Thursday, December 21, 2006

overdue

I know I haven’t blogged in a while. Shame on me. I have been taking stock of 2006 (one year that I don’t mind giving a good smack on the rear as it’s on its way out) and hatching secret plots for 2007 – plots related to cheese, of course. Root Signals [site, myspace], the musical project I’ve been involved with for a few months, is still progressing (as quickly as three people who can only get together for a few hours every other weekend can push it along).

I’ve met some remarkable new people. For good reasons (I promise!), I went into super-introvert mode for a few months. Now, I’m starting a fresh round of exploration into the stunning terrain of humanity. And I know there are a few of you out there to whom I owe a call. You’ll get it soon, so watch out!

And as you could probably tell from my recent reading list to the right, I am also exploring the works of Leon Uris. I do this with authors from time to time: systematically inhale several books (with Kurt Vonnegut, it was his whole oeuvre) in a short span of time. Vonnegut’s books were a little shorter than Uris’ though.

I am loving Uris. I honestly believe Exodus should be required reading for anyone who thinks they have anything to say about the Israel / Palestinian conflict. In general the historical detail and humanity of his books draws me in deep. I’m starting out Redemption now, which is bringing my mind back to one of my favorite places on earth: the Canterbury high country in New Zealand.

Oh, and my own novella is not forgotten. My plan was a one-month break, so I should start tweaking it in 2007.