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New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 07

Five of seven days spent at work plus a two-hour interview process at a worksite 45 minutes away meant little time for much else this week, alas.

Reading: Much of my routine schedule was disrupted this past week, leaving little time for reading, research and writing. Then my limited reading time was distracted with a short story collection that I discovered in the world of a favorite author of mine, but which may have sparked an idea for a short story in that same world.

Research: I am following the current storyline in the Bleach animé series, following from the manga storyline, which has an interesting take on mind control. The antagonist apparently has the power to edit memories of people and has inserted himself into the lives of all the family and friends of the lead protagonist. I’m still not sure why the lead nor another protagonist have been left alone, except maybe to have fight scenes.There is also a couple of other protagonists who are also excluded from the effect but whose motives and actions are unclear. I’ll write up the details when the storyline is concluded.

I am also following the Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes comic series: the lead antagonist’s rampant success at conquest is largely because of the reality and mind control abilities of the “Macguffin” of the storyline. Looking forward to the final issue when the Macguffin gets its revenge.

New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 06

Total weirdness: a plugin conflict was rendering the visible blog section, but not the admin section, completely blank. No data as to which plugin was doing it, the only way to figure it out is to disable one after another to find the offending one.

Which happened to be the first one I tried. Or maybe not: maybe it was just the order in which things were run, and disabling and enabling things fixed it. Who knows? What matters is that the blog is back up and operational again. Very annoying.

Reading: Another regency romance, this time with a little more bite and society politics involved than the last one. The male protagonist is not comfortable in his new peerage and several of the influential members of the ton have it in for him. At least there’s something more going on than the two eventual lovers sighing and wondering whether they love each other, as at this point they hardly know each other.

Research: I picked up the library copy of “Incognito:  the Secret Lives of the Brain” this afternoon but haven’t had the chance to start reading it yet. Hopefully tomorrow afternoon.

New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 05

This month, being February, is Romance Month. I’ve got several romance novels and short stories to blog about, some of which I’ve never read.

Reading: As might be expected, I’ve never read most of the romance novels in the collection, but of those I have read, I found them easy reads, so I am trying to get a couple of them read this week so I can start writing about them. I already finished one, but it was a slight disappointment, as the only entrancement involved was the age-old power that a beautiful woman has over the man obviously meant to be hers. The one I am reading at the time I am writing this is definitely relevant, as the female protagonist is a hypnotherapist who is treating the male protagonist.

I’ve also discovered I have only about a dozen romance books in the collection, plus two short story collections, ranging from the traditional Harlequin romance ‘quickie’ novels and their competitors to the massive, complex bestseller books. There are almost certainly more out there, what with the resurgence of the vampire romance books: maybe by this time next year I will have a whole new set of books to blog about.

Writing: On and off writing for the first blog entry for March, which is turning out to be three or four times longer than most of my usual posts. I guess that’s what happens when I start writing about a comics character that was first introduced in 1966 (45 years ago): although the number of actual appearances is actually quite small, thankfully, because the appearances are complicated to explain properly.

Research: I discovered a book of definite interest: “Incognito: the Secret Lives of the Brain” by David Eagleman. He is a neuroscientist and wrote this book about the depths of the unconscious mind, some of which appears to correspond with some of the things I’ve been working out regarding how the mind and brain co-exist and coöperate, particularly in regards to the state of hypnosis and how to induce it. I am reserving a copy at the local library although I may want to get a copy for myself in the future.

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New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 04

Reading: I discovered the Doc Savage story “The Green Master” at the local used book store, as I was perusing the stacks in preparation for jury duty the following week (which never happened.) It was a relatively quick read, a much shorter story than the other Doc Savage stories in the collection.

Research: This week I give credit to passive research. I monitor a blog entitled Dr. Hermes Retro-Scans (now in its second incarnation, with More Retro-Scans). The author of the blog periodically reviews pulp era fiction, particularly the stories of the Shadow, the Avenger, Doc Savage, the Green Lama, among others. This is where I am discovering a number of Doc Savage stories that feature hypnosis-related material beyond the couple of stories that I was originally aware of. One of those is “The Green Master” which is the subject of this week’s regular blog posting.

New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 03

Reading: I discovered a novel in the SF section of the local bookstore with the provocative name “Trance” which did indeed involve a character with trance-inducing powers. I was a little disappointed with some the details of the story but there was enough additional material to include it with the Collection. (You can read more about it in the regular posting this week.)

Writing: Three entries this week! Granted, two were pretty short but even that is better than I’ve been doing. Plus there is another short entry in the works for release soon.

Research: Only a minor bit on a rather long blog entry regarding a major super-villain, as I asked the advice of another comics fan regarding one of my propositions about the individual. (For what it is worth, he agreed with my proposition.)

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