*waits for the shocked gasps and disbelieving laughter to subside*
No, really, I’m researching. Something I don’t think I’ve done since college, unless you count looking up proper PHP syntax.
However. Remember that 2008 NaNo I’m intending to rewrite at some point? Yeah. I looked at it, looked at my world, and said, “There are many things I must figure out.”
Fortunately, most of my questions are of the “get the basics on Wikipedia and let your imagination take it from there” variety rather than the “exhaustively research every little nitty-gritty detail” variety.
On the plus side, I’m actually having a lot of fun with it. Most of it’s just building out more of the world, figuring out how certain things work, which is in turn helping me with plot points and ideas for future books. Good times for all!On to the July goal updates!
1) Finish August Buzz articles by July 13.
All right, I finished them July 15. But still, I got them DONE.
2) Read 1 book a week.
And this past week has been:
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark
Three Weddings and a Murder by Tessa Dare, Leigh LaValle, Courtney Milan, and Carey Baldwin
I think I would have read more if I hadn’t started reading one of the self-pubbed/indie-pubbed books I downloaded for the Kindle.
My brain snapped three pages in and I started making MST3K-style comments with the notes feature and ranting to my roommate every few sentences. I gave it three chapters; when I still wanted to punch the MC into putty, I decided it was time to put the book down and read something that didn’t make me froth with rage.
On a happier note, I have acquired Heartless by Gail Carriger (so I don’t have to wait after I finish Blameless) and Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett.
YES, I am going to hop into the Discworld series! I’m stoked. I’ve been wanting to read it since I finished Good Omens awhile back. I started reading Guards! Guards! in the checkout line at the bookstore, and I was laughing out loud:
The truth is that even big collections of ordinary books distort space, as can be readily proved by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned secondhand bookshop, one of those that look as though they were designed by M. Escher on a bad day and has more staircases than storys and those rows of shelves which end in little doors that are surely too small for a full-sized human to enter. The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
I think I might be in love with you, Mr. Pratchett. And I’m only on page three.
3) Update blog twice a week.
Well, last week and this week I’ve managed three updates. Here’s hoping it continues the rest of the month.
On that note, are there any types of posts you want to see more? I’ve got a couple of ideas in the pipe, but if there’s anything you’ve particularly enjoyed and want to see more of, let me know.