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Time to Reset

April 14, 2011

If you visit me here more than once in a blue moon, you may have noticed that the top of the right column of this blog hasn’t changed in a long time.  That progress bar hasn’t budged in forever.  And I am a slow reader, but how long can a single book take to read?  I need to update things here.  It may be done by the time you read this.

Part of my reluctance to update is that the novel really is still only 24% complete  and I am still a mere half way through reading Old Man’s War.  I’ve set both aside.  OMW is very good; my interest simply wandered.  As for the YA novel I was working on, it was less good.  I had the milieu mapped out and the plotline woven like a cat’s cradle, but the characters were pitifully flat.  I didn’t know them at all.  I didn’t care about them.  If I didn’t care, why would anyone else?  So that project is shelved, awaiting some interesting characters to populate its redraft.

I am pleased to report that another novel has taken center stage.  It’s a project I previously shelved in favor of the YA project.  It has the opposite problems from the YA.  This one, I know the characters deeply, know their desires, their dreams, their fears.  The world, on the other hand, is the stage dressing from Our Town.  At least it has been.  I’ve revisited the first chapter and suddenly it’s reading (to me) like the first chapter of a novel.  I still may be moving the story too fast.

As for reading, I’m pretty all over the place.  I’m listening to Den Koontz’s Intensity from  Wow.  It’s my first Koontz experience and it’s…well, intense.  I’m also reading Steven Savile’s Silver (I’ll take a S and a V, Pat), a book that can sit on a shelf next to Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code the way Schwarzenegger sits next to Devito.  I am determined to finish this before I start A Clash of Kings, the second in GRRM’s Song of Ice and Fire series.

Anyway, I plan to update the right side of the blog tomorrow.  I’ll probably toss some links into this post then, too, but I’ve found myself woefully tired all the sudden.  Good night.

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  1. April 19, 2011 9:56 pm

    You’re starting Clash of Kings???!!! I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! wow, I um, just wrote that. Just so you know, I have lived in those books for years and I am happy when anyone I like discovers them without my cajoling. Enjoy!

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