December 12, 2011
Last night I read Terry Pratchett's Sourcery--so funny. Also in progress is The Hunger Games. Last week I reread Water for Elephants and enjoyed it very much. One of my favorite books is a collection of short stories by Nabokov mostly because of the poetic imagery. Another favorite is Ursula Le Guin. For romance, I like Jo Beverley and in Chick-Lit, Marian Keyes is a favorite. Oh, and Roddy Doyle--I can hear the Irish accent when I read his books.
Pacing. And not editing so much as I write.
Fantasy (epic) and historical romance. I tend to ground my stories in history, real or imagined. Most stories also have a bit of Gothic romance about them as well--a ghost or castle dungeon or whatever.
"Omit needless words," is both the best and the worst--because I have a tendency to go to the extreme and make my writing too sparse.
I'm a listener but I speak up when I feel I have something of value to contribute.
I am almost finished the first draft of a fantasy novel. I would like to meet with other fantasy writers for encouragement, critique and networking. I have been technical writer/editor and a history teacher.
This is a group of talented writers and yet they are all so different from each other that the insights they offer are both diverse and constructive. A great group!