Saturday, March 20, 2010

Is Something Ever Truly Timeless to the Creator?

The idea for this post came to me the other night as I was watching Michael Jackson's 'This is it'. It was a movie made with the behind the scenes footage of Michael Jackson's come back tour rehearsals. The tour he never got a chance to perform before his tragic death.

He performed songs I have heard my entire life. He spoke to musicians about how to make everything sound just right. He was meticulous about minor details and had control of every aspect.

But, here is my question. Did Michael Jackson ever get tired or even cringe at hearing his old works?

I know that when I look at old paintings of mine, or when I read chapters I've written, or comics I've drawn years ago, I cringe. All I can see is where I had made mistakes, how my style has matured, how I would have done it differently if I could do it all over again. I wonder if other artists feel the same way? What would it be like to be stuck celebrating something you believe you have grown beyond? Or maybe it is more like a moment of brilliance that the artist feels they can never reproduce. That lighting will not strike twice. That for a while one possessed the Midas touch, and now all that is left is fool's gold.

Is it timeless or stale to the creator?

I wonder.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Suspense Might Kill Me

Last night I read Hourglass, book number three in the Evernight series written by Claudia Gray. The first two novels, Evernight, and Sartgazer were good. You cared for the characters, the plot wasn't predictable and Ms. Gray did a wonderful job bringing life to a tired genre, vampires.

But as series go along I tend to be quite critical of sequels because most of the time it seems that the story should have ended much sooner and the author was forced to stretch out the plot to make more money. *Bleck!!* I hate it when that happens. Just end the bloody story already!

This, however, was not what I experienced last night while reading Hourglass.
I was...shocked...

This third book was even better than the first two novels. I could not put the book down until I finished it in one sitting, six hours later. It was freaking awesome! For those of you looking for a good read, I highly recommend this series. The forth and last book in this series is called Afterlife and is due out in March of 2011. The suspense may just kill me. Hourglass had such a cliffhanger I had to go online to see if the first chapter of Afterlife had been posted as a teaser yet. *pouts* It wasn't. I don't want to say much about Hourglass so that I don't ruin the first two books for those of you who might check it out. Here is the DL on the first book, Evernight.

When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she's spent her whole life. She's a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the "Evernight type." There's a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can't be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart... and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed to be true.

This description by the publisher does the book little justice, but I understand why. Wouldn't want to give away the twist too soon. Muah hahahahahaha!

Oh, how I love a good distracting read.

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