tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-32169459109222915442019-06-11T03:27:15.284-07:00Above All: StoryChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.comBlogger27125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-51564348997567614632019-05-30T13:07:00.003-07:002019-05-30T13:08:07.471-07:00What I've Been Reading: May 2019So technically I'm listening to this one but let me tell you why. While I was in Houston for a convention, I had the pleasure of speaking with several fellow authors one of which was Nebula award-winning William Ledbetter who had just recently released an exclusive audiobook story called Level Five. That's right, you can only get it as an audiobook, in fact, it's even exclusive to audible. Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-21795315670198897152019-05-30T13:04:00.003-07:002019-05-30T13:04:54.468-07:00What I've Been Watching: May 2019I found the first season of True Detective compelling, surprising, well cast, and deliciously gritty, but like many, when the second season came out a year later, it failed to capture my interest or live up to its predecessor, in spite of boasting an intriguing and veteran cast itself. For those who aren't familiar, each season of the show functions as a mystery mini-series with a new case and Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-70359495731203481432019-05-30T13:01:00.000-07:002019-05-30T13:01:07.591-07:00What I've Been Listening to: May 2019This is one that totally came from catching my eye on iTunes. Billie Eilish wasn't on my radar before her new album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, came out a little over a month ago. I have an eclectic taste, but the pop and club influences I can detect in Eilish's music don't usually draw my attention. However, the haunting quality of Eilish's musical sound, voice, and lyrics are allChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-50292871333776243352019-03-25T16:35:00.001-07:002019-03-25T16:35:49.453-07:00What I've Been Reading: March 2019I recently finished Stephen King's 2018 release, The Outsider. I've got a few King books on the shelf, but I don't consider myself a superfan. I'm a casual fan, with the Dark Tower series being my favorite of his work, though as an author who writes horror he would obviously be a difficult author to ignore. In this case, my main reason for picking up this title was a suspicion that the story ideaChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-37388082191330122182019-03-25T16:32:00.000-07:002019-03-25T16:32:23.466-07:00What I've Been Watching: March 2019I'm a devout Star Trek fan, so in the last week or so I've been catching up on Star Trek Discovery, season 2. Though I have a few qualms, on the whole, I've enjoyed this newest entry into the Star Trek canon, and I was anxious to dig into the new season. Broadly, I think the characters from the start of this series were interesting, the re-imagining of Klingons was compelling, and the anti-hero Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-69254125184885551802019-03-25T16:28:00.002-07:002019-03-25T16:28:42.428-07:00What I've Been Listening to: March 2019Around the time I finished college, I became aware of and subsequently a fan of Andrew Bird. I even saw him perform at eh Englert in Iowa City, in 2007. But for some reason, I stopped following him a year or so after that. Then, earlier this month, without any provocation I'm aware of, Andrew Brid came to mind. Thus, I pulled him up on my unlimited iTunes and set to rediscover him. It has been Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-10287907211747737782019-02-28T12:12:00.001-08:002019-02-28T12:12:41.021-08:00What I've Been Reading: February 2019I'm not always great at sticking exclusively to a book once I start it. I don't like to abandon a read, but I have other things come up sometimes because they relate to something I'm writing, like last month's Re-animator. Similarly, I'll pause on a book to read non-fiction for research applicable to a story I'm crafting. Sometimes, something pops up that friends and family are talking about and Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-82165572366330456692019-02-28T12:09:00.001-08:002019-02-28T12:09:34.091-08:00What I've Been Watching: February 2019I've wanted to catch Hulu's Castle Rock for a while now. I'm a casual fan of King, not devoted, but I certainly have a handful of his works which I love. I thought the series delivered a very eerie feel which I associate with King, that small town which should be a family driven haven from big city hustle and bustle but turns out to be a pertri dish for evil or at least the very weird. I Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-33338695527027790372019-02-28T12:06:00.000-08:002019-02-28T12:06:11.753-08:00What I've been Listening to: February 2019I heard the members of Mandolin Orange interviewed on the radio and thought I'd give them a listen, so I pulled up their new album, Tides of Teardrops on iTunes. I'm glad I did. Their sound is interesting, they have great lyrics, wonderful voices, and splendid harmonies, plus the music is very chill, perfect for casually listening to while hammering out a couple of days of editing. I think Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-66662886921980363952019-01-28T15:42:00.000-08:002019-01-28T15:44:19.320-08:00What I've Been Reading, Watching, and Listening to: Jan. 2019Reading: Earlier this month I sat down and read Lovecraft's Herbert West - Reanimator stories. I'm working on a new story which has some similar themes, and I wanted to be sure I wasn't inadvertently overlapping with characters or plot. I'd seen the movie years ago but never read the original literature. In short, I loved it. It was dark, mysterious and thought-provoking. I enjoyed the almost Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-39613006089089951672018-12-31T10:12:00.004-08:002018-12-31T10:12:28.131-08:00What I've Been Reading, Watching, and Listening to: Dec. 2018Reading:Two works to mention this month. First I took on Joe Lansdale's short work The Night They Missed the Horror Show. Back in May, I met Mr. Lansdale at a convention and actually sat on two panels with him. Before that, I was only familiar with Bubba Ho Tep. I found Joe to be a fun guy to chat with and was interested in looking at some of his other work. I hadn't gotten to it yet, until Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-37057787321693821042018-11-27T22:48:00.000-08:002018-11-27T22:48:25.507-08:00What I've Been Reading, Watching and Listening To: Nov. 2018Reading:After watching the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, and thoroughly enjoying it (see last month's Watching) I decided to delve into Shirley Jackson's original book. Though I haven't quite hit the final page, I can comment on many sparks of delight, though overall I've not been as wowed as I was with the series. Part of the difference, through no fault of the book, is that Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-12997127793631707792018-10-23T22:34:00.002-07:002018-10-23T22:34:50.386-07:00What I've Been Reading, Watching, and Listening To: October 2018Reading: I've just finished Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I hear his name thrown around a lot in fantasy circles and as it just so happens I put out a fantasy novelette this very month.  I didn't initially set out to write a fantasy piece, but when you work in horror and sci-fi, the other two branches of spec fiction, I guess you can find yourself Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-41022429863816997872018-09-24T21:51:00.001-07:002018-09-24T21:51:13.056-07:00What I've Been Reading, Watching, and Listening To. September 2018Reading: This month, I've started a couple of books but haven't finished any, not that they aren't good, so I'm sure I'll be talking about them soon. However, I've also been reading quite a bit with my son who just started Kindergarten, and he has been interested in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, so I've read five installments in as many weeks. Therefore, this month my recent reads Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-79401121903364885942018-08-27T22:21:00.001-07:002018-08-27T22:21:10.025-07:00What I've Been Reading, Watching, and Listing. August 2018Reading:I'm just finishing Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals of Delicious Living by Nick Offerman. Usually, my reading tends toward fiction, and when it doesn't, it usually involves non-fiction that related to a fiction story I'm writing. Or in other words, research. However, I'd had this book way back in my "to read" pile for years. I think the world of Nick Offerman's acting, and Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-58151301436149378262018-04-22T17:45:00.001-07:002018-04-22T17:45:35.333-07:00What Makes for a Good In-Person Promotion? (Authors) Have any other authors out there ever been invited to or heard about an author event somewhere within driving distance, which boasts there will be five, ten, maybe twenty authors at an indie bookstore or some such place, so you signed up. You watched as the event posted dozens of times on Facebook, you shared all the posts with your own followers (as if they didn’t have yourChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-24752484813350139092017-05-29T08:45:00.000-07:002017-05-29T08:45:07.300-07:00Classic Review: The Great God PanI came across the short story, The Great God Pan as I was preparing a few of my own horror shorts for submission to publishers. I'd also seen it recommended in an article by Steven King. Thus, I picked up a copy to give it a read. I was not disappointed.The story was disjoint, following several different characters in a few different places and jumping time. I found the tell of the story similar Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-87690557311178449532017-05-22T08:23:00.002-07:002017-05-22T08:24:27.726-07:00Classic Book Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyGiven the reach and influence The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has had into pop culture, along with the admiration many of my friends have had for the series since we were young teens, I expected this book to be well suited to my taste and a pleasure to read. Unfortunately, perhaps my expectations were too high. While there were a few gems of imagination and pure oddity which rightfully Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-45296937978481826502016-09-27T09:27:00.000-07:002016-09-27T09:29:01.942-07:00How Long Did It Take You to Write? <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:1; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-54560687930512560702016-09-15T09:21:00.000-07:002016-09-15T09:21:58.565-07:00The Seed of a Story <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 134217746 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-18043271077000601662016-05-26T09:26:00.002-07:002016-05-26T09:28:11.658-07:00My First Vonnegut Experience, Though Likely Not My Last.I've always been familiar with Vonnegut's name but not particularly versed in his material. I'd seen the movie based on his novel Mother Night, but outside of knowing a few titles, seeing his cameo in Back to School, and of course his connection with the University of Iowa, that was the extent of my familiarity. However, recently I'd encountered an intriguing, simple and playful, yet deep quote Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-19337424694325952002015-12-08T08:39:00.001-08:002015-12-10T12:17:41.159-08:00Repetition of Story (It's Christmas) <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 134217746 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:1; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:variable; Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-32301204301242842962015-05-26T14:16:00.000-07:002015-05-26T14:16:01.474-07:00"The Book Was Better” Part 2<!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-21743562532015646602015-05-06T12:17:00.000-07:002015-05-26T14:16:29.062-07:00"The Book Was Better" Part 1 <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-27867779850238839622015-02-03T10:35:00.002-08:002015-02-03T10:39:07.925-08:00Can a Story Ever Truely Be Told? <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0