There have been a lot of stories kicking about over the past few days about George RR Martin’s announcement he won’t get the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire done before the sixth series of Game of Thrones airs on TV. In May last year he thought he could do it, but things happened, life got in the way, and he didn’t make the deadline. Continue reading “Writing Resolutions”
Do you ever feel like you’ve got so much to do that you’re forever catching up with yourself?
I do. It’s got to the stage where my whiteboard of stuff to do (yes, I have a whiteboard with stuff to do installed on a wall so it’s the first thing I see when I come home from work) looks like this:
‘Before taking a picture, Jeff studies his scene – looking at a shot horizontally and vertically to decide what orientation works best for his photograph.’ ME TOO, JEFF. Not only have I read some of this pile of books, I’ve also assessed them horizontally and vertically, from several angles, as they sat on my living room floor for this challenge. So profesh.
Having said that, it turns out I slightly missed the point (i.e. to do the same shot both vertically and horizontally), but whatever, that’s the sort of maverick I am. You should probably get used to it for when all my 12 books are available to download.
In the meantime, do you recognise any of these already published books? Leave a comment saying which ones, and you will win a special prize! The prize of my respect.
I recently had a birthday, which was pleasant. I saw my family and some friends, added to my ‘to read’ pile and my gin collection, and I made a cake that induces a sense of euphoria and remorse that I like to call euphorse.
The only trouble is that as I get older, birthdays are beginning to feel a little bit like markers for everything I haven’t done yet – not least because mine falls at the end of the month, where the deadlines live.
Due to the nice weather we’ve been having, a lot of people have been posting pictures of icy drinks for this week’s photo prompt. I considered adding a gin and tonic to the list, but opted to go with something a bit more representative of life at the moment (more’s the pity..). Y’see reader, the first thing I am faced with of a morning is this: a fresh page in my notebook, waiting to be filled with more of the rewrite of book 7 I’ve been ploughing through.
This is the sort of rewrite that has changed almost everything – focus, plot, gender of the main protagonist… you name it, I’ve changed it. In a lot of ways it’s been like starting from scratch – afresh, if you want to labour the point a little more. Still, I’m optimistic the story will come out of the process fitter, happier and more productive. And if not, guess I’ll crack into the gin.
This evening I am going along to a literary salon in Edinburgh to talk about 12 books in 12 months as part of a literary blog themed event.
I think this sounds rather grand for two reasons.
- If you know your history or have a Wikipedia tab open you’ll know salons started in 17th century France as a way to gather lots of very bright types to talk about literature and philosophy.
- I have been known to read a few literary blogs, and they are often maintained by very knowledgable people, far better read than I, who discuss worthy books in a sensible way.
Then there’s me, struggling for weeks to get through Life of Pi but cheerfully staying up all night to read George R. R. Martin in a hostel in Ljbljana.