So Saturday, I went to the library to study, and came out with six books. Not a lot, but still worthwhile enough to record.
When I first saw Maps and Legends sitting on the shelf, I had my doubts that it was about writing at all. Even now, Iâm not entirely sure what itâs all about, but the table of contents (âThoughts on the Modern Short Storyâ and âFan Fictions: On Sherlock Holmesâ sounded particularly attractive), the bizarre cover, and the first sentence, pulled me in.
âEntertainment has a bad nameâ¦The word wears spandex, pasties, a leisure suit studded with blinking lightsâ¦Entertainment trades in clichÃ© and product placementâ¦Entertainment, in short, means junk, and too much junk is bad for you â bad for your heart, your arteries, your mind, your soul.â
Somebody who can write something like that must be able to write a pretty good book too.
Depending on how it goes, I might just write a little review. Actually, Iâm planning to put up a post of recent book recommendations soonâ¦but back to the library trip!
Next, a very small book called It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences, by June Casagrande. I mostly attracted by its TOTC allusion, but as we all know, every writer can work on her sentences!
And last but not least, rather large volume titled Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction, from the pen of John Casey. Fiction is really my favorite aspect of writing in general (even though I have discovered a love of blogging!) and this books looks interesting and inspiring.
If I donât make a sale in 180 days, then I will be banned from the program. And that would just break my heart. So, to avoid cardial infarctions (etc.), you could just buy a book, right? Think of all the good it brings to the world! You get a book you want, the author gets some well-earned dollars, Amazon gets some well-earned dollars, and Yours Truly gets a few pennies plus assurance of long life and a healthy heart!
In all seriousness, please consider using one of my links if you're buying a book that has appeared on my blog. I would really, really, really appreciate it.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Talk to you soon!