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    What Do I Read For?

    While I was reading this last bunch of books, I left a few unfinished. Strange thing is, I’ve been trying to “unfinish” more books. It’s a combination of Sunk Cost fallacy and obligation (for instance, if my wife’s reading something for her book club). Some I’ve stopped because they were boring. Sometimes I just didn’t relate to the material. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay was the book that made me realize everyone has a different motivation for why they read, and what mine is. I don’t read to learn or experience diversity. I don’t read to see other worlds than my own, either on my planet or imaginary. Those are…

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    The Year in Reading

    So this time around, I set goals at the beginning of the year. I wanted to be more picky about what I read–read more good stuff, not just what I feel obligated to. Less long books, less mediocre books, more newer books, more “try before you buy”, and learning when to walk away. So how did I do?  Favorites Of course you’re going to see John Scalzi and John Green on this list, so let’s get The Collapsing Empire and Turtles All the Way Down out of the way off the bat. We can add Eliza and Her Monsters in that list because it seems to be cut from the…

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    The Books I Read: July – August 2017

    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman I expected this to be like Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. And I got what I wanted. It’s a tightly paced retelling of the old Norse creation myths. Problem is, there aren’t many of them. I suspect that’s more to do with lack of surviving source material, given what Neil Gaiman says in the foreword. Maybe a long time ago there were scrolls and scrolls of Loki and Thor stories. Now all we’ve got are comic books. And if you’re any fan of Marvel’s interpretations, this is required reading. The nice thing is that the re-tellings are up to date. I expected something Shakespearean or textbook-dry, like…

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    My New Reading Policy

    So after looking over my past logs for books (two years really), I realize there’s a reason my yearly rate is on the decline. And it’s not just because of new comics. It’s because I’m reading too many bad books. For 2016 my scoring average was 2.93. That means I read more books that I scored below average than above. This scoring should be at four. It’s not like I grade on a curve. There’s no reason I couldn’t have an entire year of five star books. So to that end, I’m going to be a bit more picky about my selections. Too many times I’ve been fooled by classics…

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    Quick Overview of My Reads for the Year

    I hope whoever was in charge of 2016 got fired. For 2017, either you’ve got expectations set really low or are hoping high, thinking nothing can be as bad as that dumpster fire. But one always measures the future by calculating the past. And I calculate mine in books. So remember last year when I resolved not to read so many bad books? Yeah, that didn’t so much happen. Even the book I’m reading now — “Geek Love” — it’s a good book, but it’s just so long. I’m skipping it to read comic books or play games, just because I’m bored of the world. The writing is fantastic, glorious,…

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    The Year in Reading

    Another reason I feel like a loser in my writing life is that I’m just not reading anything good.  Either I’m bad at picking books or my reading eye is past its prime.  It’s not that I’m jealous of the people who write crappy books and get published.  It’s that nothing is giving me that spark to create, that joy that reminds me of what a wonderful thing books are, and how I want to be a part of that community.  Last year I only had two five-star books.  One was a comic series (Y: The Last Man, for those who care). This year I definitely had more five star…

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    Submitted for a Local Reading

    Related to the meeting I talked about last time, I signed up for an “author’s fair” reading. I’m no stranger to public readings of my material. I used to do NOTA readings in college (NOTA stands for “None of the Above” and was the school’s literary club/magazine). Those took place every month or so, and had the classic college feel of guys with beards and plaid, mimicking Kerouackian rants and girls with haikus about their kitty. And I did a phone-in reading for “Influx Capacitor” in Big Pulp. There’s no guarantee I’ll get in, but judging by the last meeting, I doubt there will be that many who submit.  Also,…

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    My Big Pulp Reading

    On Sunday, I participated in a teleconference for Big Pulp, which was an author reading for their latest magazine, which I have a story in. It was an entertaining experience, and mildly exciting. It’s nice to hear one’s contemporaries — to hear what they’re writing, what people are writing about and how they react. In college, I used to participate in NOTA (my college’s literary magazine) readings, which will surprise anyone who knows me. It wasn’t a big crowd, only 13 call participants. And if you can’t see faces, it’s hard to know how people react. It’s more than just the story, it’s also the way you read. If you…

  • It’s Difficult To Read and Not Write When You Have a Bunch of Ideas

    I’m trying to get back into reading again. Not that I ever stopped reading, but before I was reading two books at a time. Recently, I’ve been at one book. This was because I was writing a few short stories during time I was supposed to be reading. And I was doing that because I did not want to interrupt writing Mermaid Story. I found it difficult to jump back to passive reading when I was having so much fun writing. This is the catch-all that writers have to watch out for. If you want to be a writer, you must be a reader. There’s no author out there who’s…

  • Where am I at? (For the 0 people who care)

    Short stories: I’ve finished Fairy Kingdom and sent to to Flash Fiction Online. We just passed the min time for expecting a reply, so hopefully I should know something soon. Revising White Mage story was a pain in the ass, because of all the restructuring, and I’m wondering whether I improved the story or nerfed it. It feels like its less than it was now, but maybe that’s because there’s too much here for a short story. I’m working on Vampire Family story now, which is getting too mixed for me to figure out what to do. And Avatar continues to languish in Hub-land. While I’m on the subject I…