A Writer’s Review: The Catcher in the Rye

I hate being cynical. I even hate that I’m going to be making some critical comments about a well known classic. But quite simply, everything is different to different people. I unfortunately did not really enjoy reading through The Catcher in the Rye. I of course apologize to this well renowned classic novel. And also to those that enjoy this work. But for me, I sigh, because it did not do anything for me. I lacked anticipation to keep turning pages, and couldn’t wait for the final page to be turned. I struggled to grasp myself into the story, and follow along with seeing where things were going. The introduction of characters was not clear for me, and the progression of events felt sloppy and almost useless in some parts. In fact, if someone asked me to explain what this novel was about, I would almost have to say, I don’t know.

I loved being taken back in time, to the more vintage american feel. Exploring the rugged and wild times in New York City. I definitely connected with Holden (not referencing to Australian motor cars here) when he went night clubbing on a wild night for him. It was definitely fascinating to see an experience like that through his eyes. One other thing that would definitely be a positive for this, was the language and way characters were portrayed. I could almost say that Holden was providing a tutorial to readers for chatting up girls, and picking fights with flatmates. He introduced me to some new words for my vocabulary like “Necking”, “Chrissake” and “Crumby-like”. With all of that being said, I have to ask myself; Why am I being critical of something that is published by one of the largest publishing houses in the world? Well, because I have an opinion. And I don’t want to make false statements of admiration for something that simply, doesn’t do it for me. Perhaps I’m acting too much like someone of my age, and not appreciating things of a classic nature. And maybe that means I need to wear some different glasses when reading, have a fresh look at novels that have built up such a bold reputation.

– Michael Topschij.

Please remove girls…

A fare warning before you start to read through this… I may or may not be slightly intoxicated whilst writing this. Although, I don’t really get “drunk” as such, it does indeed relax you and cause you to do things, that you don’t usually do… Like write a post on the internet about a girl.

I’ve been spending the week at an important event. If you’re following me on the various social networks I use, you should know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, well go take a gander at my twitter… See, the thing is, I had intended to get quite a lot done during the week. I’ve got a novel that has a lot of editing to be done. I was planning on spending time in a coffee shop and writing for a day. I also planned to visit the De Young Art Museum. These things, I did not really do. Why? Because I was distracted… See, when I arrived at the main keynote event, I walked past, a girl. (A girl, okay, so what?) Yes, to the average person, it’s quite over the top for me to have such a reaction, but this story continues. See, she reminded me of someone who inspired a character, in something I’m currently writing. What did I do? I went up and asked her what time the event starts (yes, I already knew the answer to such a question). Time carried on… But day two, I went to an event of the bottom floor. I bumped into that very same girl. What did I do, I went up and said hi… I managed to make through a conversation for a good ten minutes or so, until leaving her to carry on working… Day three. The short period of learning about this new found interest had thoroughly overtaken my ability to focus on anything. I came up with questions and problems I needed answered just so that I could be on the same floor and “accidentally” bump into said interest. We got past the unknown void of introductions and made it to learning each others names. Then… I asked her out. Yes, I asked if she wanted to go out sometime. What happened? Well, she has my number…

Time carried on. I managed to “bump” into her once more before and ask if she was free one of the days before I went home. Unfortunately the answer was no. I thought, hmm, well we can still talk through the joy of technology that we are here for. But, I finally saw her at a concert. After having a few beers with friends, they managed to convince me to wander up and say hi. Should I have done that? Well, yes… Because I was able to see her flirting with another colleague. Ah yes… See, girls, can be frustrating (oh boy). And I would like to ask something. Please, remove girls… Well, remove the wild hormones that cause such chaos as this. I have things to do, and a life to live.

– Michael Topschij.

A Writer’s Review: The Haters

Acr297196509774415983Well, I’ve successfully landed in San Francisco ahead of a large conference for work (it does involve a fruit company). I spent the trip over reading a novel; “The Haters” by Jesse Andrews. I’ll admit, making my way through the first few chapters, I was held back with anticipation for what was to come. There was a lot of lingo used throughout that I thought was perhaps overused to deliver a point. But, that thankfully faded out. As the character Ashley was introduced, the novel started to turn quickly with interest. (Why do female characters always change things?) The novel was easy to follow along with, which is something I admire in a story. The story did something which I value, and that was take me somewhere different. I read, and as I did, I pictured things, places, people. I saw the characters and watched what was going on. I felt the emotion of what they were going through, and definitely found myself laughing (quietly whilst on a plane) to some well written moments within the story. I admire this work, and as with any novel, it is added to my collection. I actually have not read Jesse Andrews first work, but this inclines me to do so. That, is excellent work of a novel.

– Michael Topschij.

Entry into the blogging world.

Well, the beginning is here. It’s one of those posts that need to be made, even though, they aren’t of much use. I did some thinking on what the purpose of the blog would be. And quite simply, I think it could be somewhere to write (Insert “Really? No S***” comment here). To be more specific, you write novels, and then you write things that aren’t novels. And I think this is the perfect platform for that. I remember reading one of my favorite novels by author Jennifer Niven called All The Bright Places.  It slightly sparked the interest in the world of blogging. The character Violet blogged, and it reminded me, blogging is actually quite fun.

In all honesty, I’ve blogged before. I feel unexcited about the reputation. But sometimes, you have to ignore that and realize it’s part of you. Quite simply, a game by the name of “Club Penguin“. I played it for many years, and it even contributed to the corporate work that I do now. But I actually blogged about that very game! It was something that I enjoyed when I was younger for quite a few years. I don’t despise it or regret it, but I’m glad to have moved on at the age of 20.

I do not imagine that this will be somewhere that I’ll be making posts every day, with the goal of building an exuberant following. But rather making posts when the need is there. When something needs to be said, or thoughts need to be shared.

– Michael Topschij.