i wanted to use the title “i aten’t dead”
but as fun as it would be to use it, in the light of our dear friend terry’s plight it would seem rather inappropriate.
however, i will say that in the most light-hearted possible way i am indeed not dead!
it really has been one thing after another, and if i’ve learnt anything then its that moving house, getting a car and trying to get a new job all at the same time isn’t the greatest of ideas.
added to that, my role at work has also developed somewhat and so i don’t quite have as much time as i used to to read or write posts.
and then our bloody laptop is also in intensive care – again.
but you know, i think i’ve learnt something about time management through all this, an area which has never been my strong suit. rather than dissapear completely, as i have done of late, i’m hoping that when things get tough i’ll be able to operate in back-up mode (like when those emergency lights come on from the back-up power generator) and leave a comment on the sites on my blogroll at least once a week and put in, however short, one or two posts a week.
and there are a so many half-written book reviews so don’t be surprised if i post reviews of books that i read at the beginning of the year! and then there are still pictures of the new house, of our little village, of my mom’s cats and our cats to share…!
speaking of books, i’m having quite a good time with the ones i’m reading at the moment. i’m reading “the woman in white”, “strong motion” and “the dark knight returns or strikes back”. (i blame my confusion on that sequel. it has such a similar title that now i don’t know which is which – the first one is the first one and the second is the second.)
i’m enjoying “the woman in white” quite a bit. its really well written – smooth. its quite different from “sweeney todd”, the other victorian novel i read this year, in that this is far more crafted. its also nice to read something which is traditional. it has a carefully devised plot and characters that are sketched in great detail.
i’ve just started “strong motion”. jonathan franzen starts his novels in the strangest ways. almost obstinately. they just… start. plot-wise there’s clearly a feel of an introduction, but not really the feeling of an author starting a tale. it just starts!
i read “the dark knight” nearly 10 years ago. it was one of the earliest canonical comics i read and since reading it it has always been there in the back of my mind, growing. its weird how that happens! its almost as if my subconscious was rereading it… sort of like a cow rechewing grass.
so, over all these years its been swirling in my mind and now i’m finally rereading it. initially it was quite funny. i started it and restarted it over and over. and paused and paused at various stages and thought about what i was reading. its because the meaning, the significance of the comic has become so nebulous. and yet, there is only so much that one can experience from one reading. i was foolishly trying to experience it all.
i’m reading it in a much more relaxed mode now. of course, i can’t help but try and drink in as much as possible of what makes it so good, poring over certain sequences and having a think about particular panels. but first and foremost i’m just reading for what it is – a good story.