Well, I didn’t try to garlic and turmeric in the end (thanks for the suggestion, though) but I’m pretty much on the mend after my bout of cold. Still debating whether or not to run in the Farmyard Frolics (a 10km run with obstacles in a farmyard… surprisingly) next Sunday (?) – it’ll depend on how I’m feeling. Still a bit drained and definitely lost a bit of fitness, but I’ll get it back.
Had a nice trip into Nottingham city centre today. Anth wanted to buy a bunch of work clothes etc, so I tagged along for a free lift in and out, plus a spot of lunch at Waga’s – good times. Not intending to, I spent a fortune: some clothes and a few graphic novels (Gotham Central – Corrigan; Batman – Time of the Batman; and The Boys Vol.6). I also picked up Call of Duty: Black Ops, which I’m playing right now.
I was kind of put off the game a bit, given it’s underwhelming reviews and some anecdotal evidence from other CoD enthusiasts but I’ve finished both Modern Warfare’s and fancied some more, so I went for a pre-owned and got the ‘Hardened Edition’ (oo-er), which annoying had a f*!king sticker on it that took off some of the cover art on the perspex outer (I do wish these games places would think about that before going nuts with their sh*!ty sticker machines – gah! Anywho, I’m a couple of missions in and loving the Cold War vibe, so much so that it’s giving me ideas/themes for future novels, which I guess I need to think about now given that Nocturne is the last of the current Sallies trilogy and I might want to spread my wings a bit before fixing my sights on the next one.
On the subject of Nocturne, it’s going well with very little writing done but a ton of planning (this is kind of essential with any novel, but particularly with this one given it’s a finale – keeping track of all the characters is an absolute b!xch). I’m confident once I’ve planned it to the hilt (and I’m combining the chapter breakdown and scene breakdown methods, so I know exactly what’s supposed to be going on where, but with half an eye on maintaining flexibility for fluid storylines and organic narrative development – which is a poncy way of saying, I still want to make sure I have room to make stuff up on the fly) that it’ll flow like golden butter onto the page – ugh!
In other news, made the final, final amends to Promethean Sun. Oh, and this bad boy is getting a colour section with a gatefold pull out (ever since I saw one in Batman: Animated, a superb coffee table book devoted to the 1990’s/2000’s TV series, I freakin’ love ‘em) too, so be on the look out.
Just watched All-Star Superman on Blu-ray, which was cool if a bit odd and disjointed translated to the screen. I still prefer Batman: Under the Red Hood as my favourite DC Animated Movie to date, though that might be topped by Batman: Year One, which comes hot on the heels of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, if Bruce Timm is to be believed.
Other projects in the pipe for me include a couple of really short, short stories (which’ll make a nice change of pace) and another HH novella to follow Promethean Sun (though this one is part of a collection called The Primarchs, rather than a HB Limited Ed.). In the ‘bank’ (that’s my ideas bank that I’m pretty sure every writer has in some form or other), I’ve got a story for a new audio, a HH short and the beginnings of a pitch for the sequel to Fall of Damnos, which I’ll either tag up as Sacrifice of Damnos or Siege of Kellenport. Still, that’s a ways off yet – Nocturne to be focused on first.
Oh, and I rally need to start bending my noggin’ towards the War of Vengeance (or War of the Beard, if you’re a dirty elf). Got tons of stuff saved up but nothing concrete yet. One for later, methinks.
Right, I’m off back to Cuba (or am I in the USSR somewhere now) and to make a coffee. That’s your weekend update, sports fans.