Firstly, is the Soon MB working for anyone else? It's rather died on me. Not like I care too much because over the last couple of weeks I've lost a good deal of interest in it, but still, I think I owe a PM or two (wow I'm lazy with those) and I have this thing against 'This page cannot be displayed' messages.
Secondly, I would like to officially say I love the English language and need some Shakespeare. I wish I had the kind of command of English that he did. When I get back to school, I'm going to get some Shakespeare plays from the library, so what are your recommendations?
Thirdly, I can't figure out why I bother going to bed. It's not as if it serves any real purpose, I'm just lying there ... doing nothing. Of course, I need my sleep, but I'm thinking I'm now just going to sleep whenever I feel like it. Or something. This is all brought on by the events of last night, where I was writing, and on an absolute roll, but decided to go to bed for some incomprehensible reason. I'd written a couple of good scenes, thrown in some unforeseen tension, and should've kept going because I had a real train of thought chugging its merry way down the tracks. Oh well, maybe I can pick up where I left off. I'm definitely going to get stuck into it, because even though I'm behind schedule, I'm sure I can have it done or at least somewhere near there by the end of the holidays. It's sitting at 47 pages right now, and my last draft (which fell a few pages short of completion) was 135 (I think, I can't remember the exact number), so I've got a bit of a way to go yet.
I am a bit disappointed in one thing with this draft - the element of mystery of who the villains are is not maintained like in the last draft, but this new version probably makes it easier, and I like what elements I've been able to incorporate by revealing the villain. Had I not done that, my random bombing scene that I posted a while ago and a very cool car chase scene would have been omitted, not to mention I would've had difficulties following on from my incredible opening scene.
However, I am going to pull a Matthew Reilly. Unexpected villains are fun and my final scene is going to be even bigger and more spectacular than before. Three groups of people, all out to get each other, on a construction site, all with high-powered weaponry. A fourth element would make it particularly exciting.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is the nicest song. I love the 7 November 1987 performance from McNichol's Arena, Denver. It's arguably better than the one on U2TheEndOfTheWorld.co.uk's live Joshua Tree (28 September 1987, New York). Why is it so many great U2 recordings come from Denver? Out of my top five U2 songs, three of them were recorded in Denver: 11 O'clock Tick Tock and Gloria (5 June 1983), and Bad (8 November 1987). The other two are 11 O'clock Tick Tock (6 June 1981, Boston) and With Or Without You (20 December 1987, Tempe). Though ... maybe One (23 September 1997, Sarajevo) should be in there somewhere. That song makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
Some of the earlier performances of New York (26 and 27 October 2000, at KROQ radio and the Farmclub respectively) are incredible. What the Popmart is up with Edge's guitar? He gets some cool sounds out of that, and I don't know why it's played any differently on the Elevation tour. And I am probably going to get killed by a heap of U2 fans for saying this, but ZooTV doesn't do much for me. MacPhisto's good, the stage was cool, and the ZooTVisms rock my world, but it's not like it's the best tour ever. A lot of the songs were better on other tours, and ... I just can't get into it like other tours. Popmart rocks my world, and the War tour! That's just incredible. Give me more War! Combine the War, ZooTV, and Popmart tours and you'll have the best tour ever. Something like this;
The Popmart stage with the hanging trabants and ZooTVisms, Mister MacPhisto coming out of the lemon to perform Discotheque and Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, Bono with a mullet (I wonder how MacPhisto would look then ...), the War songs (11 O'clock Tick Tock, Gloria, Surrender, The Electric Co., et cetera), and the Bono War antics (waving the white flag, scaling the scaffolding) ... what a tour that would be. U2 should so do that on the next tour ... of course, with the heart-shaped stage and somehow Bono's voice returns to the glory of The Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, and Lovetown days. Maybe Bono's youthful exuberance of October, Boy, and pre-Boy could make a return, too.
Yeah, so I'll shut up now.
--- 7:53pm ---
And now I'll open my trap again. I'm proud of me: I went for a walk this afternoon, at least 30 minutes long (probably more like 40), and I was absolutely stuffed when I got in. Really, walking up and down hills (especially the terribly steep one on the way home) is tiring and definitely involves more effort than walking the same distance on the flat. I'm going to try to do that every afternoon, or maybe in the early morning.
I'd just like to take this opportunity to inform the world that album and singles charts are absolute bullshit and anything with Justin Timberlake on it has no credibility. It seems like the music-buying public has no sense.
I'm debating whether to stay up all night or go to bed now and get up really early. Tough choice. Both let me enjoy the early morning, my favourite time of day, but I'm tired after that walk. I'll see how I go, perhaps. Writing calls.
--- 1:13am, 13 January ---
So I stayed up.
I had to try a few times to get a result I deemed acceptable to post. Blah.
I feel like discussing in depth theological and philosophical issues. I would work on one of my articles, but I need to write the novel, and quite frankly, a story that could turn out to earn me money is more important to me right now than some articles about faith that'll just be lost in cyberspace, left on my obscure website that hardly anyone reads. I need a job.
--- 5:17am ---
I have no idea how I got this result.
Good. You know your music. You should be able to
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On another note, I can't state just how beautiful sunrises and the early morning are.