Decompression: Reading over Writing

reading and relaxing

SOMEWHAT IRONICALLY IN light of rounding up WordPress Storytellers I’ve not been writing much recently myself, although I did pen – with an actual pen – a short story this evening (click here for my short stories), but I’m on a bit of a decompression, reading some books and letting my new project Down To Earth simmer at the 40k mark, which I’ll print off and read through next week.

Learning from past mistakes, I am going to edit the first half (the 40k) and iron out a few numerical issues in terms of what is where in the story and I’ll flesh out the plot and characters a bit too. I don’t know if anyone else does this or has done it that way, but it seems like a good idea and gives me a solid foundation to push on and wrap the story up. With the breadth of the story, it’s easy to let it get out of hand a bit so I’m hoping editing will iron out a few kinks, settle my mind, and allow me to write more easily in the second half.

Book wise I’ve been reading Cell by Stephen King (4/5), Crisis Four by Andy McNab (3/5), dipping in and out of the poetic epic of 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez and currently on to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip. K. Dick, a book I’ve been wanting to read for some time, the novel that Blade Runner is based on, itself an excellent film.

I’ll get around to more frequent blog visits soon. Write on. Blog on!


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28 thoughts on “Decompression: Reading over Writing

  1. I’ve edited midstream before in a novel. It can be an excellent idea, especially if you’re stumped. I figure I’m trying to tell myself something.

    And reading something good can shake loose some ideas, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I will have to add Android Dreams to my list. I have had a difficult time reading since I spend so much of it reading blog posts. When I am not blogging read becomes the last thing I want to do.

    1. I was like that too, and it slowly became clear for me anyway, that reading novels is mor ebeneficial to my writing. I still love WP though.

      1. You are right. And that is goal number one.

  3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a classic…I loved it. PKD is a great writer.

    1. Just finished it last night. Great book ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lion- could you correct my name please? It’s Poornima ‘a’ at the end. Thank you!x

      1. Thank you! Have shared your post on my blog as well.๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Ahh, Do Androids Dream has been on my list since the early 80s and I still haven’t got around to getting hold of a copy, which is utterly pathetic. Will order it this weekend!
    My current reads are Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (the author, not the comic actor / panellist) and The Melding of Aeris by the most excellent blogging author Diana Wallace Peach.

    1. I’m 120 pages deep, and its excellent.
      I saw Cloud Atlas the film, wasnt that impressed other than the storyline was very original. I dont doubt the book is better.

      1. Haven’t seen the CA film yet, but heard that the book was thought to be unfilmable. The edition I’m reading has a new foreword by the author where he talks about how it was modified into a movie script. It’s a decent read & quite original, just hope it ends well!

  6. Love Blade Runner!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Never knew it was based on a novel – shame on me! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Will have to add it to my reading list! Have a great weekend!

  7. Great reading list and re your writing, I find you can never do too much editing. There’s no point in not getting it right. Good luck

    1. Very true. It often seems like a real bore, like the writing is taking a backseat, but in reality it needs done and I know it’ll help. Editing 40k doesnt seem as daunting as the final edit.

  8. Philip K. Dick is a god. End trans.

    1. Lol. The book is great, in off to finish it now. Even if it was terrible the title alone is genius, possibly the best book title ever.

  9. I read more than I write. I can’t find enough time for both.

  10. Great book list!! Best of luck in the editing and ‘onwards’ portions of your project.

    1. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚
      Cell was way better than I expected, some people said it wasnt very good.
      Do Androids Dream…is excellent.

      1. I liked Cell! Haven’t read Do Androids Dream, but it’s on my list. And 100 Years of Solitude is one of my all time favourites. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun!

  11. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I wish you much success on your writing endeavors!

      1. Lion, this is the second time I’ve clicked and gotten ‘this page cant’ be displayed.’ I was going to ask you as a writer, to give me a click. I”m a low level blogger for a ‘for profit’ a groveler, what have you. I’m new, I’m hoping to have a column if our values align and it works out. It may not. But in the meantime if you’d klik on my rebuttal to the “Biggest Loser” story about all the “Losers” “Winning” or gaining back the weight and how now those ‘experts’ are saying losing and maintaining is impossible. On meds it’s hard. Real hard. But can be done. If you know anyone with an eating problem especially med or hormone related, please pass on this link. And a click is all I’m asking for, Lion. I’m attracted to you by your name. The thing w/Lions, no difference between who they are and what they do. That’ a quote from the film “The Counselor.” Cameron Diaz, who played a sociopath in the cartel world had pet leopards and lions like Scarface. Did you see the film?

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