Happy New Year

My schedule was a little wonky while I was off work. I wrote for four days and got a lot accomplished, but I forgot to post an update on Sunday. Oops. It’s been a while since I made a substantial post, so I suppose today is the day to finally take some time and make an update. I’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice now and I actually liked it more the second time. I think I’ll go see it one more time while it’s still in theaters. Rey is definitely my favourite Star Wars hero of all time. I’m really looking forward to the next movie to see how her story continues. Ahh, only another year and a half. . .

In that same vein, I’m going to be reading Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig) as my next book. As a quick side note, Wendig did a Q&A session in the class I took last year that was super interesting. I’m looking forward to reading some more of his work. But before I do that, I have to finish reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver which is REALLY GOOD. Prior to that, I read Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente which I may have already mentioned. The reason I bring it up is that I love how different these two books are and how good they both are. They both have multiple narrators but follow the different stories in such different ways. And the writing. . . Palimpsest has such rich prose. The descriptions are just beautiful to read. The story pops in and out of the world as we know it and another more magical world. Prodigal Summer, on the other hand, is firmly planted in the real world and the Characters have such strong voices. Both are excellent books if anyone is looking for something good to read.

On the comic front, I’m loving Brian K. Vaughan’s new series Paper Girls. I think I’m even enjoying it more than Saga. I know that Vaughan tends to put his life into his comics (i.e. Y the last man was about learning about women in a more realistic way that society had taught him while he went from dating to marrying his wife, Saga was about marriage and having a child), I’m curious what he’s working out in this book. Probably his kids growing up into little people rather than babies/adolescents.

I’m also pleased that Pretty Deadly has been releasing more issues lately. I’ve been reading that and Bitch Planet which are both by Kelly Sue Deconnick. She is excellent. Lastly, on the new comics front, I’m really into BPRD and Rat Queens. BPRD is really solid as always and Rat Queens, oh Rat Queens, I wish you had new issues like every other day.

I just can’t seem to get enough and with only 14 issues, there’s just not enough of this world to make me happy.

On the old comics front, I started reading Locke and Key and damn it’s fantastic. I’m reading one trade per month, so I’m not too far into it yet, but what great writing in such a creative and unique world.

My writing. . . As I said I got some extra days in while I was not working over the holidays. I’ve finished writing the additional chapters at the beginning of the story to give a better intro to Abel. Now I’m working on the story arc just a little to provide a more consistent narrative that explains why things are happening more directly. I’m filling in the spaces that didn’t make it from my head to the page. Once I have that done, I’m just going to do a rewrite to punch up the prose.

That’s where we are. It’s January 10th, we’re well into this new year and I’ve got some work to do. I hope you all had a lovely end of the year in whatever way you choose to celebrate or not celebrate (I walked with my son to the gas station at 11 PM on New Year’s Eve, then we sat and watched Buffy and ate junk food as the year flipped over).

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