Hello and good morning. It’s Thursday again. I thought for a moment that it was 1/12/2022, but that was yesterday. I liked it because it was a date full of 2s (even though there were 1s, there were 2 of them, so that added to a 2 in my book) and of course, today is the second Thursday of the year and of the month, and thus this is my second blog post of the year. It would have been nice to have that match up, but alas, it was not to be.
Tuesday was an interesting date if you write it in a European order: 11/01/2022. It’s an almost palindrome, but with the right side of the mirror having doubled the values on the left side. This makes me imagine some quantum mechanical system or some higher-dimensional theory in which there are two versions of certain particles or forces, but with all things reflected in some variant of CPT, with one always having some quantity twice that of the other. I have no idea if this could apply to anything in reality. Maybe it’ll explain the whole neutrino question, or the muon anomaly, or the nature of dark matter or dark energy.
I highly doubt it.
I forgot to mention last week that I had done a sort of video* of me playing American Pie (and singing) and had posted it on YouTube. Here it is.
I don’t quite like how the audio turned out (except at the end). I was trying to combine multiple simultaneous recording sources, and that was a nice idea, but I ended up doing the mixing and reverb in a way that doesn’t sound ideal. It also creates the illusion that I actually miss an occasional note while singing, and we all know that cannot be accurate**.
I bring this up because yesterday I did another “sort of” video (see previous footnote), but I did a better job with the multiple sound inputs and the reverb and so on, so that audio came out better. We live and learn, I suppose.
Here’s the other video, of me playing and singing Hallelujah, and I think you’ll agree the sound here is better. Try not to look at me, at least if you have food in your stomach.
I don’t like to be a “Like and Share” whore, particularly since I wrote a song with that very title in a rather disapproving tone (though it was not so much about liking and sharing per se as the psychologically damaging culture associated with living by one’s “likes”). Nevertheless, I do ask if you like those videos you might “Like” them, as with this blog. This is purely to boost my self-esteem, which should be an easy enough task; there’s way more room to go up than down. Also, if you want to subscribe, certainly feel free to do so, and of course, I welcome comments. If you want to support my work financially, though, I have no Patreon or Cup of Joe*** set up, but you can always buy my books/stories. The Kindle editions are not expensive. Or tell your friends about them, if they like fantasy/sci-fi/horror.
Speaking of books/stories…
I’m nearly done with my reread of Outlaw’s Mind so far and should soon be back to writing more of it. I’m enjoying the reread, and that should hopefully help my enthusiasm. The good thing about working on what had started as a short story but has morphed into a novel is that it will probably be a reasonably short novel, which is a novel thing for me. Ha ha. It will have significant tie-ins to my eventual novel Changeling in a Shadow World, which may end up being a series or at least a multi-volume story. As I think I’ve mentioned previously, that series will have at least a peripheral connection to The Chasm and the Collision, though no characters from CatC will appear in it.
In general, all my works appear within the same Omniverse****, not just because they’re all written by me, and its components can sometimes interact with each other. In fact, those who are paying attention will notice that Hole for a Heart and Unanimity are literally in the same world, with the latter taking places slightly earlier than the former. Don’t believe me? Just read.
Inspired by a few YouTube videos, I bought two fiction books this week. The first was Revival by Stephen King, which I’d avoided as not seeming like my kind of story. But a video reviewer rating his favorite books described it briefly (without spoilers) and made me realize that it might be just my kind of Stephen King book after all. I’ve already finished it*****, and it was quite good—above-average King.
I had mentioned and recommended another book that I’d read a while back to someone at work, as being very unusual, quite creepy, and rather disturbing. Then, that very lunchtime, as I watched the Stephen King review video, the YouTube algorithm posted a video about that very book. This isn’t as weird a coincidence as one might think, because I had been following similar videos about similar books. The book is House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski, and with this reinforcement, I ordered a physical copy, and have already started reading it. It’s as good, and as weird, as I remember.
By the way, the video I saw was titled, “Is House of Leaves the scariest story ever?”. My answer is, “No,” but it is scary at many points, and it is disturbing (not in a gross or gory way, but in the sense of giving the reader the urge to quote the 12th Doctor in saying, “Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown in the air, and snogged to death! My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed…forever.”), and it does leave one feeling “What the Hell?” quite often, but in a good way (if you like horror).
That’s about it for now. I expect to restart work on Outlaw’s Mind as early as this weekend, if I can summon the discipline and drive. In the meantime, I hope you’re all well and enjoying your new year. I’ll leave you with the very pleasing news that 2/22/2022 is a Tuesday. How cool is that?
*By “sort of”, I don’t mean that it’s not really a video. It’s clearly a video. But the video portion is not worth any attention.
**This is sarcasm, of the self-derogatory sort. I hadn’t tried playing and singing that whole song in one go before, so I’ll cut myself a tiny amount of slack, but not much.
***Or whatever that thing is.
****My original term was Metaverse, then Mark Fuckerberg stole the term, even though I’d thought of it at least a decade before Facebook even existed. I could still use it, of course, but it’s tainted now. Anyway, Omniverse is probably better, I just need to get used to it.
*****My first new fiction read in quite some time.