After finishing my revision and resubmission, I needed to take a step back from barreling through writing novel after novel, inhaling every release, not really learning anything new, and getting my soul crushed in query trenches. The step I’m taking to recover from the intensity of writing-to-publish, I’ve decided to make a reading list to help me develop in pretty specific ways. While a craft study might not make any difference in my outcomes in the traditional publishing trenches, I’m having a great time learning and studying, improving my craft while I wait for responses. This series is me writing about the books I’m reading to learn how to write a “horny goth” novel because that’s the type of book I want to write next.
I’m kicking off the Horny Goth Novel Craft Study series with Titus Groan, the first book in the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake.
Shelter-in-place continues through May in Illinois. Halfway through this month, I’m going to slowly start making a plan regarding employment and read these fine reads in the mean time. Things with a * are from last month’s TBR.
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus*
The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco*
Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford (ARC)
Scapegracers by H.A. Clarke (ARC)*
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant (ARC)
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (ARC)
Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore*
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (ARC)*
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)*
The Fiery Crown by Jeffe Kennedy (ARC)
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (ARC)
The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore (ARC)
Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin*
Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Highfire by Eoin Colfer
Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
My own novel is still with alpha readers, so I’m returning the favor and also doing some beta reading this month.
Happy solstice, friends. While the weather is less than wintry in New York, where 60 degrees is tee shirt weather, there are some books out there which make you want to cozy up with a mug of tea in front of a fire (or Fireplace for Your Home). Here are five of my favorites.
Just like last year, I attempted my annual reading challenge inspired by “The 12 Days of Christmas” in which I wanted to read 12 books between December 25th and January 5th. I got even closer than last year, reading 10. Here are my thoughts.
Originally, this was going to be about how I always hit a point in my writing where I want to delete my book. Turns out, it was just a symptom of burning out. So, I’m talking about the necessity to take a break sometimes and common thought processes that can interrupt it.