Thursday, February 25, 2010

FAQ & Alkaline Addictions

Given the time I spent last week establishing the distribution for Through Darkness and Stars and the (I've still got to link to it maybe today) Facebook Page for The Omniverse I didn't get a chance to do much else, creatively speaking. I answered a couple of emails from readers who liked the new eBook - extremely validating, that - and I've come up with a quick FAQ for you, based on the one question I was asked most often:


That's the good news and that's also the bad news.

The Omniverse has already been outlined in detail, from start to finish. There are five books to the story in total, however, only two of them are complete at this time. The third book, working title The Aeons War, is being written. I've been working on it since November 2008.
I already have friends reading and providing feedback.

The bad news is that it's been the victim of many false starts and restarts. I don't anticipate finishing the first full draft before the end of this year. So yes, there will be another book in the series (And the way I left things off I'd be a real prick if there wasn't) but it's going to be a while longer.

That being said, let's move on to this week's music review from CONFRONT Magazine:

Alkaline Trio: This Addiction

Now this is Pop-Punk the way it’s supposed to be: music being made for the love of music; at least that’s how it sounds. Combining Punk Rock instrumentation with Pop Rock vocals, Alkaline Trio’s seventh album in twelve years is a seasoned, solid, stomping good time. This is raucous, driven Bar Rock; ideal to listen to while slamming back a pitcher with friends.

The album opens with the title track, “This Addiction” which creates an interesting comparison between sex, love and intravenous drug use. The songs are well crafted, creating vivid, violent images to describe events that have affected the members of Alkaline Trio viscerally over the years. The often disturbing themes are masterfully cast against the contrasting upbeat, carefree musical style. The blend of heavy subject matter and light music is masterfully executed here.

Outstanding on this album are the tracks “American Scream” “Dine, Dine My Darling” and “Dorothy”. I’ll leave their lyrics and meaning to you to discover as you listen. They are outstanding only as much as they are the best of an exceptional album.

Alkaline Trio: This Addiction
Steve’s Rating: 9/10