is the mystery. Then the second part is the thriller. In this part, the identity of the killer is known and now they are trying to get away. I’m thinking that the ending sequence happens on this one trail I heard about while living in Seattle. If you go on the trail during low tide, you’re fine. If you go on the trail during high tide, you’re taking a risk because once the tide is in, parts of the trail is underwater for

12 October 2021

  Song mood: You and Me by Lifehouse. Tomorrow is going to be rough. I decided that caffeine is the enemy. So tomorrow, I will reduce the amount of coffee that I drink. And in it’s place will be tea. I think caffeine boasts my anxiety, so I will reduce the amount that I consume. Only when I do that, the headaches begin. One time I quit drinking coffee altogether and had a headache for six days straight. I’m halfway through The October Country by Ray Bradbury. Once that is done, I think I will re-listen to Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. It’s one of my favorites. Part fantasy, part mystery and part horror all rolled into one. Gideon has to be one of the funniest character ever and yet pulls on the heart strings towards the end. That will get through to November. Then, I’m going to switch things up a little. Sometimes I like to take a break from myself so to speak. So, after Gideon, I will listen to Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Also in this effort to take a break from myself, I


 I'm in the process of deep cleaning my room. I rearranged the room because I thought I was going to have more space with the new arrangement, but I don't. Only now, my back hurts, so I don't want to put everything back to the way it was before.

Middle Names

 I have two middle names. My first one is Avli, which is my Eskimo name. Whenever I'm in Alaska, this is the name I'm addressed as. I was named after my grandfather. My second middle name is Evans. Both grandfathers were Evans. On my father's side: Evans Arthur. On my mother's side Evans Avli. It was a weird coincidence that my grandfathers, who were thousands of miles apart were both given the same name.  Anyway, that is the short history of me through my middle names.

7 October 2021

  Song mood: Friday, I’m in Love by The Cure. So far, for the novella, I have the setting, the situation (not sure of the word I’m thinking here) and the method.  Next, I’ll figure out the characters and the big secrets. Setting: a suburb of Seattle, lots of strange stuff happen there. Okay, it’s not as strange as I make it out to be. The situations will be a party and a storm. The method, for now a secret. The big secret will be something like a relationship gone bad. The motive: revenge. I should finish The Sandman: Act II on Saturday.  Then next up will be The October Country by Ray Bradbury. For future videos, I will do the story of Echo and Dot. The Dark Prince has attacked their world. Echo loses his wife Ti-me. Okay, so I stole part of the story line from Finding Nemo . Dot is lost and Echo is trying to find her.  One thing I’m learning from The Sandman , because it’s like a radio play, is to have characters describe what the audience can’t see. So if there is a Zombie a

5 October 2021

  Song mood: Golden Years by David Bowie. It’s been a while since I watched A Knight’s Tale with Heath Ledger. I’m thinking of the banquet scene where everyone is dancing to this song. It’s been a rough couple of days. On Sunday, I felt like my chest was tight. I was wheezing and coughing. I’ve been taking over the counter allergy pills. I must admit, that I feel better since taking the last pill. I will need to talk with my doctor about these things. I just hate the idea of taking an allergy test. So probably, those walks around the lake were not a good idea. Especially if it’s allergies, with all the dust being scattered during harvesting. At any rate, I found it tougher to breath for the last couple of days. I am working my way to being healthier. Tonight I did some meal prep. Chicken stir fry.  Then I think I will add low impact weight lifting. And pilates. I want to strengthen my core.  A long time ago, I tore the ligaments of my lower back. Which doctors told me there was

2 October 2021

  Song mood: Monster Mask by Pomplamoose. Being tired goes without saying. I thought I was going to write a two page story every day for October for my official website. But I still haven’t navigated through the apathy I have for my writing. Last year on this website, I wrote my thoughts about ghost stories I listened to, until someone made fun of the fact that I needed to post something every day. Then I stopped. Maybe I will write horror stories, just not as many as I thought I would. Today, I am going to make an effort for my writing. I’m going to sit down and do something. I don’t know what, but I will do something. My daily poems that I post on social medial will still have the theme of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark . I finally learned 8 form Tai Chi. It will be a staple of my practice during the winter. Then, in spring, I will probably learn Chen style 36 form. And maybe the Tai Chi sword form as well. I’ll know more next year. Among all the things that I’m learning