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NaNoReadMe Reads

The Man and I did the NaNoReadMo challenge this year: 5 books in 4 weeks between December 15 and January 15. I came in just 60 pages shy of my goal, and it was all because of Never Let Me Go, which, indeed, did not want to let me go, despite my desperately wanting to get away from it. I have a hard time enjoying books where every little mood and glance is described in such excruciating detail. And I’m not a sci-fi connoisseur, by any stretch, but, still, that book could have been edited into an amazing fifty-page short story if you ask me. Anyway, I digress.

Here’s what I read:

The book I enjoyed most of all these was Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro. It truly was joyful and masterful. I enjoyed it both as a reader, because the story and character were so compelling, and as a writer, because the pacing and fascination with language were really well done. Way to go, Nick Cave. I love when a book  goes all out, takes risks, and actually succeeds. Yea!

I also enjoyed Suite Francaise, which is just a mind-blowing document of WWII and the occupation of Paris.

Next, I’m putting together my giant list of everything I want to read in 2012. I set a modest goal of 26 books on Goodreads. We’ll see if I can manage it.

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Flattery! My favorite!

I was verklempt to find that Dark Sky Magazine selected my short story “The Pool at Chualteca” (which appeared in the summer issue of The Adirondack Review) in a round-up of recommended reading from literary journals. This is a super feature of DSM. I’m now subscribed to it. What a great way to learn about new writers and journals. Yea!

I had been feeling more than down in the dumps about my fiction writing, so it came at a great time. My friend, Foodie McBody, wrote recently about the challenges of being a writer of two blogs and her own fiction, and generally trying to lead a balanced life. There just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything I want to do and it often feels like I have to choose, which I hate. Argh. Such is life.

In any case, I’ll take this amazing nod from Dark Sky Magazine as encouragement to keep moving forward with my “real” writing.

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