Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Time Flies

Already a month into 2010.  It seems like a only few months ago it was 2000.  Time flies.  And the older I get, the faster it goes.  I remember as a child the eons it took to get to my birthday, Christmas, that promised day at Disneyland.  Now my birthdays come upon me with the suddeness of someone rapidly flipping through calendar pages and Christmas is only 338 shopping days away.  Haven't been to Disneyland in a good while, though.

Hmm, maybe I should schedule some E-ticket ride time this year.
 
Still working on The Reckoning Flames and it's interesting to see a character mature and change.  Rabbit is growing up; he's no longer the somewhat naive boy he was when he was just a horse soldier fresh from the Freston garrison--and there are times when he reminds me of that fact in responses and reactions that turn the plot in directions I didn't expect it to go.  Makes me feel at times as though I'm only along for the ride (E-ticket :)).

I've finished the World of Time series up through The Gathering Storm and have resigned myself to waiting for the last two books (one instance where I wish time would hurry up).  I've also worked through my collection of Barbara Hambly books, finishing up with her last fantasy one, Circle of the Moon.  I'm a little sorry that she has put aside her Science Fiction/Fantasy writing; she is one of my favorite authors, especially in those genres.  However, I greatly enjoyed her Benjamin January series and am happy to see a new one will be released this spring.  I've also ordered her Abigail Adams historical murder mystery.  In the meantime, I will start on George Martin's A Game of Thrones.  It'll be my first time through the series (yeah, I know, but I wasn't ready to read it until now), so I anticipate some good reading times.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Tyranny of the Blank Page

As I thought, I'm now paying for the distractions of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  Ah, well. 

The book is coming along, just not as fast as I'd like it too.  There's something daunting about a blank page and a deadline.  More often than not I find myself in the kitchen making tea instead of sitting at my computer.  Or standing in front of a bookcase.  Or fiddling with my CDs (music is necessary for writing).  Or "researching" on the web.  Anything to avoid staring at that blank page.

I was probably traumatized by a high school term paper.

Anyways, a very belated Happy New Year to everyone.  May all your tyrants be overthrown.