January 13th, 2016


rage machine murder bot

Yesterday I woke up a rage machine murder bot. Ted suggested I stay home from the thing I was supposed to do and work instead, as the combination of the thing I was supposed to do and having done *no work* lately were the basic components of my rage, and although I should have done the thing I had a giant hot chocolate with a lot of whipped cream and wrote instead, and by noon I had mostly (mostly) thrown off the desire to murder absolutely everything.

I had to delete a chunk of REDEEMER and revise some and write new material. The good news is that it worked and I’m no longer completely stalled out. The bad news is it took me six weeks to figure out that was what I needed to do. The other good news is that I’ve reached 75K, which…is a milestone, anyway.

Excitingly (no, seriously), I’ve been given carte blanche for leaving the house Saturday morning and checking into a hotel and not returning until Sunday night so that I can do some Serious Writing. That should help a lot, both in terms of wordcount and my mental health. @.@

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


don’t tell me truth hurts

…little girl
’cause it hurts like hell

I wouldn’t have thought I’d have two posts to make about David Bowie, but then, I wouldn’t have really thought I’d have *one* post to make about him, so what do I know?

I’ve spent most of the last two evenings, when I’m not writing, going through my FB friends’ list and listening to all the Bowie songs they’ve linked to. Or rather, that was my plan. What actually happened was that on Monday evening a friend posted, “So I’ve been working on this list all day. One song from every Bowie album that, for one reason or another, is my choice today. Believe me, it wasn’t easy,” and I’ve actually spent the last two evenings listening to those 25 songs.

I knew *one* of them: Heroes. I’d heard two, possibly three, but although I own The Next Day I haven’t listened to it enough to *know* any of the songs, and I haven’t even finished listening to Blackstar yet. I fell in love with about half a dozen of them (Silly Boy Blue, Aladdin Sane, Be My Wife, Absolute Beginners, Beat On Your Drum, Strangers When We Meet, Slow Burn, nevermind, it must have been twelve or fifteen of them that really struck me), and listening to how each album was entirely its own thing, and the influences of the year/era on each of them, was just so cool.

Anyway, so I’m planning on seeing if I can get FB to cough up those individual songs people have posted (and still are posting), because I don’t think I saw a single repeat out of the dozens posted. Not even from Labyrinth, which, given the kinds of people I’m friends with, is sort of amazing. So I want to listen to as many of the songs as I can, the ones that were what people reached for the day that particular bit of music died.

David Bowie’s Walk-Off Grand Slam is what I was reaching for on Monday when I posted, except I would neither have gone with the sports metaphor or the essay-length introspection (because I didn’t :)). But it’s what I wanted to say.

Here’s Swan River Press’s full David Bowie playlist (YouTube links):
Blackstar (2016) – “I Can’t Give Everything Away
The Next Day (2013) – “Boss of Me
Reality (2003) – “Pablo Picasso
Heathen (2002) – “Slow Burn
“hours…” (1999) – “Thursday’s Child
Earthling (1997) – “Dead Man Walking
Outside (1995) – “Strangers When We Meet
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993) – “The Mysteries
Black Tie White Noise (1992) – “Jump They Say
Never Let Me Down (1987) – “Beat of Your Drum
Tonight (1984) – “Absolute Beginners
Let’s Dance (1983) – “Criminal World
Scary Monsters (1980) – “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
Lodger (1979) – “Look Back in Anger
“Heroes” (1977) – “Heroes
Low (1977) – “Be My Wife
Station to Station (1976) – “Station to Station
Young Americans (1975) – “Somebody Up There Likes Me
Diamond Dogs (1974) – “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)
Pin Ups (1973) – “Port of Amsterdam
Aladdin Sane (1973) – “Aladdin Sane
Ziggy Stardust (1972) – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
Hunky Dory (1971) – “Quicksand
The Man who Sold the World (1970) – “She Shook Me Cold
Space Oddity 1969 – “Janine
David Bowie 1967 – “Silly Boy Blue

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)