Margo (who was featured on Nutschell's Writing Space the other day!) had a list of Top Ten Most Intimidating Books.
Of the ones she listed, The Grapes of Wrath is actually at the top of my TBR pile at the moment. And I have read Ulysses! It took me a year - I read a chapter each Sunday (or so). After each chapter, I read the corresponding chapter in Stuart Gilbert's James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study. Is it really possible to read Ulysses without any help at all? I haven't tried Finnegan's Wake yet...
Here are my Top Ten Most Intimidating Books:
War and Peace - I don't like admitting it, but I still haven't gotten around to reading this. I haven't read Crime and Punishment yet either, but I've read other books by Dostoyevsky, so I don't feel as badly. I'd also like to read Anna Karenina...
Numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7 belong to books in other languages - I haven't gotten past the first chapter of Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul in Turkish, or the third chapter of the Turkish translation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, or the fifth chapter of the German translation of Gabaldon's Drums of Autumn... and I need to find another French book to read now that I've finished The Count of Monte Cristo. Any suggestions?
Number 7 is for the Morte d'Arthur. I've read bits and pieces, and all sorts of other versions of the Arthurian tales, but haven't read all of Malory's version yet. For someone used to Tolkien, the Morte d'Arthur just seems so haphazard, to say the least. And I feel badly for even criticising it...
Finally, numbers 8, 9, 10 and higher up belong to... anything on an ereader! So far I've only read one ebook in its entirety, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I read it on my phone, and while the experience wasn't a bad one, I just can't seem to settle down to regular e-reading. Meanwhile, the books are piling up - 50 of them last time I checked my Kindle for iPad!
Which books are you intimidated by?
ROW80! I've been doing better on the editing front lately. The goal is to finish the final read-through on paper, write one more spell and one more curse, then enter those final changes and send Druid's Moon off to betas next week!
I've also started editing the latest short story, and am hoping to take part in this month's exercise on the writers' forum - drafting for that tomorrow!
If you'd like to participate, here's the challenge:
"The idea is simple. You think of a character - even a limited number of traits is OK to start with; you need very little to begin the process.Here's another challenge I'd like to try, even though the deadline has passed: Writing a story based on a Neil Gaiman prompt! I found out about it on Twitter, and then on Madeleine's blog.
Next, for each letter of the alphabet (or a subset; even 5 letters is going to work quite well), you let the character pick a single word that starts with that letter, then write a short (single paragraph) scene or thought or idea or comment from the character's POV. I'm a workaholic, and I started at A and went to Z, but you can pick any letter in any order because the idea is to be spontaneous, like free writing or free association."
Neil gave us this line: "It wasn't just the murder, he decided. Everything else seemed to have conspired to ruin his day as well. Even the cat."
And now to write the rest...
More photos from the weekend before!
After Upper Canada Village, we went to Canada's capital Ottawa for a day:
Yes, apparently they baked a special maple leaf cookie for the President, and he loved it!
I think the iceberg is just a fancy way of covering up renovations.
But that spider is all too real; it's called Maman.
The National Gallery bought it in 2005 for over three million dollars!
St Patrick's Basilica
I like the angle of this, it makes Ottawa feel like Paris!
Another shot of Bytown, showing more of the locks on the Rideau Canal
Changing of the guard at Parliament - we have it too! Even if it's not before a palace
Rideau Canal - it's disorienting to see it in summer when I remember skating on its frozen surface in winter!
Teaser alert! I've got a very special interview coming soon!
What are you working on? Any other interesting writing challenges out there?