The Rare Saturday Post- Reading, Writing, and Random Babbling

Posted 27 August, 2011 by DLWhite in Writers Read, Writers Write 0 Comments

*waves to BlogLand*

I have been a bit absent this week. Mostly because I didn’t have much to say and I’m not one to post just for posting’s sake. And, as Sierra Godfrey mentioned in a great post this week, readers don’t really care what your excuses are for not blogging; nor do they care for silly filler posts. I happen to completely agree, so I don’t do them.

It has been a busy month for me though. Over at the Fan Fiction archive, we have been running a month long challenge. Writers sign up for a specific day and on that day, they post a completed story of 1,000 words or more. Once it is posted, it’s my job as Challenge Master (I just made that name up for myself) to publicize the author and their story all day. Everyday. On top of also running a fansite for a music group, my life outside of writing/ reading is pretty active.

And then there’s that. I’ve not done a whole lot of writing, lately. I wrote two stories for the aforementioned challenge. Both got pretty small reactions, but that they got comments at all is great, I suppose. A friend and I were discussing this phenomenon a few weeks ago, where when I posted stories in the past, I got lots of comments and lately I get very few. I started to worry that I lost my touch, my mojo, my writing fu. We discovered, though, that readers seem to like the chase. They like waiting for an update and slowly allowing themselves to identifywith the characters. When I write a story, however, I finish it and then I post it, in case I want to change/clarify something later. I can’t go back and change something I have already posted. And then I dump it on the archive and people read it all in one sitting, in one fell swoop and don’t feel as close to the characters as they would if I had spaced it out.

What it all comes down to is that I am impatient. I want people to read it all right now. I’m not much of a tease. Working on it, though!

I posted a short piece for the Story Fix Peer Review Page and then sent my friends and followers over there to harass and/or comment on the post. It turned out pretty well and I feel like I got some good advice from the writing community. And a few “wow”s, which… I’m not going to lie, felt really great. REALLY great. The piece wasn’t torn apart and I feel like it was a good representation of my writing.

I have been doing a lot of reading. I’m doing the GoodReads Reading Challenge. I committed to reading 50 books this year. I’m at 30 and I am 2 books behind. I’m really tempted to pick some short novellas and finish them to boost my count, but I feel like that would be cheating, so I am doing my best to stay on top of my TBR pile. My hiatus from the written word hurt me a bit but I am rapid and voracious reader. I was five books behind!  In the last month I have read: 

Snowy Night Seduction– Very short. A little bit of paranormal, which I don’t really mind as long as it’s not vampires. I just can’t deal with vampires. And a hot sex scene as well.  2 of 5 stars*

Silver Sparrow– I finished this at the end of July, actually. Was so good, especially part two. I was sad to see it end– didn’t want to say goodbye to Dana and Chaurisse and their secret family.  I wish we got to see more of them. Can’t wait for the next book from Tayari Jones. 4 of 5 stars

The Lies that Bind Oh my. SUCH a good book. A quick read, great love scenes, lots of action, a true page turner and has what I love love LOVE. A nice twist at the end. Didn’t see it coming. Can’t wait for DL Sparks next book– I’ve pre-ordered it! 4 of 5 stars

The Sugar Queen– Another Sarah Addison Allen book. I just love reading her in between my gripping, heart breaking dramas. Such a nice break with a great story and a little bit of magic. This one was sweet- pat, but sweet.  Pun intended. 3 of 5 stars

What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day– I had never heard of Pearl Cleage before I started reading Tayari Jones. Ms Cleage is one of her favorite authors, so I figured I’d take a look. I’m just getting started on her collection and this was the first. It was not what I expected it to be- a love story between an ex con and a woman who is HIV positive. I really enjoyed the story and the writing. The epilogue was not my cup of tea– it could have been a few more chapters of story, in my opinion. I guess I am just greedy, but don’t sweep over things in your epilogue that only tie your story up in a big red bow.  Just my personal opinion. I think I am reading “I Wish I Had a Red Dress” or “Seen It All..” next.  Not Sure. 4 of 5 stars

The Accident: A Novel – This was one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. I love a story that has twists and turns and multiple stories that all tie in together. This book does that really well, with so many levels of story and story lines you didn’t even think were connected, end up swirling around one another. I’ve already purchased other books Linwood Barclay has written. Can’t wait to dig into them. 4 of 5 stars

The End of Everything: A Novel – This was… interesting. I almost gave up on it, actually. I just couldn’t get into it. Then I hopped onto Goodreads and read some reviews. My left eyebrow went up at hints of what happens later in the story, so I kept reading. Glad I did, but… I hate when I read a book and I still have questions that are not answered. There is so much inference as to what happened. I don’t have a clear understanding of everything because she never really said, ‘this is what happened’. I feel like I read it in a fog. I had a hard time with her writing style as well, but that was just a personal thing. It was hard to muddle through until the story got good. Not one I’ll read over and over, likely. 3 of 5 stars

*A note on my star rating. I rarely, if ever give 5 stars. I have to pretty much fall onto the ground, weeping and wailing and gnashing my teeth because the book is over. 4 stars is a really, really good book for me. 5 stars is perfection. I have given very few 5 star ratings. 

As for writing… I have a story idea. It is fan fiction. It could possibly be written during NaNoWriMo. Not sure, though. It is a psychological thriller. I have some research and story planning to do but I don’t want to talk about it much or I’ll talk myself out of writing it. I haven’t written anything at all on the book I am supposed to be writing. I think about it now and then but I don’t really have a complete story arc and I am not motivated to work on it. It’s going nowhere pretty rapidly. I can’t seem to get a grasp on writing original fiction. I just don’t care about the characters like I care about my fanfic characters and I haven’t found a way to remedy that.

I am off for a day of reading and planning a series of blog posts for next week. Have a wonderful day!


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