Sunday, August 8, 2010
I'm Calling it Research
I've been on a real writing roll the last four weeks and it has slowed down a little but I still hope to have the rough draft done by the end of August on the second book in my latest fantasy series. I could make lots of excuses for why the fingers are hitting the keys less often but I have to admit. I've just stumbled on too many good books.
The new library in town started the problem with their grand opening a little over a week ago. I've been a fan of the collaborative team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child for years. The hero in their suspense series, Agent Pendergast, is one cool operator. Both these authors also write suspense on their own but I've never read any of their individual titles. The library had one from each of them so I couldn't resist. I like them together more than separate but it was interesting to read their solo books and try to guess how their team works and who contributes what.
I also picked up a book I've been thinking of reading but would never buy because I wasn't sure I would like it and it's a thick book. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is historical literary fiction. I read nearly two hundred pages before I decided if I intended to finish. It was lovely and I'm going to get the sequel one day soon.
To completely freeze my writing progress, my wonderful sister from Picayune, Mississippi visited me. She belongs to a book club and always has a few thick hardbacks with her she doesn't want to carry back home. Usually it's because of the weight but she drove this trip so I'm not sure why she left them with me. Unfortunately for my WIP she and I share similar tastes in reading material. The Passage by Justin Cronin, another very long book, completely captivated me. Two late nights until two AM and one day of letting my family starve and I finished it. The other book she left me, Under The Dome by Stephen King hasn't grabbed me with that "can't put it down" feeling is still a very interesting book. Does anyone write dark characters better than king?
Jonathan Maberry's Ghost Road Blues kept me up late one night to finish only to figure out with two chapters to go it was the first book of a series. Checked today and my local Borders had it and the third book.
Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mystery series also has me intrigued. I really want the next one but I'm resisting.
So today I'm catching up with my friends' blogs, writing a little and hoping to get back in the computer chair. I'm not buying any more books, not even going into the library and resisting my daughter's pleas to read one of her books.
So I'm calling my last six or seven days research rather than indulgence in my favorite pastime. What author do you put everything aside to read?