Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading.
We’re taking a little detour on the weekends now to share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.
We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.
Happy writing! Happy reading!
Jamie Wallace: Hello again. Another week flown by, and with it the last bits of the summer season here in the northern hemisphere. Though we may be granted a few more warm and sunny days, the routine of the fall season is full upon us.
Summer has been wonderful, but I’m ready to resume a steadier, autumn pace. As some of my fellow writers have voiced, the fall feels like a time of renewed energy and resolve. The year’s end is in sight, but still a ways off, making these next few months perfect for reflecting and taking stock, for measuring progress and recalibrating direction.
But, for now, let’s just say farewell to the week.
What I’m Writing:
This wasn’t a week for much writing. I had the pleasure of spending a few days up at the stately Mount Washington Hotel with my daughter and my beau. It was so nice to get away for a few days, but my daughter’s appetite for activity left little room for the joys of idleness. There was time, however, for some cloud gazing and inner storytelling. I always find that being in the mountains awakens a hunger for magic in my writer’s mind. I wonder what creatures share the deep forest with deer and moose and bear. I imagine spectral beings in the dense, mountain fog. I see hidden stairways in the stony cliff faces.
So, even though I didn’t put pen to paper, I did let my imagination run just a little bit wild; and that always comes in handy later on when I have the time to play with words and stories.
Before we left, I did wrap up a feature piece and a column. I’ll share the column here next week.
What I’m Reading:
Though I’m reading a couple of other novels, I took a little time out this week to revisit an old favorite. Inspired by the recent Friday Fun question about favorite myths and fairy tales, I pulled George Macdonald’s The Golden Key (affiliate link) off the shelf. I do not remember when I first came across this slim tome, or when I first acquired my own copy; but, the aura of this gentle yet brilliant fairy tale has always stayed with me. Like many of the books I’ve been reading lately, it is a quiet story about the lifelong adventures of the girl Tangle and the boy Mossy as they journey through fairyland and into the heart of the Earth and beyond.
And let’s not forget the blogs. Here are a few of my favorite writerly posts from this week:
- Passion – How to tap into yours every time you write by @cslakin via @writetodone – Sometimes we need to stoke the fires a little. This post explores the difference between enthusiasm and passion and why you need both.
- Is social reading the end of an intimacy? by @Porter_Anderson via @JaneFriedman – Porter Anderson’s posts are always so rich and full, but this one was particularly interesting to me because it includes an in-depth discussion about “quiet” books.
- A key book marketing principle that authors must learn (or not forget) by @JaneFriedman via @WriterUnboxed – Writing and publishing expert Jane Friedman answers the question, “Does social media really sell books?”
- Writing Tips: 25 rules for keeping it short and snappy via @huffingtonpost – An excerpt from How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark
Finally, a quote for the week:
Thanks for spending part of your Saturday with me. Happy reading & writing!