Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Time to Read


I love Craigslist. This is the bottom corner of my bookshelf, the new home of over forty new (to me) science fiction books from the 70's & 80's. Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, Authur C. Clarke, Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon. All for ten bucks. Can life get any better? I think not, baby puppy.

Oh, speaking of books, for those of you that are Orson Scott Card fans, fyi: Ender in Exile will be released November 11th! Can you say pre-order?!

So, this is what's up on my current leg of a writer's journey. Whilst waiting for my chapters to boomerang back from the black hole of queryland, I am beginning to get the itch to start a new novel. Just an irritating little tickle that causes my mind to wonder at traffic lights and grocery store lines. I have no subject yet, though. This is the hard part for me. So, I wait...and read. Lots. Read other writers, articles, posters, cereal labels, stranger's minds. (okay, not really) My appetite for reading is bordering on obsessive.

This is where all my lovely new, dusty books come in.

I will be submersing myself in books and science news until I emerge with a new topic worth blowing up into a novel. This is my plan. Hope it works.

See you all on the other side.

8 comments:

Tia Nevitt said...

I have two complete plots waiting in the wings, along with a skeleton of a plot. And that's not counting the second two novels of my epic fantasy trilogy, which are plotted out as well.

Ain't writing great?

Shannon said...

Yes, ma'am :-) You seem to be rockin' it, Tia. I'm hoping it's something in the water here, lol.

Karen Maezen Miller said...

Reading is the next best . . . no it is the best, even better than writing.

Shannon said...

It's a guilty pleasure, reading- sort of reaping the rewards of someone else's hard work. Though, it's still hard for me to think of writing as work, so I just hope the people I'm reading feel the same way and hope they know the pleasure they bring to the world.

Speaking of, Karen--I'm waiting (almost) patiently for your next one. :-)

Shelli said...

Oh the bookshelf looks so inviting. I agree with Karen - reading is better than writing!

Here's hoping your chapters land on the right desk!

Shannon said...

Thanks, Shelli :-)

Alice said...

Good luck with the book! Glad you've got a new idea. I love the orange back of the book case. Well, the books as well ....

Alice

Gary said...

When in doubt, write a poem, instead. It's sort of a cop-out, but it's writing.

Don't give up on the black hole just yet, though.