Happy New Year!
January 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
Okay, sure, the year isn’t really new anymore. Newish, perhaps. Anyway, I’d meant to toss up a happy new year post sooner, but illness and an ill kitty and life in general got in the way. Plus, I really didn’t have anything to say other than wishing you a good and healthy and productive 2013.
The first book to come to me in this newish year was Warren Ellis’s Gun Machine. WOW. I’d been anticipating this novel since I heard he was writing it, and even with such high expectations, the book is blowing me away. But more on that in a later post, after I’ve finished it.
I haven’t really had time to read much over the holidays. My usual reading time is right before I go to sleep, but the holidays were so incredibly busy that I was often too exhausted to read or passed out after just a couple of pages. Simultaneously, my writing also declined — not just time in front of the keyboard, but also time spent thinking about the book I’m writing. The former I understand, given how busy I was; the latter surprised me. But soon after I started Gun Machine, I found myself thinking about my book again — the characters, the scenes, the plot, the setting.
I’ve always heard writers say that reading is a vital part of writing, and I’ve always believed them. Reading Is Fundamental, and to a writer, reading is fertilizer. It’s food for the writer’s soul, gas in the tank.
I read a lot of books last year — most of them very good — but this year my one and only resolution is to read more. Well, read more and write more, but the latter has been a resolution every year since I was a teenager, so I don’t even consider it a new year’s resolution anymore. It’s just a constant in my life. And if I’m correct, reading more will lead to writing more, so resolving to read more should cover both.
Read more. Fertilize the writer’s garden more. Put more gas in the tank.
And have a very Happy New Year!