I have not been writing a lot about writing lately but it looks like I need a break from it after that intense #NaNoWriMo month. Yes I know it is over since 6 weeks or so and I had decided to take a look back at my first draft in January but when I realised I did not manage my Goodreads goal for last year I was a bit disappointed. I love reading. As a child I spend most days with it.
I can remember when I got the German translation of The Lord of The Rings I read the whole thing in about a week. I just could not switch it off. The local library was my refuge and my adventure which opened up a whole new world in my little Swabian village. I travelled ~ sure ~ to Switzerland which was close and in Germany but I could never imagine to go to places like Kenya, India or Alaska. But in books I could travel anywhere and to any time I ever wanted. Even to dimensions that science still have not found ;-).
As both my parents and my grandparents loved to read I was never short of books. But when I got into my late 20s suddenly I did not find books that really interested me anymore. Quite often I found the books I was reading were not written very well. But maybe it had more to do with the fact that I was changing so much therefore my interest in what to read as well.
Today I can say my main interest is in Fantasy and Crime which feeds my longing for mystery. But last year I have started something I call “window shopping” in the library. They often have books showcased on stands or shelves and I just have a look and let my intuition guide me which one of them I want to read preferably an author I do not know. This way I found Aimee Bender‘s “The Particular Sadness of Lemoncake” one of the best books I have every read.
And my actual finding? Eowyn Ivy’s The Snow Child a truly haunting story that gives you an immense emotional experience while reading it. But well someone who is called like an sword swinging lady in Lord of the Rings must be a good writer…… :-).
- Write a book in 30 hours! (because I can’t plan for the long term, NaNoWriMo) (vetanda.wordpress.com)
- 4 Ways I’m Relaxing after NaNoWriMo (aelizabethwest.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo 2012 (asimplebreeze.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Wash Up (limebirdwriters.co.uk)
- NaNoWriMo #Fail (niaforrester.com)
- Reflections on NaNoWriMo (ruthrainwater.wordpress.com)
- Editing your NaNoWriMo novel THREE BITE SIZE GUIDES TO EDITING AND REVISING THE FIRST DRAFT part 1 (bridgetwhelan.com)