Sometimes a little outside vector is all it takes to set you free.
There’s something about a clean golf shot, effortless and straight and true. It’s what keeps you coming back for more. Fine writing is much the same for me.Read More
From Pink Floyd, Animals, this is Pigs on the Wing, parts 1 and 2. I recommend playing the video below whilst reading the lyrics. This one never seems to go out of style and seems pertinent to oh so many situations. Use as you see fit.Read More
Been slicing and dicing my way through this last set of revisions to the tune of 40,000 words on the scrap heap. Feels pretty good.Read More
Just plowed through three books in the last couple of weeks. The first two are fantasy reads, but very different in their subject matter. The third book was a classic I was never required to read in high school or college.
Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock
I’d been meaning to read this one for a while as it was written by someone I’ve come to know to a degree via blogging and twitter. Frohock weaves a tale against the backdrop of the eternal struggle between good and evil in Woerld, a parallel universe that is the front line in this struggle. Particularly interesting to me was how Frohock handled the characters and how their pasts had come to shape them. In addition she revealed the important information in the context of the characters’ thoughts and dialogue and in all cases these reveals were germane to the plot of the current story.
The Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
This good old fashioned fantasy romp struck me as a Dungeons & Dragons-style adventure, to the point that you could almost pick out the cleric, the paladin, the thief and the druid. I definitely wanted more depth in both the characters and the world; it almost read like a YA novel except for some fairly gruesome scenes and colorful language. Still, it was an entertaining story set in a middle-eastern desert city, which I’m always a sucker for.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’m always pleasantly surprised when a classic is a page turner. The Great Gatsby rocked. Compelling characters, mystery and a glimpse into a world most of us only see from afar. There’s probably not a whole lot I can say here that hasn’t already been said. For what it’s worth, there are almost as many flawed characters in this story as there are alcoholic drinks. Between the mint juleps and the philandering and Fitzgerald’s writing, there’s plenty here for everyone. FWIW, there’s no way I would have enjoyed this as much at 22 as I did at 42.
What are you reading these days?