Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Writing Links, Quotes, and a Quick Reading Update

Writing Links I Really Enjoyed Recently:

5 Writing Tips from Harlan Coben
My favorite line from this: "Write like there is a knife against your throat."
(I don't think I can write like that, but it definitely caught my attention.)

The Netflix Literary Connection
We can all dream Netflix will pick up our books, can't we?
This might be even better than a movie deal.

5 Science Fiction Books That Predicted the Future
This post might give you the same "pause" it did me, or not. It's good food for thought.
If you write SF, do you think it's possible your writing is predicting the future?

Writing Quotes found via Instagram shares:

"Overnight success is almost always a myth. Half of this industry is luck, and half is the refusal to quit." Victoria Schwab

"Who I am and what I am capable of doing has always managed to surprise me." Jodi Piccoult

"I write because it fulfills me. I do it for the pure joy of the thing and if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever." Stephen King

Quick Reading Update

This just keeps getting shorter, I know. For my full reviews of the following books, head to either my Instagram, previous blog posts, or Amazon. 

Big Red by Damien Larkin - a SF reread that was just as mind-bendingly satisfying and fun as the first time I read it! Highly recommended! 5/5 Full review in another post in May.

The Broken Star by Emily R. King - this YA Fantasy Adventure is lushly immersive, exciting, and just wonderful. Highly recommended! 5/5! My favorite NEW book of May.

The Book of Mistakes - a beautiful and encouraging picture book written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken, one of the speakers at the regional SCBWI conference I attended recently. 5/5 Highly Recommended!

Archangel by Margaret Fortune - YA SF - action-packed, fun, and thought-provoking sequel to Nova. 4/5

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Starbound Series Book 3) - fun, entertaining YA SF Romance. 3.5/5.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer - an entertaining YA Portal Fantasy Romance based on the Beauty and Beast story, but definitely going new places of its own. 4/5.

I also read or attempted to read at least three books that I really didn't like. I will not name them. I am beginning to think I don't like things off the Bestseller List - what does this mean?

An Extremely Short Movie Update:
I went to see Avengers: Endgame and I was impressed by the CGI, character arcs, and the ability of the directors to juggle just that many actors and storylines. However, I wasn't a fan of ... well, two scenes. So, it's a yes, I loved it, but ... movie for me.

Remember, the IWSG is looking for stories for their new anthology contest!
Word count: 3500-5000
Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy
Theme: Voyagers

And, the IWSG is already gearing up for #IWSGPit 2020!

What have you been reading lately? Seen/heard any good writing quotes? 


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks for sharing the links! Will check out the Coben article.

I recently finished an ARC of Clare Mackintosh's AFTER THE END - heartbreaking but wonderful - 5/5 stars!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Madeline - Thanks for stopping by and sharing a book!

Nissa Annakindt said...

I enjoyed reading the blog post. I find myself being more picky about what to read these days. A lot of the most popular and best selling books are filled with things I no longer put up with, like actual insults towards people who share my religious faith or my political viewpoint. I miss the days when authors tried harder not to insult their readers.

krystal jane said...

I really enjoyed watching Endgame - the final battle scene was really satisfying and fun. I just went off on a tangent on someone else's blog, but the time travel stuff should have been kept simple. Trying to be intellectual about it made it confusing and distracting. I'm kind of superhero-ed out at the moment, but I want to see Dark Phoenix and the next Spiderman movie.

I only see bestseller lists when an author I'm familiar with goes on Twitter to share a screenshot of their book on a bestseller list. I'll pick something up because a movie is coming out, but I'm not sure I ever think about checking a bestseller list for book recommendations. It's kind of like most Oscar movies. I'm sure they're great for some people, but I don't want to watch them.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

So glad you enjoyed Big Red.

Netflix expanding into books? Very interesting.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Nissa - I agree. I usually like the mid-list to outskirts authors, with a few best-sellers within a genre -like I'll like a SF or YA best-seller, but rarely the ones that make the NYT top ten.

Krystal - I get how you feel. I have a YA superhero teen novel I'm trying to query and it's going slow. I'm afraid many people are superhero-ed out, but I still love my heroes. :)

Diane - They are, apparently, buying up book rights from publishers to create more Netflix movies and series, which I think would be pretty cool.

Sherry Ellis said...

Those are some good quotes, although personally, I don't think I could write at all if a knife was up against my throat!