Trivia: It's Halloween! We made the dentists happy and gave out candy to all the little beggers. Actually, the old man did in his Basque beret. I went upstairs and wrote.
Lessons from My Reading: Thoughts on Series... Managed to read the next two of Yasimine Galenorn's mysteries -- Murder Under a Mystic Moon and A Harvest of Bones -- since my last blog. The likeable characters had me ignoring the news and reading. Of course, plot and a fast moving story line had something to do with it too. Each of the important characters appeared in each book with an added dimension to their previous appearance. Hey, even the cats get their due.
Still liked the series enough that I thought about getting the next in the series -- One Hex of a Wedding. Hints inserted into the Bones book suggest it'll be as interesting as the others. However, the two bookstores I checked didn't have it so I was saved. I get to mine my "to read" pile.
Since publishers keep doing series, I assume there are a lot of people out there who like returning to comfortable worlds, even if they have their scary moments. The mystery and fantasy genres are filled with series -- which is great for me since that's what I mostly read. From a writer's point of view, I'd think economy of effort keeps them going. From a reader's, you know you're going to get a good read -- at least until the writer works their ideas into the ground and start repeating themselves.
Galenorn's an interesting case for me. I've read in two series of hers: Emerald O'Brien (human psychic) and the D'Artigo sisters (half-fae witch, vampire, and shapeshifter). I'm willing to read more in the O'Brien series, but not the D'Artigo one. Reason: The mystery in each O'Brien book is significantly different from the the previous ones while the half-fae story lines felt repetitive.
My Progress (if any): Critiques: Critiquing amuses me since I am set up as having some expertise by default. So far, my comments seem to be appreciated ... which feels strange to me since I never had an English class and wouldn't know a theme from a hole in the plot.
Emma: Have revised the previous draft into a middle grade format. On Monday, I get to draft new stuff. The end. Lucky me ... if I can decide what the ending is besides a bunch a swirling possibilities.