November, that dreaded month between the fun of Halloween and the evil that is Christmas.
November is also National November Writing Month, where thouasnds of writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The winner is the person who writes the least bad novel.
This year (for the third time) I’m going to give it a shot, but I’m planning on actually finishing it this time. Last year I got off to a good start, but life got in the way (as it does) and I never got back into it.
This time I’m witing a story which is set in a land akin to Ancient Greece. It’s called The Hero Elect and it’s part of a trilogy.
In other news, I finally got round to seeing Bladerunner 2049, and it was fantastic. If dystopian existential drama is your thing (as it is mine), I heartily recommend it. The sets are great and the soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a bum-numbing three hours long (pee first), but it rattles along at a good pace and if you like it, you will probably feel the need to watch it again to pick up on all the intricacies you likely missed.
While I’m waiting for Stranger Things season two to hit Netflix, I’ve been filling the gap with Mindhunter, a fictional take on the FBI’s investigation into the mindset of serial killers in the 70s. The basic premise is a couple of agents join forces to look into the rise of the serial killer, and end up investigating some cases along the way. It’s based on true events, but you can take that as you will. It’s as compelling as it sounds, cast is great, and script and sets are excellent. Netflix has been responsible for some of the finest shows doing the rounds lately.
I’m curretly reading Days of Endless Night by Matt Larkin, an advenutre rooted deeply in Viking lore. I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far, it’s well-written, dark and (darkly) humourous, and while I’m not an expert on Viking mythology, it certainly fits what I do know.