Nope. It’s not really work. My hours are long and odd, but not that much of a burden yet.
My dead friend? Nah… I mourn her, and it threw me for more of a loop than i would have expected, as i gave up on her years ago. Her memory ought to be provoking me to write more, but most of it is anger that she didn’t pull out of this path of self-destruction years ago, as so many friends of her offered her ways out time after time. It’s not constructive to be angry with her though.
The real reasons are quite trivial…
Reading fragments of Shadow of the Wind, losing my place, and starting over. I should have finished weeks ago, as it’s a quick read, but i’m just not as efficient of a reader as i once was. This ought to be the book that the American book chains should be promoting. We just received stacks of Strange with the red dust jacket. They really seem to think it’s going to take off further. No. Want an eerie, supernatural mystery? Con the people who have been buying Dan Brown’s books into buying Zafon. They have made the connection between Perez-Reverte and the people looking for their ‘more serious’ Da Vinci Code. They need to pull Shadow of the Wind to prominent places. Barnes & Noble had it as part of their Discover series, and my bookstore had it on the New Arrivals table for weeks, but that’s not enough. They need generate more word of mouth. It can happen.
Yes, i’m being petty. I don’t know what my fixation with the hype about Jonathan Strange is. I’d love to see another book, a worthy book, clobber it. Amblongus was disappointed with Cloud Atlas, but it stil irritates me to see how Jonathan Strange is drowning it out on most of the year end lists. I’ve read enough of both (all of one and half of the other,) and i’m certain of myself enough to know which is a more enjoyable read. Bandwagon jumping motherfuckers.
Also, i’ve been wasting all of our bandwidth on downloading a bundle of episodes of Planet ES or Planetes or whatever the true title is. I haven’t seen a single one yet, but it’s my favorite manga by far. I’ve missed the new fourth volume of it. but that can wait. I have to see what this looks like animated.