What’s Up Wednesday: Book of the Month for November, 2013 Edition
I missed last week’s WUW so I thought I’d give you all a quick update on life. My Mum’s here from the UK, and will be until Friday, which is why I haven’t been as engaged online as usual (and I’m not normally as engaged as I probably should be–sorry!). Anyway… here’s what’s going on with me.
What I’m Reading
I’m still reading Stephen King’s NIGHT SHIFT, a collection of short stories written between 1970 and 1977. The ones I’ve read so far are dark, as you would expect from Mr. King, but what interests me is the way he runs with an idea. Behind each story there’s a “what if…?” What if trucks came alive and started attacking truck stops? What if a mangler came to life and terrorized laundry workers? What if toy soldiers took on a hit man? Some of the ideas may seem a bit wacky, but King gets away with them by the fact he writes so well. Some have a conclusion, some he leaves open ended–with a twist, even. I’m not into the macabre, but it’s a good read anyway.
What I’m Writing
Aside from a couple of Janet Reid contests, not much, and that’s okay. Time with Mum is more important. The writing can wait until next week. But then it has to be full steam ahead to get revisions done and have this manuscript ready for beta readers. I’ve got busy days ahead.
What Inspires Me Right Now
I guess NIGHT SHIFT is inspiring me not be be afraid to grab an idea and run with it, see where it goes. Especially for short stories. That format, like flash fiction, is excellent for experimenting with those odd ideas you don’t know would work as a novel, but you kind-of want to try out anyway.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
This year’s Thanksgiving was particularly special because my Mum was here to celebrate with us. She contributed an apple crumble, which was delicious, especially with FirstBorn’s made-from-scratch custard. We also tackled a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, watched some Marx Brothers movies, and have been generally hanging out with the family.
Book of the Month for November, 2013
I haven’t gone through many books this month, but I don’t think my pick of the month is a “default” choice. It really is a great book, and worthy of the accolade. So, my Book of the Month for November is… THE SHERLOCKIAN by Graham Moore. The novel consists of two murder-mysteries, one at a gathering of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts, and the other at the turn of the century featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker. For those who want to know more, I reviewed it on Goodreads. If you enjoy murder-mysteries and/or historical fiction, you’ll love this book.
So, what have you been up to this week? Find out how to join the What’s Up Wednesday fun by visiting Jaime Morrow’s blog. You’ll also find a linky list of all the participants there.