Extremely insightful and Interesting Review of House of Leaves

Weirdfictionreview.com  wrote this beautifully concise review of House of Leaves that I stumbled upon.  Very much worth a read.

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Starting a new project

Don’t worry, unlike the travel blog, this project isn’t going to cut into my working time for this project.

My new project is perusing my interest in food writing.  I like food and I enjoy sharing my creations with others so it seemed natural for me to start a food blog.  Check out my food blog Sam is Hungry and follow me on facebook/twitter.

Update on chapter 2: About half way through revising chapter 2. May work on it this weekend, may not. I’m dog/house sitting and being away from my usual “office” makes it kinda hard to want to work. Also I don’t have a good space for my computer and book. Anyway, I’m gonna finish chapter 2 then get back to chapter 8. My plan is to switch between revisions and new content to keep my self sharp and to provide as much quality content as I can for you, dear reader.

Have a nice weekend,

-S.G. Miller

 

Answering unspoken questions

When ever I tell anybody about this particular project (and it’s not many) I get one of two responses: 1) “Wow! That’s really ambitious/cool/interesting/bad-ass! Send me a link to that. I love House of Leaves.” 2) (and this is much less often received but much more worth addressing) “Huh, that’s really cool and all but what’s the purpose? I mean, you’ll never really know what MZD meant by all of his references so you might be a semi-expert at best and at the end of the day what are you going to have to show for it? You’ve already spent, how many hours? Somewhere around 300? But what’s it all for?”

For a while I didn’t really have a real answer to the more important of the two questions, mostly I would just say “Hey, it’s just because I love a really good mystery” or “Well, I’m slightly obsessive and this book has been driving me fucking crazy, so it’s like scratching a never ending itch” or some stock answer like that however neither one of  these got close to what my real vision for this project is.

A while ago (and I mean A WHILE AGO, like when I was just starting college), I found out that there was a higher level (a senior level, to be exact) literary analysis class on a quotidian book series called “Harry Potter” which by the time I was taking classes was moderately popular and spiked my interest (not because I had read the series, I hadn’t at the time and still haven’t managed to finish it) because it occurred to me “If pop culture fiction can be made into an in depth college course, why not other books who haven’t made it to the literary pantheon?”

So this idea stewed in my mind until I got deep into this project, which is when it decided to resurface. When I remembered this, it made my plans take some serious shape.  All along I’ve wanted to write a book/paper from my refined notes on the analysis of this book (there are many avenues I could take from the “Idiots/dummy guide” to the “Academic  analysis of…” to even “cliff notes: House of Leaves” [the last if someone beat me to the punch, which may very well happen anyway]) and eventually use said book as a text book for a custom course in Literary Analysis: a focus on House of leaves (or some such) which I would be the professor.

However, all of this is just a pipe dream for now however I figured it wouldn’t hurt to let my readers know a little more about my greater vision (even though I know there aren’t many of you).

 

Never sell your self short or restrict your dreams,

-S.G. Miller

 

New content coming next week

OK folks, I’m fairly certain that I’ve secured a place on this farm where I’m gonna be living for a week or two (maybe longer if I like the place) which translates to me not having to look for a new place to stay every other day ie I’ll have time to post at least one or two new pieces next week. I will know more later tonight or tomorrow.  It’s gonna be ok folks, I promise. 🙂

 

I’ll see you there,

-S.G. Miller

I promise I haven’t given up on this project.

I’ve been extremely busy the last few months between school and my other blog. I’ve had a bicycle trip in the works for a long time now, one where I tour the country and eventually end up in San Francisco. This trip and the travel blog associated with it has been consuming almost all my time.  However, I’m trying to make time to work on this blog now that I am on the trip. I’m trying to justify the weight of the book in my pack with the scope of this project. It’s a very delicate balancing act. However in the mean time, if you want to see what I’m up to when not working/thinking about House of leaves you can check out my travel blog “Exploring New Perspectives“. I just arrived in the Big Easy (ie New Orleans LA) and it’s been one hell of a first day.

 

Don’t worry folks, it may take a bit for more to come out but I’ll come.

 

-S.G. Miller

 

P.S. If I’m gonna be/am in you’re area and you want to meet up, send me an email at exploringnewperspectives@gmail.com I’d love to meet some more HoL fans in real life and I can even share with you my plans of attack for the next few daunting chapters.

Helloooo Folks!

Well the end/beginning of the week has come again and it’s time for me to talk with yeh guys again. Any who, I’ve been staring into the void formerly known as House Of Leaves for a while now, probably too long. I’m reaching the point where the void is no longer stares back at me but a purple bunny with breasts does (the sole fact that I know the HoL forums so well that I can recall this obscure reference is strong evidence towards my point) .

Don’t get me wrong, I love this project. I love this project just as a hunter loves his prey: he loves the object of his desire cleverly eluding him making him a better hunter.  However this hunt is one that can’t be done in one go. Seriously folks, I’ve spent 200 hours, 100.000 words and basically a lot of the last 5 months of my life devoted to this damn book. I just hung out with my best friend for the first time in 2 months on Saturday. We went disc golfing, one of my favourite sports, that day. I had a good time.  This is a slightly sad existence, one I’m willing to accept for short periods of time but it’s time for a break.

I’m taking a break (and unlike the authors of the key to all mythologies [again a normal person shouldn’t know on demand the link to this thread] I will continue and finish what I started). I need to go out and play more. I have several other projects that have been taking second priority to this one. To name a few:

I’m planning a bike ride to San Francisco from St. Louis. You can follow me at mapmyride.com under Sam Miller at map my ride.

Also I’m taking this time off to explore a fictional writing project that’s been fermenting for the last year or so: Nature hates man. Hurricanes have ruined the coast, Mt. St. Helens has created a country covered in ash, and earthquakes have torn the Midwest into two pieces.  This is a tale of two men and one city. One man has been drawn to this city by solace and one by revenge. Neither find what they’re looking for but find something much more fundamental to humanities future.

Also I’m doing well in school, for those whose care, got a 4.0 gpa so far. Due to the living situation and also due to me getting burnt out I’m going to take a break before this project breaks me.

Anywho these are my plans, I’ll post more links to me other social networks and such later as they develop.

Cheers,

-Miller

P.S. To those who read this post before today (11/7/2012) I retroactively apologize for the rather deplorable grammar. I’ve been sick all week and nyquil has been doing it’s best to seem me through. Feeling better now though.