Here’s me face!
Extra points to anyone who can place the “Here’s me face” reference…
This past week was a really good week. Probably my best week of the year so far. I’m still waiting on a decent proof of No Home for Boys, but Cruelty & Joy (Episode One) came in and it looks sexy, so that’ll be going out toward the end of the month with the Pennies for the Damned preorders. Not sure what I’m going to do about No Home for Boys at this point. It seems like every time I fix something a new problem arises. I can’t keep blowing money on proofs. They’re $5 a pop, plus $4 shipping, so I’m out $9 plus tax every single time I order one. I’m on my fourth proof order. Something’s gotta give here, or else I’ll have to scrap the design and start from scratch. Patreon peeps have already been patient enough, but I wanna be happy with the final product, so decisions, decisions…
I seem to be back on track as far as reading is concerned. I finished The Eyes of Darkness last week, which was a buddy read with my friend Delee. She’s super awesome to buddy read with. I always have a blast reading with her. The back-and-forth jokes are numerous, and she can make the shittiest book feel like a breeze to get through. Which is basically what happened because we both ended up hating The Eyes of Darkness, yet both of us enjoyed reading it because we enjoy each other’s company, so to speak. The Eyes of Darkness is one of the books Koontz first published under the Leigh Nichols pen name that he eventually rewrote and published under the Koontz name. No telling why, because all the Nichols books I’ve read from him have been middling to terrible, The Eyes of Darkness being the worst one thus far. Next on our chronological readthrough of Koontz’s material is his 1981 novel, The Mask, a novel that, once again, was first published under a pseudonym, only this time under his Owen West moniker.
Then, as a fluke, I picked up Quantum Leap: The Novel, and it’s pretty damn amazing. I know, I know, who would’ve thought?!? It was part of a stack of Quantum Leap books I picked up at a library sale when they had their fill-a-bag-for-a-buck sale going on. I brought a trash bag and made out like a bandit. Scored nine Quantum Leap books in all! Anyway, the writing in Quantum Leap: The Novel isn’t anything to… well, it’s nothing to write home about, but the story and the narrative voice are engaging and a whole bunch of fun. It captures the tone of the tv series perfectly. If you’re a fan of the show, I highly recommend picking up, at the very least, the first book in the series. Goodreads is a little confusing on which book came first, but the one I’m talking about can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1920066.Quantum_Leap
I read 120 pages in six hours last night. That’s unheard of for me. I recently did that with Your Life is Mine, by Nathan Ripley, but before that it had been months and months, easily over a year, since I read more than fifty pages of one book in a single day, much less a single sitting. I’ve been reading numerous books at one time for so long that I usually read twenty-five pages of one, thirty of another, maybe fifty pages of one that’s really, really good, and so on. But to read two books almost back to back with such lightning-fast narratives is rare for me. Especially when one of them is a novelization of a television show that’s been off the air for over two decades!
In suckier news, Chris is currently sick. I’ve been up all night with him. Not sure if it’s his reflux acting up, or if he caught a stomach bug, but he started throwing up around ten last night and only stopped at about three this morning. He couldn’t keep down a Zantac or a Tums, so I just had to ride it out with him. Finally he passed out from exhaustion, I think. He seems to be sleeping fine now, so my fingers are crossed that it was just his reflux. When he gets up, I’ll push fluids and we’ll take it from there.
How’re you guys doing? Whatcha reading? Seen any good movies lately? Update me in the doobly doo and I’ll catch you guys next Monday. Sorry for the short post today, but I’mma tired daddy.
Oh, before I forget, Thunderstorm books sent me an terrific gift. You can check that out in the videos at the end of this post.
Take care of each other,
Hey, look! I didn’t mention social media once…