Monthly Archives: May 2010

Bad May

So Ronny James Dio and Paul Gray are dead, coupled with Pete Steele that make it a pretty ordinary couple of months in metal. Cranking some Slipknot now to pay some respects and wondering if the band will survive. All Hope is Gone indeed.

In good news however, the new Deftones is actually pretty damn good. What I’ve heard of the new FF sounds awesome, kinda sad that Christian and Raymond aren’t in the camp anymore, but Hoglan is a fkn beast. New BFMV was a bit disappointing. Couple of good tracks, but no flying kick to the chops like Scream, Aim, Fire was.

Saw Full Scale last night, they rrrrrrrawked. This here clip is from their comeback gig. Big lug in the crowd with the baseball cap and MH tshirt is yours truly. 🙂

Storm is sitting at 68k, which means I’ve tracked 25,000 words in about 23 days, which I’m pretty proud of. Had the A-bomb read through the WIP a few days ago, and she had a little bit of a flip out about it – dunno if I caught her in a good mood or what, but the compliments were extensive, and she’s normally loathe to say anything nice in case I get a big head. But the book feels good, and its all flowing towards the conclusion neatly, only seconds from the final bell really.

Hoping to have some good news on COLD soon too, but it could just as easily head down the path to slit-wrist-ville, so keep em crossed.

Recent flicks: Moon = Great. Terminator: Salvation = steaming pile of pus. Anyone who lets that McGee clown near a camera again should be the first against the wall when Judgement Day hits. Seriously, send a T800 back in time to prevent that film ever getting made. Forget John Connor, Skynet, we’ve all got bigger fucking problems.

Open heart transplant surgery, with a ticker recently punched so hard by a t800 that it stopped beating, jump-started with a couple of wires pulled out of a wall, conducted in an open air field hospital by a bloody veterinarian. Fuck you.

Reading Farenheit 451 atm, and it’s goddamn awesome. The Windup Girl is next on the list, and I’m pretty jazzed about reading it. The short stories I’ve read from Paolo have been 100% superfly. Re-watching s4 of BSG too, and it’s brill. I might stop watching before the last 15 minutes of the final episode, and the world will be roses.

RIP Paul and Ronnie.

Listening to: Slipknot, Volume 3: the Subliminal Verses.



Four partial requests have arrived in my grimy little inbox in the last week (although two of them were gut shot almost immediately because of “I don’t like your style” issues). So current tally is still 2 fulls and 2 partials out there in the big blue. 1 of the fulls and 1 of the partials are from agents (both males, I think I’m detecting a pattern here) who say they really dig the style, so I’m holding out a bit more hope for both of those than I usually allow myself.

‘Storm’ is sitting at 43K, about halfway through the second act, which is on schedule.

Listening to: RATM, Battle of Los Angeles


Another partial request has come in, to replace the reject-a-mundo from Mr Snail Mail (which is a downer, but tbh, the vibe I got off him wasn’t the best, and anyone who’s still asking for snail mail in this day and age probably isn’t the most flexible of fellows) so there are still three irons in the fire. One in particular has proved very promising (got a mail of the “tell me about yourself” variety), but it’s all talky-talky until an offer comes in, so I’m trying not to get too worked up about it (which is hard, but hey, I’m trying).

In the meantime, I’m back working on my YA piece, and we’re sitting at the 36K mark, which is probably the halfway point. I did a complete read-through last night and it feels really good. Zero is sitting at 52K, but I’m in the head space for the YA book atm. I may even finish it before I go back to Zero. Either way, one of them will definitely be done by September unless one of these agents puts me out of my misery and offers me representation, which will mean back to re-writing Cold.

And this oil spill thing is just shit.

Listening to: Pantera, Far beyond Driven (lotta dead people on rotation this month)