Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Check In

In order to make it easier for me to stay in touch, I thought I would borrow a bit from some other other authors and just try and write a bullet style check in once a week.  That way, if you are at all interested, we can stay a bit more connected even if I don't necessarily have something particularly insightful to say or perhaps, I'm busy doing other things and don't feel like I have the time to write a blog post.  This takes away many, if not any, excuses.  Feel free to contact me and gripe up a storm if I don't follow through.  Please.  There is nothing like fan driven pressure.

Without further ado, let the bullets begin:

Currently I have three ideas in various stages of conception—I say conception because none of them have risen to draft status as yet.  One is a new young adult trilogy and the other two are not.  Of the adult books, one is contemporary, the other fantasy more along the Abercrombie/Martin line.

As to Scarlet, I am at the mercy of the publishing world at the moment.  Both book four, The Barrier's Fall and book five The Shattered Throne are written, however both are still in editing and post production.

Like most of the world I currently have Westeros taking up a great deal of headspace in my monkey brain.  While I very much wished I could have waited for the books to finish, the HBO series is just too compelling and I am weak.  Like you, I await the conclusion this coming Sunday with great anticipation and bit of sadness.  Hopefully, someday soon, the Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring will fill the void.

My wife and I are currently binge watching—for us that is the same show, one episode a night—West World.  At this stage, I'm fascinated, but impatient.  Verdict is still out.

Mythos by Stephen Fry.  So far so good.  I'm a big fan of Stephen Fry—his reading of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes ranks as one of the greatest audio books of all time—but this is the first book of his I've read.  It's a retelling of the great myths, focusing on the Gods and Titans mostly.

Just finished The Iliad, The Odyssey and The Aeneid.  I would recommend them all for their educational merits, but the only one of the three I truly and thoroughly enjoyed was The Odyssey.  The Iliad had moments that I enjoyed very much, but at times was quite dry and I was not found of The Aeneid.

Still playing, although still not very good, Hearthstone, mostly on my phone when I should be reading or writing.

On the Xbox, we are mostly playing The Division.  I live near D.C. so not only is the game solid and a lot of co-op fun, its pretty wild to wander (virtually) around a city I know pretty well.

Enough for now.  Happy Reading.

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