Reading, Writing, and killing my story

I’m done with NaNoWriMo. That’s all I got to say on that subject, but I go into a little more detail here.

Well, it’s been a slow reading, but I’m still working on finishing Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and I have to say that I’ve never realized that I like the fantasy genre, though I think I’ll simply stick to Tolkien rather than reading anyone else because I normally don’t read what I can’t write. My Sci-Fi genre void was filled by Heinlein and I have Philosopher to thank for that. Horror has been filled by Lovecraft.

Anyway, Silmarillion is really a book that I read when I need to read something different. Books outside my literary fiction genre usually take me longer to read because there’s just too much going on that I lose track easily. I’m halfway done with it, and The Children of Húrin is next, followed by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I need a break from my usual books because I haven’t read anything outside of it in a long time, save Never Let Me Go, which was still literary for the most part.

Speaking, what I was talking about earlier, the blog that I linked was to my Sex, With Strangers blog. The original purpose was to actually post the chapters that I had already written up for the public to read. But because I actually read the chapters and the storyline is clotted with plot holes, bad writing, rants and really poorly researched sex stuff, I decided to rewrite most of it. If you know my habits with writing, you know that rewriting something is hard and painstakingly long. I feel like I killed my own story before I even got it off the ground.

And and because Project: Gospel has been sitting in the back burner for a while and the other day I started writing what looked like the first chapter of that and then there was the other project that includes the samurai research I was doing has come to light because I never knew how to begin it and the research might have been in vain.

So who knows how this’ll go. This, by the way, is why I hate long writing projects, because I have writer’s ADD and would prefer to stick to short stories.


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