First, a side note. We've reached the end of another round of ROW80. My goals petered out at the end. I haven't done much writing and no editing at all in the last couple of weeks. It's been nice to read for pleasure for a bit!
Books read: 113, of which 84 were novels and kids' books (I count 'em all!), 8 were short stories, 2 were poems, and 19 were essay collections and comics and so on.
This is compared to 188 novels and short stories in 2013 (plus poetry), 142 in 2012, 124 in 2011, 92 in 2010, 131 in 2009, and 101 in 2008. That's not counting the thousands of words written and read for writers' houseparties over at the Compuserve Books and Writers Forum, plus other forum writings, and magazines and newspapers, etc.
I'm posting early, and I'm not sure I'll add my name to the linky list, as I've no hope of catching up on all the comments, though I'm sure I'll make the rounds of all your blogs! I'm also not quite following the rules, since the post I'm sharing is from 2012!
(As for ROW80, all I've done lately is read. I hope I don't lose my writing groove from NaNo! I'll need to re-establish a writing and editing schedule for my weekends, perhaps with the next ROW80 round.)
I haven't been keeping up with my ROW80 goals. I still have half a notebook left of Larksong to type up, and I should get back to one of my goals from last spring, which is to read the printout of Captive of the Sea.
Instead of writing, I've been reading!
Here are a few of the books I've been lost in:
Emily of New Moon (and Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest) by L.M. Montgomery
I still haven't visited Prince Edward Island! It's on my long list of places to travel.
A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French
Picked this one up at the book fair of the English Library in Geneva. I can't resist a middle grade or young adult novel set in WWI or WWII. This one was very absorbing. Loved the long author's note at the end too, chock full of information.
The Magician by Somerset Maugham
Very eerie. Loosely based on Aleister Crowley.
Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
This was a book I'd started reading at a friend's house or B'n'B somewhere…
And the last item on my list is a coffee table. Not just any table, though. I need a flat surface that's about the width of a sheet of printer paper, which hovers nearby. Mainly so that when I'm settled with book (or notebook or iPad) and baby, I have a convenient place to rest my coffee mug. Not a nightstand that's two…
I'm so far behind in comments! Thank you all for coming by and commenting on my last few posts. I'm going to try visiting many of you today and as I do, I thought I'd highlight a few here:
Zan Marie at In the Shade of the Cherry Tree features an interview with brilliant author Joanna Bourne today! I love what Jo says here: "I want happy endings. I want heroes and heroines. I want brave, clever, principled characters who behave well under difficult circumstances. So I write Romance."
Pam at A Novel Woman shares photos, hilarious stories, and makes Montreal look good!
I've been reading a lot in the last week or so. Here are a few of the books and stories:
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
I tweeted about this yesterday and today. I'm always impressed by writers who can take real life and distill it into a lesson, a moral, a story. I tend to find it hard to connect the dots of real life events. Amanda does it brilliantly.
Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
A brilliant retelling of the classic fairy tale. Isn't it sad that when, in the middle of the tale, he writes "Gretel and Hansel" it jumps out at you? Why does the boy's name tend to come first?
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Another retelling, of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty's stories. I love what he did with Snow White's character. I do wish dwarfs had been pluralised dwarves, but I guess they're not the same creatures as Tolkien's dwarves. Really intriguing spin on Sleeping Beauty's tale. And the illustrations are beautiful.