#AmConsuming: Super Heroes are Super Distracting

April has been a weird month so far, hence me posting this almost halfway into it. I’ve been binge-watching Supergirl on Netflix the last few weeks, and I really can’t get enough of this show.

It’s basically taken over my life, and with Avengers: Endgame coming out in a couple weeks, the super hero hype train is real.

#AmFinished

The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future, Joseph E. Stiglitz, (audiobook)

I reviewed this here.

A Crown of Swords, Robert Jordan

I ended up really enjoying this book, the seventh in The Wheel of Time series. Despite the sometimes sluggishness of the plot, there were some truly surprising and exciting moments, especially near the end.

Parador, Peter A. Dixon

Yes, I finally finished this book on Wattpad. Overall, it’s good.

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The Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan

I jumped right into the next book in this series for the first time since… I started reading it. I’m not really far enough into it to comment yet.

Everything Trump Touches Dies, Rick Wilson (Audible)

This book is more cathartic than informative. Wilson is a GOP strategist and one of the founding members of the Never Trump movement. His rants against the president and his cohorts are unforgiving, and he manages to provide a lot of intriguing insight into how political strategists think and operate.

Although his audience is definitely other opponents of Trump (including those on the left), this book is not for the faint of heart. He has more than a few sharp words for Democratic leaders who have failed to evolve their campaign strategy in over a decade and effectively lost their base. (I basically agree with him on that point, but that’s for another time.)

Something on Wattpad

I haven’t chosen my next Wattpad book, but I have a handful of interesting fantasy and sci-fi stories on my reading list.

#AmWatching

Supergirl, Netflix

I’m on season three of the CW’s Supergirl show, and I love it. Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood are charming, and their on-screen chemistry is entirely authentic (which makes sense, because the two actors are now engaged).

This show has a great cast with compelling character arcs. Most of the villain showdowns are a little predictable, but those usually tend to be beside the point. Thanks to some crossover events with other DC hero shows, I’ve gotten glimpses of ArrowThe Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.

The portrayal of Green Arrow comes off as flat to me, and I couldn’t really get past the first couple episodes when I tried to watch it. But Flash seems like an engaging, likable character. That may just be my next show. I don’t really know anything about the Legends of Tomorrow, and their minor appearance in Supergirl didn’t really sway me one way or the other.

The point is, Supergirl  is fun, funny, emotionally poignant without being cheesy, and extremely well acted from top to bottom.

Short List

That should give you a good idea of what I’ve been up to recently. With a new round of job applications going out this week, I’ve been otherwise occupied, mentally. Supergirl and my readings have provided some much needed escapes.

Speaking of escapes, we’re visiting some family coming up, so I’ll be posting more traveler’s haiku from the road, with pictures!

Steve D

#AmConsuming: Too Much Streaming Content = No Streaming, Plus Audible!

Now that you all know that I haven’t been writing much for the last month, I think it’s only fair that I shed some light on what I have been doing.

Welcome to #AmConsuming January. Like my new writing updates, I’m going to try this as a monthly series. Continue reading “#AmConsuming: Too Much Streaming Content = No Streaming, Plus Audible!”

Steve’s To Be Read List!

My reading has been slow this year, but I’ve made a concerted effort o branch out of my fantasy and/or history realms. After finishing Skylights a few weeks ago, I had to think about what I would read next.

Currently Reading…

The Long Patrol, by Brian Jacques

Image result for the long patrolI’ve talked about the Redwall  series a bit in this space. After spotlighting this very book as one of my all-time favorites last year, I decided I needed to go back and read it as an adult.

I probably read The Long Patrol three or four times before I was 16, but it has been a long time since my last venture into Jacques’s playful, but dangerous world. Forty-some pages in and I love it!

To Be Read… hopefully this year…

Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan

WoT06 LordOfChaos.jpgThis is book six of the Wheel of Time series. It has been several months since I read book five, so I feel like I need to read this before I forget everything. Entering book six of a 14-book series is a bit daunting, since the middle part of any series tends to drag a bit.

All the same, this one is shipping to my house as we speak (along with book seven, for good measure).

Caught, by M.L.S. Weech

Image result for caught mls weechShout-out to my blogging friend and fellow Marylander! I picked up Caught when I attended Weech’s launch event at a comic book shop in Glen Burnie.

This has been on my TBR shelf since then, and I swear I’m going to read it this year.

Caught happens to be a different flavor of book than I’m used to — speculative fiction — so I’m excited to dive into uncharted genre territory with an author I actually know (like, in real life). I trust that Weech will be an excellent guide.

Oriental Mythology, by Joseph Campbell

Image result for oriental mythology joseph campbellI need to mix up my reading list a bit with some more academically tinged writing. I started reading Volume II of Campbell’s four-volume series, The Masks of God some time ago.

I just never finished it. I read the first few chapters on the beach, and it was beautiful and poignant and eye-opening. I’m hoping to capture that feeling again when I go to OBX next month.

A Crown of Swords, by Robert Jordan

Image result for crown of swordsLet’s face it, I may just need to dive back into book seven of this mega-series to keep myself sated. I’d like to limit the number of books I read between each installment to less than five.

If I get through this novel relatively quickly, I’ll be halfway through the series, and it only would have taken me… three years!

Steve D

Friday Write-Day: Top 5 Favorite Books!

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I was prompted earlier this week to post my top five favorite books of all time by Mr. MLS Weech, a real-live published author and blogger-buddy. So props to you sir, for making me want to write about my favorite books! (His blog is full of insightful pieces on the writing and publishing process – check it out.)

Now then, thinking about my favorite books was surprisingly difficult, because my reading preferences tend to fall into three broad and diverse categories: Continue reading “Friday Write-Day: Top 5 Favorite Books!”

Friday Write-Day: Revisions Abound

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Revising 12 pages minimum per day has been… more work than I had imagined. So far, I’ve done all right in revising The Warden of Everfeld: Memento — 98 pages in and about a day behind my pace to finish September 23, as planned. I hope to catch up and build a nice cushion for myself this weekend.

I suppose it should not be too surprising that revising a novel actually takes longer than just reading it. Continue reading “Friday Write-Day: Revisions Abound”