I am not lost…

June 21, 2017

Time and Management Thereof

Filed under: Uncategorized — R @ 5:00 pm

So today is usually where you’d see a book review from me, and clearly this is not a book review. It’s going to be a very quick post telling you what’s up.

The short form is that I’m having trouble balancing my time between my new job and the rest of my life at the moment. I haven’t read much of anything since I started the job at the beginning of the month. And I don’t want to rush out content for you just for the sake of having content. I’ve also been having trouble with my video recording software by only recording at 1-2 frames a second, and being about a minute behind itself. (And that’s quite possibly not an exaggeration.) I’m also working on a couple of audiobooks and that’s taking up most of my non-workday time at the moment.

I want to be able to provide you with good content and not completely burn myself out. So I’m just letting you know that I might be absent for a bit. I’m hoping to pick up soon, but I’m not going to give you any promises. With luck, I’ll be back by July.

Thanks for hanging in there, everyone. 🙂

Ri

June 19, 2017

I Write Books to Conquer This World

So as a general rule, I’ve always considered that quality is worth more than quantity in the writing world. If you have a hundred books out but all of them tell the exact same story and are garbage, then I don’t care that you might have fifty best-sellers. But take authors like Harper Lee, who only have one book in the world (because no matter what anyone tries to say, WATCHMAN is just a first draft of MOCKINGBIRD) and that book is amazing. However, I’ve found more and more that I seem to be in the minority on that opinion. There are plenty of people out there who say that they key to being successful is to simply put out more and more and more work, as much as you possibly can, and stop worrying about being good.

I’m not sure I agree with this sentiment, but I came across this article, and I think it says it the way I see it…without realizing that it’s saying it.

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June 16, 2017

FICTION FRIDAY: Thimbleful Thursday – Ugly Duckling

I’m not sure where I wanted to go with this, and I don’t know where in any established time line this might take place, but it’s Celita and Tarenthal from QUEST TO KARANTIRI, sometime in her first visit to the elven woods. As usual, prompt is taken from Lyn Thorne-Alder’s Thimbleful Thursday, and I love her dearly for having this place to share fiction.

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June 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BLACKBIRDS by Chuck Wendig

I did it! I finally read the damn thing! Everyone should be very proud of me.

It’s an interesting departure for me, given that my only experience before this with Wendig’s writing (that isn’t a tweet or blog post) was the Heartland trilogy. And Miriam Black and her world aren’t even remotely close to that kind of world.

And…I don’t know. Sometimes it worked, and other times it didn’t. I’m a little torn.

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June 12, 2017

State of the Rion

I figure we’ll talk personal today. It’s a fitting day to do such. Besides, a lot has happened since the last time I updated you. (Since I can’t remember when that was.)

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June 9, 2017

FICTION FRIDAY: Thimbleful – Runs in the Family

This one is over word count. I had a good cut-off point and my characters viscerally rebelled against me. I don’t like cutting them off if I don’t have to.

As always, this is pulled from Lyn Thorne-Alder’s Thimbleful Thursday prompts. My prompt takes place in the world of Karantiri, but it’s from a similar time period as “Iron Out the Difficulty.” Enjoy!

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June 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: WELCOME TO PARADISE by Rosalind James

I’m fairly certain I picked this up from a BookBub promotion probably a couple years ago now (okay, I just checked and I exaggerate, it’s only been almost a year) but it’s another that I have no clue why I picked it up. It’s continuing on in my apparent interest in reality TV show style books, but this is a little more rustic.

This was one hell of a ride.

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June 5, 2017

You Missed It, The Point Was About Three Miles Back

So if you’ve been here for any stretch of time, you’ll know that I have a very strong connection to and love of the National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo, for short.) While I love NaNo and think it’s a wonderful tool for writers, I know that it’s not necessarily for everyone. Some people don’t work well under those conditions, November’s not a good month for them, I don’t know. There are a million reasons why you might not like NaNo.

But what continues to frustrate me is when I see people say “I don’t like NaNo because of these reasons” and they are explicitly reasons that are literally the POINT of doing Nano.

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June 2, 2017

FICTION FRIDAY: Thimbleful – Sword of Damocles

I’ve had the song of the same name from Rocky Horror stuck in my head ever since I saw the prompt. Now just to write something that isn’t a boy toy in gold lamé hot pants.

Again, this prompt is pulled from the ever-talented Lyn Thorne-Alder’s Thimbleful Thursday posts, which are truly designed to save unimaginative wrecks like me. 🙂 The original challenge is 500 words. I somehow doubt I’ll stay within that.

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May 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate

I was provided an ARC of this book free of charge by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I’m always fascinated by books that include real-life history and stories in them. The “Dear America” diaries were some of my favorites growing up, and it’s always been one of my favorite ways to learn history. It helps solidify that these were real people going through real things. And as time moves forward, the history starts getting closer and closer. It’s easy to keep things distant when you’re reading about the Titanic.

It’s a lot harder when the story takes place less than a hundred years in the past. Times that family of mine could have lived through.

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