Hidey ho, neighbors. Not sure where to go with today’s little diary entry, just plucking away at the keys because I turned on my writing music for background while I did chores and found myself gravitating to the keyboard. Lately the idea of travel has been on my mind, along with a healthy dose of consuming all kinds of media and stories because that is what I am at this point: A story consumer, eater, digester, gluttoner.
I need to get away, but I just do not have the funds. I used to run away all the time. Week long trips where I would get into the car and flip a coin at intersections. Heads, north or east. Tails, south or west. Then drive drive drive and see. I saw mountains and oceans and plains and crossed this country at least once. Every major highway east of the Mississippi and south of I40 have passed under one set of tires or another of mine. I miss the moving, the going and the seeing of the land. I miss motion. I feel stagnant and alone, even though I have a 30 mile one way commute that keeps me on the road.
I missed the ALA Conference this weekend in Chicago, ironically because of a car repair bill, but am watching it from afar online. I wish I could have gone, mostly to go, but also to see and meet all the wonderful folk that this persona have allowed me to come into contact with.
I have restarted a project I decided to undertake: I am going to read all 100 banned books from the ALA banned books list, 2000-2009. Why that list? Because it seemed good at the time and I already have it cued up in Goodreads, so here we go. Some of these I have already done (Harry Potter, In The Night Kitchen, etc.) but there’s really no uniformity so I may go back and touch up those reviews. Basically I’m going to do a spoiler free summary, a review of the story and characters, then a small discussion on why and where the book was challenged and if that is a fair challenge. As I go, I may also do read alongs on some of them, just to keep myself interested in some of the dryer, older classics.
For now, I have just finished the classic Agatha Christie novel Murder on the Orient Express. If you like mysteries, I recommend taking a look at Christie’s novels. They are quaint and a little dated with the language and situations, limited by the times, but are master classes in writing a murder mystery. I encourage anyone to check them out to see how their favorite CSI episodes came to be. Also, I forgot how much of a jerk Poirot is, almost as analogous to House, MD as Sherlock Holmes.
I finished up the run of Kick Ass 2 in preparation for the movie and... wow I forgot how offensive and violent that comic is. I have been reading all these superhero stuff and just jumped in with the same gusto without preparing. Say what you want about Mark Millar, but when he deconstructs something he does so with a sledgehammer. Read this one if you like extremely violent satire on the superhero genre or if you are itching for spoilers for the upcoming movie.
I tried to watch Fringe back when it started, but lost interest. I have been going back and checking them out as I wind down at night and am enjoying them. I am still too early in the series to tell if I enjoy it, but it quickly goes from being background noise to holding my attention. For those of you who dislike Abramsy lens flares and technobabble, though, beware.
And that's everything I have for right now.
Word of advice as I end? Those voices that tell you you are worthless... they echo loud when all alone in a skull, you know? Write them down and get them out, then burn them or delete them with a ferocious finger of finality.
Let me know what you have been reading, watching, etc. Give me some of your favorite banned books to start out with and recommend some TV for me to watch. I'll give anything 10 pages or 10 minutes.