Long Time No See


I have no excuse. I started a new job that has kept me busy, along with continuing to do theater as best as I can, but I still feel awful about this.

Moving forward, I intend to try and post at least once a week, but if I can’t then I’m just going to have to learn to be okay with that. This blog is meant to be fun and a bit of a connection to the book blogging community so I just need to let that be all right.

In happier news, I am one of three runners up in a storycrafting contest!  For those who are curious, the link to download all four winning stories is here: https://www.myth-weavers.com/showthread.php?p=14160607

My handle on that site is Siderea, but I recommend all four stories if you have the time and like fantasy.

Summer Writing

For those who don’t know, I am not just an avid reader – I write.  A lot.  Way more than I talk about here, actually, since this is primarily a book review blog.

And with June almost mid-way over, I would just like to take a moment to talk about the two write-a-thons I’ll be participating in over the next month and a half.

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First there is the familiar: Camp NaNoWriMo, sponsored by the Office of Letters and Light.  National Novel Writing Month in the off-season, with adjustable goals (hours, minutes, words, pages; any genre you want, including non-prose).  This goes from July 1-31 and my goal for this will be to write 31,000 words – an average of 1k a day.  This is not a new write-a-thon for me, as those who follow my blog will know, so it is not this one that has my heart pumping a bit.

No.  I am a little nervous about the new to me write-a-thon:

Clarion West

The Clarion West Write-a-thon.  Again, set your own goals.  But this one starts June 17 and runs through July 28.  Six weeks of writing.  This mirrors the length of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, which is going on during those six weeks.  And for this write-a-thon, my goal is to write one completely new speculative fiction short story a week, just as the writers in the workshop will be doing.

But what has my heart pounding is the idea of ‘sponsorship’.  Clarion West uses their write-a-thon to fundraise by having people sponsor specific writers participating in the write-a-thon, donating in their names.  There’s no onus on the participants to fundraise, thankfully, but that doesn’t make me any less nervous about a new experience.

Overlapping these two might sound a bit crazy, but I am allowing myself to count words for Clarion West written during July to count towards Camp NaNo.  So here’s to writing, writing, writing!

NaNoWriMo 2017


Hello everyone.  You might have noticed I’ve been not around.  That’s because aside from work I’m participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), much like I do every year.

There might be an occasional book review but for the most part expect the blog to be quiet this month.

See you in December! (after I’ve recovered)

Camp NaNoWriMo

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That’s right, it’s time for 2017’s first Camp NaNoWriMo session!

For those who don’t know what National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Camp NaNo are, they are each a one-month write-a-thon (I hesitate to say competition since you’re writing for yourself).  The ‘main event’ is in November and is meant to be 50k words of a new project while Camp NaNo is a lot more flexible in terms of goals and projects.

More information can be found here.

My goal this month is 1k a day of words for my long on-going WIP, The Lady’s War (title subject to change five million (more) times).  I’d also like to do an additional 20k on a different project (or projects) to reach a total of 50k, but I don’t know where that additional 20k is going to come from just yet.

But that’s the best part of Camp NaNo – getting to set (and change) your goals right up until winning begins.

Good luck to everyone participating in any way, shape, or form.  May we all have more than we did before April 1st, even if we don’t reach our goals (but I’m rooting for you to hit yours!).

Camp NaNoWriMo: April Session

Hello everyone.

I said something a few months ago about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), found here, and about how I participate both in NaNoWriMo proper in November and also in the Camp NaNo sessions.

Well, it’s time for the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I will be participating, working on a new work that’s been bugging me for about a month or so now.  If any of you are participating, let me know and we can wish each other luck!

For information on Camp NaNoWriMo, check out the home page here.

To those participating, best of luck with whatever your project may be!

The Perfect Reader and the Ideal Reader

I went to hear a lecture on translation recently where the topic of a perfect reader came up.  After all, how do you translate the ambiguities in a text?  Are you reading too much into something, seeing what you want to see?  Or are you not seeing enough because you’re too different from the author, you’re not the targeted audience, or you’re not a specific subset of the audience who is being targeted with subtext (or thinks they’re being targeted/baited)?

But my question is: can there be such a thing as a perfect reader?

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