Every speculative fiction writer seems to have a personal blog these days. The better ones provoke some great discussion on writing—see, for instance, the Romance discussion on recent Andre Norton Award winner Justine Larbalestier’s blog.
Some writers’ blogs include as much about the minutiae of their health issues / crises with pets and children / coffee and chocolate consumption habits as they do about books and writing.
Unfortunately, not everyone’s life is constantly fascinating. That’s one of the main reasons I don’t keep a personal blog. Most of the time, my life would make pretty humdrum reading. On the rare occasions when it gets dramatic, the last thing I want to do is share the details with the whole online world. Another reason for not having a personal blog is that writing one would gobble up time better spent (in my case, at least) on writing books.
Of course, some writers do a great job of keeping their personal blogs lively and entertaining. Dip into this one by Australian expat fantasy writer Glenda Larke, who lives in Malaysia. Either her life is more interesting than most, or she just has a talent for writing well about it! The very readable life observations are complemented by some excellent posts on the craft of writing and illustrated with wonderful photos. If you haven’t read Glenda’s novels, try Heart of the Mirage, the first in her current series, The Mirage Makers. [Read more…]