Getting into the Habit of Reading. Again.

Due to some stressful situations the past week that put me in an emotional funk, I fell off the wagon with writing. Don’t worry; I expect to be back to work shortly. I’m too excited about this book to quit just because of some stress. I’ve just never been able to write while sad. I wish I could. I wonder how other authors take advantage of their sorrow and turn it into a writing tool. I’ve never mastered that skill.

As with most negative situations in life, there was an upside to my writing slump this week; I was reading more. It’s not that I normally don’t read; I’m pretty sure reading a lot of books is one of an author’s job requirements. It’s just that I usually switch between writing mode and reading mode. I’ll write for a few months, then take a month or two off to read, read, read. It works out pretty well for me and helps me balance writing with reading. I get overwhelmed when I have to do both every day, so taking turns is a good solution.

I started reading quick and easy stuff that I could knock out in an hour or so, just to cheer myself up. I picked up my Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga series and I’m hooked on it all over again. I’m reading a volume a day, but I’m missing the last three volumes of the Renewal Edition, unfortunately. I’ll have to wait to get my hands on the conclusion of my favourite manga series.

Of course, I’m not only reading comic books. I do enjoy them, but I don’t think they count as novels, so I also got through Ojibway Heritage by Basil Johnston. It was research for one of the characters in Wanderer, but I enjoyed it on a personal level, too. It was a nice surprise because research is not usually something I enjoy doing. I look at it as a necessary but unfortunately dry aspect of writing. That wasn’t the case with this book, however. You can read my Goodreads review here.

Now, I’ve picked up a really ambitious 900+ page read, called The Golden Book of Faerie by O.R. Melling. I’m about 150 pages into it and I am absolutely loving it so far. Melling’s use of metaphor is flawless and I find myself lingering on a particularly beautiful sentence on almost every page because I want to savour it just a little longer. Melling does this without falling into the purple prose trap, too, which takes skill and precision. It’s a great story told by a master storyteller. I hope it continues to enthrall me for the next 800 pages or so.

Oh and on a side note, I’ve also been drawing, which is something I haven’t seriously attempted to do in years. Here’s some pictures of Jacqueline Ito from The Heaven Corporation as she goes from a bare-bones sketch to an (almost) finished drawing.

What artsy things have you been getting up to lately? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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