This one time at Writer's Camp…
I’ve had this migraine since the morning I wrote my last entry, and it’s beginning to piss me off (the migraine, not the last blog entry). It has slowed my writing down enough that I’m starting to question the sanity of writing 3 books at the same time. Fortunately, I’m not having any problems keeping the proper characters in their respective novel, so yay me.
Been getting some strange books to review lately for Shiny Book Review. For some reason, publishers are sending us the second and third book of an anthology to review while ignoring the first part. I wouldn’t normally say anything except that it has happened five separate occasions in the past two weeks, from three different publishers. As I said, it was just a strange happenstance that made me want to comment on it, and to ask a question. Is this the modus operandi now for publishers? I can see, for example, sending the first two books of an anthology, but the last two? Just seems strange to me.
Granted, I’m not reviewing anything at this time because of my own deadlines that are quickly approaching, but still… it’s not as if I’m never going to review a book again (no, the E.T. book did not cause me to have a pulmonary embolism).
I was reading this past weekend some old fantasy books I loved when I was a teenager (the Dragonlance series) and I was surprised to see that, as an author, just how poorly Dragons of Autumn Twilight was written. Verb tense changes on the fly, character POV shifts without warning, combined with a straight formulaic story from a DM’s perspective just made me shake my head. While still the standard for high fantasy not named Tolkien, the stories just seem… quaint now. Of course, I’m not a fantasy writer (well, not yet… still working on something which may or may not come to fruition one day), so who am I to judge? But when compared the Brandon Sanderson, poor Dragonlance seems kind of weak. Granted, the series did get better after the first book (and the Twins trilogy is still my favorite fantasy series ever), so it’s not like I hate it or anything. Just noticing that, as I get older, my reading habits change and I start to see mistakes the writer makes more and more often.
Which is a shame. One of the only escapes I had when I was in group homes was a book. I miss the fantastical worlds which could take me out of the dreary group home existence. Maybe that’s why I hate most dystopian science fiction?