Writing or Reading?

I’m in the second week of my new grad classes.  Twenty-one and a half weeks to go.  A research paper a week, plus essentially daily blog posts.  Add that to preparing for my students and grading about 4,000 assignments from them.  Plus some time in there, I have to find time to eat, go to the bathroom, and maybe talk to my wife.  I’m not finding any time to write my stories.

I have been reading though.  I’ve always enjoyed reading and always had a book with me for moments when I found myself waiting for someone or something.  Now I’ve got my iPhone loaded with about 1,000 books.  I’ve read some good ones by people other than me.  Right now though, I’m reading Senta and the Steel Dragon.  It may sound funny that I’m reading my own books (for maybe the hundredth time), but the secret is… I really wrote them for myself, so I can’t help but enjoy them.  Of course I’m also looking for typos and mistakes and find a few, which I’ll fix and upload new versions.

So far over the past two weeks or so, I’ve read Brechalon, The Voyage of the Minotaur, The Dark and Forbidding Land, and I’ve just started The Drache Girl.  I find The Voyage of the Minotaur a little slow, but once you get to about chapter five, it really takes off.  The slow start is sort of mitigated if you read Brechalon first– you can read it as a straight first volume, or later as a prequel.  The Dark and Forbidding Land I loved.  I forgot just how much I loved it until I finished it again.  It is my most tyrannosaurus-heavy book.  I think it works pretty good as a stand-alone too.

Well, enjoy your February, and happy reading.

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