Sunday, 30 September 2012

Distraction-worthy Links, and the Next Round of ROW80

Got my Amanda Palmer Kickstarter Deluxe Edition the other day! (Most of this post is about distractions from writing...)

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra: Theatre is Evil

I've been listening to the album nonstop.

Meanwhile, Amanda and Neil Gaiman will be on an upcoming episode of Amoeba Records' What's In My Bag?

This is awesome! So far I've watched Noel Gallagher, Tim Burgess, Elijah Wood (that episode ended with an old Turkish song, though they didn't say why), and Johnny Marr. I miss buying records.

Which dovetails to: blogfest coming up on 15 October! The Nineties Blogfest (love the Jarvis cutout!):


"Choose one thing from each year from 1990 to 1999, be it a film, a TV show, a radio show, a particular episode of a TV or radio show, a piece of theatre, a book, a comic, a song, an album, a gig, a piece of artwork, something online or something else entirely, and then tell us what you love about it."

Speaking of videos, has anyone else seen Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? I've watched three episodes so far.

Then there's the list of 25 things missing from The Hobbit trailer. Especially the Gaffer. And number 7: "Any fleck of fire or flame from Smaug. The infamous dragon is not in evidence besides his name being mentioned. Since his is the prime threat and the motivation for Thorin and Company, it would've been very appropriate to see just a tail swooshing or a shadow across the moon perhaps" and number 9: "The Sackville-Bagginses, anyone? You know they want Bilbo's furniture as badly as Thorin wants that Arkenstone."

And Duff McKagan, who says that "Bookstores to me these days are like what my experience was in the past of going to a bar or maybe even a strip club... I'm like a kid in a candy store when facing shelves and shelves of books." Thanks to him, I picked up a "Factoid about The Great Gatsby: Hunter S. Thompson typed every word in this book four different times, just to get the "feel" of writing perfect fiction"

Seattle Weekly also had a recent post on The 10 Best Songs About Books. They forgot quite a few however, especially The Smiths' Handsome Devil ("there's more to life than books you know but not much more") and The Booklovers by The Divine Comedy:


The next round of ROW80 starts tomorrow! I'm going to make things easy on myself this round - I'll keep typing up Fred and Lyne's story, which I'm slowly starting to call Druid's Moon. And I've got to keep querying Out of the Water!

What's everyone else working on?

11 comments:

Linda Jackson said...

Congrats on getting your manuscript out into queryland, Deniz. I hope you get some requests soon!!! :)

Nas said...

Hi Deniz!

All the best with the queries.
Hmmmm....the Nineties was fun so the Blogfest sounds fun too!

Theresa Milstein said...

A 90s blogfest sounds like so much fun! I'm going to have to think about this one.

I'm working on overhauling a middle grade novel I originally wrote 6 years ago. I'm about 10-15k from the end. I'm feeling good about it. We'll see...

Good luck querying!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks Linda and Nas!

Good luck, Theresa! And I hope you participate in the blogfest too :-)

Susan Fields said...

That 90s blogfest sounds like fun! And good luck with your writing and querying! I'm still revising my wip - slowly but surely.

featherpenstartandreams said...

I am working on a final edit of my first book before formatting for self-publishing. Can you say nervous?? Also catching up on my blog reading after taking a mini vacation :D

Glad you've set an easy schedule for the last round, especially with the holidays coming up. Good luck with the story.

Melanie

alberta ross said...

the blogfest sounds fun must remember to read them - can't commit to doing - well done on query and all best for this round:)

nutschell said...

lots of great songs from the nineties::) Congrats on getting your queries out there! I will definitely have to start with mine soon:)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

The Golden Eagle said...

That's an interesting list about The Hobbit trailer.

Good luck with your writing and querying!

Lena Corazon said...

Good luck with the queries, Deniz! And I love this list of links. Definitely distraction worthy. :P

Glad to see you're back for this round of ROW80!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks, Susan and nutschell!

Good luck, Melanie!

Aww, hope you have a chance to participate, Alberta!

Thanks, Eagle. Did you see? New Tolkien book coming next year!

Thanks, Lena!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Alexandria by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Hermit Crab by Peter Porter (poem)
  • The Hidden Land by Private Irving (poem; http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2017/02/bits-n-pieces-writers-houseparty.html)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
  • beta read! (JB)
  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • see the 2016 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2016/12/annual-books-read-statistics-2016.html
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html