Alexander Gordon Smith

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US Tour Part 1: Seattle!!

I flew out to the States a week ago today for my Fugitives tour. Seattle was the first stop, which is cool as I’ve always wanted to visit (being a huge fan of Frasier). It’s a cool city, with way too much to ever fit into a couple of days. So I opted to be adventurous and do the least touristy thing possible… The Space Needle!

Lunch at 500ft!

Not only is it stomach-churningly high up, but the whole restaurant actually rotates, meaning that by the time I got up there the last thing I wanted to do was eat a three-course meal! But I soldiered on and managed to finish it without hurling. I was pretty relieved when I got back to solid ground, though.

After the Needle I discovered quite possibly the coolest museum ever built, which is right next door. It’s called the Experience Music Project, and it’s a museum dedicated to music, science fiction and popular culture. Yes, you heard that right. I won’t tell the story behind it here, check out its official page. But the whole building looks like some huge alien craft, and inside there is so much cool stuff!! I spent hours downstairs in their horror movie exhibition, which included awesome genuine props from some of my favourite movies!!

I'm gonna get ya!

There was also a copy of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula Manuscript, complete with his handwritten notes, which was just amazing to see. Sorry the photo isn’t great, if you used your flash they unleashed the xenomorph.

Dracula!!!

How cool is that!!!! There was also a huge Battlestar Galactica exhibition that I rushed around, and an Avatar exhibition that I didn’t get a chance to see. There was so much stuff about music too, but just not enough time!! I would recommend this place to everyone, it’s so much fun. Oh, and there was this, the weirdest thing ever, which turned your shadow into a monster. This is me:

Monster Me!

I also got a chance to make a pilgrimage over to the Lakeview Cemetery, which has a number of famous graves, including one of my heroes, Bruce Lee. He’s buried there because it’s Linda Lee’s hometown. It was a beautiful place, incredibly peaceful and moving. The inscription on his grave reads: “Your inspiration continues to guide us toward our personal liberation.” And he was such an inspirational guy. Brandon Lee is also buried there, by his side, and he has an inscription on his grave that reads: “Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.” So sad  : (

RIP Brucie

I had a good wander around the city, saw Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks, the waterfront and the ferries and some pretty cool buildings, plus I got to ride on the famous Seattle monorail too. It was an awesome weekend, thank you Seattle!

Events started on Monday, and IT WAS THE BEST WEEK OF EVENTS EVER!!!!! I’ll write about it in the next post!

:-)

They make a good cuppa!

How is this building not falling over?!

 

 

Happy New Year!!!

Here's hoping the Mayans were wrong...

Happy New Year everybody!!!

It’s a little worrying just how many end-of-the-world images crop up when you do a Google image search for 2012…

But Armageddon aside, I think 2012 is shaping up to be a great year! Even the sound of it rolls off the tongue – twenty-twelve. That is a good-sounding year. It’s the kind of year that is made for looking back on in the future and saying: “Yeah, 2012 ROCKED!!”

I’m going to be blogging a lot more this year, mainly so I can keep track of my new year’s resolutions (I have about twenty, and counting). Some of the things I am most excited about this year include writing a new book in January, Fugitives coming out in the US in February, my US tour in March, The Fury being published in April, finally seeing Stagnant the movie getting made in May, getting a six-pack in June, holiday in July, the Edinburgh Festival in August, celebrating my gold medal at the Olympics in August as well, Execution coming out in the US in September, writing another new book in October, another US trip in November and Christmas in December!!

Okay, not all of those things will actually happen (I have yet to think of a way of getting a gold medal), but hopefully most of them!

Anyway, I just wanted to wish everybody an absolutely wonderful year. I hope 2012 is totally amazing for you all!