“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde
Back covers and front covers of books are a lot like movie trailers. They show you the best bits and get you to engage with the story.
This leads to you buying the book and reading it. The disconnect that so often happens is between what the book promises and what it delivers. If I’m reading literature, like, proper literature, I expect it to be a trudge. You know that this book is going to pay off somewhere – you just have to let it roll out and keep reading. The really good literary novels will drag you down to your doom without you even realising you are completely lost in the story.
“Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.”
~ Fred Hoyle.
I live, at least according to the Rolling Stones, in the arsehole of the Universe. Technically, they were speaking of Invercargill (New Zealand’s southernmost city).
Therefore I guess I live in the Sacral Cleft of the Universe.
New Zealand/Aotearoa is about as beautiful as you would expect a dark, moist, and hidden from polite society, place to be (now I’m wondering about plumbers…).
“From my close observation of writers… they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.”
~ Isaac Asimov
Bad reviews, I’ve had my share.
They are a rite of passage for anyone who puts anything into a public domain. Be it writing, art, performance, film, or an opinion.
“The mind I love most must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind.”
― Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Mansfield Notebooks: Complete Edition
So the way this blog hop works is tagged authors answer four questions about their writing process, and then tag one or more authors themselves. I was tagged by Debbie Cowens
With the announcement today that Sir Terry Pratchett has been forced to cancel his appearance at the upcoming Discworld convention, it reminds me that we are on track to lose one of the best writers of the last 120 years.
Every fan of the Discworld and all the other wonderful stories of Terry Pratchett has their own memories of him.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
There are millions of authors in the world and millions more who are “just” writers. Among the multitude are the self-publishers, the traditionally published, the hybrids, the indie-published and the unpublished.
No matter what kind of writer you are, or the kind of writer you know (and you probably know at least one, even if they don’t admit it) there is one thing common to all writers. We all need people to read our books.