Friday, May 20, 2011

Good Reads

Just finished Brandon Sanderson’s Mist Born Trilogy and I must say it was really good.

I am now reading Cassandra Clare’s, City of Bones: her first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy. I am half way through the first book and like it quite well.

Both the series have a girl, soon to be woman as the MC, and if you like action and a great story you might want to give them a read.

I tried to write something else, besides the second draft of my novel, and I couldn’t do it. It felt like I was cheating on my wife. It felt like I was betraying all the characters, leaving them to die.

So, I can’t move on… that means I hope I find out (Somehow, by revelation or some other kind of miracle)  what’s holding me up SOON. All I need is one chapter to tie in both halves of my story… I have waited weeks, and I have tried writing several drafts of this chapter-- to end up just trashing them. I have spent hours going over the story and plot in my head every night before I go to bed, but nothing I come up with feels write, it might be good writing but it just doesn’t fit somehow (wish I knew why). Sorry to rant, not really making any sense… just felt better to vent, thx for indulging me!

What books have you read lately that you would recommend.

I’ve been out of town working, with little to no internet access, so I am sorry if I haven’t been able to keep up with your blog… I’ll do my best in the future to do so.

I really appreciate all the comments you leave, they DO help me become a better writer.

Thx for any comment you might leave, it will not fall on deaf ears.



  1. Thanks for the review.

    Have you ever read any David Eddings. Probably my favorite fantasy author.

  2. Just read the Percy Jackson series. Still haven't seen the movie, and like won't EVER. Not as good as HP, but still enjoyable.

    It might be you just need to do something else than writing. The whole cheating concept is quite cute, and I agree in a way, though my works are more children than spouses. If I spend time on one, I'm neglecting the others, and I walk around the house with them pulling at my skirt.

    I saw you'd posted, but now I have a few hours before bed and need to get to work on one of my newest children. I hope you resolve the chapter link soon so that you can feel it's finished enough to send to me.

  3. Dude--

    This manga is so good I'm going to have to learn Japanese (it's translated by fans at the site - not licensed in the US).

    I can't speak for the world at large because I'm a weird one, but if I ever come to a wall I can't get past, I know I'm trying to hard and just not ready. Frustrating as hell, I know, but I either do something entirely different or write something entirely different. Which is why I have nine or so novels in the hopper at any given moment.

  4. Sometimes I feel as if my writings are a puzzle. I have all the pieces in front of me, but just need to figure out how to connect them. It's such a great feeling when that happens.

    If all else fails, and you are truly stuck, you can always do what Steven King did in The Stand. He decided to blow everyone up. And start over in the middle of the book. Will that work? :)

  5. By the way, thanks for all the great comments on my blog. You always have good advice.

  6. I bet it'll come to you at the most unexpected moment. :)

    I'm usually like that too where I feel like I need to finish a novel before I start the next one. I did break away from one and left it half finished, but I've only done that once, and I'm going back to it after my current WIP is in the querying stage.

  7. Try reading Save the Cat. By thinking about structure, it might help you see what is missing and you'll be able to put it all together. I'm reading it right now and think it's pure gold.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  8. I found this post with another writer:

    You should check it out. It talks about writing stuff you're not supposed to write, and its effect. I just don't want you suffering, when switching to another project--and thus trying something completely new--can mean you write the first project with more skill, more understanding, and fresh fingers. Good luck!

  9. I liked the Simon Woods book that I just read, The Fall Guy. It can be so hard to move to the next book, can't it?

    Draven Ames

  10. I just finished Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs and it was great but quite a few into the Mercy Thompson series. I always recommend the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews but you probably already know that.

    Good luck with your writing!

  11. I love the mistborn series :)

    Over at AgentQuery Connect, we call cheating on a WIP a CIP - a Cheating in Progress :P You're not alone in that adulterous affair haha

    I recommend Alison Goodman's Eon and Eona because of her fresh take on dragons. Good new YA fantasy, if your interested in that genre.

  12. *sigh* I meant "you're" not "your". Sorry :P