I can’t stop writing

Which may seem like a good problem to have, except I'm supposed to be editing. Since I finished my novella, I've written five short stories, and just signed up to write another... and I've only edited, partially, one chapter of my novel. I know I need to focus on editing, or the writing was for …

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The Looking Glass War, by John le Carre

The Looking Glass War , the second le Carre novel I've read, was much different from  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. It was about a completely other department, in fact, called 'the department.' The department doesn't usually send spies out into action, but they think, hey, why shouldn't we do that too? …

Reaching milestones quicker

I have reached 20k words on my current novel and I've been writing it for about three months now. My first novel it took my nearly nine months to reach that point--which I know is a ridiculously slow pace that I should not be that proud of beating, bu--I have beat it! If I can …

Rewriting someone else

In 1Q84, a writer is rewriting the novel of a dyslexic teen who dictated the entire thing to a friend. He finds passion in rewriting it, because the story is very appealing to him and he wants to improve the writing to bring out the nugget of goodness within it. I wonder if I could …

write six billion stories

If you were an immortal, how many stories could you write before you got bored of the whole idea of stories? I can't imagine ever getting tired of making stuff up... but I suppose there must be a limit. Every thing that has ever happened, never happened, can't happen, or must happen--all are stories. How, with …

The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber

What can I say about this book? It was a journey, an adventure, an endeavor. I loved every page of it and was left aching, (I swear I felt a physical ache) for more at the end. Every time I read one of Faber's novels, I say his characters are what make it. And this is …

Painfully obvious metaphors

Borne is a child. The person who found Borne feels like a mother to 'him', and is raising him with the man she lives with. They argue about Borne a lot like parents in a broken home might. Borne doesn't know about the world or himself and gets hurt because of his innocence, and then …