Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Week with no Posts

A week with no post? Now that would be interesting - no ads to throw away, no bills to pay, no forms to fill...

But a week with no blogposts? I have to stop a moment and wonder what on earth I've been doing all week. Reading, I guess: I did put some more book reviews on gather. And writing. And rewriting. And housework, and pulling weeds (ah, that's the trouble with the weather getting nice).

Remember that February Wrimo challenge our local writers' group was doing? Well, February's almost done, so I guess I have to confess I didn't succeed in my self-assigned task to write the third of my Hemlock books. In fact, a lot of last week was spent splitting up what I'd written to make two separate books. Somehow the events I'd planned for Hemlock 4 were appearing in Hemlock 3 and they really didn't fit. They prefigured entirely the wrong conclusion, resulting in a serious case of writers' block. So now I have two novels half-written in the month instead of one completed. Still, two halves do make, sort of, one whole.

And next week I'll be busy making sure that "whole" doesn't become a black hole. I'll need to remind myself to keep writing until they both get done. Perhaps I could call it editing and join in with National Novel Editing Month. The timing's kind of right.

Still, back to that "Take the Journey" reading challenge. I'm doing a little better there and have safely made it to more than 300 points.

The Fire Within, by Chris D'Lacey, was a brilliant change of pace and a really fun kids' book, mixing environmental concerns for a squirrel whose tree gets cut down with, well, dragons. An excellent read.
Duma Key, by Stephen King, has to be one of my favorites of his, a perfectly balanced mixture of art, character study, recovery and something very strange.
Mirrored Heavens, by David J Williams, creates a scarily plausible future world with computer implants, internet and politics, and beautifully smooth transitions from real-world to computer-world intrigue.
And Little Bee, by Chris Cleave, was just stunning - so good that I had to go out and buy his other book straight away. I'm already reading it, and hooked. And it's probably mostly his fault that this has been a week with no posts.

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