#ReadingDecathlon: 3 Insights

Epic Reads, as part of catching up to the Olympics buzz, started a swell idea for the #ReadingDecathlon. I didn’t quite make it to ten books in ten days, but I learned a few things along the way.

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Rewrite 3: Finding a Common Thread

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Recently, I went to an event with the amazing Victor LaValle and we talked about the course in introductory novel writing that he teaches. What stuck out to me was that he said that many beginner writers lack focus in this work. There’s an . And I realized that that was totally true about my work during the first draft, way back in college when my writing was actual trash.

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WriteWorld: Lord of the Seven Spires

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Art By Matthew Sellers. Click the image to get to his DeviantArt.

Every place has legends and I saw this image and decided to craft one that illustrates one of the great tenants of Soldier battle theory: “The sword is only as good as its wielder.”


Writer’s Block

(Artist’s DeviantArt)

A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

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Reading Schedule: January and February

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Goal setting is a thing I’m working on, especially since I have so many other projects going on (graduate school, what?). So here are some books I’m reading and the order of priority for Kindle.

Currently reading:

Radiance by Grace Draven (Kindle)
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus (Hard-Copy)
The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski (Hard-Copy)
The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman (Hard-Copy)

I’m a mess when it comes to my hard copies, so by mid-January, after grad applications, I want to be done with all those. So I can move onto the books with deadlines.

To Be Read:

Inked by Eric Smith (Next on Kindle)
Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Next on Kindle)

Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer (Read before 1/25)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Read before 2/23)
Wiesza Jaskolki by Andrzej Sapkowski (Note: My project before going to Poland is to read this, so let’s see how that goes. The last most-difficult book I read in my native tongue was Harry Potter. Or was it Faerie Wars? Either way, NOT an adult dark fantasy)

What are y’all planning to read? Friend me on Goodreads because yay, recommendations.

Happy reading,

Jo

 

One Punch Man: A Triumph in Simplicity

You need to watch this.

You need to watch this.

I spent my New Year’s Eve with the boyfriend and my best friend from high school watching One Punch Man (2015), an anime about a bored of his super hero career because he can kill any enemy with one punch. So, what’s the plot? Well, let me tell you.

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Writeworld: When a Robot Reads

Photo by Sophia Marilyn. Click the picture to go to her Tumblr.

Photo by Sophia Marilyn. Click the picture to go to her Tumblr.

Here another writeworld exercise post. Here’s the prompt from the Tumblr:

Writer’s Block
(Artist’s Tumblr)

A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

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