^Everybody I showed it to said it was terrible.^ / ^It led absolutely nowhere and was hence enjoyable.^ / ^To Cleveland or someplace.^ / “Hunter S Thompson was a very very big fan.” / ^No matter whether he was successful or not successful society was turning out more and more misfits.^
‘I would have invited people to come up and share their stories.” / “Don’t you think we have the right to know what’s in our food?” / “The dynamics of letting people talk.” / ‘A big mesh of images.’ / ‘A lot of them are using genetically modified [seeds].’ / “When you said Pinterest-ization…” / “And a few people walked into the burrito place when we were leaving who I think had been protesting.”
In this podcast I discuss my draft novel, a short book I wrote in November called Crossing the Continental Divide. (Get the book on your choice of platforms at this link.)
-The outlines of the plot.
-Characters from Yoss and Eamon to Brenda and Lisga to Orgetorix and Gilliat and more.
-I read excerpts from chapters 41, 3, and 6.
-Locations described in passing and in detail–Cleveland, Chicago suburbs, western Michigan, San Francisco.
-Publishing the eBook.
Opening music: “Dance With The Dinosaur (Screambird remix)” from Neener 2 by Neener.
Closing music: Nov2 [working title] by Screambird.
[An earlier, draft version of the book was previously available for free download as a beta release. Now the book is out of beta and in edition 1 and for sale.]
This is how I have described the book:
Crossing the Continental Divide cuts a swath through the Midwest in the 21st century, where tradition meets oblivion. Yoss is a guy who lives near Cleveland but can’t help but hear the pulsing beats from nearby cities Chicago and Detroit. As his friend Eamon tries to help him make a name for himself as a DJ, Yoss wants everything to move faster so he tries to bribe his friend with tickets to Cleveland’s beloved Browns football team. In order to get his hands on these tickets he has to sit through church because his sanctimonious cousin has them to sell. After traveling around looking for what he wants Yoss eventually finds himself contemplating the possibility that some powerful force helped him find his way out West, to a halcyon moment of connection with a lovely singer–but that force is very possibly the ocean. On his way out there Yoss sees the whole range of house music performance–from a drunken club in the suburbs of Chicago to a shaking former church in Detroit, where he meets an attractive hipster teacher.
Tracking Yoss through his travels is to contemplate the disconnected nature of the modern dreamer–in a supposedly highly mobile society, so many people cling to old ideas while the system shakes beneath them. If he is to find what’s out there for him, he needs to be prepared to leave so many things behind.
Below is an excerpt from the book:
Yoss was trying to get to Eamon’s house in Stony River by mountain bike when the driZzzle started. Before long an enormous, sky-darkening thunderhead cloud was moving in–from the bridge Yoss was cycling on a view of Lake Erie revealed an amazing continuum panorama–to the east the sunny day that everyone on the area had been until this 3 o’clock hour enjoying was still visible, slipping out of view so slowly while the stormy left side of the view seemed to advance faster always until–whooosh a wall of wind and heavy rain descended. Soak-through conditions led Yoss to shelter under the awning of a local cleaners. Actually it was more than an awning, more like an overhanging roof structural element that was held up by a column in the middle which allowed two different archway accesses to the double doors. One archway led to the parking lot of a nearby grocery store, the other to the sidewalk. Mists and spritzes of foggy water dabbed Yoss and his bike but he was at least spared the full brunt of the storm for now. It can’t possibly keep going at this rate for long, he thought.
Eamon’s house was a typical cramped dwelling. So many baby boomer era houses with plenty of cramped rooms packed into small houses are dotted along the streets in western Cleveland and outwards. Stony River actually had plenty of bigger houses–some locals might have called Eamon’s place more of a west side kind of house–but that was because of the garish gazebo in the back. On the particular tradition of front porches, such a trademark Cleveland feature, Eamon’s house matched its neighbors in lacking a front porch.
‘Front porches, like detached garages, are a wonderful tradition of this area. Taste or quirk of history?’ Yoss wondered as he finally set out around 20 minutes later, still being rained on lightly but dry enough that he hoped his iPhone might survive. [Later he learned that it had, however his mid-range quality earbuds were effectively busted as one channel had stopped working–Yoss had stubbornly left them in (he had a hood!) to listen to a music podcast that features Gilliat that was really syncing up well with the loud, wet, rhythmic clunks of his beat-up mountain bike.] (READ MORE..)
‘It’s not some clattery fan.’ / “The consumer base is demanding a higher level of excellence from anyone and everyone they interact with.” / ‘Does it like to do all the stuff that only one of them likes to do or does it not like to do the stuff that one of them doesn’t like to do?’ / ‘I got a message by opening the app!’ / ‘They’re in prison because they don’t want to testify.’ / ‘The guy has said incredibly stupid things.’ / ‘That’s the closest thing I have to a bell.’ / ‘So I guess this was a good year to finish reading it.’
‘The “fiscal cliff” nonsense is a perfect example of how politics in western democracies has been directed (by the 1%) away from promising opportunity and (at least nominally) working for a better future, and rather towards threatening and taking away what the 99% already has.
Of note is the seemingly wanton destruction that today’s elites in America and elsewhere seem intent on inflicting on the economy through the policies of their puppets. It has become clear that they are more concerned with impoverishing most people than further enriching themselves, though they seek both results.’
Pocket App for Mac OS X desktop is now out. (Predecessor Pocket client Read Later was discussed in podcast #32.)
iBooks vs. Kindle: for ePub reading, iBooks is very good while Kindle insists on its own format (but as a partial workaround, can work well with PDFs). [I discussed some advantages to Kindle over iBooks on podcast #28.]
How many people are using Nook? Is the mall store presence still an advantage over Amazon for some customers? Nook is now allied with Microsoft–will they make a Windows RT based Nook Fire as a joint product?
Do you use Microsoft products? What do you think of them? What I think about Microsoft:
“He’s going to be a really foresty kind of wizard” / “There’s this area call Dul Golder or something” / “What has Gandalf been doing in this time?” / “Now the Nazgul appear to be loose.” / “I think in the books it’s more ambiguous.” / “So goblins riding on wolves come and attack.” / “Now we’re looking at a standoff situation.” / “Maybe he just wanted to move to Mordor. And in fact, this is where he’s setting up shop.” / ‘Sounds like a really exciting close to a good novel.’ / “People of Lake Town want some compensation.”
Here I conclude my retelling of the The Hobbit[Kindle version] [Google Play version] [iBooks version] by J.R.R. Tolkien, which I recounted the first two thirds or so of in a previous podcast (episode #50). This book is the subject of three forthcoming movies from Peter Jackson. For much greater detail about this topic, you can listen to The Tolkien Professor podcast. We left off in podcast 50 with the hobbit Bilbo along with Thorin and the other dwarves dug with the Wood Elves and Lake Men laying siege to the Lonely Mountain. From there I explain to Jessica what Gandalf is up to during his prolonged absence (down in Mirkwood fighting the Necromancer [with Galadriel?]), along with how Thorin and his company find themselves caught up in the Battle of Five Armies against the goblins. We speculate as to whether Smaug the dragon will fly in to visit the Necromancer (aka Sauron?) in one of the movies. In addition, I note the casting of Christopher Lee as showing that Saruman (in his less evil days?) should have some part in this Hobbit trilogy.
“The dragon actually wears armor!”/ “The dwarves aren’t really that interested in sharing.” / “They’re working their way towards the Misty Mountains when they encounter a group of trolls.” / “It really doesn’t help that they’re still stuck up in the trees.” / “But he demands that his ponies be sent back after..another stretch of their journey.” / “It’s like this psychedelic water.” / “A terrible world of goblins.” / “And they’re hungry and stuff.” / “Everybody disappears. The lights go out.”
Lakewood, Ohio sees fireworks display completely fail due to malfunction. We were hanging out on the west side of Cleveland watching some pretty good front yard fireworks with friends but many of the people who herded into Lakewood Park were very disappointed by #FireworkFail.
If you’re telling everyone you’re so “busy” all the time, the perceptive among us have long known that you’re really just acting self-important and perhaps trying too hard to reassure yourself about your own significance. Now there’s a New York Times opinion piece about this issue.