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15 January 2009 @ 05:49 pm
bits, bobs & real books  

I have to say, a daily word goal of 1500 words until the book is done is a whole lot less stressful than trying to write 3 or 5K or whatever a day in an attempt to get it done Faster. It’s possible I should consider that in the grand scheme of my career….

I don’t know if it’s the low-key wordcount goal or if it’s that I’m Very Determined to finish reading this series, but I’ve been reading Michelle West’s Sun Sword books. I read the first three a few years ago and then when I eventually picked up the fourth I had no idea who anybody was, so I went back to the beginning in December and started reading them again. (It turned out that the fourth book starts with characters we have either not seen at all before, or have barely seen, so no wonder I didn’t recognize any of them. Still, they’re a Cast Of Thousands books, and I have a much clearer idea of who everybody is upon re-reading. I don’t know if that’s because I’m reading more slowly this time or if it’s just that the re-read allowed them to dig deeper grooves in my brain.) Anyway, normally I have a very difficult time reading while I’m writing, but I’m managing to divorce myself enough from the writing process to be able to read these, and they’re not light reading, so I’m pretty happy about that.

Someone asked a good question in comments the other day, about the difficulties of picking up writing the next day, and I thought it merited of a blog post of its own over at Magical Words.

I thought the punchline to this Questionable Content comic was laugh-out-loud funny. :) (Although I thought Dora was Raven for three days, and that she’d just changed the color of her hair from pink to blond. Very confusing.)

I got a lovely email from a fellow writer (David B. Coe of Magical Words, in fact) about THE QUEEN’S BASTARD, in which he said Let me say that I really enjoyed URBAN SHAMAN. It was a fun read, and I loved Joanne. But TQB, in my opinion, is on another level entirely. It’s brilliant, not to mention sexy as hell and edge-of-your-seat exciting. I can see why it’s doing so incredibly well for you. Congrats on a truly fine book. Since David writes Big Fat Fantasy himself, that was especially nice.

But it also made me laugh. I sort of think–with no offense meant to my other books–of TQB as a ‘real’ book. It’s not that the others aren’t real, obviously, it’s just that TQB is a completely different animal, with a whole new set of craft techniques to make it work. That was really my same reaction to the first of Jim’s Codex Alera books. I love the Dresden Files, and heaven forbid I should claim they’re not ‘real’ books, but when I read FURIES OF CALDERON I was all like “ZOMG! Jim wrote a REAL BOOK! And it’s really GOOD!” (I suspect I will feel just that way when I read Laura Anne’s Vineart War novels, which are a departure from her urban fantasy series and which I am looking forward to with *great* anticipation. It’s not that urban fantasies aren’t real books. It’s just…just…*flails incoherently* REAL BOOKS! :))

Which reminds me, I have an Amazon gift certificate and no copy of PRINCEPS’ FURY….

miles to Dunharrow: 127.1
ytd wordcount: 11,300

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: amusedamused
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kitmizkit on January 15th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
I thought there was a pretty good chance that it might be read that way, or possibly as "Bits, Bobs & Real Boobs". :)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on January 15th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
I read it as "Bibs, Bobs and Books" and figured there would be food neep and someone named Bob....

I suspect I will feel just that way when I read Laura Anne’s Vineart War novel

But no farking pressure, right? Aiiiigh.....
kitmizkit on January 15th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
No pressure at all. It's going to be terrific. :)
Lady Doomlithera on January 15th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Michelle West’s Sun Sword books are fabulous, aren't they? Man, I really, really liked those books. I need to pick up the newest one, even if it is a prequel when I was hoping for a sequel. I find them to be just the right level of complicated and entertaining and plotingly political.

And no, I totally get what you're saying about real books. There is a level of fluff that you have in a lot of your books which is entirely missing in TQB. Don't get me wrong, I like fluff. I LOVE fluff but I read fluff in a day as well. The Dresden books have been slowly climbing into that place and the Calderon books... Well. The most recent one was excellent but not quite that same level of 'real book'. I still very much enjoyed it and was sort of stunned at the ending as it settled back into VERY REAL OMG at the end.
kehazenkehazen on January 15th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious. I don't read Questionable Content, but my boyfriend and roommate do and were both complaining for days when they found out that they had been confusing the two characters.
Tripspace_parasite on January 16th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Now you know what people feel like when you manifest your Hair Transformation Disorder!