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the Joy and the Movement and the Dead

Due to my wife’s birthday today, my work sched was rearranged. I did no editing on Cities That Eat Islands. After taking her out for breakfast and to the mall and other refinements, I managed to finish the Miki files. All 11 novels are snazzy with nifty fonts and a design at the chapter head for those into that. Also the chapter breaks are more defined. I don’t think they will get more professional than this. All sales channels should be updated in a few days (kindle, nook, apple, kobo, etc,)

I plan to do the same for the older books but since you people only read my Miki books I’m not rushing. Definitely this year though. Sooner than later.

I’ll get back to editing tomorrow.

Bought my wife the blu Arrow edition of George Romero’s Season of the Witch aka Hungry Wives. This movie hasn’t been rereleased in maybe fifteen years or so and on DVD by Anchor Bay(?) Looks like it has a longer version of the film as well.

Also got her Insidious 4 which we saw in the theater.

She was excited to say the least.

Next up, the anniversary in less than two weeks.

Finished reading The Godfather today. Besides the poppiness of it and how ripe it was to be filmed, I noticed the structure and wondered if Quentin Tarantino was influenced a bit by the book. He has stated how his movies are literary and his structure certainly seems influenced by Puzo’s plot structure for this book.

Two striking deaths yesterday.

Glenn Branca: guitarist and composer dies at age 69

For lack of a better word, Branca was a genius and an inspiration. His contribution to punk, art, and life was immense. I have many of his movements performed by his guitar orchestras and his work with Theoretical Girls on my shelves.  His work has brought such joy and spiritual movement. He has also influence many of the greatest musicians of our time and will probably continue to do so.

Margot Kidder, star of Superman films, dies at 69

Of course every one knows her for being Lois Lane in the only Superman movie that matters. But for the freaks, she was that insane, drunken college girl with the best lines that you couldn’t help but feel a little sad for in Bob Clark’s Black Christmas and the other disturbed twin in DePalma’s Sisters. She had other memorable roles, but those two I hold close to my heart, that move me the most.

 

 

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A Cheap Full Moon Trick

Draft 2 of Cities that Eat Islands is past the halfway mark and moving along. I ran into a part where I wanted to add a scene but was too lazy to write it. I’ve done that before. Either I’ll save it for the end or I’ll just skip it all together. I don’t know yet. Depends how lazy I feel and how important it really is to the story and the character it involves.

Also I’ve been cutting a lot of words from the draft. Not drastic. But a lot which I’m happy with.

The paper back proof for Blood Like Cherry Ice (Miki 3) came in the mail today. The new cover looks great. I approved it with the distributer so it should be available in the stores in the next few days. I’ll post a picture soon. I like how the font is like cherry ice. I’ll start the Surly Girl  paper back next.

Dented The Godfather pretty deep. It’s as good as I remember from when I was a kid. Although I think I like The Sicilian better. I need to read that again. Interesting how the book was written in 1970(?) and it takes place in 1948 (?) but it’s not heavy with historical detail. I think if it was written today a publishing house would have Puzo rewrite it to be more historically detailed. Not that he would. It feels like the pulp books written in that time, as if it was written in 1948. I like that.

D finally got his report card today. Had to pick it up from the office since his teacher is still scared of me. (long story). He did great. One C and the rest As and Bs. The program is really hard and stressful. He works hard. I’m proud of him. I hope he’s proud of himself.

Only got to watch half of Gingerdead Man vs Evil Bong. As expected it had the same humor from both films. And as expected it had too long flashbacks from both series to fill up space even though the movie runs 80 minutes. A cheap Full Moon trick. Oh, well. I should finish it tomorrow.

Interesting articles I read today:

College Removes Instructors as Students Find Their #MeToo Moment 

This one takes place at my old school, SVA. I sort of knew Frumkes. I never had his classes. But fuck him. I’m glad he got what he got. He was also well known in the horror genre for a few trash films and the documentary, Document of the Dead, about the making of Dawn of the Dead. Glad George Romero isn’t alive to see this.

Stillwater man with autism rarely speaks, except through his art  

This is a great story about a kid with severe autism who makes brilliant art. Definitely a good note to end your day on.

Facing the Other Way

Haven’t been writing anything new lately. I still have two pages of that crime story I started many weeks ago that I want to finish. I’m pretty sure I can finish it in Dec before I start the new novel in January. Pretty sure.

I have finished up editing that longer sci-fi short story Orange Flecks and sent it out to a market. Got two other sci-fis waiting to hear back from, plus a handful of other markets that are taking forever to respond. Pony express. So there’s that.

Been working more as a publisher lately than as a writer so it’s not like I haven’t been Peanut Shellsproductive. Did the holiday sale (all miki novels on sale thru holidays) and publishing a new short story every month. Been consistent the last three months. Just uploaded Decembers story early, Peanut Shells, so expect that in the next few days.

So yeah, I should be able to finish that crime short for the year.

Been also researching the new novel. Lots of reading on 1920 and 1960. Funny how I picked those years. Seems they both had similar social upheaval. Some cosmic force must have been tainting my subconscious. I don’t know. Or maybe not. Just hope I can make a good story out of it.

Speaking of reading, I finished this monster of a story called Facing the Other Way: the story of 4AD. You know the British record label with the amazing art design that started in 1980 by Ivo. Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coyle, Cocteau Twins to Throwing Muses, Lush, Pixies, Breeders, and on.


Like I said, a monster of a book chock full of POV/quotes, but so worth it. The writer not only delves into Ivo and the staff’s head, but also into the designer, Vaughn, and the band’s stories, which I found interesting since a lot of my favorites were in there. I’m a big Pixie, Throwing Muses, and Lush head, and even through I read a lot of books and press about them, this one gave me even more.