Call it an addiction if you will and you will have some understanding
of the kind of ballpark we are playing in.
The thing is this, I have always consumed things.
When something perks my interest I hunt it down & kill it.
There is little that can stop me because to be completely frank - I can’t even stop me.
I will lie in bed at night and just let the little gremlins scrape around in there as they disassemble and reassemble my current obsession until they know it’s various pieces intimately just by the feel of the odd shapes of it's components.
I swear that isn’t as creepy as it sounds.
Okay maybe it is
'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson I find myself going back to this a lot. It’s really heavy and severely entertaining all at the same time. Next was health and fitness, everything I could find that had anything to do with eating, running and getting big and strong - I ate it up.
(and got quite buff too if I do say so myself)
I learnt about comedy, how jokes are constructed and the amount of time that goes into constructing a stand-up performance. Its amazing how much work it takes to appear effortless.
Next was a crash course in Hungarian, I’m still not as fluent as I’d like to be - but I know enough to make the in-laws uncomfortable talking when around me.
Next was the Crash Course world history (a video series with John Green, brother & noob pwning muso Hank Green does the biology crash course) I’m still not done with these, each episode is so information heavy that I’ve had to listen to them multiple times.
Still not convinced that I have taken in as much as I’d like.
Hp Lovecraft (an obsession which seems to not have gone away at all) I’ve listened to the entire back catalogue of the HP Lovecraft literary podcast & read mostly all of his stories more than once.
Following that and a few other smaller speed bumps, I caught up on most of the classics issues of Amazing Spider-Man and more than a few current ones.
I always wanted to have a comic book collection - so now I do.
I am the proud owner of the very first appearance of Mary-Jane Watson (#42) & VENOM (#297) and am well on my way to having all the 100’s.
After that, for some reason I can’t think of now,
I got into Dr.Who and watched about 5 seasons over a few weeks
followed by Father Ted (3 seasons),
My Hero - 5 seasons (there are 6 but the 6th one DOES NOT COUNT)
Listened to the Hunger games trilogy (pretty gosh dang good),
Divergent (book one - loved it)
and the first City of Bones book (no comment).
I have gone through Tommy knockers, It & On Writing by Stephen King.
Listened to over a dozen podcasts (in their entirety I might add) on the subjects of writing,
editing & creating good writing habits for yourself.
I have listened to/watched every video in the Word Nerds back catalogue, attended webinars to do with basic writing, editing and scrivener. Then I discovered the Pseudopod, a horror podcast which showcases all manner of interesting stories. That led me into the Drabblecast which as of the date of this writing am all caught up to the present. Not even going to start talking about
the insanely wonderful, literary gold crusted Round Table Podcast,
the Narrative breakdown or even Tales to Terrify.........
So yeah, like I said.