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Well, yet another of these. Move on! Move on!


I'm currently enjoying Morrissey's Autobiography. I'm listening to it as an audiobook, and it's... beautiful. No other word for it. Also, it's great to see where all those songs came from. Definitely one for the fans, of which I am one.

Chris Moriarty's Spin State is a marvellous hard SF/Detective/Action tale. It was published in 2001, so a few howlers lie in wait to yank you out of the story here and there. Also, the Irish background sub-plot has a MAJOR, MAJOR error that the sadly, non-Irish amongst us will never notice. But for we righteous dwellers of Emeraldville, it's like a punch in the face every time it comes up. However, don't worry about any of that. If you like a bit of hard SF with good characters and a dab of excitement, this one is well worth a... spin? I've ordered the sequel.

There was another book too. After a bit of time spent on the board, I noticed people raving about a certain fantasy epic. I saw tons of 5 star reviews for it on Amazon. The blurb looked like good escapism. The result? So far, 10% in, it's Extruded Fantasy Product. I won't name it if I don't like it. It's well-ish-written meh fodder. But I'll give it a good chance to see if I can spot the reason for all those reviews.


I've done a ton of editing lately, mostly for my Big Fat Fantasy (a.k.a. The Shatter). The ideas and the plot have been there for about a year now, but the writing was appalling. I'm OK with that, but it's finally time to start getting real with this one. Therefore, I spent four weeks working from 9-5 until -- finally! -- it reads well. To my ears, at least.

Meanwhile, my editors over at Random House for Eat the Drink have got in touch with rewrite suggestions, so, that's where I'll be going next.

WATCHING -- No Spoilers

Having seen three series of Sherlock by now, my experience of each has been exactly the same: One excellent episode -- always written by Steven Moffat. Two bland episodes that only a fan could love -- written by A. N. Other. A bit like watching Dr. Who, then? I'm not sure if I will be bothered with season 4. Maybe I'll keep going. If I'm not washing my hair that night.


I'm absolutely loving the experience of Google Music and the way it generates playlists on the fly that lead me down the rabbit hole of new artists. It's also a great companion for Morrissey's Autobiography, because you can always seek out the tracks that influenced his own music.

Anyway, I heard this the other day and, like myself, it's achingly lovely.


Last year I made a New Year's Resolution to cook one new (to me) recipe every week. I only lasted until early May, but it was well worth it. I experienced new tastes and techniques, and, for a while, I got quite excited!

I've decided to go again and so far, it's been one disaster and one hard-won success.


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Jan. 14th, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC)
Nay, Sirrah! A hard-won disaster. You have only a limited count of them to learn from!
Jan. 14th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent point. As always!
Jan. 14th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like all is quite well in Peadar land (except for possibly the kitchen). Excellent! I usually create one giant disaster in the kitchen every month or so. All of the other meals are fine -- but there's always one that leaves me hanging my head in shame.
Jan. 14th, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
As long as your head isn't hanging in shame above the toilet, I count that as a win!
Jan. 14th, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
I lost a lot (LOT!!) of respect for Morrisey when he commented on the Breivik massacre. Probably because 22 July is still a very fresh wound for us.

I love Sherlock. I'm absolutely wild and crazy for it. *Nuff said.
Jan. 18th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
'Nuff said indeed :)
Jan. 14th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of on the fence about reading Morrissey's autobio. I'm not a superfan, just think he's an interesting person. I saw him concert in '92 or '93. Maybe i'll give it a try.
Jan. 18th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think it's pretty lovely and would definitely be worth your time.
Jan. 14th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
If you are ten percent into the book, haven't you usually decided before that point to either finish it or pitch it against a wall for the lost life you will never get back?
I enjoy Sherlock, but I find individual snippets of dialogue to be more entertaining sometimes than the entirety of the rest of an episode. Good chemistry between the two, but Christ, did I hate how Moriarty was portrayed. Not the actor's fault, but....my favorite episode overall continues to be the very first one in season one.
Jan. 18th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
I often do dump books earlier, but amazingly, I have finished that book by now. I can't think of a single positive thing to say about it, and yet, I finished it!
Jan. 15th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Make sure you copy-edit every line of the shatter... An "i" inserted in the wrong place by one of your enemies could be devastating.

And sadly, I have a stack of unused i's sitting here...
Jan. 18th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Damn your i's!
Jan. 18th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I;ve been trying to guess what the Extruded Fantasy Product novel could be, and my list of potential candidates has gotten so long I'm a bit depressed. Jaysus, there's a lot of popular crap out there....
(unless I liked it. In which case it's Nostalgia Gold)
Jan. 18th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
You'll never guess! I doubt it's your sort of thing anyway... Lucky you!
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