Saturday 19 May 2018

Another Week

Hey! The weeks just seem to be passing by way too quickly, if you ask me.

But I still managed to squeeze a whole bunch of stuff into each day. I DNFd another book, one that was supposed to be a horror story and instead ended up being a very slow account of someone's dull psychotic life. Then I started one that was promising, but ended up being the most boring vampire story I've ever had the displeasure of reading. There was much skimming involved, and a 2-star rating.

Since I finished GREMLINS a few weeks ago, I haven't been able to get into anything I've picked up. *sigh*

Although, I did read an excellent short story Stephen King gave away for free on his website. It's called LAURIE and is about a grieving widower whose life becomes shinier when he reluctantly welcomes an adorable puppy into his life.

My two main goals for this week were:
  1. Finalise short story
  2. Finalise synopsis

And I can happily say that I did both. Yay.

The beginning of the week was all about reading and re-reading the short story on my Kindle until all the typos and last minute issues were fixed. 

The final word count is 4,877.

Now I just need to find a market to sub this to.

The novel synopsis was a pain in the butt, but I did revise and revise and revised some more. So it's pretty much done. Well, I'll give it one more read through before starting on the subbing/query circuit.

Essentially, this means that the two projects that have kept me from moving on to other stuff are now done (and done) so hopefully this week I can rework my goals list and figure out what to work on next.

I caught up on the latest Siren (ep 8) and The 100 (ep 5). Man, these two shows are really great. I love how well the mermaid and human stories are developing in Siren, expanding the world and the emotional connection. And how The 100 is always so brutal and gut-wrenching and continually pushes the endurance and boundaries of each character.

Oh, and Westworld continues to be super enigmatic and fucking awesome.

Another show I watched was an Aussie production called Picnic at Hanging Rock. This is based on an old book that's become folklore, about a group of girls who disappeared in 1900 without a trace when they went to Hanging Rock in Victoria.

This was a period piece with a super creepy edge. It was also a great character study about a group of girls and women who wanted to survive and live their own lives during a time when society only wanted them to become devoted wives. It portrayed a bunch of strong female friendships too, and a variety of women.

I started out thinking it was okay, but by the time I finished the 6th episode, I realised just how much I loved it. I'm really glad to see a great and different approach at storytelling in Australia. Hope they keep this up.

We also finished Curb Your Enthusiasm. Phew. Watching 8 seasons during a two-month period was pretty exhausting. There's so much Neurotic Larry one can take.

Last night we went to watch Deadpool 2 and unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it much. There were some cool characters (Domino, Negasonic Teenage Warhead) but mostly I just didn't find it that funny. So disappointed about the movie using my most hated trope two minutes into it. Ugh.

So, there was my week. How was yours?

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