It’s been a while since I updated personally. My life has become a little frantic these days, and my book life has been suffering… and the pile has been taunting me. Frankly, it has become the bloody Tell-Tale Heart, and I’m the over dramatic, unnamed narrator suffering from nerves over its existence. Le sigh.
Mostly I wanted to post because I have found my own book review posts lagging in the last few weeks. I have a couple of outer projects that are strongly to blame for this twofold kerfuffle – one, I have been editing my own manuscript draft which is EATING MY BRAIN. Two is that I have been reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness… and… it’s… dense…. and…. S….L…O….W… and has been consuming much of my time. It’s one of those books that as engrossed as you can be at any given point you can only read about 20 pages an hour. And that is slow. For me. I’ve been reading it for two weeks, and I’m just over halfway through. Groan. I could have read 6 YA books by now. Grrr.
I have noticed something about the editing process and reading this book in tandem – everything that I am currently trying to improve about my book that readers have told me needs to be corrected are things that Harkness does in spades. I have a habit of being over descriptive (act surprised) and over flowery with my prose (ditto). Well, in an effort to sharpen the manuscript up I am cutting out the unnecessaries. And then I am reading Harkness, who clogged up her book with unnecessaries, and she became a NYT bestselling author overnight. It’s a bit disconcerting. It makes me wonder if I am making the right decision. It’s also making me hate my draft. Or I’m just at the point in the writing stage where I hate my draft. Who knows?
In other news, a lot of YA movies are making the rounds on the net these days. I’m sure many of you are as excited over the upcoming Beautiful Creatures movie as I am. Excited is an understatement, I’m beyond geeked. Especially with these images.