December 2018 Accountability Post

In November I completed NaNoWriMo. For NaNo I kept myself accountable by posting daily updates. I liked feeling accountable, so I’ve decided to keep on doing it. Instead of writing a new blog post daily, I’m just writing one for the entire month and I’ll be updating this instead.

December

  • 1st: I deliberately wrote nothing today. I did read some of ‘Promise of Blood’.
  • 2nd: I finished reading ‘Promise of Blood’ and I started reading the Great Courses ‘Money Management Skills’ lecture series. I wrote the review for ‘Promise’ as well.
  • 3rd: I finished reading ‘Money Management Skills’ and started reading ‘Binti.’ I also wrote the review for ‘Money.’
  • 4th: I finished ‘Binti’ and wrote it’s review. I also changed my blog’s theme. I’ve had the same theme for a little over two years now, and I decided it was time to shake things up a bit. I might make further changes in the future.
  • 5th: I started reading ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith (aka Rowling) and also ‘The Midnight Front’ by David Mack.
  • 6th: I read some more of ‘Midnight Front,’ specifically ~50 pages. As of right now I’m not really loving it, but I’m willing to give it another 100 pages to prove itself. I listened to a little of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ audiobook, maybe an hour or so. I like ‘Cuckoo’ a good amount- it is a more than competent mystery novel- but right now I think it’s slightly poorly paced. The protagonist ‘Cormorant’ is dithering about a little. Finally, I finished up my ‘Best Books of the Year’ blogpost, which is going up on Saturday.
  • 7th: I read ~20 pages of ‘Midnight Front’ today.
  • 8th: I read all of ‘Prisoner of Limnos’ today and also finished playing ‘Masquerada.’ Reviews for both will be coming up in upcoming days.
  • 9th: I read a little of ‘Cuckoo’ today, as well as 60+ pages of ‘Midnight.’ Midnight is turning itself around, though I think the protagonist ‘Cade’ has as much character as a Coors Light. The book isn’t slowly paced, (by all rights this book should be pulse pounding) but the author is using so many character-breaks/scene-swaps that it feels slow paced. There are four primary character POVs (and three minor POVSs), and each character gets a scene which lasts a page or two before swapping to the next character in the next scene. This constant rotation of characters really breaks up my reading investment. Basically I wish scenes were longer. (This is the same problem I had with the Eternal Sky trilogy.)
  • 10th: I read about 1/3 of ‘Cuckoo’ today, as well as 1/6 of ‘Three Parts Dead’ and a few dozen pages of ‘Midnight.’ I really, really want to like ‘Midnight,’ but once again it’s just not clicking for me. The author is missing the opportunity to discuss topics like racism, addiction, family, and the morality of a good person selling their soul to the devil in order to gain magic to fight evil (not to mention the morality of killing people who you know will instantly go to a very real Hell thereafter). The author comes so close to scratching my itch for a deep, philosophical-ish discussion about important topics… but he just doesn’t go there. I hesitate to call this book pulp fantasy, but it’s close. Now as for ‘Cuckoo’s Calling,’ I am very impressed Galbraith (*cough*Rowling*cough*) with his skills of balancing characterization with the needs of plot and pacing. Finally, my writing: I’m going to start editing a book/writing the second draft in four days. I’m going to focus on ‘Arrival upon Arcadia,’ I think.
  • 11th: I finished ‘Cuckoo’s Caller’ today. My thoughts will be in the review.

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