23 July, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (115)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Shadows Over Baker Street edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan, which is an anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories written by various authors combining Arthur Conan Doyle with H.P. Lovecraft. To be honest, I took it out of the library for one author--Neil Gaiman--whose story "A Study in Emerald" is included. It's quite a good story, and the others I've read are also well-written.

The thorned branches thrust sharply outward like claws, and the whole growth gave one the impression of many black entities congealed into a single one. Each step I took was laborious, each outthrust root a cause for alarm. 

-p. 91, "A Case of Royal Blood" by Steven-Elliot Altman

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Do you read anthologies? Who's one author you'll hunt down if you discover they've written something new? What are you reading now?


-----The Golden Eagle

16 July, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (114)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I'm not very far in yet so I'm not sure what to make of it, the book being one of the so-called classics (I try to read classics during the summer each year). Though I do find some of the passages rather funny, if in a black, cynical sort of way.


The government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government paid him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. 
-p. 79

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Have you ever read Catch-22? If so, what did you think? What are you reading right now?


-----The Golden Eagle

09 July, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (113)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Gosh, it's been a long time since I've done this meme. Over two months, really. Ahem. Anyway, this week my teaser is from Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It's taken me a long time to get around to reading this book; with the recent NSA spying issue/debate and the general constant political concern that government is getting too big, I suppose it's better late than never.

(Not the cover of the copy I'm reading. But I couldn't find the right one.)
He lay back with his eyes shut, still sodden in the atmosphere of the dream. It was a vast, luminous dream in which his whole life seemed to stretch out before him like a landscape on a summer evening after rain.
-p. 161

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Have you read Nineteen Eighty-Four or anything else by George Orwell? What are you reading now?


-----The Golden Eagle

03 July, 2013

Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things: An IWSG Post

Hello, everyone!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post. More information about the IWSG is here.

My insecurity this month is trying to jump back into a story I was writing. The last edit date was 3/3/2013, according to Word--an embarrassing amount of time--and when trying to open the document, I realized I'd completely forgotten what I'd even titled it (it turned out to be National Novel Writing Month 2012, since I'd never come up with a real title sort of title). Not that I'd forgotten the characters/plot or anything, but it made me realize how far behind I am with the story.

My plan is to hit the ground running from here out: Don't reread too much, don't agonize over plot mistakes, don't worry about editing, just continue where I left off and follow the plot outline I made. That way I can finish the story faster and push continuity issues into revisions.

How do you usually get back to writing a story you've left alone for a while? Do you go over things extensively before writing again, or do you jump back in right away?


-----The Golden Eagle