Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

2017 Reebot

Week Six - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

To start, I want to make it clear that I am not dead. I kind of disappeared from this blog, but I am back and I am going to attempt to get back into the swing of blogging.

My time away from the blog took away a large part of my motivation to meet my goals for the year. Luckily the year isn’t over yet, and while I might be hard pressed to read all 60 new books this year I should be able to get my bow ties made.

I was in a bad place professionally for a while and I spent a lot of my time trying to figure out how to be happy again. I had a lot of support from friends and family and I am in a much better place now then I was.

On the positive side of things: I started a new job and we got a new kitten. Both things happened in the last month and have been a huge change for me and Sarah. Jeff is the cat’s name and my new job is with a Hospice company.

Stay tuned for more updates to come.

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Steelheart

Steelheart

Synopsis

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

Review

I love and hate Brandon Sanderson. I love every book of his that I have read. His characters are good, world building is fantastic and his magic (or whatever it is called) is amazing. But I can’t put his books down. They are like crack, forcing me to read later than I want, or to try to read and cook at the same time. WHY!?!

Steelheart falls right into this same area. I loved it, I loved every moment of it. The twists were great and while I anticipated what one of them would be, I didn’t think it would happen the way it did. One of my secret loves is super hero books, and this one has that. The world is dark and the Epics horrible human beings, but it is immersive and fun.

I have now added this to a series that I will read when I get through all these other books.

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The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1

The Black Monday Murders

Synopsis

From Jonathan Hickman (East of West, Secret Wars, Avengers) and Tomm Coker (Undying Love) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money… and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it.

Review

This was one of the comic trade paperbacks I picked up before my colonoscopy. It grabbed it on a whim, mostly because I liked the art style, and I quite enjoyed reading through it. The Black Monday Murders is fantastic.

The story was interesting, though bleak. The concept of the story is interesting and I liked the way they combined historical occurrences with the events of the story.

Not sure if I would recommend this if you weren’t already a fan of comics as it was more of a multimedia story, combining traditional comic formatting with prose and “found” files.

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April 2017

Back yard Lilacs

Writing

I finished my first read through of Rio Borealis, my 2016 Nano book. It is in much better shape than I thought it would be. As I read through it I could see that I had learned a lot in my last year of writing. Granted it isn’t perfect but I think I will be able to fix it up quickly. It is also less epic than Calliope and the Living Biologic, so there is less continuity to fix.

Books

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I didn’t get as many books read as previous months. At first I thought it was because my motivation to read had left me. But it turns out that life has gotten a lot more hectic and I keep adding to my hobby time.

Life

Life still goes on and on. I am having a lot of fun, but it seems like my time is disappearing. I think being on Adderall has made me so much more focused at work that I am forced to work on all my hobbies at home. Like a normal person.

Being on ADHD meds has really upped my productivity in some areas, but it has made other things more difficult. Writing ha become an interesting hobby because I am more likely to plan instead of just write by the seat of my pants. I am still learning the best way to do that.

Projects

The Bow Tie Project was going great, but this last week I just didn’t have time. I mean… I had time, I just did other things instead. This week I will get back on my game and get a tie made.

My brother in law got me Warhammer: Age of Sigmar for my birthday. It is a problem because Warhammer is one of those games I am fascinated with. Previously I had worked on a Skaven army but assembling them was a pain in the ass. They were on square bases and you had to make sure they could stand together as a unit.

Age of Sigmar seems to be a little easier to assemble and I like that you can now play any combination of army within the different factions. So a dwarf, elf, lizard people army is now a thing.

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