Channel Recommendation: Erik Grankvist

Every passing day I get a stronger urge to do more work with my hands, to be a maker, a real analog learner. I’m only getting closer to 40 and I haven’t achieved the more important stuff I set out to achieve in life.

My garage? Not a workshop. It’s full of mostly other peoples’ stuff, and bicycles. No workbench. One modest tool box and a cart with a bunch of junk on it.

I’m going to fix that this summer. In the meantime, look at this Swedish kid who bounced out of high school and started just straight-up DOING things. You want to talk about memes and masculine urges where you ditch society and build your own life in the wild?

He’s literally doing it.

Gotta get my arse in gear.

Thanks for 100, everybody

WordPress notified me that I have 100 followers on this blog. I don’t try to build up the audience here as much as I do on YouTube, but it still seems like a cool milestone to hit, so thank you guys for checking it out.

And if you’re new here, I am an author and an illustrator.

I post new episodes regularly to my audio show, the Radcracker Podcast, available wherever you listen to podcasts. Or just stream it on your browser at this link.

Post-Kentucky Catch-Up

Hi DreadHeads,

I was in Kentucky last week. I spoke about it on the most recent episode of Radcracker.

Listen here in your browser: https://anchor.fm/radcracker/episodes/Graham-Spends-A-Week-In-Kentucky-e1ircht

Mostly I was there for work, but I had a hot minute to check out some local sights on Friday night. Gorgeous state, gorgeous scenery. It just rained a ton and turned everything green, and I liked that.

On the way back to LVille from Benton

Culbertson Mansion in New Albany, IN

Because Louisville is right across the river from Indiana, my branch is zoned for that part of the state, and I got to make a few deliveries in an old historical district.

And since I was close enough to it, I checked out the Louisville Temple. Wasn’t able to do a session, but I walked the grounds.

Louisville Temple

Anyway, I’m back in the saddle now and returning to work on HOWLING WILDERNESS.

More Howling Progress

I found myself with a rare pair of nights alone at home, since the wife is visiting her family for my SIL’s graduation. I’m using the time to get caught up on HOWLING WILDERNESS, which, like every damn thing I write, is resisting my efforts to make sense.

This last week has been quite productive though. In addition to reducing the length of the Appalachian Trail Classic, I’ve also figured out ways to make the main three characters bounce off of each other better.

One potential pitfall is that I have 26 racers in the Classic and I’m tempted to showcase them all equally. That’s not going to be possible, so some of them will just have to get a passing mention (although I’ll draw all of them at some point.) Tonight I outlined a scene with a character called “Ohio Pete” Hamden–he’s got an important role to play at the end, so it was necessary to set him up at the beginning, but really he’s a second- or third-tier character. So I’ve got to be careful.

As of this writing I’m still putting the final touches on the outline, but once I have those in place the drafting will be smoother than it’s been so far. I just keep hitting the wall every time I sit down to draft because I don’t have all the minutiae in order and that stuff matters in a book like this.

Okay, gotta go hit the sack now. Peace.

Larry Correia RT’d my MHI video

And now it has 30 something views, more than my other book reviews get.

I really don’t know what else to do with my YT channel a lot of the time…860 subs, but I’m pretty much The Mayflower Guy. My most successful book reviews have been about Robin Hood, Louis L’Amour, and a manga version of All You Need Is Kill.

wtf do you people even want.

Anyway, watch the vid. I’ll do some art vids after I record the Sanderson stuff I have on deck.

Howling Might-derness

Okay I figured out a lot of what was going wrong with HW.

Since it’s a race along the Appalachian Trail, I needed to double-check the course I had in mind. Looks like for a lot of it the racers won’t be on the current-day AT. It makes sense because they will be on machines and stuff, not on foot like the through-hikers do.

So the trail in the book will follow current-day roads and highways along rivers and such. That makes it about 700 miles shorter than in IRL. Trims about a week off of the original timeline.

That helps me to keep the pacing up. Trim the fat, as it were.

And my wife is out of town for the next two nights for a thing at my in-laws, so it looks like Graham is caffeinating and drafting like a mofo. Updates to come.

BREAKING: Beets taste like dirt

And they always have.

For serious though, I’m shoving more vegetable smoothies down my gullet to crush my hunger cravings and prevent me from eating soy-infused corn sold by truck stops. I desire to once more weigh 180 lbs.

I deserve this suffering for the money I have spent ingesting food unfit for the body my Woad ancestors bestowed upon me. I shall report further.

Like this post if you want me to share my daily weight on the bathroom scale when I wake up.

Hey Graham maybe you should blog more

Hey maybe you should shut up

“You need to have a following online if you want to sell books”

Yeah I agree, how much time do I spend building that following?

“Make a video”

So you don’t have an answer then

“Why aren’t you spending more time on Instagram”

Because I’m writing the books that 12 people are reading, you ignorant skank

“Why are you arguing with yourself”

Where am I supposed to get decent arguments? Twitter? Bruh

“How much have you even written today”

(looks at the above) No way I’m counting this, bye

Decoupling from Amazon: Beard Care edition

LMAOOOOOOOO AMAZON LOST A BAJILLION DOLLARS LAST QUARTER. IT’S WORKING, YOU GUYS!

Anyway, I found a new company that sells beard care stuff and soaps and whatever. It’s called Mad Viking Beard & Body Care. Their stuff has cool names and it’s made in America. That makes it better than stuff you buy at the grocery store or from Amazon.

I’ve also bought a few cases of Duke Cannon products over the last year, and they’re great. I’m just changing it up.