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

  • The North Star is Nearer by Evelyn Eaton
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • Every Month Was May by Evelyn Eaton
  • Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan
  • secret beta!
  • Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
  • In Two Aeroplanes Over the Sea by Amanda Palmer (poem)
  • Jim at the Corner by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
  • 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