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

  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta read!
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • 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