Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Collecting all the creative work

The photo above was taken on Prince Edward Island some years ago. We had a wonderful trip though a large bay, out through a gap in the barrier beach. We camped on the beach overnight with a two guides. It was an unforgettable trip.
I'm working on collecting all of my creative work over the years onto one web site and posting about my writing works in progress. I've been working on a children's book called Maggie by Moonlight. I've just gotten the first responses from my beta readers and they are very positive. There is still a lot to do before I decide if I go straight to e-publishing or send it out. I have a lot of ideas for a collection of books I have wanted to work on for a long time, so I could send it out and just get right to work on the next one.

Ever since I could read I have been a fanatic reader. I read the kind of books I want to write, 12 and up children's books and YA. I love magic realism written for adults also.

I just finished A Web of Air by Philip Reeve. I loved his first one set in the same world with the lead character Fever Crumb. But even though I still love the characters and setting, the story line in this one just didn't appeal to me. It is mostly centered around a new character, Arlo Thursday, who is attempting to build an airplane. I used to have an airplane so I liked this to begin with, however (story spoiler) the attempt is a failure, the relationship between Fever and Arlo comes apart and it ends with him sailing off into the sunset. So it is set up for a sequel but I felt kind of blah about it. If you're going to set up an improbable romance it might as well have some kind of positive outcome. It's fantasy after all. I guess if it had ended with Fever sailing off after him I'd feel more satisfied with it.

Now I'm into Chime by Franny Billingsley. It's first person, with a strange narrator. One of those books where you spend a lot of effort figuring out what is going on. I'm only part way into it but I'm still not sure what is going on except that the main character hates herself and says she is a witch. And people die because of her. Ok, I'll sign up for the journey.

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