Midsummer Break

Day 74. 70 pages, 33,036 words.

I’m going to take a little break for the Juhannus weekend. We’ll cruise up to the lake, do some swimming, and marinate ourselves in alcohol for the mosquitoes. I’ll be incommunicado for the weekend and will extend my blog hiatus through Monday too even though I’m not on holiday. Mainly I’ll be offline because my phone battery lasts a day at best, and I can’t be bothered with car-charging.

It’s my 20th Midsummer in Finland this year (19 years, 20 Midsummers), so it’s a bit of a milestone. I wasn’t all that keen to go this time around, because it’s been a rough couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling pretty old and busted lately, and I wasn’t in the mood to go without running water, but I know I’ll enjoy it once we get there. Nothing like a dip into old school simplicity. A brief dip.

And Wump and Toop are super excited about going, and about me going along. So as much as I might have enjoyed spending a weekend on the computer, I’m going to enjoy this more.

I may get some writing done (made a bit of a breakthrough and am starting to feel a little more confident about the latest book), but probably only on notepads. And plenty of reading, which will be nice because I’m slow as fuck with the reading.

So anyway, here’s me signing off for a few days. As a little parting tidbit, you may be interested to see the following news that I spotted on the social medias this week:

If you can read a Wheel of Time book one-handed, that counts as a successful job interview.

Yes, the Who Would You Cast question has seemingly been answered, at least for Moiraine. And it’s Rosamund Pike. Can’t say she was ever mentioned as a possibility on alt.fan.robert-jordan, but then she was probably a teenager at best.


Oh, 1979. That’s not bad. She’s only a year younger than I am, and that – as previously mentioned – is pretty old and busted.

Still, can’t complain. Also I think I’ve just found a cosplay for Wump and myself.

See you on Tuesday, Day 79 of my increasingly embarrassing word-count.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/
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1 Response to Midsummer Break

  1. Yes 100%, especially the WOT part and the Wolverine stuff after, 200% because I’m there too with you. So, maths.

    And I don’t know where I’ve seen Pike but she seems awesome as Moiraine to me. A way better casting than Arya or Tyrion, and those worked out well.

    This is getting REALLY exciting!

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