Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Clarke manages to craft a strange, and at times morbidly intriguing world. As humanity learns the answer to the age old question “are we alone?” Turns out the answer is no, but the Overlords are mysterious upon their first arrival. Being careful and selective on who they choose to interact , in terms of socially, diplomatically, and psychically. In some way the Overlords are more like the alien version of an anthropologist, observing without bias. Interacting, and guiding humanity as needed. Getting humanity to its next stage of life.
It has been an interesting eighteen days, as work gets ready to go back to being busy. Which, will be a nice change of pace to the snail’s pace drag summer has been. Yet, there is a small upside for work being slow. By now you have probably guessed what it is. If you guessed, “writing,” you are correct. Allowing me to do three things, which I would consider are beneficial. The first being, I can keep my routine of writing every day going. While the second is one, it frequently allows me to reach and surpass my two paragraph a day goal in each of the two stories I’m writing. The final thing is it allows me to type up small sections of chapters to catch up, and get the digital versions up to date. Now to up the goal for another two weeks to four paragraphs a day.
Every time I buy more books, I realize reorganizing my bookshelves is a lot like playing Jenga. Trying to keep everything stable, close together to keep everything from toppling over. Providing a challenge as you move books from shelf to shelf. Sometimes stacking books horizontally, and vertical at other times. Especially when in 7 days (8/1/16-8/7/16) you manage to pick up a good amount of books (pictures below).
The routine of writing two paragraphs a days is progressing well. Keeping the creative juices flowing, as I make sure to do that at minimum everyday. Some days are harder then others, while other days the creative juices are never-ending.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have heard it said “that is life is stranger than fiction,” and in the instance of this book it proves to be half-true at least. Especially given the real world history event at the focus of this book’s plot, the JFK assassination. While some of the events did happen, they are altered to suit the story in such a way it makes a brilliant, thought provoking tapestry.
Given the English teacher protagonist Jake/George sent down a rabbit hole , to stop Lee Harvey Oswald is odd, but smart choice. As Jake is forced to confront what is right, and what is wrong. Using a notebook given to him from a old friend he explorers Derry Maine first, to try to understand what he is told is true. Trying to save a former student of his, and his family from being killed by their drunk father on Halloween. Managing to succeed in that not once, but twice he arrives in Texas after a short stop in Florida. Living on borrowed time, he takes a substitute teacher position in Jodie, Texas. As he waits he meets Sadie who falls into his arms, literally. Eventfully Jake/George becomes a important member of the school in an unexpected way. Managing to fall in love with Sadie. Unfortunately time travel is not without residue, as she tragically dies to save JFK and his wife. Going back through the rabbit hole, he realizes his noble actions had horrible consequences. Returning once more to the past, he does what is necessary to keep the horrible future from happening. While I wont spoil the ending, it will surprise you.
The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Old style Noir with a dash of occult,and supernatural aspects. While a little slow to start, the world seems off as ghosts now live along side humans. Most of the people know who there ghosts are, everyone but Oscar. As things progress, the ghosts seem to be more harmful than helpful as ritualistic, and violent murders occurs. All with children as victims. Of course Oscar gets stuck with the case, and becomes almost obsessed with solving it.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3.5 out of five stars. While the main character Alex is interesting, as the story follows him and his life as a droog. However the heavy use of nonsensical slang, is a bit annoying to read at times. Let alone figure out what is going on, in Alex’s twisted mind. Yet there is something iconic in this twisted coming of age style tale.
Last year I shared my love for comic books, and books as one of the three posts I did for this. Unfortunately when I did that, I was in the middle of painting and remodeling my room making the pictures look sloppy, and unorganized. In some ways this is almost an amendment to last years post. Given for this year my cherished object, is my bookshelves.
I went through and mounted the brackets and shelving myself. Which is part of the reason I cherish them, ignoring what is on them for the moment. Part of it is a sense of pride in at how they came out.The first reason of three I chose for the Cherished Blogfest.
While there are some knickknacks that I do enjoy having. Some of which are a clear representation of geekier side. Take the Darth Vader Bobble-head seen early on in the first gif for example. I remember getting that my junior year of high school, when I went to New York for a robotics competition. Others are more representative of my love of strange, dark things.The various sized skulls seen in both gifs, represent my love of strange, dark things. Even some things like the Jack Skellingtion Bobble-head, and the small BeetleJuice picture are a balanced representation of both things. That is the second reason for my choice.
Then you have things like the three larger framed pictures in the second gif. I remember getting those at the first comic convention I went to. While that was a blast, I think that was when I realized I enjoyed being a nerd/geek. That I felt no shame in being one, which made me feel a sense of peace. I believe that is why I treasure them, and the memories. This it the final reason out of the three.
Originally I planned to do a video style tour, but realized two things the more I thought about. The first being, that could make a few hour video in its own right. While the second on is, my current WordPress plan doesn’t allow me to upload videos. Of course it didn’t help that I shot the first video upside down. Upside to that mistake, is I found out how to make gifs.
After a full month of writing every day, I will admit it has been productive. I imagine being determined to stick to it has allowed the creative juices to stay in constant flow, or as close to constant as they can be. Yet, I’m not sure how much I actually wrote since most days I passed my paragraph a day goal. Given the fruitful nature of it so far, I’m realizing it is time to increase it. Doubling the goal for next two weeks, than deciding how to proceed from there.
Even though I will admit, I have fallen slightly behind in typing them up. Which is seems to be simultaneously good, and bad. I should work on keeping the digital document version as updated as possible, just finding the time is a challenge. Maybe I just need more coffee, and less sleep, haha.
Now before I forget, I have now exceeded 125 followers on here. Thanks for the follow, everyone
It has been an odd couple weeks, between strangely slow and exhausting shifts at work, massive sinus headaches, and random patches of downed internet. Yet somehow it has been productive as well, as I have managed to write during some of the more dull moments at work. Adding a few chapters or so, into my post-apocalyptic/sci-fi story. Along with finishing two chapters in my noir/fantasy themed story idea. The more I write of the latter, the more it seems to blend into a strangely cohesive, but dark tapestry. Who would guess that combination of concepts would blend so well, not me for one. Now just to type the written pages up, which allows me edit and rearrange the flow some as I do.
I need some help/advice on crafting a magic system. Given the heavy influence and atmosphere of noir in the world, trying to create a magic system is a challenge. I have barely began to deal with the intricate nature of world, that has been merged by accident. Creating an pseudo-fantasy world, inside a world of tobacco smoke, crime, sex, and gunpowder. For the most part, I have tried to keep the world in a state of black and white. Using the magic to add a subtle shot of color, in a mostly colorless world. The beginning of the story can be found here. Any ideas, suggestions, or advice would be appreciated. Even someone to discuss ideas would also be appreciated. Thanks 🙂