Monthly Archives: September 2010

Currently Reading

Currently reading: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Although considered to be a modern classic of fantasy [and soon to be an HBO series], I’ve put off actually reading A Game of Thrones for quite a long time. No specific reason, I just never got into the right mood for it…until now. I’ve been reading it off and on for the past week and already I can feel myself getting pulled into its world and becoming attached to it characters and eagerly awaiting where its story goes next.

What I find most striking about the book is the detail. Martin pours gallons of detail into the characters, the places, the history, and the world to such a degree that it feels more like a historical account than something that an author simply dreamed up in his own mind.

Unlike many works, Martin is not content to tell one side of the story, he instead tells all sides. The good guys, the bad guys, and the people you aren’t quite sure of just yet, all get their moment to have their own personal stories told. So not only is there a high degree of detail, but the story is also as broad as the world itself.

In reading Martin’s work, I see where my own work is lacking. My story feels simple and small, my characters flat or cartoonish, and my worlds bare and┬áderivative. If I could capture even a quarter of Martin’s talent, I would be more than happy. For the time being, I must simply stand in awe of his talents and continue the on-going process of polishing my own.

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The Amateur Writer

Getting started in a career in writing isn’t easy. There’s no deadlines to meet, no applications to fill out and send in, and no way to truly know whether you’re ready or not. It requires self-control and self-motivation, a willingness to push yourself and not given up even when the rejection letters start piling up on your desk. That’s where I am right now: the pushing stage. I’ve got more than a dozen short stories and concepts for short stories, several full-length books at various stages of completion, and lots and lots of ideas. But none of that will make any difference if I don’t put myself out there for scrutiny.

The reason I’m establishing this blog is to give me a place to talk about my progress and to make sure that I don’t forget where I’m going and what I’m trying to accomplish. If my insight and my trials provide entertainment or knowledge, so much the better. If you’re an agent and stumbled across this humble blog and want to know more, so much the better.

Now, it’s time to get to work!

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