March 9, 2007
Reading & Writing & Gaming
I have been in a reading mood lately. I go in reading and writing cycles and, usually, when I hit a reading cycle, I stop writing. Not this time. Writing is my job. However, it has not stopped me from gobbling up the last four books in Steve Perry's Matador universe (The Omega Cage, The Albino Knife, Black Steel, Brother Death) in the last ten days.
Granted, the Steve Perry Matador universe is all popcorn reading for me. I can snack on those kinds of books like there is no tomorrow. However, I do prefer intermixing my popcorn reading with something more substantial. I've done just that with this current book I am reading: "Earth Abides" by George R. Stewart.
"Earth Abides" is a 1949 post apocalyptic novel and winner of the first International Fantasy Award. I don't remember who recommended this book to me but, my gosh, am I ever thankful. This is the kind of book that you savor. You stop and reread passages just because they are so damn intriguing. This is also the kind of book that I read no more than one chapter at a time because I want the story, and my memories of walking within the story, to last.
I know I'm about to go on an apocalyptic book surge now. I've collected a series of apocalyptic books recommended and/or given to me by my apocalyptic minions. Books like "Dalgren," "Plague" and "Wolf of Shadows." If I am going to start an apocalyptic book series, I could have no better start than "Earth Abides."
I am amazed that a book almost six decades old can tell a modern day, near future post apocalyptic story and still be so on contemporary.
My writing is going pretty well. I am over the 43,000 mark on Novel #1 and I'm already starting the April TEoP story. The thing I really need to focus on right now is the non-TEoP story for March as well as some submissions. I think I will schedule new submissions for Sunday. I don't want to get behind on my Writing Year "report card" (as my Mom likes to call it).
I can't tell if this is a good thing or a bad thing but one of the reasons I am so into Novel #1 right now is because I sort of feel like I'm reading a book while I'm writing it. Better yet, it is a book I'm eager to get back to each morning. I'm really curious what is going to happen next. Yes, I have the basics of an outline but I have not stuck to it. I have. I have also added to it. Or, should I say my protagonist has added to it. Some days, I sit down to write one thing and something completely different comes out.
In other news, I start freelancing for Amazon.com in April. That will add a new layer to my writing stuff for this year. It will be more money and it may blossom into a new (part-time or fulltime) career for me.
Also, I have an interesting possible offer on the table from a small press about Grants Pass. I'm not sure where it is going to go but after I see where this last query goes (either way), I really think I'm going to sit down and have a lot chat with this small publisher about a couple of projects - either Grants Pass or maybe even the first year of TEoP.
Saturday I am going to start the new-to-me Emerald City Chronicles LARP at the University of Washington. I'm really hopeful that this is going to be a good time. I like what I've done with the character I've chosen to play (a southern Ventrue jewel merchant - yes, a real Ventrue by choice) and the connections I have set up between myself and several of the other characters in the game. Most of the people I have connections will in an IC sense I do not know at all in an OOC sense. Meeting and getting to know new people makes me happy.
In a way, this feels like it did when I joined the Palo Alto crowd. There are a lot of new people to meet and a number of potential new friendships. Change is scary but change is also good for me. I know this. Besides, I haven't had a weekly game in far too long.
Tarot Card for the Day: The Tower, Inverted