I haven't done any writing in almost three weeks. I've done far too little of it in the past couple of months, and I won't be able to do any writing for at least a couple of more weeks.
I'm going through the long process of buying a condo in a co-op and fixing it up before I move in. It's been painting at the new place for a couple of hours before driving into work, every day. Up in the morning, home after midnight. It's right at the same time of year where I work a bunch of overtime since a lot of people are on summer vacation. Needless to say, I've been busy.
What I have been able to do, is think a lot about my fantasy novel that I'm about halfway through the first draft of. So while I'm putting the paintbrush to the wall, I'm still thinking about my characters and the plot-lines, and it's actually been nice because I've worked through some things that I think will benefit the project as a whole. Separation from a project is sometimes beneficial.
Yet, not being able to get any writing done, much less watch any of the tv shows I've wanted to catch up on, has been a bit of a pain. Every couple of nights I've been able to play some Witcher 3 for an hour before nodding off, which has been fun, but I'm seriously looking forward to moving in so I can get back into the old routine.
I'm also looking forward to the change in environment to see how it affects my writing process. I have a feeling that I'm going to spend most mornings poolside doing some reading or writing before I hop in and get my exercise for the day. Plus, since I'm moving from one end of the San Fernando Valley to the other, I'll be able to check out a whole new neighborhood of coffee shops.
I'm hoping a change of environment does my creative process some good. I have a feeling it's going to bode well for me.
Season 6 ended with another big budget episode that wisely didn't outshine the epic nature of the previous two, but was well-sized cinematically for the season's conclusion. I liked the look and the feel of the entire episode, but I'm still a bit worried about where we're at.
We're running out of antagonists, and seem to have a bounty of protagonists. To me, this doesn't seem fitting at this point, right before the series's climax.
The way that Cersei gains power was very stunning. It was also shocking to see her son, the King, commit suicide. Now we've gotten rid of the High Sparrow, who was arguably the most powerful (and one true) antagonist south of the Wall. We've also ended Margaery's plot-line, which was another probable antagonist path. Yes, Cersei and her control of King's Landing is strong, and she now seems to be our chief antagonist. Yet, this feels somewhat underwhelming. What army does she have? What power does she wield that we've seen?
By comparison, Daenerys is coming across the Narrow Sea with a seemingly endless amount of ships, troops, and three dragons. It feels like the good guys have more power than the bad guys.
It's revealed what we've all known for years: who Jon Snow's real parents are. Since GOT is such a global phenomenon, it was bound to have been figured out, and as such, played extremely flat. What a great reveal it could have been if we had not known.
Jon being raised up as King of North was fitting, and a great scene.
Arya killing Walder Frey was satisfying vengeance, but also eliminates yet another bad guy.
I think what the episode could have used is a grand White Walker scene. We're left at the end of the season not feeling like our heroes are underdogs. That's not a good thing. Where's the tension?
But I did love the episode. This season started out so small while misfiring on so many cylinders, but it turned the corner a few episodes in and ended up being one of the best seasons (and certainly grandest) to date. I'm not liking where we're at, since the odds don't feel like they're long, but, hopefully, this will be rectified early on in season 7.
We're reaching the final stretch. With the two shorter seasons coming up, I hope they take the time to make them the best seasons we've ever seen. This series definitely deserves it.
Crossed another classic off my list recently, as I finished the Douglas Adams book that everyone in the world seems to love. I had on numerous occasions over the years thought about reading it next, and then it just always fell down my reading queue. I think that was a mistake.
I don't want to give away any spoilers because the big revelation in the story was ruined for me by someone when I had mentioned that I had started reading the book. Sucks when that happens.
Hitchhiker is a very well written novel in certain aspects, and not so well written in others. I understand why it hooked so many readers when it did. What it excels at is style. Adams has a very intriguing way of writing his sci-fi story that connects it to the banality of everyday life. This is what's so special about it. He gives what certainly was a unique perspective on the universe, and in a humorous way because we can all relate to it.
Where Hitchhiker runs into trouble is in its characters. Yes, they have funny, fancy names like Zaphod Beeblebrox and Slartibartfast, but they've mere devices to bring us the humor that was in Adam's brain. On their own, they're all pretty flat, obviously geared toward younger readers.
That being said, it was a fun read. I kept thinking to myself, how much would I have enjoyed this if I had read it when I was twelve years old? I'm sure much more than I did at forty-five. Will I continue on with the series? Probably not.
Yes, Hitchhiker deserves its place in literature lore as a unique sci-fi comedy that made us laugh with exceptional style. For that reason, I give it high marks. As a middle-aged man, however, it wasn't exactly my cup of tea.
My Goodreads.com rating: 4/5.
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