Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Latest! The Very Latest!


Wow, what a week....

OK, yes, I know, I haven't updated in a week, I'm sorry. I realize that the trauma caused by separation anxiety has likely left you in an addled, discombobulated state for which the only remedy is fast food, chocolate, coffee and foot rubs. I'm sorry. It's nothing personal... I have just been otherwise occupied, in a very positive way. Let's just say, homelife has been at an all-time high these past couple weeks. Whoever has been praying for us, thank you, and please continue....

You'd think with a whole week going by that I'd have tons to talk about. But really, not much...

Work has been going great. Homelife is great. Church is great. My spiritual walk is great. My finances are... well, if not great, then at least good. My hobbies and interests are interesting (you could say great, I suppose). I'm riding high, and trying to enjoy it while it lasts. I hope it lasts forever, but I'm not pollyannish enough to actually think that it will. But until then!



I feel like that...

So, I bet you're just dyin' to know where the plans stand, as far as what I'm gonna do for my birthday, right? I mean, you need to know, right? That's why you checked in, yes? Well, let me enlighten you...

We initially were going to do Vegas in late August. Then I contemplated just staying in San Diego, like in a downtown hotel, and doing stuff here that I've either never done, or haven't done in a long while. You know, Padre game, harbor cruise, nice restaurants, ferry to Coronado, the Zoo, etc. But hotel prices downtown are really high, especially in August, compared to Vegas. But really, we're not interested in gambling, just staying someplace nice and eating great food. Staying local would save on airfare, and keep us nearby in case of emergency, but that's about it.

So at the moment, I'm leaning toward a combination of the two. Spend the weekend here in San Diego, and fly out to Vegas for two nights, and stay at a nice place out there (I'm thinking Vdara). When we're in San Diego, we'll just sleep at home each night, and run around during the days. Maybe involve the kids, too. We'll see. All that to say, it's looking like this year's birthday will be what I'd hoped last years was going to be (but wasn't).

Funny, the highs and lows. I think I've experience the extreme examples of both this year so far.


So I'm still reading The Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms, by NK Jemisin. It's quirky, almost schizophrenic in its presentation, which is a style I haven't encountered in Fantasy before. I don't mean to say that in a negative way. At the moment, it's still moving along well. Though, again, I can't help but think stories written in the first person perspective are limited in what they can accomplish.

That reminds me, I've had another (what I feel is a) brilliant idea for another novel. What the heck is wrong with me!?!?! The good thing about this idea is that, by it's nature, the story/novel would be small in scope, so the odds of finishing it once I started it would be much higher than my two current lost loves.

I also picked up a couple new books for my Kindle App the other day. Amazon was having a nice sale, with tons of books between $1 and $3. I bought Elfsorrow by James Barclay ($1), Hunter's Run by GRRM, G. Dozois and D. Abraham ($2), and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark ($2). That last one was well-reviewed by Logan, so that was the deciding factor for me in that case. The other two just looked good.


Reminds me of a video series I saw one time, where this guy who worked at a music store recorded examples of the aggravating, tedious nonsense he had to put up with each day while working, just so he could show his friends and family who always said, "You work at a music store? That must be so awesome!"

In fact, lemme see if I can find one of those vids... BRB...



Here's a couple more...

I have nothing else to say. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Wait, I don't think I've ever posted this "building mapping" clip before. It's from Vimeo, so as usual, full-screen, high-def for best results. Oh, and crank up the speakers a bit more, eh?


The 600 Years from the macula on Vimeo.


I admit, I'm a sucker for a nice building-mapping video. Here's another cool one...

Adios for now.

Dave the Sucker

4 comments:

logankstewart said...

I hope you like JS&MN. It seems polarizing. I absolutely loved it, but I know some who can't get into it. I found the writing style and setting fascinating. So good luck with that!

And good luck with the rest of the greatness that's going on over there.

Michelle said...

Enjoy the greatness!

Here's the key:

Don't expect it to stop!

Blessings to you and your family.

Drydoryssus said...

I've got nothing to say either ...

Anonymous said...

Dave,
So glad to hear you're livin' large!

Las Vegas is a pit, I sure wish I could recommend another cheap get-away with great food and cheap lodging, but I'm not that kind of internet-surfer. The lights at night are sure pretty, and at least you and wifey can have a mini-vacation.

Didn't know about the "sale" section for Kindle! Thanks for the update.

Why isn't "Staireway to Heaven" on that list? Or am I dating myself :)

Beth A.