IWSG, ROW80, New Releases, and Banned Books Week

Banned books week is on!

Here's a list of challenged books from the last few years. I'm not sure who's doing all this challenging, but I do hope they're at least reading the books before they challenge them. I mean, what possible objection could anyone have to Auden's The More Loving One?

I'm over at Jessica Bell's today!

And A Round of Words in 80 Days is back on! I've been keeping up with my draft typing. But I'm finally losing that it's-the-first-draft-but-this-book-is-AWESOME-SQUEAL! stage. Now I can see all the flaws, and it hurts.

Today is also, coincidentally, Insecure Writer's Support Group Day, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I'm as insecure as they come. But I love Neil Gaiman's Rule No. 8 for writing: "The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can."

I've gotten two new books this week, one that's new for me, and another that's a new release:

I'm reading alternate history fiction for the first time: Harry Turtledove's Ruled Britannia.

Interesting to see Shakespeare as the main character!

And there's a new anthology out, featuring Kait Nolan!

What are you reading, for Banned Books Week or otherwise?


E.J. Wesley said…
Absolutely love that Neil Gaiman quote. Man is a genius. :-)
S.P. Bowers said…
Wow, that's quite a list. It surprises me sometimes what people will object to.
Anonymous said…
So much great stuff in this post, Deniz. You bring up a good point: "I'm not sure who's doing all this challenging, but I do hope they're at least reading the books before they challenge them."

...some people ban books based on hearsay, unfortunately.
Al said…
I'm reading "The Sun's Companion"
by fellow blogger Kathleen Jones.
Vicki Tremper said…
Great quote from Gaiman. Thanks for sharing that. An apt reminder for me right now.

(My husband is a big Turtledove fan.)
I love the Neil Gaiman quote!

Shakespeare's the main character in Ruled Britannia? That's an interesting person to choose for an MC.
Anonymous said…
I love the cover of Magical Mayhem.

I'm always excited when a round of ROW80 begins.
StephenCouch said…
That transition out of first draft to the roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-critical phase is always a pain -- hope it's going well for you!
Deniz Bevan said…
Yea, I can't stop quoting him, E. J.!

Sad, huh, Sara and Linda.

Ooh, I'll have to look that one up, Al.

Thanks, Vicki!

I wasn't expecting it, Eagle - I thought it was going to cover a few hundred years, not focus on one character for a short time. Intriguing!

Me too, Medeia!

Thanks, Stephen!

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