Monday, November 10, 2008

Reading, 'Riting, and...well, that's it.

It's been tough to think of new and exciting topics for ye ole blog, because lately I've been doing this amazing thing called "writing." Not thinking about writing, not talking about writing, not obsessing about seeing my writing in print...but actual, honest-to-God, clicking-the-keyboard writing. On something new, no less! Big deal for me.

And, as always, I'm reading. I recently started The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski because I heard it was a modern take on Hamlet. And, hey, I like Hamlet, so why not? The writing is elegant--poetic, actually, but it's a little slow to start. To be fair, I'm only about 40 pages in and it seems like it's starting to pick up.

What are you reading (or writing) at the moment?


Angie Ledbetter said...

Burn them keys up, girl! (Hey, posts about entering the writing zone and staying there are always interesting.)

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Writing is the best excuse for not blogging. :)

I'm reading another writing book - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint - but next up is A Thousand Splendid Suns. I think.

I'm writing my nano novel about two families dealing with an event that deeply affects them both. Yes, that's general, but I'm tired. :)

Joanne said...

Writing's good! Writing's what it's all about. It's nice when it just takes over, isn't it? I'm reading Cost, by Roxana Robinson, a family drama. She crafts the story well, effectively drawing you in.

WendyCinNYC said...

Angie--clack clack clack!

melanie--A Thousand Spendid Suns is well worth a read.

joanne--Yes, I'm happy to think of something other than Agents and How To Get One.

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn. Good luck with your writing. Sounds like you're on a roll.

colbymarshall said...

Anxiously awaiting the release of James Patterson's new book in the coming week :-)

Polenth said...

I'm reading Watership Down by Richard Adams. It has rabbits and footnotes.

SarahMarian said...

I enjoyed What Happened To Anna K... I'm reading a galley for review, it's about multiple generations of women in one family. Made me think of you, Wendy!

Brian Jay Jones said...

Reading: Norman's John Lennon: The Life, Freidman's Hot Flat, and Crowded, and Steinbeck's Log From the Sea of Cortez.

Writing: Dabbling at two projects, one of which I'm busting to formally announce, but haven't nailed down the deal yet, darn it.

WendyCinNYC said...

fellow-ette: I'm so jealous that you have access to books before everyone else! How many reviews do you write in a month?

I'm going to have to check out What Happened to Anna K. sounds interesting, at least from the title.

Jewel Allen said...

Good for you!

I started to read Edgar a few weeks ago, and then I had to return the book to the library. I agree, it was a little slow and such a Big Book but the language WAS beautiful. Someday I want to pick it up again.

I had to read it since Stephen King said it was one to read over and over :-).

I'm writing a historical YA romance set in the Philippines.

Spy Scribbler said...

I read a lot at a time. I'm in the middle of Sun Also Rises, Cat's Eye, the Sookie Stackhouse #5, and some other stuff I can't remember.

I'd love to hear what you think about the Edgar Sawtelle book.

Oh! And I was just thinking that when I read Erica Orloff's blog interview today, that you might love that book. Maybe not, I don't know you that well, but that's the thought I had. :-)

WendyCinNYC said...

Brian--Can't wait to hear your announcement!

Pink--A historical YA romance in the Philippines sounds interesting.

Spy--Thanks for the link! Is it the reference to a mental institution that reminded you of me? :0 Kidding. It DOES sound like something I might like.

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

Wendy, good for you for writing - especially something new! There is nothing better than being in the zone - time and space disappear, and you really do become one with your story. I am waiting to get some changes and suggestions back from a copy editor, so I can get down to business as far as reworking my novel to make it more cohesive. I'm reading, Identical Strangers - the true story of twins who didn't know they had a twin - and who meet each other at the age of 35, and, on deck is, Dreams from My Father, by our President-Elect! (I love saying that!)