Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Twaddle: Love Me, Hate Me, Just Spell My Name Correctly

You still here? I'm so glad.

The publishing world has spun off its axis of late. A publisher sues a blogger, a world-renowned author may or may not have defended pedophiles, and now an author brags about stalking a reviewer. I consider myself normal, such as it is. I read all this and feel I've missed the boat - I'm not cray-cray enough for a big book contract. What watchtower do I have to climb to get some attention?

Look, I appreciate reviews of my books, good and bad. They are not for me, but for other readers. I read books, too, and will review as I see fit. If you don't like my books, don't feel afraid to say so. Just get my name right, is all I ask. People have misspelled it for 40+ years.

My most recent book: Technically, I guess the book I've not yet published is now one I can discuss. I have submitted Busted! (the title may change) to a few publishers that accept sweet romance and novella-length stories for digital-only imprints. Too early to tell, but if nothing pans out I'm giving serious consideration to lengthening the story to at least category length, something suitable for a sweeter Harlequin line. I wouldn't be afraid of sexing up the story, but the plot doesn't plausibly call for it. Anyway, I'm mulling that over now. 

In the meantime, you can read what I have available at Amazon. If you enjoy hilarious (intentional) thrillers, I have 'em.

Reading Stuff: I'm still on the same four books as last week, making little progress. Lately I find reading exhausts me, and I think it's because I have not had much time for it. I'm eager to finish these books, but I have an hour before bed and I'm dozing after I turn a page. Sucks getting old.

Watching Stuff: I'm going back and forth with the Third and Twelfth Doctors right now. If you read my other blog, you'll see what I mean. I find it's a good way to binge, adds some variety to watching and I can tell if any Twelve stories are recycled plots are not. It may be too early to tell on that front, but the more I watch the more I suspect it was the case with Ten.

Food: I've been thinking about subscribing to one of those snack box deal thingies. You pay twenty bucks a month for nuts and goji berries, etc. It sounds neat, but from experience I know it's a pain in the ass to stop a subscription. This past week I went to The Fresh Market and bought some snacks to keep by my chair - wasabi rice crackers, chocolate covered cashews, dried mixed berries, and something called World Peas, BBQ flavor. I thought they were chickpeas, but I picked up green peas instead. They are pretty good, and something nobody else in the house will eat, so I'll see if this lasts the month and will make up another "box" in November.

Writing: Two thousand words recently, but they are for myself. I'm giving more thought to doing that for a while. Ditching personal social media and just kvetching on paper (as Leslea Newman called it) until inspiration strikes.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday Twaddle: With More Jethro Tull Than the RRHoF

Until I get my shit together, I'll devote more time to blogging. I'd feel better if life played out like a sitcom, with all conflicts resolved in 22 minutes. Things don't happen for me like that, so each week I'll recap my crazy, slow-motion life. :)

Have you noticed this is the third time I've used that intro?

My most recent book: Killing the Kordovas was inspired partly by a trip to the Comedy Cellar in New York City. I had the great fortune of seeing a hilarious lineup that included Jim Norton and Colin Quinn, with Ardie Fuqua as the MC. Ardie, sadly, was one of the people injured in the bus crash this summer with Tracey Morgan and James McNair (RIP). I keep sending positive mojo his way and hope he'll take the stage again.

Anyway, the audio version is now for sale and it already has a five-star rating, one I didn't give. Cool.

Reading Stuff: I can't read just one book at a time. Right now I have four open: Perfidia by James Ellroy; Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; and a Billy Joel biography. The Ellroy is a library book, so I'll bear down on that one more this week. Ellroy is heavy but fast reading once you focus on it. BTW, there's a Twitter discussion about the scariest books ever, and my vote goes to Ellroy's Blood on the Moon. Seriously, you'll piss yourself.

I've seen the latest list of Rock and Roll HoF nominees this week. A meh list this go around - no Yes, Jethro Tull, or Deep Purple. I suppose that's to be expected when the people who run the show don't give a fig about hard/prog rock. Rush and Genesis were a gift, albeit late ones. If I had to predict the Class of 2015: Sting, Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, NWA, and Stevie Ray. Not saying they are all worthy, but some are industry darlings and it is a club, after all.

Joan Jett should go in, but I have a feeling it will be a near miss once again.

Watching Stuff: I figured out how to watch Downton Abbey so I don't have to wait until next year. I probably will, anyway, since I don't watch much television and football season will have ended. New series is okay so far - I just find it interesting that we've gone twelve years in time and nobody has aged except the kids.

Food: I'm thinking about subscribing to one of those organic snackboxes. You pay ten bucks a month and you get dried chickpeas and wasabi pretzels and some-such. My only fear is when I'm ready to stop they won't let me.

Writing: No writing this week. I just can't get back into the groove. I've spent too much time feeling sorry for myself, and that's easier to do than write.

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    Review: And Now...An Oral History of Late Night With David Letterman by Brian Abrams

    AND NOW...An Oral History of AND NOW...An Oral History of "Late Night with David Letterman," 1982-1993 by Brian Abrams

    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    A short and quick read, as to be expected from a Kindle single. I've read a number of books about/by stand-up comedy, and of the "talk show wars," and this provides an informative bridge to "Late Night's" backstage. You hear pretty much from the writing staff, a few guests, and others, but neither Dave nor Paul. Maybe a bit overpriced for the length of story you get.

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