tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-32169459109222915442019-12-03T10:44:28.289-08:00Above All: StoryChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.comBlogger45125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-63884669040408988482019-12-03T10:44:00.000-08:002019-12-03T10:44:27.860-08:00What I've Been Reading: Nov. 2019Over the summer, I was perusing an article highlighting minority voices in sci-fi and fantasy. N.K. Jeminsin's, The Fifth Season, caught my attention, so I picked up a copy, but I didn't crack the cover until last month. In short, I loved it. This book has a lot going for it. It's set in a future where Earth is a more volatile habitat. The planet is far more active with earthquakes and volcanos Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-21425721815640303382019-12-03T10:32:00.005-08:002019-12-03T10:38:29.246-08:00What I've Been Watching: Nov. 2019I've recently started watching the sci-fi series, Another Life, on Netflix. I'm about halfway through the season. So far, I have mixed feelings on this one. The show features Katee Sackhoff, who you may remember her from Battlestar Galactica, or even from Longmire, which I rather enjoyed. We'll now she's Niko Breckenridge, a captain in some space-exploring government agency. Presumably of the USChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-87993778340325728662019-12-03T10:04:00.000-08:002019-12-03T10:04:29.112-08:00What I've Been Listening to: Nov. 2019Ok. Hear me out. I thought I'd be talking about Niel Young and Crazy Horse's resent new album this month, and I enjoyed giving it a listen. I even plan to give it another go, but I found myself into an out-of-left-field album far more, Doja Cat's Hot Pink. But let's be clear. It's forward, crass even, very sexualized, and very sexually explicit. If that might rub you the wrong way, better to Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-18668320970506938042019-10-30T09:21:00.000-07:002019-10-30T09:21:42.586-07:00What I've Been Reading: Oct 2019After Finishing Penny Dreadful (see my Watching for this month) and after years of being familiar with the Dorean Gray character but not having read it, I finally decided to get a copy of the Oscar Wilde novel. I'm not quite through it, so I'll share my thoughts on this classic next time. Until then...It's not horror or connected to Halloween, but Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries #3, Rogue Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-46201141269667119092019-10-30T09:08:00.001-07:002019-10-30T09:08:58.777-07:00What I've Been Watching: Oct. 2019Penny Dreadful, a Showtime series from a few years ago, featured Dr. Frankenstien, his monster(s), Werewolves, Dracula, Dorean Gray, and much more. What could be better for Halloween?I started this series, available on Netflix, around 2016. But I was late to it. I think I started about the time the news broke that Season 3 was to be it's last. I gobbled up the first two seasons, then my Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-77426131738568558252019-10-30T09:07:00.000-07:002019-10-30T09:07:14.928-07:00What I've Been Listening to: Oct. 2019I was a little young when Nine Inch Nails burst onto the scene in the 90s. I became aware of them but not a fan. Through the years, as a student and a fan of Cinema, I appreciated several NIN music videos, many of which, frontman, Trent Reznor directed himself. Still, I'd never have considered myself a fan of their music. Then came Old Town Road.If you're not familiar with the silly, Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-86324737152857210012019-09-30T21:55:00.000-07:002019-09-30T21:55:52.005-07:00What I've Been Reading: Sept. 2019Reading:A bit of a throwback, but a short read and a solid, creepy choice to kick off one's Halloween lead-up: Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan.The story was disjoint, following several different characters in a few different places and jumping time. I found the telling of the story similar to Bram Stoker's Dracula, drawing from several sources to compile one storyline. I enjoyed the book, and Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-84449776601712397902019-09-30T21:52:00.000-07:002019-09-30T21:52:12.547-07:00What I've been Watching: September 2019Two noteworthy picks for this month:First, I went and saw the new It: Chapter Two, and really enjoyed it. The movie was creepy, of course, had plenty of scary scenes, and was psychological with many of them, which is a plus. It's natural to compare the movie to the 1990 adaptation. As an author and a screenwriter, I have a nuanced opinion on remakes and adaptations. One of my chief rules for Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-70943327992249150432019-09-30T16:14:00.000-07:002019-09-30T16:15:12.755-07:00What I've Been Listening to: Sept 2019This one will be a little different. Instead of a cool band or album, I'm going to list an Audible exclusive that both interested and tickled me called Hi Bob. You guessed it, it is with Bob Newhart. Bob mgiht have been a little before my time, but I remember sitting on the floor in front of my parents and watching Newhart as a little kid, and loving Larry, Darryl, and Darryl. I am literaly Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-28268271991934353252019-09-04T12:15:00.001-07:002019-09-04T12:15:39.252-07:00What I've been Reading: Aug 2019Someone recently compared my writing to that of David Mitchell. It's always flattering to be classified with a mainstream and successful author. However, I was only familiar with Mitchell to the extent of the movie adaptation of his novel, Cloud Atlas. Thus I decided to start there to acquaint myself better. It was a good choice.Cloud Atlas interweaves six storylines, each from a different periodChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-11181536222573532262019-09-04T12:13:00.000-07:002019-09-04T12:13:04.556-07:00What I've been Watching: Aug 2019I saw the movie adaptation of Cloud Atlas back when it was in theaters. I found parts interesting but wasn't totally impressed. After reading the book recently, I decided to give the movie another look. It was worth it. I'm not sure if I simply missed a few important details which undermined my first viewing. I consider myself an attentive viewer, but I actually watched Cloud Atlas the first timeChanning Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-78089277510078014482019-09-04T12:10:00.003-07:002019-09-04T12:10:51.823-07:00What I've Been Listening to: Aug 2019I'd heard Lizzo interviewed on NPR a few months ago. Issues of gender, body image, and self confidence where all topics of her discussion. She is a larger woman who both figuratively and literally bares all on her recent album. All of this was interesting, but my attention wasn't thoroughly captured until I attended a wedding recently. Her music showed up on the rental car radio, in the club Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-68270807656325964012019-07-30T13:13:00.001-07:002019-07-30T13:13:14.143-07:00What I've Been Reading: July 2019I read Martha Wells' All Systems Red last summer. I've had the second novella in her Murderbot Diaries series, Artificial Condition, in my "to read" pile since them. I finally picked it up last weekend. In short, it was a fun read.As with the first in the series, it was an entertaining story. This book gets a little more personal with the main character, an A.I. security unit, and delves deeper Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-1326488153755242012019-07-30T13:10:00.001-07:002019-07-30T13:10:47.303-07:00What I've Been Watching: July 2019You may have heard of Rip Torn's recent passing. I've long been a fan of his work. If you've never seen it, go check out Forty Shades of Blue (2005). Many of the mentions of his death referenced his performance in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), alongside the late David Bowie, but I'd never seen the film. I've also been making an effort in my reading to pick up a few classic, pentacle sci-fi Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-79818375581528121512019-07-30T13:06:00.001-07:002019-07-30T13:06:23.495-07:00What I've Been Listening to: July 2019A friend tried to get me to listen to the Mountains Goats about a dozen years ago. For whatever reason, they didn't grab me, and I probably forgot all about them until recently. I saw a clip of Stephen Colbert jumping on stage and singing with the band on facebook, and gave it a listen. I liked it, so I pulled them up on iTunes, and I have to say I was immediately captivated. Musically, they're Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-65441545709916707012019-07-03T12:38:00.001-07:002019-07-03T14:04:27.904-07:00What I've Been Reading: May 2019 Since I write fiction, most of the time I post reviews about fiction, but I'm a big advocate of reading a wide variety of genres and subjects in order to cultivate a multifaceted and unique sphere of influence on oneself. Thus, I certainly pick up non-fiction from time to time. Lately, I haven't written about those titles much because they've seemed to lean toward topics relating to being a Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-59410366805178954292019-07-03T12:36:00.000-07:002019-07-03T12:36:38.171-07:00What I've Been Watching: June 2019 By total coincidence, I think, my pick for what I've been watching lately also deals with race issues in the USA. The Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, premiered about a month ago, and I heard good things immediately. The series is a dramatization of the real-life incident which became known as the Central Park Jogger Case and the alleged attackers being known as the Central Park Five. I Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3216945910922291544.post-38772694763232021532019-07-03T12:35:00.000-07:002019-07-03T14:04:06.186-07:00 What I've Been Listening to: June 2019 I was listening to the Coffee House station on SXM while chauffeuring my six-year-old to one place or another and song, Anxiety, by Julia Michaels featuring Selena Gomez came on and caught my attention. Of course, I knew who Selena Gomez was, though she became famous in pop music a bit after I was the type who stayed current on pop music. SO I wouldn't call my self a fan or even very familiar. Channing Whttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03019464419883679102noreply@blogger.com0tag: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.com0