the_siobhan: (book skeleton)
I have some catching up to do. I'm still reading on the bus every day, I'm just behind in listing them.

fantasy / sf / spooky )
the_siobhan: (Ursula Le Guin)
I'll have an actual post at some point soon, honest.

sf comes in fours )
the_siobhan: (Margaret Atwood)
Being back at the old job means I spend about twice as long on the bus. So I've already finished four books in the first month.

four fiction )
the_siobhan: (flying monkeys)
a whiskey called 'Writer's Tears'


D brought this home earlier this week. He thought it was hilarious.

(OK, I think it's hilarious too.)

Most of my posts recently have been about the reading and writing thing, because quite frankly I don’t have much else going on. No money means no travel, and I've been feeling really exhausted by adult life lately so I haven't really been doing much else either.

I decided to take a break from the big book project for a while – I have to do some research to fill in some of the holes, so in the meantime I’ll work on some other ideas I have. Weekly beer-and-laptops sessions to resume shortly.

I have one more week at the temp role before I go back to the salt mines. Everybody has been lovely about telling me they wish I were staying. Even the department Director came by and told me that she tried to get me made permanent but she couldn’t get the extra budget approved. That does a lot for my confidence, I gotta tell you. I stepped away from old job because I was feeling like I was in a rut I couldn't get out of, and this makes me a lot less worried about going back and falling into the same old pit of despair.

The boys are going to a party tonight and I’ve decided I’m going to stay home and be introverted and enjoy having the house to myself. (That doesn't happen much any more.) Maybe I could do a little bit of writing. Maybe shed a tear or two.
the_siobhan: (shock and awe)
Who has two thumbs and managed to finish the ENTIRE FIRST DRAFT of her novel.

(It's awful. Like, really really terrible. It won't be ready for critiquing until, oh probably about Draft 3.)

But done, done donitty done done.

I am quite gratified by this.
the_siobhan: (Margaret Atwood)
I decided I needed to go through more of the books that need to leave the house, so I'm going to be reading through some of my existing non-fictions for a bit.

five biographies )
the_siobhan: (shock and awe)
1000 words


At beer-and-laptops. Did I mention I hit a bell-ringer last session? 40K words.

I'm also getting faster - today's 1K words took me about an hour and 15 minutes, compared to the 2 hours it used to take. So you know, practice will improve my ability to get the quantity happening, even if I'm not yet happy with the quality.

Forgive me, this is the only thing I have to talk about, so I'm damn well going to post about the fact that it makes me happy.

[EDIT] Packing up now. At 42046 words. Probably going to go drink more beer with D.
the_siobhan: (Ursula Le Guin)
One of the things I should probably be more clear about is that BookBub doesn't just have links to self-published authors, I just tend to download those ones because they are free. They link to tons of sales on better known authors who have stuff on sale - I have seen Neil Gaiman and Neal Stephenson both featured.

Also, shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] iamjw for posting that Tor.com is offering a free e-book every month if you sign up on their site.

start with Plato, end with the zombies )

I think my experiment in reading all these books has given me a better sense of the difference between writing that is perfectly adequate and writing that is really good. (Bad writing is always a lot more obvious.)

I figure I'm pretty solidly in the "adequate" band. I just have to figure out what tools I need to jump that gap.
the_siobhan: (dinosaur)
A list that's been going around today.

Bolded the ones I've read, italics on the ones where I've read other books by the same author.

cut for list )

The number of books I've read off this list is quite small - I guess I have some new authors to search out.
the_siobhan: (Ursula Le Guin)
four Fantasies and a Space Opera )

So I've noticed a couple of things about these self-published writers:

  • They all have "best-selling" somewhere on their website/amazon bio.
  • The elves-and-vampires fantasy is written by people with female pen names and the space fantasy is written by people with male pen names.

    Neither of those things should really have surprised me.
  • the_siobhan: (Ursula Le Guin)
    First of all, I want to publicly thank every single person who recommended NK Jemisin to me. Holy crap did I ever love her series. I absolutely devoured them and I intend to buy every single thing she ever publishes for the rest of my life. (For the record, the only other writer I've ever felt this way about was Barbara Kingsolver.)

    cut for length )
    the_siobhan: (Ursula Le Guin)
    So the last time I posted one of these I said I was going to start reading books that serve as examples of what I want to do and alternate them with books that will make me feel better about how I'm not (anywhere close to) there yet.

    the good )

    I recently signed up for Bookbub, which is a website that sends you lists of e-books that are on sale, based on your genre preferences and reading platform. Since I have a kindle most of my offers come from Amazon. I selected SF, fantasy and horror. Every day I get an email and I download the ones that are listed as free.

    So long story short, that part about reading books that make me feel better about my skill level? Well handled.

    A lot of the downloads turned out to be Book #1 of an ongoing series and the author (or Amazon) is trying to generate interest in purchasing the rest of the books. And it is entirely probably that by the time they get to Book #17 or whatever, they have mastered their chosen art and their writing is really good. But in most cases those Book #1's aren't really ready for prime-time.

    the bad )

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