(but not the wasting kind…wait, they’re both sort of the wasting kind aren’t they?)
Watched Inception over the weekend. Amazing!
Also watched the first couple episodes of “Louie.” Greatness. And thus Louis CK gets added to the pile of people to whom my wife compares me (a distinguished list that also includes Ricky Gervais and Larry David). I just have more hair.
I’m like Serpentor, if his DNA had been culled from and hilariously awkward comedians.
Reading-wise, I just finished up Michael Moorcock’s A Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy. It was a quick read, and a lot of fun. The stories get increasingly darker as you progress through the three books, which are essentially Moorcock’s deconstruction of Imperialism. I highly recommend them.
I’m chugging through China Miéville’s The Scar now, and it is as usual incredible. I picked up another fantasy book, a new book by a new writer (I think) at the same time, purely on impulse, but didn’t make it far. I will itemize the following rules for prospective fantasy writers:
- I should be able to tell the difference between the name of a person and the name of a city, artifact, or creature.
- There should not be a made-up word in every single paragraph.
- I no longer care about royalty (did I ever, I wonder?) or who/whatever else rules the kingdom.
I finished a story over the weekend, worked at it to get it to an easily sell-able flash length, then realized it is only the end of a story, and probably needs a good thousand words prior to where I start. Such is the life of a fiction writer.