Christmas is already upon us, how can that be?
DEEPWATER KING has been announced as ready for pre-order! The link seems to be Amazon UK, I'm certain if one fiddles around with the URL you can get something more local. Yes, it still says Monstrous Heart Trilogy, that was a placeholder while everything else gets updated.
Spent this month selling my Dad's house to fund the Old Folk's Hilton he's moved in to. The cost to spend one's twilight years in a fairly non-depressing place turns out to be well over half a million Aussie dollarydoos, so the family home had to go. It sold VERY quick, the real estate agent says that nobody is selling anything right now so the market is running very hot, (however not so hot that there is much money left over afterwards, much to the despair of one of the ladies from work who cried: "your inheritance is gone!" when I told her about it.)
Am Reading: Several 10 year old copies of EMPIRE in the bathroom (i sincerely have had no time this month)
Am Watching: THE MANDALORIAN. Waiting for Wandavision and the Captain America/Winter Solder one. All the Marvels, actually
Am Playing: No time for that, either. My PC can probably handle Cyberpunk 2077 but my time-poor self cannot.
Music: No time, really.
Am Writing: Had to put everything on hold. I will fire up the engines in the new year.
Yeah, we're out of lockdown now, it was a hard 100 days but we're all good and down to ZERO.
Still wearing masks though. I'm a bit naughty and pop it under my chin if I'm outside and nobody is around. I've been tested for Covid twice since the last time I posted. If anyone turns up to work with the slightest sniffle it's off to the drive-through test tent, which tends to keep moving around to a different location each time I go. They've got it set up in the local hospital at the moment, which is not ideal due to the car parknot being sealed and the dust flying around.
I'm getting over a shocker of a cold which I caught off my kid, who brought it home from school. I suspect if we hadn't spent all those months remote schooling, the Covid spread would have been through school kids. The school Facebook is full of impassioned parents cursing the child who brought the sniffles past the gates
I found out that my favourite writing place was demolished last week, I'm so upset. It was beautiful, an old boating clubhouse, with a massive wooden mermaid in the foyer, that gorgeous Hamptons-style decor with the white wood and exposed beams. Boathouse Cafe, RIP. (They're going to put apartments there.) I haven't been able to write from anywhere except the spare room in the house since March... most of the places have time limits and restricted seating, still. Roll on the vaccine!
Since the last post I bought a couple of keyboards... By a couple I mean they pair of them with switches and keysets were (phew) quite a bit of dollars. I might put the brakes on for now until they come in, or my "holy grail" keysets show up, ie: MT3 Godspeed. My future self wants to design a keyset eventually, maybe when this trilogy is finished I'll take care of it.
Also trying to manage my obsessions. I can see myself getting sucked in to A) Electronics and B) Valve radios C) Anything with Valves in it Actually, which is both a meditative joy but an extreme time suck and I have some urban exploring to catch up on as the combination of Covid/Winter has really eaten into that particular hobby. (Got some photos on my Facebook page if anyone is interested. It's just 25 years of poor fashion choices)
Am Reading: I just finished a book that is currently Politica Non Grata so I won't say what it is. Also have Thomas Keneally's TOWARDS ASMARA in the bathroom so I guess I'm reading that?
Am Watching: Just finished RAISED BY WOLVES (great sci-fi! I could almost imagine it being in the same "universe" as Aliens and Prometheus) and onto THE MANDALORIAN
Am Playing: AMONG US. I named myself "Karl Marx" and addressed everyone as Comrade! until my kid complained it wasn't clever or funny enough and made me look "suss", so have changed my name to "The Chonk" to account for my current lockdown aesthetic.
Music: Downloaded Yazz's "The Only Way Is Up" off Spotify
Am Writing: Book 3, with the occasional forays into Unnamed Next Project
So, here at home we're in the last few weeks of EXTREME LOCKDOWN (the papers keep trying to add EXTREME with added commentary about Dan Andrews (our State Premier) being a Big Meanie for keeping everyone Locked Up and Alive and for Fixing a Problem that He Started instead of Quitting In Shame which is apparently the Australian Way.
I've spent most of the Lockdown doing the major revisions for Monstrous Heart #2.
But at least most of the heavy lifting between the covers has been done, so that is that. I did get to have some cover and title input this time, and I got to suggest "can I have some pipes".
I really do want pipes though...
Media Consumption: the Gen Z in the house has introduced me to "Among Us" https://among-us.fandom.com/wiki/Among_Us
The YouTube algorithm was very keen to push this song "LIONHEART" by Of Monsters and Men on me and it's such a cool little fantasy video THAT IS SO INCREDIBLY SAD https://youtu.be/A76a_LNIYwE
TV Watching in those minutes we can grab them have been divided between THE BOYS - SEASON 2 and JAMES CAMERON'S THE STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION
To much dismay I was meant to be in New Zealand right now!
Instead I am here. My state has gone into lockdown, and there are mutterings of a harder one happening soon.
Hugos are on Twitter at the moment. Even though I bought a membership I have not participated, as I cannot abide by anything online right now.
Played Recently: INSIDE and LIMBO, both available on Steam. The concept of platformers got totally turned on its head, and I'm such an FPS gamer, but I've struggled to find anything that has really grabbed me until these two came along!
So although we've been on Level 3 Restrictions here in #Ronaville there's more of a sense that this is going to drag on forever (Remember a hundred years ago in April, when the vaccine was just around the corner? Well nobody thinks that now...)
But there was some good news, the advance cheque for acceptance of Book 2 landed in the puddle that lives permanently inside my letterbox, and it dried out on the back of a chair. So it Book 2 is GO.
Read Recently: Mia Walsch's MONEY FOR SOMETHING
Watched Recently: TOTAL RECALL and CONSTANTINE, BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT (on account of there being no TV shows airing at the moment) and BIRDS OF PREY (was good, had room to go darker though)
GROAN, as I type we are back under lockdown in my state, or at least, some suburbs are. Fortunately the gym has re-opened, but to 10 people per session.
A day before the restrictions came back down again I went to a rather large party of old urban exploring friends (a lot of them have their birthday's in May and there was a sense we might not see each other again for ages... its been 14 days and I haven't come down with the 'Rona yet so that's a positive.
I'm thinking about moving all my keyboard and maker stuff to another page! I have a few PCB/Raspberry Pi/MCU projects I want to do shortly and in terms of branding this might not appeal to everyone but I think they're ace so I'll talk less here and more there. I've gained soldering iron burns on my hands. It's like one of those Fantasy stories where people recognise each other by the injuries of their profession.
That's pretty much it! I've got some days off, so I'll be writing, soldering, and (painfully) working out.
As I type I'm on a very nice set of Dolch keycaps with DSS tooling from Signature Plastics. Thankfully after all the buying up of last month, all my keycaps and keyboard bits came in weeks later when I needed the pick-me-up of nice things.
Australia has lifted its lock-down in increments. Some of the things are still closed, like gyms (boo) but coffee shops should be opening soon, and kids will be all back at school after the Queens Birthday in June.
Also, another damn year is halfway done without me publishing a short story. I have to pull my finger out for that.
Last time I checked in there was a pandemic. Still going! It's like a Dr Who episode where he was on a ship that never seemed to go anywhere. Book launch date came and went with no launch event, as such things do in these days of social distancing. Oh well, it is done. I got to do an interview with another writer who had been lurking on the edges of the community. (Mate, if you've written a book, you are more than welcome into the inner sanctum!)
Work and school has devolved into weird punctuated virtual conversations with long lag times in between people speaking. I bought a (new-ish) laptop and it went straight into home schooling. I bought another laptop to put aside in case my current one and its gorgeous pre-2013 keyboard dies... now I have 2 replacements and the horror of switching out may be averted for a few more years.
My current obsession is currently mechanical keyboards, on account of me moving my working space to the kitchen table (rather than my local... shut... cafe). Its a whole new world of beautiful things.
So how about this apocalypse, huh? Who knew it would be so fraught with pasta and toilet roll buying. I only panic-shopped once, when I was given a list for 4 families of elderly people and 1 family of mine last week (mine, my partners, friends of my late mother's), and then had to sleep for 12 hours. So exhausting.
So, dreams must be deferred via quarantine. All the wonderful things one imagines upon releasing one's book must be bundled up and put back in the glory box. There shall be no signings, no launch, no bookshop visits, no trips around the country, no overseas jaunt to Worlddcon where I would have been a Person Of Some Standing and not an un-person. Two conventions here already cancelled: Swancon and Continuum, the latter which was to be my hard-launch. This is the case for a lot of people. My 2020 Debuts Facebook group is a shambles of people missing out on dream tours.
Oh well, to sally forth. Stay well everyone! Until next week!
Nope, not being intentionally depressing, its just after a sunny streak its raining outside again! Melbourne is getting some of the downpour that Tasmania is copping. So long Summer, we hardly knew you and your choking, poisonous air. Roll on flu season and toilet-paper hoarding.
We recently finished watching Chernobyl (the HBO mini-series) in Chateau McKenna, and I have never been so genuinely terrified by a TV show as I was during that first episode. That combination of foreknowledge and people's insistent stupidity and inability to accept that they were wrong... I then consumed every bit of wikipedia about Chernobyl and nuclear power in general before being glad we are on track to just do some wind and solar, and the "scare event" consists of a vane flying off the turbine and landing in a field. (Heart palpitations return to normal.)