Things I am loving lately

Things I am loving lately:

  • THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss.

I finished THE NAME OF THE WIND this morning, and just–wow. I closed the book and had to take a moment of stunned silence in an attempt to sort my thoughts out. It’s the most amazing thing to find a gem of a fantasy tome to work through, a fully developed and detailed world to get lost in for hours and days. I wasn’t entirely sure where everything was going towards the end of the novel, but all the revelations towards the end–! After a year of putting off reading this in case the hype didn’t live up to my expectations, I’m as desperate as everyone else for THE WISE MAN’S FEAR to come out. *wants!*

  • Glee

Glee has been airing in Ireland and the UK for the last few weeks, so my housemate and I have been watching it every week. I’m loving it so far, and my love only increases with every new episode (no spoilers, please!). We’re watching the episodes that are aired on Monday evenings, so I have something to look forward to on Mondays now. It’s a win-win situation. The way the teenagers are portrayed and the dialogue, and the way the darker issues are handled–it’s skillfully done and kind of, well, epic. Two thumbs up, and I’m looking forward to buying Volume 1 of the soundtrack soon.

  • My Writing Workshop

I’ve been attending a writing workshop that specialises in children’s and YA fiction for the past few weeks. It’s been brilliant so far. The other people in the class are lovely and there are so many good ideas being worked on. I’ve also been taking a few stumbling steps towards sucking less at reading my work aloud. It’s a massive change, being able to talk about writing with people who aren’t online, but it’s incredibly freeing at the same time.

  • My book

Heh. When the editing is good well. 😉 Over halfway through now, almost there!

Happy Chocolate Day!

While I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day (on the one hand, it’s always good to know people care about you; on the other , why does it have to involve pink and sparkles, and be on this day?), I still hope everyone has a lovely one. Even if you’re not in a relationship right now, why not let friends and family know that you care about them–Valentine’s Day can be about platonic love, too.

Me, I had Chinese food (to also celebrate Chinese New Year) and still have a small mountain of chocolate, and my sister and I wished each other a happy Valentine’s Day through text messages. All and all, it’s a pretty good one. 🙂

AW Blog Chain: Guilty (or comfort) pleasures

I’m taking part in Absolute’s Write‘s first blog chain of 2010. The theme for this blog chain is guilty pleasures. There have already been many posts, all of them amazing and tough to follow! I’m going to try my best, though.

My guilty pleasures are… well, there’s not much guilt in them, so much as I know they’re comforting. Like many other people, I find myself giving the chocolate and cake displays a speculative glance after a bad day (especially a bad day at work). Some days Peanut M&Ms just make everything better.

On the other hand, there are certain books and authors that I deem ‘comfort reading’. I usually save their new releases for a day off, if I can, or I reread them after having a bad day. I don’t consider them trashy or ‘easy’ books–one person’s favourite reread can be the book someone else couldn’t finish–but I know what to expect. I can lose myself in the pages for as long as I like, and there is no higher praise for a book than that.

One of my ‘comfort authors’ is Sarah Dessen. While her latest book, ALONG FOR THE RIDE, was released in the US last June, it’s finally been released over here now. Sarah is one of my favourite authors, though I came to her late. I don’t  consider her books too light or fluffy, since they do tackle serious topics but don’t get bogged down by them, but they are comfort reads nonetheless. I can’t wait to sit down with her latest UK release and get stuck in. And even though her books often work from a similar formula, each situation is treated a little differently; no book is exactly the same as its predecessor. And for a little while, at least, I can get lost in someone else’s story, whose problems may be similar to ones I faced or still face, or completely different to any I’ve experienced. It’s a bit like the appeal of reality TV or talk shows–your life could be much, much worse.

So that’s what I’m going to do once I’ve posted this blog–I’m settling down with a cup of tea and ALONG FOR THE RIDE. I’ve already read about 70 pages and I can’t wait to get back to it. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to finish it. Otherwise, I’m going to try and read as much as I can before I have to get some sleep for work (and this is why it’s better to save a favourite read for a day off, so you don’t need to get up early the next morning!)

Other authors I consider comfort reads include: Jacqueline Carey, Tamora Pierce, Sarah Waters, Ilona Andrews, and Robin Hobb. As you can see, I also consider authors of the huge fantasy tomes to be comfort reads; one of my favourite things is to settle down with Jacqueline Carey’s latest book and read, and read, and read.

So, yes, Peanut M&Ms can sometimes make everything better. But Peanut M&Ms and a good book can make everything awesome.

The Chain:

Claire Crossdale – http://theromanticqueryletter.blogpost.com
Fresh Hell – http://freshhell.wordpress.com
shethinkstoomuch – http://shethinkstoomuch.wordpress.com
lostwanderer5.blogspot.com – http://www.lostwanderer5.blogspot.com
Lindzy1954 – http://www.lindsayncurrie.webs.com
RavenCorrinnCarluk – http://www.ravencorinncarluk.blogspot.com
Forbidden Snowflake – http://alleslinks.com/
AuburnAssassin – http://clairegillian.wordpress.com/
DavidZahir – http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/
Charlotte49ers – www.amandaplavich.com
collectonian – http://collectonian.livejournal.com <– PREVIOUS
vfury – https://helencorcoran.wordpress.com/ (ME)
Bsolah – http://benjaminsolah.com/blog <– NEXT
JackieA – http://sherrygloagtheheartofromance.blogspot.com/
LadyCat – http://carolsrandomness.blogspot.com
AimeeLaine – www.aimeelaine.com/writing/blog