Well, hello 2014. Nice to meet you.
The second half of 2013 chewed me up and spit me out like a stick of Juicy Fruit. In 2014 I am determined to find my way back to the things that make me, well, me. Some health issues have made it difficult to read and write these past few months. I tried listening to audio books, but as a fast reader, I just didn't have the patience. On top of not feeling well physically, it's crushed me emotionally to not be doing the things I love. But by the grace of God, I improved during Christmas and New Year's.
Ravenous for words, I needed to read before I could start writing again. Michelle Hodkin's The Evolution of Mara Dyer has been sitting in my closet for months, along with Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin.
Hodkin's blend of gripping characters and haunting plot turns were the perfect fuel for my fire. I just can't believe I have to wait six more months for the next in the series!
And Maberry's take on the land of zombies in Rot and Ruin wasn't new or different from all the others, but his character growth and relationship development were. He communicates through action more than dialogue, and I connected with his main character, even though I didn't find him likable. That is a hard talent to master.
And now I'm off to dive back into my revisions on the WIP. Here's hoping this wave of energy continues, and if it doesn't, that I'll find the strength to keep reading and writing anyway.
Happy New Year!
Music for today: Revolving Doors by Metric