Monday, May 27, 2013

Books I Read in May

I didn’t read a lot this month. Between getting my new website done (should be launching the first week of June) and wrapping up The Devil’s Shadow, I’ve been swamped. I did however manage to get some reading done.

I have been wanting to read this for a while, happened to see it while I was book shopping and picked it up right then. Worth the wait? Absolutely. I love a good gothic and Hill House certainly fits the bill. While there are no grab you by the throat, terrifying moments, the general creepiness is wonderfully written. The subtlety of Nell’s possession is also brilliant. And could anyone not love prose that include lines like this, “insist on your cup of stars. Once they force you to be like everyone else, you’ll never see your cups of stars again.”

Yes, I realize that I am probably the only person left on Earth who had not yet read this book. But I had the flu this week and spent a couple of days in bed, so figured why not? To be fair, I had already seen the movie so there was really nothing new for me. I was impressed with how close the movie stayed to the book. It was good quick read, and I will likely read the next two books in the series.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The End is in Sight

I am so close to the end of The Devil’s Shadow, I can practically taste it. Taste is probably the wrong word, but I’m at that point in the story where I can see how the whole thing unfolds in my head, and if I could manage to sit and write without being disturbed by pesky things like food, sleep and using the bathroom, I could probably finish it in one sitting. But since I do require all of the above, I think I’ll probably be done by the end of the week. Fingers crossed. A good thing too. The characters for The Devil’s Due are becoming more and more demanding of my attention.

As well as finishing up The Devil’s Shadow, I’ve been hard at work putting together my website, which I hope to launch in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for a launch date because there will free books a plenty for the first week.

As is often the case when I’m deep into writing, I do very little else. I’ve been reading the same to books for about a month—maybe longer—one at the day job, one at home. The day job book is closer to done than the home book. I read for about a half hour at lunch. I think when I finish this book, I might take a break for a few days and catch up on reading, socializing with friends who might be wondering if I dropped off the face of the planet.

I have, however, managed to get out and enjoy the nice weather at least. Yay, for laptops!

Okay, back to burying myself in my story. See you all when I emerge next. Hopefully, I will have just typed ‘The End.’