Last night, I finished Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms (first time actually reading the thing), and I have a real appreciation for that author's minimalist style. His belt sanded prose (maybe Hemingway gave You Know Who that belt sander, ddrpolaris)is poetry of a sort. The influence of such a work is quite profound, and I'm glad I took the time to read it. And now that it's done, I can better concentrate on the Carson McCullers book I got (I'm currently about eighty pages into The Heart is a Lonely Hunter). Did I mention that this is the summer of closely reading Books-That-Are-Good-For-Me (well, good for me, the writer, at least)? That's my joke, anyway. After concentrating on reading so many genre novels and such, I feel a need for some air. So, over the summer I've alternately been reading Lit and horror novels (to review for Horror Reader). I'm rather enjoying the change of pace, though all those Other Genre Novels are staring at me while I sleep, whispering and pleading for my attention... Sorry there spec fiction, mystery, westerns, crime, etcetera, I need to focus on some other things for a while. Good stuff.
On the writing front, I'm about a third of the way through a short suspense novel (featuring my short fiction series character, Chuck Cave), almost halfway through an DnD style adventure module (because I'm a geek at heart), at a long pause point for a collaborative piece (written with elenuial) I've been pecking at, and having fun revisiting/expanding one of my long stories that always felt like it needed some serious elbow room. Not a full novel here, but we'll see what I can generate from it. While the market for horror novellas/novelettes is not quite booming, there's a place or two I can try when it's done. We shall see. Of course, there is The Project, a novel I first wrote in a blur of creativity about seven years ago, which I have been off again, on again revisiting/revising/rewriting. I think it should be in serviceable shape to submit to agents/publishers by the end of the year. Now that I have something of a publication track record (and I've been trying my hand at that all elusive networking capability), perhaps I can present myself as a slightly better bet.
Movies? Movies? Haven't had much time to watch movies... Went to the cinema twice over the weekend to see License to Wed (which had a few belly laughs -- including a reference to The Shining, which I adore -- and far too much quiet time) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which I just plain loved; haven't read the book -- I actually stopped with and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone -- but this movie made me want to venture through the series). Other than that, hntrpyanfar and I have been not quite regularly watching our Jack of All Trades DVDs (Bruce Campbell as a post Revolutionary War era spy versus the evil minions of Napolean), which are just plain goofy fun.