I should be working on a conference proceedings paper due on Friday but I needed a break from that task. Beta reading 2 novels has been on my to-do list these last couple of weeks. I sent comments off on one a couple of days ago. The other is an epic tome that will take me a bit longer. When that’s done I’ll be off in search of some new ‘fun’ reads.
My ‘research’ books will remain nearby – at least until I have to take those I don’t own back to the library:
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
& numerous other books on colonial history. Never hurts to start researching that 1776 time travel novel I want to write.
I’m also surrounded by Weir’s Eleanor of Aquitaine, Lionheart by Penman, Chronicle of the Third Crusade, translated by Nicholson, Life in a Medieval Castle by Gies & Gies, Crusaders and Crusading in the Twelfth Century by Constable, and a handful of other books I’m using as reference books for my novella, Battle Scars.
Here are a few blog posts I’ve read recently that stand out as keepers:
Janice Hardy: The Spit Shine: Things to Check Before You Submit
I’m bookmarking this one. When I complete my current round of revisions, I’ll go through the manuscript looking for things Janice points out.
Joel Friedlander: 4 Quick Tips for Authors to Get Website Traffic Fast!
Jami Gold: Writing: Where Less Can Be More
One of my betas suggested I wrapped up the ending of my novel far too quickly & neatly and didn’t show the characters healing after traumatic events. Jami’s post, which highlights thoughts from Jason Black’s post, leaves me thinking that my denouement is appropriate. It allows the reader to imagine how the characters’ lives will play out.
I don’t believe I’ve mentioned that I don’t subscribe to cable TV and have no antenna to pull in the nearest network stations, which are some 60 miles east. After years paying ridiculous amounts to have a steady diet of mainly HGTV, TLC, and the Food Network, I gave up cable. That was almost 3 years ago. I stream Netflix a few hours a week these days to catch up on old television shows or movies. Every now & then, I break down and buy DVDs. My most recent purchase: Game of Thrones.
On my TV menu the last week or so:
Downton Abbey season 1 – because I was off last Monday & Tuesday, I re-watched 4 episodes with a friend I was visiting in Texas. She hadn’t seen the show. I think she’s hooked now, and I’m ready to watch season 2 again. Why isn’t it on Netflix yet?!
Star Trek: the Next Generation 1×01 & 1×02 – I’ve had TNG in my queue for ages. I used to catch episodes occasionally when it was in reruns on cable, but I know I’ve missed many of them. I may need to watch the entire series cover-to-cover. That could take me years…