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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King
Hello, my dear friends!
So this blog entry is a day early, because I plan to post an additional one on Sunday and frankly, I’m too excited to keep this stuff to myself.
You might have seen the meme I posted earlier this week, which illustrated the contradictory emotions I experience when I’m reading an excellent book. The writer in me celebrates the brilliance of the story and the writing while the reader in me goes through stages of love, grief and despair. At one point during A Discovery of Witches, one of my favorite characters was in lethal peril and I had to stop reading for a moment to collect myself. “Deborah Harkness, if this character dies, you’re getting a strongly worded letter, missy,” I thought to myself. “And shit, this stuff is genius!”
I’ll write a review once I’m done with the All Souls trilogy (it will be a three-part series), because I want to see where Diana Bishop and Matthew de Clermont are taking us next. I’m also on that gleeful fan-bandwagon, which means any review I might write at the moment will sound like a sappy love letter. I mean, I got it bad. I watched the TV show the day after I finished the book and I watched all eight episodes within 24 hours, even though that meant staying up till 3 AM and going to work severely sleep-deprived.
You’ll receive a full review of the show on Sunday. I can promise you that. For now, I’ll just say that the adaptation is truly impressive.
Besides, my mind is a little too wrapped up with my own book to think about book reviews. I’ll have a plethora of those to write on Goodreads once I’ve finished all my edits and sent the manuscript to my beta readers.
I actually sent them the first chapter this week, even though it had several grammatical errors. Just to give them something to look forward to. I was really happy about the progress I’ve made with the protagonist Bethany, too. She definitely feels more three-dimensional than she was in the WIP.
Before I leave you to your Friday plans, I have one more thing to say about the joy of reading. Last week I talked about uncovering the love of writing after a long absence. Well, I must confess, before the beginning of 2019, I hadn’t read much in the past two years. As much as I loved grad school, it didn’t encourage me to read for fun, because there was much get through in school. Once I finished all my homework, I just wanted to watch YouTube and Netflix and sleep-sleep-sleep.
If I decide to pursue my PhD, I won’t make the same mistake.
It dawned on me recently how many books I’ve missed out on. Avoiding books like I did also didn’t serve my writing. There’s so much one can learn from other writers, not to mention that they serve as sources of inspiration. Once I finished ADOW, I felt a wild desire to finish my book and see it in print and to evoke love and passionate feelings in my readers like Harkness did for me.
Like Stephen King said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
Till next time, nerds!
Books I Read for Fun in Grad School
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows (George R.R. Martin)
Wild (Cheryl Strayed)
Laments for the Living (Dorothy Parker)
Women Who Fly: Goddesses, Witches, Mystics and Other Airborne Females (Serinity Young)
The Punisher, Vol. 1 & 2 (Becky Coonan)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (Neil Gaiman)