Saturday, January 15, 2011

Random Chatter, Nevets-Style

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I feel like blogging, but I'm also tired and scattered, so consider this some random chit-chat just before the weekend.  Chime in with your own in the comments!

Oh, first, I added a Facebook page.  You will want to like my Facebook page, because in the next little while there will be both a Facebook-only contest (!) and some Facebook-only story content.  So follow the link, click like and you're set.  Do it!

So this weekend I'm going to try and get a bunch of time in on Sublimation.  Next week, though I want to try and wrap up a nearly-finished short story.  It's a mystery.  It's a western.  It's about a forensic anthropologist in the American west.   Trying to decide whether to submit it as CN Nevets or another pen name.  I plan on writing more in that series, and some other, perhaps more traditional Western stuff.  Given the market (or lack thereof) for Westerns, it's tempting to isolate my Nevets writing from that material, even though it will be up to the same standard of quality.  Any thoughts?

Earlier this week I checked out a few different videos of Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh preforming "La Di Da Di" live.  That led to a video of Doug E Fresh performing the classic with Snoop Dogg.  Further down the rabbit hole, that led to my discovery of Snoop Dogg's cover version of the song.  While his version isn't quite to my taste, I'll grant its quality for what it wants to be.  That said, there's great irony in a cover version of a song whose original version decried those who were, "bitin' their rhymes, because, um, they're back-stabbers."  This irony may escape you, but trust me, it's there.

Speaking of cover versions: Tesla, I'm sorry, but the original Five Man Electric Band lyrics were just fine.  "Blocking out the scenery" was still meaningful and intelligible when you recorded your version, and changing it to, erm, what you did, was a cheap move.

Today, the third of my three really good friends with whome I started my aborted second masters program passed her oral defense.  I'm very excited for her, as I was for the first two.  I'm proud to have known them, and I look forward to their contributions.  On the other hand, it does sting a little.  I'm not jealous of them, but part of me regrets that I never got to see that one through to completion.

Gabriel's Pancake House in Marion makes amazing breakfast food, all hours of the day.  Best bacon and hashbrowns in the area.  Plus the food never leaves with that greasy, "Ugh, why did I eat that?" feeling.

Congrats to writers Michelle Davidson Argyle and Gary Corby for getting through their copy edits this week!

Congrats to Ryan David Jahn for the spiffy cover for Good Neighbors, the upcoming US release of his award-winning debut thriller, Acts of Violence.

Finally, just a sobering thought that's not new to any one out there trying to start a writing career.  I talk a lot about the importance of approaching writing like a job. It's not my hobby.  It's not something I aspire to to or to become.  I want to approach it with discipline, dedication, and organized energy.  That said, I'll admit that it is very difficult, especially this time of year, to treat writing like job when I already have a job and also volunteer with the ambulance.  Inevitably, something must give.  Too often, by necessity it's the writing.  Hopefully that will not always be the case.

So, I don't ramble often, or blog when I'm sleepy often, but a change of pace is good every once in a while.

Can't wait to hear from y'all!  Comment back or just do your own random ramble.

.Nevets.

5 comments:

  1. Rambling is good. I like the look of the Ryan David Jahn book. Excellent advice on taking your writing seriously. I met an old friend recently who asked, "You still got your wee writing hobby going?" I nearly decked him.

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  2. That book looks wonderful. I'm going to have a good look at my neighbours.

    Also, I LIKED your facebook page.
    CD

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  3. If Cn. Nevets has a very particular meaning for your other writing, then i agree it might be better to use a different name. But it is up to you.

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  4. Ramble away.

    I agree with what Summer said.

    It looks like an interesting book!

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  5. @Michael - I figure if I want people to take my writing seriously, I better take it seriously myself.

    @Clarissa and G'Eagle - Thanks! It's a great book, but not to be read lightly. You can read my review of Acts of Violence (the UK release) here.

    @Summer - I don't want to think too narrowly, but it's harder for authors to cross between westerns and suspense writing than it is for Clint Eastwood, at least from a marketing standpoint. So I'm not sure.

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