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Day 28: Fly Me to the Moon

Blaugust Entry, Day 28

Update on my reading of Have Space Suit-Will Travel. I’m 108 pages into this 255 page book. It’s a fast read if I put my mind to it. The story took its first serious turn with a cliffhanger of a chapter ending. The whole escape-by-foot-over-treacherous-lunar-terrain sequence reminded me of The Martian a little bit. Man vs. Alien Natural Landscapes. And the thin and large henchmen… They are probably a trope used in other literary works, but to me, it brings back specific memories of the haunting duo in the Otherland series.

This book is not a very descriptive book. As I said before, it is a masterclass in brevity. It fills in details by the context of the action. It infers and makes the reader fill in the blanks. It’s a very smart writing style. Still, the lack of descriptiveness may be why I am comparing this book to those other ones I’ve read in the past. My brain is probably pulling the imagery from the other novels into this one.

I also discovered a few more books that I purchased but haven’t read. Wee. I have a lot of media to consume.

I will hop into ARK in the morning to check up on my dinos. I hope they are still alive. It’s been a while.

Onward, to Day 29!

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Music Challenge #15

A Track-a-day Challenge as an exercise in establishing efficient creative-workflow.

I like how this one turned out, compositionally. I may eventually substitute the lead guitar for other orchestral instruments — when I get there.

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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Books


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Day 22: Bookstore = Empty Wallet

Blaugust Entry, Day 22

Today was the most money I spent on making spaghetti. That happens when you have to feed twenty people at a birthday party. I could have cooked the onions a tad bit more, and I may have to add a little more sauce tomorrow since it’s getting very oil-heavy with the butter and sausage juice. Still, it tastes delicious.

If you want the recipe for the best tasting tomato sauce I’ve ever tasted, look no further than my go-to food blog, Smitten Kitchen! And it’s three ingredients! I added sausage and onions, but the base is a very simple, savory sauce. You can drink it by itself, it’s so good. San Marzano tomatoes all the way!

Now I’m in a bit of a dilemma. I keep going to the bookstore, and I keep buying books. This time, I went to buy a gift, and came out with a copy of Press Start to Play. How could I resist?? My dilemma is that I by books faster than I finish them. Kinda like the backlog of games I have on Steam. I guess I have to discipline myself a little bit.

I have two novels partially read as of this moment: Have Space Suit-Will Travel, by Robert A. Heinlein, and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The latter is sitting in my car’s glove compartment, for those rare times I may need a book while waiting in the car. My mission is to finish reading the Heinlein book–which I’m a quarter through–before even touching Press Start to Play. 

Well, I may do a little reading and play some Longest Journey before retiring for the day. Tomorrow’s a long day.

Onward, to Day 23!

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Music Challenge #9

A Track-a-day Challenge as an exercise in establishing efficient creative-workflow.

Simple organ track. voice-leading exercise with a descending chromatic bass line.

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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in Books, Food, General


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Day 4: “Even with nougat, you can have a perfect moment.”

Blaugust Entry: Day 4 

Monday night is the one night in the week I can spend however I like, with absolutely no obligations to worry about.

I had an evening to do whatever I wanted, and I spent it doing two things: playing Clicker Heroes, and re-reading Terry Pratchett’s, Thief of Time. I think the almost mindless clicking of the game helped keep some space in my brain to take in all the reading I did; anything more may have taken too much mental space I needed. Anyways, the book.

I picked this book back up because I realized that, in yesterday’s post, I didn’t include any books at all. I thought on the books which gave me both an intense and satisfying intellectual and emotional experience, and this was one of the first which came to mind.

It’s been a while since I read this one, and I had forgotten how good it is. Thief of Time is the first Discworld novel I read, and it was the one which made me fall in love with Terry Pratchett’s works. It’s one of those books where the story not only arcs, but swirls and swirls until your brain tells you it can’t take it anymore – and then it all comes rushing together in a way that melts your heart and makes you feel more alive than you were moments ago. From the small scale immediate action to the grander scope of the novel, there is a web of delicate intricacy that I so admire in this novel. And there’s the witty humor – sorry… humour – everywhere.  How can something be so funny, thrilling, and deeply insightful all at once? It’s a rare talent, and it will truly be missed.

To be honest, I’m not a fan of all of the Discworld novels. Some felt a little flat, and some, I just didn’t get (maybe it’s the British humor?), but the following three, for sure, will remain in my favorites list for a long time to come: Small Gods, Going Postal, and Thief of Time.

If you haven’t read any of Terry Pratchett’s novels before, give these a whirl. It will make your life a whole lot richer.

Onward, to Day 5!

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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Books


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