I’ve been on a bit of a writing jag and if all goes well, I might have a first draft of something longer than a short story done in the next three days. This is unheard of because I edit as I go and then get bored or tired or lost.
Sean and N have been very supportive of my random questions, character dilemmas, and the time spent hunched over the computer, usually elbowing one of them off it. Then there is the housework. But for the blog, it is the books that have felt some neglect. And I have some great ones to read:
Wildwood by Colin Meloy (j) [a Powell’s Books and Portland (miss you) recommendation. Lead singer of Decemberists wrote this Narnia-ish adventure. He uses “irretrievably” I keep wanting to say “irrevocably,” but we’re getting along really well thus far.]
Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger (j) [N has already read this and assures me it is good!]
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt [thanks Powell’s Books again for a great looking recommendation. Am going to get my NorthWest fix.]
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok [forget at the moment who suggested this, but I read the first bit and it reads like liquid;looking forward to continuing.]
Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi (gn) [because I enjoy her work.]
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (j) [whom I am giving another try. Except I didn’t know this book was so massive (608 pages). Do we need full page images to feel immersed? And can we quit calling The Invention of Hugo Cabret “trailblazing?” I will be fair. I will be fair. Am hoping to be struck by wonder.]
And then there is R.I.P. VI :
Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestley (j) [per Carl V.’s recommendation for N (and me), but the library only had the one–the second one. But never fear, I will be finding the others. Meanwhile…]
The Road by Cormac McCarthy [I’ve been meaning to read this one, and what better excuse than a R.I.P challenge? Yes I saw the film and can still recommend it, though it is not for the faint of heart or stomach.]
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Edgar Allan Poe.
For Peril on the Screen: I’ve yet to figure out what I will be watching–other than Doctor Who [did anyone else tear-up Saturday, or fall a little more in love with Rory and Amy?–sigh.–I mean, didn’t you love the response to the refusal of a first inoculation?–scary!]
Sean watched M. Night Shyamalan written, John Erick Dowdle directed Devil (2010) on a lark. He said it was awful, and awfully predictable, as we thought. I would walk by periodically, to and from the computer, because I was writing. I kept wanting Keanu Reeves and John Constantine to show up and save the film.
Speaking of Peril for the Screen R.I.P. participants, did you see Logan’s review of Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried (2010) the other day? Do. I’m working up my nerve to watch it.