Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Insecure Writers in February...

Hello and welcome to my blog, my dearies!!

This is the first time I'm writing anything this month, and that's more than enough to be insecure about. At least for me it is.... *sigh*

I'm not quite sure what's wrong with me but I'm not quite THERE these days, in a writerly sense. I can't seem to get my mind in the game or on the game or even onto the sidelines.

What do you do when the muse just doesn't strike? I've tried going for a run, walking, sitting in a coffee and just staring at people, but it just isn't getting me anywhere.


Friday, 23 January 2015

Where I am right now...

Hello my dearies!

I just wrote a blog post... but not any blog post! This post is my first for the Relentless Writers Blog!! I'm part of the Relentless Writers group since we all shared the NaNoWriMo experience in 2014. We've been sharing writing experiences ever since, and have decided to share what we've figured out or are puzzled about with you, our dearest readers! MY dearest readers, which means YOU RIGHT THERE!  

Go on over and have a look....

Let me know what you think : )

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday Quote - How To Write a Damn Good Thriller

"Villains (...) are self-centred creeps." (p. 41) 
I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore reading books on writing. I think I'd be reading them even if I wasn't writing myself - it's just so very interesting to see how stories are built, how they can be constructed (and deconstructed) one element at a time. James Frey is excellent at explaining how stories work, why they work, and - more importantly - when and why they do not work. I've read a few of his books and they are all brilliant (How to write a damn good...). If you like reading books about writing, these are definitely a good bet!


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sunday Quote - The Still by David Feintuch

"Look upon me, and rue your treason!"

The Still is one of my all-time favourite books. David Feintuch is a great writer (I'm also rather partial to his sci-fi series, the Seafort Saga), and his books are of the kind I pick up again and again. In fact, I've read The Still so many times I had to go out and buy another copy because my original one was falling apart.

The book itself is the coming-of-age story of Prince Rodrigo of Caledon, a rather unlikable, arrogant fellow who nonetheless grew on me - he's flawed, there's no question about that, a spoiled brat, definitely, but he's not without redeeming qualities. When events thrust upon him the need to grow up and become a man rather faster than he ever wanted to, he needs to learn to step up and take his place. It's a rather painful, sometimes cringe-worthy process, and I'm still not entirely sure if one can consider Rodrigo a good man at the end of it, but that's part of what I like about the story. He's not perfect, and probably never will be - but things happen, and he changes in spite of himself.

This book is not lyrical, it's not pretty, it's not perfect, nor does it have the dark, almost cruel edge of many modern fantasy novels. It's classic in style and easy to read, and I will no doubt pick it up again one day. Another plus: it's not part of a long series of books, though there is a sequel (The King ).

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