Wow, have I really not posted since May? I’ve been a bit sluggish this summer. It all seemed to slip by far too quickly. I blame the weather. I’ve written a few stories but haven’t proof read them and certainly haven’t sent any off anywhere. I have 6 or 7 that need a home.
I have, however, read a few books this summer. I’ve never written a review of a book and I don’t intend to start right now, so I’ll just write a small summary of each, mainly around why I decided to read them.
Fifty Shade of Grey by E.L. James – the ladies at work told me I had to read this. Suffice to say I didn’t read the second or third in the trilogy. I was destined not to like them as I didn’t like Twilight either.
Doctor Who and the Daleks – David Whitaker
Doctor Who and the Crusaders – David Whitaker
Doctor Who and the Cybermen – Gerry Davis
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen – Terrance Dicks
From those you can guess I’m a Doctor Who fan. My brother bought me a set of Doctor Who books for Christmas last year and I’ve been working through them. It’s very different to the pace of the new TV series and you certainly get more of a sense of The Doctor being methodical and careful in his approach and reasoning. The writing also feels old fashioned, even though it’s only really 30-40 years old. They are good fun to read.
A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison – I love this series of books. I’ve been hooked since I read my first one (which was annoyingly the fifth in the series, as I didn’t realise at the time it was a series). The leading lady, or witch, is sassy, strong willed and screws up a lot, making the character very believable and hard to dislike. I also enjoyed the use of the word “pwned” in the last book, a word my boyfriend over-used for several years!
In September, my boyfriend bought me a Kindle from America. The last two books I read were both Kindle formats.
Find Emily by JJ Toner – a novella by a fellow writewords member, I had to read this and found myself unable to stop. It’s a gritty novel about a girl who’s kidnapped and the jaded cop who’s assigned to find her. Even though it’s not a full-sized novel, the ending is in no way rushed and you really feel you get to know the characters.
The Day the Waves Went on Strike by Tim Coombs – so it turns out everyone’s a buddy author. This is a childrens story written by a man I work with. It’s cute, warm and with a serious message. The illustrations are quite funny too.
On a more personal, positive and looking into the future note, The Short Humour Site have asked that they include one of my stories into their forth anthology – People of Few Words – Volume 4. Their previous three volumes are available to buy and links can be found on their website. Other Writeword members will have their stories included, including Sandra Crook, David Harker and Sheila Cornelius.
I think that’s all so far, I’ll hopefully have more to blog about soon!