Much Ado About Absolutely Nothing

I’ve been working like a beast to get the sequel to Daylight Hours edited and published. (I know that this is becoming stale news since it’s taking so long). However, I am putting up the final touches on the final draft and rolling it out full steam ahead. I’ve gotten back into a good groove since I’ve found some sort of inner peace with the way my life is at the moment. Things may not be perfect, but I’m making the most of it all and focusing on being creative and feeling good.

And when I haven’t been sitting in front of a computer doing irreparable damage to my eyes, I’ve been watching HBOGO religiously at least one hour a day like a good Christian. What have I been watching, you may ask? A show that I only watched in passing every now and again in my younger teen years: The Sopranos.

I will say one thing: The Soprano’s makes me appreciate Boardwalk Empire’s cinematography and story-telling more.

I love Boardwalk Empire and Terence Winter played his part with The Sopranos enough for me to trust that the hype was true and that the show was worth watching. I’ve been hooked. I plowed through the second season and now I’m starting the 3rd. I’ve got, what…only three more to go? That’s not too bad, I guess. The problem is making sure that I stick with editing and writing and not get sucked into Tony Soprano’s “family” drama and veg-out in front of the TV.

For any and all other television/movie buffs out there reading this, I started FX’s new show, The Americans last Friday. I’m two episodes behind, but I’m telling everyone out there that you need to start watching this show if you haven’t started already. I loved the pilot episode and I hope that the series lives up to its potential.

Jesus. They’re making way too many good shows out there these days. It’s impossible finding the time to watch everything. Between Shameless, Girls, The Walking Dead, and now The Americans and The Sopranos, it’s a wonder I get anything done at all.

Oh wait. I don’t…clearly. You can tell by how long it’s taking me to get the second book out there.

I have failed you, Self. But I will make it right. Soon, I promise. You shall see.

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Down Time: Some R&R Before Suicide-Shift

It’s been one strangely stressful week, but alas there is a minor vacation on the horizon. It’s a good thing too, I’m gonna need it before my big interview next Wednesday. Nothing like a trip with the family to Disney World to distract from being prepared for a very difficult interview.

There is only one thing standing between me and a stress-free couple of days. A 15 hour-long shift. Sigh. I’m going to be working–willingly–between 7am and 10:30pm tomorrow. That’s what I like to call torture, kids. But I’m something of a masochist, so I guess it’s okay.

This amuses me.

I have to use the time tomorrow for a meeting, interviews for other employees, and then working a closing shift. Will I get anything creative done at all? No. Will I die? Potentially. But work needs to be done and I’m taking work seriously at the moment. Plus, I have to make sure that I’m prepared for my interviews a week in advance.

Moving on…

I spent thirty minutes of my life watching one of the greatest American films of all time: Point Break (RIP Patrick Swayze). That was the highlight of my day so far. It is also the start of a peaceful evening before I have to hit the hay. I’m not editing tonight, or writing. My brain is beyond exhausted to do anything that involves thinking. Hence Point Break.

I’m in the mood for television. I’m stuck between watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or starting Deadwood. Decisions, decisions. Maybe I’ll just sleep instead like a responsible adult?

…Deadwood it is.

Monday: And It Was A Day Just Like Any Other…So Far

Christmas Time

I don’t know about you people, but I have this weird fascination with anything that’s free. I don’t know why. It’s strange. If I see that something is free, it instantly becomes more valuable to me. Take the free chapters of Daylight Hours that I’ve been posting up every Monday and Wednesday for the past couple of months for example. They’re 100% free and reading them that way makes the novel even better. Especially since all you have to do to read them is click right here.

Shameless book promotions aside, I stayed up until 1 o’clock in the morning watching both the season finale of Dexter and Homeland last night. Finally, a great episode of Dexter that had me wondering what would happen next. (That hasn’t happened since the season with the Trinity Killer)

I typed up a review of sorts with my friend on Homeland. You can read the joint-review here if you’d like to see two asshole’s opinions and thoughts on the really great season 2 finale. How was the Homeland season finale? Here’s a hint: it was really great.

Christmas is right around the corner. I’ve got 8 days to…wait…8 days?! Jesus. Great. I have a week until Christmas Eve and I have ZERO presents. Spoiler to any and all relatives/loved ones. It’s fine. No, that’s cool. A week is plenty of time to desperately search for gifts. Waiting in line is half the battle and I love nothing more than standing behind bitchy customers at the register for twenty minutes.

Christmas…there’s nothing like it. I think I will be hitting up Walmart at 4am. Lines shouldn’t be too bad then.