I’m going to write a whole post without using a certain 8 letter word describing something short people and aspiring writers can build and climb up on in order to be more visible. That’s not to downplay the value of other contributors’ recent posts about balancing your writing time with your visibility time, or the flurry of responses from the WU community. You folks obviously love to debate this particular issue and are mightily entertained when the monthly columnists start having a (light-hearted) go at one another.
I read the discussion and felt … tired. So much talk, so many quips, so many links! I didn’t click on a single one. But that wasn’t so surprising. I’ve only just emerged from an extremely intensive working period. On April 30 I submitted my YA novel (second book in the Shadowfell series) to my editors in Sydney and New York, and also returned the copy edit for my adult novel, Flame of Sevenwaters. I came up for breath to realise just how much I hadn’t been doing while consumed by deadline pressure. Over the last couple of days I’ve answered a lot of emails, posted off ARCs and bookplates, caught up with a small mountain of business paperwork and rendered the house slightly less like a hermit’s cave. I’ve been back to the gym after too long an absence. Of course, the dog routine remained constant during those months of immersive writing – the mini-pack made sure of that.
Once I’d restored a bit of order around me, what I wanted to do was read. I didn’t want to read blog posts about writing time vs visibility time, I wanted to immerse myself in a wonderful novel. Here’s my reading list. [Read more…]