Monday, September 29, 2014

Another excuse to tarry

Reading is a horrible predicament for a writer, though there is little better way to expand and improve your craft save to write, it also means you are not yourself writing, as you are sucked into a world of others' making.  To this sorry fate have I condemned myself of late whilst my poor writings languish in half finished agony, but I am rather enjoying it even so!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Back to school!

It is back to school time, no more slacking, I expect that book report to be in in a timely manner.  Get busy!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Slackers anonymous

Yes, I didn't do my homework.  I am neglecting several projects and wasting all my free time reading, or rather I am improving my writing ability by consuming good literature, that sounds better!  The best part about being self published is not having an editor to yell at you about missing deadlines.  Of course, all your fans will be disappointed that your latest work is delayed, but then I am not sure anyone on earth will notice if I ever write anything new again so I will go back to my book!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

'And wailing went the weather'

The weather has been miserable lately, I hope you have used it appropriately and curled up with a good book!

Monday, August 11, 2014

For fear of little men or of the Random Poetry Monster?

Dearest Reader,

I am sorry to inform you, but this blog has been hijacked.  Yes, and worse, it is all in the name of fine art.   The Random Poetry Monster has struck, and we are forced to capitulate.  Here then is the requisite random bit of verse:

Up the airy mountains,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl’s feather!


~William Allingham, ‘The Fairies’~

Now that the Monster is satisfied, you may return to your regularly scheduled web browsing experience.  Thank you.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I have found my niche?

"The writing was exceptionally basic. Compare to See Spot Run almost. BUT I truly wish the author well as there is a hint of greater ability. One thing that actually shocked me was how one part towards the end appeared to be a very accurate and well worded description of our falling morals and ethics as they are happening presently."

This was a recent review at Barnes and Noble concerning "The Serpent and the Unicorn: Book I and II", alas all my literary dreams of greatness have been thwarted and anything I have ever written will hereafter be resigned to the second grade reading list; I was certain I had attained at least a sixth grade level…I appreciate a thoughtful review, this one was a little perplexing however.  I recently updated the series, and will agree that my writing style at the time was rather simplistic, not necessarily a bad thing when one is trying primarily to tell a story rather than perform grammatical gymnastics hoping to impress people.  During the revisions, I could have rewritten the entire thing but felt it would destroy what I still think is my best story; best story, not my best writing (my best writing at the time though).  That was my first book and I still enjoy reading it, albeit a rather straightforward read but that was also the point: my words are mere packaging for the ideas and stories, not there to necessarily be admired for their own sake, like fancy clothes.  See my post on George MacDonald for a similar situation (though I dare not compare myself to him!).  It has been seven years and a million words since that first book, I hope my writing has improved somewhat, which any talent, skill, art, or pursuit is certain to do with practice.  Except perhaps my piano playing.  But I am happy with my writing, and content with my progress so I suppose it is not a total loss, at least personally; any person silly enough to actually read my writing is no doubt bored out of their skull, however.

The last sentence is the confusing one to me, as if the writer were amazed that such a monosyllabic, drooling imbecile who writes for mere babes could herself understand history, morals, ethics, modern trends, theology, and the like!  As if a simplistic, straightforward writing style were indicative of a shallow mind with only a vapid comprehension of the world in which we live.  One of my favorite authors of all time writes board books (yes those 5 page, cardboard books meant for those toothless, nonverbal child-creatures).  I think it the hardest thing in the world to write a 20 word book and make it captivating to parent and child alike.  Now the 'Dick and Jane,' books are truly tedious, especially to children, and I hope my writing is not that dull!  I am no Tolkien and never will be, but then I do not aspire to be.  I write fairy tales and hope they are accessible and enjoyable to all ages.  Another of my favorite authors, and arguable one of the best writers of the 20th century, superbly expresses profound ideas in rather simplistic language, and never would I question the wit of C.S. Lewis (again, I merely play T-ball and he is in the Major Leagues!).  I never wonder at what Lewis is trying to say, whereas G.K. Chesterton often puzzles me, he is a witty and clever writer, but sometimes his wit obfuscates his meaning (or perhaps it is obvious to him and I, lacking his brilliance, cannot fully comprehend).  I would love to write like that, but not at the cost of confusing the reader.  What I lack in 'flare' I hope I make up for in substance, or at least in an interesting story.  The "See Spot Run,' books have exactly as much plot as that phrase contains and not a smidgen more, I will give up writing altogether if I am truly such a bore.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Doldrums

It is that sleepy time of year when you are tired of summer and before the craziness of fall begins, better go read something while you can!