Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Random musings

I'm currently reading Atlas Shrugged because I apparently hate myself. I mean that more in terms of length than content because the book actually reads fairly well. It's just that...there's a lot of it there. Atlas Shrugged goes in the same killer paperback/doorstop category as one of George R.R. Martin's books...if I were in danger and had to choose a paperback to whack someone with, I'd pick something from A Song of Ice and Fire or the Ayn Rand book.

My wife and I have been watching the History Channel series "The Men Who Built America." Very interesting stuff; I've always found the era of the great captains of industry/robber barons fascinating. Perhaps I'm reading Atlas Shrugged because many of its themes fit with the TV series in terms of labor vs. industry and whether people who have made ungodly amounts of money should be allowed to do so.

Certainly something to think about.

On TV last night: Kingdom of Heaven. This is a terrific movie (I speak of the director's cut) with a rich, complex sense of history and characters. I missed my favorite line, which comes from Jeremy Irons as Tiberias: "That I would rather live with men than kill them is certainly why you are alive."

I did catch one of my favorite exchanges from the movie:
Balian: What is Jerusalem worth?

Saladin: Nothing. [walks away, pauses] Everything!
Hoping to catch Lincoln this weekend. My wife is certainly excited about the movie. We'll have to fight off the Twi-hards, but it'll be worth it. Thanks to the fact that my wife works Saturday and Sunday AND the Colts have a late kickoff against the Patriots, we're opting for a Sunday night showing.

My college course about writing news for broadcast is winding down. I've had a great class and have really enjoyed the experience. It's been difficult to fit everything in this semester--I work full time, write part time, and teach part time. The writing has suffered a little bit because Tuesday and Thursday nights are booked up with the class. I spend most of my weekend preparing lectures and reviewing material. Plus, there must be football.

Despite that, I'm still chipping away at III Crimsonstreak. Now at 22,000 words for the first draft, I'm hoping to get past the halfway point before revisions come back for its predecessor. Maybe I'll get there and maybe I won't.