So in the past few weeks I’ve read a couple of books where I decided to snip things for a Teaser Tuesday, even though, technically, on Teaser Tuesday, you’re supposed to take two sentences from whatever book you’re reading on that very day and use that as your teaser. But hey, you know how it is …Continue reading “Twofer Teaser Tuesday”
Teaser Tuesday: “A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos”
So this week (and for a couple of weeks previously) I’ve been reading the horror anthology A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, which, as you may have gleaned from the title, consists of a bunch of stories residing in the general neighborhood of H.P. Lovecraft.
Teaser Tuesday: “Bandwidth”
So recently, I was reading a book called Bandwidth, by Eliot Peper:
In Good Company
Teaser Tuesday: “Radiance”
So this week I was reading Radiance, by one of my favorite authors, Catherynne M. Valente:
Teaser Tuesday: “Seven Surrenders”
So this week I was reading Seven Surrenders, the second book in the “Terra Ignota”
trilogy tetralogy, by Ada Palmer:
A Change Of Scenery
So for the last thirty years or so, whenever I’ve been working on a book or short story (which has been most of the time), I would do it in the mornings before going (or, since our office closed, “going”) to work. Also, for the past 15 years or so, when I’ve been working on the blog—mostly not this one, of course, but rather, the one with the animals on it—I’ve been doing that in the mornings befor work, too, or else on the weekends. But it’s only the last year or so that I’ve been trying to work on a book and do a daily post on the animals’ blog, and that, it turns out, is just a little too much to manage.Continue reading “A Change Of Scenery”
Teaser Tuesday: “The Future is Blue”
So this week I was reading The Future is Blue, a story collection by one of my favorite writers, Catherynne M. Valente:
Teaser Tuesday: “The Poppy War”
So this week I was reading The Poppy War, by R.F. Kuang, which I would characterize as Big Trouble in Little China meets Harry Potter meets Mulan, although insofar as I have never actually seen Mulan (any version) I’m kind of just guessing on that last one*.
Wrong Turn, Clyde
So as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t plan my books out in advance, except for that one time, and that one time the book didn’t come out anything like how I planned it. This tends to end up working out well for me, but it also means that, sometimes, I end up going in a direction that doesn’t work out. In the case of Dragon Stones, that entailed the wholesale excision of a character’s point of view scenes*; but in the case of the book I’m currently working on, Blue Roses, I’ve decided that the direction it was going with three of the main characters (four if you count the squirrel**) just wasn’t working out, and so I’ve axed the last 20,000 words or so, pruning the story back to where it branched in the direction that proved unproductive***. Because sometimes you’ve gotta be ruthless.