The first week of the year and it's been a doozy. I think I've read more news this week than I have the past several years. I dipped in and out of multiple books and tried to concentrate on revision but found it impossible with all the distractions. I do believe it's time to go back on my news diet and concentrate on the business of reading and writing.
I’m currently sipping from Sharon Kay Penman’s When Christ and Her Saints Slept and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I didn’t get too terribly far in either book and turned to comfort reads.
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors and her Key Trilogy drew my attention this week. I was listening to the first book in the trilogy - Key of Light - in the car and as with all her books wanted to continue reading the story in the evening. Frustrated because we'd cleared out bookshelves, moved things around and my boxes of Nora got stuffed into the garage and buried at some point. I finally sorted through the detritus in the garage and unearthed two boxes of Nora. Yay! I think a Nora Roberts reread is in order for the year as she provides not only comfort, but creativity as her writing inspires me and I need all the help I can get
Decided with ebooks I’m going to go alphabetical A to Z and I finished And Then There were Nuns as well as Baking Bad and even managed to write reviews for them. Started My Christmas Number One by Leona Mack. I guess I needed some Christmas spirit this week.
Our 52 Books theme and bingo category this week is Anti heroes and the question of the week: Who is your favorite anti hero?
I don’t have just one favorite anti hero. At this point in time, Roland from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and Severus Snape from Harry Potter are my two favorites. Lizbeth Salander from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo runs a close third. She was an odd duck.
I started listening to the audio book of Christopher Paolini's newest book - To Sleep in a Sea of Stars -in the car and love the narrator and enjoying so far. It's a long book so will take me a while to finish since will only be listening while out and about in the car.
Craft wise I’m sipping on Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic process edited by Joe Fassler as well as James Scott Bell’s Just Write. In the middle of John Strelecky’s Café on the Edge of the World . It's a really short book of 100 pages, but for some reason this story strikes me as an advertisement for something else and I've been unable to finish it. Soon though. Can’t quite put my finger on it, but something is missing in the narrative. For some reason it reminds me of Amway.
Writing wise, I worked on editing and revising chapters I wrote to fill in a lost day in the life of the character. I didn't get too far this week as I worried over characterization and description, pondering how much she wants to reveal at this stage of the game. Some days are more painstaking than others, but I'm slowly making progress.
And as Confucious says: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”