Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Couple of Bookish Thoughts

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
---------------Abraham Lincoln

My copy of Kelli Stanley's new release, City of Dragons, the one I won at, arrived today. And I received an e-mail that Stephen King's Under the Dome had shipped from But some bad news: the copy of Hester, which I had pre-ordered, has been delayed.

I'm currently reading Heart of the Hunter by that South African thriller writer I've been telling you about, Deon Meyer. This is good multiple point of view writing with great plots, interesting characters, and a fascinating setting.

"If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing."
---------------William Safire

Then there's my own resting manuscript. I'll begin re-reading, revising and self-editing next week, so I'll post updates about the process -- what I do and how I do it. Don't worry. I'm not going to drag you kicking and screaming through every horrid detail. I'm not that cruel.

I'll be back tomorrow, but I must hurry off to fix something to eat and get ready for an evening of Olympics and American Idol. I think our lovely young lady from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins) made the top 24. See you tomorrow.


Jemi Fraser said...

Love the Safire quote - I haven't seen that one before :)

Jan Morrison said...

Reading, thinking about reading, having a book waiting on the bedside table, knowing there are backup books and books at the library waiting for me and reading TLS reviews and writing down the names of those books. Oh please dear goddess don't let me go blind! Though, I do love audio books - they take a bit too long - I can read faster than I can be read too.
Hope you had a fun evening!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

You've got some good books to read! I want to read "Hester," too.

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