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New Year’s Resolution Scorecard — Week 08

Read­ing: I am find­ing “Incog­ni­to: the Secret Lives of the Brain” dif­fi­cult to read for any length of time, based on my activ­i­ty. Its a book that I real­ly ought to spend a cou­ple of hours just read­ing and cog­i­tat­ing about.

Research: In the cat­e­go­ry of “bet­ter late than nev­er” comes “Doc­tor Volut­pua” an NSFW web­com­ic about the com­e­dy involved with an endowed psy­chol­o­gist deal­ing in sex­u­al dif­fi­cul­ties. Alas, as soon as word about it hit the major report­ing sites, the cre­ator of the series announced that he was putting it on hiatus.

Which is rather a shame con­sid­er­ing the humor involved.

Next week is like­ly to be pret­ty busy: I record­ed five dif­fer­ent ses­sions on Sat­ur­day that will have to be edit­ed down and com­bined with oth­er ele­ments for a series of CDs. That and three oth­er events this week are all lead­ing up to busy week.

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 ani­me 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 coop­er­ate, 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.

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