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.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.