Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday's Musings

Usually when I return from writing conferences I’m jazzed and can’t wait to get back to my writing. Workshops or seminars by various authors inspire and energize me. Many times I’ve learn of a solution to a roadblock I’m facing in a current WIP. My fingers itch to stroke my keyboard.

I don’t know what happened to me when I attended The Romance Times Convention. I came back …tired, but a head full of information I had amassed through seminars and personal chats with authors. But instead of wanting to write, all I wanted to do was read. I can’t blame it on all the books I brought home. I always have stacks of books I’m interested in reading, books I’ve bought, books for reviews, and books from authors I will be having on my blog.

It’s not like my story bores me; the opposite in fact, it’s fun and I really like my characters and the premise. It’s exciting. Oh there are tedious parts, like the needed research to build the world I need, but for the most part I enjoy research as my inner history geek has a ball with it.

So what’s the problem? *Shrugging. I haven’t a clue. Could be having taken in so much info my mind needs time to process it. That’s very possible. My creative mind seems to have a loop separate from everyday stuff. I can feel it processing things, clicking away, arranging, and making sense of information and how to use it. When it’s happening, I tend to dream about it. Kind of how I write. The initial germ of the idea will appear and then it rattles around until all the pieces fall into place. When that happens I have to write. The green light is blinking and it needs to come out.

I’m sure periods of sleep deprivation haven’t helped but the kid is now improving in leaps and bounds and is almost back to normal. Realistically, I knew if I opened my WIP I’d want to immerse myself and that doesn’t go well with nursing a sick kid.
I still work. I’m filling June and July’s blog calendar. I’m writing all the time, just not my WIP.

So, I’ve been reading.

I admit I’ve probably read about 20 books in the past month. Whereas I used to never start another book while in the middle of another—what’s the point? If it loses my attention why go back to it? But I do have to do reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, so I usually have a non-fiction book going on the side.
Some books I can recommend:
  • Rock Paper Tiger, Lisa Brackmann—fabulous book and I feel like I spent several days traipsing around China. She nails the whole culture so very well.

  • Black ops Inc series by Cindy Gerard—I’m reading her backlist on the series.

  • Dark Sword series by Donna Grant—I loved both of them and hate I have to wait several months for the next one.

  • The latest by Christine Feehan in her Leopard series (she’s an auto buy for me).

  • Kathryne Kennedy’s also an auto buy for me and I love her new series, The Elven Lords. Para-Historical is smooth and Fire Lord’s Lover is oh so worth reading.

  • Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity series.

  • Christie Craig’s Shut Up and Kiss Me, which I hadn’t read before and I love her style. I’m going into her backlist now.

  • I’ve read and enjoyed Francis Ray’s It Had to Be You and have some of her backlist of The Grayson Friends Novels.

  • Patricia Sargeant’s On Fire.
  • Donna MacMeans, The Seduction of A Duke

  • I’ve also been indulging in Steven Coonts Deep Black series Thrillers. Love his books.

    Non-fiction I’ve been reading and like (remember History geek) is My Times in Black and White. Fascinating book about Gerald M. Boyd, editor of NYTimes. Living history.
Up coming guests: Emily Bryan, Kate Douglas, Marie Force, Kathyrne Kennedy, Graham Brown, Faye Huges/Christie Craig, and many others the next two months. So be sure to check back or watch my Twitter and Facebook for announcements.
  • Read any good books lately?
Have a great week!


Mason Canyon said...

Sometime I think we just have to read. I go through periods like that and then it slows down. Sounds like you've got some great guests coming. Can't wait to meet them.

Happy Memorial Day.

Thoughts in Progress

Helen Ginger said...

Well, you definitely have not been sitting around doing nothing! Don't be too hard on yourself, just enjoy the reading.

Straight From Hel

~Sia McKye~ said...

No, I haven't Helen but I will admit to a bit frustration.

I'm ready to get back to writing which means reading will be back to roughly 4 or 5 books a month instead of a week.

Kat Sheridan said...

I'll second Rock Paper Tiger. WHAT a FABULOUS book! OMG, I was on the edge of the seat and ran the full gamut of emotions!

My reading this week has been eclectic. Embracing the Wide Sky by Daniel Tammet, who is a savant with Asperger's. It's all about the brain and thinking and how his mind works.

Strapless, which is a biography of painter John Singer Sargent, and the woman behind his famous portait, Madame X.

The entire His Dark Materials trilogy, by Phillip Pullman, a YA fantasy with strong religious overtones--it's been billed as the atheist response to the Narnia Chronicles.

Mistress Shakespeare, by Karen Harper. A romance/speculative biography of a woman reputed to be the REAL wife of William Shakespeare.

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet, a wonderful tale of intrigue, politics and cathedral building in the 12th century.

As you can tell, I've been all over the place this week!And like you, not a smidgen of writing!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, I enjoyed Pillars Of The Earth. He's supposed to be having another one coming out similiar.

Judi Fennell said...

Oh, wait til you get to Christie's Divorced, Desperate and Dating with the hairless dog named Fabio. That, alone, is worth the read!

And I LOVE Cindy Gerard's series. Love Love Love them! Roxanne St. Clair's Bulletcatchers series is also a great read!

tonya kappes said...

Gee thanks for adding to my TBR pile....*wink*

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tonya, I try to pass on the wealth, or is it more like pass on the poor? Books have always been one of my indulgences...:-)

Graham Brown said...

Hi Sia - I know the feeling you speak of. There are times the body/mind just doesn't want to write. My theory is its is working on some problem in the sbconscious like when the your computer just looks at you and the hourglass flips over and over. Using that time to read sounds like a great idea.

Other Lisa said...

Thanks for the shout-out!

I know I've been reading a lot lately but for the life of me I can't remember what right now. Let me check my book piles and get back to you...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Graham, I'm thinking the same about the problem solving in the subconcious. But I'm about read out right now. Like I made up for lost time and now I'm done.

You'll be visiting tomorrow and I can't wait. Love your thoughts onwriter types. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Lisa, you're more than welcome. LOVED the book. It's one I couldn't put down 'cause I had to read to see what Ellie would do...