My Ambitious January Reading List (and lack of writing motivation)

IMG_8788Hello and Happy New Year! Though according  to Jimmy Kimmel, you can’t say Happy New Year anymore after the premier of The Bachelor.  And since I have started that as well, hmmm……. Happy January?

I have found myself slightly uninspired to write, though it’s not actually that I’m uninspired, but I just can’t seem to get out any ideas. They are there as I try to write a poem with ‘whispers’ as the prompt.  I have yet to come up with anything more than two or three lines. I drift on ideas of winter and snow and cold. See? It’s all there. The ideas are there because I know about all three things that could inspire, but I just don’t have anything good coming from it. I might need to ask my friend to give me another prompt.

But currently, I’m spending more time reading. I spent December reading a couple Emilie Loring’s and fluff books….. Okay Libba Bray‘s The Diviners was far from fluff, and a little enjoyably disturbing.  Anyhow, somehow I got on a non fiction craze and did I pick small books? No. Not even light.  The only fiction book is The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. That is something I decided to try after seeing several ads for the new Amazon show. I decided to try out the book after seeing that. It looked terribly interesting, and the book is, though I can’t say I really like Mr. Dick’s style of writing. It’s different. And well, he’s a guy. I’m used to how women write. If a woman wrote this book, it would have been three times as thick and full of a lot more descriptions.  But it’s a horrifying look (though so far it’s not horribly gruesome, just mentally disturbing) at what would have happened if Japan and Germany won WWII.  I think it’s rather inventive, but also a little more science fiction-y. I mean, draining the Mediteranean Sea to become farmland? I’d really like to know how in the world even with atomic power, that would have even been possible. And really, a whole holocaust of Africa? So it’s a bit of a stretch, in my opinion, but it’s still interesting.

The Essays of Christopher Hitchens are what started me reading about JFK, but I have to say, the essays are nice because they are short, so I can read one or two before bed. But it is also informative. I’m currently reading one about Evelyn Waugh.

Radical by Maajid Nawaz was because of seeing him on several news broadcasts and pundit shows.  I love listening to him because he sounds just like Sean McGuire from Once Upon A Time. (He’s Robin Hood)  But his book is interesting in this critical time.

Cost of Courage is about people in the French Resistance during WWII. And the rest  of the books pretty much explain themselves except for the one Once Upon a Secret which is about one of the women JFK had an affair with.

I might overdue it, but well, sometimes it’s good to branch out of general fiction. My ‘to read’ pile is huge and I really should start on it and finish things. I have my stupid Christian romance I need to review and get off my mind. I really wish it wasn’t like swallowing nails as I read. (not that I’ve ever swallowed nails) I just want to shoot my foot or something. It’s bad. Really bad.

So, now, off to read more thick books.  What are you reading this January?  Do you have your book lists for the year? I have seen lots of people online and on Facebook posting about there reading lists for the year or just currently reading. I guess it is a January thing. Like New Year’s Resolutions.  Do you have a resolution this year?  I don’t really, other than to be more tidy. Ha! That will be a challenge.

Happy Reading, dearies.

Kate

Flash Fiction : Magic Orb

She watched the magic explode in her open palm.  A sparkling swirl of gold dust and  white hot light.  She was amazed to see it finally come out of her for the first time after so much practicing.

“Hold it,” he whispered in her ear.  She shivered as she felt a frisson of awareness travel up her spine.  The orb of magic fluctuated slightly as she was distracted by his voice. Then, before she even knew what hit her, his finger slid up her arm.  She felt the power in him explode through her blood, only to register with a more intense orb in her palm. The orb sparkled and started to swirl with little flashes of lightning. His power was entering her and combining with hers to create something new.  Something wonderful.  Something that was more than she could handle in the space of a few moments.

She lost her concentration, focusing more on the way his thumb stroked the soft flesh of her arm, and the orb fizzled into nothing.  She felt him sigh, and she couldn’t help her answering one.  Her shoulders slumped in defeat.

“It’s okay.  You did well for your first time.  I pushed you too far by adding my own,” he said softly.

She stepped back from him, trying to calm her nerves.  It was one thing to feel her own power manifest itself in her palm.  It was an entirely new thing to feel his flowing through her, not to mention the awareness she felt with him so close.

She watched him as he absentmindedly opened his palms and his magic exploded itself into a mini storm cloud, complete with lightning, in his hands.  The storm swirled and the little crack of thunder made her jump.  How would she ever be able to handle that running through her?  It was bad enough with him just touching her.  Add in the electricity factor and it seemed impossible.

Oh, it’s amazing what the images on Tumblr envoke.  I saw the first picture the other night, and immediately an idea formed in my head.  Then I saw the second and new it just fit perfectly with the little story idea.

Rarely do I write science fiction.  I just don’t feel like I have a grasp of it, as it isn’t a genre I read a lot.  But, then certain bits of sci fi grab me, and I just feel so connected.  Certain books, specifically Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer‘s  Kate & Cecelia series.  I love the ‘magic’ and wizard quotient.  It makes the stories so much fun.  Well, these two pictures are similar in thinking to that.  Maybe someday I’ll be able to write something like that. Who knows.  Enjoy.

Signing off

~Kate

The Luxery of Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

So there I was, hanging laundry late yesterday afternoon.  Up in the sky was the moon.  And as laundry always leads to me daydreaming…. The thought I happened upon was how easy it must be to be a writer of science fiction and fantasy.

Why?

Well, as a writer of those genres, you don’t have to be accurate with any kind of facts.  How does this relate to the moon?  Well I’ll tell you.

Yeah, see, that's a bit in the large department

Have you ever watched a sci-fi show or movie where there is this planet with something like three moons, and those moons are not little blips in the sky like ours, but actually take up a fair amount of open space?  Or the ones where the people are on the moon and the whole planet takes up half the sky?  I’m sure you know what I mean.  You watch any Star Trek, Stargate, etc. show, and at some point or another, you are going to see this gigantic moon taking up half the sky.

It actually looks really cool. Very artistic in style.  I’m sure it’s a blast to write.

Did you know that scientifically that is not possible?  I posed the question of these giant moons to my astronomy club a while back.  I had a theory and I just wanted to check to make sure my theory was correct. 

I was.

Oh this one is even better

And then say you were living on a moon that was near a giant planet.  Okay, well see we actually have proof of that.  Anyone ever heard of Io?  You know, Jupiter’s moon?  It is in constant activity. Volcanos, earthquakes, and whatnot.  No, really, it does that.  The other moons of Jupiter aren’t much better.

Image of Io taken by the Galileo spacecraft

Io (Image via Wikipedia)

 

In all reality, this giant moon thing is impossible.  Do you know what the earth would look like with a moon the size of, hmm, I’m thinking……Okay, a moon that took up half the sky in size?  Trust me, these earthquakes and volcanos that we’ve had recently would be a piece of cake.

See, so that is why I say to be a sci-fi or fantasy writer is easy. Has to be.  You. Can. Make. It. All. Up.

You don’t have to have facts.  Gah, must be nice.  And I do apologize to every other writer out there who writes in those genres. I’m not totally criticizing you.  Because, you see, I’ve contemplated writing science fiction and fantasy.  I actually do have some things started in those genres.  And they are actually easier to write.  Go figure.

Well, there’s my rant for the day.

Signing off

~Kate