Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Reading Time

Spent the last couple of months or so re-reading the texts I have to re-read for my paid work - Emma, The Tempest, Cosi, Chekhov's short stories, Carver's short stories, a few poems by Jennifer Strauss, a few poems by Gwen Harwood, that sort of thing - very good company indeed.  However, keeping up-to-date with a reading list in my spare time means I don't have as much opportunity as I'd like to read the books I can't resist buying and which comprise my ever-growing personal book tower.  Anyway, with the re-reading list clear now, I can begin tackling them:

 Kurt Vonnegut's Mr Rosewater

 Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood

 Raymond Carver's Beginners

 Ardie Collins' Cult Fiction

 Magdalena Ball's Black Cow

 Alain De Botton's Religion for Atheists

 Alice Sebold's The Almost Moon

 Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Birds & Shadow Through Time

I love the sound of ravens in the morning.  Raucous, raucous, raucous.  They keep cropping up in my books too, which is why I've got a soundtrack of ravens cawing across my website.  Although, I admit, it can be enough to drive a person mad... especially if the computer screen hides the Sound Off/On button.  A friend of mine complained about them not so long ago, but then she doesn't like birds - finds them a bit scarey, so this film clip is especially for her.  It's one of my favourite Alfred Hitchcock movies.

I mentioned the re-release of Louise Cusack's Shadow Through Time trilogy in e-book (Momentum Books) a couple of weeks back.  Well, Louise has written about this in eVolution of a Trilogy over at The View From Here.  Well worth a read, whether you're an aspiring author looking for an insight or two, or just into fantasy romance.