So, I launched two websites this year: Houdini’s Revenge and Truth About Ruth. I enjoy writing for both of them and both of them require a ton of research on the front end and wonderful organizational skills on the back end. I can research like a champ but the sheer volume of comments and e-mails has been… sobering? a stark reminder of why it is a very good thing I never had children? It’s hard to say, but after spending 4 days doing nothing but responding to e-mails from TAR, I have to wonder if even a really organized person with excellent time management skills would have been able to cope.
At any rate, IROB is still my favorite of my three sites because it was my first real site and I feel really crappy that I have neglected it so much lately.
I have great stuff in the pipeline. In the next few weeks I hope to have up discussions of books by Kevin Akstin, Mikita Brottman, John McNee, Jon Konrath and others. I am working on an essay for another venture, a discussion wherein I apply the aesthetics of disgust to various bizarro novels. The Jim Goad ANSWER Me! discussion is also back on the table now that my “unpleasantness” is over. Not sure when that will happen but I am betting we’ll see it sometime in early 2014. It’s going to be a monster in terms of sheer word count so I promise that it will be worth the wait, if only in terms of volume.
I also have what I hope to be a very interesting look at books about disappearances in the national parks system. David Paulides, a Bigfoot researcher and former law enforcement officer, wrote two really fascinating books (actually, there is a third I have not yet read) about strange disappearances in various parks and the institutional stonewall and incompetence he encountered when he tried to get information about many of these disappearances. This discussion will be for Houdini’s Revenge but a lot of readers here may enjoy it.
And of course I will be cranking out content for Truth About Ruth. I had no idea it would become this massive of a research effort when I launched the site, and as of right now I don’t know if I will ever see the end of this woman’s scams and machinations. It fascinates me and is very interesting to me, but it also stabs my life in the face. Surely, as an adult with a ton of time on my hands, I will find a way to balance all the things I enjoy doing online.
On a completely unrelated note, my birthday last month was pretty much just another day – I’ve never been much of one to celebrate my birthdays in a big way. Dinner and book shopping is the maximum of what I am willing to do just because the clock ticked off another year. However, Mr. Oddbooks got me this:
It’s Captain Koons from Pulp Fiction, explaining the legend of the watch to my late cat, Adolph. He commissioned it from Ruth Marcus, a woman who specializes in painting your pets with various celebrities. Truly, this is the best gift anyone ever gave me. He got it professionally framed and I plan to hang it tomorrow. Adolph’s been dead for over three years and I still haven’t really gotten used to the idea he is gone. He was a remarkable animal. And he would have wanted to see a watch that spent five years up one man’s ass, two years up another’s. And we all know how I feel about Christopher Walken.
I also wanted to thank everyone who recently used my Amazon Affiliate link when they made purchases on Amazon. I really appreciate it!
See you all later this week. Let me know how you’ve all been doing!
2 thoughts on “2013: The Year Wherein I Realized My Limitations and Ignored That Realization”
You devote a great deal of energy to your reviews and other writing — I think when one is like that it’s totally natural to go through periods of focusing on one thing over others. The effort involved makes it inevitable that you’re going to tend to move in the direction of whatever’s at the top of the heap of things clamoring for your attention.
I enjoy all of your writing and look forward to whatever you put up next, but I will say that I really, really, really, really wish that Houdini’s Revenge had a RSS feed! (If there is one already, I can’t find it.)
I can’t wait to read your upcoming ANSWER ME! piece, as I’ve long been a fan of Goad’s work. I’ve become pretty obsessed with your oddbooks site ( I must have spent at least five hours reading your older reviews that first evening when I stumbled across this site) , this is the first blog I’ve come across that focuselt the sort of outre literature that I can’t get enough of. I’m really looking forward to reading more from you!