When COVID stopped all productions in Hollywood, The Blacklist was one of them. The final episode of season 7 wasn’t the greatest but when it came back for season 8, there were definitely some questions needing to be answered. Long before I knew Megan Boone was leaving the show due to her missing in many of the episodes in season 7, I had a good feeling she wasn’t coming back after season 8. I was right but what surprised me was the creator, Jon Bokenkamp, leaving his creation. It might give the new person taking the lead the ability to guide the show on a different path. It is clear the loyal watchers including me want to know who truly Raymond Reddington is and where Elizabeth Keen’s mother has been hiding all these years. I could see the show lasting one more season being the last one and tying it up nice and neat. I mean how many lives does Reddington have? He’s escaped death many times and with his illness, his time is limited. The focus could go back in the direction of finding a successor of Reddington now that Elizabeth is gone. He still cares about his legacy and wants full control of his secrets long after he is dead. There are ways to change the angle of Reddington’s inevitable death so he gets another life. The writer’s could pull it off but who knows. I think season 9 should focus on Raymond and Katarina Rostova. Now that Neville Townsend is out of the way, who is going to take care of Agnes? I hope this show doesn’t fall into the same trap of revolving through the same doors season after season. I don’t think it will because while I enjoyed watching Aram investigate the Butterfinger undercover operation while it was on hiatus, it’s not the same thing as watching the progression of a worthy show.
The Blacklist Season 8 gets Four Fingers and One Thumb at 93%.
one hour in a time of need, the one i most rely on is gone, i am alone without an objective, the time is almost near. who shall i turn to now? two more hours until my strength offers up, to the resistant violent winds and waves, no one stands straight anymore, slouching toward the intricate carving. was my nature only in my head? i don’t remember the words, the purpose and meaning gone, floating away at fast speeds, knowing the chance has been lost. what will i be next?
This book is about 20 years late but as the saying goes, better late than never. This is a story that chose me instead of the other way around. I will probably never revisit this genre again. I have 15 other stories to write that will take less time except maybe for my trilogy that might only be one book by the end. My debut novel is geared more toward the female reader, but I know of a few men who want to read it. Think of this as advertisement of my novel. It is called Beyond the First Handshake and will soon be published for purchase on Amazon in paperback for $12.99 or Kindle format for $5.99. It is 348 pages long in paperback and 320 pages long on Kindle. Thank you in advance for purchasing it and stay tuned in later 2022 and later 2023 (projected dates) for my second and third novels (if everything goes as planned). Then, my trilogy, more novels, and entry into novellas. I end with a quote about writing.
Some years have one winner and others have more than one. This year of 2021, Zaila Avant-garde, won the competition. She is the first African-American to win this award. She won by spelling the word murraya correctly, which is a flowering plant. She’s all in the Guinness Book of World Records.
|Year||Scripps Spelling Bee Winner(s)|
|1939||Elizabeth Ann Rice|
|1941||Louis Edward Sissman|
|1947||Mattie Lou Pollard|
|1950||Diana Reynard/Colquitt Dean|
|1952||Doris Ann Hall|
|1957||Dana Bennett/Sandra Owen|
|1962||Nettie Crawford/Michael Day|
|1963||Glen Van Slyke III|
|1965||Michael Kerpan Jr.|
|1966||Robert A. Wake|
|1968||Robert L. Walters|
|1974||Julie Ann Junkin|
|1975||Hugh Tosteson García|
|1990||Amy Marie Dimak|
|1994||Ned G. Andrews|
|1995||Justin Tyler Carroll|
|2014||Sriram J. Hathwar/Ansun Sujoe|
|2015||Vanya Shivashankar/Gokul Venkatachalam|
|2016||Jangam Hathwar/Nihar Saireddy Janga|
|2019||Rishik Gandhasri/Erin Howard/Saketh Sundar/ Shruthika Padhy/Sohum Sukhatankar/Abhijay Kodali/Christopher Serrao/Rohan Raja|
Quote by Klaus Kinski
“One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be fakes. Depravities are real.”
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Page Number: 256
I am currently reading 15, now 14 books at one time, and not getting very far. Add into that trying to work on three novels at a time (1 almost done, 1 halfway done, 1 ten pages done) and other pursuits as well means I don’t have much time for other things I should be doing. It results in having June come and go. It results in the first week of July being gone already. However, this book was a worthy read. I Wear the Black Hat covers many topics and unlike a book that spews material that is interesting but does not much depth (one comes to mind I will not name), the platform of this book is brutish behavior and branches out from there. Chuck Klosterman provides all the information, facts, and insights that makes a non-fiction book interesting. It sort of reminds me of a book I read that deals with evil although this was not as academically inclined. Some topics include Bill Clinton, The Eagles, Ted Bundy, The Sopranos, O.J. Simpson, Seinfeld, Chevy Chase, and Basic Instinct. I chuckled in parts of this book unlike other books I’ve read. This book is honest, true, funny, and points out the mishaps of Americans whether football players, musicians, or politicians. Well worth the read.
I am not keeping up at all with my blog. There are many reasons why. I will not go into all of them. I ended up writing seven pages in my actual journal today. I needed to get out of a lot of shit, as they say. I needed to digest everything that has been going on in my life, both creatively and uncreatively. Does that make sense? I’ve been thinking about my writing again, in general, and how much I can’t wait to get back into my second and third novel idea. I’m going to be working on both very soon, hoping within the next few weeks, because that means I will have my first novel self-published. It has been the complete thorn in my side and then some. I can’t wait until it’s all done. It’s taking longer than I had hoped. Better in July than never although June would have been better. It’s now July and still hot in LV. No one should be surprised by this. I’ve completed watching some shows, continuing on with others, and becoming increasingly annoyed at all the streaming services popping up everywhere. They have become the new Starbucks in the entertainment world. It’s like they are trying to push cable TV to extinction as someone recently said to me. This might not be a bad idea but it’s gotten so bad to the point of utter stupidity. I remember when you could buy Microsoft Office and upload it to your computer. Now you have to buy it every year as if it is never owned by you. Don’t get me started what Apple is doing with movies and music. I mean who cares if you bought the movie or album? That doesn’t mean it can’t go away in the future. Huh? Bottom line is to back up your shit that’s important to you, meaning that favorite movie you love, because you’re sick of all the clutter of owning actual movie discs and got rid of said disc. Now that I’ve said my peace with that, it’s time for me to move forward and onward. I’ve been moving like a snail’s pace it seems but the good thing is I get weekends off again, at least for a while, and what I call get it while it’s hot. So, yes, I’m not keeping up. Frankly, I don’t care. It’s my life and my decision. I don’t rely on my blog for money although maybe I should. Someone also recently said it’s annoying to have to sit through and watch all these damn advertisements on blogs. I’m proud to say there are none on mine or so I believe. I get that you make your blog/website more profitable with more clicks, but let me tell you there is a downside to it too. It could be an utter turnoff and people won’t visit your blog or website anymore. Have you ever watched a video where there is 30 seconds of advertisement? I skip these videos unless it’s something I really want to see. Otherwise, it’s not worth to me. I don’t want to make that time. So, this is all I have for now. Basically, as the second half of 2021 is upon us, I will be blogging less to make room for other things in my life although right now I’m not doing too much right now besides working, eating, sleeping, and reading. On that note, I will still be blogging and try better with shorter periods of time in between entries.
Pick up the phone, no one answers. I miss you already, and search for a dial tone. On a cold night, the heat rises too high. Quell the sadness by any means. Unnecessary to state the obvious. There is no headstone and no etched name. Only a dying city.
Looking in the tall mirror, your vision short. Lagging behind, not ready to move. Hold the bar tight like super glue. Twirl around more than once. Now stop, I'm getting dizzy. It's amazing you have survived.