Photo by Rodrigo Hidalgo at Ding Dong Lounge.
In my ears: The entire discography of the Exploited and the Dropkick Murphys. The former because I’m going to see them play at the Kings Arms on Sunday, and the latter because I never got into them before and it is SHAMEFUL.
Reading: I finally finished House of Leaves! This is somewhat of a personal triumph. Read my review here. So now I am reading The Witches, Salem 1692, by Stacy Schiff, which may or may not be research for my 2017 US roadtrip, and Kate Morten’s The Secret Keeper (I am binge-reading gothic novels like whoa right now). I also just read The Yellow Wallpaper – a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, about a woman becoming increasingly haunted by the visions she sees in the wallpaper in her bedroom. It was spooky and good.
Writing: 48 pages left to edit on Thorn, Engine Ward part 3, before it goes to my editor. Then I have around 10,000 words to write on The Man in Black. Both books will be released in December, and I’m pretty excited – they will be the 6th and 7th books I publish this year. I’m hoping to dramatically improve upon that number in 2016.
Watching: My friend Andy just introduced me to Lena Dunham’s Girls, so I’m hunting out a way to watch the rest of it. The dialogue and awkward twenty-somethingness of it is fantastic.
On the Farm: WE HAVE TWO WALLS. Two walls of our new house! Also, I hate pollen with the fire of a thousand suns.
But, on the plus side, my first strawberries of summer are coming through now. I should be able to start harvesting in a few days.
Loving: Alestorm in New Zealand. They killed it, as always, and the pre- and after-parties were a hoot. Someone gave me beard oil – I’m not sure whether to be insulted or amused by this. I drank much gin and pole-danced. I was complimented on my abs. We walked through Auckland singing … “Gimme a Ding! Gimme a Dong! What does it spell?”. And then an epic storm struck my house and took out my internet for eight days. So that wasn’t so cool. But the rest of it was! \m/ impromptu dinner parties – thanks Amy & Tony & Dave. \m/ Lunch with Iris & Benson and discovering they’re also planning 2017 US adventures \m/ I started a secret FB group for all the people taking part in our 2017 Epic Metal US Adventure, because I am an organising freak and I like having something to look forward to. I am hoping to see some of you there \m/ Doors closing, but new opportunities presenting themselves. \m/ Writing an article for Rock n Roll Bride magazine – so excited to be doing some magazine writing again \m/ When friends who deserve good shit to happen to them have good shit happen to them \m/ Being accepted into an awesome collaborative world writing project (register over at Fallen Sorcery to find out more). I’ve never written in a world created by someone else before, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. \m/ Salted Caramel milkshakes, because happiness. \m/ Baby snuggles with our goddaughter and her adorable sister :) \m/ planning epic shit for 2016. BRING IT THE FUCK ON.
That’s my week. What about yours?