The Blog Is Dead

At least mine is. Was. Right now it’s more of a haunting. At least for me. But given the recurring, massive number of page views (6) and flooded email inbox (0) requesting  more posts since my last, I’m inclined to oblige. Can’t let the public outcry go unanswered. Well, that, and the fact that my karpel tunnel is acting up, so I might as well aggravate something other than Chris for a change.

Courtesy Fragonard

It’s funny that it’s been so long since I posted, given how powerful words on a page are elsewhere in my life. Newspaper. Film. Stage. Magazine. Song Lyrics. Literature. Pop Culture. I thrive on everyone else’s words, but have noticed that when I’m not spewing forth a few of my own, however random or unimportant, my view of the world — and how I see myself in it — becomes more and more myopic. I noticed a few months back that the more and more I dove into work, the less and less I was participating in the parts of my life that rejuvenated my creative spirit. I was screaming at everyone else — okay, encouraging — to make sure they have outlets and people outside of the office that ensure what they’re doing inside the office is inspired and connected, but rarely applying my own, very sage advice to myself. So — a couple of months ago, I jumped back onto the “word wagon” and have been digesting and devouring anything and everything that can be spell-checked, grammar-checked, airbrushed, subtitled or critiqued. I won’t bore you with reviews, just a simple nod toward a recommendation or not. Please, no judgement. I’ve got that angle covered. I was raised Mormon, remember?

Memoir/Literature/Fiction (focus on the latter… again, no judgement, please…):

  • The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach. Recommended. See review. And read. Please read. Okay, that was more than a nod.
  • Dean Koontz’s take on the classic tale of Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, City of Night, Dead and Alive, Lost Souls. Recommended. Read one, read the series. Fast and furious. Brain candy. But if you’re really looking for a twist on Koontz, read his Odd Thomas series. Lovable  character, interesting premise for the series.
  • The Mill River Recluse, Darcie Chan. Recommended. But be ready for a little schmaltz. But in a good way.
  • Kill Alex Cross, James Patterson. Recommended for planes.
  • The Drop, Michael Connelly. Recommended for planes.
  • Angle of Investigation, Michael Connelly. Recommended for planes.
  • Zero Day, David Baldacci. Recommended for planes. (Seeing a pattern here? Travel much, Alan?)
  • All 14, yes 14, of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Recommeded. For complete real world escape. Check out the short-lived TV series on iTunes or Hulu, if you want a quick gander.
  • LIT, Memoir by Mary Karr. Maybe recommend. I admit, couldn’t finish it. Just couldn’t go there with the author. I tried.

What I’m reading now:

  • Conquistadora, Esmeralda Santiago.
  • The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman.
  • A Kiss of Shadows, Laurell K. Hamilton (of Anita Blake fame).

So… nodding, yet? In agreement? Or because you’re sleeping? Either way, stay tuned for more drivel coming your way.


3 thoughts on “The Blog Is Dead

  1. I check your blog, Alan. Maybe those 6 page views were all from me! I’ve read some Baldacci, and I really like alot of Alice Hoffman’s books. She’s weird in a cool way. Koontz and Patterson are too gory for me sometimes. The other don’t sound familiar, but I’m all for brain candy so I’m sure I’ll be trying a few.

  2. I read a book from the Odd Thomas series looong ago and remember liking it. Sadly I rarely allow myself the pleasure of reading fiction anymore—no judgment, right?:) I am a recovering workaholic and have recently become aware of my guilt complex, so most of my reading has been to figure myself out. Lately I’ve been deep into studying Chinese medicine, which is so fascinating and healing, but you’ve inspired me to let myself enjoy some fiction. I need more joy in my life. Like you, it really and truly is what gets my creative juices flowing and inspires me to write too. The Art of Fielding will be top on my pile. Thanks for keeping the blog alive, Alan. I’ll stay tuned to hear how you rate your current reads.

  3. Hey Kate — through me a few titles from the Chinese medicine and healing genres. God knows I could use a few pointers on that front. Most of the books I’ve read on Easter Medicine have been about meditation and spirituality, so am curious on your approach.

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