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Jacoby Figurine

A few weeks ago, I sent Jacoby Figurine off to my cousin, Kathy, because she offered to read it and give it some, much needed, feedback. She was the original reader some years ago and it had gone through a complete transformation since then. (Kathy also has a blog which I read as often as I can: Finding Faeries)

One of the pieces of advice she gave me in the original version and this one though stayed the same: my setting needs work. I don’t like to have long sections that deal with setting up the time and place of the story, so I have a tendency to only sprinkle in the details that I feel are necessary. What this does mean though is my reader is left feeling like the world couldn’t exist.

Today, I spent some time working on that aspect of the story though and I found myself liking how it was going. Now I need to get myself working on the story again on a more regular basis. It was so long ago when I first started on it that I can’t recall all of the details right off the tip of my fingers (and my notes are woefully missing… or rather, I never made any…).

In any case, more work to get done and we’ll see how it goes.

Also, I’m keenly aware of the date – less than two months away from NaNoWriMo. I haven’t put in thought on what to work on this year and I want to have a solid outline this year. If I don’t have the outline, I’ll definitely need a strong idea to drive me. If I come up with nothing else, I have the story “On/Off” that I drafted an outline on earlier this year and that is on my list of stories I need to write anyway.

With respect to reading, I’m in the middle of two books right now. I’m on the 5th book in Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series. Three of the kids have found the series spellbinding and I enjoyed reading pieces of it with them (but they kept on reading ahead, so I inevitably only caught portions of it). Earlier this year, I read through the Kane Chronicles trilogy by Rick Riordan and enjoyed the fast pace they provided as well.

I’m also reading Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card with my wife. I can’t say enough good things about reading a book out loud or hearing someone else read it. We’ve already made it through the five books in the main series (Ender’s Game, Ender in Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind) and embarked on Ender’s Shadow recently. We both felt that Children of the Mind was getting a little long, but enjoyed the books previous to it and Ender’s Shadow feels refreshing now.

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