Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
In junior high, I stumbled across David Eddings, and a similar thing happened. The Belgariad became a series that carried me through many math classes that I didn't care about. And in high school? A Creative Writing teacher who finally introduced me to Robert E. Howard proper? (He also introduced me and a few friends to Dungeons & Dragons. He swore us to secrecy about meeting at his house over the weekend to game as he didn't want it getting out at school that he was teaching D&D to his students. I think the statute of limitations on that has passed on that . . . )
I've been a fan for years. (During all this time, I was reading other genres, of course.)
So when I started feeling the draw toward writing, I wanted to write fantasy.
Thing is, I've never had any real success at it. Not only in the sales department, but in the actually-being-happy-with-what-I-wrote department. I liked my set-ups, and some of my characters, but things never quite gelled.
It took me a long time, but I finally shelved that urge. I write . . . just not fantasy right now. And I'm good with that. I'm enjoying what I'm writing now. And I still read Howard, but haven't read a lot of fantasy seriously (outside of Martin) since.
Then Bren came home from work last night with a copy of LEGO Lord of the Rings. We like the Lego videogames - they're puzzle-based, they're co-op, they're fun - so I'm not complaining about that. It was a BLAST playing a game with my wife last night.
But those sword-on-sword sound effects ring out, that Howard Shore Lord of the Rings music plays, and my brain starts to itch again. And then I start thinking about writing fantasy.
Sigh. Curse you, LEGO . . . CURSE YOU! Don't you know I have a super Zecret project in the works? A collection of short stories I need to edit? Why? WHY?
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Thursday Thirteen is a recurring feature here at Plan D in which I post a list of 13 items/movies/books/etc. of any given category. October is over, which means, with the occasional clearance sale, Halloween is already a distant memory in the collective mind of the masses. And I already miss it . . . especially for the following thirteen reasons.
- Non-horror-specific podcasts going all-horror-all-month. I don't just listen to horror-related podcasts, and it's nice to hear them all get into the spirit of things during the month of October.
- Horror movies all over the place. When was the last time I walked into a Walmart or Target and saw horror movies in the check-out lane? Last October. Sure, I probably either already had them or didn't want them, but it's still nice to look over when I'm paying for groceries and can see Pinhead or Elvira looking back at me.
- Horror "stuff" all over the place. Even places like Powell's City of Books put up a bit more than normal in terms of mood-setting in their Horror aisle.
- Wearing my horror- or monster-themed t-shirts. Granted, I wear them all year 'round, but I feel like I can puff out my chest a bit more.
- The weather. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and it rains a lot, but the temperature, the nip in the air, the moisture . . . October weather makes me REALLY happen, even if it gets a little wet.
- No one looks twice at my monster-/horror-movie artwork/memorabilia at work.
- People in my life that don't normally talk horror movies with me not humoring me when it comes up in conversation.
- Not feeling bad about blowing my weight-loss goals over eating bowls of Franken Berry or Count Chocula.
New Seasons Market.
- Halloween-specific businesses. I didn't go to any haunted houses this year (next year I'll plan better!), and, unfortunately, Brenda and I didn't make it out to any corn mazes, but I fantasize about these being available to me anytime I want to hop in the car and go to one. And while most of the Spirit Halloween stores are usually a nightmare (and not in a good way) to visit, knowing that there's one over by one of the bookstores I probably spend too much time/money at was a bit comforting.
- Horror films in the theater. I was able to see Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and Night of the Living Dead theatrically this past October, and if I rearranged my calendar, I could have seen the original Halloween and Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn. A drive to Seattle would have put me in front of Phantasm. How often do opportunities like this come up? Other than in October, that is . . .
-Having a ready excuse to put off anything and everything because, hey, "It's Halloween."
(And, as a bonus, the best thing about the first few days/first week after Halloween? The sales. This weekend, we're so making the rounds at various stores in the neighborhood. Halloween costume supplies? Halloween make-up? Even Halloween-themed fabric at the fabric store? Good thing I get paid on Friday . . . )