“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book.
Write a good one.”
~ Brad Paisley
I’ve not been well for a few months now with a cold and then a cough that just won’t go away. But this is my last week of work and then I am taking a three week holiday. Really looking forward to a nice relaxing break….Okay, and maybe just a smidgen of fun 😉
So, I’m well and truly fed up of the sick club and can’t wait to get back to blogging. I have some fun blog posts queued up and will get cracking on them while I am on holiday! So pull up your chair and get the popcorn out!
I’ll be in Brisbane for Christmas and New year, and I will also drop a couple of posts of our travels while there. It’s been over five years since my last visit and I expect it will have changed a fair bit. It’s a long flight from Perth, too, so any scifi or fantasy reading recommendations would be appreciated!
When I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself I was busy writing my new book series. I’m into editing now and happy with the way the book turned out. I usually aim for 100-110k and then cut about 10-20%. This time I didn’t quite make 90k in the draft and it’s tracking at around 80k after the first editing cull. I normally struggle to keep the word count down so this is a new experience for me! I’m comfortable with the storyline and will see how it feels as I read. Sometimes gaps become obvious later, but I would rather it was a good 80k than try and pad it out!
Book 2 for the Divided World Series should be coming out in print soon. And Book 3 just needs a final read, so lots coming in the new year!
I’ve had a lot of fun writing the new book. It was nice to get back into the creative side of writing after so long editing and tweaking the last series. But now the draft is done, I do enjoy the editing 🙂
Happy reading and writing! 🙂
The books we choose to love are intensely personal items.
For every person who loves a book, there will be another who can’t abide it.
How often do you see a book that you thought was brilliant with a single one star review?
Or something you thought so terrible that you could not bear to read another page, but half the reading community thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
It happens all the time.
So when you meet someone, and discover that they love the same books as you…well, that’s the best kind of bookish friendship.
“There is no faster or firmer friendship than those formed between people who love the same books.”
I’m Red, all in, no hesitation 🙂
What color are you?
A great list of classic sci-fi 🙂
I am going to confess something…I love reading as much as I love writing…and I love writing an awful lot.
So I thought I would share some excellent reasons / excuses to read a little more.
It makes us better writers.
When we read we consciously and subconsciously pick up all kinds of amazing tips whether it is impactful word placement, a descriptive style, or story flow, reading a good book will help it all.
Expands our vocabulary and intelligence.
When we read we expose ourselves to new words, new ideas, and new perspectives. Every time we read a book we have an opportunity to learn.
It fires up our imagination.
When we read we meet new characters and travel to amazing places that can fire up our imagination.
It reduces stress.
Reading is known as a flow activity. This means that when we read we let our worldly troubles go and submerge ourselves in another world. Time passes swiftly…it’s a great way to make things like a boring daily commute bearable.
It makes us happy.
I think this goes without saying, but if you have a book with you adventure is only a few pages away.
Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to fantastic destinations.
I have never been a person enamoured with that thing called adventure. If there is something exciting going on, I am usually heading in the other direction. For me adventure is trying out a new restaurant, or cutting an extra inch off my hair.
I think the technical term is ‘novelty averse’.
I am the sort of person who feels deeply emotional when hearing an anecdotal story about someone I have never even met. Homeless puppies, sagas of lost journals, can really tear me up. If there’s a spider trapped in a sink, I am the kind of person who rescues it—Ok, maybe not the spider.
Despite this I have lived a million adventures within the pages of a book, and particularly bloodthirsty adventures at that.
Yes, I will confess at this point that I possess particularly violent taste when it comes to other peoples adventures. Torture and killing is absolutely fine in the quest of a good story—the more brutal the better. Our heroes wouldn’t have a chance to shine without a few trials and obstacles in their way.
Let’s face it, a walk in the park never made a hero—unless the walk in the park happened to involve thwarting an attack by alien vampires with secret plans to destroy the earth.
Perhaps it’s just as well that I stick to the books 😉