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Start at the Beginning

Posted on: February 9, 2008 7:09 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2008 5:26 pm

OK, so I've finally broken down and decided to blog.  Don't expect gold or anything insightful.  I just figured, why not have a place to rant every once and a while, in between the frantic, hate-filled calls from my ex-wife and the barking marathons from the pit bulls next door.  Maybe this will inspire me to get back to my real writing (those here that know me best are aware of my artistic aspirations) or maybe I'll use this as a forum in which to resume my review of the Huskers' 2007 football season that I started on the Nebraska message board.

So here it is, the beginning, a tabula rasa if you will, probably brought on by the fact that I stayed up until six o'clock in the morning finishing Stephen King's latest novel, Duma Key, (no, I wasn't scared) and watching Apocalypse Now on TCM (ok, so maybe I was a little weirded out).  Incidentally Duma Key is a pretty good novel, much better than his last effort, Cell.  This time around, he got me to invest in his characters, though the story was a bit long (I think it weighs in at about 600 pages), but it had the classic tragedy feel of some of his earlier works, like Pet Sematary.  And in case you're wondering (doubtful), no, I'm not a big Stephen King fan, though I do think he is one of the more accomplished American writers of our time and I have read the majority of his books.  As I've gotten older, my tastes have ran more towards satire, especially the works of Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club).

But enough about my literary tastes.

So as I ride the roller coaster of my life, I'll check in from time to time and bore you with it.  I doubt that it will be anything as witty as B_C's fine work, but maybe it will placate those who think I divulge too much personal information on the message boards.  And while I'll be stunned if I receive any replies for my effort, at least I'll have a place to vent.

As for now, I think Renee and I are going to dinner, so I better jump in the shower before she kills me.  Tomorrow, I'm thinking of hanging out at the strip club and getting drunk, so maybe I'll have some better material by then.  (Once again, doubtful).



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2008 3:39 pm

Start at the Beginning

Well whatever you do, don't read The Great Gatsby, if you haven't already. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 8:15 pm

Start at the Beginning

Cormac McCarthy has another book, The Road, which is a decent read.  I really like The Devil in the White City, its a true story that reads like a novel about the first serial kiler in the US.  I also liked Kite Runner.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 8:03 pm

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Well unfortunately, TennFan, taking pictures inside the strip club is forbidden.  However, I did learn a lot from a couple of the dancers who sat down with me and told me just what can and can't go on in there (but sometimes does).  I'm hoping to use some of this behind-the-scenes info for my next book, in which one of the main characters will date a couple strippers and hang out at some clubs.  Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when the hearing impaired dancer showed Renee how to stick matches on her nipples and then light them on fire.  I'm sure that will come in handy at the next social gathering or company function that Renee and I attend.

Maestro, thanks for the suggestion.  I'm always looking for new and interesting writers/books.

As for suggestions other than what I've already made, unbiased, I guess it depends what you're into.  Like I said, Palahniuk and Ellis are not for everyone.  Personally, I can't stand some of the supposed greats of literature, like William Faulkner.  Ironically, I'm currently reading The Great Gatsby, because someone I know held it up as a standard of literary excellence.  However, I'm on Chapter Four and, so far, it hasn't done anything for me yet.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 4:59 pm

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It's been a while since I've seen and read both the Fight Club movie and book, but if I recall correctly the movie stays true to the book. I haven't gotten in to Stephen King yet, I suppose that should be the next step for me. I just finished reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (who is a very witty bastard), and now I'm on to No Country for Old Men since my dad wants to go see the movie with me. Any other recommendations from you guys?

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2008 2:12 pm

Start at the Beginning

I have read Survivor, Choke, Lullaby and Fight Club.  Palahniuk's writing style and creativity are both disturbing and amazing.

If you haven't read The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen I would recommend it too.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 11:56 am

Start at the Beginning

Tomorrow, I'm thinking of hanging out at the strip club and getting drunk, so maybe I'll have some better material by then.Looking forward to that post Husker. . .and keep in mind that you can post pics in your blog. . .

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2008 5:39 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 4:23 pm

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Gonz, those eggs would be the perfect revenge weapon.  Renee hardboiled some eggs once, then put them in the little egg thingy in the door and forgot about them.  Several months later, the whole fridge began to stink.  After a couple days investigation, checking every container in the fridge, Renee rediscovered the eggs.  It was one of the most rancid, pervasive smells I've ever smelled.

Koontz is good.  I've read some of his books, but I remember reading one (the name escapes me, however) and thinking that I could do better.  Not that I think writing a cohesive story that people will want to read is an easy task, by any means.  Finishing my novel (and then going through all the subsequent rewrites) was the most difficult thing I've ever done.  But we'll get back to that in a minute.

I went through a horror period in my late teens and early twenties, reading virtually every Stephen King novel as well as (but not limited to) books by John Saul, Peter Straub, Clive Barker and others.  At the time, I watched pretty much every horror movie I could get my hands on, so the Barker stuff was probably inspired by the Hellraiser series.  As for The Stand (again with the italics), don't get me wrong.  Like I said, I loved it (but then, I seem to have always loved longish stories involving a journey), it's just that I thought the ending was straight out of ancient Greek theater.  And again, when it comes to SK, along with It, you can't go wrong with Pet Semetary, The Shining, or even some of his novellas, like The Body, The Mist, or Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.  Incidentally, Renee and I watched Stand By Me last night.  Good stuff.

Now back to writing.  Writing a book is something that you'll either make time for, or you won't.  When I tell people that I am an aspiring writer (which is not something I go around saying to impress people), often times they tell me that they should write a book (usually about their lives).  Now, having done so, I always tell them, "Go for it."  Not to sound mean or arrogant, but I just feel that people underestimate what it takes to actually do it...and it come out in a semi-coherent fashion with some publishing potential.  Then, if you're serious and you've really got something, there's more drafts, then finding an agent (which means more rewriting) who has to attract editors to read your work and then deem it good enough to champion it at their respective publishing house and sell it to their bosses, and it goes on and on and on...

My intent here is not to discourage anyone, quite the opposite.  It's more of a "weeding out" process.  If you want to write, you'll write.  And if you can get past that first chapter, then that first 100 pages and hold it all together until "The End", you'll feel an accomplishment like no other.  The key, I guess, is perseverance, lots of it (and talent, you have to have at least a little of that), because you will get kicked in the face more times than you'll be able to count.  And in the end, the only person stopping you is you.  Are you willing to commit to something that difficult and how many times can you pick yourself up?  Because you will fall down.  Or be pushed down.

Well Badger, you've reminded me that I need to buy some milk.  And who knows?  Maybe I'll swing by the used bookstore.  Then again Renee just texted me and said that the club hired a new dancer and she's hearing impaired.  Could be interesting...

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2008 3:15 pm
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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2008 2:58 pm

Start at the Beginning


Sounds like it's time to clean out your refrigerator,

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