One year anniversary issue of Far Horizons! With my story: “The exchange”http://bit.ly/1DSojoq
I started this year under the Sisyphus Effect, more know as Endless To-Do-Lists. My list of household tasks seemed infinite and I kept doing them until I felt exhausted and stopped still not seeing and end of the list.
I kept my writing to late at night if I would have energy left for it. After two weeks I had managed only one thousand words of exhausted-end-of-the-day writing and I still had that incomplete task list waiting for me the next day.
It took me some time to see that I was under the Sisyphus effect and that my weary uncreative mood was a result from it. When I finally recognized it, I made a vow not to feel defeated by it and not to force myself to perfection. I forgave myself the two weeks of nearly empty word counts, called these first two weeks the “Mercury Retrograde after New Year” and congratulated myself for a household reasonably well kept. Sometimes you have to give yourself a break and restart your personal projects without pushing yourself too hard.
And what about my New Year’s Resolutions? This year is a year filled up with three big projects for me. I want to write two books, a novel and a collection of short stories and by the side still read more books than I did last year. Funnily enough, I already accomplished my last goal now in April managing to read 14 books so far. My last year count was 13 books. And when it comes to my two book projects I’m already expecting them to drag themselves until next year. Life has a knack for keeping you over busy and as far as I don’t give up on my long term writing goals I’ll be fine. I see that I’ll need anyway time until I’m really happy with the quality of the manuscript to be published, so I’m not at all in a hurry. Better late than sorry, it’s my idea when it comes to publishing.
And when it comes to my Sisyphus stone, well, one can only hope that with time it will get slower and lighter. My two year old just threw pasta all over the floor and I have to clean it up.
Thanks to neenorroar for tagging me! Surely I forgot some and the order is not so tight here, so, here it goes:
Five star books:
Only my best-of-all books come into this category. The most beloved childhood books (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, O Sítio do Picapau Amarelo); the books that started my love for science-fiction (The Robots Of Dawn, Brave New World, Star Trek: The Lost Years) and fantasy (The Mists of Avalon), the most beloved romances and poems (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Pride and Prejudice, Love in the Time of Cholera, Wuthering Heights, The Phantom of the Opera, Federico Garcia Lorca: Selected Poems) have a place in my Five Star Favorite’s list. These are books that remained with me after I finished reading them. I will be happy if one days the style of my books approach them and for me these books add a lot of fun and beauty to the world.
Four Stars and Three Star books:
These were very entertaining books, they didn’t remain in my heart as much as the five star ones, but they were still worth reading and a pleasure to read. I usually give four stars to the ones who were really entertaining and three to the ones which were fun, but not as great as the former ones. This is a bit of a gray area though, especially if I read a book more than ten years ago. It can be that there is a star too little due to the distance of time. One day I might read these books again, only to refresh my memory, if one day I have finished my To-be-read list of new books.
Two Stars books:
I do acknowledge the effort of the authors in writing these books, but they somehow failed to impress me in a positive manner. My opinion is neutral, and even if as usual, I like to read something new, I would rather not pick up the same book again. They might be someone else’s five stars, but aren’t so special in my opinion. In the end, it’s only a matter of personal taste.
One Star books:
These few books left a lasting negative impression on me and I would avoid giving them to anyone. Funnily enough, this only means that I considered them not at all my taste, but they can be someone else’s cup of tea. I remember reading Pollyanna and hating every moment of it, in my opinion, this book only taught a whole generation of unfortunate girls to be constantly smiling and lying to themselves instead of fighting for a better life, so this is one of my one star books. I also started reading Hyperion and found the book so confusing, I just couldn’t finish it, so it got one star too. I must say though that the mere fact that the book is listed and marked as one star shows that I found it worth mentioning, something like: “This is spinach and I don’t like it, but perhaps you find it great”. After all, aren’t we all subjective readers?
“The Faerie Assembly”, my fantasy story with science fiction elements, is on the March issue of the digital magazine Far Horizons. Don’t miss it!
I’ll take up the challenge:
1) I love writing. I wouldn’t write if I wouldn’t need to express myself in order to be balanced.
2) I write in English because since I was 14, I always read science fiction and fantasy English books (they were much cheaper than the translated books). One day I will translate my stories to Portuguese if I have time for that.
3) I have a general outline, but I’m mainly spontaneously a Pantser and not a Plotter. The inspired Writing zone feels to me like a word fire.
4) I’m emotionally involved in my writing. I don’t like to read intellectual books without passion so I would never write like that.
5) I love Plot twists and surprises. If my book is not a roller coaster of emotions for my readers, I have failed as a writer.
6) I rather use too little words than too many. Most books feel over explained and made too long for my patience. It is important for me to never bore my readers and I try never to explain too much.
7) I try never to think of sales when I write. We live in a world where bad books are bestsellers, so I don’t think I’ll ever be there and I’ll feel strange if I sell many books. But I don’t really count on it. Lol
My science-fiction story “Colours of Pain” is on the February issue of the digital magazine Far Horizons. Take a look!