We arrived in Minneapolis last Monday. The very same day George Floyd was murdered by the cops here. We are trying to navigate the Twin Cities while the country is on fire. The 3rd Precinct Building was burned to the ground not 6 miles from where we are. We are staying across the street from The Mall of America. The Mall should have opened yesterday. Instead, no one knows when it will.
I have landed several jobs and one on-going job opportunity in downtown Minneapolis. The m
Tonight I am leaving a job that I have had for fifteen years. I wish I could say I am emotional about the whole thing. Perhaps I will be. The Coronavirus news is crazy. Every major festival, concert or any place where groups gather is affected.
We have a month to visit all of our favorite places in Michigan. I hope all of the places we wanted to visit across the country will re-open. Broadway is closing up until April 12th. Disneyland is closed. It won't be long until every m
As I type this, Halloween is ending. It is a cold, rainy/snowy evening for the kids to Trick or Treat in. I am snug and warm in our apartment. Early in the year, we sold our house. It was a crazy 9 month selling process. Halloween (our favorite time of year) was not celebrated. We didn't do any of our traditions. This year I made a list. A list of what orchards to hit, where to get donuts..etc. I think we managed to get through 60% of the list.
My wife and I work at the same p
This is my favorite piece of artwork in the world. It was created by Dan dos Santos. He's a wonderful cover artist. He did all the covers to Firefly: leaves on the wind. The works of Patricia Briggs, Diana Rowland and Jim Butcher have all had covers he has provided. I want this as a Giclee. BUT, the price is $350.00! Ah! This was used as the cover to the newer paperback of Fires of Heaven. He needs a cheaper print. ?
It has been about a year since I have read any of these books. I left off on The Great Hunt. That's where I will continue from. Super-exciting time to be a fan of this series.
SO much has changed in the last year. We sold our house after a prolonged period of it on the market. It has been a challenge to adjust to a smaller place. We work a lot of hours. Any reading I do I cherish. We have a plant shutdown soon. Can't wait for a vacation. In less than a year we should be
I am really digging Dragonmount's new look. Well done, Jason! I hope to post more this year. I continue my belated re-read of the series.
Something has been bugging me...How many myrddraal are there running around Randland during The Great Hunt? Hope more information is revealed in the later books. How RJ used the use of rumor to spread information was really outstanding. The frustration the Amyrlin seat must have felt trying to decipher rumor from truth would be immense.
National Novel Writing Month has arrived! I tried, oh Light, I tried to do it again this year. But, I decided I am not a novelist. I think I can conjure up some decent imagery when I get running, but the long form escapes me. Investigative reporting is more my bag. I dig interviews and anecdotes on the creation of things. I have thought of writing a book about Robert Jordan. Daunting.
I am giving a New Spring a go. I am supposed to be reading The Great Hunt, it is a small diversion.
Hope you all are safe and sound. If you live in Houston, my prayers are with you. Please donate to the Red Cross if you can. Here are some more ways to help. https://www.yahoo.com/news/help-victims-tropical-storm-harvey-212340221.html
I hope that everyone stranded can be rescued in the next few hours and not days. I listen to a Legion of Superheroes comic book podcast called Legion of Substitute Podcasters and the guest host was saying that they have only received half of the rain exp
There are times when we have no choices. In these times, whether it is a job, or a location or a crazy relationship I find sanctuary in books. The pressure and stress can make me feel like a bear with its leg caught in a trap. I would not be able to write in this blog without books. Robert Jordan brought us together. I hope someone can find solace in his words. He writes much clearer and finer than I ever will. The limitations of talent are something I have come to terms with. There ma n
This summer has been pretty rough. Long long hours at work. Lately, I have felt crushed under the weight of it all. My reading has stalled. It is my own fault. I can't seem to focus on things for very long. Can't wait until the autumn is here. Pumpkins and cider. The crispness in the air and that aura of mystery that seems to fall upon even the most familiar places.
Have you found your strength in these stories? I know that I have. I look at Lan and feel inspired. Take the ordeal
The image for this entry was painted by the great Don Dos Santos. My favorite favorite WoT artist. This picture of Moiraine is from the trade paperback of Fires of Heaven. I have longed for a print of it, but he only had 100 made recently for $250. Too much for me to spend on one print like that. This is how I see her on my mind. She is one of my favorite characters by far.
Jordancon is this weekend!! I hope nothing but great times for all of you who are attending. I am unable to attend this
What is everyone's preferred format to read the Wheel of Time? I have a trade paperback version of Great Hunt that I am using. I dig that format the best. There is nothing like a hardcover, but I think that the big paperback is easier to transport without damage. I am afraid to read my paperback of Fires of Heaven or Lord of Chaos and have them split.
I have a few things on Kindle. That has never been something that has knocked my socks off. What is yours?
After a very very long delay, I am back to read the series. Last month, I tried to do a 30 Days of Westeros event on my Facebook. (even though I forgot that February doesn't have 30 days), I made it about 18 days before it got away from me. I don't intend to let that happen with this blog. Life has been quite insane the last month. I started a job that I haven't done in years, my wife and I went on a mini-vacation and I had jury duty. This week should be the first quasi-normal week that I h
Happy Holiday! I have been behind on my reading on account of the Holidays. Learned today that we lost Carrie Fisher. This on top of George Michael. Too much 2016. Ugh. I am looking to 2017. I don't like New Year's resolutions, but I think there is something to be said for looking back on the past year.
I started re-reading the Wheel of Time. I went through some major job changes at work. Picked up my guitar again. In a really good place in my life. Hope everyone is doing well. H
The Wheel turns and turns....
I have started the Great Hunt. A long, long time since I have read this. My wife won some money at our work Christmas party. So, she bought a copy of A Memory of Light for me. I have a long way to go. But, these books aren't a chore or anything. I don't think I will throw them across the room like I did the Martin books.
The passages with the Tower resonant with me greatly. The characters of Nynaeve and Egwene really come alive in The Great Hunt. Jord
The Dark One defeated in the Blight! Rand faces his first big showdown. Many, many years since I read this book. I originally put all kinds of notes on a bookmark when I read the first three novels. That grew into a three page multi-faceted thing hardly equipped for bookmarking. Now, I will just look it up online and try not to spoil.
There were huge sections of Eye that I didn't remember at all. The Worms chasing Team Rand into the Green Man's forest, the details of the Ways. Loial's
At the rate I am going I will finish these books in ten years.
Had a massive allergic reation to the Bactrim that was perscribed to me for the prostate infection. I broke out into hives all over my body, had a three day fever and was generally laid out for three days last week.
Things are much better. We did get hit with a massive snowstorm. Took me about an hour and a half to drag my hatchback through the dunes of snow on our sidestreet road.
I dream about the Pacific Northwest
Boy how I hate the Children of the Light!
The small passage where RJ describes Hopper wanting to soar like an eagle almost freaking crushed me. Wow! He was amazing.
Have this prostate infection that was hurting for two weeks. Getting through it with 6 weeks of antibiotics. Having a lot of stress at work. But there is reading and Randland to escape within.
I worry that I have more in common with fictional people than real ones.
Going to start notes on the series as I go. Pu
It has been an eternity since I have written a blog entry. I have been re-reading Eye of the World for the first time in awhile. There are an incredible amount of details that I completely forgot about.
For instance, Rand dreaming of The Ways before he enters them, the story about the Aiel and the Travelling people in the Aiel Waste.
All around it is Game of Thrones mania. I dig Martin alot. He has written beautiful words and beautiful worlds. But RJ has this consistency of world b
I wonder if JD Salinger struggled with rewrites. My would be novel is a sprawling Lovecraftian many tentacled beast. NaNoWriMo was an incredible experiance . But picking up the remains...out of the whole mess I have managed to salvage around 4 pages. Four! These aren't even related to the main plot. Oh well, nothing to do except get my hands dirty or stop crying about it,
The screening was awesome. It is the Superman movie that I have been waiting for my whole life. As much as I love the Chris Reeves stuff, this is so much better, They furnished us with 3d glasses and it was all free.
My wife really liked it and she is the last person to say she likes Superman anything. You will all love this.
I feel like a dork. A major dweeb. Through my semi-local comic shop Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor. I was able to RSVP for a Man of Steel advanced screening tomorrow night. Besides loving the WOT I am a huge Superman fan. I should post the Superman Snuggie....no.
Word has been buzzing about this movie forever. I wanted to totally geek out last summer and stake out in Plano Illinois just to see the camera crews.
I am giddy with excitement.
Just around the corner on the 21st, my
I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I have a huge love and fascination with magic. Not Magick. Although I deeply respect the Wiccan/Pagan religions. I am talking about Gleeman stuff. Card tricks that levitate your chosen card out of the deck. Illusions that Davids Blaine and Copperfield perform well when they want to, or that Criss Angel can make me speechless. An ancient old, wonderful thing. Just the cool ass sleight of hand stuff that Thom performs leaves me all tingly inside
Got back from my daughter's play Hospital! Was a nice little comedy. The whole thing is student-run, student-directed. I would have loved to have seen the kids try and write the play. Hospital was essentially the same play as last year. Last year's was set in a school. I am incredibly proud of her. Fingers crossed that she holds tight to the arts. Any of them. All of them
. Going to continue with my Eye re-read. Any other fantasy author I try and read just pales in comparison.
Just started my Re-read of the Eye of The World. Interesting how all these years changes your perspective on the story. The Two Rivers has been sacked. Who is the Dragon Reborn??
They are in Baerlon. Rand is having the crazy dream with Ishmael,. In walks my girl..Nynaeve.
Well, not into the dream of course. But into the story. When I first read this book I know that I didn't care for her. But when she falls for Lan. All fell into place.
More later. I have been feeling a bit
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