A special thanks to all of the encouraging friends and family who’ve shown me some love during this dry and miserable spell. I really appreciate it.
I don’t know how else to say thank you, except with those meager words, but the support you’ve all offered has meant more to me than I’ll ever be able to say. And while I’m pathetic at expressing the gratitude I feel, I’ll never forget how you all rallied around me when I couldn’t have needed it more. (Well … maybe I could’ve needed it more, but thank God I didn’t need it more. I needed it enough, or maybe a little more than enough, but in any case, you delivered.) I will never forget. And I’ll be there for you if the time ever comes for me to do so.
In the meantime, since I’m writing doodly-squat, there are lots of other wonderful, great writers on the Internet, and some of you are prolific readers. What’s on your reading list? What have you read, or are you reading now, that you love(d)? What was great about it? What stinks?
For me, it’s been horror fiction. I assume it’s fiction, anyway. I finished both of Joe Hill (King)’s books, Twentieth Century Ghosts and Heart Shaped Box in the last two months. I loved them both. Joe has a great, relaxed and casual style that fits very well with the way I like to tell stories. I know they’ve been out for a while and you’ve all probably read them already, but I don’t follow literary scenes very well. Or any other scenes, for that matter, except the scenes of my son’s acted-out movies. I studied Joe’s work for things like “-ly” words, “was”, “were”, “had”, “has” — all the stupid things that plague my own writing. His wasn’t perfect, by any means, and there it was — in my hands, in print. I know it’s possible. I thought some of my work might make it someday, too.
I think Joe’s short stories are terrific. Twentieth Century Ghosts is a collection of his short fiction, and the title’s misleading. There’s only one ghost story in the whole thing. But, they were all well executed, I thought; interesting, well worded, and I didn’t find a lot of repetition in voice. Joe’s very capable of expressing things from a number of perspectives. I look forward to more of his work. I think I’ll add his website to my sidebar of writer’s resources. Or something.
So, what about you? What’s keeping pages turning for you? I doubt I’ve heard of the author unless it’s a big name, like King, Koontz, Clancy, etc., so you don’t have to go into a lot of detail there — but what about the book itself? What’s the style like? What grabs you about it, what do you wish the author would do differently, or what would you do different if it were your work?
Sound off, blogosphere — I wanna hear from ya.
God bless, everyone!