Progress is progress, right? After being stuck on page 59 of my novel for the past 6 or 7 months, I’ve finally broken through and started writing again. In the past week and a half I have added 10 pages to the total, bring me to 69 pages. Everyone loves that number, right? I’ve finally got some juices flowing and am overcoming the anxiety of going forward with my writing.
I was attempting to read Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, but by page 90 was so bored that I couldn’t bring myself to continue. I scanned the internet for some reviews, and there were mixed reactions to the book. There were some comments about reading it in one sitting, and others that regretted reading the whole thing because it never got better. I finally decided to give up and turned it back into the library Monday morning. I thought a book that got a $2 million advance would be better. I’ll just wait for the movie and hope it doesn’t put me to sleep.
Speaking of movies, I watched John Carpenter’s Vampires earlier tonight, which is somewhat of a misnomer, since it is really not Carpenter’s story but based on James Steakley’s novel Vampire$. The plot was good, and I intend to drive down to the library tomorrow afternoon to check out the novel. Hopefully it is an easier read than Kostova.
In addition to the inspiration I have been getting from Carpenter’s movies, I have been listening to Wednesday 13’s music a lot the past few days. The songs that get me going the most are “Gimmie Gimmie Blood,” “From Here to the Hearse,” and “Put Your Death Mask On.” The first track can be heard on W13’s Myspace page, and I would love to use it and “Death Mask” in the movie version of my novel if I ever get around to finishing it. Are there any bands similar to W13 in musical quality and horror themes?