Well, the things they are a-happenin’. Or at least, some of ’em anyway. So I figured it’s time to get another one of these thrown together, and book-end it with some suitably heavy music (which, I admit, may not be to everyone’s taste, my wife included). We’ll start with:
10 Masked Men: Stayin’ Alive
I’m sure by now, people other than me have come across 10 Masked Men, but I only found them recently. A British death-metal band that seems to deal largely in covers of popular songs, I have bypassed their entertaining covers of Hit Me Baby One More Time and Livin’ La Vida Loca (as well as Baggy Trousers by Madness, which may actually be my favourite), and come straight to the Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive”. Layered over the original’s video, this put me in a tremendously good mood — though if you don’t generally take your music aggressive and your vocals more percussive than melodic, you may find their version a little hard-going. Still, I’d recommend sticking around at least as far as the first chorus.
(I also recommend watching it soon, as it appears that the music producers who own this video are merrily taking it down, so this may not be available in this form forever…)
And thence, to…
Writers of the Future
Another quarter is over, and I have a silver honourable mention to add to the honourable mention I earned previously, which is nice — one of my goals for the year was to acquire at least one HM from this contest, so I get to chalk that one off. The next quarter ends in just a fortnight, though — I have one story on slow-boil that I want to finish for the contest, but I doubt it’ll be done in time for this quarter. So I’ll probably be scratching this one, and letting my entry slide until the next.
(P.S. — I started writing this a few days ago, and since then, I’ve actually found and submitted a different story for the quarter. So the one I’m working on is still ongoing, but I do have a story in for the final voting quarter this year.)
And none of my writing was lost, despite…
Recently, our power recently went completely bonkers. For six nights in a row, it went out — to the point that you could set the clock by it, dropping out at three minutes past ten and coming back on at 10:14. Adding to the fun, the flashlight I was using flickered and wouldn’t stay lit, turning the entire thing into a weird, epilepsy-inducing horror-movie episode. Fortunately, my PC is hooked up to a UPS unit, so when the power goes out, I get about six minutes to save what I’m doing and shut down without losing my work.
But you know who doesn’t do any work, any of the time?
Because one of our cats has discovered the Outside Front, which is the bit that doesn’t have a fence. And while England has plenty of cars and people to deal with when it comes to cats going on explorations, round here we’ve got mountain lions, coyotes and black bears, not to mention bats that can carry rabies and ticks (the latter of which I really don’t like, probably because of having seen the cheesy horror-movie Ticks in my youth). So, it’s now a fun game of letting her go outside, and then wrangling her back inside before she bolts for the hills…
And Family Phonecalls
Sometimes, I just need ’em, and I really did today. A lousy day left me in a worse mood, but just calling home made me feel massively better. My wife also baked me Brazilian cheese-bread, which is one of my favourite comfort-foods, and so I ended the afternoon really feelin’ the love. And from there, my day turned a sharp one-eighty and just got better and better — and right now, I’m feeling relaxed ‘n happy. Yes indeed!
And that only leaves…
White Zombie: I Am Legend
Book-ending with some other heavy music, but even if you don’t take your music heavy as a rule, try giving the opening minute and a half a listen. It’s a simple, melodic horror-toned electric guitar solo, played with an acoustic bent. This is my favourite song from the album (with Soul-Crusher’s bass grind hot on its heels), and is based around the movie of the same name, which is something of a Zombie modus operandi. (And to those who don’t like this metal malarkey — I’ll try and pick something different next time!)