Thursday, May 31, 2012

Too many books at once . . .

We’ve got books all over the place: the bedroom, the closet, the living room, the dining room, sitting next to my computer, on my kindle wherever I happen to leave it sitting, etc.  The problem is that I typically don’t take the books with me from location to location whenever I start reading one.  Because of this, despite my inability to really track more than one fiction book at a time, I’ve got a handful of books “in process.”

Drives me nuts.

Right now, I'm working my way through two collections, which does make my multiple-simultaneous-readings a little easier to handle. The Robert E. Howard Reader edited by Darrell Schweitzer and Dreams In The Fire: Stories and Poetry inspired by Robert E. Howard edited by Mark Finn and Chris Gruber are sitting around here somewhere.  My Robert E. Howard fandom was sharpened after seeing Barbarian Days at this year's H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival, and while I've read both of these collections before, it's great to go back and revisit these stories and essays while being able to put some faces to some of the by-lines' names.

(I suspect I'll post more about Barbarian Days in the future here at Plan D.  I know I'll - finally - post about the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival soon . . . )

I'm also rereading The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys by Mick Farren.  I started out strong when I first cracked this paperback open again.  This was one of my favorite novels back in junior high school, and while I'm still enjoying the novel today, I'm finding even more in looking at the book and thinking about how it might have shaped me as a reader and writer.  It's a heavy science fiction book for an 8th-grader to get through considering some of the subject matter, and having changed quite a bit since then, I'm finding connections, enlightenments and just new meanings in the book.  I started rereading this several weeks ago (I'm around 75% finished with it now), then let it sit on the side of the bed for too long as I started going back to the Howard collections . . .

. . . and Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong by Mark Cotta Vaz.  This is another book I started, then let myself get distracted enough to read something else . . . excuses, excuses.  The thing is, this is a FASCINATING read.  I had NO IDEA Cooper did as many things as he did before entering the film industry, and everything he accomplished before creating King Kong.  The book is well-written and broken up into small page-or-two chunks that make it all too easy to sit aside, unfortunately, when I'm in the middle of something else.  I still dip into the pages a few times a day, though, and every time I open the book, I'm excited to learn more about Cooper and his friends and colleagues.

Right now, I've got a lot of other projects on my plate - writing, podcasting, etc. - but I'm glad that I'm able to spare a few minutes here and there to ground myself in the pages of a book.  (And don't get me started on the random stuff I have on my kindle!)  Now if only I could make myself focus on one at a time so I could actually finish them up . . .

. . . because there are plenty of other books to get to, I'm sure!

(There will be no Word Count Wednesday this week.  It's not that I'm not writing; I just managed to mismanage my non-writing time and needed to spend most of it working on the post-production of the latest episode of 1951 Down Place.)

1 comment:

Nicholas Strange said...

Hey Brother D...gotta say this post hits close to home and I can relate in a big way...it seems I've always got a few going, intermixed with some comic book series, and my own writing too....if only I could ditch that day job thing...

In any event, just started reading the blog after listening to MOZ and 1951 for awhile....good work all around.