We Were On a Break


While the length of time may vary, most writers agree that you should take some kind of break between drafts of your book, especially if you’re still deep in revisions, as I am with Brigham Plaza. I used to see these breaks as reprieves. A whole month of not writing? How luxurious! These days, they are annoying necessities, and the only way to survive them is to distract myself by writing blog posts with the same level of intrigue as an elementary school newspaper.

That said, these are the things I’d talk about at parties… if you ever came to my parties.

Playing: Borderlands 3

Borderlands is back! And it hasn’t changed much. The graphics are a little shinier, there are a couple of gameplay tweaks, but really, not much has changed from Borderlands 2 or the Pre-Sequel or whatever the last one was. That’s okay, though, because Borderlands is awesome. Tons of guns, a Claptrap, the unshakable feeling you’ve done all this before–it’s all there!

That said, I’ve been sinking an hour into it most nights, and with the exception of the forced exploration of Sanctuary, I’m enjoying it. The only problem is that I have a modern graphics card and this game stutters like crazy. Even in menus. Even on game load. It’s annoying but has a very definite “launch day” bug feel to it. Hopefully they’ll iron that out.

The game is very good at shuffling you along the story line. I actually restarted about halfway through with a different character and tried to ignore the story as much as possible. Leveling up and getting the nuttier guns before meeting some of the later bosses is much more fun.

Bottom Line: $60 gets you Borderlands 2 with updated graphics that stutter during intense scenes.

Reading: Doctor Sleep

I tried reading Doctor Sleep a few years ago, but lost interest with the first introduction of The True Knot because they sounded like vampires and if it ain’t Anne Rice, it ain’t vampires. Yeah, I’m going to the mat with that one. It was actually the promotional push for the Doctor Sleep movie that made me come back to the book, and all because it showed Danny back at the Overlook Hotel.

So I’m a good ways into this book–still no Overlook Hotel–but it’s still a good book. The only problem is that I don’t see a problem yet. Maybe that’s because I don’t understand alcoholism very well or how defeating it could itself be a monumental task.

In comparison to The Shining, this book is hardly scary. There are a few interesting moments, but even the sacrifice of children seems banal in King’s worlds. The only scene that really stuck out at me was one with Abra when she was a baby and crying uncontrollably throughout the night. That was pretty good.

Despite its shortfalls, I’m still reading, mostly because King’s writing style is amazing and everything I’d want to be, except different and in my own way.

Bottom Line: A worthy entry in the King-verse and possibly the genesis for The Institute.

Watching: Letterkenny

Letterkenny is the funniest damn thing on television and if you’ve got a problem with it then you’ve got a problem with me and I suggest you let that marinate. I’ve watched the first six seasons multiple times, and now Season 7 is available on Hulu.

It’s hard to say who the best character on the show is, but I laugh every time Coach comes on the screen. Poor Coach and poor Barb.

What really gets me about Letterkenny is how resistant YOU are to watching it. I tell everyone about this show, and NO ONE will watch it. What the hell is wrong with you people anyway?

Bottom Line: If you don’t watch AND ENJOY this show, you’re dead to me.

About the author

Daniel Verastiqui

Daniel Verastiqui is a science fiction author from Austin, Texas. His novels explore relationships and identity in the context of ubiquitous technology, pervasive violence, and frequent nudity. His next book, Brigham Plaza, is planned for a Summer 2020 release. He recommends you start getting excited about the new book now.


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  • I like to leave a couple of months between writing sentences so I can really let the ideas germinate (or fester) in my mind. Your way seems to be more productive, but since when was life about finishing things?

    I will watch Letterkenny and then you’ll have someone to talk to at one of those made-up parties of yours.

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