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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 5, 2014 - 2:40pm

What are you reading and how is it?

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

What are you writing?

How is that going?

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

Is that just an excuse?

Really?

How are things in the rest of your life?

Anything you feel we should know about?

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Aud Fontaine from the mountains is reading Catch-22. Since like, always. September 5, 2014 - 10:29pm

Yay, the monthly Litreactor version of the MySpace survey!

What are you reading and how is it? Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs by Welsh. It's pretty rad but I haven't really been able to get into it yet. Mainly because I've been distracted by that Mindy Kaling book. She's funny. Don't judge me.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How is it? Currently? I've been really getting into Eluvium. It's really mellow and amazing music that's great for just letting your mind wander. I also just rewatched Bachelorette. I forgot how funny that movie is. Oh and I've been poking through my copy of the Codex Seraphinianus again. It's beautiful.

What are you writing? I've been rewriting a novel for some time now but lately I've been playing around with some shorter stuff just for practice. You workshop people should check it out. Do it, don't even think.

How is that going? Alright.

Well, why aren't you writing/writing more? I think I've hit a pretty decent balance this month, actually.

How are things in the rest of your life? Well, in less than a week I'll be moving back to Chiraq so I'm really going through a sort of emotional mitosis at the moment. On one hand, Chicago's great and I've really missed it. On the other hand, my neighborhood's essentially an American war zone and I'm gonna die.

Anything you feel we should know about? Pussy Riot's gonna have a panel at Riot Fest so that's gonna be sweet. I'm super psyched to see those crazy Russian bitches.

Any questions or concerns for Dwayne? Yes, actually, thanks so much for asking. Why don't you ever answer any of these questions? Are you collecting data on the rest of us or something? Is this some weird social experiment? Are you some type of voyeur you gets off on hearing about everyone else's lives? What's happening with you, perv? 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 6, 2014 - 10:21am

It just seems stupid to answer my own questions.  Or...

 

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal September 6, 2014 - 9:36am

What are you reading and how is it?
Some e-book called Leged. It's not great by any stretch, but it's like the b-movie you sit through anyway without much complaint.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?
Found some group or DJ or something called Vexare that I'm liking. And Arkasia. 

What are you writing?
A book! Second Draft!

How is that going?
Pretty @#$@# good, I think. 

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?
Because I hit a few road humps (hehehe) in filling in the plot on draft 2, but I actually am, so get off my case!

Is that just an excuse?
Nope! I'm going strong!

Really?
48k words and i'm about half way done with the story, bwa ha ha!

How are things in the rest of your life?
Meh, whatever.

Anything you feel we should know about?
Feelings are dumb, i try not to have so many.

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) September 7, 2014 - 1:30am

What are you reading and how is it? Having finally finished wading through The Goldfinch (wasn't worth it), i'm having a palate cleanser by reading To Kill A Mockingbird. So far, so good.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How is it? Been getting into acoustic guitar based music at the moment... Steve Pledger, Reg Meuross, Jess Vincent among others. It's borderline folky. Shows wise, Summer is a barren month over this side of the pond, but Doctor Who is always worth a watch, especially as I love Steven Moffatt (Coupling, Sherlock).

What are you writing? I'm trying to write two short stories at the moment. One is a Neo-noir (with emphasis on neo), and the other is a kind of Sherlockian horror.

How is that going? Neither are flowing well at all. I might switch to a dirty little flash for another site.

Well why aren't you writing / writing more? Some days it just comes pouring out, and some days... not so much. I scored a big promotion at work recently too, so time has become a rare commodity.

Is that just an excuse? Why put a label on it? It is what it is.

How are things in the rest of your life? Mustn't grumble. I'm having a good time helping other, more talented folk, with their stories. Work is obviously going well. My wife and kids are all healthy. S'all good,

Anything you feel we should know about? In Victorian London, a cure for drowning was to blow smoke up the rectums of the victim.

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA September 7, 2014 - 1:15pm

What are you reading and how is it?

Duma Key. It's alright. King is my bag of potato chips that I continually munch from, but man, I wish he'd get another flavor aside from guy develops psychic powers. Enough with the psychic stuff.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

Nothing at present, but Destiny releases for Xbox One on Tuesday and with any luck that'll sustain me for a bit.

What are you writing?

Also nothing at present. I've got an idea bubbling for a Halloween short story contest, but I'm far from starting.

How is that going?

You're not paying attention.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

I balance writing with a lot of other hobbies, and unless I'm in a contest, it's a hobby that doesn't get any of my time and attention.

Is that just an excuse?

...no?

Really?

Yes, dick. I'm not a writer.

How are things in the rest of your life?

Mmmmeh.

Anything you feel we should know about?

Many. Many things.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal September 7, 2014 - 3:21pm

Anything you feel we should know about? In Victorian London, a cure for drowning was to blow smoke up the rectums of the victim.

...!

is that where that phrase comes from?!

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami September 7, 2014 - 7:35pm

What are you reading and how is it?

Presently I'm trying to reread some of my older manga I purchased way back. I remember liking them, though I wonder if I'd have the same taste now.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

I'm actually into sketching quite a bit as well, someone I didn't talk previously a lot about. I'm trying to improve my rough sketching ability for when I eventually transition into graphic novels.

What are you writing?

I'm actually juggling two different tasks at the moment: continued development with Bathodian Bay, a JRPG I'm developing. And also using some characters from some old drawing in order to plot out another New Adult novel.

How is that going?

This is going fairly well. I find it a lot easier to write by the seat of my pants when I build a video game, because I mostly use Sample Maps. Thus I can focus on dialogue to carry the plot forward, and don't have to spend a bunch of time describing scenery. I'm a little unsure how I'm going to use the characters from my drawings, as I'm having to rework their back stories.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

Well generally I'm been trying to balance learning how to draw better with learning how to write better, so I can be well balanced when I transition to graphic novels.

How are things in the rest of your life?

Still unsure what my future is in gender transition. I'm having to save up money for procedure, which is going to take a while to earn up.

Anything you feel we should know about?

Fun fact, the name Bathodian (pronounced Batodia), is that it came from a dream where my characters were looking on the beach after defeating an evil boss. Yea, weird how one first gets ideas for stories.

Batodia I at the moment is a hexploitation game, where while it's not specifically encouraged, I make the battles so hard that players are encouraged to use temporary stat boosts.

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) September 7, 2014 - 10:33pm

Thuggish - yup, that's where the phrase come from. It's from a Native American practice originally.

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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon September 8, 2014 - 4:45am

What are you reading and how is it? I am reading a bunch of flash fiction books and a book about wine and also a stack of novels by writer friends and rarely finishing anything. Scattered, I guess.

What other music, shows, movies or various media are you into? How is it? I like to listen to old songs from the seventies and eighties. I spend way too much time goofing off online.

What are you writing? Two flash stories and a beginner's book on writing.

How is that going? I am making slow and unsteady progress.

Well, why aren't you writing/writing more (in general, not this very second)? I'm kind of lazy sometimes.

How are things in the rest of your life? Good in some ways and not so good in others, so I guess it evens out okay.

Anything you feel we should know about? Yes. First, I feel more left out of the world all the time because there are so many new things that I don't recognize, whether music, technology or trends. And I don't care about it anyway so it's annoying. I mean, why should I have to change when I was here first? Everyone needs to get back in line, don't you see? Also, I really want a tiny giraffe like the one on that Dos Equis beer commercial.

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Angel Colón from The Bronx now living in New Jersey is reading A Big Ol' Pile of Books September 8, 2014 - 8:23am

What are you reading and how is it?

Just finished up Joe Clifford's Junkie Love which was fantastic. Heartbreaking and beautiful in a very dark way. About to start on a new book from Ed Kurtz (The Forty-Two) and Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

Into the newest New Pornographer's album, Brill Bruisers. Gearing up for Arrow Season 3 and that's about that.

What are you writing?

Currently focused on assignments for the Palahniuk class here at the Reactor, which is basically the jump off point for a new novel. Also working on a few flash and short pieces. Finishing a script edit on a treatment based on my story 'Tourists" that appeared over at Revolt Daily. I think it starts filming in November (hopefully).

How is that going?

Everything is going fast - crazy fast. With the dayjob and the family, I have no time.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

Everyone needs a break.

Is that just an excuse?

Nope.

Really?

Yep

How are things in the rest of your life?

Great. Too many weddings coming up. Not so much a bad thing, but not great for the wallet.

Anything you feel we should know about?

I have a few pieces coming out this fall. Keep an eye out at the whoring thread for details soon!

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies September 8, 2014 - 1:46pm

What are you reading and how is it?

Zeroville by Erickson and Green Girl by Kate Zambreno. Both are excellent and beautiful in their own ways. I've recently discovered a new love of reading after it growing stagnant for a bit. I've read more books in the past month than I read all of last year.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

Deathcrush is a cool band. Not really watching much TV right now, although I really want to see Gotham and that new Rainn Wilson show. Watching this documentary 12 O'Clock Boys in my spare time at work. Really good so far.

What are you writing?

Brainstorming and it's about to come out like crazy.

How is that going?

Good inside my head.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

I hit a creative slump and perhaps burned out a little bit.

Is that just an excuse?

Yeah kinda.

Really?

Yes but I've seen the error of my ways.

How are things in the rest of your life?

Here and there. I have my problems but I deal with them how I can.

Anything you feel we should know about?

Yes, Lynda Barry's Cruddy. I read it in less than a week not too long ago and now I'm almost through with my second reading. It's pulled me out of that creative slump I mentioned and gave me new hope in literature when I was becoming more and more cynical about it.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami September 8, 2014 - 3:07pm

As an update to the above, Day Of The Dude is 1/3rd finished.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine September 9, 2014 - 9:55am

What are you reading and how is it?

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, various Lovecraft stories. The latter is business, the former is pleasure. Stiff is gross and amusing.

Just finished a trio of highly anticipated new releases: Perfidia by Ellroy, The Bone Clocks by Mitchell, Consumed by Cronenberg. All three were excellent in their own unique way.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

Been rewatching Star Trek: TNG, listening to BELLS≥. Nerd stuff, great band, respectively.

What are you writing?

Finally dipping my toes into the workshop waters, and the water's fine. So, been writing a bunch of reviews and brainstorming my next submission.

How is that going?

Swimmingly? Really enjoying the review process. Reading some great stuff!

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

Day job, LitReactor job.

Is that just an excuse?

It's a decent one, but it doesn't make me special.

Really?

I suppose.

How are things in the rest of your life?

Busy. But good. Can't really complain.

Anything you feel we should know about?

Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 13, 2014 - 7:20pm

@Joshua - I'm not sure how much you get them, but Mormons and JW love to come to my neighboorhood and look for converts.  I've found that if you start the conversation off with a polite, "I'm so happy to see you I want to talk to you about Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ," they are so far off script they don't know what to do.  If you throw in an invite to come to church service with you Sunday morning and give them a map to your church they seem to put you on a 'do not contact list.'  I'm not sure if it is formal or just habit, but I've seen them stop what I am pretty sure was the new guy from knocking on my door.

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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb September 10, 2014 - 12:53pm

@Dwayne, I live out in the sticks and haven't seen a JW since I moved here last year. Too bad, I really want to try that approach now!

Anyway...

What are you reading and how is it?

Treasure Island, and I also started reading the original Jungle Book. Both are about what I'd expected: of their time but different enough from my usual preferences to give me a decent break.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

I watched Game of Thrones series 2 this week, and I need to get the final Breaking Bad episodes.

What are you writing?

Still writing Ghost of the Navigator, my sequel to Shadow's Talent.

How is that going?

I'm 30k into it and thinking I might be in for a VERY long haul with this one. It moves fast but I still feel like it's going to take ages to reach the climax. And I'm bound to change my plan at some point, because I always do.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

I am. I could always write more but it would probably suck.

Is that just an excuse?

Yes.

Really?

Guess so.

How are things in the rest of your life?

I went back to running this week after six weeks of recovering from a knee injury (small forestry accident...it's not the chainsaw that gets you, it's the goddamn tree when it springs the wrong way) and no problems with that so far except I'm so unfit it's ridiculous. Other than that I'm still single and not really bothered about it, and I just got a contract to keep working at the same place for another six months. Good considering half my friends don't have full time jobs.

Anything you feel we should know about?

I recently thought about getting a tattoo because I need to research them for a character in my book who's going to get a whole load and I wanted to know what it felt like, but then I thought that was taking novel research too far, and I'm not exactly a good canvas to draw on. I'll just ask my friend who's into that stuff.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine September 10, 2014 - 3:27pm

@Dwayne: Reverse proselytizing. I love it.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 10, 2014 - 8:09pm

Just remember guys, I only vouch for this if you sound like you mean it and have the map ready to go.

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Madison from Georgia is reading Henry the XI by Shakespeare and Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz September 11, 2014 - 4:28am

What are you reading and how is it?

I'm about half way through Diary by Chuck Palahniuk and that's really good. I just picked up The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien and I love the way its written.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into? How is it?

I don't really watch a lot of TV but recently I've been getting into various bands like 21 Pilots and They Might be Giants.

What are you writing?

I've been meaning to start working on this one short story and this other thing and I don't know I'll do it today I promise.

How is that going?

I'll do it today I promise stop nagging me.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

Because I had a shit load of psychology home work and I took a math test yesterday and he still hasn't posted the scores and I'm so nervous!

Is that just an excuse?

No its not I'll do it today I promise.

Really?

Yeah really I promise I'll get right on it.

How are things in the rest of your life?

Its my mom's birthday happy birthday mom. Also I woke up this morning thinking it was a Friday so that was disappointing.

Anything you feel we should know about?

I'm taking my driving test in like seventeen days (yes I'm counting the days) so that's pretty exciting.

Also has anyone else noticed how easy it is to waste your day watching TV its ridiculous kill it.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore September 13, 2014 - 12:51pm

What are you reading and how is it?  No time for pleasure-reading the last couple of months. It's been nothing but short story critiques and workshop subs. The most interesting was a friend's screenplay adapted from a mutual friend's novel.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  My Netflix queue hasn't budged in months. Lots of dramatic TV, though, like The Knick, Ray Donovan, The Bridge, The Leftovers, etc., and I put a dent in the last couple seasons of that Simpsons marathon.

What are you writing?  Story assignments for the Chuckshop here

How is that going?  Haven't been spending as much time as I'd like on them, and because I'm not really a "draft"er, it's kinda painful to turn them in that way. They might become decent stories later, though.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?  The day job has been kicking my ass with lots of travel and odd hours and organizational shakeups.

Is that just an excuse?  Nah, that's my livelihood and my focus. Writing's a hobby.

Really?  I shit you not.

How are things in the rest of your life?  See above. Rarely a dull moment, no stasis, so I can't complain.

Anything you feel we should know about?  I'm probably gonna start on a new album later this year, as I'm not feeling another novel anytime soon. Gotta master new software though, after dumping Pro Tools. So look for that in a couple of years. haha

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami September 13, 2014 - 7:31pm

^ I find it fascinating someone else came from song writing. Never done song writing, but I love writing poetry. Hope that continues to go well.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore September 14, 2014 - 6:57am

Thanks. Yeah, same thing, really: it's about cramming a lot of meaning into few words, employing some universal themes people can identify with and project their own meaning onto, etc. Which is also why prose fiction takes me forever, because I just agonize over every single word in nearly the same way.

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault September 14, 2014 - 9:50am

What are you reading and how is it?

I finally finished the monster of a book that Glamorama was, and it was so offputting that it was great. Now I've decided to reread The Contortionist's Handbook, and while I wait for that to be sent to my library, I've cracked open this really old copy of Christine by Stephen King that I got for free at the library, and it's really good. I always get the sense that King knows exactly what he's doing when getting the story down.

What other music, shows, movies, or various media are you into?  How is it?

I always end up going back to my first mistress: the guitar. But without anyone to play with lately, I just sit on my bed soloing and playing Pink Floyd songs. haha. Riffs a plenty, but it's been awhile since I got the bug to write lyrics. Other than that, been watching a lot of Law and Order (good stuff believe it or not), and some other stuff on TV.

What are you writing?

I've been digging my way through this short story. I had the idea aWHILE ago, when my eagerness to write overshadowed my comfortability with structuring the story and getting to know the characters. So now, finally, I've gone back to it and started it over from scratch, and it's going really well. Becoming slowly apparent to me which scenes are going to be key, what a goodish order would be for them, and I've got the ending in mind and I can't wait to see how I get there. I'm also writing a speech on a classmate's life (from the perspective of being 95 years old) for my Speech 101 class, and a literary narrative on experiences with reading and writing that have shaped me somehow for English 101.

How is that going?

The short story keeps sprinting forward, then stopping and looking around, then taking a couple steps, then pausing, then a few more steps, and so on. It'll get there, I hope. Sloggin through. The essay and speech are kinda difficult, but I love the challenge.

Well, why aren't you writing / writing more (in general, not this very second)?

I guess just because of work and school. Pretty full schedule at the moment, and it's exhausting. 

Is that just an excuse?

I don't think so. I still write a bit everyday. I have a notebook I take around, and on break or between classes or waiting for the bus, or whatever, I'll pull it out and try to get down a few paragraphs.

Really?

Yessir.

How are things in the rest of your life?

Stressful. But been worse. Much worse. Thanks for asking.

Anything you feel we should know about?

I love this website. LitReactor's providing hope for the future of reading and writing, but you all know that. May it never disappear.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 15, 2014 - 5:32am

@Highland - I keep reading this as I really shit on you every time I scroll by it, which throws me off for so many reasons.

Really?  I shit you not.