Have you read anything amazing recently? I’m looking for recommendations to help me recharge my creative batteries over the next couple of weeks – stories of any genre so long as they’re fun, positive, uplifting and full of energy.
I think my productivity plan for the remainder of 2015 (Season of Fruitfulness) must have annoyed the universe, because the day after my post Life happened to me. Nothing bad, and entirely my choice, but some good friends needed help that I was qualified to give, and since then it’s taken all my time, and all my mental energy as well. I haven’t added a single word to my WIP and I didn’t participate in either of the workshops I signed up for, because I’ve been using every ounce of my creative wherewithal to solve their problem. Fortunately the Girls came up with a smart solution, so I reckon another week (maybe two) should put this thing to bed. If all goes to plan, by mid-October at the latest my friends will be in good shape, and I plan to celebrate by plunging back into Cam and Mary’s story.
I don’t want to power through the next couple of weeks and then get back to normal, turn on my laptop and find that my tanks are empty. When I don’t have the juice to create my own stories, I get a tremendous buzz from losing myself into another author’s story world. It’s as good as a holiday for my brain. I just have to find somewhere special to take it 🙂 .
This weekend, I’m going to try Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. I’ve been thinking about this series for ages. When I first read about it I dithered, because it has parallel contemporary and historical plotlines, and that’s not usually my thing. Then regular 8 Ladies commenter Rachel Beecroft was so enthusiastic about it, and when I said hi to Lauren Willig at the RWA Literacy Signing she was so smart and nice, I knew I had to give it a go. I’ve been waiting for the right moment, because there are twelve books in the series and I’m a glutton. If I get hooked by the first one, I’ll have to read them all, so I have to choose my moment carefully.
As I mentioned last week, I’m also tempted to take a trip down memory lane and re-read Mary Stewart, the woman who invented romantic suspense and who had a strong aversion to TSTL heroines. Her Girls were smart, adventurous, resourceful, and ready to fight their corner. Lots of good mojo in her stories. She died last year – read this moving and inspirational obituary in The Guardian. I was delighted to discover that her maiden name was Mary Rainbow. Can you believe her publishers didn’t want to use it?
Lauren Willig and Mary Stewart will keep me quiet for a while, but I read fast and I’d feel happier with a much longer TBR list.
Any and all suggestions would be most gratefully received.