Jack White – Lazaretto

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Jack White has released the official video for the title song from his new album – Lazaretto. I’m a big fan of his first album, Blunderbuss, and I’m looking forward to this new one as well. Hopefully he’ll be doing another tour, we were fortunate enough to see him play Vancouver a couple of years ago and it was phenomenal. [Jack White – Lazaretto by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 4th June 2014]

“I don’t love you but I always will”

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The Civil Wars are best known for their hit Barton Hollow, and deservedly so. But I also really like Poison & Wine. Probably because Johnny Depp is in the video.* They do a pretty mean version of Billie Jean as well. *No he isn’t. [“I don’t love you but I always will” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th April 2014]

“Heavy is the cost”

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I’m not a hardcore fan of Stars (the band, not the celestial bodies – I have nothing but good things to say about those) but I do have some of their albums and I throw them on in the car if I’m in the mood. There’s a bit of a The Smiths/Morrissey vibe to their lyrics that appeals to the sad old goth in me. This song, Personal, is one of my favourites and I usually skip back and listen to it a couple of times when it comes on. As far as I know, there isn’t an official video but here’s an unofficial one created by a film student. I agree with one of the YouTube comments that the actress seems too young, but otherwise its pretty good.   [“Heavy is the cost” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 23rd April 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Happy March. Here’s some things I learned last week. I’m doing revision wrong. One of my favourite sessions at last weekend’s WANACon virtual writing conference was Gabriela Periera and Julie Duffy’s Simple System to Rock Your Revisions. It made me realise I’ve been mixing up character, structural and line edits. That’s not a smart thing to do because the the broad edits will change so much that the lines you’re editing may well change. Do character and structural edits first. Shero is a word. People use it. Where to get images for this blog. WANACommons is a collection of photos that can be safely used on blogs as long as you give credit. There are some really nice photos, like this Squirrel from tdthread. Posting a Gratuitous Kitten Picture gets hits. I like Meg Myers’ Music. Thanks to John Scalzi I bought both of Meg Myers albums and I really like them. Particularly these songs : When I first heard Tennessee I labelled it as one I was likely to skip over but then I listened to it in the car on the way to work and fell in love with the lyrics. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset … Read More

On Caitlin R Kiernan

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Caitlin R Kiernan is one of a handful of authors whose books I always buy but never give away (Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Clive Barker, China Mieville, Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto being some of the others). She’s one of an even smaller number of authors whose books immediately jump to the top of my reading pile whenever they’re published. She’s also an author who makes me want to give up writing – I know I’ll never get close to her imagination or the sheer beauty of her writing so why bother? I’ve been reading Caitlin’s books for a long time. I can’t remember when I discovered her first novel, Silk (published in 1998), but I think it was through her association with Poppy Z Brite – another author whose work I love – and I’ve been hooked ever since. She’s written some fantastic books, Murder of Angels (the sequel to Silk) and Daughter of Hounds are probably my favourites, and so far I’ve not been able to find many other weird fiction authors that are so consistently good. Her novels and stories tend to be dark, particularly her short fiction, so if you’re the type of person who likes nice, neat Hollywood endings tied up with a … Read More