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My day - a final visit to LFPL

So today was a weird day. I resolved to finally call the mover who had quoted me a good price. When I called them this morning, they said they couldn't do it for another week. It depressed the hell out of me, I must admit. Tomorrow I'll have to call some others; otherwise, I'll head up with a minimum on Friday and make arrangements for the majority to come up the next week. A short-term fiasco, but not a big deal.

I hate talking on the phone, particularly to people I don't know and especially when I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing. Thus, I have put this off. I also didn't have the lease official until yesterday so that's been an issue.

To make myself feel better, then, I went the downtown library with maxsilver. I had two goals in mind: I was looking for the graphic novel section to find Transmetropolitan which the library web site indicated was available and to find more Hunter S. Thompson to read in his memory. The Transmet goal failed, although I did find the graphic novel section. I did pick up Better than Sex, his analysis of the Clinton years, and Screwjack, a collection of three short stories. Also, and I'm very excited, LEO's cover story this week is Hunter S. Thompson.

Of course, I can't go to a library and not wind up with a bunch of other things. I also found Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block, someone who I saw give a reading last year and wanted to pick up. He writes fluff and this particular one is the first of his Bernie Rhodenbarr series, about a burglar who winds up in the midst of mysteries. I don't know that I would ever purchase his books because they are incredibly quick reads.

I also picked up Vintage Murakami, a collection of short stories and excerpts of novels by Haruki Murakami, a Japanese writer I have heard good things about and have been very interested in reading.

Finally, I picked up The Rising by Brian Keene. In 2003, it won the Bram Stoker award for best first novel. I am a very big fan of the horror genre. I started reading Stephen King in junior high, and am constantly on the lookout for new writers. I dabble myself in the genre in my own writing, although, as I've mentioned before, I'm still searching for my voice and the stories I need to be telling. I wish King's work was as strong as it was, but I still enjoy Clive Barker. I've read a little bit of Caitlin R. Kiernan and I like her stuff, too. Some others, like Neil Gaiman, get lumped into the genre as well. There's room, I think.

Anyway, The Rising is a zombie novel. I'm about 1/3 of the way through it just in the hour or so I spent with it this afternoon. I admit to enjoying it. The premise, without giving too much away, is that government experiments have led to raising the dead. The best part, though, is that it's not just humans that have changed. An encounter in the zoo led to men dying at the jaws of zombie anacondas and lions. An encounter in the woods led to men getting attacked by zombie squirrels. It gets points so far for cleverness.

So not a complete waste of a day, but also not a day of a lot of accomplishment. Tomorrow, I hope, will be more productive


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Feb. 24th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
Procrastination gets you no where....this proves it. I can say that, since I'm exactly the same way and would be in the same boat if I were in your situation.
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